One of the best ways to experience Turkey is to combine a short break in Istanbul with a relaxing gulet cruise. Sightseeing can be tiring so what better way to unwind than to spend the following 7 nights soaking up the sun on board a relaxing, authentic gulet cruise on full-board.
The total duration of this holiday will be 10 nights, however, you can stay longer or shorter in Istanbul as this type of holiday offers great flexibility - please contact us if you wish to tailor your own Istanbul & gulet cruise experience.
10 nights total: 3 nights in Istanbul 4* BB Hotel + 7 nights in luxury Gulet cruise
Day 1: UK to Istanbul:
Fly to Istanbul and meet our representative in Istanbul airport, private transfer to your chosen hotel.
Day 2 - 3: Istanbul
Choose to explore the city independently or book a sightseeing tour through our representative.
Day 4: Istanbul to Gulet Cruise
Private transfer back to the Istanbul airport and fly to D and meet at the airport private transfer to your hotel.
Day 4 -10 : On board an authentic Gulet Cruise
Relax and enjoy the beauty of the Turkish Coast (or Greek Islands). Gulets are built from wood in traditional style and are very attractive. Sizes vary and these gulets usually have between 6 to 10 cabins .
We offer Deluxe Gulet- Semercioglu 4 which operates as all Inclusive basis. Prices includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, cafes, all soft drinks, and unlimited alcoholic drinks.
Day 11: Gulet Cruises to the UK
Pick up from your Gulet for the return private transfer to the airport and fly back to the UK. You may choose to fly directly with different airlines or remain with Turkish airlines and fly via Istanbul (your luggage will go directly to your final destination, you will be transferred by your hand luggage to another airplane in Istanbul ).
Please note; We offer alternative Gulet Cruises; Seyhan jan - standard gulet - which operates on Full Board & soft drinks. Or Greek Island Gulet Cruises operates just Full Board basis. Above durations given for a sample itinerary, you can stay shorter or longer in Istanbul.
Istanbul is uniquely positioned at the crossroads of the Orient and the Occident, with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. Standing on the shores of the Bosporus, the narrow strait where the waters of the Black Sea mingle with those of the Sea of Marmara, Istanbul is also divided by the Golden Horn.
Surrounded by water, the city guards the precious remains of the empires of which she has been capital from the Byzantine to the Ottoman.
Istanbul is a unique link between East and West, past and present. Soak up the history of Topkapi Palace, the centre of the Ottoman Empire, the place from which the Sultans ruled their Empire, or marvel at the sheer beauty of the Blue Mosque and Hagia St. Sophia, and the incredible Grand Bazaar.
However long you stay, your time in this unforgettable city will be a unique experience.
Turkey’s coastline is the longest in the Mediterranean; sailing on board an authentic gulet cruise is the perfect way to explore it, meandering at a slow pace and stopping off en route at hidden coves, charming villages and historic sites.
You can remain in Turkish waters or cross the Aegean to the Greek islands. This is a great way to explore the region's many hidden treasures and sleepy backwaters, enjoying perfect serenity at sea and making friends along the way.
We offer a range of itineraries along the Turquoise coast for the gulet cruises. Some gulet cruises embark from the Dalaman region and others from Bodrum. You will either fly in to Dalaman Airport or Bodrum Airport on a domestic flight before joining your fellow passengers and crew for your gulet cruise.
Don't take our words...
"Our holiday in Turkey exceeded our expectations. Cappadocia was interesting and beautiful. It was exciting staying in cave. Istanbul was amazing. We had very little previous experience of Turkey and Turkish people, so we enjoyed the beauty of the country and friendly hospitality of the people. We felt safe and not at all threatened in the city. The quality of food and service in restaurants was good. Efes beer is very tasty. We were a little confused on our first day in Istanbul as the tour details implied a bus tour, but all become clear when we realised how close all the sights were to our hotel. We had a memorable holiday. Thank you Akin."
Mr David Hyam, 19.5.2019
"Dear Mr Koc
I've been meaning to write to you for some time, so say thank you for arranging such a wonderful holiday for us. We had 4 nights B & B at the Empire Palace Hotel in Istanbul, which was wonderfully central, with friendly, helpful staff, and then flew to Cappadocia, staying at the MDC Cave Hotel in Urgup, which was delightful. The location was outstanding and the hotel quite unique.We have travelled all over the world and I can safely say that this holiday was one of the best - full of new experiences including a trip in a hot air balloon, visiting underground cities, ancient cave dwellings with amazing frescoes and fabulous landscapes. It was fun and exciting. For the first 2 days of tours in Cappadocia we went with the local representative, who were excellent and our guide, Mustafa Sahin was outstanding. Thank you again for a brilliant trip and we will recommend your company. We may be interested in Croatia next year.
Barbara Lewis , 30.7.2018