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Cruising to Ephesus

Sat June 4 - Sat June 11, 2016


£2,225 per person
Sing Supp £615

Tour Guide: Dr Olivier Henry

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)


It really was a wonderful holiday; the perfect combination of culture and relaxation. Swimming in secluded bays, excellent food and good company. What more could one ask for? Everyone looked after us so well and we came back refreshed and relaxed and much better informed.”
Simon Tompsett & Alison Ledgerwood, Middlesex, UK

“To have a Professor of Archaeology, Dr. Olivier Henry, on board was wonderful, as was his passion and knowledge. He led us on some wonderful walks and the ancient sites and tombs were bought alive by his wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm.” Therese & Rudy, NSW, Australia

“Fabulous food, great crew, beautiful boat, wonderful guides, fun guests, truly the trip of a lifetime.”
Lawrence and Brenda Johnson, Switzerland

“excellent, excellent, excellent - so knowledgeable, so much enthusiasm, and such fun. Brought the history to exciting life. I can’t imagine a better guide.”
Monica Bloxam, London, UK

“We had a great time, the food was very tasty and the crew extremely friendly and helpful. All in all a wonderful experience of Turkish hospitality.”
Russel and Karen Bainbridge, Western Australia

“One of the most unforgettable holidays we have had in many years and many memories to treasure. We will certainly be back. It was clear that considerable thought, care and attention to detail went into the planning and delivery. The holiday was more than we dreamed it could be and we’d dreamed a lot.”
Steve Killick, South Wales, UK

“We had terrific food and extraordinary historic sites, we couldn’t have been happier”.
Peter Thompson, Hong Kong

“It was really perfect in every respect. We were delighted by the guests you attract which is extremely important. Your choice of archaeologist and tour guide is excellent. The crew of the gulet were a great asset to the tour. The easy pace of the sites and the thoughtful changes dictated by the weather. What can one say? Well done.”
Yoram & Marilyn Anselm, Italy

Cruising to Ephesus

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. 

You’ll have the wonderful opportunity of exploring the sanctuary of Zeus at Labraunda with Dr. Olivier Henry, the Director of the excavations. A true enthusiast, Olivier is intimately familiar with the whole region. He has travelled widely through the area and published articles on a number of the sites you’ll visit on this tour.

“Our cruise tour in Turkey was a wonderful experience. Our tour manager, Cem was an absolute delight. He paid great attention and worked hard to ensure everything was timed just right. Having the luxury of our own personal archaeologist on the trip was wonderful. His knowledge, humour and openness to share were most educational. I highly recommend this form of travel!”
Jenny Hughes, NSW, Australia

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