Istanbul and Marmaris Blue Cruise Tour – 11 Days Turkey Blue Cruise Tour as Private or Group Blue Tour Turkey on Gulets and Yachts with Istanbul & Marmaris.
• ISTANBUL → MARMARIS •
Welcome to Istanbul! Where the continents meet.
Meet at Istanbul Airport: Once you arrive at Istanbul Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport, after the luggage claim, you will be greeted by a Romos Travel Representative at the meeting area.
Transfer to the hotel: You will be taken to your hotel, and after check-in, you will have time for leisure, and the rest of the day is yours.
Overnight stay in Istanbul.
After breakfast, your pick-up will be scheduled for 8:30 am from the hotel to start the Private Istanbul Old City tour. Our professional tour guide will be introducing the ancient sights of Istanbul.
Today you will explore the following highlights of Istanbul.
Hippodrome: An ancient Roman and Ottoman square where the chariot races were held. Within the square is some Roman remains, Egyptian Obelisk, Serpent Column, and Constantine Columns.
The Blue Mosque: An Ottoman Imperial mosque built by Sultan Ahmet I in 1609-1616 CE, famous for the blue Ottoman tiles.
Hagia Sophia: Once the largest cathedral of Christianity when it was built in 532-537 CE by the Roman Emperor Justinian; later converted into a mosque by the Ottomans.
Topkapi Palace: The Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II built the palace after the conquest of Constantinople. Topkapi Palace was the home of the royal family and the headquarters for the Ottoman Empire’s administrative center.
Grand Bazaar (Covered Market): The largest and the oldest functioning shopping center in the world. The Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II built the Grand Bazaar in the 15th century. The market consists of 5,000 stores, 66 streets, 24 gates, and much more eye-pleasing architecture. Within the bazaar are many Turkish handicraft stores such as rugs, carpets, kilims, and beautiful Turkish tiles. Upon your request, our guide will be more than happy to help you find your masterpiece of Turkish art.
After the Istanbul Old City sightseeing tour, you will be driven back to the hotel. Overnight stay in Istanbul.
Note: Breakfast at hotel and lunch at a local restaurant is included
After breakfast, your pick-up will be scheduled for 8:30 am from the hotel to start the Bosphorus tour. Our professional tour guide will be introducing you to the Bosphorus.
Today you will explore the following highlights of the Bosphorus:
Spice Market ( Egyptian Bazaar): The Ottomans built the market in the 17th century. Unlike the Grand Bazaar, the Spice market is much smaller but full of beautiful fragrances of mixed spices, herbs, and traditional sweets. It consists of around 100 stores, 2 streets, and 5 gates.
Bosphorus Cruise: The channel divides Istanbul into two continents and stretches about 32 km between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Along the Bosphorus, there are many settlements to see, such as great Palaces, hotels, yali (private houses), etc. While you are on the boat, you will see the highlights of the Bosphorus including the Dolmabahçe Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, Çırağan Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Fortress, Küçüksu Palace, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge ( the second bridge on the Bosphorus), Maiden’s Tower to name a few.
Beylerbeyi Palace: After the sultans westernized the Ottoman Empire, they built some Palace’s modern-western architectural styles. The Beylerbeyi Palace is one of them, located on the Asian side by the Bosphorus. The garden is full of statues, and the rooms with handcrafted arts will take you back in time to the 19th century.
Çamlıca Hill: The highest hill of Istanbul, situated on the Asian side. The walking path with 360 panoramic views will let you take the best pictures of Istanbul and the Bosphorus.
After the Bosphorus sightseeing tour, drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Note: Breakfast at hotel and lunch at a local restaurant is included
After breakfast, we will pick you up from the hotel and head towards the airport for the domestic flight to Dalaman. Meet at Dalaman Airport with our representative and drive to Marmaris to embark on the gulet.
Boarding will be starting at 15.30 in Marmaris Marina. You will have time to visit the old town and bazaar of Marmaris with its small streets and hundreds of shops, bars, and restaurants. The castle of Marmaris lies on the old town hill and offers a beautiful view across the harbor.
Dinner will be served on the boat—overnight in Marmaris.
After breakfast, we will inform you about the cruise itinerary and boat. The cruise will move towards Ekincik Gulf, and overnight stay will be in this beautiful gulf. You may join an optional Dalyan excursion. The participants will be taken from the yacht with a smaller boat called ‘Piyade,’ which will bring you into the green delta of Dalyan through the Lycian Rock Tombs. You will have a swimming stop at a unique place called Caretta –Caretta beach. There will be a mud bath occasion.
Because of the wavy seas of Disibilmez and Kurtoglu capes that we have to cross, we will cruise earlier than the other days and reach the world-famous Gocek Gulf. We will anchor at Sunken Bath for breakfast and a swimming break. This place is also known as Cleopatra Bay because of the beautiful underwater ruins of an old bath. Then we will cruise to Tersane Island. This is a naturally protected harbor, used as a shipyard in Byzantine and Ottoman times.
Dinner will be served on the boat—overnight in Kizil Island.
In the early morning, we arrive in Fethiye Harbour. We offer an optional jeep safari tour. For those who will not join the Safari, the boat will anchor at Samanlik Bay for lunch and swimming. Afterward, around 16.00, the boat will anchor at Ece Saray Marina for dinner.
Overnight in Fethiye.
After breakfast, we depart from Fethiye Harbour to Gocek Island. After moving through uniquely beautiful islands, we finally stop at Yassica Islands. Lunch will be served in this beautiful chain of little islands. Snorkeling in crystal clear water is recommended. Dinner and overnight will be in a bay among the islands of Gocek.
Overnight in Gocek.
After breakfast, we depart from Gocek to sail the spectacularly stunning Bedri Rahmi Bay, named after a famous Turkish artist, and then sail to Sarsala Bay. Cruise to Aga Limani after lunch. Overnight stay will be in this lovely bay.
Overnight in Bedri Rahmi Bay
The cruise starts early in the morning, and we are taking breakfast at the bay of Kumlubük, which lies within sight of Marmaris but is cut off from it by a steep set of Limestone Mountains. You will have afternoon tea in this beautiful bay of Cennet Island.
Overnight in Marmaris.
We disembark the boat by 10.30 after breakfast. Pick up from the boat and transfer to Dalaman Airport for the flight back to Istanbul for your International flight.
After completing the amazing 11 Days Istanbul and Marmaris Fethiye Blue Cruise Tour, Romos Travel wishes all guests a very healthy and wonderful life ahead…
Please Note: This tour package does not include hotel accommodation and only offers land service. For hotel accommodation, we recommend you to choose the central and touristic places of the cities, which are suitable for your taste. Global hotel booking systems will assist you in your hotel choice with better promotions and prices.