Cruising The Carian Coast - from Mediterranean to Aegean: September Sailing, Archaeology & Culture in Turkey
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Cruising the Carian Coast: from Mediterranean to Aegean offers a marvellous combination of superb archaeological sites and a remarkably beautiful maritime landscape – a stretch of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast that so far remains mostly untouched by mass tourism and other modern developments.
Starting in Göcek, a quiet resort town in a lovely setting on the Gulf of Fethiye, 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 the lively harbour of Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus and the birthplace of Herodotus.
Along the way, we visit a series of fascinating archaeological sites, each of them with its own story to tell about the past of Caria, a region that often found itself at the intersection of different cultural and political realms, adopting and adapting features from all of them. They include famous ancient cities like Knidos, in a stunningly beautiful peninsular location overlooking twin harbours, and spectacular Kaunos, overlooked by uniquely elaborate rock-cut tombs. But we also get to 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, surrounded by evocative grave monuments, and long-forgotten Lydae, hidden away on a wild promontory far away from roads, towns and modern life.
Along with this engrossing narrative about the fate and deeds of humankind throughout time, the cruise also offers many opportunities to just sit back and enjoy the magnificent scenery, dip into the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean, or stroll through landscapes of unforgettable beauty – a perfect combination of cultural experience and quality time.
ADDITION RATE INFORMATION
Single Supplement: £645
Day 1:Gumusluk, Aegean, Turkey
Our boat is about 30 minutes from Dalaman airport at Göcek, a pretty harbour on the Bay of Fethiye, on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. Welcome drink and dinner on board.
Day 2:Aegean, Turkey
We head south to the beautiful inlet of Aglimani, from where we will walk up an ancient track to ancient Lydae, shrouded in mystery. Monumental tombs stand on the crest of a hill overlooking a forgotten valley filled with the tinkle of goat bells.
Day 3:Kaunos, Aegean, Turkey
Cruising west we take a boat through a lagoon and up the reed-lined Dalyan River to the extraordinary ancient city of Kaunos. Its monumental public buildings, surrounding a silted-up harbour, speak of its once great wealth and fame, as do its uniquely elaborate rock-carved Temple Tombs.
Day 4:Phoenix, Aegean, Turkey
We head inland from Serce Bay, famous for its proliferation of shipwrecks, to explore Phoenix, a wild and remote citadel city, offering great views of the surrounding land- and seascapes. Still barely explored by scholars, Phoenix is a puzzle waiting to be solved.
Day 5:Loryma, Aegean, Turkey
We continue to Loryma where the island state of Rhodes erected a magnificent fortress guarding a strategic bay, to protect itself and its possessions from attack. The site, accessible only by boat, is one of the best-preserved examples of its kind.
Day 6:Knidos, Aegean, Turkey
West to spectacular Knidos, where decades of digging, still ongoing, have revealed a beautiful and well-planned city. Set at the very tip of a peninsula, her superb double harbour could be accessed from both east and west, providing protection for generations of ships and making her rich from the lucrative seaborn trade.
Day 7:Halicarnassus, Aegean, Turkey
A last chance to swim as we cruise north to explore Halicarnassus, Caria’s ancient capital, with its Crusader castle now housing one of the finest museums of underwater archaeology. A final opportunity to shop.
Day 8:Bodrum, Aegean, Turkey
Transfer to Bodrum airport, about 40 minutes away.
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