On the Route of Alexander the Great by Gulet
Join us aboard a gulet for a shore-hopping cruise on the water of the Lycian Coast, as we sail in the wake of the iconic military leader, Alexander the Great. Voyage between picturesque ruins, experience Turkish culture and swim in azure waters on the journey of a lifetime.
Roman and Greek remains are found alongside ruins of cavernous temples, museums and glorious countryside. The spectacular ancient treasures found on Turkey’s Lycian coast sit among what were once some of the most powerful cities in the ancient world, and this 8 day adventures puts us at the heart.
- Discover ancient Antiphellos, with ruins set among olive trees
- Visit the ancient site of Patara, home to an award-winning beach
- Sail to Myra and stand before 5th century BC rock-cut tombs
- Tour the ancient and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Xanthos
- Experience Kayaköy, a religious ghost town on Gemiler Island
- Cultural Excursion
- Special Access
- All Inclusive
We arrive into Turkey’s Dalaman Airport from London and from here we transfer to the gorgeous harbour of Göcek, where we board our private gulet and meet the crew that will be accompanying us on this tour.
This morning begins peacefully with a cruise to Gemiler Island, often referred to as St. Nicholas Island. This ancient sanctuary was once known as Smybola and developed into a religious centre in the Byzantine era and Middle Ages, with assorted remains spread across this rocky islet. Here, we
can see Byzantine churches but also cisterns, cemeteries and defensive wall.
Today, we set sail for the beautiful harbour town of Kaş, where we disembark to explore ancient Antiphellos, whose period of glory began in the Hellenistic era. Ruins here include a small yet picturesque theatre set among olive trees and a unique Lycian tomb. By the Roman period, Antiphellos, which was also the seat of a bishopric in Byzantine times, had become the most significant city in the region. The history here is
fascinating and we have enough time to really take it all in.
We navigate east to Üçağız to discover Myra, which boasts amazing 5th century BC rock-cut tombs carved into the cliffs. The Lycians believed in the afterlife and thought that a mythical winged creature would carry them away from their earthly existences when the time came, and the high cliff-side locations underscore this belief. We then visit the Church of St. Nicholas, which although may be much rebuilt, it dates back to the 4th century and consists of fine frescoes.
A short sail brings us to the Lycian trading city of Simena. This beautiful area was impacted by earthquakes and sank below the waves in the 2nd century CE. Here, we explore impressive ruins. Not yet considered a World Heritage Site, UNESCO has marked Simena as a “tentative” candidate for this status.
Another wonderful morning of cruising awaits as we head to Xanthos, a UNESCO Site that was referred to in Homer’s Iliad. From here we head to the ancient site of Patara, home to a beach that was voted one of the world’s best by the Times Online. Apollo supposedly lived in Delos during the summer and Patara during the winter, and it makes a great tour stop.
After overnighting off Gemiler Island, we cross to the mainland and explore Kayaköy. Following the 1923 population exchange between Turkey and Greece, it was abandoned and is today an eerie ‘ghost town’. Later, we visit Telemessos and modern Fethiye, known for its rock-cut, temple-style Tomb of Amyntas.
Today, we disembark and transfer to the airport where we catch our return flight home and say goodbye to this glorious tour.
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Tour Manager
- Local Travel - Private a/c coach
- Meals - All meals included with wine at dinner
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
- Field Notes
- Hotels - On this particular trip, our hotel is a gulet.
We stay aboard 'Holiday X', a gulet, for the duration of this tour. This private charter boat is 8.2 meters wide and 39 meters long with 5 staff providing services to our valued guests on the boat cruise. It has undergone a renovation in 2017 and the cabins onboard are comfortable with a private shower, WC and air conditioning. The boat offers guests indoor and outdoor dining areas, lounge area, and an American bar.
Please note: guests must be comfortable getting on and off the boat without assistance.
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