Greek Islands & Turkish Coast

Gulets -- Cruising the Aegean Coast The Blue Voyage Yachting Holidays on the Turkish Coast
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  Escorted Tours in Turkey

There are 4 distinct segments which be combined to form trips of from 1 to 5 weeks. You may sign up for any combination of segments, or we can develop a customized itinerary for you before or after any segment.

We'll explore Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Crusader, Ottoman and Urartian castles, fortresses, and ancient cities, bustling markets, sacred sites including Van, Urfa, Nemrut Dag and Cappadocia. We'll hike along Alexander's route through Lycia, sail in a gulet along the Turquoise Coast, and visit fascinating museums displaying wonders from 4 millennia. A sense of adventure is required - many of these areas are not visited very often, and we may adjust the itinerary due to local conditions, weather or other opportunities Map of Cascoly Escorted Turkey Tours

Classical Aegean tour.
Walking & Sailing Through History - Western Turkey
Fairy Chimneys & Underground Cities - Walking in Cappadocia
Eastern Turkey

 We can set up custom tours for you - either escorted or independent. Most tours involve light walking tours of archaeological sites and cities. Some trips also include additional light walking, biking or moderate day hikes. (For those not interested in hiking, we can usually provide alternative activities.) The tours are designed to explore areas with multi-night stays in 3-4 star hotels or Heritage and other Special class hotels wherever possible. 

Trekking in Kackar Mountains of Eastern Turkey

Aug – Sep  

Itinerary:  Trabzon, Kackar Mountains, Kars, Ani, Cappadocia

We’ll trek for 7 days from the lush, misty slopes of the Black Sea foothills, to the drier plateaus and valleys of the Kackar range with passes up to about 10,000’.  Following herders’ trails and ancient foot paths, we’ll walk through yaylas (summer herder villages) and see evidence of some of the former occupants, Armenian and Georgian churches and forts, and perhaps share mountain tea with their descendants.  [MAP] The area is noted for its many glacial lakes, wild flowers, butterflies and wildlife of deer, ibex, wolves, bears and birds of prey. Next we’ll traverse the arid plateaus and hills of Eastern Turkey to visit Kars, and the ancient Armenian capital of Ani.  Surrounded by river gorges on 3 sides, projecting into Armenia, Ani has an evocative setting with many fine (although crumbling), frescoed Armenian churches and other ruins.  Archaeological work is ongoing on this site that once was a major hub of the Silk Road, with a population over 100,000 in the 10th century.  Finally, we’ll fly to Cappadocia for several days of hiking among the area’s famous geological oddities and exploring cave dwellings and underground cities.


The trip is 19 days long, classified as moderate hiking, about 5-6 hours per day on the trekking portion, less on the hiking. Trekkers’ gear will be carried by mules, except for a light daypack.  Outfitters priovide all tents and camp equipment; hikers bring their own sleeping bags.  Hikers carry light daypack.  There will also be an optional 8 day posttrip extension for Nemrut Dag, Urfa & Antakya in Eastern Turkey.  [MAP] A sense of adventure is required – many of these areas are not visited very often, and we may adjust the itinerary due to local conditions, weather or other opportunities 

  For the trek, most luggage will be carried by mules, except for light day packs with your personal needs for the day.  Evenings we’ll stay at mountain yaylas [summer herders villages] or in tents.  Otherwise we’ll stay in 3-4 star hotels, often with 2 night stays. All meals are included.  This includes full buffet breakfast in the hotels, and a wide range of Turkish regional specialties.  When not trekking, we’ll travel in an air conditioned, private minibus taking us to and from trailheads each day.   Our friend, Lutfi Atay, is licensed as a national guide by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism.  He has been our guide most of our previous trips and will accompany us throughout this trip.

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