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Historical Tour and Cruise on the Turkish Coast

This trip combines the Greco-Roman sites of South West Turkey with a week-long cruise along the Aegean Coast. You'll discover Ephesus, Aphrodisias and the impressive Temple of Apollo at Didyma. We also visit the less well known sites of Sardes and Priene. In Pamukkale, like the ancients before us, we can enjoy a dip in the hot mineral waters of the spa or visit the ruins of ancient Hierapolis. We also tour the historic harbour city of Caunos, relax at a thermal spa hotel and beside the waters at Lake Bafa and there's the chance to visit the turtle conservation centre at beautiful Iztuzu Beach. At the end of our first week we board our traditional wooden gulet in the old seaport town of Fethiye. We cruise along the beautiful Turquoise Coast and explore the small bays and islands, discover ancient relics, and swim and snorkel in the warm clear waters that give the coastline its name. We visit the hillside village of Kalkan, the harbour town of Kas and the submerged ancient city of Kekova.

Tour Highlights

  • Ephesus - One of the ancient world's most iconic and important archaeological sites
  • Pamukkale and Hierapolis - Admire the hillside of white travertines and explore historic Hierapolis
  • Aphrodisias - Discover the lesser visited but amazingly well-preserved Greco-Roman stadium
  • Sardes - Visit to the extraordinary site rarely featured on other tours and stay in a thermal spa hotel
  • Lake Bafa - Stay in accommodation set amongst olive groves on the shore of the picturesque lake
  • Sailing on a traditional style wooden gulet - Seven nights cruising along the beautiful shoreline of Turkey's Turquoise Coast


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    Join trip in Dalyan

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    River boat to Caunos and Iztuzu Beach

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    Drive to Lake Bafa via historic Stratonikeia and Milas

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    Visit to ancient Didyma and Priene en route to Selcuk

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    Visit to Ephesus and Birgi; overnight at a thermal spa hotel

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    Drive via Sardes and Buldan to Pamukkale and Hierapolis

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    Visit the Greco-Roman site of Aphrodisias en route to Fethiye

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    Board the gulet in Fethiye for our Blue Cruise

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    Set sail to Kalkan with the chance to visit Patara and Saklikent Gorge

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    Sail to Kekova with the option to walk to Simena Castle

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    Cruise to Demre Cayagzi; opportunity to visit ancient Arycanda or Myra

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    Heading for Kas via Ucagiz there's the chance to go sea kayaking

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    Sail to Soguksu Cove; option to visit ruins devoted to Father Christmas

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    Cruise to Tarzan Bay to relax and swim in the turquoise waters

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    Continue to Fethiye where the trip ends

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Aegean Sites + Blue Cruise
Why Book this trip
On this two week trip you'll get to discover some of Turkey's best known historical sights along with lesser visited but equally impressive ancient monuments. You'll also stay on the shores of Lake Bafa and in a thermal spa hotel. You'll spend a week cruising by traditional gulet along the beautiful Turquoise Coast with amble time to relax and swim along the way.
Included meals 14 6 8
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Bus, Boat
6 nights Standard Hotel
1 night Premium Hotel
7 nights Simple Boat
Trip Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Boat Crew
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16