L Y C I A N C O A S T
to Dalaman Airport and board the Gundogan in
We will sail off to Ikincik, a small quiet
cove just north of Dalyan.
Dinner and overnight at Ikincik.
After an early breakfast, you’ll take a water taxi
Dalyan or ancient Cuanos - one of our favorite places! The Delta, with a long, golden sandy beach at its
mouth, is a nature-conservation area and a refuge for sea turtles (Caretta
Caretta) and blue crabs. At a bend in the river, high on the cliff face
above, you can see the fascinating ancient harbor city of
with its magnificent Lycian tombs carved into the rock. We will explore
the ancient city of Kuanos, with it's interesting ruins, tombs and
incredible views form the top of the fortress. After a supurb lunch at
one of the fish restaurants along the river, we’ll visit the famous Thermal Mud
Baths, that have muddied the likes
of Dustin Hoffman, Sting,
and many other celebrities. From here you can go back to the beach or directly
to the boat.
Dinner and overnight at
Before breakfast the captain will take off in the early morning
to Fethiye, ancient Telmessus.
on the boat, then you’ll take a bus to Saklikent natural gorge
which offers a wet and wild hike up the gorge to a waterfall. This is a
must! After a light lunch at one of the many unique restaurants along
the gorge you can take a tube ride down the river. This place is
awesome! Kids of all ages will enjoy this day., shopping,
nightclubs, restaurants and internet cafes abound! Of the ancient city
nothing remains except a number of rock tombs and sarcophagi. The rock
tombs cut into the cliffs that rise behind the town can be admired
clearly from the sea. To get to them you must climb up a lot of steps
clearly sign-posted from the town. Dinner and Overnight in Fethiye Marina.
early in the morning for Butterfly Valley. This small cove offers
tremendous views and incredibly blue waters. You can swim, hike up to the waterfall
to see the butterflies, and take a more difficult climb up to Faralya Village and
have lunch at George's House. Cruise along to Oludeniz (Dead Sea)
and Gemiler. Enjoy a swim in the warn crystal clear waters. Ruins from a
Byzantine Church said to be of St. Nicholas are accessible from the
shore. Pack a cocktail and marvel at the spectacular sunsets from the
top of the island. Dinner and overnight anchored at Gemiler.
We will slowly make our way south, stopping at quiet coves for swimming
and snorkeling along the way.
Cruise to the quintessential Mediterranean fishing village of Kalkan.
Narrow cobblestone streets wind up the hillside among simple houses,
shops, restaurants and some very lively discos. After an exquisite
dinner on the yacht, you can set out to explore this unique adventure.
has a magical
quality and all who visit return year after year.
Dinner and overnight in Kalkan Harbor.
Breakfast on the
boat, then you’ll
take a mini bus ride to Letoon, Xanthos and Patara, three of the most
important cities in the Lycian League. Then spend the afternoon cooling off
at the Mediterranean’s longest beach - Patara Beach - also one of the
best body surfing and sand castle building beaches in the world.
Dinner and overnight at Kas Harbor.
Spend the morning discovering Kas - another quaint, Mediterranean fishing village.
Lycian tombs scattered through the cobblestone streets remind you of
just how old the city is. Winding streets flanked with huge star
jasmine, gardenia, bougainvillea, palms, figs and pomegranate trees wind
among simple houses, restaurants, Greek theater, shops are a few of the
attractions of this picturesque seaside town. Or take a mini bus to the Saklikent
Gorge where you can hike the Gorge, tube the River and have
a memorable lunch. Dinner and overnight at Kas Harbor.
Marvel at the
sunken ruins of Kekova
and walk among the fallen stones of this one time member of the Lycian League.
This remote area is one of the most beautiful and
interesting places along the southwest coast of Turkey. Here we find a
Kale, small fishing village, crowned with a crusader castle which
commands a spectacular view
across the bay and up to the mountains. Hike up to the castle and the Lycian tombs. On the
way back, enjoy the incredible views and sunset from one of the small tea houses
along the winding footpath that descends from the Castle.
Dinner and Overnight anchored at Kale.
.After breakfast we
will sail on to a cute village of
Ucugiz. This authentic village
receives very few tourists and it is nice to walk the streets and mingle
with the villagers. Explore the Lycian Tomb ruins, swim and relax.
We can hike the Lycian Trail from Kale to Karakoy
Bay. Spend the day swimming and exploring the coves.
Departing Kale, we set off to Myra. On the way you can take a mini bus
tour (the captain can
arrange it) to the ancient city of Myra and the church of St. Nicolas
where he preached and was buried. Back to the boat and visit the
jungle-like ruins at Olympos (home of Hercules) one of the most dramatic
settings in Turkey. Dinner overnight in Kayakoy Bay.
Set out early for Olympus, one of the most
mystical and dramatic settings along the southern coast. A colorful
pebbled beach decorates these jungle-like ruins where it is said
Hercules was born. A full day is needed to enjoy the clear, warm waters
and to hike around the ruins. An optional excursion is available to Chimera, the place where the first
Olympic torch was lit from eternal flames that rise from the earth.
Dinner overnight in Olympos.
Phaselis was founded in the 7C BC by Rhodian colonists
and is currently a Turkish National Park. Three bays surround the peninsula, which makes Phaselis
particularly beautiful and a perfect setting for 18 holes of frisbee
golf! A well preserved
aqueduct, two Roman baths with substantial mosaics, 3 small agoras also
with mosaics, a colonnade 22 meters wide flanked by an acropolis and an
amphitheater where wild beasts challenged each other in a fight to the
death, and a large necropolis are just a few of our designated frisbee
Dinner and overnight in Phaselis.
Cruise towards Antalya,
stopping at quiet coves along the way. After lunch and swimming break we will continue to travel
Antalya. A bustling, prosperous city with fabulous restaurants, museums,
nightclubs, hotels and easy access to some of the worlds finest ancient
ruins, make Antalya a unique destination. Dinner and overnight at ancient Kaleici Marina.
Dinner and overnight in
Disembark the Gundoğan on the 14th day. Fly out of
The coast between Dalyan
and Antalya is known as the "Lycian Coast." White, sandy beaches,
picturesque fishing villages and unparalleled archeological wonders await
you in the warm, sapphire blue waters of the Mediterranean.
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a Travel Diary of this Voyage!
Ports of Call: Gocek Bay, Ekincik, Dalyan, Cuanos, Fethiye, Saklikent, Oludeniz, Gemiler,
St. Nicholas Island, Kayakoy, Kalkan, Xanthos, Letoon, Patara, Kas, Kekova,
Kale, Ucugiz, Karakoy Bay, Demre, Myra, Olympos, Chimera, Phaselis, Antalya.