Trip reference number: 2754

Trip Operator: Peter Sommer Travels

Cruising the Carian Coast - from Aegean to Mediterranean

From: £2495.00

We visit some of the greatest gems on Turkey's southwest coast aboard a glorious traditional Turkish gulet.

This tour offers a marvellous combination of superb archaeological sites and a remarkably beautiful maritime landscape - a gorgeous and undeveloped stretch of Turkey's turquoise coast.

Starting from the lively harbour of Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus, the birthplace of Herodotus, this cruise follows the convoluted shoreline of Caria, made up of deep inlets and long peninsulas forming a complex and diverse geography where land and sea constantly embrace one another. It ends at Gocek, a quiet small town in a lovely setting on the Gulf of Fethiye.

Along the way, you'll visit a series of fascinating ancient cities including Knidos, in a stunningly beautiful peninsular location with twin harbours and spectacular Kaunos, overlooked by uniquely elaborate rock-cut tombs. You'll also explore more remote spots, such as the mighty Rhodian fortification at Loryma, one of the best examples of defensive architecture to survive from antiquity, the virtually unknown town of Phoenix, surrounded by evocative grave monuments, and long-forgotten Lydae, hidden away on a wild promontory far away from roads, towns and modern life.

As well as the archaeological adventures and walks through landscapes of unforgettable beauty, you'll have many opportunities to just sit back and enjoy the magnificent scenery or dip into the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean - a perfect combination of cultural experience and quality time.

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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