On this tour, we combine three different activities in three different regions of Turkey: trekking to discover Cappadocia on foot; cultural visits to discover the legendary city of Istanbul and cruising to appreciate the turquoise blue water and to discover the magnificent Mediterranean coastline.
During thousands years, the landscape of Cappadocia, covered with soft volcanic ash, underwent an intense wind and hydraulic erosion which created one of the strangest spectacles of the world and made monumental peaks, fairy chimneys, capped pinnacles, cones and fretted ravines and canyons in a lunar landscape.
Turkey is a treasure chest of coves, inlets, bays and sandy beaches from which boats can choose a different and always private anchorage each night. On this idyllic cruise you will feel becoming one with nature sailing with the wind into coves and across the sea. In a splendid diversity of luminous landscapes where Lycian, Greek and Roman remains seem still alive, you will discover the wild and natural beauty of the southern coastline on a boat comfortably arranged for cruising.
And, we will spare two full days for discovering the place, which was successively Constantinople, Byzance and Istanbul: the richest and the most attractive city of the country. It is a unique city, built embracing two continents – Europe and Asia – and it preserves prestigious monuments, which testify to the richness of its history.
Itinerary: 15 days
Day 1 / Ankara:
Meet and transfer to hotel for the night.
Days 2 & 3 / Cappadocia :
We will have the privilege of entering on foot the most subtle areas of Cappadocia: Valleys of Akvadi, pigeon, Pasabag (known as the priest valley) and Kizilcukur, and rupestral village of Mustafapasa, cavusin, Goreme, Ortahisar, Urgup and Uchisar. Visit churches cut out of rock and decorated with frescos.
Days 4 & 5: transfer to the coast via the city of Egridir.
Days 6 to 11 / Cruising > Fethiye – Marmaris – Fethiye:
6 days of cruising in this sailing paradise. We will visit historical sites, swim and make contact with the hospitable populations of coastal villages. Nights on board.
Days 12 to 15 / Istanbul and return:
Visit the most beautiful historical monuments of Istanbul… and return.
Favourable season: April – end of October.