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From Halicarnassus to Ephesus

From Halicarnassus to Ephesus

From Halicarnassus to Ephesus Overview

A chance to visit some of the biggest and best preserved classical cities in the world, travelling by traditional wooden gulet on the Aegean coast of Turkey.

Herodotus, a local, claimed that the climate of Ionia was the finest in the world. South-west Turkey’s autumn climate remains splendid indeed. We’ll cruise on a warm sea and under a balmy sun along a coast which developed a civilisation of quite exceptional brilliance.

In the centuries before Alexander the Great, the dynamic cities of Ionia helped lay the foundations of Greek literature, science, and philosophy.

Under Rome, these cities became ever more rich, prosperous, and beautiful - full of the finest temples, theatres and markets that money could buy. Combined with the elegance of sailing, beautiful swimming stops, and heavenly food, this archaeological cruise is the perfect way to explore this remarkable area.

Setting out from Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus, you will cruise north upon the turquoise waters of the Aegean, mostly anchoring in coves and bays plus the occasional small port town. Every day you’ll explore the rich archaeological heritage that makes these shores a living museum, where prehistoric, Greek and Roman remains rub shoulders with Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman ones.

Well-known and monumental ancient super-cities are complemented by sites off the beaten track that have yet to see any excavation. The highlights are plentiful: from the small harbour of Myndos, where Cassius anchored after murdering Julius Caesar; to the marvellously preserved Hellenistic city of Priene, where the houses, streets and public buildings are laid out in a perfect grid across a hillside.

We’ll visit beautiful Herakleia, nestling under the mighty Latmus Mountains; Labraunda, a mountain sanctuary to Zeus; and of course, Ephesus, capital of Roman Asia. One of the very first cities to have street lighting, the site is magnificent - marble streets, agoras, villas, a theatre for 28,000 and an extraordinary library.

Your guide, Dr. Olivier Henry is a true enthusiast as well as a friendly and sociable travelling companion. He is intimately familiar with the whole region, and has conducted archaeological surveys and published widely on a number of sites you’ll visit on this tour. You’ll have the wonderful opportunity to explore some of Turkey’s most incredible and fascinating sites in his expert company, not least the sanctuary of Zeus at Labraunda where Olivier is the Director of excavations.

Pretty coastal landscapes, the pleasures of a gulet and expert guidance through one of the world’s finest archaeological landscapes - from Halicarnassus to Ephesus is the perfect way to explore this remarkable area.

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Reviews of this holiday

From Halicarnassus to Ephesus by Lovey, 22 Nov 2019
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The South African contingent joined a group from Australia and New Zealand for a second archeological holiday along the ... read more

From Halicarnassus to Ephesus by Mrs J G 19, 18 Oct 2019
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Relaxing but educational archealogical tour. . Fabulous food, it was all genuine Turkish. The swimming was superb. Each ... read more

From Halicarnassus to Ephesus by MikeG, 17 Oct 2019
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The 10 cabin gullet sail boat with 15 guests was roomy and comfortable, interesting and friendly people to socialise with, ... read more

From Halicarnassus to Ephesus by cookie, 9 Oct 2019
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As always a wonderful holiday beautiful food lovely scenery relaxing swims and of course visiting ancient sites with Peter ... read more

From Halicarnassus to Ephesus by Douglas, 30 Sep 2019
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This was our fifth trip with the company, and the third guided by Peter. A fourteen day gulet trip from Halicarnassus to ... read more

From Halicarnassus to Ephesus by Ms A G 19, 25 Sep 2019
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Our 5th gulet trip in the Mediterranean with Peter Sommer Travels. Fascinating archaeology, great acccommodation, beautiful ... read more

From Halicarnassus to Ephesus by Vickery, 23 Sep 2019
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What a way to spend two weeks, cruising the Western Turkey shores, visiting amazing Archaeological sites with a world renowned ... read more

From Halicarnassus to Ephesus by MakaB, 22 Sep 2019
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The first organised holiday I have been on and the experience has encouraged me to book further trips. Service and organisation ... read more

From Halicarnassus to Ephesus by Swimming Lynne, 22 Sep 2019
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The combination of cruising and archaeology is just perfect on this type of holiday. There is plenty of time to swim, rest, ... read more

From Halicarnassus to Ephesus by Kaz traveling by Gulet, 19 Sep 2019
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Once again had a great holiday experience sailing on a turkish gulet , this is the 4th trip Ive done with this company and ... read more

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From Halicarnassus to Ephesus by Lovey, 22 Nov 2019
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The South African contingent joined a group from Australia and New Zealand for a second archeological holiday along the ... read more

From Halicarnassus to Ephesus by Mrs J G 19, 18 Oct 2019
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Relaxing but educational archealogical tour. . Fabulous food, it was all genuine Turkish. The swimming was superb. Each ... read more