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Ancient Treasures and Seaside Villages of Mediterranean Turkey


Sun-drenched skies, a warm, translucent sea, hikes through fragrant pine forests to timeless villages, a dream world of astounding Greek, Byzantine, and Roman treasures, expert Trip Leaders who make it all come alive—our idyllic journey reveals all the enchantments of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast! With our base aboard a traditional gulet (motor-sailing yacht), you’ll experience a rich tapestry of wonders as you walk the ancient streets of Ephesus, snorkel over the submerged ruins of Aperlae, hike to a Greek “ghost town,” lunch with a farming family in Bezirgan, and savor a cuisine that’s beyond fabulous. Don’t miss this trip!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Istanbul / Ephesus / Kaunos / Gocek (Eastbound)

Discover the wonders of Istanbul, including a sunset cruise on a private boat along the Bosphorus. Heading to astounding Esphesus, you’ll walk on its marble-paved Arcadian Way, feeling transported back to Roman times, and visit a weaving cooperative. In ancient Kaunos, explore its Greek temples, Roman baths, and Byzantine church before boarding our elegant gulet in the sailor’s haven of Gocek.

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Days 5-8
Lydae / Kaya Koy / Xanthos / Patara / Kas

Hike to the hidden ruins of Lydae, accessible only on foot, with a chance to take tea with Yoruk nomads, then swim in “Cleopatra’s Sunken Baths.” Our hike on Gemiler Island leads to evocative Byzantine hilltop ruins and you’ll explore the eerie Greek ghost town of Kaya Koy. After a savory home-cooked lunch with a family in the farming village of Bezirgan, explore ancient Xanthos—a UNESCO World Heritage Site, swim in azure seas at Patara, and see the Lycian rock tombs of the lively harbor town of Kas.

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Days 9-14
Aperlae / Myra / Chimaera / Termessos / Antalya / Istanbul

After snorkeling above ruins long submerged in the sea, you’ll hike along farmland and village trails, explore Myra’s Lycian architecture and the legendary eternal flames of Chimaera, and visit haunting Termessos, an acropolis set in the mountains. Depart Istanbul on Day 14 or join our “insider’s” extensions to Istanbul or Cappadocia.

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Explore Istanbul, gem of the Ottoman and Byzantine world
Discover amazing Ephesus, Lycian rock tombs, ancient Xanthos
Swim and snorkel in the warm, clear waters of the Mediterranean
Superb Trip Leaders, experts on the history of the region and engaging traveling companions
Enjoy the good life aboard the finest gulet yachts in Turkey, with savory meals prepared by onboard chefs and overnights in tranquil coves
Optional extensions to Cappadocia and in-depth explorations of Istanbul


Length: 14 days
Cost From: $5995  
Arrive: Istanbul, Turkey
Depart: Istanbul, Turkey
Lodging: 9 nights aboard yacht, 4 nights first-class hotels, single cabins available
Meals: All meals included except 2 dinners
Activity: Small Boat & Yacht Cruising, Walking, Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

6 days easy to moderate optional day hikes, 1-4 hours, some steep sections

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