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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

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Cruising to Ephesus by SMM, 4 Jul 2022
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We enjoyed an exquisite immersion into ancient Greek and Carian sites, a fabulous gulet and Aegean experience and a wonderful ... read more

Cruising to Ephesus by JHR, 30 Jun 2022
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It was a 8 day tour on a Turkish gulet, a two mast sailboat, along the south-western coast of Turkey. The goal of the tour ... read more

Cruising to Ephesus by Laurie, 27 Jun 2022
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We spent 7 days on a Turkish gullet with an excellent archeology professor guiding us on daily visits to sites. His knowledge ... read more

Cruising to Ephesus by Xerxes991, 17 Oct 2019
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The cruise was all we hoped it would be - a lovely cruise along the Turkish coast in a gorgeous gulet, with visits to archaeo... read more

Cruising to Ephesus by Jo, 17 Oct 2019
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A wonderful experience. Excellent expert guide who made the sites come alive with his detailed knowledge and great communication ... read more

Cruising to Ephesus by Robert, 21 Sep 2019
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My trip cruising up the coast of Turkey visiting the ancient ruins was an amazing experience. I had wanted to make this ... read more

Cruising to Ephesus by Bob, 19 Sep 2019
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We visited 7 ancient cities in as many days. They fed our minds and our body's with joy and passion beyond compare. We ... read more

Cruising to Ephesus by szk, 16 Sep 2019
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We were thrilled and intellectually stimulated by the ancient sites we visited. The boat was comfortable and relaxing. ... read more

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

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Cruising to Ephesus by SMM, 4 Jul 2022
Traveller rating:

We enjoyed an exquisite immersion into ancient Greek and Carian sites, a fabulous gulet and Aegean experience and a wonderful ... read more

Cruising to Ephesus by JHR, 30 Jun 2022
Traveller rating:

It was a 8 day tour on a Turkish gulet, a two mast sailboat, along the south-western coast of Turkey. The goal of the tour ... read more