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TURQUOISE WATERS,
ANCIENT RUINS & ADVENTURE

Gulet Cruising, Cultural Exploration, Sea Kayaking, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, White-Water Rafting, Paragliding, Ballooning.
16 days       4 - 12 guests

  • Explore ruins in small coastal towns from our traditional wooden sailing yacht
  • Snorkel or dive to see the ancient sites below
  • Enjoy a variety of adrenaline pumping sports while exploring Turkey

The spectacular Mediterranean Coast of Turkey is the site of our Gulet Cruise adventure. The traditional wooden sailing yacht is an ideal way to explore the turquoise waters, ruins and small towns found in the "Cradle of Civilization." In sea kayaks we paddle over the remains of cities from the Middle Ages. With snorkels and fins we swim above more ancient sites and with Scuba equipment we explore the ocean floor. Afterwards a leap off a mountain allows us to paraglide our way to the beach in awe of the majestic views. If this were not enough, we jump into whitewater rafts and run some adrenaline pumping rapids. Before exploring the coast we visit the inland area of Cappadocia and take a balloon ride over its unforgettable lunar landscape and investigate its underground city and hidden churches. No trip to Turkey would be complete without a visit to Ephesus and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - the temple of Artemis. In this unique trip we combine rich cultural explorations with a variety of active pursuits and relaxing cruising.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Day 1 - 2: Fly to Istanbul
  • Day 3: Istanbul - explore city.
  • Day 4 - 5: Cappadocia - balloon ride, explore ruins.
  • Day 6: Cappadocia & Antalya - explore route of ancient caravan trails.
  • Day 7 - 14: Gulet Yacht - explore coastal ruins and towns, sea kayaking, snorkeling, Scuba diving, white water rafting and paragliding.
  • Day 15: Ephesus - explore Temple of Artemis and the preserved city.
  • Day 16: Fly home.

Land Price
$3,190 US (12 guests); $3,490 US (10 - 11 guests); $3,690 US (8 - 9 guests); $4,090 US (6 - 7 guests); $4,890 (4 - 5 guests) -- July departure add $200

Departure Dates
2005: June 4 - 19; July 2 - 17
2006: June 3 - 18; July 1 - 16

Accommodations
Gulet (sailing yacht), hotels

Level of Difficulty
II - Moderate

For a suggested reading list for Turkey
Click here to visit Magellan Travels Books

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NOMADS, DERVISHES & MOUNTAINS:
A CULTURAL TREK

Trekking, cultural exploration, ballooning.
16 days       4 - 8 guests

  • Trek the remote and scenic Pontic Alps.
  • Spend time with local tribes of Turkish nomads.
  • Take a balloon ride over the stunning Capadoccia landscape.

Go beyond normal travel boundaries in this exciting trekking and cultural adventure! Live with nomads, attend a Whirling Dervish ceremony, float in a balloon over the lunar landscape of Capaddocia, and spend six days trekking in the Pontic Alps. Far from the tourist routes, this exotic trek goes through spectacular alpine scenery and fascinating yaylas - summer camps of the local people. We hike among the Yurak and Laz who are living their traditional lifestyle with colorful dress and makeshift houses. As if this is not enough we also explore the fascinating city of Istanbul, capital of two of the greatest empires the world has known, with its amazing mosques and frescoes.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Day 1 - 2: Fly to Istanbul.
  • Day 3 - 4: Fly to Isparta - live with nomads in their summer pastures.
  • Day 5 - 7: Follow caravan routes, attend a Whirling Dervish ceremony, explore Cappadocia and go on a balloon ride at dawn.
  • Day 8: Fly to Erzurum - visit ancient ruins, drive to the high plateau to start trek.
  • Day 9 - 14: Pontic Alps - trekking with only a daypack.
  • Day 15: Fly to Istanbul - explore city.
  • Day 16: Fly home.

Land Price
$3,190 US (8 guests), $3,450 US (6-7 guests), $3,990 US (4-5 guests)

Departure Dates
This trip has been suspended until further notice

Accommodations
Tents, hotels

Level of Difficulty
II - Moderate

For a suggested reading list for Turkey
Click here to visit Magellan Travels Books

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