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TALES OF TURKEY & A GRECIAN ESCAPADE

Soak up the beauty of Turkey and Greece as our expert Guest Speakers delve into their history

9 Oct 2016 - 14 DAYS FROM £999

Discover beautiful landscapes, crumbling ruins and colourful cultures steeped in myths on this memorable voyage. Join Voyager as she makes her maiden calls at beautiful Lesvos – famed as the birthplace of Sappho – and the unspoilt town of Kas, while overnight stays in port allow plenty of time to discover Izmir’s colourful heritage and Kusadasi, your gateway to ancient Ephesus.

  • PIRAEUS
  • VOLOS
  • THASSOS
  • LESVOS
  • IZMIR
  • KUSADASI
  • BODRUM
  • RHODES
  • KAS
  • ALANYA
  • LARNACA
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PIRAEUS, GREECE - 9TH OCTOBER (overnight) - 10TH OCTOBER 3:00PM
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Piraeus is your gateway to the ancient city of Athens. Discover the iconic Acropolis, which towers over the city from its rocky outcrop, visit the fascinating New Acropolis Museum and soak up the vibrant atmosphere of this unique city.

VOLOS, GREECE - 11TH OCTOBER 7:30AM - 6:00PM
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Lying on the shore of the Pagasitikos Gulf, the city of Volos is steeped in history and fascinating myths. Gaze up at the towering Mount Pelion, alleged to be the hunting ground of centaurs and other mythological creatures, or head to Meteora where you may visit the monasteries perched atop soaring natural rock pillars.

THASSOS, GREECE - 12TH OCTOBER 8:00AM - 6:00PM
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Step ashore in Thassos, once known as the Athens of the North’. Explore Thassos Town, where fascinating ancient relics emerge at every turn, or visit the archaeological museum, home to intriguing exhibits that have been excavated from sites all over the island. Its ancient treasures range from towering sculptures to intricate gold jewellery.

LESVOS, GREECE - 13TH OCTOBER 7:00AM - 3:00PM
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In the north Aegean Sea lies Lesvos, the thirdlargest island in Greece. Lush, unspoilt and incredibly scenic, this beautiful island offers opportunities to experience the real Greece. Famed as the birthplace of Sappho, a renowned lyric poet, the island is now a major producer of olive oil and ouzo. Discover an array of ancient ruins, look out for rare bird species or visit gushing hot springs.

IZMIR, TURKEY - 13TH OCTOBER 11:00PM (overnight) - 14TH OCTOBER 11:00PM
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With a Levantine, Greek, Armenian and Jewish heritage, Izmir is a diverse destination with a laid-back atmosphere. Meander along the lively seafront promenade, or head to Pergamum, home to historic Asklepion – an ancient medical healing centre dedicated to the god of medicine and once the site of a medical school renowned throughout the ancient world.

KUSADASI, TURKEY - 15TH OCTOBER 12:00PM (overnight) - 16TH OCTOBER 6:00PM
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Vibrant Kusadasi is your gateway to the famous ruins of ancient Ephesus. This captivating city played an important role in the beginnings of Christianity, and features the remains of the Temple of Artemis, a temple dedicated to this Ancient Greek goddess. You can also wonder at the magnificent classical theatre where St Paul preached to the pagans in Acts.

BODRUM, TURKEY - 17TH OCTOBER 7:00AM - 11:00PM
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Bodrum is an enchanting town with beautiful beaches, a stunning marina and ruins of the famous Tomb of Mausolus, built in around 350 BC. Relax in a pavement café, or discover Bodrum Castle, built from 1402 by the Knights of St John, which houses the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Here, you can step back in time as you learn about ancient mariners and their unique lifestyle.

RHODES, GREECE - 18TH OCTOBER 8:00AM - 10:00PM
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Once home to the Knights of St John, beautiful Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands. Explore the charming Old Town’s medieval cobbled streets, or admire the Colossus of Rhodes, an impressive statue of the Greek titan-god of the sun, Helios, and considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. You could also head to the pretty town of Lindos, where whitewashed houses, hidden alleys and a stunning acropolis await.

KAS, TURKEY - 19TH OCTOBER 7:00AM - 6:00PM
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Kas is a charming town with a spectacular setting backed by towering mountains and overlooking the glistening Mediterranean Sea. Discover the ruins of the ancient town of Antiphellos, while away a few hours in a waterfront café or take a boat trip to the nearby Blue Cave, whose clear waters and cave walls are illuminated a vibrant blue.

ALANYA, TURKEY - 20TH OCTOBER 8:00AM - 6:00PM
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Alanya is a pretty beach resort where a lively cultural scene contrasts beautifully with stunning ancient relics and charming red-roofed houses. Head to the top of a rocky peninsula to discover the city’s impressive Seljuk castle, which now serves as an open air museum, or visit the famous waterfalls at Manavgat.

LARNACA, CYPRUS - 21ST OCTOBER 12:00PM (overnight) - 22ND OCTOBER
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One of the oldest cities in Cyprus, Larnaca is a vibrant destination with plenty to offer. In its atmospheric old quarter, discover a fascinating Orthodox church dating back to the 9th century. As legend has it, it was built around the tomb of the biblical Lazarus – the brother of Mary. Wander along the lively seaside promenade, relax on one of several tempting sandy beaches or venture to Larnaca Salt Lake, a beautiful complex of four lakes nestled amongst rolling hills.

PIRAEUS | GREECE

The chief port of Athens in ancient and modern Greece, Piraeus is situated on the Saronic Gulf approximately 8 kilometres south west of the city. It was used as a port by the ancient Athenians, who connected it to the city with two long parallel walls built in the 5th century BC. Destroyed in 86 BC by the Roman general Sulla, Piraeus underwent extensive development in the 19th century that led to its modern status as the principal seaport of Greece. Take in the highlights of the city, its famous Acropolis and wonderful New Acropolis Museum. 

AN INTRODUCTION TO ATHENS

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-PIR4
Highlights:

• Panoramic city tour featuring the capital’s highlights

Athens is one of the truly great cities of the world. Considered the birthplace of democracy and cradle of European civilisation, its history spans more than 4,000 years. This fascinating panoramic tour of the Greek capital features both the ancient and the modern. See one of the largest Corinthian-style temples in Greek history – the 6th century BC Temple of Olympian Zeus and the unique marble Panathenaic Stadium. Pass the 2nd century Hadrian’s Arch that divided the Greek city from Hadrian’s new Roman city. In the heart of Athens the former neo-classical royal palace built for Otto I of Bavaria is today home of the Greek parliament. In front of the palace two Greek soldiers in the traditional dress of the ‘Evzones’ guard the Monument to the Unknown Soldier. Along Stadium Street the University, Academy and Library compose an elegant group in neoclassical style. The Stadium stands on the site of an ancient stadium that was laid out under Lycurgus in the 4th century BC. It was rebuilt in 1896 on its original plan for the modern Olympic games. Finally admire the classical Parthenon – its ruins on Acropolis Hill reflecting the city’s glorious past.

Practical Info:

• Minimal walking
• Recommend casual, layered clothing
• The order of sites may vary

ATHENS, THE ACROPOLIS & ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-PIR1
Highlights:

• Panoramic tour featuring the capital’s highlights
• Guided visit of the Acropolis
• Guided visit to the Acropolis Museum

One of the truly great cities of the world, considered the birthplace of democracy and cradle of European civilisation, Athens’ history spans more than 4,000 years. This three-part tour of the Greek capital features both ancient and modern, visits the Acropolis Museum and classical Parthenon – its ruins on Acropolis Hill reflecting the city’s glorious past. A panoramic tour introduces one of the largest Corinthian-style temples in Greek history – the 6th century BC Temple of Olympian Zeus and the unique marble Panathenaic Stadium. The Stadium stands on the site of an ancient stadium – laid out under Lycurgus in the 4th century BC. It was rebuilt in 1896 on its original plan for the modern Olympic games. Pass the 2nd century Hadrian’s Arch that divided the Greek city from Hadrian’s new Roman city. In the heart of Athens the former neo-classical royal palace built for Otto I of Bavaria is today home of the Greek parliament. For 25 centuries the panorama of this fascinating city has been dominated by the sacred rock of the Acropolis. Acropolis – meaning the highest part of a city, was inhabited from the 2nd millennium BC. Built in the second half of the 5th century by famous architect Iktinos and Kalikrates, the Parthenon – the great temple of Athena, dominates the plateau. Walk up the winding path towards the Acropolis seeing the Temple of Athena Nike, perhaps better known as the Temple of the Wingless Victory before continuing to the Erechtheion Temple. A bright, modern museum in the shadow of the Parthenon is the new home to a unique horde of ancient Greek treasures. A walk through its galleries is a fascinating walk through history – between the masterpieces of the Archaic and Classical periods, but also in the ancient neighbourhoods of Athens. An ascending, wide glass-floored gallery houses artefacts from the sanctuaries that were found on the slopes of the Acropolis. You will also see objects that Athenians used in everyday life from all historic periods. For the first time ever it is possible to view the coffered ceiling of the propylaia and the sculptures from the parapet of the temple of Athena Nike. Finally see at close proximity the Caryatids – or Korai of the Erechtheion. In the Archaic Gallery you can view exhibits from all sides and with the benefit of changing natural light discern and discover the delicate surface variations of sculptures as three-dimensional exhibits. 

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time approximately 45 minutes
• Walking approximately 5 kilometres
• Uneven, rough path that is steep in places and can be slippery on the Acropolis
• Approximately 60 deep, sometimes slippery marble steps on the Acropolis
• Descent is via same path with steps
• Entire visit to the New Acropolis Museum is on an inclined, tiled ramp (elevators available)
• Flash photography is prohibited in the Acropolis Museum
• Recommend comfortable, non-slip footwear & casual, layered clothing

ATHENS & THE ACROPOLIS

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-PIR5
Highlights:

• Panoramic city tour featuring the capital’s highlights
• Guided visit of the Acropolis

For 25 centuries the panorama of this fascinating city has been dominated by the sacred rock of the Acropolis. Acropolis – meaning the highest part of a city, was inhabited from the 2nd millennium BC. Built in the second half of the 5th century by famous architect Iktinos and Kalikrates, the Parthenon – the great temple of Athena, dominates the plateau. Sculptures adorn the temple mastered by Phidias. Walk up the winding path towards the Acropolis seeing the Temple of Athena Nike, perhaps better known as the Temple of the Wingless Victory before continuing to the Erechtheion Temple. This guided visit of the Acropolis follows the ‘Introduction to Athens’ as detailed in V-PIR4.

Practical Info:

• Walking approximately 1.5 kilometres
• Uneven, rough path that is steep in places and can be slippery
• Approximately 60 deep, sometimes slippery, marble steps
• Descent is via same path with steps
• Recommend comfortable, non-slip footwear & casual, layered clothing

VOLOS | GREECE

Founded in the mid-19th century, Volos is situated approximately half way between the Greek capital Athens and the country’s second major city Thessaloniki. The main export centre of Thessaly, its harbour is particularly active with both commercial and passenger vessels bound for the Sporades and ports of Middle Eastern cities. The beauty of the Pelion Peninsula features in your tour programme along with Meteora Monasteries – an amazing juxtaposition of the works of man and nature.

PELION VILLAGES

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-VOL3
Highlights:

• Scenic drive to Portaria Village
• Visit Volos Archaeological Museum
• Time at leisure in Makrinitsa

A combination of mountains and sea, the Pelion Peninsula is simply stunning. It is dominated by Mount Pelion – the land of the legendary Centaurs and the site chosen by ancient gods for their weddings and celebrations. Scattered over its slopes traditional Pelion villages, built with the grey stone of the region, contribute to its unique beauty. Volos Archaeological Museum gives an insight into the peninsula’s history. Exhibits include finds from the surrounding area dating from the bronze age to the Neolithic period, pottery, sculpture, a unique collection of painted funerary stelai from Dimitrias and a number of well preserved paintings considered amongst the most important examples of ancient Greek art. Leaving the museum you drive northeast towards Mount Pelion rising in lush magnificence. A winding road ascending the slopes of the mountain leads to Portaria. This charming village with abundant crystalline water was the first of the Pelion villages to attract visitors. After a photo stop continue your panoramic drive up to a flat area filled with shady plane trees through which the beautiful village of Makrinitsa can be seen. The village is a pure jewel. Built amphitheatrically it clings on to the side of the amazingly green mountain. Known as the ‘balcony’ or the ‘eagle’s nest’ a stroll along the main streets of the village 630 metres above sea level reveals an incredible view of the gulf below.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 30 minutes
• Walking totals approximately 1.5 kilometres
• Cobbled stone streets in Makrinitsa
• Some steps in the museum
• Flash photography not permitted in the museum
• Recommend comfortable footwear & layered clothing

METEORA MONASTERIES

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-VOL1
Highlights:

• Spectacular scenery
• Visit Meteora Monasteries
• Time at leisure in Kalambaka

Twenty-four perpendicular rocks at Meteora – a rare geological phenomenon – are an amazing marvel and one of the mysteries of nature. A marvel of man and seemingly just as miraculous, the buildings on top of these giant rocks make Meteora one of the most spectacular places to visit in Greece. How the monasteries were built on these virtually inaccessible rocks is almost unbelievable. During the 11th century monks settled in the area living in caves within the rocks. As times became unsettled they climbed higher and higher up the rock face to the peak. Ladders and baskets were used to bring materials to this isolated spot where the Byzantine monks worshipped God and built their monastic community. 13 large and 20 small monasteries – together with the hermit’s cells, crown the summit of the gigantic rocks; their wooden galleries and cornice rooftops rising like stalagmites towards the sky. Until the 1920’s the ladder and basket system remained the only way to reach them. Today roads, pathways and steps lead to the top where only five monasteries – Great Meteroron, Agia Trias, Varlaam, Agios Stefanos and Roussanou, remain occupied; the last two by nuns. Visit two of these isolated monasteries filled with religious treasures, wall paintings, icons and libraries rich in old manuscripts. Enjoy the incredible view of the Pindus range and Thessalian Plain below before descending to Kalambaka. There is time at leisure to choose from the many restaurants for this ‘lunch on your own arrangement’ excursion.

Practical Info:

• Journey time 2 hours (each way)
• Walking approximately 1 kilometre
• Gravel roads with steep incline
• Approximately 100 steps
• Lunch not included
• Flash photography is not permitted
• Conservative dress required
• Recommend flat, non-slip footwear

THASSOS | GREECE

Thassos is the most northerly of the Greek islands and in ancient times it was known as the ‘Athens of the North’, a title confirming the considerable reputation the island enjoyed. Lying just off the Macedonian coast, you’ll find this island with crystal beaches and a rich history. Explore Thassos Town, where fascinating ancient relics emerge at every turn, or visit the archaeological museum, home to intriguing exhibits that have been excavated from sites all over the island. Its ancient treasures range from towering sculptures to intricate gold jewellery

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM AND HISTORIC TOWN WALK

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-THA1
Highlights:

• Guided visit to Thassos Archaeological Museum
• Walking tour through the historic town with free time at the Roman market

This excursion offers a combination of history, tradition and culture. After leaving the pier you’ll walk towards the Archaeological Museum of Thassos. Occupying a house that was built in 1934, it was extended only a few years ago and is now one of the largest museums found on a Greek island. Here you’ll see thousands of artefacts including collections of sculpture, pottery and architectural remains from the Neolithic to the Roman period. The ultimate masterpiece is an impressive three-and-a-half metre high statue of a kouros holding a ram; a prime example of Greek colonial art. Next to the museum you’ll find the Church of St Nikolaos; entirely built with ancient marble stones and representing an important part of the ancient Greek and Roman history. Enjoy the view of the ancient Acropolis on top of which the locals worshipped the God Apollo and goddess Athena in the two colossal temples they built. On the same hill, the Genoan family of the Gattilusi left their mark by building walls and towers in the 14th century, temporarily keeping the Ottoman threat away. Your exploration continues with a walk through Limenas; one of the few places in Greece which has been inhabited since the arrival of the first settlers two thousand seven hundred years ago. A few metres away from the agora, you will be able to trace in the small harbour the foundations of the ancient quay, and a shrine dedicated to god Dionysus. The market or agora covers a large area behind what was the ancient military port which today is the picturesque town of Limanaki. From the excavation of the ruins a few columns have been re-erected, to trace many aspects of life during ancient times. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the view, of the ancient Acropolis and on the same hill, the Genoese Gattiluzi family left their mark by building walls and towers of a citadel in the 14th century. Enjoy time at leisure to soak up the atmosphere of this charming town before returning to the pier

Practical Info:

• Walking approximately 1 kilometre (with long periods of standing)
• Rough, uneven terrain
• Few scattered steps
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear and layered clothing

THASSOS ISLAND TOUR

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-THA2
Highlights:

• Scenic drive of Thassos Island
• Tour of Panagia with a stop at the Church of Virgin Mary
• Visit to Alykes with a stop at the Monastery of Archangel Michael

We begin exploring the history and beauty of Thassos island starting from its capital and main port - Limenas; also the oldest city port in the whole of northern Greece. The ancient Parians were the first ones to inhabit and organise the life on the island in the 7th century B.C. Limenas still preserves the ancient past represented even today in the archaeological site of the agora, the ancient shrines and the Acropolis. Next, continue to Panagia, stopping on the way to see one of the enormous marble quarries of Thassos and that simply signifies the important role marble has played in the local economy throughout the centuries. Panagia is not only a picturesque mountainous village preserving its original architecture but also offers a unique view to the gulf of Sunny beach. During your walking tour you will see the late 18th Century Church of Virgin Mary, the local olive oil press and the abundance of water sources since the village is located on the foothills of Ypsarion. Continue from Panagia to the port of Alykes, and discover the ancient sanctuary of Apollo that once stood and how later it was replaced by two small early Christian churches; all of them made of marble quarried on the same area. Your tour will conclude with a visit to the historic Monastery of Archangel Michael before returning to the port.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 1 hour
• Walking approximately 1 kilometre
• Primarily cobblestone streets in Alykes
• Minimal steps
• A packed lunch will be provided for this excursion
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear and layered clothing

LESVOS | GREECE

In the north Aegean Sea lies Lesvos, the third-largest island in Greece. Virtually unaffected by mass tourism, unspoilt and incredibly scenic, this beautiful island offers opportunities to experience the real Greece. Famed as the birthplace of Sappho, a renowned lyric poet, the island is now a major producer of olive oil and ouzo.

OUZO & THE VILLAGE OF PLOMARI

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-MJT3
Highlights:

• Scenic drive through Mytilini town to Plomari village
• Visit to Plomari Village and an ouzo distillery
• Opportunity to taste ouzo at the distillery

Your excursion will commence with a scenic drive through Mytilini town, before heading south to the picturesque village of Plomari. Your drive will follow the shores of the bay where you can enjoy the simple and pure beauty of the landscape. Plomari, the centre of the cultural and economic activity of the island for many decades, is famous today for its distilleries, which provide Lesvos with perhaps the best ouzo in Greece. Enjoy the architecture of the town with giant old mansions, decaying factories and olive presses. Here you will visit the cultural housecentre located in the building of an old oil and soap factory and walk in the narrow cobbled streets of the village. Continue to the beach “suburb” of Plomari, Agios Isidoros, where you will visit the ouzo-distillery of Barbagiannis. You will visit both the museum and production sections of the distillery as well as have the chance to taste Barbagiannis ouzo.

Practical Info:

• Journey time 1 hour (each way)
• Walking approximately 500 metres over relatively flat ground
• Approximately 10 steps at the entrance to the distillery
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear, layered clothing and sun protection

VRANA MUSEUM AND AGIASSOS VILLAGE

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-MJT1
Highlights:

• Scenic drive through Mytilene town to the Village of Agiassos
• Visit to Agiassos Village with a stop at the Church of Virgin Mary
• Visit to the Vrana Olive Press Museum

Begin your excursion with a scenic drive heading to the village of Agiassos, located northeast of Mytilini town on the pine and olive covered slopes of Mount Olympus. At the village, you will have the chance to stroll around the narrow stone streets and picturesque lanes and admire the traditional tile-roofed stone houses. Agiassos village was known for its pottery and this tradition is carried on today. You will also visit the Church of Virgin Mary, which remains a dominant feature of the village, and enjoy some time at leisure. Next, continue along the shores of the bay to Papados village, where you will have the chance to enjoy the simple and pure beauty of the landscape. Papados village is one of the most important villages and an area with a long tradition in olive-oil production. Here you’ll visit the Vrana Old Olive Press. Built in 1887 by Nikolaos Vranas, grandfather of the great poet Odysseas Elytis, in its heyday the olive press was one of the first steam-powered factories on Lesvos and now converted into a museum. After your visit here, you will begin your return journey to the port.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 1 hour
• Walking approximately 1 kilometre over relatively flat ground
• Approximately 60 steps
• Conservative dress required
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear, layered clothing and sun protection

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM & AGIASSOS VILLAGE

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-MJT2
Highlights:

• Scenic drive through Mytilini town to Plomari village
• Visit to the Archaeological Museum
• Visit to Agiassos Village with a stop at the Church of Virgin Mary

Departing from the pier, you pass through the Old Aristocratic neighbourhood of Mytilini, near the Venetian Castle, where you will have the opportunity to admire the fine architecture of the old mansions. In the beautiful suburb Kioski, you shall visit the modern Archaeological Museum where you will find artefacts dating back to the Roman Age on display. The collection of exhibits ranges from mosaics, wall paintings and various sculptures. After visiting the museum, you’ll take a scenic drive heading to the village of Agiassos, lying northeast of Mytilini town on the pine and olive covered slopes of Mount Olympus. The landscape scenery is full of apple, chestnut, pear and cherry trees as well as varieties of other trees and shrubs. At the village, you will have the chance to stroll around the narrow stone streets and picturesque lanes and admire the traditional tile-roofed stone houses. For many years Agiassos village was known for its pottery and this tradition is carried on today. You will also visit the Church of Virgin Mary, which is the dominant feature of the village and enjoy some free time before your return journey

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 1 hour
• Walking approximately 1.5 kilometres over relatively flat ground
• Approximately 100 Steps
• Conservative dress required
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear, layered clothing and sun protection

URLA – HISTORY & WINE

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-IZM1
Highlights:

• Guided visit to ancient Klazomania with free time in Urla
• Visit Urla Winery with wine tasting

Departing Izmir port you will drive to the coastal town of Urla, a popular holiday spot for the residents of Izmir. You will visit Klazomania or Clazomenae, an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia and a member of the Ionian League. It was one of the first cities to issue silver coinage. Your tour will continue to the nearby Uzbas farm, one of the greatest arboretums in Turkey which also has the largest palm population of Europe in an area of approximately 2000 square metres. You’ll visit the adjoining Urla Winery the dream of the owner who several years ago discovered sets of vineyards over a thousand years old at the slope of his farm. He made it his mission to make Urla a wine region similar to those successful examples abroad while it carries out its production from its own vineyards with a range of domestic and foreign select wine grape varieties. A wine expert will introduce you to the wines and the winery, and will escort you through the wine production area. You’ll have the chance to sample some of these delicious Turkish wines for yourself, along with locally produced cheese. 

Practical Info:

• Journey time 1 hour (each way)
• Walking approximately 400 metres
• Some uneven terrain with approximately 15 steps
•The order of visits may vary to avoid overcrowding
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear & layered clothing

PERGAMON ACROPOLIS & ASKLEPION

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-IZM2
Highlights:

• Visit to the remarkable archaeological site of Pergamon
• Visit to Asklepion
• Buffet lunch

Built on a conical hill rising high above the surrounding valley, ancient Pergamon was a renowned cultural and political centre. Reached by way of a cable car, the archaeological site is one of the most amazing in Asia Minor. The Pergamon Acropolis – located above the modern town, was once a great centre of culture. The ancient city was the capital of the Pergamon Kingdom and it was here that parchment paper was invented. You’ll see the remains of the celebrated library that once contained 200,000 scrolls, which were a gift to Cleopatra from Mark Anthony. Admire the spectacularly sited hillside theatre that at one time held as many as 10,000 spectators, the temple of Trajan and Dionysus, the monumental Altar of Zeus, the Sanctuary of Demeter, a gymnasium laid out on three terraces, and the Agora and Royal Palace. The second part of this fascinating tour takes you to Asklepion, which was the site where psychiatry was first practised. Here you will see the remains of the Sacred Pools, the Altar of Zeus, the Library and the Serpent Altar that still serves as the symbol of the medical profession. It also contains a small theatre with a capacity of 3,500 people, rooms where patients were cured by the sound of water and music, and the Temple of Asklepion. The Asklepion was a sanctuary dedicated to the god of health Asclepios. The Greek physician Galen supposedly never lost a patient here and doctors analysed the dreams of patients some two thousand years before Sigmund Freud. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant before returning to port.

Practical Info:

• Journey time 1 hour 45 minutes (each way)
• Cable car ride 10 minutes (each way)
• Walking approximately 1.7 kilometres
• Rough, uneven terrain with some steep inclines
• Many steps throughout the site
• Professional filming is prohibited
• Recommend flat, comfortable footwear & layered clothing
• This tour is not suitable for passengers with limited mobility or those who are wheelchair bound

KUSADASI | TURKEY

Lying on an inlet of the Aegean Sea in western Turkey, the picturesque town of Kusadasi is a popular tourist resort and increasingly busy port. The direct translation of the name is ‘Bird Island’, which comes from the small island on the right side of the port with a little fortress. The ancient name for the town was ‘Scalanova’ meaning ‘new port’ and it was once the base of the Barbarossa Brothers – notorious pirates feared throughout the Mediterranean Sea. Today the port is a gateway to an ancient world including the magnificent site of Ephesus.

EPHESUS, DIDYMA & MILETUS

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-KSA1
Highlights:

• Guided visits archaeological sites of Ephesus & Miletus
• Visit Temple of Apollo in Didyma

Explore the lives of some of the world’s greatest ancient civilisations with visits to ancient Ephesus – one of the best–preserved classical cities on the Mediterranean, Miletus – believed to be the oldest of the Ionian cities and Didyma – home to the most renowned oracle of the Hellenistic world. As a strategic coastal gateway to the Eastern World the Ionian settlement Ephesus grew to become the second largest city in the Roman Empire. For an unrivalled glimpse of life in a Graeco-Roman city walk through its streets seeing the Odeon and Celsus Library, which containing well over 1,000 scrolls ranked the third largest in the ancient world. See the Temple of Hadrian built in the 2nd century and Fountain of Trajan. The climax is the Great Theatre where St Paul preached to the Ephesians. In the very south of Ionia Didyma is the site of a Temple of Apollo. Contemporary houses surround the impressive towering temple uncovered by French and German excavators. Originally a Carian sanctuary, Didyma was administered by hereditary priests or priestesses from the noble Branchidae family. When consulted by petitioners, who would travel from across the ancient world, the oracle of Apollo Branchidae would slip into a trance-like state and utter prophecies believed to be the words of Apollo. Of the original 122 columns that supported the roof, 3 still stand at their original height. Walk up the front steps and imagine the awe felt by suppliants arriving to consult the oracle. The great maritime port of Miletus was built on a peninsula of land jutting into the Latmian Gulf. Today the site of the oldest and most important city of the Ionian League is stranded 8 kilometres from the sea and approached across tobacco and cotton fields of the Menderes Plain. See the impressive Roman theatre where it is still possible to walk through huge vaulted passageways as up to 15,000 spectators would have done 2,000 years ago. Admire the Baths of Faustina built at the behest of Emperor Marcus Aurelius’ wife. A colonnaded avenue leads to the sanctuary of Miletus – a shrine to Apollo Delphinium. Nearby is the beginning of a sacred way, which originally stretched all the way to Didyma. Along its route are the remains of a gymnasium, an ornate nymphaeum and the bouleterion where the city council met.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 1 hour
• Walking at Ephesus approximately 2 kilometres
• Primarily downhill over rough, uneven terrain with steps throughout
• Walking at Didyma & Miletus approximately 1 kilometre
• Rough terrain including 300 metres of cobblestones
• Approximately 75 steps
• This tour is not suitable for passengers with reduced mobility
• Recommend comfortable footwear, layered clothing, sunhat and sunscreen

LEISURELY HIGHLIGHTS OF KUSADASI & ENVIRONS

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-KSA2
Highlights:

• Panoramic scenic drive
• Photo stops at the Temple of Artemis, Byzantine Aqueduct, Basilica of St John & for view of Ephesus
• Visit nomadic weaving centre with a glass of local wine

In contrast to the bustling resort, the area surrounding Kusadasi is extremely tranquil. Yet it still boasts myriad surprises. Admire the Temple of Artemis before continuing to Selcuk in the agriculturally rich Kucuk Menderes Valley. As you arrive enjoy fine views of the Byzantine fortress and Basilica of St John crowning Ayasoluk Hill around which Selcuk was built. Stop for photos of the town’s Byzantine Aqueducts. Learn a little of the history of ancient Ephesus as you drive towards the Virgin Mary monument for a distant view of the famous site of Ephesus. Finally visit a nomadic weaving centre for an enjoyable way to see the best of the traditional arts of the nomads. Amidst these delightful surroundings enjoy Turkish pastries and a glass of local wine.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 30 minutes
• Walking approximately 200 metres
• Some uneven terrain
• 5 steps
• The order of visits may vary in order to avoid congestion at sites
• This tour is offered specifically for passengers with walking limitations
• Recommend comfortable footwear, sunhat and sunscreen

EPHESUS & TERRACE HOUSES

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-KSA3
Highlights:

• 2 ½-hour guided visit of Ephesus
• Visit to the Terrace Houses of Ephesus

A walk through the magnificent site of Ephesus is an unrivalled experience. Its unique, distinct atmosphere gives an intimate insight into life in this GraecoRoman city during its heyday. A commercial centre with a population of 250,000, the city’s wealth and patronage supported its splendid architectural programme. More importantly it was a place of pilgrimage where from earliest times people came to worship the Mother Goddess. The city was dedicated to the Greek goddess Artemis and her enormous temple was one of the ‘Wonders of the Ancient World’. Walk through ancient streets seeing reconstructed buildings. Together with the aid of diagrams they give a very real impression of the city that Androklos, son of Kodrus King of Athens, founded around 1000 BC. See the meagre remains of the once magnificent Temple of Artemis built around 334 BC when the city was liberated during the administration of Alexander the Great. It came under the control of the Roman Empire in 133 AD becoming capital of the Roman province of Asia during the reign of Emperor Augustus. This was Ephesus’ golden era. Follow in the footsteps of Cleopatra and Antonius and walk down Kuretes Street, once lined with shops and cafés. Learn the story told in Chapter 19 of the Acts of the Apostles. How the silversmiths’ anger against Paul – the converted man from Tarsus who brought Christianity to Ephesus, upset traders who relied on selling images of the Roman goddess Diana. St John came to Ephesus, and local people believed the Virgin Mary came with him and her last home was here. Paths once trodden by the powerful and influential pass ruins of the gymnasium, agora and baths and Library of Celsus. Enter the Great Theatre where St Paul once preached. With its wonderful acoustics and capacity of almost 24,000, it is truly breathtaking. Finally visit the Terrace Houses of Ephesus to admire the rich interior decoration of mosaics and frescoes.

Practical Info:

• Journey time 30 minutes (each way)
• Walking approximately 3 kilometres
• Rough and uneven terrain primarily gently downhill
• Approximately 200 steps scattered throughout
• This tour is not suitable for passengers with reduced mobility
• Recommend comfortable footwear, layered clothing, sunhat and sunscreen

DIANA & SELJUK

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-KSA7
Highlights:

• Visit to the Temple of Artemis, Basilica of St John & Isa Bey Mosque

Begin your tour with a drive through the verdant countryside on your way to Ephesus. The first venue visited will be the Temple of Artemis, which is considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Temple of Artemis, the goddess of hunting and the chase, once stood around the bay of the Meander River. This temple was once considered as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and is today considered as a holy place for pilgrimage After a short walk you will reach the famous Isa Bey mosque. The mosque, constructed in 1374-1375, is one of the oldest and most impressive works of architectural art remaining from the Anatolian beyliks. The mosque is situated between the Saint Jean Church and the remains of the Temple of Artemis on the skirts of the Ayasuluğ Hills at Selçuk. You’ll then proceed to remains of St. John’s Basilica which overlooks Ephesus and was once a great church built on a 2nd century tomb thought to hold the remains of St. John. While the church is now in ruins, there are frescoes, mosaics and graceful columns that attest to the glory that marked the place where St. John, the Evangelist, lived and died.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 30 minutes
• Walking approximately 1.5 kilometres
• Some uneven terrain
• Approximately 50 steps
• The order of visits may vary in order to avoid congestion at sites
• Recommend comfortable footwear, sunhat and sunscreen
• Conservative clothing required for visit to the mosque
• This tour is not suitable for passengers with reduced mobility

BODRUM | TURKEY

Bodrum is a delightful coastal town known in ancient times as Halicarnassos. It was founded about 1200 BC by Dorian Greeks and developed into an important commercial centre. Persians, Carians, Romans and Ottomans subsequently ruled the city that during the last centuries received dissidents exiled from Istanbul for anti-government ideas. The virtues of hidden-away Bodrum filtered to artisans and in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s it was a bohemian retreat. Bodrum today is a fascinating medley of exciting sights, taste, aromas and people.

PANORAMIC CITY TOUR

DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
REF: V-BDR3
Highlights:

• Panoramic city tour with photo stops
• Outside visits the Theatre and Myndos Gate
• Time at leisure in Cumhuriyet Caddesi

Homer’s description of Bodrum as ‘the land of eternal blue’ and the words of Bodrum resident Ceva Sakir ‘the heavenly bliss of life in Bodrum is better than any eternal bliss that may await us’ were in reality not without foundation. Built on a peninsula formed by the meeting of the eastern and western harbours, Bodrum – with its narrow streets lined by dazzling white houses winding down to the sea, is a delight. Enjoy vistas of this delightful town during a short panoramic tour. See Myndos gate built by Mausolus in 364BC. The gate, comprising four towers that withstood the assault of Alexander the Great and his Macedonian troops, has recently been restored. Situated in the hillside overlooking the town a 13,000-seat amphitheatre stands as witness to Bodrum’s great past. It was built during the Carian reign in the Hellenistic age with modifications added by the Romans. With rock tombs above, the site offers unequalled panoramic views. Stop for photos at the windmills with views of Bodrum and Bardakci Bays before returning to the heart of the town where shops, bars and restaurants jostle together in narrow streets under the shadow of the castle of St Peter. Enjoy time at leisure in the pedestrian main street Cumhuriyet Caddesi – a showcase for what the town’s skilled artisans offer. 

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 30 minutes
• Walking 400 metres plus free time
• Flat paved and unmade terrain
• Recommend comfortable footwear and sunhat

CASTLE OF THE KNIGHTS OF ST PETER

DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
REF: V-BDR2
Highlights:

• Guided visit to the Castle of Saint Peter and the Underwater Archaeological Museum

Your tour will focus on the exploration of the Castle of Saint Peter, the most prominent feature of Bodrum. Occupying over 30.000 square feet at its base, construction of this castle took years to complete. The castle was built partly from the left remains of the mausoleum of Mausolus which had collapsed as the result of an earthquake. The mausoleum of Mausolus was so large that it was included among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The castle’s huge exterior walls were designed in the early 15th century and were strengthened by five towers known usually as the English tower, the Italian tower, the German tower, the French tower and the Snake tower. You’ll visit one of the exclusive halls to the castle; the Carian Princess Hall, which houses the remains of Princess Ada, the sister of King Mausolos. Today the castle’s rooms are used as a museum where samples from the Bronze Age, Mycenaean, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine period are exhibited. The castle also houses the largest underwater archaeological museum in Turkey. It is one of the few of its kind in the world. It has a vast collection of artefacts, but the most popular attractions are the underwater section, Amphora exhibition and late Roman ship wreck

Practical Info:

• Journey time 15 minutes each way by boat transfer
• Walking approximately 1.5 kilometres over uneven terrain including cobblestones
• Gradual inclines and approximately 100 steps
• The Castle and Archaeological Museum is not under water, but houses artefacts from under water
• Professional filming is prohibited
• Sun protection, layered clothing and comfortable walking shoes are recommended
• Due to the terrain this excursion is not suitable for passengers with limited mobility or wheelchair users

HIGHLIGHTS OF BODRUM

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-BDR1
Highlights:

• Guided visit to the Castle of Saint Peter and the Underwater Archaeological Museum • Visit the Mausoleum of King Mausolus
• Outside visits to the Theatre and Myndos Gate

This full day excursion allows you to explore the major highlights of Bodrum. The port town of Bodrum, known as Halicarnassos in ancient times, was home to one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World”, the Mausoleum (377-352 B.C.). Your day will begin with the exploration of the Castle of Saint Peter, the most prominent feature of Bodrum. Occupying over 30.000 square feet at its base, construction of this castle took years to complete. The castle was built partly from the left remains of the mausoleum of Mausolus which had collapsed as the result of an earthquake. The mausoleum of Mausolus was so large that it was included among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. You’ll visit one of the exclusive halls; the Carian Princess Hall, which houses the remains of Princess Ada, the sister of King Mausolos. Today the castle’s rooms are used as a museum where samples from the Bronze Age, Mycenaean, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine period are exhibited. The castle also houses the largest underwater archaeological museum in Turkey. It is one of the few of its kind in the world. It has a vast collection of artefacts, but the most popular attractions are the underwater section, Amphora exhibition and late Roman ship wreck. You’ll continue to Myndos Gate, which faced to the city of Myndos was built during the reign of Mausolos. It was the scene for one of the greatest and bloodiest battles during the siege of Alexander the Great. The Mausoleum, was a tomb built between 353 and 350 BC at Halicarnassos for King Mausolus, a satrap in the Persian Empire. The structure was designed by the Greek architects Satyrus and Pythius. It stood approximately 45 metres (135 ft) in height. The finished structure was considered to be such an aesthetic triumph that Antipater of Sidon identified it as one of his Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Mausoleum was destroyed between AD 1000 and AD 1400, probably by an earthquake. Your excursion will conclude with a visit to the ancient theatre.The Great Theatre of Ancient Halicarnassos is situated in the hillside over-looking Bodrum. Its capacity is around 13.000 and was built during the Carian reign in the Hellenistic age (330 - 30 BC.). It became an open-air museum after the excavations in 1973 and is one of the most ancient theatres in Anatolia.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 15 minutes
• Walking approximately 2 kilometres over uneven terrain including cobblestones
• Gradual inclines and approximately 120 steps
•The Castle and Archaeological Museum is not under water, but houses artefacts from under water
• The order of visits may vary to avoid overcrowding
• Professional filming is prohibited
• Sun protection, layered clothing and comfortable walking shoes are recommended
• Due to the terrain this excursion is not suitable for passengers with limited mobility or wheelchair users

RHODES | GREECE

Legend states that Rhodes is the island of the sun god Helios and it can boast a greater degree of sunshine than any other Greek island. The most easterly of the Dodecanese group of islands, it is situated at the crossroads of two major sea routes of the Mediterranean, between the Aegean Sea and the coast of the Middle East, as well as Cyprus and Egypt. The meeting point of three continents, Rhodes has known many civilisations and all left their mark on every aspect of the island’s culture. The capital Rhodes Town is located at the island’s northern tip and in 1988 its medieval old town was designated a World Heritage City.

RHODES OLD TOWN & PALACE OF THE GRAND MASTERS

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-RHO1
Highlights:

• Photo stop on Mount Smith
• Guided walking tour through the Old Town
• Visit Palace of the Grand Masters
• Time at leisure in the city

In 1306 the naval fleet of the Knights of the Crusaders sailed into Rhodes harbour. Forced to leave Palestine, they came here to set up their base, which was one they held for two hundred years. The walled town that stands today is an indelible reminder of this significant period of the island’s history. In Mandraki see the modern emblem of the city – two bronze deer, erected on what was believed to be the former site of one of the wonders of the ancient world, the Colossus of Rhodes. To the west of the city Mount Smith rises to a height of almost 100 metres above sea level. From this elevated position enjoy views out across the city before descending to where the slopes of the hill merge into the present town. Your journey through medieval Rhodes is on foot and you enter the fascinating Old Town through one of five gates in the city’s 15th and 16th century fortification walls. The cobbled stone lanes are lined with impressive 15th century buildings and the city’s decorative arches now hide rows of little shops adding a modern touch to the medieval picture. The Street of the Knights follows the ancient road to the Palace of the Grand Masters built by the Knights at the end of the 14th century. Visit the magnificent interior and see floors paved with ancient mosaics from the island of Kos. There is a short time to mingle with the crowds browsing in the small shops that form the island’s bazaar on Socrates Street.

Practical Info:

• Walking approximately 600 metres
• Flat with cobbled stone streets
• Approximately 45 steps
• Recommend comfortable footwear & layered clothing

LINDOS

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-RHO2
Highlights:

• Guided walking tour of Lindos

Built on the site of an ancient Doric town of the same name, Lindos, the town that ‘glories in the sea’ offers one of the most dramatic sights anywhere in Greece. A drive through Rhodes’ picturesque countryside reveals quaint villages and fertile farming lands in contrast with barren scrub-covered hills. In the middle of the island’s east coast an impressive rocky promontory’ rises 122 metres from the sea. On top stands the remains of an ancient acropolis built into a castle. Cradled beneath the acropolis, with its religious sanctuary dedicated to Athena Lindia, is the most charming of Greek villages. Walk through Lindos’ narrow, winding streets seeing stone paved courtyards and typical, white washed houses. Many of them retain their traditional interiors, heavy ironwork and brown windows. Some dating from the 15th century have been declared national monuments. Climbing upwards you come to an impressive colonnade with two wings stretching across the acropolis built in the Hellenistic period. Stairs would have passed through the colonnade to reach what would have been a monumental gateway. Finally you reach the temple itself, which is perched on the highest point of the eastern edge overlooking the Mediterranean. Enjoy magnificent views of where it is said St Paul the Apostle landed when he came to Rhodes.

Practical Info:

• Journey time approximately 1 hour 15 minutes (each way)
• Walking approximately 1 kilometre
• Uphill on paved streets
• 300 steps
• Rough, uneven terrain to reach the acropolis
• Recommend comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing, sunglasses and sunhat

EAST COAST ISLAND DRIVE

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-RHO4
Highlights:

• Scenic drive with photo stops in Lindos, Psarto and Monte Smith
• Time at leisure in Haraki

Enjoy a leisurely scenic tour driving through lush vineyards and fertile olive groves and along the island’s coast. You will have a photo stop at Lindos and again at the small fishing harbour of Psarto, where St Paul is said to have landed on the island. Pass Feraklos Crusader Castle en route to Haraki where you’ll enjoy some free time at the beach before returning to Rhodes Town. A photo stop will also be made at Monte Smith, site of the acropolis of ancient Rhodes, for panoramic views over the city, the sea and nearby islands.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time approximately 45 minutes
• Walking at photo stops and in Haraki at passengers’ discretion
• Uneven terrain in Haraki
• Recommend comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing, sunglasses and sunhat

KAS | TURKEY

Located in the district of Antalya Province and at the foothills of the Taurus Mountains, Kas is a charming town with a spectacular setting overlooking the glistening Mediterranean Sea. Admire the white washed houses and winding roads to the beautiful beaches and harbour area. As a small picturesque fishing, diving and yachting town, this tourist resort remains relatively unspoilt.

XANTHOS

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-KAS1
Highlights:

• Guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Xanthos

Visit Xanthos the UNESCO World Heritage site and the first capital city of Lycian Union. Once the most powerful and grandest city, it boasts a fine Roman theatre and acropolis, Byzantine basilica and monastery, temple of Artemis and Lycian Pillar tombs complete with inscriptions. These epigraphic inscriptions are crucial for understanding the history of the Lycian people and their Indo-European language. During your visit you will have the opportunity to see the differences between five civilization’s ruins and histories. This site illustrates the blending of Lycian traditions and Hellenic influence as Xanthos was later repopulated by about eighty families outside the city at the time of the mass suicide as well as other Lycian immigrants to the city. Persian rule of Lycia actually proved to be quite mild, requiring only tribute, and the country was left to be ruled by its own dynasts. The state of calm that came over Lycia fostered economic growth and the strength of the region. 

Practical Info:

• Journey time approximately 1 hour 15 minutes each way
• Approximately 2.5 kilometres walking over predominantly flat terrain with some steep inclines
• Uneven and rocky terrain throughout the site
• Approximately 10 steps
• Recommended comfortable walking shoes, sun hat and sunscreen
• Due to the terrain this excursion is not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties or wheelchair users.

DEMRE & MYRA

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-KAS2
Highlights:

• Guided visit of Myra theatre and tombs
• Visit of St Nicholas Church in Demre

Following a scenic drive through mountains and over rocky terrain you’ll reach Demre, home to the Church of St Nicholas. First built in the 6th century AD, supposedly over St. Nicholas’ tomb, it was later rebuilt, the present church is from the 9th century and further restored in 1042 under the patronage of Constantine X and a monastery was added. The Church was a popular pilgrimage centre attracting pilgrims from home and abroad in all periods, even after the remains of St. Nicholas were stolen in 1087 AD. After your visit, you’ll continue to the ancient ruins of Myra which feature some of the most impressive and well preserved Lycian monuments in the country. Myra was a leading city of the Lycian Union and surpassed Xanthos in early Byzantine times to become the capital city of Lycia. Myra’s well preserved Greco-Roman theatre is the largest in Lycia and one of the main attractions of Myra. Later converted into an arena for gladiator flights and wild animal shows, many inscriptions in the theatre are still visible. The famous rock-tombs of Myra are in two main groups, one above the theatre and the other in a place called the river necropolis on the east side. Discover the Painted Tomb, one of the most striking throughout Lycia during your visit. After you stop here you will commence your return journey to the pier.

Practical Info:

• Journey time approximately 1 hour each way
• Approximately 1.5 kilometres walking
• Uneven and rocky terrain throughout the site
• Approximately 20 steps
• Tripods and flash photography are prohibited
• The order of visits may vary to avoid overcrowding
• Recommended comfortable walking shoes, sun hat and sunscreen
• Due to the terrain this excursion is not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties or wheelchair users.

KAS TOWN WALK

DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
REF: V-KAS3
Highlights:

• Guided visit of Kas town including the Theatre and Phellus Tombs
• Free time at Phellus Tombs

Today’s Kas is a coastal city of the Lycians. From the pier you will commence your walking tour to some of the archaeological sites around this small and charming coastal resort where you will have the opportunity to experience the great atmosphere of Hellenistic architecture. Visit the restored theatre; a Hellenistic theatre dated stylistically to the 1st quarter of the 1st century BC; and is identified as Hellenistic on the basis of three elements: its horseshoe-shaped auditorium (or koilon in Greek), its round orchestra which was used by the choir, and its separate scene-building area called a skene; which included the stage and changing rooms. This was generally two levels and separate from the auditorium and was where actors changed costumes or masks and made scenery changes. An important monument in Kas worth visiting because of its regional architectural characteristics, in the Phelius tomb on Uzuncarsi Caddesi, which dates back to the fourth century and contains Lycian inscriptions. After a short explanation from your guide, free time will be given to explore this site independently before returning to the pier. 

Practical Info:

• Approximately 2 kilometres walking
• Uneven and rough terrain, very steep in places
• Few steps
• Recommended comfortable walking shoes, sun hat and sunscreen
• Due to the terrain this excursion is not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties or wheelchair users

ALANYA | TURKEY

Alanya dates back to the 4th century B.C. Sited on a small peninsula into the Mediterranean Sea and protected by the Taurus Mountains, the town’s natural strategic position meant Alanya was a local stronghold for many Mediterranean based empires. Its glorious historical peak was in 1220 under the Seljuk when Sultan Alaeddin Keykubat made the former pirate hideout his winter residence and naval base of his empire. Today it is one of the most charming holiday resorts on this Turkish Riviera and rich in both the remains of ancient cultures and in natural beauty.

MANAVGAT WATERFALL AND SIDE

DURATION: EXTENDED HALF DAY
REF: V-ALA4
Highlights:

• Visit to Manavgat Waterfall
• Guided visit in Side Amphitheatre & Apollo Temple
• Time at leisure in Side

From high in the Taurus Mountains the River Manavgat makes its way towards the Mediterranean Sea. Close to the small town of Manavgat, which is set on a sweeping plain flanked by the verdant forests of the Taurus Mountains, the river encounters Manavgat falls. The surroundings of the waterfall have been landscaped and serve as a recreational site with terraces, waterways, ponds, cafes and teahouses. Continue with the exploration of Side, ancient Pamphylia’s largest port, situated on a small peninsula extending north-south into the sea. In order to protect itself from threats coming by land or sea, Side was surrounded on all four sides by high walls. The large main gate was built during the Hellenistic period and the city provides one of the best examples of the era and has all the charm of the Roman and Hellenistic ages. The theatre complex was one of the largest in Pamphylia and built much like a Roman amphitheatre that relies on arches to support the sheer verticals. A visit to the site is followed by some free time to enjoy Side.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 1 hour 30 minutes
• Approximately 2 kilometres walking
• Terrain is primarily uneven and includes cobblestones
• Additional high steps at Side amphitheatre (optional)
• The order of visits may vary
• Recommend comfortable footwear, layered clothing, sunhat & sunscreen
• This tour is not suitable for passengers with limited mobility or those who are wheelchair bound

ANCIENT PERGE, ASPENDOS & SIDE

DURATION: FULL DAY
REF: V-ALA2
Highlights:

• Guided visits of the archaeological sites of Perge & Aspendos Theatre
• Walking tour in Side to view the Agora from outside & Apollo Temple
• Lunch in a local restaurant

Enjoy an introduction into some of the most important archaeological highlights of Southern Turkey. The region known as Pamphylia was settled in the 2nd millennium BC by Greek tribes, who established a series of cities along the Mediterranean seaboard. The region, surrounded by mountains was remote, yet Perge and Aspendos became important centres of trade and culture throughout Hellenistic and Roman times. In 190 BC Aspendos was known as Pergamonian. Like its neighbours, the city fell into the hands of the Romans and most of the huge buildings date back to that period – its heyday. Aspendos Theatre, the best-preserved theatre of antiquity, was built in the 2nd century AD during the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius. The entrance leads directly into the orchestra from where the 15,000-seat auditorium rises up steeply. So exquisite was the design by the architect Xenon that his secret for perfect acoustics has never been discovered. A coin dropped in the orchestra pit can be heard distinctly in the galleries. According to legend, colonists from Argos under the leadership of heroes Mopsos and Calchas founded Perge after the Trojan War. It has perhaps the most extensive and impressive ruins of all ancient Pamphylian cities. Perge’s 14,000-seat theatre, originally constructed during the Hellenestic era and modified by the Romans, was built on the southern slopes of Kocabelen Hill. Opposite stands one of the best preserved stadiums to have survived from ancient times. The huge rectangular building is open at the southern end, which would have allowed chariots or competitors to enter the arena. See the foundations of a Byzantine basilica and the largest and most magnificent bath in Pamphylia. Pass through an extremely impressive Hellenistic gateway, which flanked by two solid stone towers is the only surviving part of the original city defences before enjoying a sweeping view north up the city’s main thoroughfare. The wide colonnaded avenue was once lined with marble statues and shops, and divided by a water channel running from an elaborate fountain at the end. Follow in the footsteps of those who lived, loved, worshipped, worked, played and died amidst these magnificent surroundings. The great ruins of Side are among the most notable in Asia Minor. They cover a large promontory where a wall and a moat separate it from the mainland. During medieval times, the wall and moat were repaired. See the Agora from the outside and the Apollo Temple before commencing your return to the port.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 1 hour 30 minutes
• Approximately 2 kilometres walking
• Terrain is primarily uneven and includes cobblestones
• High steps in Aspendos Theatre (optional) and some steps throughout Perge & during the walking tour in Side
• The order of visits may vary
• Recommend comfortable footwear, layered clothing, sunhat & sunscreen
• This tour is not suitable for passengers with limited mobility or those who are wheelchair bound

THE BEST OF ALANYA

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-ALA1
Highlights:

• Visit to Alanya’s Archaeological museum
• Guided visits to Alanya Castle and Red Tower

Alanya has always been an important cultural centre because of its natural strategic position on a small peninsula. Visit some of most important sites and get acquainted with this growing port city. On the peninsula stands the medieval Alanya Citadel, dating back to 1226. Most major landmarks in the city are found inside and around the castle. The current castle was built over existing fortifications and served as a palace for the local government and as a defensive structure in times of invasions. Inside the castle is the Suleymaniye Mosque and Caravanserai. The old city walls surround much of the eastern peninsula and can be walked. Inside the walls are numerous historic villas, well preserved examples of the classical period of Ottoman architecture, most built in the early 19th century. You’ll continue to the Red Tower; another well-known structure in Alanya. This approximately 108 feet (33 metres) high brick octagonal building stands guard at the foot of the castle and nowadays houses the municipal ethnographic museum. The last of Alanya Citadel’s 83 towers, this structure protected the arsenal and remains one of the finest examples of medieval military architecture. Housed in a more Republican Era building, the Archaeological Museum is home to classical pieces found in and around the city as well as historic copies of the Qur’an. The museum has one exterior and 14 interior exhibition halls displaying items dating back to the Phrygian, Lydian, Greek and Byzantine periods. In its garden you’ll find Bronze Age, Phrygian, Lydian and Urartian artefacts and Hellenistic pottery items. You visit here concludes your tour before returning to the port.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time 30 minutes
• Approximately 1 kilometre walking
• Terrain is primarily uneven, including cobblestones with an incline to the castle
• The order of visits may vary
• Recommend comfortable footwear, layered clothing, sunhat & sunscreen
• This tour is not suitable for passengers with limited mobility of those who are wheelchair bound

PANORAMIC DRIVE & WATERFALL

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-ALA3
Highlights:

• Panoramic tour to Downtown Alanya
• Photo stop at Manavgat Waterfall
• Time at leisure in the marina area

Begin your tour with a visit to the splendid Manavgat waterfalls, located north of Manavgat town and one of the best known waterfalls in Turkey. The surroundings of the waterfall have been landscaped and serve as a recreational site with terraces, waterways, ponds, cafes and teahouses. Continue your excursion with a panoramic drive through the downtown area before some time at leisure to enjoy the seaside. Your tour concludes with a walk back to your coach, and a relaxing drive back to the port. 

Practical Info:

• Longest Journey time 1 hour 30 minutes
• Approximately 1 kilometre walking
• Some uneven terrain
• Recommend layered clothing

LARNACA | CYPRUS

Located on the southernmost coast of Cyprus, Larnaca is the third largest city on the island. With its protected harbour, yacht marina, international airport and cosmopolitan character, the city has established itself as one of Cyprus’ most important business and touristic centres. Much of Larnaca is built on the ancient site of Kition, an area referenced in the Old Testament as ‘Kittim’. Architectural ruins of the ancient city provide evidence that the area was inhabited from the 13th century BC.

LARNACA – A HISTORICAL KALEIDOSCOPE

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-LCA1
Highlights:

• Visit to Kiti village with an interior visit to the Church of Angeloktisti
• Photo stop at Salt Lake
• Visit to St Lazarus Church
• Free time along the palm lined promenade

Begin your tour with a drive to Kiti; a village which is renowned for the Church of Angeloktisti, which translates to ‘built by angels’. Erected on the ruins of an early Christian basilica dating back to the 11th century; its original apse survived along with a rare 6th century mosaic of the Virgin Mary and Child placed between the two Archangels. Continue to Salt Lake, where there will be a photo stop to admire the Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque. Built on the lakeside in honour of Umm Haram, the maternal aunt of Islamic Prophet Muhammad; it is the most important site for Muslims in Cyprus. Next visit the Church of St Lazarus. According to Cypriot tradition, following his resurrection, Lazarus lived in the city for 30 years and was ordained first Bishop of Kition by Apostles Paul and Barnabas. The Church of St Lazarus was built by Emperor Leo VI in the 9th century and is one of the most remarkable examples of Byzantine architecture in Cyprus. Enjoy free time to stroll along the ‘Foinikoudes’, the palm lined beachfront promenade. From here admire the medieval fort; a testament to the Ottoman Turks rule during the 17th century, before returning to the ship.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time approximately 30 minutes
• Approximately 500 metres walking (at passengers’ discretion during free time)
• Conservative dress required
• Primarily flat terrain

LARNACA TOWN WALK

DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
REF: V-LCA3
Highlights:

• Walk along Larnaca’s palm lined beachfront
• Interior visit to St Lazarus Church, which houses Lazarus’ empty marble sarcophagus
• Free time for shopping in Larnaca town centre

Begin with a short drive to ‘Foinikoudes’, the palm lined beachfront promenade, from where your guided walking tour will commence. Admire the exterior of Larnaca’s Medieval Fort, a testament to the Ottoman Turks rule during the 17th century. Continue to St Lazarus Church; regarded as one of the most remarkable examples of Byzantine architecture in Cyprus. Following his resurrection by Christ, Lazarus came to live in Larnaca and was later ordained first Bishop of Kition. The impressive church interior consists of a central nave, two aisles and three domes and houses the crypt containing Lazarus’ empty marble sarcophagus and the partially restored Baroque iconostasis. Enjoy free time in Larnaca town centre for some shopping before returning to the ship.

Practical Info:

• Journey time approximately 20 minutes (each way)
• Walking approximately 500 metres (at passengers’ discretion during free time)
• Primarily flat terrain
• Conservative dress required

LEFKARA & CHOIROKOITIA

DURATION: HALF DAY
REF: V-LCA2
Highlights:

• Visit to Prehistoric site of Choirokoitia
• Walk through Lefkara village
• Opportunity to buy handmade lace, Lefkaritiko

Begin your tour with a drive to the Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Excavations at Choirokoitia show that the area was inhabited as early as 7000 B.C., the archaeological site features a defence wall, circular houses, tombs and many stone utensils and has brought to light one of the most important Neolithic cultures in the world. Using the construction methods and materials used in Neolithic times, five characteristic cylindrical shaped dwellings have been reconstructed near the settlement. Steeped in history, Lefkara village is renowned for its silverware and handmade lace called Lefkaritiko. According to local lore, Leonardo Da Vinci once visited the village and bought an altar cloth, which he later donated to the Milan Cathedral. When Richard the Lionheart married Berrengaria of Navarre in Limassol in 1191, crowning her queen of England, her wedding dress was made of lace from Lefkara. Stroll through the narrow, paved streets and admire the houses built entirely out of limestone, with wooden doors and windows. Enjoy the ambience of this traditional village and witness this fine example of Cypriot life.

Practical Info:

• Longest journey time approximately 45 minutes
• Walking approximately 500 metres (at passengers’ discretion during free time)
• Cobblestone streets in Lefkara village and some uneven terrain in Choirokoitia; there are a series of stairs and wooden walkways at the hill side where the excavated site is located

We are currently awaiting extension details for this cruise.
Guest speakers are yet to be confirmed for this cruise.
Voyages of Discovery gives you the chance to get to know our destinations even better with a programme of talks from some great Guest Speakers and Port Lecturers. Even better, it's all included in the cost of your cruise.
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£2379
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£999
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£999
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£1299
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Raleigh Deck minimum 142 sq ft
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Premium toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Flat screen television
  • Safe
  • Air-conditioning
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Columbus / Livingstone Deck minimum 127 sq ft
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  • Flat screen television
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  • Premium toiletries
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Promenade Deck minimum 124 sq ft
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  • Flatscreen television
  • Safe
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  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Premium toiletries
Outside - Standard
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Raleigh Deck minimum 122 sq ft
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  • Premium toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Flat screen television
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  • Air-conditioning
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£2379
£1784
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Livingstone Deck minimum 108 sq ft
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  • Hairdryer
  • Flat screen television
  • Safe
  • Air-conditioning
  • Premium toiletries
Outside - Superior view
£2569
£1927
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Columbus Deck minimum 129 sq ft
  • Picture window
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  • Hairdryer
  • Flat screen television
  • Safe
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£2749
£2062
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Promenade Deck minimum 214 sq ft
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  • Bathroom with bath and shower over
  • Hairdryer
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  • Safe and refrigerator
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Fruit basket and flowers
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Premium toiletries
  • Daily complimentary mineral water
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Promenade Deck minimum 257 sq ft
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  • Safe and refrigerator
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Fruit basket and flowers
  • Daily Canapés
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  • Upgraded bed linen and towels
  • Premium toiletries
  • Daily complimentary mineral water
  • Option to book early or late sitting dinner in the restaurant
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Promenade Deck minimum 216 sq ft
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  • Window and balcony
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  • Flatscreen television
  • Safe and refrigerator
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Fruit basket and flowers
  • Daily canapés
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Upgraded bed linen and towels
  • Premium toiletries
  • Priority embarkation/disembarkation
  • Daily complimentary mineral water
  • Fully stocked mini bar on arrival (replenishments paid for thereafter)
  • Option to book early or late sitting dinner in the restaurant
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Bridge Deck minimum 303 sq ft
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  • Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and shower over
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  • Flatscreen television
  • Safe and refrigerator
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Fruit basket and flowers
  • Daily canapés

 

  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Upgraded bed linen and towels
  • Premium toiletries
  • Priority embarkation/disembarkation
  • Dinner at an Officer's table
  • Daily complimentary mineral water
  • Fully stocked mini bar on arrival (replenishments paid for thereafter)
  • Option to book early or late sitting dinner in the restaurant
Owners Suite
£5429
£4072
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Bridge Deck approx. 342 sq ft
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  • Window and balcony
  • Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and shower over
  • Hairdryer
  • Flatscreen television
  • Safe and refrigerator
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Fruit basket and flowers
  • Daily canapés
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Upgraded bed linen and towels
  • Premium toiletries
  • Priority embarkation/disembarkation
  • Dinner at an Officer's table
  • Daily complimentary mineral water
  • Fully stocked mini bar on arrival (replenishments paid for thereafter)
  • Option to book early or late sitting dinner in the restaurant


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