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"Cruising the Carian Coast" is our second cruise in Turkey since October 2019, On this occasion, to give an impression of the experience, we are providing a kind of travel diary on our blog, following precedents from Greece, Ireland and Turkey. Rather than describing every day in detail (you can check our itineraries on www.petersommer.com for that), every day we will pick one image we took that day, accompanied by some explanations and thoughts.

Day 8:

A week is not a very long time for a gulet cruise. Year-in, year-out, I have heard our guests say so, and this morning I heard it again.

The last day of a gulet cruise is the shortest, usually consisting of breakfast and fond farewells and little else. Thus, today's picture is actually from yesterday, showing some of our guests on the gulet's bow as we were approaching the marina of Göcek with its mighty backdrop of wooded mountains.

Now, I am sitting in an airport lounge, while my erstwhile guests have already begun scattering on their diverse onwards voyages. Some are relaxing, perhaps shopping, in Göcek before returning to their home country, some are flying on to explore Istanbul for a few days, and some are off for a short archaeological tour of Crete. One couple is on its way eastwards in a rented car, about to spend a few days in beautiful Lycia.

They were a lovely group: friendly, cooperative, interested - and interesting! We hope sincerely to meet all of them again - and soon...

Meanwhile, the gulet's crew is preparing the boat for the next Peter Sommer Cruise, which begins today. For two weeks, Peter and Cem will be leading the superb Walking and Cruising the Lycian Shore, another unique adventure.

Myself, I am returning to Greece for a few days off, and to prepare for my next trip: Exploring the Peloponnese.

It is my hope that these postings have been entertaining, perhaps even insightful at times, for those who have travelled with Peter Sommer Travels and for those who might intend to. It's been fun to write about ancient sites, but also about goats, flowers and donkeys! If you enjoyed this diary, you can find more of its kind on this blog, and please do consider joining us on one of our tours or cruises to experience these or similar sights and sensations yourself!

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