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Istanbul & the Aegean Coast

Stroll & Sail Through History & Nature in Turkey

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Istanbul & the Aegean Coast

Custom Travel | 12 Days
  • Combine rich, cultural touring with restorative days sailing the Aegean, a practically perfect combination.
  • Delve into the profound archeological riches of ancient cities Sardis and Ephesus
  • Taste the culinary delights of modern Istanbul then rewild your palate dining beneath the stars on your private gulet
  • Uncover the glittering Aegean’s aquatic wonders while swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking its serene coves
  • Thoughtfully designed for you and your adventure-, culture-, and tranquility-seeking companions

No excursion to Turkey (now officially known as Türkiye), would be complete without an insightful look at spellbinding Istanbul. Here you dally in mosques and comb the markets for treasures, from cobalt blue evil-eye talismans to intricately stitched rugs.

From the cultural richness of this continent-spanning city, journey south for five glorious days on the sparkling Aegean. By private gulet, you’ll ramble among archaeological sites, swim and snorkel in turquoise coves, and have the freedom to explore wherever your wanderlust steers you.

Trip Overview

I can honestly say that this is our very best trip, ever.

1 – 3

Immerse yourself in Istanbul's cultural and historical wonders Visit the Hagia Sophia and be led through expansive bazaars and Ottoman Empire relics.

4 – 5

Fly to Izmir and discover Sard In the classical city of Ephesus, trace Greek and Roman rule through exceptionally well-preserved architecture.


Stroll Bodrum, home to a skyline-dominating castle and the renowned Mausoleum of Mausolus Meet your welcoming crew as you board your chartered sailboat.

7 – 8

Cruise by gulet around Datca Peninsula and explore ancient Knidos Snorkel and swim in serene Kadirga Bay Dine on deck under bright stars.

9 – 10

Meander the Dalyan River en route to ancient Kaunos Anchor at Shipyard Island to admire the Byzantine ruins amid the forested hills.

11 – 12

After flying to Istanbul, set out on a guided walking tour of Kadıköy’s tree-lined streets where bustling cafes and colorful murals enliven the ambience Depart Istanbul.


Dates & Prices


Custom Trips offered year-round


Custom Trip: From $11,450

(based on four travelers chartering a gulet)


  • Expertise of GeoEx’s travel specialists
  • Services of GeoEx’s in-house air reservations team
  • All accommodations
  • All ground transportation and airport transfers
  • Sightseeing, events, visits, and entrance fees
  • Most meals
  • Bottled water at included meals and while sightseeing
  • Services of local guides, drivers, and other staff 
  • Some gratuities
  • Emergency evacuation services and secondary medical expense insurance

A Journey Built Just For You

Take customization to the next level on a journey fully tailored to you. GeoEx's destination specialists will gladly tailor this existing itinerary—or build one completely from scratch—to suit your style, interests, and time frame. Contact us to see what's possible.

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