The Turquoise Coast

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, bountiful, freshly made meals served on deck, and expert Trip Leaders who bring history alive—our idyllic voyage brings you all the pleasures 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 family in Bezirgan village, and savor on-board cuisine that’s beyond fabulous. Don’t miss this trip—it will be one of the most delicious, fascinating, and relaxing vacations you can possibly have!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Istanbul / Ephesus / Kaunos / Göcek (Eastbound Itinerary)

Our insider’s experience of Istanbul brings us to Ottoman-era gems including the amazing Topkapi Palace, and we cruise by private boat at sunset along the Bosphorus. At breathtaking Ephesus, 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. We board our elegant gulet in the sailing haven of Göcek.

Hotel Levni
Istanbul, Turkey
Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Day 13 (1 night)
Charisma Hotel
Kusadasi, Turkey
Day 3 (1 night)
Days 5-8
Lydae / Kaya Köy / Xanthos / Patara / Kas

We hike across a peninsula to reach the hidden ruins of Lydae, accessible only on foot, swim in “Cleopatra’s Sunken Baths,” then head to Gemiler Island for a hike to the striking ruins of a Byzantine monastery. We’ll walk the lanes of the eerie Greek ghost town of Kaya Köy, then enjoy a home-cooked lunch with a family in a farming village. After visiting ancient Xanthos, a World Heritage Site, we relax with a swim in the sea at Patara and head to the harbor town of Kas.

Days 9-10
Kekova Island / Myra

At Kekova Island, we see the submerged remains of Dolchiste, an ancient Lycian settlement, 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, we contour the wildest and most beautiful part of the Turquoise Coast, with a hike to the legendary eternal flames of Chimaera and a visit to the haunting ruins of Termessos, a mountaintop acropolis. Depart on Day 14 via Istanbul, or join our extensions in Istanbul or Cappadocia.

Hotel Levni
Istanbul, Turkey
Day 13 (1 night)



Explore Istanbul, gem of the Ottoman and Byzantine worlds
Hike to hidden ruins, swim and snorkel in the warm Mediterranean
Discover amazing Ephesus, Lycian rock tombs, ancient Xanthos
Enjoy the insights of superb Trip Leaders who are experts on the region
The finest gulets (yachts) in Turkey, with gourmet meals prepared by chefs
Optional pre- or post-trip extensions to Cappadocia or Istanbul


Length: 14 days
Cost From: $6395  
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 as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (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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