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University of Liverpool Alumni Tour



Sat Sept 10 - Sat Sept 17, 2016

Tour Guide: Dr. Alan Greaves
8 DAYS £2,225 / Single Supplement: £615

An exclusive expert-led gulet cruise for alumni and friends of the University of Liverpool. 

Peter Sommer Travels and the University of Liverpool Alumni Relations team are delighted to invite you on a special cultural journey. This tour in Turkey explores a magnificent stretch of coastline along which developed, some 2,500 years ago, an extraordinary culture and a fiercely independent people - the Lycians. A highly strategic section of coast their port cities continued to flourish after the time of Alexander the Great, through the golden age of the Roman Empire and during the Byzantine Empire.

Once a day you’ll visit one of the ancient cities that adorn this timeless coast. 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 four churches.

You’ll also have the opportunity to see Patara where archaeologists are uncovering a massive and monumental site, birthplace of St. Nicholas (Santa Claus), besieged by Brutus (the murderer of Julius Caesar) and visited by St. Paul.

The region of Kekova is one of the most scenic areas on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. You’ll explore unforgettably picturesque Kale, where the cottages of a traditional Turkish village rub shoulders with a medieval castle, an ancient fortification and a vast necropolis.

Traveling alongside a small group (maximum 16 guests) of fellow University of Liverpool alumni aboard a beautiful Turkish gulet you’ll have plenty of opportunities to swim in the crystal waters of the turquoise coast. Mooring in secluded bays, you’ll set out on foot to walk on paths lined with wild herbs, or stroll through olive groves strewn with rock cut tombs.

Day 1: Our gulet is about 30 minutes from Dalaman airport at Göcek, a pretty harbour beneath mountains at the head of the Bay of Fethiye, on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. Welcome dinner on board.

Day 2: We head east to the island of Gemiler, with its superb Byzantine churches, a pilgrimage centre for St Nicholas. The area is perfect for swimming and snorkelling.

Day 3: We cruise on to Kaş, a beautiful town of white-washed houses covered with purple bougainvillea. The ancient city, Antiphellos, scattered through the modern town, has stunning sarcophagi and a theatre with a magnificent sea view.

Day 4: East to the picturesque village of Üçağız, old Teimiussa, one of the most evocative Lycian burial sites. On to fascinating Kale, ancient Simena, perched among a jumble of Lycian sarcophagi and an Ottoman castle. One of the most romantic settings of the holiday.

Day 5: We set off west for pretty Kalkan. Inland to Xanthos, the great capital of ancient Lycia, where excavations are uncovering a vast monumental city.

Day 6: We head to Patara, birth place of St. Nicholas (Father Christmas) and a major naval and trading port of ancient Lycia. Much of Patara still remains undiscovered, but excavations have revealed many structures previously hidden by sand dunes. Among them, the parliament building of the Lycian League (a formative influence in the creation of the US Constitution).

Day 7: A last dip before cruising into Fethiye. A visit to Telmessus’ massive cliff face tombs and a final chance to shop. A fitting end to this inspirational holiday in Turkey.

Day 8: Transfer from our gulet back to Dalaman airport.

This tour is open to Liverpool University alumni, their family and friends. Please could you let us know what you studied when you were at Liverpool and when you attended. For every booking on this tour, a donation is made by Peter Sommer Travels to Alumni Relations at the University of Liverpool. These donations help to support the work of the Alumni and Supporter Relations Team. The tour is designed, administered and operated by Peter Sommer Travels and not the University of Liverpool.

Arrival and Departure Information

Arrival Airport - Dalaman 
Departure Airport - Dalaman

We recommend you arrive at the gulet in Göcek (approx 30 minutes from Dalaman airport) in the late afternoon/evening on Sep 10th. Disembarkation in Fethiye (approx 60 minutes from Dalaman airport) is around 09:00 on Sep 17th. We will arrange local transfers from Dalaman airport at the start of the tour, and to Dalaman airport at the end of the trip.

Guests can board the gulet after 17:00 on the first day. You are more than welcome to arrive earlier to drop off your bags, but please be aware that the crew will be busy cleaning and tidying until late afternoon making everything ready for your group.

Booking Flights 
If you are staying in or connecting via Istanbul then the easiest way to get to and from the gulet is to fly. There are a number of airlines that offer domestic flights in Turkey such as Turkish Airlines. Turkish Airlines has a wide selection of flights on these days and there are alternative flights to and from Istanbul with some of Turkey’s low cost airlines such as Atlas Jet, and Onur Air. The cheapest way to book flights is directly with the airline online.

Please note: Flights are subject to change. Please contact the airline for exact details.

If you prefer to book with a travel agent, we are happy to recommend specialists in a number of countries around the world, please contact our office for more details.

Travel Insurance 
Travel insurance is a requirement of our booking conditions and we recommend you investigate the options thoroughly to make sure that your trip is properly covered. Please be advised some insurers may require you to take out a policy within 15-20 days of booking your holiday to receive all of their insurance benefits. If you would prefer not to take out travel insurance please let us know. We would require you to complete and return to us a travel insurance waiver form.

Visas are easily obtained online at eVisa and must be purchased before you travel.

If you are planning to stay in Istanbul before or after your gulet tour we have included below links to more information and things to see and do.

Istanbul Destination Guide
Istanbul Travel Article

Custom Tours
If you are thinking of extending your trip to Turkey to include visits to Cappadocia, Ephesus, Istanbul or further afield, please contact our office for further information.

Walking Lycia Short holiday travel map


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