Cruising the South-East Aegean: Greek Isles and Turkish Shores
This brand-new cruise is one of our combined itineraries, introducing our guests to the sights of the Turkish coast and the adjacent Greek Isles within the same tour.
Throughout the region’s long history, the sea has not only provided a geographic separation, but also a dense network of cultural link between the settlements along its shores, island or mainland. From the Doric Greeks who settled the area three millennia ago, founding a series of vibrant cities, via the Romans and Byzantines to the short-lived empire of the Crusader Knights of St John and beyond, fascinating remains of past glories await you around every corner.
On this cruise, starting from the lovely Turkish fishing village of Gümüslük, we will visit the great island of Kos (part of the Dodecanese), its island capital a veritable patchwork of ancient and modern, overlooked by the serene healing shrine of Asklepios. We continue to the tiny island of Nisyros with its labyrinthine harbour village and its stupendous volcanic caldera and then to verdant and peaceful Tilos. On Chalki, we get to see one of the Mediterranean’s most picturesque ports. Returning to Turkey, we explore Knidos, one of the greatest cities of the ancient Aegean, set on a long peninsula and virtually surrounded by Greek islands, before finishing at Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus, erstwhile capital of Caria, with the remains of the great Mausoleum and the enormous crusader castle.
Join us for this unique experience combining two countries, one fascinating history and a whole series of beautiful land and seascapes!