Turkey’s spectacular Lycian coast is home to a rich concentration of ancient sites and fascinating history, making it the perfect backdrop for an upcoming series of expeditions hosted by Peter Sommer Travels aboard traditional wooden yachts.
As a land renowned for rugged landscapes, beautiful coastal scenery and picturesque villages, Lycia is also one of Turkey’s most fascinating regions to explore with the mind, given its ancient history and fiercely independent culture.
Peter Sommer Travels will unlock some of the secrets of ancient Lycia this year aboard three dedicated expeditions, cruising from location to location aboard beautiful Turkish gulets. Each tour is hosted by a leading archaeologist and caters to no more than 14 people, combining magnificent scenery, fascinating ancient sites and superb food and wine.
- Cruising the Lycian Shore – A 15-day cruise along the length of Lycia’s turquoise coast, including highlights like the marble-clad city of Perge, the stunning town of Myra, with its superb rock-cut tombs and ancient theatre, and Xanthos, a vast fortified citadel city that dominated the region for centuries. August 29 to September 12, 2015. Priced from £3695 per person twin share (approx A$7260).
- Cruising Western Lycia – An eight-day cruise among the sites of Lycia’s western shores, with highlights including Gemiler, where a small Byzantine town clings to the slopes of a rocky island, and Patara, where archaeologists are uncovering a monumental site with links to St Nicholas, St Paul and Julius Caesar’s murderer Brutus. September 5 to 12, 2015. Priced from £2175 per person twin share (approx A$4270).
- Walking and Cruising the Lycian Shore – A 15-day journey combining a cruise with daily walks along the Lycian Way, a superb walking trail that links ancient roads, mule tracks and shepherd’s pathways. Highlights include the regional capital at Pinara with its royal tombs, the monumental Roman port city of Patara and the Ottoman castle of Kale. September 26 to October 10, 2015. Priced from £3695 per person twin share (approx A$7260).
Each expedition will focus on the extraordinary heritage of the Lycians, one of antiquity’s most mysterious peoples. Their enduring sense of identity prevailed for centuries, even as they adopted and adapted cultural influences from the Persians, Greeks and Romans.
The Lycians are perhaps best known for their elaborate rock-cut tombs and sarcophagi, unlike anything else in the world. Many are still found in breath-taking and rugged settings, seemingly untouched for centuries.
Specialising in small-group expeditions, Peter Sommer Travels offers more than 20 different expert-led land tours and gulet cruises among the ancient sites of Turkey, Greece and Italy.