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Lycian Cruise

19 Apr — 3 May 2021 | Tour Director: Andrew Wilson

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Tour Director

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Andrew Wilson,

BA, BD, FSAScot

specialist in archaeology and ancient history

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Itinerary

Day

1

Flight from London to Dalaman. Transfer to MS Lycian Queen for 14 nights. Overnight at Göcek.

Day

2

Morning cruise to island of Gemiler (former Byzantine monastic community): ruined churches, vaulted processional way, large ecclesiastical complex. Overnight at Gemiler.

Day

3

Cruise westwards to pretty village of Kas (ancient Antiphellos): well-preserved Hellenistic theatre, tombs. Overnight at Kas (quiet inlet for swimming).

Day

4

Sail via Uluburun (site of famous Bronze Age wreck) along coast and into bay of Kekova (underwater remains) to small Turkish village of Kaleköy (ancient Simena): dramatic citadel with Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman remains, haunting Lycian necropolis. Overnight at Gokkaya Liman.

Day

5

Sail to Myra (superb ancient theatre, rock tombs, fascinating Church of St Nicholas). Overnight in Kekova area.

Day

6

Cruise along mountainous shores of Lycian coast to tiny harbour of Kalkan then by minibus to Letoon (temples to Leto, Apollo and Artemis) and Xanthos (Roman theatre and Byzantine citadel, remains of Nereid Monument, large Byzantine church). Overnight at Kalkan.

Day

7

Travel inland to ancient Pinara in Esençay Valley (acropolis, Hellenistic theatre, rock-cut tombs) and Tlos (imposing bath complex and citadel). Two nights in bay of Fethiye.

Day

8

Ancient site of Telmessos, including magnificent tomb of Amyntas.

Day

9

Morning sail to Agalimani: walk through pine forest to remains of ancient Lydae (ruined mausolea). Overnight at Agalimani.

Day

10

Morning cruise followed by transfer to small boat for visit to site of ancient Caunos (rock tombs, theatre, temple). Overnight in bay near Caunos.

Day

11

Cruise along peninsula to Loryma: Hellenistic fort (one of finest in ancient world). Overnight in Loryma.

Day

12

Cruise to Knidos: temple of Apollo Karneios, temple of Aphrodite Euploia (once housed famous statue by Praxiteles), Doric portico, early Byzantine churches, harbour theatre. Overnight in ancient harbour of Knidos.

Day

13

Cruise to Bay of Bodrum (explore bays and inlets). Overnight in Bay of Bodrum.

Day

14

Sail to Bodrum (ancient Halicarnassus) and visit the remains of the Mausoleum, built by the wife of King Mausolus in around 350 BC. Overnight at Bodrum.

Day

15

Flight from Bodrum to London.

Tour Dates

19 Apr — 3 May 2021

Days

15

Cost

£3345

Tour Code

LYCI-21

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Testimonial

Extraordinarily knowledgeable, and with great intellectual breadth. A good communicator, unfailingly open to debate.
Recent ACE Customer

FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES

Participants on this tour should have a good overall level of fitness. Many of the archaeological sites visited will involve short but steep ascents, often on broken paths, with the longest taking about 30 minutes to complete.  All ascents are, however, optional and the degree of difficulty will be advised at each site. On occasion participants should be comfortable climbing in and out of a small dinghy via a stepladder.

FLIGHTS

For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £260.

Cost of £3345 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded cabin, full board (except lunch on day 8) with water, tea & coffee, shore excursions & admissions, crew gratuities.

Not included: visa, travel insurance, cabin for single use supplement £1285. Master suite cabin supplement on request.

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