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!
A superb trip with an excellent guide. The boat crew was extraordinary. They pampered us, prepared wonderful meals, and simply could not have done more to ensure that every aspect of life on the boat was wonderful.
— Lynn B., Portland, OR
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.
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.
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.