Turkey cultural tour & gulet cruise holiday
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Description of Turkey cultural tour & gulet cruise holiday
Over 12 unforgettable days, discover the magic of Turkey from the exciting city of Istanbul to the ancient historical sites like Troy and Ephesus, plus its traditions from wine to carpets – then enjoy three days of glorious cruising along the coast in a traditional gulet boat to the beautiful resort of Fethiye.
Begin with a dive into the rich fabric of Istanbul, including the stunning Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya museum and Topkapi Palace. Your visit to the tranquil wooded landscape of the Gallipoli battlefields provides poignant contrast as you learn about the WW1 fighting that raged here, remembered in stunning memorials to all who fell.
A far more ancient conflict provides the echoes at Troy, where you'll learn about the legends that cling to its ruins, from the Trojan Horse to Homer's epic sagas. Continuing to the nearby acropolis of Pergamum, learn about the former kingdom that ruled here – including a famous ancient library believed to have rivalled the one of Alexandria
At the Roman site of Ephesus, explore the ancient marbled streets and temples of one of the best preserved ancient cities in the Mediterranean, before spending an afternoon discovering the wine-making and carpet weaving traditions around the village of Sirince.
Geological wonders replace human ones at Pamukkale, site of remarkable white calcium terraces known as Travertines – but nicknamed 'cotton castles'. Next up, enjoy a swim in ancient thermal pools at the old Roman city of Hierapolis.
Arriving in the coastal resort of Marmaris, spend some time on the beach or stroll the seafront promenade before boarding your historic gulet for a blissful three-day cruise along a gorgeous coast to Marmaris mixing beautiful sea turtle beaches and underwater ruins with river forays inland to historic hot springs – and fantastic ship-board meals and sundowners.
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PlanetAt Pamukkale, we discourage our travellers from disturbing the mud pools in an effort to preserve this unique natural site for future visitors. Whilst the pools are incredibly inviting, we recommend enjoying the waters at nearby Hierapolis instead where you can enjoy the hot springs without damaging the environment.
As our Gulets are naturally powered by the wind, this has obvious environmental benefits, which helps to reduce the carbon impact of these cruises. Whilst sails cannot be used in all weather conditions, we do aim to use these whenever possible.
As all meals are included on our Gulet sailing holidays, all produce is brought onboard from local producers which has a positive impact on the local economies.
Drinking water and the waste associated by single use plastic water bottles is something we are working hard on in Turkey as well as other destinations. All travellers are encouraged to bring their own refillable water bottles and we are rolling out a program of providing large water canisters in our vehicles on group tours to take refills from. We are also offering water filtering bottles to travellers, all of which which can vastly reduce waste generated by our customers both during the tour and on an ongoing basis.
Our Turkish guides are strict in monitoring and preventing littering to protect the sites we visit and waste bins are provided in all vehicles.
Many of the sites we visit are incredibly important historical and natural wonders, and we encourage our travellers to treat these sites as such, sticking to marked paths, not climbing on ruins, picking wild plants or flowers, and avoiding disturbing the local wildlife as much as possible.
PeopleIn Turkey, we visit a couple of carefully selected local shops during most tours, where travellers can learn about the local traditions and methods of carpet-weaving and leather production. All products sold in these shops are sourced from the surrounding local communities.
On this and our other tours in Turkey aim to support the local economy by using only local Turkish guides and working with locally owned gullet operators, all of which employ local crews.
To provide a more in depth experience of Turkish culture, we also take a walking tour through the streets of Istanbul. We aim to take some of the lesser explored pathways whilst exploring the city before reaching the more touristy sections around Aya Sophia.
Our tour notes provide advance information on dress codes and particular local customs and our guides will expand on this in their explanations during the tour. This means we can create valuable and rewarding opportunities for our travellers and local people to mingle and exchange ideas and thoughts without causing any unintended offence.
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