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Blue Cruise - Bodrum and Greek Islands + Istanbul
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This 10 night sample itinerary includes:
  Flight into Bodrum and out of Istanbul
  International Round Trip Air Fare
  7 nights on board a Gullet
  Breakfast, Lunch and dinner daily on yacht
  Welcome Cocktail
  Harbor Expenses plus Local VAT Taxes
  Flight from Bodrum to Istanbul
  3 nights hotel in Istanbul
  Hotel taxes and service Charges
  Not Included in cruise:
  Shore Excursions
  Drinks
  Customary tips to Cruise Crew
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Bodrum (8)  Greece (106)  Istanbul (61)  Kos Island (1)  Rhodes Island (10)  Turkey (64)  

Start your trip to Turkey with a delightful Blue Cruise on a Gullet, sailing from Bodrum and visiting Rhodes Island and Kos Island in Greece, then fly to Istanbul for a visit to this fascinating City!
Arrivals in Turkey: Saturdays from May 7 through Oct 4.

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Bodrum
Day 1
Arrive to Bodrum
Overnight in Bodrum    45 hotels offered
Day 2
Departing from Bodrum
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Blue Cruise - Bodrum - Greek Islands - 7 nights
Day 2 to Day 10

Day 1: Bodrum
Boarding starts at 3:30pm from Bodrum Harbor. On the first day, our boat will remain anchored in Bodrum Port for dinner and stay at the port for overnight. Bodrum has a history that goes back to the 12th century B.C. The city was called `Halicarnassus` and it was the birthplace of Herodotus; the `Father of History` who lived in the 5th century B.C. The `Mausoleum` of King Mausolus (350 B.C.) one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is in this city. The only structure that survived from the Classical Era is the Amphitheatre. It is one of the oldest theatres in Anatolia with a capacity of 13,000 guests and it is still hosting many shows and concerts for the art-lovers of Bodrum. Another place that you should visit when you arrive in Bodrum is the landmark of the city, the `Castle of Saint Peter`. It is one of the best preserved pieces of architecture with a history dating back to the Middle Ages. `Myndos Gate` through which Alexander the Great entered Halicarnassus is another place that you should not miss.

Day 2: Cnidus - Inceburun - Kargi
We will depart for Cnidus after breakfast. Cnidus was a developed city in science, art and architecture. Eudoxos, a very popular astronomer and math professor; Dr. Euryphon; Polygontos, a popular artist; Skopas and Bryaksis of Faros, the most famous sculptors of the era; Sostrates, the architect of Alexandrian light house-one of the seven wonders of the World- and Ktesias the doctor, who saved the life of a Persian king from a disaster, lived on this island. Dr. Euryphon and his students founded the second biggest medical science school in Cnidus. The island also hosts the largest sun clock of its time which was erected by Eudoksos. Knidos was the home for Aphrodite`s monument and in those times the city was famous for brothels and became popular for sailors and Arabic tradesmen. You may also take a walk on the shore to see the ruins. A nice swimming break will be available here. Lunch will be served at the bay of Cnidus. Then we will cruise to Inceburun. Here the water is superb and you again will have the opportunity to swim in these crystal waters. Today, our last stop will be at Kargi.

Day 3: Dirsekbuku - Kizil Ada - Bozburun
Breakfast will be served at Dirsekbuku. We will cruise and anchor at Kizil Ada for lunch and a swim break. Today, our last stop will be at Bozburun, which is a small fishing town. This area used to be popular and suitable for sponge-diving but nowadays there is no more interest, as it is dangerous and not financially beneficial. In recent years sponge-diving has been replaced by gulet tourism.

Day 4: Rhodes
We will cruise to Rhodes early in the morning, which is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands. The island is quite a popular holiday destination as it has one of the best-preserved and the largest European medieval cities and has warm weather for 300 days of the year. Rhodes has been the cradle of many Civilizations; starting with the knights of St. John in the Middle Ages, then Ottomans and Italians. Thus, the island has a unique historical harmony and beauty. Here you can join our optional old city tour. The main port of Rhodes is Rhodes City which bears the same name as the island. The other very touristic areas of Rhodes island are; Lindos and Kamiros. Here there will be another optional Lindos Tour. This city, which is still surrounded by a 12 meter thick city-wall, gives you the feeling of travelling back to Medieval times, especially when you walk around its narrow, stone-paved roads. After dinner, we highly recommend you to enjoy Rhodes Town night out.

Day 5: Symi
We will set sail to Symi Island and anchor at a near bay to Symi Harbor for lunch and a swimming break. We will anchor at Symi Port late in the afternoon. You can see the shoreline with its neo-classical houses and the peripheral districts. You are going to adore Symi Island for its pine and oak forests and unique bays.

Day 6: Nisyros - Cos (Kos)
Early in the morning we will cruise to Nisyros Island and will have a swimming break. The volcano on Nisyros Island erupted in 1422 and is still active. Nikea village is located on the side of the crater and is constituted with white streets and a mosaic-style square. You can take an optional bus tour to the crater (volcano) which is still active and you will see the gases coming from underground. Then we will cruise to Kos Island. Asclepion, known to be the birth place of Hippocrates, who is `the Father of Medical Sciences`, is located here. All the people from the eastern Mediterranean with health problems were treated in Kos. Kos is the second largest island of the 12 islands (Dodecanese islands) and has a very mild climate and very fertile lands. The island houses a 560-year-old tree, a 211-year-old fountain and a 290 km long beach. You may take a quick swim in Lambi Beach which is very close to Kos Harbor. Kos is one of the islands with the best night life. Nafklirou, a street full of bars, is always crowded, colorful, and full of life.

Day 7: Black Island (Poyraz Harbour - Meteor Bay) - Bodrum
We will cruise to Bodrum for customs formalities. Afterwards swimming break will take place and lunch will be served at Poyraz Bay which is located on the northern side of Karaada (Black Island). This is such a nice bay with its turquoise-blue waters. We will be anchoring at Meteor Bay for tea time which is located on the southern side of the island. There is a meteor hole here and this is how the bay got its name. Here you may jump over the platform into the deep water. You may also take a walk through the underwater caves which are very near to Meteor Bay for a small local fee. We will dock in Bodrum Harbor for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 8: Bodrum
Guests will leave the boat with precious memories by 10:30am, after breakfast.

Day 2
Arrive to Bodrum
Overnight in Bodrum    45 hotels offered
Day 3
Overnight in Bodrum    45 hotels offered
Day 4
Overnight in Bodrum    45 hotels offered
Day 5
Overnight in Bodrum    45 hotels offered
Day 6
Overnight in Bodrum    45 hotels offered
Day 7
Overnight in Bodrum    45 hotels offered
Day 8
Overnight in Bodrum    45 hotels offered
Day 9
Overnight in Bodrum    45 hotels offered
Day 10
Departing from Bodrum
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Istanbul
Day 10
Arrive to Istanbul
Overnight in Istanbul    310 hotels offered
Optional   28 Things to do
Day 11
Overnight in Istanbul    310 hotels offered
Optional   28 Things to do
Day 12
Overnight in Istanbul    310 hotels offered
Optional   28 Things to do
Day 13
Departing from Istanbul

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Greece

Greece is THE land of ancient sites and architectural treasures: the Acropolis in Athens, the amphitheater of Epidaurus, the reconstructed palace at Knossos, the belly button of the cosmos at Delphi, fallen columns galore on the sacred island of Delos, and frescoed Minoan palaces on Crete. But don't expect a visit there to be a sober study of the ancient world, the Greek propensity for partying dates back to Dionysus. Then there are 1400 islands to explore. Greece is much more than what you were taught at school or the predictable summer image of glorious sunsets and sandy beaches.
Turkey

Turkey straddles East and West, modern and traditional. Turkey bills itself, and rightfully so, as the "Cradle of Civilization," boasting more Greek ruins than Greece and more Roman archaeological sites than all of Italy. Turkey is also a major custodian of sacred sites revered by Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike, and of invaluable remnants of early Greek civilization, Byzantine majesty, and Ottoman culture and artistry. The Turkish people have an unrivalled reputation for hospitality, the cuisine is to die for, the coastline is a dream, and many Turkish cities are dotted with spectacular mosques and castles.
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Bodrum
Formerly known as Hallicarnassus, Bodrum is the home of the great Mausoleum, one the seven wonders of antiquity, the famous castle, amphitheatre and to a very unique marine museum. Nowadays, it is Turkey's most popular seaside tourist destination, a party town with a magnificent mountain surrounding, that is full of great markets. The most impressive landmark is the Bodrum Castle, built by the Crusaders in the 15th century, overlooking the harbor and the International Marina. The castle grounds includes a Museum of Underwater Archeology and hosts several cultural festivals throughout the year. From here, you can take daytrips to the nearby islands or you can enjoy the Mavi Yoluculu (the "Blue Cruise"), Cevat's romanticized weeklong journey along the glorious coastlines of the Mediterranean.
Bodrum
Formerly known as Hallicarnassus, Bodrum is the home of the great Mausoleum, one the seven wonders of antiquity, the famous castle, amphitheatre and to a very unique marine museum. Nowadays, it is Turkey's most popular seaside tourist destination, a party town with a magnificent mountain surrounding, that is full of great markets. The most impressive landmark is the Bodrum Castle, built by the Crusaders in the 15th century, overlooking the harbor and the International Marina. The castle grounds includes a Museum of Underwater Archeology and hosts several cultural festivals throughout the year. From here, you can take daytrips to the nearby islands or you can enjoy the Mavi Yoluculu (the "Blue Cruise"), Cevat's romanticized weeklong journey along the glorious coastlines of the Mediterranean.
Istanbul
Istanbul is one of the truly great romantic cities. Istanbul is home to a layering of civilization on civilization, of empire built on empire. A stroll through this historic city will reveal ancient Roman hippodromes, peristyles, and aqueducts, the greatest excesses of the Byzantine Empire and the mystique and power of the Ottoman Empire. In this sprawling, continent-spanning city you can tramp the streets where crusaders and janissaries once marched; admire mosques that are the most sublime architectural expressions of Islamic piety; peer into the sultan's harem; and hunt for bargains in the Kapali Çarsi.
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