Turkey cultural tour & gulet cruise holiday

“Experience the joyous diversity of Turkey rich history from Troy to Gallipoli, wine making and carpet weaving - then sail its stunning coast on a luxurious gulet.”

Highlights

Istanbul | Gallipoli | Troy and Pergamum | Ephesus | Wine region of Sirince | Panukkale and Travertines | Hierapolis Roman thermal pools | Gulet cruise from Marmaris to Fethiye ancient sites, wildlife and luxury relaxation

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.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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30 Jun 2018
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Responsible tourism: Turkey cultural tour & gulet cruise holiday

Environment

How our company is making a difference:
We know that making the positive difference we aim to achieve will not be an easy task. However, our enthusiasm and commitment towards our travel responsibility mission is far stronger than any obstacles. We believe that in order to achieve any objective, the company has to have accurate policies and procedures for the employees and the guests to follow in order to reach our goal.

We have decided that the environment is a major component of any local community and any negative effect on the environment would directly have an impact on the lives of the inhabitants of the local community. Therefore, we have drawn up a strict environmental protection policy that all our employees and travelers have to abide by. For example, we recycle empty ink cartridges. A company collects them and disposes of them the correct manner.

Marine pollution is one of the biggest environmental concerns that Turkey faces. Seeing as our travelers will be sailing on gulets, we encourage them and instruct them on how to sail as conscious travelers. No waste may be thrown overboard.

For us, Responsible Travel is the only way to travel.

Community

Throughout our long tourism business journey, exceeding 15 years of travel operation in the Middle East, we have succeeded in establishing strong links with the communities we are dealing with in the host destinations.

We believe that the Responsible Travel concept has to be a two-way strategy with both the travelers and the local community gaining benefits. We benefit the local communities we visit using a wide scope of activities that have a positive impact on the local economy, directly by donating money to charity organizations, financially supporting some local communities and by recruiting employees who belonging to the local community. We encourage our guests to buy local products and make use of services that people local community offer. We help indirectly through capacity building projects we implement with our employees and through the experiences and culture exchanges that take place between the locals and the travelers during our tours.

We promise to support the local community of every destination we take our travelers to. We will do this by employing local guides, using local handicraft shops and recommend shops to our travelers so that their holiday spending contributes to the people of that country. Furthermore, we provide each traveler with a tipping guide. By doing this we set a concept of tipping and gratuity for every person who will offer a form of service to the traveler.

We have also considered the social aspect of the local community and how to respect the customs and traditions of the inhabitants helping us operate our tours. We always provide our guests with all the information needed to understand the community they are visiting and we create valuable opportunities for the travelers and the locals to mingle and exchange ideas and thoughts.

The first objective is to operate our tours in the most perfect way possible. Our second objective, but not second in importance, is to benefit the local community, protect the environment, and have a positive social impact on the inhabitants living in our host destinations. One of the ways of doing this is to inform and educate our travelers on the cultures of the destinations. By doing this we aim to create a form of respect between the travelers and the local citizens who they will face along their tour.

We educate all our staff on the real life situations of each destination. Sales consultants will use this information to inform potential travelers of the correct information and threats that they may face. By creating long lasting relationships with our local ground handlers, we are able to establish what needs the community has and through their information we can inform our travelers what they can contribute to the local community from their home countries.

Turkey is still recovering from the massive earth quake that struck in 2011. There are a number of donation organizations. We attempt to be in contact with these to establish a point of communication between the organizations and our travelers who wish to donate money.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Istanbul.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't expect it all to go to plan.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


No way of telling.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good, but the problems experienced by all of our group with hotels was disappointing.

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