|Meet your host Annie Hastwell
Turkey is known for its history, culture, hospitality and natural beauty.
Truly, east meets west as we explore the Byzantine and Ottoman secrets of Istanbul, walk in the footsteps of Romans in the
ancient metropolis of Ephesus before cruising the beautiful Aegean coastline onboard our traditional, hand crafted yacht,
incidentally named East Meets West.
We will take time out of our schedule for daily Hatha style yoga practice in beautiful, unique locations amongst the minarets
of Istanbul, the pine forests hugging the mountains of the Aegean coast and of course on deck.
We'll hike on trails only accessible from the sea, explore ancient ruins, visit small villages, feast on healthy, fresh food
prepared by our onboard chef and relax at night to the sound of waves gently lapping the hull of the boat. We'll have cabins
but many of you will choose to sleep on deck under the stars and moonlit sky.
Travelling on our gulet allows us to moor in small bays, stretch out in secluded bays, hike from one point to another,
choose to relax and stay onboard any day, swim and snorkel in azure seas. Along the way we'll see ruins that reflect
Turkey's long history from Lycian tombs, to Roman amphitheatres to the Turkish Ottoman period.
We’ll spend the first two nights and the last night in a tourist class but charming hotel in Istanbul (Divalis
Hotel or similar) and two nights in an Ottoman style hotel in Sirince (Kirkinca House Hotel or similar).
We’ll also spend seven nights onboard the gulet. As is typical on a gulet, cabins are small but larger than
you’ll find on a sailing yacht, there is a wardrobe, underbed storage for luggage and a power point (limited
availability). All cabins have their own ensuite bathroom with hairdryer, shower cubicle and home style flush
All meals are eaten on a mahogany table on the back deck where we have a different view for every meal.
|NEW Yoga and Gulet Cruise
International flights to and from Turkey
Internal flights Istanbul to Izmir and Dalaman to Istanbul; although
these will be booked on your behalf
Transfers: Arrival/departure transfers for international flights
Gratuities for ships crew, daily tour guides
Visa to Turkey
Travel Insurance: please remember to arrange your own travel
Yoga Instructor—daily Hatha style yoga practice
Local guides in Istanbul, Ephesus and gulet cruise
Hotels: 5 nights accommodation in twin-share rooms
Gulet: 7 nights accommodation in twin-share cabins
Full Board: All meals from breakfast on Friday through to breakfast on
the last Monday
All activities on the itinerary including tours, excursions, entrance fees
and Turkish Bath
Transfers to and from Dalaman airport
Gulet: Meals are prepared every day using the freshest of local
ingredients by our onboard chef:
Vegetarians are easily catered for. Please advise of any dietary
requirements at time of booking.
Hi. I'll be hosting this wonderful trip in Turkey.
I look forward to taking you to some beautiful places to experience Turkish culture and food, as well
as the beauty and serenity of sailing the Mediterranean along the Turkish coast.
I hosted a similar trip in June 2015 and was able to share my passion for fresh, healthy food, walking
in fresh air and stunning natural surroundings as well as yoga with backdrops such as the Topkapi
Palace and glass-like turquoise seas.
I'm a yoga teacher, stretch therapist and personal trainer. I teach Hatha style yoga with an emphasis
on mindfulness and an awareness of one's own body and what it needs.
The yoga sessions on this trip are suitable for beginners and those who have yoga experience. You
will also experience Yoga Nidra and Meditation as part of the practice each morning, learning
relaxation skills to take back into busy lives.
This is truly a holiday for body, mind and spirit.
|What's not included
|Yoga, Istanbul & Ephesus Gulet Cruise 12 nights
* Yoga sessions amongst ancient history and on the
teak decks of our gulet East Meets West. Daily Hatha
style yoga practice; Yoga Nidra for complete relaxation;
Breathing techniques to calm and energise; Guided
* 2000+ years of history from the Hellenistic period to
* Hiking ancient paths and ruins dating back to 10 BC
hidden amongst olive groves and pine forests
* Luxury Gulet Cruise - Swimming & snorkeling in
clear, turquoise azure seas of the Aegean and
*Turkish Food - feasting on healthy, locally grown, fresh
To check availability and have all of your questions answered please
You can also Call FREE from the UK 0800 014 9614
You will be asked for your name and contact details so a booking form
can be completed and your deposit invoice issued. Your place isn't
guaranteed until you have paid your deposit.
|How to Book
|Accommodation 3 nights Istanbul, 2 nights Sirince, 7 nights gulet
|Download pdf brochure here
The following itinerary is meant to be illustrative rather than definitive. We may follow it exactly or weather
and group interests may influence it.
Thursday 28 May
Arrive Istanbul (IST) some time today. We’ll meet up for dinner for the start of our wonderful holiday.
Friday 29 May
A walking tour is the best way to see Istanbul and today we’ll combine traditional sites and an insider’s view
with our local guide. We’ll tour the must see sites of Istanbul: the Topkapi Palace, the ancient residence of
mighty Ottoman Sultans, the Haghia Sophia church, one of the most extraordinary buildings in the history of
architecture from the golden age of Byzantium; the Blue Mosque, Istanbul’s most prominent mosque
overlooking the Bosphorus and the Basilica Cistern. After some free time we’ll gather again for dinner and
have time to pack for our adventure. B, L, D We will schedule at least one yoga session into every day of the
Saturday 30 May
No visit to Istanbul would be complete with seeing the Bosphorus close up and we’ll start our day with a
morning cruise. We’ll also visit the Spice Market with its heady mix of spices and herbs. After all of that we’re
off to the domestic airport for a short flight to Izmir. We’ll spend the next two nights in Sirince, close to
Ephesus, a delight in itself. It’s one of the very few genuinely beautiful historic villages left in western Turkey
an almost all houses date from 19th century or even earlier. B, L, D
Sunday 31 May
We’ll spend the entire day visiting the ancient city of Ephesus, first a city from the Hellenistic period and later
from the Roman period. It is considered to be the commercial, religious and social centre of antiquity. It is a
vast site not yet complete excavated, but what is visible such as the library and the Temple of Artemis gives
some idea of its original splendor. After a full day we’ll return to our hotel for dinner. B, L,D.
Monday 1 June
Today we’ll get our first taste of the Turkish countryside as we drive to Fethiye, less than 5 hours away.
There we’ll be greeted by our English guide Anne and her husband Adil, co-owners of our gulet East Meets
West, together with their all male crew of a cook and sailor. After settling into our cabins we share a
welcome tea and biscuits, have some free time before dinner onboard in port. B, L, D
Tuesday 2 June
We start with a breakfast feast of fruit, tomatoes, cheese, eggs, olives, jams, bread and lashings of hot
Turkish tea, there’s coffee too. Before leaving port we will visit some of the local treasures by air-conditioned
coach where we will have our yoga session amongst the ruins of an abandoned village. When we return to
the boat we’ll take our first cruise across the calm Mediterranean sea before dropping anchor in a small
bay, plenty of time for swimming before dinner. B, L, D
Wednesday 3 June
After breakfast we’ll cruise to another bay and the start of our first walk where we’ll follow goat trails through
pine forests with wonderful views of the Gocek Islands.
Thursday 4 June
Plenty of time for relaxation onboard with a shorter coastal walk with stunning views B,L,D
Friday 5 June
Today’s walk starts at the remains of Cleopatra’s Bath, meanders through forests of pine and olive before
taking us to a nomad and his home. We then follow an ancient Roman footpath to the ruins of a city dated
around 2AD B,L,D
Saturday 6 June
A wonderful day packed full of interesting activities and ancient sites. We’ll take a riverboat and cruise to the
ancient site of Kaunos, cruise past the Lycian tombs high in the rock face, take a mud bath and bathe in a
thermal pool as well as finding time for a walk and yoga session. B, L, D
Sunday 7 June
A leisurely morning cruise towards Marmaris this morning; with plenty of time for swimming and relaxation
before cruising in to Marmaris port. We spend our afternoon at the Turkish Bath where we’ll have a
scrub/exfoliation massage, foam wash and oil massage; the prefect way to finish our week of yoga, activity
and relaxation. B, L, D
Monday 8 June
Our exact day will depend upon the timing of our return flight to Istanbul. We may do some last minute
shopping or wandering around town before transferring to Dalaman airport for our return flight to Istanbul
where we go our separate ways. B,L,D
Yoga — During our journey we will have daily Hatha style yoga practice sessions, Yoga Nidra for complete
relaxation; Breathing techniques to calm and energise; Guided Meditation
|© Adil Bektas Yat Isletmesi
This trip is designed for any traveller who wants a cultural immersion in
the sights, smells, culture and cuisine of Turkey and who enjoys yoga
The pace on this trip is relaxed and allows you to decide how active you
want to be; you might join the walks or stay onboard and relax.
Grade of walks: Low-Intermediate. Paths will be rocky with loose stone;
some ups and downs with some steeper inclines; the lengths of the
walks vary from 2—5 hours.
Note: This itinerary is very flexible and is open to change. For all walks,
you need hiking boots (with or without ankle support) as the paths are
littered with loose rocks and stones. Intermediate walks are suited to
people with hiking experience and walking poles are recommended.
|Who is this trip for?