Small Group Travel

    Small group trip turkey

    From Istanbul to Assos by boat: an incredible journey through history

    Author, travel writer and broadcaster, Jeremy Seal, and cazenove+loyd's Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell invite you to join them on an enthralling adventure, taking in Istanbul, Bursa, the Dardanelles Strait, Gallipoli, Troy and Assos.

    For those interested in history, culture and food, Turkey is a treasure-trove waiting to be uncovered. The 'Turks' are made up of an amazing ethnic mosaic whose forebears came from the Greek islands, Georgia, Circassia, Crimea, the Balkans, the Arab lands and elsewhere in the former Ottoman Empire. 

    We have carefully crafted this trip for a small group of like-minded individuals. Your hosts – Jeremy Seal, England’s leading travel writer on Turkey, and Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell, Co-Owner + Director of cazenove+loyd – have honed every detail and ensured the top guides and the best experiences. This is an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of Turkey in the company of a true expert who will bring the country’s culture, religion and history to life.

    The trip will begin with an inside-track exploration of Istanbul followed by a spectacular boat journey through a region richer than any other in history, where western history may be said to have begun. You will travel from Istanbul (imperial city of both the Byzantines and Ottomans) to Assos – taking in Bursa (capital of the early Ottomans), the famed Dardanelles Strait, the battlefields of Gallipoli and Troy. “This makes for such an alluring mix,” says Jeremy Seal, “covering as it does an amazing historical span. The echoes are compelling, not least between the British and Anzac forces’ attempt to take Gallipoli in 1915 and the fabled events of the Trojan Wars more than three millennia earlier. The Dardanelles have always controlled access to the great city on the Bosphorus – whether as Byzantium, Constantinople or Istanbul – and to the Black Sea. In terms of historic strategic importance, nowhere else on Earth compares.” 

    The trip is made particularly special because you are exploring by boat. Halas 71, your home for most of the trip, has a long and rich history that covers the final years of the Ottoman Empire and the founding of the Turkish Republic. It is extremely comfortable and allows you to access several amazing places in this area of northern Turkey that are exceptionally rich in culture and history. Most people associate boating in Turkey with the Mediterranean and the Aegean, but this has a really different feel. By travelling on this specially chartered small ship, all these wonderful historical experiences are within reach on one short trip. What’s more, after each fascinating visit, you can then retreat to the comfort and luxury of your boat. This is a truly spoiling and relaxing way to see these incredible places.

    There is no doubt that this will be an extraordinary experience in an enchanting destination. Get in touch to find out more.

    While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, some flexibility should be allowed to enable the ship’s captain and trip leaders to make any necessary minor adjustments where necessary. Please note, a reasonable level of fitness is required on this trip, as there is a certain amount of walking, particularly in Istanbul. 

    09 May 2022
    16 May 2022
    from £9,525 (US$13,620)
    Per person based on two sharing
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    Chris Wilmot-Sitwell
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    What makes this trip spectacular?

    The Highlights

    Travelling onboard Halas 71

    Travelling onboard this incredible small ship on a private charter is an exclusive and spoiling experience that is only possible if you’re travelling on a small group trip such as this. This boat has a long and rich history, which goes back to the final years of the Ottoman Empire and the founding of the Turkish Republic. After each fascinating visit ashore, you can then retreat to the comfort and luxury of your boat.

    Having exclusive access to the highlights of northern Turkey

    This is an amazing opportunity to explore in complete comfort the rich history of a region where high-end hotels are scarce. It is wonderful to experience Turkey from the water, sailing the Bosphorus – the gateway between Europe and Asia – and along the Dardanelles Strait, stopping off at incredible historical spots along the way.

    Delving into Turkish history

    The trip will take you on a fascinating, all-encompassing journey through Turkey’s past. Jeremy Seal will weave all aspects of Turkish history together, including everything from the Trojan War to the Ottoman Empire to the First World War and Gallipoli. 

    Travelling with Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell + Jeremy Seal

    You will be hosted by Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell, our Co-Owner + Director, who will ensure everything runs smoothly, and Jeremy Seal, one of England’s leading travel writers on Turkey, who will share his knowledge of and passion for this captivating corner of the world.


    The journey you will take

    This is a unique opportunity to set sail on an amazing boat journey through a region richer than any other in history. You will travel onboard the luxurious Halas 71 from Istanbul, imperial city of both Byzantines and Ottomans, to Bursa, capital of the early Ottomans, before continuing along the famed Dardanelles Strait to the battlefields of Gallipoli, fabled Troy and Assos.  

    The Benefits of Small Group Travel

    Private Access

    Our hand-picked specialists, guides and leaders ensure unrivalled insider access that you wouldn't normally be able to achieve unless you were travelling as a group, allowing guests to experience the destination in a very special way.

    Specialist Guides

    Small group travel gives you an amazing opportunity to spend time with true experts in their field. Each trip is accompanied by an owner – either Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell or Henrietta Loyd – as well as top specialists, guides and leaders.

    Travel with like-minded people

    Our small trips often form the beginning of life-long friendships. Much of the journey is spent as a group, but there is plenty of time to relax and enjoy your own space too. Henrietta and Christopher are brilliant at reading their guests and being proactive and reactive to the flow of the trip.

    The Details


    • From £9,525 (US$13,620) per person sharing
    • Single supplement: £2,510 (US$3,589)
    • Master Suite supplement: £500 (US$715)
    • Upper Deck Suite supplement: £225 (US$322)
    • Accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner, as specified, for seven nights with the group
    • Premium wine, beer and soft drinks served with meals onboard Halas 71
    • Specialist guiding and private access, as specified, with the group
    • Tips onboard Halas 71
    • All transfers within Turkey
    • Return international flights
    • Travel insurance
    • Due to varying arrival times, dinner on the first evening is not included
    • Optional extension to Six Senses Kaplankaya
    • Spirits onboard Halas 71
    • PCR tests
    Begin Your Journey
    Antonia Black
    UK +44 (0)207 384 2332
    US 1-800-409-4233