A Mediterranean Voyage with Hikes to Hidden Ruins and Seaside Villages


Sun-drenched skies, a warm, translucent sea, a dream world of astounding Greek, Byzantine, and Roman treasures, expert Trip Leaders who bring history alive—our idyllic journey reveals all the enchantments of the Turquoise Coast! Traveling cove to cove by traditional gulet (motor-sailing yacht), we snorkel above the ruins of ancient Aperlae, hike to spectacular Lycian rock tombs, stroll the lanes of magnificent Ephesus, enjoy lunch with a farm family in Bezirgan, and savor on-board cuisine that’s beyond fabulous. Don’t miss this trip!

Itinerary at a Glance

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

Our insider’s experience of Istanbul brings us to its Ottoman gems, including the amazing Topkapi Palace, and we cruise by private boat at sunset along the Bosphorus. At astounding Esphesus, we walk the marble-paved Arcadian Way, feeling transported back to ancient times. Traveling by local boat along the Dalyan River, we explore Kaunos, an ancient harbor city with Greek temples, Roman baths, and a Byzantine church, then board our elegant gulet in the sailing haven of Gocek.

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

We hike across a peninsula marked by the hidden ruins of Lydae, accessible only by foot, swim in “Cleopatra’s Sunken Baths,” then head to Gemiler Island for a hike to the striking Byzantine ruins of a 4th century monastery dedicated to St. Nicholas. We stroll in the eerie Greek ghost town of Kaya Koy, then enjoy a home-cooked lunch with a family in the farming village of Bezirgan. After visiting ancient Xanthos, a World Heritage Site, we relax with a swim in azure seas at Patara before continuing to the harbor town of Kas, with its charming streets lined with pink bougainvilleas.

Days 9-10
Aperlae / Myra

At Aperlae, we see the mysterious submerged remains of a Byzantine city, and at Myra, we’ll find fine examples of Lycian rock tombs set high on the hillsides.

Days 11-14
Chimaera / Termessos / Antalya / Istanbul

Sailing across the Bay of Finike to Cape Gelidonya, the southernmost point of our voyage, we contour a coastline that is among the wildest and most beautiful on the Turquoise Coast. We hike to the legendary eternal flames of Chimaera, visit haunting Termessos, a mountain-top acropolis, and 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
Hike to hidden ruins, swim and snorkel in the warm 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 gourmet meals prepared by on-board chefs and overnights in scenic coves
Optional extensions to Cappadocia and in-depth explorations of Istanbul


Length: 14 days
Cost From: $6595  
Arrive: Istanbul, Turkey
Depart: Istanbul, Turkey
Lodging: 9 nights aboard yacht (single cabins available), 4 nights first-class hotels
Meals: All meals included except 2 dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Small Boat & Yacht Cruising, Walking, Archaeology, Cultural Adventures, Sea Kayaking, Snorkeling
Trip Level:

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

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