John Portmann, Professor of Religious Studies

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$4,095 per person, double occupancy, Land only
With Air from New York: $4,595
from Charlottesville: $4,995
from Washington Dulles: $4,895

Post trip Extension to Cappadocia and Ankara: $895
Extension single supplement: $195

Small group size limited to 26 guests.

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Turkey — where Europe and Asia meet to form “the cradle of civilization” — is yours to discover on this exclusive 15-day adventure. Begin your journey in Istanbul, Turkey’s cultural and spiritual heart. Enjoy the city’s astonishing and legendary Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and Topkapi Palace, one of the world’s richest museums. Travel south to the sacred World War I battlefield of Gallipoli, ferry across the Dardanelles to Troy, and explore the wealth of Greco-Roman ruins at ancient Pergamum. Spend a full day at Turkey’s best-preserved classical city, Ephesus. Among its treasures are the grand Library of Celsus and a 25,000-seat amphitheater with excellent acoustics and splendid views. Then spend four nights aboard your privately chartered gulet yacht. Cruise the exquisite Turquoise Coast, relaxing and discovering hidden sights, quaint fishing villages and remote ruins. End your journey in the beautiful seaside resort of Antalya, with side trips to ancient Perge and Aspendos.

Program Highlights

  • Discover exotic Istanbul, including Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia.
  • Cruise the lovely Bosphorus, the world’s narrowest strait used for international navigation.
  • Get lost at the vast Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, one of the world’s largest covered markets selling all kinds of goods.
  • Visit Old Istanbul and marvel at splendid mosques and magnificent palaces such as the ancient Hippodrome, the Palace of Ibrahim Pasha, the famed Hagia Sophia and the splendid Topkapi Palace.
  • Travel to the legendary Troy, the city once believed to have existed only in Homer’s epic poem.
  • Tour Ephesus, the world’s best-preserved ancient city which once housed the Temple of Diana, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
  • Cruise the waters of the Turquoise Coast in a gulet, a replica of a traditional Turkish fishing boat fashioned with all the modern comforts in mind.
  • Hike to the Sunken Baths of Cleopatra, built by Mark Antony for the last Egyptian pharaoh.


John Portmann, Professor of Religious Studies

Prof. Portmann received his Master’s in Philosophy from Cambridge University and Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. The author of six books, John reads widely in the philosophy of emotions, moral history, and sexual ethics.  His work has been translated into several languages and has been reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post.  He has been interviewed on national public radio programs in Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia and has been cited in publications such as Time, Psychology Today and Cosmo.  He has appeared on MSNBC, the Voice of America, and the History Channel.


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Depart the U.S. for Istanbul, Turkey

Depart the United States early this evening on your flight bound for Istanbul.

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Arrive Istanbul

After arriving in Istanbul, you’ll meet your Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director and transfer to your hotel, located near Taksim Square, the heart of modern Istanbul.  Please note that as guests’ arrival times may vary greatly (from morning to late afternoon), no group activities or meals have been planned for this day. We are free to explore the bustling area around Taksim Square or simply relax after our overseas flights. Dinner tonight is on our own.

Accommodations:  The Central Palace

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It’s our first full day in Istanbul, and there’s much on the agenda, beginning with an informative briefing about our journey ahead.  This legendary city, divided by the Bosphorus, separates Europe from Asia, and makes this a place where East and West meet in a fascinating melding of cultures.  On this morning’s tour we encounter the vast Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s largest covered markets with some 4,000 shops and stalls selling goods of all kinds, including jewelry, pottery, leather, and Turkish delicacies.  After leaving the Grand Bazaar, we walk along Istanbul’s side streets through local Turkish markets, ending at the Spice Market, with its exotic spices, nuts, and dried fruits from around the world.

Next we cruise on the Bosphorus Strait, the waterway that separates Europe from Asia.  We stop in the village of Ortakoy, known for its trendy art scene, cafés, and boutiques as well as its historic mosque and synagogue.  There’s time to explore and have lunch on your own here before we return to our hotel mid-afternoon.  This evening we take a short walk to a local restaurant where we dine on traditional Turkish cuisine during our welcome dinner.

Accommodations:  The Central Palace
Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

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This morning we cross over Galata Bridge, which spans the Golden Horn, and tour Old Istanbul, home of splendid mosques and magnificent palaces.  Our first stop here:  the ancient Hippodrome, where chariot races once took place. Then we visit the renowned Museum of Turkish & Islamic Art housing artifacts from the Ottoman (14th to 20th centuries), Seljuk (11th to 13th centuries), and earlier periods beginning in the 8th century.  In the restored Palace of Ibrahim Pasha, the museum displays both everyday items and ancient pieces of art including carvings of wood, glass, and stone.  We continue on to the marvelous Blue Mosque, topped by six slender minarets.  Inside is one of the world’s great collections of blue Isnik tiles (20,000 of them), along with 260 stained glass windows.  Next we visit famed Hagia Sophia, which was the world’s grandest Cathedral when it was built in 537 AD; it was converted into a mosque in the 15th century and is now a museum.

We enjoy lunch together at a local restaurant in the old town and dine on traditional Turkish fare.  Then we tour splendid Topkapi Palace, dramatically set on a promontory with remarkable views over the Bosphorus. This vast palace, the home of Ottoman sultans, once housed as many as 4,000 royals, couturiers, and hangers-on.  Among other magnificent artifacts on display here we see priceless paintings, jewel-encrusted swords, and delicate porcelains.  The remainder of the afternoon and evening is at leisure; tonight you have your choice of many excellent restaurants for dinner on your own.

Accommodations:  The Central Palace
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

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Istanbul / Gallipoli / Troy / Assos

We rise early to begin our full day of travel to the northern Aegean Coast for a brief visit of Gallipoli, where in 1915 Allied troops faced the Turkish army led by Lieutenant-Colonel Mustafa Kemal, also known as Ataturk, the man who later became the leader of modern Turkey.  Large numbers of casualties were suffered here, and we pay our respects to those who gave their lives as we visit ANZAC Beach Cemetery.  Then we travel across the Straits of the Dardanelles to Troy, once believed to have existed only in Homer’s epic poem.  But Heinrich Schliemann discovered the real Troy in the 1870s; indeed excavations have revealed the remnants of at least nine civilizations here dating back 5,000 years.  After an exploration of the ruins and relics here, we continue on to Behramkale, ancient Assos, where we spend the night.

Please note:  Because of the Nazlihan Hotel’s small rooms and limited space, and in addition to your one piece of checked luggage, you will need to bring a smaller, soft-sided “carry” bag for your overnight stay in Assos.  This additional bag should be small and flexible enough to fit inside your checked luggage.

Accommodations:  Nazlihan Hotel
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Assos / Pergamum / Izmir

This morning we depart for Pergamum, once one of the richest small kingdoms in Asia Minor, which housed one of the world’s largest collections of books.  Here we visit the magnificent Acropolis, which contains the ruins of Pergamum’s acclaimed 200,000-volume library, so large it challenged the world’s greatest library in Alexandria, Egypt.  In fact, the Egyptians were so afraid that Pergamum would attract scholars away from Alexandria that they cut off the area’s supply of papyrus, forcing the invention of pergamen (Latin for parchment), made from animal hides rather than papyrus reed.  Along with the library, the Acropolis also boasts a great theater seating 10,000 and the marble-columned Temple of Trajan.  Below the theater lie the ruins of the Temple of Dionysus along with the Altar of Zeus, in a marvelous setting shaded by evergreen trees. Much of Pergamum has been lovingly restored; it is now considered one of the premier ancient sites in Turkey.  After enjoying our lunch in a typical Turkish kebab restaurant, we continue on to Asclepieum, a sanctuary and healing center built in the 4th century BC in the name of Ascelepius, god of healing. Later this afternoon we travel to Izmir and our hotel, where we dine together tonight.

Accommodations:  Swissôtel Grand Efes
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Izmir / Ephesus

Today we visit Ephesus, perhaps the world’s best-preserved ancient city.  In Roman times, Ephesus was the provincial capital of Asia, with a population of 250,000 at the height of its glory.  An important Christian community arose here, and Ephesus was visited by St. Paul, who later wrote one of his epistles to the Ephesians. Perhaps its greatest claim to fame is the fact that Ephesus once housed the Temple of Diana, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  Today the magnificently preserved ruins attract visitors from across the globe.  A full day of touring here includes the immense theater that holds 24,000 people and is still used today.  We’ll walk along the Sacred Way, where the rich once lived and where an ingenious water and sewer system was constructed beneath paving stones of marble; see the Temple of Hadrian, a Corinthian-style building with the head of Medusa on the porch to keep away evil spirits; and admire the Library of Celsus, which once held 12,000 ancient scrolls.  Before enjoying lunch in the beautiful rustic village of Sirince, we’ll visit the Ephesus Archaeological Museum, filled with statuary, ancient relics, mosaics, and artifacts excavated from the site.  We return to Izmir late this afternoon and enjoy an evening at leisure.  From our well-located hotel, we have our choice of several local restaurants all within a short walking distance.

Accommodations:  Swissôtel Grand Efes
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

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Today we continue our journey south, stopping along the way to see a demonstration of the ancient art of carpet weaving at a local factory.  Then we’ll stop in a local village for lunch before we continue on to Göcek, arriving this afternoon in the serene port town set at the most inland point of the Gulf of Fethiye.  Here we board our 14-guest gulet, a replica of a traditional Turkish fishing boat.  Today’s gulets are built with modern comforts in mind, containing small but cozy cabins with private bath and shower, public areas, and broad decks in an area approximately 85 feet long and 21 feet wide.  Beautiful craftsmanship combined with ancient artistry makes the gulet the perfect vessel in which to cruise the waters of the Turquoise Coast.  After settling in to your cabin, you’ll enjoy your first dinner on board, prepared by the ship’s crew with fresh local ingredients.  Tonight you may wish to join others sleeping on deck under the stars.

AccommodationsGulet yacht
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Cruising - Aga Limani / Cleopatra Baths

Our route for the next few days is along the coastline that Mark Antony is said to have given Cleopatra as a wedding gift.  Named for the brilliant color of its waters, the Turquoise Coast is nature’s gift to all those who travel here.  The swimming is glorious, in crystal clear waters that afford views into the depths.  With the scent of eucalyptus perfuming the air, and forested mountains as our backdrop, we begin our “Blue Voyage” by traveling this morning to the hidden cove of Aga Limani where an optional hike of approximately three hours along an herb-scented trail brings us to Lydea, a little-known Greco-Roman site.  The hike concludes at the Sunken Baths of Cleopatra, built in a breathtaking inlet by Mark Antony for the last Egyptian pharaoh.  Please note that parts of this hike can be strenuous, and the trail has a fair amount of gravel and rock.  Please consult with your tour director if you have concerns about your ability to participate safely on this hike.  If you prefer a less strenuous day, you can choose to stay on board the gulet as it sails to the Sunken Baths to meet up with the hikers.  There’s plenty on board with which to keep occupied, including games, cards, or simply chatting with your fellow guests.

AccommodationsGulet yacht
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Cruising - Dalyan River

This morning we disembark and drive to Dalyan, an environmentally protected area where we board a small skiff for a trip through an intriguing maze of channels. At the Lake of Koycegiz, we see our first Lycian rock tombs.  These relics, which stretched along the Mediterranean coast from Koycegiz in the West to Antalya in the East, are the few remaining artifacts of this great culture.  After lunch in a local restaurant, we drive to our gulet in Fethiye Bay where we anchor for the night.

AccommodationsGulet yacht
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Cruising - Gemiler / Kayakoy

Today we sail to our next anchorage, Gemiler Island, where we disembark for a tour of the 6th-century Byzantine monastery here.  After lunch on board, we disembark and drive to the Greek “ghost town” of Kayakoy, deserted after World War I and the Turkish War of Independence.  Residents abandoned approximately 2,000 stone houses that are now restored and preserved as a historical monument.  We’ll explore the town and its two churches, which still retain some of their painted decoration and mosaic floors.  Later we return to our gulet and remain anchored in Gemiler tonight, our last night on board.

AccommodationsGulet yacht
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Cruising - Fethiye / Demre / Myra / Antalya

This morning we sail to Fethiye, where we disembark, bid farewell to our gulet crew, and board a motorcoach for the long drive to Antalya.  Along the way we stop in Demre to tour the ancient site of Myra, with an extremely well preserved Roman theater and striking Lycian tombs (including one topped with a dramatic deathbed scene).  As a point of interest, Demre is where the legend of Father Christmas (“Noel Baba” in Turkish) is said to have originated with a Christian bishop who gave dowries to penniless girls.  The bishop became known as St. Nicholas.  We also visit Demre’s 12th-century Church of St. Nicholas, whose last major renovations in 1862 were sponsored by Czar Nicholas I of Russia.  After lunch here we continue our drive to Antalya along the beautiful Turquoise Coast.  Late this afternoon we reach our hotel, splendidly situated overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.  We enjoy dinner together at the hotel.

Accommodations:  Rixos Antalya Downtown
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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This morning we take a walking orientation tour of Antalya, where we see the resort city’s Old Town, the extravagantly carved Hadrian’s Gate, and the lovely Yivli (“fluted”) Minaret. Then we board a coach for the ride to Antalya’s Archaeological Museum, which chronicles the history of the area through a wealth of ancient artifacts discovered locally.  Of special interest here is the “God Gallery” housing statues of 15 gods from Aphrodite to Zeus.   We return to our hotel in time for lunch on your own.  The remainder of the day is at leisure; you may wish to indulge in an authentic Turkish bath!  Dinner tonight will be on our own.

Accommodations:  Rixos Antalya Downtown
Meals:  Breakfast

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Antalya / Perge / Aspendos

This morning we set off for a tour of the once-thriving Roman city of Perge, which reached its pinnacle during the era of Alexander the Great.  Among the outstanding ruins here are the ancient shopping arcade, the awe-inspiring 12,000-seat stadium, and a 15,000-seat theater.  Then we move on to Aspendos, whose huge theater is considered one of the best preserved in all of antiquity.  We return to Antalya in time for lunch on your own and an afternoon at leisure before we gather for a farewell dinner at a local Turkish restaurant.

Accommodations:  Rixos Antalya Downtown
Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

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Return to U.S.

If you are returning today to the United States, you will transfer early this morning to the airport for your connecting flight to the U.S.  If you are joining the optional extension to Cappadocia and Ankara, please see the next page.

Meals:  Breakfast


Since space is limited aboard the gulet, suitcases must be placed under beds or in irregular spaces.  It will be very helpful if your luggage is flexible (duffel bag variety) rather than hard-sided. In addition, we ask guests to wear clean, soft-soled shoes aboard ship in order to prevent scuffing of the ship’s hardwood floors.  These should be a different pair than what you wear when out exploring during the day; any smooth soft-soled footwear such as boat or deck shoes, tennis shoes, sandals, or slippers is fine.  Last, you may wish to pack a washcloth for your time on the gulet.

In addition, this trip involves considerable walking on uneven or cobblestone streets and at sites of ancient ruins, as well as on stops during the gulet cruise.  You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to the fullest.

We will do our best to adhere to our printed itinerary. Occasionally, though, unexpected obstacles, and opportunities, may arise that will force us to deviate from the itinerary as written.  We would ask you to be open-minded and flexible should we vary the itinerary slightly. In addition, please note that airline schedules are subject to change.  We will provide you with updated flight information closer to your departure.

For Land Only Guests

If you choose to purchase the Legendary Turkey tour as “land only,” you will be making your own international air arrangements and will join the tour at the first hotel.

While airport transfers and luggage handling at the arrival and departure airports are not included when you purchase a tour as land only, you are welcome to join our motorcoach transfer to the hotel.  This service will be provided to you on a complimentary basis.

To join in the transfer, you must be at the Istanbul airport concurrent with the group of arriving Odysseys Unlimited guests.  Look for our representative holding an Odysseys Unlimited sign and you will be directed to the motorcoach.  Please note that you must be present when the coach is preparing to leave.

Several different flights may be used for Legendary Turkey; however, to take advantage of the complimentary transfer you should be present for the following flight arrival:

Day 1   Depart New York         4:30 p.m.         Turkish Airlines Flight 2
Day 2   Arrive Istanbul            9:55 a.m.

Please remember that all flights and schedules are subject to change.

Upon the tour’s completion, you are also welcome to join the group transfer to the airport for your flight home.

For Guests Taking the “CAPPADOCIA & ANKARA”
Optional Post-Tour Extension:

Meals included:
Post-Trip Extension
4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners

DAY 15–Sunday, October 14
Transfer to Cappadocia

Guests who are joining our optional extension to Cappadocia and Ankara will have a full-day motorcoach transfer via historic Konya, where we’ll stop for a visit to the Mevlana Museum, home of Turkey’s renowned Whirling Dervishes – a mystic order whose members dance wildly to free themselves from earthly bondage.  We’ll have lunch here before continuing on to Cappadocia in central Turkey.  Renowned for its awe-inspiring natural rock formations – which were utilized for everything from housing to churches and even complete underground villages – Cappadocia is as magical today as it was when early farmers discovered the fertile powers of the volcanic ash that covered the area thousands of years ago.  Cappadocia became a haven for the first Christians, who ultimately carved more than 3,000 churches in the porous rock, painting many of them inside with splendidly preserved scenes from the Old Testament. We reach Cappadocia late this afternoon, and enjoy a buffet dinner this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations:  Uchisar Kaya Hotel
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAYS 16 & 17–Monday and Tuesday, October 15 and 16

For the next two days, we’ll explore more of this unique region.  We tour the rock churches of the Goreme Valley, including the open-air museum with 8th-century murals; and the refuge of Kaymakli, which was constructed over a period of centuries and provided a safe haven for Turks during times of war and conflict.  A maze of tunnels reaching four stories deep, this underground city held as many as 3,000 people who were able to breathe thanks to a ventilation system that allowed fresh air into the complex structure.  We also visit the vast Zelve Valley complex of caves laced with dwellings, churches, and public spaces where villagers lived until just 50 years ago; and marvel at the fairy tale chimneys at Pasabag; and the troglodyte villages of Cavusin and Uchisar.

During a stop in the charming town of Avanos we watch local craftspeople as they practice their arts, which include fashioning beautiful hand-colored pottery; and weaving rugs of natural colored wool, a regional specialty that has been perfected by the Turks over many hundreds of years and continues to be passed down from generation to generation.  We dine both evenings at the hotel.

For those who wish, an optional early morning balloon ride is available on Day 17 (at additional cost).  The ride offers an unparalleled view of the lunar-like landscape and may be reserved on-site during your stay.  At the time of printing, the cost of the balloon ride is approximately $225 per person.

Accommodations: Uchisar Kaya Hotel
Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18–Wednesday, October 17
Transfer to Ankara

This morning we board a motorcoach for the half-day transfer to Ankara, Turkey’s capital.  Upon arrival we visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, where we will gain insights into Turkey’s fascinating past.  One of the exhibits dates back to the earliest known human community, and takes us through civilizations that include the Urartu, Hattie, Hittite, Phrygian, and Assyrian.  The building itself dates from the 15th century, and is a restored covered market.  As we tour the museum, we will bring together all we have learned about Turkey and its people during our 2½ weeks of traveling.  Tonight we gather one last time for a farewell dinner at the hotel.

Accommodations:  Ankara Hilton
Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 19–Thursday, October 18
Depart Ankara for the U.S.

Early this morning, you’ll transfer to the airport for your connecting flight to the United States.

Meals:  Breakfast


We will do our best to adhere to our printed itinerary. Occasionally, though, unexpected obstacles, and opportunities, may arise that will force us to deviate from the itinerary as written.  We would ask you to be open-minded and flexible should we vary the itinerary slightly.  In addition, please note that airline schedules are subject to change.  We will provide you with updated flight information closer to your departure.


Central Palace Hotel

Lamartin Caddesi. No. 18 34437 Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone:  011-90-212-313-40-40 , Fax:  011-90-212-313-40-39

Centrally located on a quiet side street near Istanbul’s Taksim Square, the Central Palace Hotel offers a great base from which to explore the city.  Decorated in late Ottoman style with modern comforts and amenities, the hotel offers a restaurant and a breakfast room; Internet Access; laundry and dry cleaning services; and a wellness center with Turkish bath, sauna, steam bath, and exercise equipment.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer and Jacuzzi, mini-bar, safe, TV, and phone. Please note that the Central Palace does not carry a liquor license so alcoholic drinks are not sold on the premises. There are however many establishments in the close vicinity of the hotel that do serve alcohol.

Nazlihan Hotel

Iskele Mevkii Behramkale — Ayvalik, Canakkale, Turkey
Phone:  011-90-286-721-7385/7386- Fax:  011-90-286-721-7387

This rustic harborfront hotel is in a remote and dramatic Aegean setting.  The hotel has two restaurants and a bar.  Air-conditioned guest rooms are decorated in authentic Turkish décor and include private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, TV, and phone.  Please note that guest rooms are quite small (please see Day 5 in the itinerary regarding the use of an overnight bag), and there is no elevator. Lodging alternatives are limited in this region of Turkey; while your one-night stay in this unique location should be quite enjoyable, the amenities (and overall quality) at the hotel will be lower than elsewhere on your tour.

Swissôtel Grand Efes

Gaziosmanpasa Bulvari No: 1 35210, Alsancak, Izmir, Turkey
Phone:  011-90-232-414-0000- Fax: 011-90-232-414-1010

Centrally located in downtown Izmir and surrounded by landscaped gardens, the Swissôtel Grand Efes overlooks Kordon seafront promenade and the Aegean coast.  This contemporary hotel offers two restaurants, bar, and café; Fitness Center; spa with steam bath, Turkish bath, salt pool, and Jacuzzi; wellness center; shopping arcade; Internet access; laundry services; tennis courts; and indoor and outdoor pools.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

Gulet Yacht

A beautifully crafted motorized sailing vessel built of teak wood with a pointed fore and round aft, a private gulet yacht is the most authentic and relaxing way to cruise the Turquoise Coast.  A large foredeck gives everyone ample space to sit and watch the Mediterranean coastline; in the evening, you may choose to stay up here and sleep under the stars.  Dinner each evening is outside on deck under cover, as the ship’s cook prepares meals praised for their quality and freshness.  All guests stay in small private cabins, each equipped with a shower and toilet.  On board, you’ll also find swimming and snorkeling equipment, perfect for late afternoon dips after you’ve anchored for the day.

Since space is limited about our gulet yachts, suitcases must be placed under beds or in irregular spaces.  It would be very helpful if your luggage is flexible (duffel bag variety) rather than hard-sided.  Additionally, based on environmental regulations, toilet paper cannot be flushed (it is placed in waste receptacles which are emptied by the crew).  Electricity on board is provided by a generator and thus the amount of hot water may be limited during busy periods (especially in the morning).

Average Length:       88 feet
Average Width:         21 feet
Sails:                           Mainsail, Genoa
Motor:                         MAN 350HP

Please note that, while the gulets are built to reflect the design of traditional Turkish fishermen’s sailing vessels, their primary means of movement is by motor.  The actual amount of time spent under sail may be very limited and is often based on local weather conditions and the captain’s discretion.

Rixos Antalya Downtown

Sakip Sabanci Bulvari, Konyaalti Sahili 07050, Antalya, Turkey
Phone:  011-90-242-249-4949- Fax: 011-90-242-249-4900

Surrounded by spacious gardens and standing on Konyaalti Beach, Rixos Antalya Downtown overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and Toros Mountains.  The hotel is fully equipped with a restaurant and several bars; Internet access; laundry and dry cleaning services; market; fitness center with spa, Turkish bath, sauna, massage treatments, and Jacuzzi; health center; outdoor pool; and access to a private section of Konyaalti Beach.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.


Uchisar Kaya Hotel

Yukari Mah Mevkii Adnan, Menderes Cad. No: 15, Uchisar Nevsehir Turkey
Phone: 011-90-384-219-2007 – Fax:  011-90-384-219-2363

Located near the town center of Uchisar, close to shops and restaurants, the 73-room Uchisar Kaya Hotel is carved from the rocks of Cappadocia.  The hotel offers several restaurants, a bar, Internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, Fitness Center, sauna, Turkish bath, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and outstanding views of Cappadocia’s Goreme Valley.  Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Ankara Hilton

Tahran Caddessi 12, Kavaklidere, Ankara, Turkey 06700
Phone:  011-90-312-455-0000- Fax: 011-90-312-455-0055

This modern tower hotel in the center of the city offers a host of amenities including a restaurant and two bars, casino, Fitness Center, Turkish bath, sauna, Jacuzzi, shopping center, beauty salon, Internet access, safe deposit boxes, and indoor pool.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, mini-bar, TV, and phone.


13 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners

Program Fees

$4,095 per person, double occupancy, land only. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $995 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Air inclusive from New York: $4,595
Air inclusive from Charlottesville: $4,995
Air inclusive from Washington Dulles: $4,895

Extension: $895
Extension single supplement: $195

Price includes:

  • Exclusive departure for the University of Virginia
  • Small group size limited to 26 people
  • 13 nights’ accommodations (including 4 nights aboard a privately chartered gulet)
  • 31 meals: 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described in day-by-day itinerary, including all entrance fees
  • Services of a dedicated Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout the trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides (if applicable), dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Does not include:

  • Airfare if purchasing a Land Only package
  • Airfare between Antalya to Istanbul, or Ankara to Istanbul, if purchasing a Land Only package
  • Airline taxes and departure fees (listed as separate item on invoice)
  • Gratuities for Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director and all shipboard personnel (left to individual discretion)
  • Costs of passports and visas; airport, port, and departure taxes, which will be listed as separate items on your invoice and are subject to change;
  • personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, room service, and meals not specified; excess baggage fees; communication charges;
  • Gratuities to your Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director and shipboard personnel, which are at your discretion (suggested gratuity for your Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director: $10-$15 per day per traveler);
  • optional sightseeing; and
  • travel protection insurance.

In addition to the inclusions noted in the land-only pricing, air-inclusive price includes:

Round-trip air transportation from listed cities

General Terms & Conditions

Please read this information carefully, as a payment of a $500 deposit per person represents your acceptance of the following Terms and Conditions.

Payment Schedule: A deposit of $500 per person confirms your reservation. The balance of your invoice is due 95 days (June 27, 2012) before departure.

Not Included in Tour Price: Airfare if purchasing a Land Only package; costs of passports and visas; airport, port, and departure taxes, which will be listed as separate items on your invoice and are subject to change; personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, room service, and meals not specified; excess baggage fees; communication charges; gratuities to your Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director and shipboard personnel, which are at your discretion (suggested gratuity for your Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director: $10-$15 per day per traveler); optional sightseeing; and travel protection insurance.

Cancellation and Refunds: If you must cancel your trip, the effective date of cancellation will be upon our receipt of your written notification. Refunds for cancellations are subject to the following per person charges: Cancel 95 days or more before departure: $200 charge; Cancel 94-65 days before departure: 50% of tour price; Cancel 64-30 days before departure: 75% of tour price; Cancel 29-0 days before departure: No refund. If a guest makes any changes within 94 and 30 days prior to departure to either their departure city and/or the optional post-tour extension, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. will apply a $100 per person administrative fee, in addition to any fees or penalties imposed by third parties. No changes are allowed within 30 days of departure.

Upon reservation you must provide your full legal name as it appears on your passport, your date of birth and gender. In the event an airline ticket is issued with incorrect information you have provided, you will be responsible for charges associated with the ticket’s reissue.

Responsibility: The liability of the University of Virginia, as sponsor, and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc., as tour operator, is strictly limited. The University of Virginia and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. purchase transportation, hotel accommodations, restaurant and other services from independent suppliers not under our control. We serve only as agents for these suppliers in securing tour arrangements, and therefore will not accept responsibility for wrongful, negligent, or arbitrary acts or omissions of these independent contractors, their employees, agents, servants or representatives. The University of Virginia and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. are not liable for injury, damage, loss, accident, or delay that may be caused by events not within our control, including without limitation, acts of terrorism, war, strikes, the defect of any vehicle, or the negligence or default of any third party. All coupons, receipts, and tickets issued are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the air carriers, cruise line, and other independent suppliers. We will make every effort to operate our tours as planned, but we reserve the right to make itinerary changes as necessary. If unforeseen circumstances require us to change a hotel, we will select alternative accommodations of the same or better quality. If you choose to make your own air arrangements, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. shall not have any liability for any loss resulting from cancellation of this tour or changes in this tour.

Health and Medical Issues:We request that you be in fairly good health to participate in an Odysseys Unlimited tour. There is a considerable amount of walking, and you must be able to get on and off motorcoaches and boats on your own. If you require the use of a wheelchair or have other personal needs, you must be accompanied by a companion who will assist you. We reserve the right to remove anyone whose physical or mental condition, in our opinion, compromises the operation of the tour or detracts from the enjoyment or safety of the other passengers. In that event, Odysseys Unlimited and the University of Virginia assume no financial responsibility for any unused portion of the tour.