Vacations

Turkey Adventure

OCSC's Great Turkish Adventure

Pack your bags for a journey of discovery as we explore the ancient lands and cultures of Anatolia (modern Turkey). As we travel we will bear witness to over 5000 years of human history including the great civilizations of the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans. East meets west in a dazzling display of culture, cuisine, and architecture. We’ll walk in the footsteps of Alexander, Homer, Cleopatra, and innumerable scribes, traders and explorers who traveled the globe to discover this exotic and timeless land. In Istanbul we will wander the Grand Bazaar, explore the harem at the Topkapi Palace, cruise the Bosphorus and dine at fabulous local restaurants.

From Istanbul we’ll fly to Izmir and spend two days along the Aegean Sea in Kusadasi where we will visit the remarkable nearby ancient city of Ephesus, one of the most important cities in the Roman Empire. We’ll walk the marble streets, sit in the vast theater, and marvel at the architectural wonder of the Celsus library.

Perhaps the highlight of the trip will be a seven night cruise along the Turquoise Coast, so named for its jewel colored waters. Our luxurious floating home will be waiting for us in the port city of Gocek. Here we will board the gulet, a beautifully handcrafted motor yacht, both spacious and well appointed. Pulling ashore in quiet bays and coves, we’ll hike through unspoiled countryside among the ruins of the great civilizations of Asia Minor. Greek theaters, Hellenistic temples, Roman arches, Byzantine mosaics and Ottoman city walls adorn the landscape. We’ll meet local farmers harvesting sage and oregano in the fields, encounter nomads tending their flocks at the foot of well preserved ruins, and sample tea with local villagers. In the haunting Lycian city of Kaunos we’ll marvel at the Royal Lycian tombs carved into the cliffs in the 6th century BC. Along the route we will stroll through Guletquaint seaside villages with lively markets, narrow cobblestone streets lined with craft shops, cafes and bars. We’ll snorkel over the ancient sunken columns of Cleopatra’s Bath and enjoy a sunset hike to the top of Gemiler Island. Evenings find us aboard our comfortable gulet, where our chef pampers us with excellent food and wine as we relive the day’s excitement. Many guests enjoy sleeping under the stars during the warm summer nights. We will bid a fond farewell to our crew and disembark in Gocek for the next leg of our adventure.

Continuing on to Cappadocia by plane we will witness the surrealistic geological formations, the “fairy chimneys” formed by volcanic eruptions and erosion. We’ll walk through amazing slot canyons filled with rock cut churches, underground cities, and natural rock castles. We’ll taste local wines at a vineyard and try our hand at throwing pottery in Avanos, a tradition dating back 3000 years. Our lodgings will be a special class hotel with exquisitely decorated rooms that were hand carved into the soft tufa cliffside. The region is famous for its so called Cave Hotels! After three days in Cappadocia we’ll fly back to Istanbul and connect to our international flight.

Bon Voyage!!!

About the boat:

A gulet is a traditional Turkish coastal motor-sailor modified to accommodate passengers. Our boats are usually about 90 feet long and 20 feet wide, with six to eight double cabins. Each double cabin has a private bathroom with a shower. Our boats are usually air-conditioned, and trip members frequently sleep on the ample decks. There's a large cabin with a kitchen and bar towards the back of the vessel, and meals are served in a large open area on the stern. Canvas and sailcloth awnings cover the dining area and a portion of the foredeck to provide shade. Gulets are picturesque, but the sails are rarely used for power and they use the motor most of the time. Our boats are quiet, and the captains will use the sails when possible.

Cost of adventures and flotillas vary depending on factors like attendence, the number of people in your crew, and size of your yacht. Please inquire for trip rates and pricing.

OCSC Members & Repeat OCSC Adventurers save 5%!