On this three-week tour and cruise, we will visit some of the most famous sites of Asia Minor (and some of the most remote), while experiencing 3,000 years of history: the Byzantine Christian churches and Ottoman Turkish mosques of Istanbul; the monumental Graeco-Roman cities of Ephesos and Miletos; the mysterious rock-cut tombs and coastal settlements of rugged Lycia; Termessos, high in the Taurus mountains; the important religious city of Konya; and the troglodyte towns and churches of Cappadocia. Those who wish can join a five-day extension to Northern Cyprus, where the sites and towns are unspoiled by mass tourism.
Our journey combines the three most popular areas of Turkey—Istanbul, Ephesos, and Cappadocia—with lesser known but equally intriguing adventures: the tomb of the Mevlana, founder of the mystic sect of whirling dervishes; the Graeco-Roman cities of the south coast and interior, with their remarkably preserved theatres and public baths; and, for a real treat, a week on a pair of motor sailers, cruising the Lycian coast as the weather and our spirits move us. We have designed the three-week itinerary to give you plenty of time to absorb the timelessness of Turkey, explore its ruins and lively towns, discover Turkish hospitality and cuisine at its best, shop for carpets, copper, and jewelry, and relax, especially as we weave our leisurely way along the protected but ruggedly spectacular Lycian coast.
The nature of the cruise requires that participants be in good health and physical condition, willing to live in confined though comfortable quarters on board the boats, and prepared for an adaptable program that cannot be scheduled in advance.