Walking and Cruising the Lycian Shore
28 September 2019 – 12 October 2019
Over the years, many guests travelling on our “Cruising the Lycian Shore“ trip found themselves fascinated and enchanted by the occasional strolls we took on the Lycian Way, Turkey’s very first long-distance walking hiking trail. Their frequent inquiries inspired us to create a tour that combines more walking with archaeological adventures and the pleasure of a gulet cruise. Thanks to your inspiration, back in 2006, Walking and Cruising the Lycian Shore became the first of our walking holidays.
Rated by The Sunday Times (UK) as one of the ten best walks in the world, the Lycian Way follows over 540km (335 miles) of ancient roadways, mule tracks and shepherds’ paths along one of Turkey’s most remote and untouched coastlines. On this cruise, we follow some of its very best stretches, chosen for their beauty and interest, averaging about 9km (5-6 miles) of walking per day. Our travelling offshore base is a beautiful traditional Turkish gulet, offering us elegant transport, delicious dining, comfortable accommodation and welcome leisure throughout the voyage.
An ideal tour for walkers and for lovers of the sea alike, the cruise also provides the cultural and archaeological experience that is the trademark of Peter Sommer Travels. Escorted by Peter Sommer himself, you will visit a whole series of ancient sites, stroll along Roman roads, trace the routes of 2,000 year-old aqueducts and follow in the footsteps of characters from the mysterious Lycians of antiquity via Alexander the Great to the nomadic herders of recent centuries.
Exploring on foot offers a uniquely profound and enjoyable engagement with the landscape and its history, including the opportunity to discover truly remote archaeological sites that cannot be easily reached otherwise. You will be able to admire Phellos, the “stony place”, an ancient citadel perched precariously on a pinnacle high above the Mediterranean Sea, wild and ancient Apollonia, with its grand necropolis and romantic theatre, or the extensive ruins of mountain-top Kyaneai, one of the most important cities of ancient Lycia.
Of course, we also visit Lycia’s famous archaeological highlights, such as the regional Lycian capital at Pinara with its “royal” tombs, the monumental Roman port city of Patara and the Ottoman castle of Kale, ancient Simena, surrounded by age-old Lycian sarcophagus graves.
The combination of walks through a succession of beautiful landscapes, expert-led visits to fascinating archaeological sites, cruising in pristine waters and delicious meals on board or in selected local restaurants, in addition to plenty of time to swim and relax, make this tour a perfect choice for the active and curious traveller. From footpaths by the coast to goat tracks high up in the hills, from age-old cemeteries to monumental ruined cities, this tour offers you stimulation and relaxation for mind, body and soul.
“To stand in ancient towns with no one else but our group was very special. Peter made history come alive. Returning to the gulet each day to swim in the beautiful blue waters of the Mediterranean, eating fabulous Turkish food, enjoying the company of our new found friends and forever being looked after by Peter, Cem and the wonderful crew made for a truly memorable holiday. Thank you so much. It has only whet my appetite for more.”
Alison Mitchell, Victoria, Australia
Tour Price includes
Full board accommodation on Turkish gulet
Airport transfers on first and last day of tour
All crew services on gulet
Entrance fees & tips on land
WiFi on our scheduled gulet cruises (when coverage permits)
Tour Guide: Dr Richard Bayliss
Single supplement £995