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Cruising Western Lycia - Family Tour

Sat July 12 - Sat July 19, 2014


£2,275 per person
£2,150 per child up to 12

Sing Supp £620

Tour Guide: Dr Michael Metcalfe

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)


“Our family had been looking forward to travelling with Peter Sommer Travels for years. Finally the kids were old enough, and we went....and it was everything we dreamed it would be and more. Relaxing, educational, a gorgeous boat, the most delicious food, beautiful scenery, and we made such good friends. Now my two boys want to be archaeologists when they grow up! To say they got a lot out of the tour would be a massive understatement – it was THE educational experience of a lifetime! We can’t wait to come back for another family tour!”
Rochelle Benning, California, USA

We’ve been to the southern coast of Turkey on an archaeological family cruise aboard a Turkish gulet with Peter Sommer Travels three times now. Our very first, way back in 2006, was along the beautiful Lycian shore, from Gocek to Fethiye. It perfectly married the freedom and relaxation that one requires from a holiday. If your idea of escorted tours conjures up images of dry lectures and ageing crowds, then think again! Our lively trip along Turkey’s turquoise coast inspired both the younger and slightly older members on board. With an archaeologist-cum-guide who was a dab hand at bringing stories to life, we visited ancient burial sites riddled with 2,500 year old tombs, Byzantine and Ottoman castles and monumental Patara – the birthplace of St. Nicholas (Santa Claus/Father Christmas)… All in all, the perfect family trip.
Andrew Wilson, London, UK

“we had the most fantastic time on board the gulet in Turkey and thoroughly enjoyed the company, your expertise and the entire archaeological tour on the Lycian coast.  It was unanimous that it was one of our top holidays we have ever taken as a family and that is saying a lot because these last few years we have been doing a lot of traveling! Many thanks for the amazing adventure.”
Suzy Lautze, Oregon, USA

Cruising Western Lycia - Family Tour

Turkey Lycian Pillar tomb Xanthus
Lycian tombs at Xanthus

Open to Families and All

“I can’t think of anything to improve. This was a wonderful trip for our family, especially for our children. The Turkish people LOVE children, so having them with us allowed us to connect with Turks in a way we never could have as an adult couple.”
Jill Horwitz, California, USA

“Best family vacation by a mile. Everything was wonderful. The sites, the people, the food and the boat totally exceeded our expectations. Definitely did not want the week to end. Thank you!!”
Pat & Sam Bryden, Alberta, CAN

One of the best family holidays for 2013 - The Times, Sat Jan 19, 2013 (needs subscription).

This family tour in Turkey offers a marvellous mix of fantastic ancient sites, gorgeous landscapes and superb swimming opportunities. This newly announced trip is open to all, families and non-families alike.

Cruising Western Lycia explores a magnificent stretch of coastline behind which developed an extraordinary culture and a fiercely independent people - the Lycians.

Once a day we visit one of the ancient cities that adorn this timeless coast. We stroll along ancient roads lined with wild herbs, or through olive trees strewn with rock tombs.

We have the chance to snorkel over sunken harbours, and climb rocky fastnesses for unrivalled vistas. From mighty theatres to churches floored with mosaics, each site is an archaeological adventure, part of a historical puzzle that reveals a remarkable story of human civilisation.

Travelling aboard a beautiful Turkish gulet, every day there are plenty of opportunities to swim in the crystal waters of the Turquoise coast, or to kayak, or go for a hike.

Turkey boat Kekova Lycia
Typical traffic around Kekova in southern Turkey

Highlights include Xanthos, the great capital of ancient Lycia, whose great treasures caused an extraordinary stir when they were brought to the British Museum; and Gemiler, where a small town clings to the slopes of a rocky island. It blossomed for just a couple of centuries in Byzantine times, decked out with houses and resplendent with a processional way and five churches.

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