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Walking & Cruising Lycian  Shore

Walking & Cruising Lycian Shore

Walking & Cruising Lycian Shore Overview

An expert-led gulet cruise combining walks along the Lycian Way, rated by The Sunday Times as one of the ten best walks in the world, with archaeological, cultural and gastronomic adventures in Turkey.

Over the years, many guests travelling on our cultural and archaeological “Cruising the Lycian Shore” found themselves fascinated and enchanted by the occasional strolls we took on the Lycian Way, the oldest of Turkey’s growing system of long-distance hiking trails. Their frequent inquiries inspired us to create a cruise itinerary with a more substantial walking component. Thus, in 2006 Walking and Cruising the Lycian Shore became the first in our expanding and popular range of walking holidays.

The Lycian Way, rated by The Sunday Times (UK) as one of the ten best walks in the world, follows over 540km (335mi) of ancient roadways, mule tracks and shepherds’ paths along one of Turkey’s most remote and untouched coastlines, where it constituted the main network of communications before the coming of motorised transport. On this cruise, we follow some of its very best stretches, chosen for their beauty and interest, averaging about 10km (6mi) of walking per day. Our travelling offshore base is a traditional Turkish gulet, offering us elegant transport, delicious dining, comfortable accommodation and welcome leisure throughout the voyage.

An ideal tour for walkers and for lovers of the sea alike, the cruise also provides the cultural and archaeological experience that is the trademark of Peter Sommer Travels. Accompanied by an expert archaeologist, you will visit a whole series of ancient sites, stroll along Roman roads, trace the routes of 2,000 year-old aqueducts and follow in the footsteps of characters from the mysterious Lycians of antiquity via Alexander the Great to the nomadic herders of recent centuries.

Exploring on foot offers a uniquely profound and enjoyable engagement with the landscape and its history, including the opportunity to discover truly remote archaeological sites that cannot be easily reached otherwise. Thus, you will be able to admire Phellos, the “stony place”, an ancient citadel perched precariously on a pinnacle high above the Mediterranean Sea, wild and ancient Apollonia, with its grand necropolis and romantic theatre, or the extensive ruins of mountain-top Kyaneai, one of the most important cities of ancient Lycia.

Of course, we also visit Lycia’s famous archaeological highlights, such as the regional Lycian capital at Pinara with its “royal” tombs, the monumental Roman port city of Patara or the Ottoman castle of Kale, ancient Simena, surrounded by age-old Lycian sarcophagus graves.

The combination of walks through a succession of beautiful landscapes, expert-led visits to fascinating archaeological sites, cruising in the pristine waters of the Lycian Shore, delicious meals prepared freshly on board or in selected local restaurants, rounded off by time for swimming and relaxing, make this tour a perfect choice for the active and curious traveller. From footpaths by the coast to goat tracks high up in the hills, from age-old cemeteries to monumental ruined cities, it offers stimulation and relaxation for mind, body and soul.

Walking tour in Turkey

Reviews of this holiday

Walking & Cruising Lycian Shore by PTW, 28 Dec 2021
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Gulet cruise around southern Turkey with day hikes to explore ancient cities. read more

Walking & Cruising Lycian Shore by Nellz1958, 17 Dec 2021
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Our trip was unusual in that it was during the covid pandemic and so our group was very small and it was the first trip ... read more

Walking & Cruising Lycian Shore by Mr. H G 20, 17 Dec 2021
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Wonderfull time on the boat. Everything from our cabin, to the walking tours, to the food was great. Almost everyday after ... read more

Walking & Cruising Lycian Shore by ShawnM., 2 Nov 2021
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This trip combined history, beautiful landscapes, hiking, and great food. It was an enriching experience that left me inspired... read more

Walking & Cruising Lycian Shore by Larry L, 18 Nov 2019
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The holiday was a fifteen day trip on a Turkish gullet, a thirty metre sailboat, along the south west coast of Turkey. ... read more

Walking & Cruising Lycian Shore by jim, 31 Oct 2019
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we were on a 14 day gullet trip on the Turkish coast with Peter Sommer as our guide. Every day Peter planned a different walk... read more

Walking & Cruising Lycian Shore by Chris H, 22 Oct 2019
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Swimming in crystal clear warm water, kayaking in beautiful bays, hiking on a variety of terrains with stunning valley and ... read more

Walking & Cruising Lycian Shore by Patsy , 21 Oct 2019
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Loved walking and cruising the Lycian Shore . Walking somewhat limited for me due to very dodgy knees however Peter Sommers ... read more

Walking & Cruising Lycian Shore by Ancient Mariner, 21 Oct 2019
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The cruise and walk along the Lycian Shore was everything and more that I had come to expect from Peter Somer and his outstan... read more

Walking & Cruising Lycian Shore by Rob & Chris, 21 Oct 2019
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A wonderful trip which we thoroughly enjoyed. The tour leader and guide were extremely professional, knowledgeable, helpful ... read more

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Walking & Cruising Lycian Shore by PTW, 28 Dec 2021
Traveller rating:

Gulet cruise around southern Turkey with day hikes to explore ancient cities. read more

Walking & Cruising Lycian Shore by Nellz1958, 17 Dec 2021
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Our trip was unusual in that it was during the covid pandemic and so our group was very small and it was the first trip ... read more