• Explore ancient cities containing fascinating classical remains on a voyage around the coast of south-west Turkey
• Journey inland to discover further ancient sites, including the beautifully located town of Pinara with tombs cut into the rock face
• Cruise down the Loryma Peninsula, where mountain tops are guarded by impressive fortresses of the Hellenistic age
BA, BD, FSAScot
specialist in archaeology and ancient history
Depart London Gatwick 1515 on British Airways, arriving Dalaman 2120. Transfer to MS Kurt K for 14 nights. Overnight at Göcek.
Morning cruise to island of Gemiler (former Byzantine monastic community): ruined churches, vaulted processional way, large ecclesiastical complex. Overnight at Gemiler.
Cruise westwards to pretty village of Kas (ancient Antiphellos): well-preserved Hellenistic theatre, tombs. Overnight at Kas (quiet inlet for swimming).
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.
Sail to Myra (superb ancient theatre, rock tombs, fascinating Church of St Nicholas) then ancient town of Teimussa. Overnight in Kekova area.
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.
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.
Ancient site of Telmessos: recently-excavated theatre, magnificent tomb of Amyntas.
Morning sail to Agalimani: walk through pine forest to remains of ancient Lydae (ruined mausolea). Overnight at Agalimani.
Morning cruise followed by transfer to small boat for visit to site of ancient Caunos (rock tombs, theatre, temple). Overnight in bay near Caunos.
Cruise along peninsula to Loryma: Hellenistic fort (one of finest in ancient world). Overnight in Loryma.
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.
Cruise to Bay of Bodrum (explore bays and inlets). Overnight in Bay of Bodrum.
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) – subject to confirmation. Overnight at Bodrum.
Depart Bodrum 1410 on Easyjet, arriving Gatwick 1620.
27 Apr — 11 May 2020
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Participants on this tour should have a good overall level of fitness. Many of the archaeological sites visited will involve short but steep ascents, often on broken paths, with the longest taking about 30 minutes to complete. All ascents are, however, optional and the degree of difficulty will be advised at each site. On occasion participants should be comfortable climbing in and out of a small dinghy via a stepladder.
MS KURT K
The luxury air-conditioned MS Kurt K has eight cabins, all with en-suite facilities, and a spacious deck. It is a traditional Turkish gulet, a two-masted wooden vessel typically seen along the coastline of Turkey.
Cost of £3295 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.