A less-traveled route, the sybaritic pleasures of the sunny Aegean Coast and Greek Isles, a beautiful Turkish motor-yacht—what more could you ask for? Share the hidden delights of this idyllic region and a deep knowledge of the treasures of the Greek, Byzantine, and Roman worlds. Step aboard to enjoy the delights of yacht life, swim or kayak in crystal-clear waters, hike to remote ruins, visit quaint seaside towns, and be spoiled by our gulet crew with gourmet meals served on the deck of our traditional yacht. Even if you’ve already taken our popular Turquoise Coast journey, you’ll enjoy this one as we explore all new places on the cruise. Add to this the epic monuments of Istanbul and Ephesus, and you’ve got the perfect getaway!
Our time aboard the gulet was great. The food was terrific, and the chef and all of the crew were exceptional.
— Bill P., Santa Fe, NM
Explore Istanbul’s many wonders, from the Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman sultans for 400 years, to the ethereal 17th century Blue Mosque. One evening we enjoy a sunset cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, admiring Istanbul’s famous silhouette of domes and minarets.
Ephesus / Priene / Miletus / Didyma
We spend a wonderful day at majestic Ephesus, a remarkably well-preserved Roman city, declared the capital of Roman Asia by Emperor Augustus, and another day hiking to fabulous Greco-Roman sites in the peaceful Meander Valley.
Neolithic Caves / Yedilir / Bodrum
A hike through olive groves brings us to hidden gems including a Neolithic cavern with fascinating pictographs and a ruined Byzantine monastery, with a picnic lunch en route. In Bodrum, we explore the towering Castle of St. Peter, an open-air museum with fantastic views from its ramparts and the fascinating artifacts of the Museum of Underwater Archaeology within it.
Kos Island, Greece / Nisyros / Tilos
Embarking on our beautiful 90-foot wooden yacht, we set a course for Greece, exploring Kos Island, out-of-the-way Nisyros Island, with a hike into its volcanic crater, and Tilos Island, where we explore an ancient monastery overlooking the Aegean and walk in the picturesque abandoned village of Mikro Horio.
Symi / Datca, Turkey / Loryma
With our yacht at anchor in a peaceful cove, we enjoy a delightful morning swim at a tranquil Nanou, then visit picture-perfect Symi, a town with a fascinating heritage in sponge diving that dates back to the time of the sultans. We cruise back to Turkey to arrive at Datca, set on a horseshoe-shaped bay, and visit its outdoor market, piled high with colorful fruits and vegetables. These last days along the Turkish coast are in an area full of delightful inlets and lagoons—a paradise for yacht cruising. Our hike to the ruined seaside fortress of Loryma will be a highlight
Cruising / Mamaris / Istanbul
After a last morning of cruising and exploring, we bid farewell to our crew, head to Marmaris and fly to Istanbul for our Farewell Dinner. Depart on Day 14.