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Cruising the Carian Coast


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Tour Price includes:
Full board accomm on gulet
Airport transfers on first and last day of tour
All crew services on gulet
Entrance fees & tips on land
Archaeological excursions
WiFi on our scheduled gulet cruises (when coverage permits)


This was one of the best vacations of my life. It was the perfect mix of sybaritic swims and mindblowing archaeology, awe-inspiring walks and meals featuring the freshest fruits and vegetables that these beautiful countries have to offer. And the travellers you’ll meet on the gulet are a special breed - curious, intelligent, and adventurous. Just the sort of people you want to spend 2 weeks with! We loved the trip, absolutely loved it!”
Tess Gerritsen, Maine, USA

An excellent mix of sites to visit & lovely places to stay overnight. I enjoyed: the friendliness of the group; the tour leader’s detailed knowledge & helpfulness; the way that most swimming stops were chosen; the superb food, especially the aubergines (eggplants) & peaches; sleeping on deck and really seeing the stars appear to move across the sky; the friendliness & helpfulness of the crew; the unobtrusive & calm organisation by tour manager Cem.
Jim Cleary, London UK

The boat was beautiful… Amazingly good food three times a day. Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and creative main courses… You get what you pay for. It was an amazing adventure that would not have been available otherwise. The sites were lovely and the pace of the visits just right. I particularly liked the archaeological sites with few or no visitors.
Ellen Dumonceau, Hawaii, USA

Excellent itinerary - the variety of archaeological sites, towns and swimming spots provided an excellent cross section of what the Turkish coast and Greek Islands has to offer. Excellent food - a great variety of the freshest food made with love. It was great to be on a tour where the tour guide was so passionate about their subject.
Vicki and Adrian Martin, Queensland, Australia

We were all constantly delighted by the quality of the food, the high standard of cooking and the presentation of it all. The boat was extremely comfortable and the tour guides endlessly knowledgeable, patient and charming. Everything was beautifully organised and planned.
Jane Gregory, London, UK

A very comfortable boat...Thoroughly enjoyed the combination of the Turkish coast and Greek Islands, Rhodes and Symi… Loved the scenery, sites, swimming and meals
Julie Snowden, Cheshire, UK

“Graham Oliver was just terrific. He was always available for questions and discussions related to what we were seeing and the subject of archaeology in general. I admired the way he involved us on the sites by making one of us describe something we were seeing and then, like clues in a mystery story, explaining the meaning of what we were looking at. Ingenious. He really is a talented teacher.”
Barbara Sutherland, MA, USA

Cruising the Carian Coast

“One of the best educational cruises” - The Sunday Times

This gulet trip interweaves the magic of the Turkish coast with three awe inspiring Greek islands. We cruise on our beautiful 8-cabin boat west from Göcek, to Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus, site of the Mausoleum, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

The Temple Gate at Lagina
The Temple Gate at Lagina

On this escorted tour we visit some of the greatest archaeological gems on Turkey’s southwest coast: Kaunos with its exquisite rock-cut temple tombs, and beautifully preserved Knidos, a monumental marbled city arranged around a double harbour. As well as these celebrated sites where excavations have been going on for decades, we visit ancient towns like Phoenix and Lydae, set in remote and beautiful locations, that remain completely untouched.

We’ll also travel to visit one of the best preserved medieval cities in the world, Rhodes, (a powerhouse in antiquity too) and the neighbouring Greek islands of Symi, decked out in the finest neo-classical style and Halki, with its pretty harbour and great medieval castle.

This archaeological tour weaves together a cornucopia of simple pleasures: magnificent sites, quiet coves, wondrous walks, breathtaking vistas and glorious swims. As with all our gulet cruises in Turkey, delicious Turkish food is a key component.

Taking a tour on a traditional Turkish gulet, our ever changing horizon is a wild, remote and mountainous landscape cut into long peninsulas, deep inlets, secluded coves and pine-fringed fjords. Exploring this unspoilt coast, we rediscover the ancient realm of Mausolus, ruler of Caria, 2400 years ago (whose tomb, the Mausoleum was considered one of the seven ancient wonders of the world). With such rich and strategically vital cities, the area was a crossroads of civilisations. Alexander the Great liberated it from Persia, Rhodes sought to carve it into an empire, and the legacy of Crusader castles still speaks of the epic battle between Christianity and Islam.

A tour in Turkey and Greece designed to inspire and relax in equal measure.