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+44 1756 706500
Turkish Coast Cruises

Turkish Coast Cruises

The spectacular and diverse Turkish coast offers a wide variety of history, culture and scenery.

Sail from Athens to pretty Greek Islands such as Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes and Patmos before heading up the Turkish coast to Istanbul, calling at picturesque Turkish resorts like Dikili, with its thermal springs and pine forest, and Cannakale, gateway to the ancient city of Troy.

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About Turkish Coast Cruises

In Istanbul you will find some of the world's greatest buildings and works of art. Visit the 6th century cathedral of Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque. Explore and haggle in the Grand Bazaar and visit the Archaeological Museum, see the Suleymaniye mosque and the Byzantine masterpiece of the Church of St Saviour in Chora. Alternatively, take a Bosphorus boat tour.

A major port of call on the Turkish coast is Kusadasi, the port for visiting Ephesus, the best preserved classical city of the Eastern Mediterranean. The stunning façade of the Celsus Library, Hercules Gate, the Stadium and the Temple of Hadrian are just a few of the impressive remains. Ephesus is also sometimes visited from Izmir.

Bodrum is another fascinating port, with its long sandy beaches and Mausoleum of Halikarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Turkey's Turquoise Coast is a holiday paradise, with its sparkling blue seas and endless golden beaches. Our Turkish Gulets explore the area between Marmaris and Kekova, visiting small fishing ports, bustling tourist destinations, and secluded coves for swimming and snorkelling.

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul Marmairs

Turkish Coast Highlights

Antalya

The delightful town of Antalya has an ancient Roman harbour, now restored and alive with cafes and pleasure boats. There are a superb collection of artefacts in the museum, Ottoman mansions, Byzantine churches and mosques, and a popular Water Park. Hadrian's Gate was once part of walled defenses against pirates and invaders, and below the arch are grooves left behind by carts over the centuries.

Antalya (Turkey)

Bodrum

Bodrum is a lively port on the Aegean Sea overlooked by the Crusader castle of St Peter. It is a successful combination of modern holiday resort and ancient sites. The hillside is dotted with whitewashed houses, and along the coast are sandy beaches backed by pines and olive groves. Bodrum is home to the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Bodrum (Turkey)

Istanbul (Turkey)

It is often said that Istanbul is where east meets west, and there are numerous places of interest in the Old City, opposite the port. The highlights are the Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia and the landmark of the city, the Blue Mosque, which is decorated with blue Iznik tiles and houses a market, public kitchen and theological school. The palace of the Ottoman Sultans, Topkapi, houses sacred Muslim relics including the Prophet Mohammed's cloak and sword.

Istanbul

Izmir

Izmir is surrounded by mountains on Turkey's scenic Aegean coast and has some of the region's best beaches. Below the modern skyline along the waterfront are Gustav Eiffel's Konak Pier and the attractive Pasaport Quay. Founded by Alexandra the Great, there are many interesting sights, including the Agora, the lovely Clock Tower near the pier, the old Kemeralti bazaar and the castle of Sancakkale.

Izmir (Turkey)

Kusadasi

The large port of Kusadasi is also a tourist resort, and has a lively nightlife, a long palm-lined boulevard and numerous sandy beaches offering watersports, including the best-known, Ladies Beach. Calls to Kusadasi usually include a visit to the magnificent and well-preserved site of Ephesus, 18 kilometers away.

Kusadasi (Turkey)

Marmaris

The lively resort and modern port of Marmaris is based around the original Old Town and its fort. Along the seafront is a promenade, and several marinas offering sailing and diving facilities. The Old Town area has a traditional Grand Bazaar, Turkish Baths in the Cami Aylu district and a small caravanserai, an old inn for travellers and their animals. Marmaris Castle was built by Suleyman the Magnificent and now houses galleries and exhibition halls.

Marmaris (Turkey)