Wonders of Turkey: A Family Adventure

Named one of National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime,” this family-friendly journey features a four-night cruise along the Turquoise Coast aboard a traditional wooden boat with stops to swim, snorkel, hike, and discover hidden ruins.

Adult starting at: $7,690
Child starting at: $7,490
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 Weaving a Turkish rug  The landscape of Cappadocia. Credit: Amy Kotkin  Cappadocia balloon ride. Credit: Amy Kotkin  Explore castles once inhabited by crusaders  Cappadocia balloon ride. Credit: Amy Kotkin  A harbor filled with traditional <i>gulets</i>  Hiking in Cappadocia  A group of young adventurers  A tour group listening intently to their expert leader  Istanbul's Blue Mosque at dusk  The Library of Celsus at Ephesus  Hagia Sophia, Istanbul  Interior of the Blue Mosque, Istanbul

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All of the land journey was fabulous.

Previous Smithsonian Journeys Traveler

Our guide Omar was fabulous! He is knowledgeable, patient, and sensitive to group needs. He was amazing!

Reimers Family


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Turkish Gulet

A beautifully crafted motorized sailing vessel built of teak wood with a pointed fore and round aft, a private gulet wooden sailboat 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 boats, 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. 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).

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.