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Cruising to Ephesus

Cruising to Ephesus

Cruising to Ephesus Overview

A classic cruise that takes in a series of Turkey’s most important and interesting archaeological sites, including the stunning ruins of Ephesus.

Beginning in Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus, birthplace of the historian Herodotus, and following the shores of the ancient regions of Caria and Ionia, this cruise makes for an ideal introduction to the glories of Turkey’s archaeological heritage. It takes in some of the most impressive and best-understood sites in the country, a veritable succession of “must-see” highlights, as well as a number of more intimate “off the beaten track” remains, culminating in a visit to the astoundingly monumental ruins of Ephesus.

Cruising to Ephesus opens up a panorama of the ancient world, presenting a great variety of extraordinary visits, ranging from prehistory via Classical Greek and Roman antiquity to the Middle Ages and beyond. Every day will bring new insights and new beauties to behold.

Ancient cities and sanctuaries are the central themes of this cruise. From ancient Myndos, where excavations have only just started, it leads to Iasos, where the remains of a once-vibrant port town are scattered amongst olive groves. An inland excursion leads to the mysterious mountain-top sanctuary of Zeus at Labraunda and to the beautiful Temple of Zeus at Euromos. At Miletus, we explore the vast ruins of a “lost” city that was a major centre of culture in Greek and Roman days, as well as its main shrine, the huge oracular Temple of Apollo at Didyma. Priene, in its remarkably beautiful wooded setting, is the most clearly accessible and comprehensible of all Greek cities, its private homes and public buildings there to see. The final site on our cruise is Ephesus, capital of Roman Asia and one of the most magnificent ancient sites in the world, its vast theatre, ornate library and wonderfully decorated Roman mansions offering a memorable and fitting conclusion to this fascinating tour.

Archaeology apart, Cruising to Ephesus also includes much time for swimming, sunbathing, admiring the scenery or simply relaxing on our beautiful gulet.

Ephesus cruise

Reviews of this holiday

Cruising to Ephesus by JanT, 5 Oct 2016
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It was just the best thing ever. My husband has a terminal illness and this holiday was a chance for us to make great memories ... read more

Cruising to Ephesus by Crunch, 18 Jan 2016
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Week long gullet cruise from Bodrum to Ephesus featuring archaeological tours each day. Guides included native Turk for ... read more

Cruising to Ephesus by fifer, 3 Dec 2015
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This was our second gulet cruise with Peter Sommer Travels. Complete relaxation on board the gulet with comfortable accommoda... read more

Cruising to Ephesus by Titch, 9 Oct 2015
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I really went for the archaeological experience but was thrilled to find that we were given plenty of time to enjoy the ... read more

Cruising to Ephesus by FANTASTIC experience , 24 Sep 2015
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The Peter Sommer Travel experience was excellent. I had always wanted to go up the Coast of Turkey visiting the incredible ... read more

Cruising to Ephesus by Charlies, 21 Sep 2015
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A brilliant gulet cruise where nothing could be faulted. Excellent organisation, superb food, an expert guide who was happy ... read more

Cruising to Ephesus by Kathy, 16 Jul 2015
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The combination of our beautiful gleaming gullet, a totally professional crew, a talented chef producing exquisite yet simple ... read more

Cruising to Ephesus by Ronw, 29 Jun 2015
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We travelled with Peter Sommers from Bodrum to Ephesus stopping off on the way to visit places like Priene, Labraunda, ... read more

Cruising to Ephesus by Sals, 21 Jun 2015
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this holiday was a sailing holiday around the coast of Turkey, stopping off every day to go ashore and look at archaeological ... read more

Cruising to Ephesus by V. Satisfied., 19 Jun 2015
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The holiday was a perfect balance of rest & relaxation and stimulating and passionate archeology. I had very high expectations ... read more

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Cruising to Ephesus by JanT, 5 Oct 2016
Traveller rating:

It was just the best thing ever. My husband has a terminal illness and this holiday was a chance for us to make great memories ... read more

Cruising to Ephesus by Crunch, 18 Jan 2016
Traveller rating:

Week long gullet cruise from Bodrum to Ephesus featuring archaeological tours each day. Guides included native Turk for ... read more