Join us for an exciting adventure exploring Turkey's beautiful Levantine Coast onboard the luxury gulet "Love Boat".
Start with a 3 night stay Istanbul. It matters little how many times you have visited Istanbul, for sure it will never have been enough. After your stay in Istanbul, transfer to Canakkale then cruise for 11 nights on a traditional Turkish gulet. Visit key sites from both ancient and modern history including Troy, Gallipoli, Bozcaada, Ayvalik, Pergamum, Foca, Izmir, Ephesus, Didyma and Bodrum. Deepen your understanding of this part of the world during the last days of the Ottoman Empire and the beginnings of modern Turkey.
Noted historian and writer Giles Milton - author of the book ‘Paradise Lost’, set in the last days of the Ottoman Empire, will be your guest speaker during this journey. Giles will combine his specialist knowledge of Winston Churchill, Turkey and the fall of Smyrna with his personal skill of bringing history to life.
Here’s how it works
Small group comfort Cruise on a small ship with only 28 passengers and eight crew. Explore on your own or join the professionally hosted tours detailed in the itinerary.
Life on board Life on board is relaxed and easy as we track along the picturesque Aegean coast of Turkey. Our gulet is 42 metres long with 16 air-conditioned cabins on two decks and ample space. She has a crew of eight and if you ever need a break from the boat just ask one of them and they’ll run you ashore.
In early June the maximum daytime temperatures are in the mid to high 20’s, with the evenings comfortable in the high teens.
Your Hosts You will have a professional tour host on board the gulet to answer any questions and impart local information en-route, ensuring your total satisfaction with the quality of your experience.
Guest Speaker - Giles Milton Giles is an international best-selling author whose works include ‘Nathaniel’s Nutmeg’ ‘White Gold’, ‘Paradise Lost’, ‘Wolfram’, ‘Russian Roulette’, ‘Fascinating Footnotes from History’. His most recent work is ‘Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’.
The Times described Milton as able ‘to take an event from history and make it come alive’, while The New York Times said Milton’s ‘prodigious research yields an entertaining, richly informative look at the past’. Milton’s works of narrative history rely on personal testimonies, diaries, journals and letters to tell the story of key moments in history.
Giles will be a guest speaker for one week on this cruise.
Your travelling companions Every group is different, but typically you’ll find your co-travellers will be aged between 16 and 65, enjoy keeping active, love the ocean, have a sense of adventure, love fine foods, an occasional glass of wine (for the adults of course), and a good chat.
Flexible joining options
Travelling with a friend or partner? Double Cabin - A Deck $8,990pp Double Cabin – B Deck $7,750pp Twin share – B Deck $6,995pp
Travelling with as a single? Add a single supplement of $4,458 to any of the above cabins
Love Boat’ is a 42 metre luxury gulet, built in Turkey in 2013 to a unique design which includes 16 double cabins with accommodation for up to 32 passengers.
All cabins have private shower and toilet facilities and all cabins have individual air conditioning controls.
There are 6 superior double cabins on the upper deck and each has extensive sea views.
The lower deck has 8 double cabins all with individual portholes and 2 convertible cabins which can be twin or double bedded.
The public spaces provide for alfresco or enclosed relaxing and dining
Inclusions on board • Services of 8 crew • Yacht laundry • Recreational equipment • WIFI
Day 1 : Istanbul (28 May) Arrive in Istanbul
Day 2 : Istanbul (29 May) Sightseeing historical Istanbul including the Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, the Roman cisterns, the Spice Bazaar and the Grand Bazaar. Welcome dinner in the evening
Day 3 : Istanbul (30 May) Sightseeing encompassing the last days of the Ottoman Court. Visit Topkapi Palace. Afternoon cruise on the Bosphorus past Beylerbeyi Palace, and end at the Pera Palace Hotel
Day 4 : Istanbul / Canakkale (31 May) Drive to Canakkale. Visit the ancient site of Troy, the amazing new Troy museum before boarding the gulet in the evening
Day 5 : Canakkale / Kabatepe (1 June) Visit the Canakkale Maritime Museum which contains ships from the Gallipoli campaign. Sail to Kabatepe
Day 6 : Kabatepe (Anzac Cove) / Bozcaada (2 June) Early morning excursion to the beaches of Gallipoli and tour the battlefield. Cruise the Gallipoli coast. Depart for the Island Bozcaada and see the Genovese Castle. Arrive and explore this former Greek Island, known for its vineyards and local wines. Enjoy dinner ashore with wine tasting.
Day 7 : Bozcaada / Assos / Ayvalik (3 June) Cruise to the attractive small port of Assos. Lunch in the bay. Option to explore Assos and the archaeological site with wonderful views of Lesbos. Sail to Ayvalik past Lesbos and hear talks about the Australian and British Hospital Ships in WW1 and WW2 and the Sapphic Poets
Day 8 : Ayvalik / Foca (4 June) Tour of the spectacular site of Pergamon, which towers one thousand feet above the surrounding countryside. Visit the Aesclepion, the world’s first complete health spa and the magnificent Acropolis. Cruise to Foca and overnight
Day 9 : Izmir (5 June) Sail to Izmir and enjoy talks on Smyrna and the evacuation. Disembark in Izmir and visit the historic Levantine suburb of Bournabat, home of the grand Levantine families. Dinner at a classical Levantine restaurant in Bournabat
Day 10 : Izmir / Ceşme (6 June) Morning at leisure. Sail into the clear waters and along the sandy beaches of Çeşme, overlooked by Çeşme Castle, built by the Ottomans as protection from the Venetians
Day 11 : Kuşadasi (7 June) Sail along the coast to Kusadasi and spend the rest of the day at leisure
Day 12 : Kuşadasi / Didyma (8 June) Visit the ancient site of Ephesus including the restored Basilica of St John, the amphitheatre, the Library of Celsus. See ordinary homes decorated with mosaics and frescoes. Visit Seljuk the Archaeological Museum and the former Greek village of Sirince
Day 13 : Didyma / Bodrum (9 June) Sail to Didyma, passing through the Straits of Samos. Afternoon at leisure to explore the lovely pine forested coast
Day 14 : Bodrum (10 June) Visit the classical site of Miletus and explore the ancient Greek Sanctuary of Didyma, a huge, intricate temple devoted to the oracle to Apollo alongside temples dedicated to Artemis and other deities. Sail to Bodrum, the site of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, a wonder of the ancient world, as well as the home of Herodotus, known as ‘the father of history’
Day 15 : Bodrum (11 June) Disembark and visit Bodrum Castle, an impressive Crusader citadel which overlooks Bodrum Harbour. Transfer to the Marina Vista Hotel in the afternoon. Farewell dinner
Day 16 : Bodrum (12 June) Depart Bodrum
• 3 nights hotel accommodation in Istanbul incl. breakfast (twin share). • 1 night hotel accommodation in Bodrum incl. breakfast (twin share). • Coach transfer from Istanbul to Canakkale. • 11 nights on board the gulet in a selected cabin on a twin share basis unless otherwise stated. • Breakfast on board each day plus one other meal (lunch or dinner according to the program). • Tours as specified in the program • Giles Milton as guest speaker during the first 7 days of the program.
What is not included • All international and domestic flights • Airport transfers • Personal travel insurance • Visa • Meals other than those specified in the program • Credit card transaction fees • Crew gratuity
• A non-refundable deposit of $2,000 per person is required to confirm a booking. • The balance is payable 90 days before departure. • The itinerary and prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change for any reason. The price may be subject to exchange rate surcharge at the time of final settlement. • Credit card transactions are subject to merchant fees.
Travel insurance is strongly recommended by Mariner Boating Holidays. Travellers should ensure they have a valid policy at time of booking. Your travel insurance policy must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the heads of cover. MBH also strongly recommend it covers cancellation, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects.
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