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Lycian Cruise

13 May — 27 May 2019 | Tour Director: Andrew Wilson

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Andrew Wilson,

BA, BD, FSAScot

specialist in archaeology and ancient history

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Gatwick 1515 on British Airways, arriving Dalaman 2130. Transfer to MS Kurt K for 14 nights. Overnight at Göcek.

Day

2

Morning cruise to island of Gemiler (former Byzantine monastic community): ruined churches, vaulted processional way, large ecclesiastical complex. Overnight at Gemiler.

Day

3

Cruise westwards to pretty village of Kas (ancient Antiphellos): well-preserved Hellenistic theatre, tombs. Overnight at Kas (quiet inlet for swimming).

Day

4

Sail via Uluburun (site of famous Bronze Age wreck) along coast and into bay of Kekova (underwater remains) to small Turkish village of Kaleköy (ancient Simena): dramatic citadel with Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman remains, haunting Lycian necropolis. Overnight at Gokkaya Liman.

Day

5

Sail to Myra (superb ancient theatre, rock tombs, fascinating Church of St Nicholas) then ancient town of Teimussa. Overnight in Kekova area.

Day

6

Cruise along mountainous shores of Lycian coast to tiny harbour of Kalkan then by minibus to Letoon (temples to Leto, Apollo and Artemis), Xanthos (Roman theatre and Byzantine citadel, remains of Nereid monument, large Byzantine church). Overnight at Kalkan.

Day

7

Travel inland to ancient Pinara in Esençay Valley (acropolis, Hellenistic theatre, rock-cut tombs) and Tlos (imposing bath complex and citadel). Two nights in bay of Fethiye.

Day

8

Ancient site of Telmessos: recently-excavated theatre, magnificent tomb of Amyntas.

Day

9

Morning sail to Agalimani: walk through pine forest to remains of ancient Lydae (ruined mausolea). Overnight at Agalimani.

Day

10

Morning cruise followed by transfer to small boat for visit to site of ancient Caunos (rock tombs, theatre, temple). Overnight in bay near Caunos.

Day

11

Cruise along peninsula to Loryma: Hellenistic fort (one of finest in ancient world). Overnight in Loryma.

Day

12

Cruise to Knidos: temple of Apollo Karneios, temple of Aphrodite Euploia (once housed famous statue by Praxiteles), Doric portico, early Byzantine churches, harbour theatre. Overnight in ancient harbour of Knidos.

Day

13

Cruise to Bay of Bodrum (explore bays and inlets). Overnight in Bay of Bodrum.

Day

14

Sail to Bodrum (ancient Halicarnassus): Mausoleum, Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology (underwater collections excavated from wrecks around the coast of Asia Minor housed in 14th century Crusader castle of St Peter). Overnight at Bodrum.

Day

15

Depart Bodrum 1410 on Easyjet, arriving Gatwick 1620.

Tour Dates

13 May — 27 May 2019

Days

15

Cost

£3295

Tour Code

LYC2-19

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Extraordinarily knowledgeable, and with great intellectual breadth. A good communicator, unfailingly open to debate.

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MS Kurt K

The MS Kurt K is a beautiful Turkish gulet privately chartered for our cruise around the Lycian coast. Retaining the charm of its traditional two-mast design, the Kurt K has a magnificently finished interior and offers accommodation in eight air-conditioned and en-suite cabins.
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Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded cabin, full board with water, tea & coffee, shore excursions & admissions, crew gratuities.

Not included:

visa, travel insurance, cabin for single use supplement £1285.

 
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