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Cruising the Lycian Shore

Cruising the Lycian Shore

Cruising the Lycian Shore Overview

An expert-led archaeological and cultural gulet cruise exploring the virtually untouched coastline of ancient Lycia, on Turkey’s breathtaking turquoise coast.

These famous sights are complemented by a whole series of “hidden gems”: ancient settlements, shrines and cemeteries set within the region’s wonderful landscapes, waiting to be discovered and explored. Examples include magnificent Arykanda, surrounded by lovely natural scenery on the edge of a mountain, beautiful Phaselis, famed in antiquity for its rascally merchants and three fine harbours, now swathed in pine trees, and unforgettably picturesque Kale, where the cottages of a traditional Turkish village rub shoulders with a medieval castle, an ancient fortification and a vast necropolis. The cruise also includes a visit to the award-winning museum of Antalya, housing a remarkable collection of Roman sculpture, a tour of the islet of Gemiler, with the remains of an unusually elaborate Byzantine pilgrimage centre, and an opportunity to see Patara, where a huge and monumental Roman city is emerging from the sand dunes.

Travelling below the soaring Taurus Mountains, we will discover the extraordinary heritage of one of antiquity’s most mysterious peoples: the Lycians. Their enduring sense of identity prevailed for centuries, even as they adopted and adapted Persian, Greek and Roman cultural influences. It found expression especially in their unique funerary architecture, unlike anything else in the world, their tombs and sarcophagi still scattered around their once prosperous ports. We find many of them lying in breathtaking and rugged settings, seemingly untouched by human hands. Others are set within modern settlements, such as the lovely resort of Kas, where rock-cut tombs, shaded by vibrant red bougainvillea, stand silent witness to the ancient city of Antiphellos.

Each day your guide, an expert archaeologist, takes you back in time and guides you through the fascinating story of how the region evolved from Classical antiquity through Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman times to the present day. Each visit is an archaeological adventure, part of a historical puzzle that reveals a remarkable story of civilisation. The enigmatic history of the ancient sites, their often astonishingly fine preservation and their stunning settings make this tour a very special treat for anyone seeking inspiration from past human achievement.

The spirit of discovery, finding new sites, new beauties and new mysteries day by day, is balanced by the time we spend cruising on a beautifully handcrafted Turkish gulet, the ideal way to explore the maritime region of Lycia. Of course, there are frequent opportunities to swim in the crystal waters of the Turquoise coast, to kayak, to go for a hike and admire the local flora or simply relax on deck. Naturally, delicious Turkish food, freshly prepared aboard or in selected local restaurants is a vital component of this, as of all our gulet cruises in Turkey.

This balance of fascinating historical narrative, of immense natural beauty and of time spent unwinding aboard, distinguishes Cruising the Lycian Shore, a holiday designed to relax and inspire in equal measure.

Lycian Shore gulet trip

Reviews of this holiday

Cruising the Lycian Shore by Robert A, 3 Jan 2022
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Originally, I was signed up for the Cyclades trip, but it was canceled due to the Turkish Greek border being closed. I was ... read more

Cruising the Lycian Shore by Bonnie, 13 Dec 2021
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Two friends joined me on this Peter Sommers Cruise this last September 2021. . After postponing this cruise due to Covid ... read more

Cruising the Lycian Shore by Shelbydel, 7 Oct 2021
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It was superb. It was badly needed after over 18 months of no travel due to SARS-COVID-19. The trip more than fulfilled ... read more

Cruising the Lycian Shore by Montana Linda, 30 Sep 2021
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An amazing combination of visiting educational archeological sites with a brilliant archeologist and swimming, kayaking ... read more

Cruising the Lycian Shore by Mrs R C 19, 17 Oct 2019
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Cruising the Lycian Shore by Mr G G 19, 11 Oct 2019
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a well organized gulet cruise along the Lycian coast , alternating visits to archeological sites to pleasant stops in cosy ... read more

Cruising the Lycian Shore by David, 6 Oct 2019
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This gullet-based tour visited many important archaeological sites, particularly Greek and Hellenistic-Roman era (450BC-200AD), ... read more

Cruising the Lycian Shore by Alison, 24 Sep 2019
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We spent two weeks on a gulet, exploring the Lycian coast, mainly archaeological sites, in Turkey. It was the perfect ... read more

Cruising the Lycian Shore by SimonT, 21 Sep 2019
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From the gulet crew, to the tour guide, archaeologist and the recommended hotel, the service we experienced was exceptional... read more

Cruising the Lycian Shore by Becasse, 18 Sep 2019
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Two weeks in a gullet with a wonderful crew who looked after our every need looking at Greco-Roman sites on the Lycian Coast... read more

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Cruising the Lycian Shore by Robert A, 3 Jan 2022
Traveller rating:

Originally, I was signed up for the Cyclades trip, but it was canceled due to the Turkish Greek border being closed. I was ... read more

Cruising the Lycian Shore by Bonnie, 13 Dec 2021
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Two friends joined me on this Peter Sommers Cruise this last September 2021. . After postponing this cruise due to Covid ... read more