Turkey, the Greek Islands & the Dalmatian Coast Cultural Tours • Private Charters • Classical Tours
Welcome to our 2014 season Spring Tours 26 April-9 May
From Antalya to Istanbul: Highlights of Classical Turkey 8 with Richard Stoneman (Land Tour) 30 April-7 May Cultures & Communities in SE Turkey: Hasankeyf, Turabdin & Urfa with Shane Brennan (Land Tour) 7 3-17 May Cruising the Cyclades in the Aegean Clipper10 with Eve MacDonald and Jeremy Barnett 22-31 May Aphrodisias, Halikarnassos & the Ceramic Gulf12 with Richard Stoneman 31 May-14 June An Illyrian Odyssey: Cruising the Dalmatian Coast 26 with John Shorter 12-21 June Ephesos, Halikarnassos & the Carian Coast 13 with Michael Tooley
30 August 14 September 6-13 September 13-20 September 14-27 September 15-27 September 20 September- 4 October 27 Sep-8 Oct 28 September- 11 October
Halikarnassos to Troy via Samos, Chios & Lesvos14 with John Penney Pearls of the Dalmatian Coast with John Osborne 28 (Cruising Split to Zadar) Pearls of the Dalmatian Coast with John Shorter (Cruising Zadar to Split) 28 Cappadocia and Lycia with Jeremy Seal 16 (One week on land and one week cruising) Troy to Ephesos via the Ionian coast with James McKay 18 An Illyrian Odyssey: Cruising the Dalmatian Coast 26 with John Shorter Lycia with Kastellorizo - with Richard Stoneman 19 Islands of the Knights: Cruising the Dodecanese from Patmos 20 to Rhodes with Jeremy Barnett
Walking in Lycia with John Weston
Ancient Deities and Medieval Knights: Knidos, Symi and Rhodes 24 with Amal Asfour (A half-term family tour)
25 October1 November
The Gallipoli Centenary: From the Bosphorus to the Dardanelles 25 with James McKay (Land tour) Nymphaeum, Perge
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Dear Guests We specialise in high-quality, meticulously-planned tours to compelling historical sites in Turkey, the Greek islands and along the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. Travelling in small groups, we sail in beautiful, professionally-run boats that are among the very best of their type. Offering a perfect combination of discovery and leisure, our trips follow the routes of the ancients along breathtaking coastlines. We look in detail at inspiring sites that disclose rich layers of civilisation and chart the rise and fall of Ancient Greece and Rome, Byzantium, the Ottoman Empire, and Venice, fascinating histories that provide us with a context for discussion of more recent developments. Our itineraries feature sites whose spectacular remains have been the scene of European culture’s most significant achievements in the arts, architecture, rational thought and natural philosophy. We also visit more remote spots in stunning, unspoilt natural surroundings. All our tours are accompanied by a lecturer or tour leader – sometimes both. Historians, archaeologists, classicists and other specialists unstintingly share their expertise and enthusiasm. The focus on getting to know sites of historical importance is complemented by an emphasis on relaxation and leisure to give you a truly memorable holiday. There are many opportunities to unwind in magical settings, with good company, entertaining conversation and first-class food and wine. Virtually all but the cost of your flight is included in the price; extras are minimal and stated in advance. In 2014, in addition to our gulet cruises we are offering a number of land tours and the season begins with a tour to southeast Turkey with lecturer, Shane Brennan. Following the high level of interest in his Last Chance to See Hasankeyf tours in 2013, Shane’s spring tour will focus on the cultures and communities of this rarely visited part of the country. Richard Stoneman will be lecturing on an exciting new land tour of Classical Turkey. This tour includes some of Turkey’s most magnificent sites including Pergamon, Ephesos, Aphrodisias and Troy which should be stunning in springtime. We are delighted to welcome archaeologist Eve MacDonald to our team. Eve will be lecturing on our Cruising the Cyclades tour with Jeremy Barnett on board the beautiful Aegean Clipper and she will join Richard Stoneman for Lycia with Kastellorizo in September. Highlights of our autumn programme include a new walking tour in Lycia with John Weston and, as we approach the Gallipoli centenary, James McKay will lead a unique tour which aims to place Gallipoli in the context of a long history which includes the Trojan Wars, the Persian Invasions and the Campaigns of Alexander the Great. 2013 was a very good year for tailor-made tours and we hope that 2014 will be equally successful! If you have a party of 4 to 24, we can arrange a private charter for you. Please call for information about possible itineraries in Turkey, the Greek Islands and Croatia. We look forward to hearing from you.
Mandy Cunningham BIAA
Brıtısh Institute at Ankara
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Life on Board Built in Turkey to traditional designs, the graceful, 26-metre wooden motor yachts in which we sail are known as ‘gulets’. These two-masted sailing boats are fully equipped to take advantage of favourable winds but powered by modern diesel engines that ensure we remain on schedule.
“Highlights – Captain and crew – cheerful and professional and wonderful to be with. Food was unbelievable.”
With long experience of sailing the warm and clear waters off the coasts of western Turkey and Dalmatia, our captains are knowledgeable seafarers and have been working closely with us for many years. Safety is of paramount importance. Regularly monitored by the Turkish and Croatian coastguards, our boats operate to high standards. Boats usually accommodate up to 12 guests in comfortable twin or double cabins, each with its own bathroom. There is plenty of room for relaxation in the saloon or on the decks. The atmosphere is pleasantly informal.
Kat Hartwig 2013
Food on board is superb. Meals are typically Mediterranean, prepared with care and expertise by a dedicated cook using fresh, local produce. Breakfast consists of eggs, cheese, olives, tomatoes, yoghurt and honey. Lunch is often a vegetable-based dish with salads, and seasonal fruit. At supper grilled meat, chicken or fish is accompanied by delicious mezzes. We provide quality local wines, beer, spirits and soft drinks. A typical day might begin in the morning with a sail of two or three hours followed by a swim before lunch, a site visit in the afternoon and a talk before supper. Sometimes we go ashore early and take a private bus to our destination. On these occasions we either take a picnic or have lunch in a local restaurant. We generally aim be back on the boat in time for a swim and shower before evening drinks.
Typical 8 Cabin Plan A Double cabins B Twin cabin C Saloon A
Cabins are about 2 x 2 metres and double beds are usually about 1.4 x 2 metres.
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A guest’s diary Aboard the Arif Kaptan C We are moored in the ancient commercial harbour of Knidos. I wake early and slip over the side for a swim; the sun isn’t quite up and the water feels like silk. Gradually the sun rises and washes the mountainside opposite a rosy gold. Soon others come up on deck and it’s time for another delicious Turkish breakfast: eggs, fruit, yoghurt, tomatoes, olives, bread, sour cherry jam and honey from our visit to Labranda. After breakfast we go ashore in the tender to continue our study of the site. We saw the Temple of Aphrodite last night and then heard about Praxiteles’ sculpture of the goddess as well as the effect of the statue on some its viewers! Today we go first to the theatre – it must have been wonderful to sit in that arena and look out towards the sea – and then make our way up to the Temple of Demeter. The path is wide and smooth at first, but then we have to scramble a bit. Some of the group, who seem to have mountain goat genes are determined to reach the acropolis, while others are happy to contemplate the sea below us and our boat. We descend to drink cherry juice and soda at the café before going back to the boat for a cooling swim before lunch. After lunch people drift off for a siesta, a sunbathe or a read, until tea-time, after which some choose to go back ashore for further exploration of the recently excavated houses, or the ancient trireme harbour; others fish, snorkel or snooze. It’s Antonio’s birthday this evening, so we toast him with suitable fizz before another of Mustafa’s wonderful dinners: a large leg of lamb, accompanied by numerous delicious vegetable dishes, followed, of course, by a birthday cake. There is no talk this evening. In its place we have some readings: the Hippocratic Oath (we’ve been to Kos) and two poems which powerfully evoke the region and our journey: Ithaca (Cavafy) and The Old Ships (Flecker) … a perfect day.
Jane Whiter Temple and the Landscape 2013
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Private Charters A Westminster Classic Tours Private Charter is a uniquely special experience. Drawing on our many years of know-how, we take the greatest pleasure and the utmost pride in creating individual cruises, giving personal attention to every detail in order to meet your particular requirements. Whether you want to escape from the hurly-burly, to travel with family and friends, to celebrate a significant occasion, to explore new places or revisit familiar ones, a private charter is the ideal option. Sailing on your own boat with your own crew, travelling at your own, flexible pace gives you freedom to choose when and where to go. We provide boats to suit groups of any size, with standards ranging from comfortably simple to luxurious, and with dates from late March through to early November. If you would like a helping hand on board, we can provide a tour leader who will organise the day, arrange transport on land, and guide you around historic sites. Perhaps you would be interested in the company of a classicist or historian who will share their unparalleled knowledge in an informal way or simply answer questions. Alternatively, we can arrange excellent local guides for specific sites. We can also advise on flights and hotels. Do get in touch to discuss your ideas or if you would like some inspiration and suggestions for your tailor-made charter.
Linda, Croatia 7 cabins
Doruk Reis 8 cabins
â€œAll eleven of us are in total agreement that we had a breathtakingly beautiful experience in our two weeks.â€?
Rupp Steinbeis, Private Charter 2013
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Aegean Clipper 12 cabins
Burc-u Zafer 6 cabins
Cultures & Communities in the South-East of Turkey: Hasankeyf, Turabdin, Urfa
With Shane Brennan 30 April - 7 May
Urfa Göbeklitepe Harran
This land tour takes us into the heart of south-east Turkey, one of the country's most fascinating yet least-visited regions. Historically and culturally rich, the area has been a traditional homeland for Kurds, Yezidis, Armenians and Syriac Christians, all of whom have left distinctive marks on the landscapes and architecture of the region. We will be based in the ancient cities of Mardin and Urfa, from where we will branch out to the various sites on our itinerary. Shane Brennan is based at the Artuklu University in Mardin and has travelled extensively in the region. As well as showing you the various sites, he will give talks on the region both past and present.
In 2013, The Sunday Times chose Last Chance to See Hasankeyf as one of its 100 greatest holidays on the planet.
Tour cost £1,450 Single Supplement £250
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Meryem Ana Church, Mardin
Day 1 Arrive in Diyarbakır and transfer to Mardin about an hour away.
centuries, and from there move on to the local beauty spot of Beyaz Su.
sacred pools of Abraham, the Dergah complex of mosques and the Prophet Job’s site.
Day 2 We spend the day exploring the old city of Mardin (B), which sits on a mountain side above the Mesopotamian plain. Highlights include visits to the Sabanci city museum, Tekke and Zinciriye Medresses, Meryem Ana and Kırklar Suryani churches, and the Mardin Archaeology Museum.
Day 5 We head for the heart of the Tur Abdin region. In the morning we visit Mor Gabriel, thought to be the world’s oldest surviving Syriac Orthodox monastery, where we will see ancient manuscripts and mosaics. Next we travel to a deserted Yezidi village in the area and, in the late afternoon, go on to the city of Midyat, famous for its churches and its evocative old quarter. In the evening we eat at a Syriac village.
Day 7 Harran (B), mentioned in Genesis, was one of the world’s oldest continuously settled sites and a renowned religious centre for various faiths. The city witnessed a major battle between Romans and Parthian Persians and was an important centre of learning in the early Islamic period. The remains of its 8th century Great Mosque are impressive as are the citadel and city walls, currently being restored. The surrounding region holds several more interesting sites which we will aim to visit in the course of the afternoon.
Day 3 Occupied by a succession of civilisations, the city of Hasankeyf (B) is notable for its Islamic architecture and stunning location high above the Tigris River; unfortunately, the site will be submerged when the Ilısu Dam becomes operational in 2014. After lunch, we go on a river walk stopping to explore türbes or tombs, caves, the Salihiyye gardens as well as the Mor Aho Monastery. We return to Mardin via Diyarbakır with dinner in a local ocakbaşı. If there is time we visit the famous city walls and one or two hans. Day 4 An early morning start for the Deyrülzafaran monastery with an option to trek to the site by way of the original monastery, built into the rock above Deyrülzafaran. We next visit the extensive ruins and monuments of Dara, an important Roman frontier post for
Day 6 Leaving the Tur Abdin, we travel three hours south-west across upper Mesopotamia towards Urfa, our base for the remainder of the tour. On the way we visit Göbeklitepe, the most important Neolithic sanctuary yet discovered. The hilltop temple is the oldest known manmade religious structure. In the afternoon, we tour the old city of Urfa, one of Turkey’s most important historical and religious centres. Important pilgrimage locations include the
Day 8 We depart from Urfa GAP airport. (Please note – wine and spirits are not included in the cost of this tour.)
“Every day was full and every day was wonderful.” Susan Hitch, Last Chance to See Hasankeyf 2013
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From Antalya to Istanbul: Highlights of Classical Turkey With Richard Stoneman 26 April - 9 May
This is a truly magnificent land tour during the course of which we will get to know several of the most significant and impressively-beautiful sites in Turkey. We will set out on this epic journey from Antalya on the Mediterranean coast and make our way slowly west and north to end at Çanakkale on the Dardanelles. Along the way we will visit places whose very names conjure up images of ancient empires, battles and heroes as well as unparalleled artistic and architectural achievements: Pergamon, Ephesos, Aphrodisias and Troy are just a few of the highlights on this journey. There is much more to enjoy and experience on this tour and no better time to do so than in the soft light of spring when picturesque ruins and stunning monuments emerge from a fresh, green landscape covered in wild flowers. Richard Stoneman with his extensive knowledge of the history and civilisations of Turkey both ancient and modern is the ideal person to accompany you on this tour.
Tour cost £1,975 Single Supplement £450
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Çanakkale Troy Alexandria Troas Smintheion Assos Pergamon
Sagalassos Termessos Antalya
Day 1 We fly to Antalya and check into a comfortable hotel in the historic centre, our base for four nights. Day 2 We start our exciting tour with the great cities of Perge and Aspendos. At Perge (A) the Hellenistic centre is overlaid by a well-preserved Roman city. The fine sculptures excavated here are in the Antalya Museum (Day 4). Aspendos (A) boasts the best-preserved Roman theatre anywhere, still used for performances in the summer. Lunch is at a delightful restaurant overlooking the River Eurymedon (Köprüçay), scene of the last great naval victory of Athens over Persia in 466 BC.
Day 5 We set off for the mountain-top site of Termessos (C) where, amid verdant undergrowth, we see the gymnasium, the theatre with its incredible views, the council-chamber, the cliff-top temples of Zeus and Artemis, the monument of the unnamed founder-hero of the city and, in the distance, the tomb of the rebel general Alcetas. We spend the next two nights in a hotel at Pamukkale. Day 6 We continue to the site of Hierapolis/ Pamukkale (A) where rock deposits from the springs have formed a remarkable series of pools renowned for their therapeutic properties since Roman times.
Day 3 A superb day out, with beautiful scenery all the way, takes us to the spectacularly-situated Pisidian site of Sagalassos (B/C), mentioned as early as the 14th century BC in Hittite documents. It was here that archaeologists uncovered a huge head of Hadrian, exhibited at the British Museum in 2008. We also visit Ariassos (A) and the medieval karavansaray at Susuzhan (the ‘waterless inn’!).
Day 7 A wonderful day in which we visit the enchanting site of Aphrodisias (A) where the museum houses an important collection of sculpture including a relief of Claudius triumphing over conquered Britannia. We also visit Nysa (A/B), a fascinating site with one of the few preserved library buildings from antiquity. We continue to Selçuk for two nights at the Kalehan hotel.
Day 4 A relaxed morning strolling around the picturesque centre of Antalya (A) and visiting the museum which houses one of the most important collections of Roman sculpture to be found anywhere. The afternoon is free though there is the option of an excursion to the Kurşunlu waterfall for a refreshingly scenic walk (A/B).
Day 8 We start the day with the museum of Ephesos in Selçuk and the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. We then visit the main site of Ephesos (A/B). We walk down the Curetes street past the well-restored Library of Celsus and then to the huge theatre where St Paul
was denounced. Particularly impressive are the terrace houses with their mosaics and frescoes. Day 9 & 10 We visit Pergamon, the capital of the Attalid kingdom bequeathed to Rome in 133 BC. The Acropolis (B) is spectacularly perched high above the plain. We see the library, the remains of the altar of Zeus (transported to Berlin in the 19th century) and the steepest theatre in Anatolia. Our tour also takes us to the little visited Lower City (B) and the Asklepieion (A). We stay in a hotel in Bergama. Day 11 We drive to Assos (B) a terraced site on a cliff top with superb views over to the Greek island of Lesvos. We make our way down through the modern village to the necropolis and the main site. We spend the next two nights at the Kervansaray hotel in Behramkale, an enchanting, restored Ottoman building right on the waterfront.
reliefs depicting the story of the Trojan War and then continue to Alexandria Troas (B), where we walk to the ancient harbour and explore selected parts of this huge site in which excavations are continuously revealing fascinating remains. Day 13 We explore the fabled city of Troy (A), where our guide explains this complicated site with its many layers. We take time to examine the Polyxena Sarcophagus and other treasures of the Çanakkale Museum. We stay at a hotel in Çanakkale. Day 14 We have a five hour drive by minibus to Istanbul airport. (Please note – wine and spirits are not included in the cost of this tour.)
Day 12 We begin with the Temple of Apollo Smintheus (A) which was once decorated with
“The food was fantastic! The crew was wonderful! Turkey was beautiful! We loved our trip!” Elana Rosenfeld, Private Charter 2013
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Cruising the Cyclades on the Aegean Clipper With Jeremy Barnett and Eve MacDonald 3 – 17 May This idyllic tour offers an unmissable opportunity to experience the rich and varied cultural history of the Cycladic islands. As well as gorgeous natural landscapes and fascinating classical mythology, we will discover early Bronze age Cycladic art with its distinctive figurines carved out of pure, white marble. We will explore the extensive archaeological remains on the sacred island of Delos, birthplace of the twins Apollo and Artemis; we will visit Naxos, the largest of the islands, where Theseus cruelly abandoned Ariadne; and we will go to the volcanic island of Santorini (ancient Thera), where a devastating eruption 3600 years ago had enormous consequences for ancient civilisation across the Aegean. The tour includes a number of less-visited islands, among them solitary Astypalaia, and beautiful Amorgos, where the Chozoviotissa Monastery clinging vertiginously to the cliffface is a wonderful sight. The month of May provides the best opportunity for favourable weather conditions to cruise the Cyclades. The Aegean Clipper, which we have used for several years, is one of the most comfortable and spacious gulets operating out of Bodrum. Jeremy Barnett knows the islands exceptionally well and will take you round the sites, sometimes with specialist local guides. Eve MacDonald also has an intimate knowledge of some of these islands. She will talk on the history, art and broader cultural aspects of the Cyclades from the Bronze Age through to the Byzantine era.
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Oia Village on Santorini Island
Delos, mythological birthplace of Apollo
Day 1 The Aegean Clipper awaits us in Bodrum harbour, 40 minutes from the airport.
ash-covered houses. Another night at anchor somewhere in the caldera.
Day 2 We aim to arrive in Kos by midday and go directly to the Asklepieion (A) where physicians treated patients on lines laid down by Hippocrates. We then leave for Kephalos Bay at the other end of the island. If time allows, we may make a short visit to the ruins of the 5th century basilica of Aghios Stephanos, perched on rocks close to the shore. Overnight in the bay of Kephalos.
Day 6 If the weather allows, we head for Sikinos and endeavour to collar the only bus on the island to visit Episcopi (B), one of the bestpreserved Roman monuments in the Aegean. As the quayside is very exposed, we cross to the neighbouring island of Ios for the night.
Day 3 We leave for Astypalaia, the most westerly island of the Dodecanese. The shimmering white houses of the main town climb up from the quayside to the huge 15th century Venetian castle which once had over one thousand residents. We spend the night at the quiet quayside or in a bay nearby. Day 4 A long sail to Santorini (Thera) where we spend the night at anchor just off the town of Fira positioned dramatically on the rim of the crater. Day 5 We take the cable car to the Museum of Prehistoric Thera and then move on to the site of ancient Thera, the Dorian settlement on the other side of the island (B/C). It is a fine place, set at the top of a limestone cliff high above the sea. After lunch at a seaside restaurant, we head for Akrotiri (prehistoric Thera) where, with the help of an expert local guide, we visit the unique
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Day 7 Our destination is Parikia, built over ancient city Paros. We visit the Ekatontapyliani, the oldest church in the Aegean and the small Archaeological Museum with its fine Parian marble sculptures. Overnight in the harbour or nearby. Day 8 An early start for Delos (A) for an indepth tour of this magnificent site. We spend the night in a bay off Mykonos. Day 9 We leave for Naxos and take a bus tour that includes the Sanctuary of Apollo at Yria, the Temple of Demeter at Sangri and the unfinished Kouros at Flerio (all A). Lunch is at a village taverna. Back in the town of Naxos, we can walk to the famous Portara, a monolithic 6th century BC doorway which dominates views of the island from both land and sea. We can also explore the Venetian quarter. Overnight in the harbour. Day 10 To Amorgos, perhaps the most beautiful island in the Aegean where we head first for
Katapola and then, late in the afternoon, we drive up to Minoa (B/C), one of the island’s three ancient cities. A night in the harbour or nearby. Day 11 We set off early for the Chozoviotissa Monastery (B), one of the most unforgettable sites of the Aegean. We look in on Amorgos’s picturesque former capital at Chora. Our gulet then moves on to Aigiali at the other end of the island. This is some of the most dramatic scenery of the tour. A quiet bay for the night.
Day 14 Off to Pothia, Kalymnos’s bustling capital, for an early breakfast. We take taxis to visit the Church of the Gentle Virgin at Chora, followed by the archaeological site of Apollo Dalios (A/B). Here, we also see the remains of the early Christian basilica of Christ in Jerusalem. Our final stop on the island is the marvellous Archaeological Museum. At midday, we leave for Bodrum. Day 15 The airport is some 40 minutes from Bodrum harbour.
Day 12 We leave for tiny Levitha, an island farmed by a single family. There is an excellent walk up to the Hellenistic fort for the energetic (C). Day 13 A leisurely day spent crossing to Kalymnos and a quiet bay surrounded by steep cliffs overlooking the islet of Telendos.
“These are beautiful islands, they are not to be missed! Leisurely meals and good conversation, the open air and (mostly) gentle breezes, and the best swimming I’ve ever experienced.” Dr Sue Ridyard, Cyclades 2013
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Aphrodisias, Halikarnassos and the Ceramic Gulf
With Richard Stoneman 22 – 31 May
This is an unusual itinerary which begins in very exciting style with Aphrodisias, one of the bestpresented and most stunningly beautiful ancient cities in Turkey. Here, excavations are ongoing and there is plenty of opportunity for discovery and exploration. We will discuss how ancient cities were built and how they functioned. We will also go to the less-frequented sites of Magnesia and Heracleia in the Latmos mountains before proceeding to Bodrum (ancient Halikarnassos) and joining our gulet for a leisurely, peaceful tour of the unspoilt Ceramic Gulf. We will enjoy the warmth of the Spring sunshine and spend our days visiting the many evocative ancient cities that lie along the way. Richard Stoneman who is an experienced Classics lecturer and prolific author will be your lecturer.
Tour cost £2,250 Single Supplement £450
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Euromos Labranda Bodrum Kos Knidos Datça Triopium
Keramos Kedreai Marmaris
Tetrapylon Gate, Aphrodisias
Day 1 The hotel Anemon in Aydın where we stay for two nights is just over an hour from Izmir Airport. Day 2 A tour of Aphrodisias (A) where we see the best-preserved stadium in Anatolia and many other monumental structures, among them the Tetrapylon, the Temple of Aphrodite and Hadrian’s Baths. All these and an outstanding display of local statuary make Aphrodisias a site to remember. In the late afternoon we move on to Nysa (A/B), in its lovely setting of fields and olive trees. Day 3 For centuries, Magnesia (A) was covered by silt from the Maeander. We see the Temple of Artemis, a magnificent propylon or gateway and other monuments which have been uncovered by archaeologists. Around midday we arrive at a splendid village hostelry from which we explore ancient Heracleia-under-Latmos (A/B). There are substantial city walls built by Lysimachos, one of Alexander’s generals. There are also caves in which early Christians took shelter. We make a short stop at Euromos (A) to see the Temple of Zeus before arriving in Bodrum and boarding our gulet. Day 4 We visit the Mausoleum of Mausolos at Halikarnassos (A), one of the Seven Ancient Wonders and then sail for Çökertme where we
spend a quiet night tied up at the rickety jetty. Day 5 A full day which takes us to ancient Keramos (A), overlaid by the modern village of Ören, then inland to Milas (A), ancient Mylasa, once the capital of Caria. We visit beautiful Labranda (B), set romantically in the mountains and enjoy a picnic amongst the ruins. We rejoin our gulet at Akbük, near the head of the gulf. Day 6 A short sail brings us to the turquoise waters of Cleopatra’s beach and the ancient site of Kedreai (A/B) where there is a lovely small theatre. We spend the night at Taşbükü or nearby. Day 7 An early start for the long sail to Knidos, possibly the most beautiful coastal site in Turkey. Ancient Knidos (A/B/C) had two harbours and the city was built on terraces. We anchor in the commercial harbour from where we can see the ancient city rising up on either side of us. In the late afternoon we tour the main excavated area: the impressive streets, the cisterns, the military harbour, the temples, the theatre and, not least, the tholos where the famous statue of Aphrodite once stood. Day 8 The morning is free for further exploration or just relaxing. There are beautiful walks to the lighthouse, the Sanctuary of Demeter or the necropolis and great views across to the
Greek islands. In the afternoon we move on to Palamutbükü. There is an optional excursion to the unexcavated site of Triopium (C) where the games of the cities of the Dorian hexapolis may have taken place. Day 9 We go back to Bodrum and visit the Museum of Underwater Archaeology with its displays of amphorae, glass and other treasures, all housed in the Castle of St Peter, built by the Knights of St John. Day 10 The Airport is 40 minutes from Bodrum harbour. (Please note – wine and spirits are not included during the land portion of this tour.)
“We didn’t have to worry about a thing. This was a perfect holiday in every way.” David and Ann Greenfield, Carian Coast with Symi 2013
Ephesos, Halikarnassos and the Carian Coast
With Michael Tooley 12 – 21 June
This is a wonderfully varied tour, perfectly timed to take advantage of the June weather when the days are not too hot for visiting archaeological sites but warm enough to make swimming in the clear Aegean waters a pleasure. During the first part of the tour, we will visit important ancient sites including the city of Ephesos, the vast Roman theatre at Miletos, the dramatic oracular Temple of Apollo at Didyma and the Temple of Zeus at Euromos in its truly delightful sylvan setting. Once we have boarded our gulet in Bodrum, the pace becomes more leisurely, but our journey still takes us to grand and dramatic sites: the double harbour and extensive excavations at Knidos, the Hellenistic fortress at Loryma, the rock tombs of Kaunos and the unexcavated city of Lydai. The settlements of Caria, cut off from the rest of the world by mountains, were mostly situated on or near the sea, so travelling by boat is the best way to visit them and, of course, the most enjoyable. Michael Tooley is an inspiring speaker with an enormous range of interests and will talk about the history, the geography, the geology and the flora of the Carian coast.
Tour cost £2,200 Single Supplement £450
Terrace Houses, Ephesos
Kaunos Ekincik Dalaman
Day 1 We arrive at Izmir airport, 40 minutes from our hotel in Selçuk. Day 2 In the course of the day we visit the Museum of Ephesos at Selçuk, the Temple of Artemis and the main site of Ephesos (A/B). The terraced houses with their restored mosaics and frescoes are particularly interesting to see. A second night at the hotel in Selçuk. Day 3 After an early breakfast we leave for Miletos to visit the theatre (A/B) and continue to the imposing Temple of Apollo at Didyma (A). After lunch near Lake Bafa, we make a short stop to see the Temple of Zeus at Euromos (A). At the end of this full and rewarding day, we join our boat in Bodrum harbour. Day 4 We walk to the Mausoleum of Mausolos and then to the Knight’s Castle, which houses the fine Museum of Underwater Archaeology (A). We spend the night in a quiet bay outside Bodrum. Day 5 An early start across the mouth of the Ceramic Gulf to Knidos, one of Turkey’s most attractive and interesting archaeological sites (A/B/C). We overnight in the ancient commercial harbour.
Day 6 We spend part of the day in further exploration of the ruins of Knidos and then move on to Palamutbükü where Turkey’s best almonds are grown. Those who wish to do so can visit Triopium (C) while others may prefer to relax on board. Day 7 An early start for Loryma, passing between the Greek islands of Nimos and Symi. Loryma was a Rhodian garrison after the death of Alexander, and the Fortress (B) is remarkably well-preserved. Overnight at anchor in the fjord. Day 8 On to Ekincik where we take a flatbottomed river-boat along the shallow Dalyan River to see the rock tombs cut into the cliff face high above the river. We wander through the lovely site of Kaunos (B), aiming to be back
on board our gulet as the sun sets. Day 9 A long sail to Ağlimanı (Fisherman’s Net Cove). In the late afternoon we walk up a Roman cattle track (B) to a hidden ridge crowned with the Mausoleum of a rich and prominent local family one of whom was a member of the Roman Senate. The unexcavated city of Lydai lies below. We move on Göcek for the night. Day 10 Dalaman airport is about 30 minutes away from Göcek. (Please note – wine and spirits are not included during the land portion of this tour.)
“Just being on such a beautiful boat in such lovely settings – unforgettable.” Diana Atkinson, Ephesos, Halikarnassos and the Carian Coast 2013
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Halikarnassos to Troy via Samos, Chios and Lesvos With John Penney 30 August – 14 September This is a wide-ranging tour not only in terms of the unusual distance covered but also for the exceptionally rich cultural and historical heritage from Classical to Byzantine, Genoese, Venetian and Ottoman.Troy and Pergamon are two of the most notable Classical sites in the world and this tour provides a great opportunity to get to know them well. But it also offers an unusual chance to combine these cultural landmarks with the islands of Samos, Chios and Lesvos, three of the most important trading centres in the ancient Aegean. Samos is a lively, wine-producing island, the birthplace of the goddess Hera and of Pythagoras. The medieval villages of Chios are well-known and the 11th century monastery of Nea Moni is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The huge Genoese and Ottoman fortress at Mytilini on Lesvos is one of the highlights of this tour. These islands are very unspoilt and we will have plenty of time to appreciate their quieter side, to swim and bask in the warmth of the late summer sunshine. John Penney is an Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. He is a Classicist with a special interest in ancient languages and has travelled widely in Greece and Turkey.
Tour cost £3,500 Single Supplement £650
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Temple of Trajan, Pergamon
Çanakkale Alexandria Troas Tenedos Baba Kale
Pergamon Bergama Bademli Aigai
Day 1 Arrive at Bodrum harbour, 40 minutes from the airport. Day 2 We complete exit formalities and leave Turkey, entering Greece at Kos. We visit the Asklepieion (A), Hellenistic centre of healing and medicine, in its beautiful terraced setting. Overnight off the island of Pserimos or nearby. Day 3 To the lovely port of Pythagoreio on Samos. We tie up on the quay constructed in the 6th century BC by Polycrates. We take an evening stroll to the Church of the Metamorphosis and the Logothetis Fortress (A). Day 4 We visit the main sites of Samos: the Temple of Hera (A), the fine Archaeological Museum in Vathy and the Eupalinos Tunnel (B/C). A visit to the splendid new Archaeological Museum in Pythagoreio, which houses artefacts from Ancient Samos, is highly recommended. Day 5 The day begins with a leisurely sail to Chios where we berth in the main harbour for two nights. The rest of the day is devoted to getting to know this remarkably vibrant town. The Kastro, formerly home to the Jewish and Turkish communities, is particularly worth visiting (A). Day 6 A day-long tour in which we get to know more of Chios. We visit Nea Moni (A), the monastery founded in 1042 by the Emperor Constantine IX, now a UNESCO World
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Heritage Site; Avgonyma (A), a solitary medieval village with splendid views over to the island of Psara; and Anavatos (B) an extraordinary abandoned village, clinging to a massive cliff. We round off the day with visits to the once fortified villages of Pirgi and Mesta (A). Day 7 We sail north to the island of Lesvos where we spend a relaxing day near Tarti, known for its lovely, long sandy beach. Overnight in a quiet bay. Day 8 We head for bustling Mitilini, capital of Lesvos, for a two night stay. Here, you are free to explore on foot, perhaps to relax in one of the traditional coffee houses, ready for a busy day ahead. Day 9 We take a tour of Lesvos which includes the fortress towering over the town, the well-preserved Roman aqueduct at Moria (A), the Pan-Lesbian Sanctuary at Mesa (A) and the monastery at Leimonos where we have lunch. We continue by walking down past many splendid mansions from the Kastro at Mithymna, also known as Molyvos (A/B), birthplace of the poet Arian. On our way back to Mitilini we drop in at Mandamadhos to see the famous black icon of the Archangel Michael, the island’s patron saint. Day 10 Leaving Greece, we return to Turkey and expect to spend two nights in the beautiful, tranquil lagoon at Bademli.
Day 11 Our minibus takes us to remote Aigai (B/C), an ancient hilltop city with interesting architectural remains. Day 12 An exhilarating day in which we visit the spectacular site of Pergamon. We start with the Acropolis (B), going on to the Library, the altar of Zeus and the astonishingly steep theatre with its sweeping views. We also see the less-visited, terraced Lower City (B) and, after lunch, the Asklepieion (A). We rejoin our boat in the harbour at Ayvalık. Day 13 We cross to Baba Kale, a thriving fishing port, and take a minibus to Assos (B), a splendid site built on a cliff-face affording superb views over to Lesvos. We wind our way through the modern village to the necropolis and the main site. We also visit the Smintheion (A), the restored temple of Apollo the mouse-god.
Day 14 We set off on a 5 hour sail for the vinecovered island of Bozcaada, ancient Tenedos. We tie up in harbour and take a tour of the island, stopping for a swim on one of the many pristine beaches, finishing the day with some wine tasting. Day 15 Our boat drops us off on the mainland at Odun Iskelesi, where a minibus is waiting to take us to the nearby site of Alexandria Troas (B). We walk first to the ancient harbour and then take a look at selected parts of this huge site. Later in the day, we go to legendary Troy (A) where our excellent local guide explains this many-layered site. We rejoin our boat at Çanakkale, entrance to the Dardanelles. Day 16 Our minibus takes us to Istanbul airport, a drive of about 5 hours through the pleasant countryside of Eastern Thrace.
“I cannot praise highly enough everyone involved. The tour leader was outstanding, knowledgeable, flexible… The crew were each in their different ways all superb. It was a very happy ship in every way.” Patrick Fagan, Troy to Ephesos 2013
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Cappadocia and Lycia With Jeremy Seal 14 - 27 September This tour, exceptionally rich in history and beautiful scenery, combines the uniquely magical landscape of Cappadocia with a cruise along the ruin-strewn shores of Lycia. It begins with the natural volcanic wonderland of Cappadocia. The first few days will be spent exploring chapels and monasteries, some with superb frescoes, as well as the extensive underground cities used as hiding places by early Christian communities. The extraordinary, surreal landscape, with its characteristic outcrops known as ‘fairy chimneys’, its deep gorges and fertile vine-clad valleys, is unforgettable. Our journey towards the Mediterranean will then take us across the Anatolian plateau by way of Konya, one of Turkey’s most important cultural and religious centres where the great mystical philosopher and poet, Celaleddin Rumi, founded the Mevlevi order, the ‘Whirling Dervishes’. We will also visit Sagalassos, a stunning, unfrequented Classical site, before we come down from the plateau to join our boat at Göcek for a leisurely cruise along the Lycian shore. Jeremy Seal is a well-known travel writer with a particularly extensive knowledge of these regions. He is sure to regale you with stories of his travels and adventures in the area and give you a fascinating insight into its history.
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Fairy Chimneys, Cappadocia
Göreme Valley Sinassos Konya Burdur
Kayseri Ürgüp MazıkÖy
Sagalassos LYCIA Fethiye Gemiler Teimioussa & Simena Xanthos Myra Andriake Kalkan Kaş Kekova
Day 1 Our minibus picks us up from Kayseri airport for the transfer to our comfortable cave hotel in Ürgüp where we stay for four nights. Day 2 An early start to beat the crowds to Göreme Valley (B), an outstanding cluster of frescoed chapels and rock-hewn monastery buildings. We then take a 30 minute walk along the nearby Pigeon Valley (A), famous for its rock formations and the carved and painted pigeon cotes for which it is named. After lunch we drive out to the underground city of Mazıköy (B). On our return we stop off at the Keşlik Monastery Complex where the caretaker offers tea in beautifully-tended orchards. Day 3 For those after a perspective other than the underground one, there is the option of a balloon ride at dawn. In the morning, we take a 90 minute walk from Ortahisar along the pretty Baklan Valley (A) to the remote church at Pancarlık. After lunch at Sinassos (Mustafapaşa), a town of handsome Greek mansions, we drive out to the Soğanlı Valley where we visit some scattered rupestral churches. Day 4 We drive out to the Ihlara Valley (C) for a two and a half hour riverside walk visiting chapels along the way. Later, there is free time to wander the back streets of Ürgüp. Day 5 We visit the monastery of Eski Gümüş near the town of Niğde, before driving on
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to Konya, ancient Ikonium, home of the Whirling Dervishes and a city with fine Seljuk architecture. There is free time for exploring this vibrant city where we stay the night. Day 6 A drive with sweeping vistas takes us through Turkey’s lake country, stopping to visit the wooden mosque at lakeside Beyşehir and the evocative Hittite sacred spring at Eflatun Pınar. At Adada (B) we see parts of the ancient road that St Paul trod on his first missionary journey. We overnight at Eğirdir. Day 7 The final day of our land tour takes us to spectacular Sagalassos (A/B), mentioned as early as the 14th century BC in Hittite documents. It is here that archaeologists uncovered a huge head of Hadrian exhibited at the British Museum in 2008. After a brief visit to the Archaeological Museum at Burdur, we board our gulet at Göcek in time for well-earned dinner. Day 8 We cross the Bay of Fethiye to Gemiler (B/C), a small island with a late antique monastic settlement and links to St Nicholas of Myra. We moor in a sound between the island and the mainland with Baba Dağı, Father Mountain, rising dramatically to the east. In the late afternoon a short minibus ride brings us to Kayaköy, the ‘ghost village’ abandoned by its Greek residents in 1923 and the setting for Louis de Berniere’s novel, Birds Without Wings. Dinner is in one of the village restaurants.
Day 9 An early start for Kaş, ancient Antiphellos (A) where we spend a leisurely day exploring the theatre and the Lycian tombs. In the late afternoon there will be an optional trip to Kyaenae, a remote, hilltop site with a huge, earthquake-damaged theatre. We overnight at nearby Bayandır Bay. Day 10 To Myra (A), famous for its Lycian rock-cut tombs, large Roman theatre and St. Nicholas church, then on to Andriake (A) to see Hadrian’s granaries, one of the best-preserved Roman buildings on Turkey’s southern shore. We spend the night in the sheltered bays of Kekova where Lycia’s distinctive sarcophagae lie dotted along the shoreline. Day 11 We visit the village of Kaleköy which lies below an Ottoman fort on the ancient site of Simena (B), one of the most romantic settings of the holiday. Nearby Teimioussa (B) has one of
the finest of all Lycian burial grounds. Day 12 We cruise to the pretty village of Kalkan and visit Xanthos (A), capital of ancient Lycia, and the port city of Patara, both remarkable sites with a rich architectural heritage. Day 13 We sail to the beautiful inlet of Ağlimanı (Fisherman’s Net Cove) and make our way along a Roman cattle track to a hidden ridge, crowned with the Mausolea (B) of a wealthy local family with links to the Roman Senate. The unexcavated city of Lydai lies in the valley below. Day 14 We leave early for Göcek. Dalaman is 30 minutes from the harbour. (Please note – wine and spirits are not included during the land portion of this tour. A balloon ride is an optional extra.)
“Everything about the tour was fabulous, the lecturer, the boat, the crew and the meals. Thank you for an adventure of a lifetime.” Joyce Pollich, Private Charter 2013
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Troy to Ephesos via the Ionian Coast
With James McKay 15 – 27 September Our itinerary includes three of the finest classical sites in Turkey: Troy, Pergamon and Ephesos and our visits will do full justice to each of them. We start our journey at the Dardanelles. The straits have been fought over throughout history and our tour of the Peninsula is a moving and thoughtprovoking experience. But this wide-ranging tour also takes us to more remote sites to see the results of recent archaeological discoveries. This is facilitated by having a minibus, which will shadow our gulet throughout the trip, always available to take us off the beaten track. Despite the exciting and full schedule of visits, there will also be time to relax. The swimming, whether in the clear waters off Tenedos or in the lagoon at Bademli, is excellent. On this tour we seldom see other groups travelling by boat - just the occasional lone yachtsman. James McKay is a most engaging and enthusiastic speaker, a widely-travelled Classicist who will guide you skilfully around the all the sites which you will visit on this marvellous tour.
Tour cost £2,995 Single Supplement £600
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Troy Alexandria Troas Smintheion Assos Ayvalık
Temple of Athena, Assos
Day 1 We arrive at Istanbul airport, about 5 hours by minibus from our gulet in Çanakkale. Day 2 We cross the Dardanelles by ferry to visit the battlefields, cemeteries and memorials of Gallipoli (A). The events of the campaign in 1915 are well presented and it is a very evocative place. After World War I, much of the peninsula was declared a war grave and development was forbidden. Day 3 In the morning we visit the Çanakkale Museum and continue by minibus to Alexandria Troas (B) to see the harbour and selected parts of this enormous site. Late in the afternoon, we visit Troy (A) where we have an excellent local guide to explain this legendary multi-layered site to us. Day 4 An early start for the splendid transit through the Dardanelles to the Island of Tenedos, modern Bozcaada. We anchor in a bay to which the Greeks are reputed to have withdrawn their ships during the siege of Troy. We tour this charming vine-covered island, stopping for a swim on one of the many pristine beaches, ending the day with a visit to a local winery. Overnight in the harbour. Day 5 We move on to Baba Kale, a thriving fishing port where our minibus whisks us off to Assos (B). We start with the Temple of Athena and its views across to the Greek island of Lesvos. We then inspect the mighty defence walls and the
Erythrae ÇeŞme Sığacık Teos
necropolis. We return to the boat making a stop to visit the Temple of Apollo Smintheion (A), the mouse-god. Day 6 A leisurely morning cruising through the archipelago of the Hekatonisi, the Hundred Isles, where we swim in a secluded bay before crossing to Ayvalık which, until the 1920s, was largely populated by Greeks who remember it in song as a paradise. Day 7 We visit the fabulous site of Pergamon (B), a minibus drive of about an hour. We start with the Acropolis (B) and go on to the library, the remains of the Altar of Zeus and the incredibly steep theatre with its sweeping views. We also visit Lower City (B) before lunch at a local restaurant. Next is a visit to the Asklepieion (A) and then we rejoin our gulet which will have moved on to the lagoon of Bademli. Day 8 Another day in this delightful anchorage. Those with energy enough to tackle a slightly more difficult site in glorious surroundings can visit Aigai (B/C), a drive of about 75 minutes. If not, there is plenty of swimming in the lagoon or strolling through the olive groves. Day 9 A leisurely day cruising to Eskifoça, ancient Phokaia, a lovely seaside town. We also take a short drive out of town to visit an elaborately-cut rock tomb with possible Persian and Lycian influences.
Day 10 Today’s journey takes us along the beautifully bare coast of the Karaburun peninsula. We walk up to the site of Erythrai (B) through the village of Ildir. From the Temple of Athena Polias there are fine views over to the Greek Island of Chios. Day 11 We cruise through the straits between Çeşme and the Greek island of Chios and then head for Sığacık, a pleasantly laid-back walled town, with a fishing harbour and marina. Our bus takes us to the nearby site of Teos (B) to see the harbour, odeion, theatre and temple of Dionysos. It is a large but charming site, overgrown and little-visited. Those who wish to do so can walk the one and a half miles back to the boat. Day 12 We move on to Kuşadası. Our bus takes us to the museum of Ephesos in Selçuk and then to the Temple of Artemis. We have an in-depth visit to the site itself (A/B), walking down the street of the Curetes, past the library and then to the huge theatre where St Paul was denounced. Our visit includes the famous houses with their magnificent mosaics and frescoes. Overnight in the marina or nearby. Day 13 The transfer to the airport at Izmir takes just under an hour.
Lycia with Kastellorizo With Richard Stoneman 27 September – 8 October
Göcek Fethiye Gemiler
Lycia boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in Turkey, and the azure waters that line its coast offer fine swimming and diving. Although the native Lycians had a distinct culture considerably influenced by their Persian rulers, the ancient Greeks who settled here felt at home in this landscape. The little island of Kastellorizo is the most easterly of the Dodecanese group and still raises the Greek flag daily. The ancient Greeks approached Lycia from the sea and this is still the best way to reach many of their cities. Our tour takes us to several of them, including Kaş (ancient Antiphellos), Kekova and its idyllic lagoon, the dramatically-situated cities of Arykanda and Xanthus, as well as Olympos where the nearby mountain was the home of the ancient fire-breathing monster Chimaera. Myra has one of the finest theatres in Turkey as well as being a place of pilgrimage as the home of St Nicholas, the patron saint of children. You are sure to be enchanted by the variety and beauty of these magnificent and largely deserted ruins. Richard Stoneman, honorary professor of classics at the University of Exeter and Chairman of WCT, knows the region and its history intimately and is wellequipped to guide you through the complexities of these evocative places.
Tour cost £2,795 Single Supplement £600
Simena Kalkan Teimioussa Kaş Kastellorizo
Kastellorizo Island, Dodecanese
Day 1 Our boat is waiting for us at Göcek, 30 minutes from Dalaman airport. Day 2 We cross to Gemiler (B/C), a small island covered by a late antique settlement. We moor in a sound between the island and the mainland, with dramatic views of Baba Dağı, Father Mountain, rising to the east. Day 3 An early start for Kaş, ancient Antiphellos (A), an overgrown village of whitewashed houses covered with bougainvillea. We spend a leisurely day exploring Lycian tombs and a theatre with fine views to the Greek island of Kastellorizo. Overnight in the harbour. Day 4 We exit Turkey and make the short crossing to Kastellorizo where the neo-classical houses now being restored back to life make a charming setting. We explore the small museums, the castle and cemeteries and have a leisurely lunch in a waterside restaurant. If time and weather conditions permit, we visit the famous blue grotto, larger and less crowded than the one on Capri. Overnight in the harbour. Day 5 We return to Turkey and, after clearing customs in Kaş, we leave for Kekova. A short walk across an isthmus littered with murex shells, from which the famous blue dye was made, we come to the unexcavated, overgrown and little visited site of Aperlae. The site had
inner and outer walls and was clearly well defended. We explore what we can and enjoy the perfect setting. Overnight at anchor in the Kekova area. Day 6 We set off for Myra (A), to visit the rock-cut tombs and enormous, the wellpreserved Roman theatre, as well as the Church of St Nicholas, hopefully before the crowds of visitors get there! We continue with a look at the Roman granaries and newly excavated Roman harbour at Andriake (A). Overnight at anchor near Kekova. Day 7 We sail to Finike and take taxis to the spectacular site of Arykanda (A/B/C), high in the western Taurus mountains. Often referred to as the Turkish Delphi, its successive terraces support tombs, temples, an agora, a theatre and a stadium. Overnight in the marina at Finike. Day 8 Rounding Cape Gelidonya the scenery consisting of cliffs topped with pines and seductive little bays is breathtaking. We anchor in the natural harbour at Porto Genovese for two nights. Today we explore Ancient Olympos, a river-port situated in a canyon. Amidst the dense, lush foliage we discover ancient buildings, tombs and numerous inscriptions. Those who wish to can walk up to the Chimaera where a supply of underground natural gas feeds flames which cover the mountainside.
Day 9 A short cruise brings us to pine-clad Phaselis (A), a city with three harbours, once a major trading centre. The triumphal arch built for Hadrian’s visit marks the start of a wellpreserved street leading to a fine aqueduct. The central area is compact and includes a theatre and baths. Day 10 A relaxed cruise back to Kekova along the coast studded with islets and inlets. At Kaleköy, ancient Simena, we explore the Ottoman castle (B) and observe the many buildings in this picturesque village that make use of ancient masonry. Later in the day we explore the necropolis at Teimioussa (B), one of the finest burial grounds in all Lycia. Overnight at one of the wooden jetties or at anchor in the lagoon. Day 11 We cruise to the pretty village of Kalkan and take a minibus to Xanthos (A), capital of ancient Lycia, and the nearby port of Patara (A), where we try to identify the location of the oracular temple. Overnight in the harbour or a bay nearby. Day 12 The minibus journey to the airport at Dalaman follows the Xanthos valley through magnificent scenery and should take a little under two hours.
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Islands of the Knights: Cruising the Dodecanese from Patmos to Rhodes With Jeremy Barnett 28 September - 11 October Expelled from the Holy Land in the 13th century, the Knights of St John settled on Rhodes and established bases on many of the Dodecanese islands. This tour covers much of the Knights’ territory, including the city of Rhodes. We will discuss how the Knights held out and flourished for over 200 years on these islands which occupy a historic place on the fault-line between East and West, Christendom and Islam. We will examine the long history of the relationship between Greeks and Turks. We will also enjoy the great variety of these wonderful islands. The fortified Monastery of St John on Patmos, full of treasures of Byzantine art, is still an important place of pilgrimage. The harbour-town of Lakki on the island of Leros, built by the Italians in the Rationalist style of the 1930s is an unforgettable visual treat. Kalymnos and Symi are charming islands and the landscape of Nisyros, dominated by a steaming volcanic caldera, is remarkable. We will visit major archaeological sites too: Kameiros, sometimes likened to a smaller version of Pompeii, the Acropolis of Lindos and wonderful Knidos, arguably the loveliest coastal site in all Turkey. Jeremy Barnett knows the islands intimately and will guide you with great expertise and unfailing good humour.
Tour cost £2,950 Single Supplement £600
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Monastery of St John, Patmos
Patmos Leros Lakki Kalymnos Pserimos
Kos Kos Knidos Nisyros
Rhodes Skala Kameiros
Kameiros Rhodes Lindos
Day 1 The transfer from Bodrum airport to the harbour takes about 40 minutes. Day 2 We head north-west to Patmos, arriving in the late afternoon. We make an evening visit to Chora to enjoy the sunset views and see the ‘Cretan’ architecture and inspect the battlements of the Monastery of St John (A). Day 3 In the morning, we visit the Monastery of St John with its fresco-covered church, priceless manuscripts, icons and ecclesiastical treasures. You may like to return to the harbour on foot, a pleasant walk via the cave-church where St John is said to have received his Revelation (B). At midday we leave for Lakki on Leros where an evening stroll around the modernist architecture is highly recommended. Day 4 We take a minibus to the huge castle at Platanos, the most northerly of the Knights’ fortresses (A), where the church has views over the whole of the northern Dodecanese across to Turkey. We then visit the Commonwealth war cemetery and an interesting museum explaining the islanders’ role in the battle of Leros. Midday, we head for a remote inlet on the barren east coast of Kalymnos and visit Nikos’ eccentric taverna to sample wine and buy sponges. Day 5 We drop into Pothia, the bustling capital of Kalymnos to see the Sanctuary of Delian Apollo and the ruins of the Byzantine Church of Christ in Jerusalem (A). We also spend time in the
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Mandraki Harbour, Rhodes
Archaeological Museum where there are splendid bronzes recovered from the sea and some fine marble statuary. Overnight on the tiny island of Pserimos. Day 6 We leave for Kos. After visiting the plane tree under which Hippocrates is said to have tutored his students, we visit the Sanctuary of Asklepios (A). Later on, we proceed to Nisyros and drive over to the crater with its fumaroles and bubbling mud pools (A/B). In the cool of the evening we have a drink in the tiny village of Nikia which has a very informative volcano museum. Day 7 Those with energy can enjoy a morning walk to Palaiokastro, the ancient acropolis (C) while others may prefer to relax under the ficus trees in the delightful Plateia Ilikiomenis (Square of the Elderly) or visit the excellent Archaeological Museum. After lunch, we move on to the island of Tilos for the night. Day 8 We leave for the island of Rhodes and the fishing harbour at Skala Kameiros where a bus is waiting to take us to the site of Kameiros (A), one of three ancient Dorian settlements on the island. Our bus then takes us across the rugged centre of the island to Lindos, where we walk up to the beautifully-restored Acropolis and the Temple of Athena (B). On the way down, we visit the Church of the Virgin, the walls of which are covered with painted biblical scenes. We rejoin
our boat in the very harbour where the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders, may once have stood. Day 9 We start the day with a stroll through the former Moslem and Jewish quarters (A/B). We also take an unusual walk along part of the dried-up moat, a reminder of how impregnable medieval Rhodes must have been. The rest of the day is free for personal exploration. Day 10 After a visit to the superb Archaeological Museum, housed in the hospital of the Knights of St John, we walk up the Street of the Knights to the Palace of the Grand Master. We have an early lunch and then head for Symi pausing in St Georges Bay to swim under towering cliffs. Symi harbour is lovely and an evening walk to admire the colourful facades of the neo-classical mansions is a treat.
Day 11 We re-enter Turkey at Datça and continue to Palamutbükü known for its almonds groves. There is an optional walk to Triopium where a festival of the cities of the Dorian hexapolis took place. Overnight at or near Palamutbükü. Days 12 We spend the day at Knidos at the tip of the Datça peninsula. With its ancient commercial and trireme harbours, Knidos (A/B/C) is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt costal sites in Turkey with plenty to explore. Day 13 To Bodrum for a day of personal exploration: perhaps the vibrant and colourful Friday market, or the Mausoleum, or the Museum of Underwater Archaeology housed in the Castle of St Peter, or even all three! Day 14 The airport is 40 minutes from Bodrum harbour.
“I think it is an ideal set-up – lovely gulet and crew, sun and sea, and very interesting sites to visit. I loved the relaxed atmosphere, and enthusiasm. I value Jeremy’s care for everyone.” Angela Alabaster 2013
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Walking in Lycia With John Weston 9 - 20 October
This exciting new tour provides a unique opportunity to explore on foot some of the more remote Lycian sites, to see magnificent countryside as well as outstanding remains of Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman culture. There is Aperlae which prospered from exporting the purple pigment derived from the murex seashell, the theatre at Kyaenae with its superb views and an excursion along the Demre river canyon. We will hike from Çıralı to Ulupınar stopping to see the legendary Chimaera and take a beautiful walk to the site of Hoyran with majestic views of the entire Kekova area. This tour is designed for walkers and a certain level of fitness is required. Walking to and around the sites will usually take between three and five hours a day, sometimes on goat paths where the terrain is quite rough. Wherever possible walks will be in the morning or late afternoon when temperatures are cooler and there is nothing better after a good hike than a dip in the sea! Walking boots with ankle support and light anoraks are essential. John Weston is an expert on Classical Lycia. A keen and experienced hiker who lives for most of the year near Kaş, he will share his enthusiasm for Turkish and Lycian history.
Tour cost £2,495 Single Supplement £500
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Theatre and ruins, Xanthos
Ulupinar Chimaera Çıralı Porto Genovese
Arykanda Olympos Xanthos Kyaenae Myra Demre Kalkan Apollonia Sura ÜÇağiz Finike Kaş Teimioussa Simena Aperlae KEKOVA
Rock Tombs, Myra
Day 1 Arrive at Dalaman airport and join our boat at the pretty harbour of Göcek, about half an hour away. Day 2 We sail to Lydai (B) for our first walk. We follow a little track up to the ancient site where we find a pair of monumental Roman tombs. We then explore the hidden valley below and, from the heaps of masonry try to imagine what this remote outpost of Roman Lycia might have looked like. Later in the day, we move on to Gemiler, for a lovely sunset walk amidst the remains of an early Christian settlement (B). Overnight at anchor in Gemiler. Day 3 To the pretty town of Kaş for a guided afternoon walk of about two hours, taking in the Lycian tombs, the Greek theatre and temple, and a large Lycian water cistern (A). There will be plenty of free time for individual exploration of Kaş’s winding streets. Overnight in the harbour at Kaş. Day 4 We continue to Aperlae, beautifully situated overlooking a narrow creek, where you can still see the murex shells to which the city owed its wealth. Access is by an easy 20 minute walk from our anchorage on the Kekova side of the isthmus (A). Overnight Kekova, in a creek north of Polemos Bükü. Day 5 We walk up to the Ottoman castle at Simena pausing to admire the views from its tiny theatre (A). Next is Teimioussa, modern Üçağız, famous for shipbuilding, with an extensive necropolis (B). We end the day at Kyaenae (B) and then return to our boat for a night at anchor in a peaceful creek between Gökkaya and Sura. Day 6 A day long excursion along the Demre river canyon passing operational marble quarries along the way and ending in a visit to the ruins of a large Byzantine basilica at Dereağızı (A). We
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also visit Myra, with its rock-tombs, theatre, Roman granaries and Church of St Nicholas; Andriake, one of the main ports of ancient Lycia; and the Sura acropolis from which we view the fish oracle (B). Overnight at anchor in Snail Cove. Day 7 We move on to Finike with a stop at Telegraph Bay. From here we visit Arykanda and Limyra in its meadow-like setting, scene of a Lycian rebellion against the Persians (B). Overnight in the marina at Finike. Day 8 An early start for an extended visit to the site of Olympos, a river port whose ruins we discover amidst dense and lush vegetation (B). Overnight at anchor in Porto Genovese. Day 9 An extended walk along part of the famous Lycian Way from Çıralı to Ulupınar via the Chimaeras where, since time immemorial, underground gas deposits have fed low level fires across the mountainside (B/C). We have a late lunch in one of the excellent trout restaurants in Ulupınar, after which our bus takes us to Adresan where stay the night at anchor in the bay.
Day 10 Our boat takes us to Kekova. From here we visit Apollonia, a hilltop city with exceptional pillar tombs, a walled acropolis, Roman theatre, baths and several churches (B/C). We then walk to the nearby site of Hoyran, a Lycian fortress and impressive necropolis (B). Lunch is at an idyllic country hotel close to the site. Overnight on the jetty at Üçağız or at anchor nearby. Day 11 To Kalkan for extended site visits to Xanthos, a former capital of Lycia, and the site of Patara where the beautifullyrestored Roman main street is just one of the impressive ruins to see (A). Overnight in the harbour at Kalkan. Day 12 Departure for Dalaman airport about 2 hours away.
“As an expedition to the sources of our civilisation, it could hardly have been more civilised….It had taken 11 days to make a voyage of two-and-a-half millennia; I could have sailed for another week at least. But then, as I now know Epicurus had it, “Nothing satisfies him for whom enough is too little.” Travel writer Peter Hughes, The Telegraph, June 2013
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Ancient Deities and Medieval Knights: Knidos, Symi and Rhodes
Bodrum Kos Marmaris Knidos
A half-term family tour with Amal Asfour 25 October - 1 November
The statue of the goddess Aphrodite of Knidos was one of the most famous in Classical antiquity, sculpted in the 4th century BC by Praxiteles who was renowned for his ability to make figures out of marble that looked incredibly lifelike. His beautiful Aphrodite has long disappeared but not without leaving hundreds of copies and imitations. Why was this Aphrodite so famous and what did she look like? Did the Colossus of Rhodes, a statue of the Titan Helios, really tower over the port of the ancient city? Who were the chivalrous medieval Knights who built so many glorious castles in this part of the world? These are some of the questions we can discuss as we journey across the Aegean Sea from Knidos to Symi and Rhodes which, at this time of year, will be peaceful and uncrowded allowing us to explore at our leisure, making the most of the autumn sunshine. Amal Asfour will be your tour leader for this trip. Before you travel, she will arrange a visit to the British Museum to show you a few of the works of sculpture which were excavated at some of the sites you will be going to.
Tour cost £1,800 Single Supplement £450
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Datça Symi Rhodes
Overlooking the Aegean Sea, Lindos
Day 1 We meet our boat at Bodrum harbour, 40 minutes from the airport. Day 2 We head for Knidos and arrive in time for a swim and lunch before we begin our exploration of this most beautiful ancient Greek site, idyllically-situated with a double harbour and such an extensive and varied array of architectural remains that it comes to life very vividly. Day 3 We leave early stopping for breakfast and a swim on our way to Datça, a pretty little town where it is pleasant to stroll while waiting to complete formalities to exit Turkey. That done, we set sail for the Greek island of Symi where we aim to arrive in the middle of the afternoon and moor for the night. The town of Symi itself is a lovely place of colourful old houses and mansions climbing steeply up the hillside from the harbour, ideal for a sunset walk to end the day. Day 4 We sail around to St. George’s Bay for breakfast and some of the best swimming in the Mediterranean. After lunch, we move on to the harbour of Mandraki in the city of Rhodes. The rest of the day is free to wander around the medieval Old Town, along the moat and through the former Jewish and Moslem quarters and the modernist Italian quarter with its 1930s architecture.
Day 5 We continue to Lindos where we visit the beautifully restored Acropolis and the Temple of Athena. We also see the towers and walls of the Castle of the Knights of St John built into the cliffside and, on our way down, visit the Church of the Virgin with its frescoed biblical scenes. We anchor in the natural harbour across the bay from Lindos. Day 6 We go back to Rhodes city and visit the superb Archaeological Museum housed in the former hospital of the Knights of St John. We then walk up the Street of the Knights to the Palace of the Grand Master. Later, we visit the Acropolis and the Temple of Apollo. Day 7 We are off to Marmaris to see the castle rebuilt by the Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in 1522 when he set out to conquer Rhodes. Day 8 Dalaman airport is about an hour and a half away.
“Impossible to choose individual highlights. I do not think any future holiday can better it.” Nicola Frith, Carian Coast with Symi 2013
The Gallipoli Centenary: From the Bosphorus to the Dardanelles
With James McKay 1 - 8 November In the run up to the Gallipoli centenary in March 2015, we examine the strategic importance of the two straits which divide the continents of Europe and Asia. This tour puts Gallipoli in the context of a long history which includes the Trojan Wars, the Persian Invasions, the Campaigns of Alexander the Great and the Crimean War. It begins in the cultural melting-pot of Istanbul, the most European and most Oriental city in Turkey. Our visit will help us understand why Constantine made the city, formerly known as Byzantium, his imperial capital; why the Russians briefly occupied Constantinople in the 19th century; why Greek nationalists in pursuit of their Grand Plan had their eyes on the city as late as the 20th century. We then take a ferry across the Sea of Marmara - the ancient Propontis - and cross the Granicus.The next two days will be spent exploring the Plain of Troy, including, of course, the legendary site of Homer’s Iliad. On the final day of this unique tour we will have an in-depth visit to the battlefields, cemeteries and memorials of the Gallipoli Campaign. James McKay is a classicist with a strong grasp of history and wide cultural interests. He is also excellent, enthusiastic company.
Tour cost £1,495 Single Supplement £300
Gallipoli Peninsula les nel rda DaÇanakkale Troy
Alexandria Troas Smintheion Assos
Day 1 Our centrally-located hotel is about half an hour from Istanbul’s main airport. Dinner in a restaurant overlooking the Golden Horn. Day 2 Our morning ferry takes us up the Bosphorus from Galata Bridge to Sarıyer on the European side. After an early lunch in a waterside restaurant we drive down the European side then cross the bridge into Asia. If we can get the necessary permission, we visit the Selimiye barracks at Üsküdar (Scutari), where Florence Nightingale worked in the British Military Hospital during the Crimean War. We also plan to visit the Crimean War Cemetery. We then return to the European side for a short walking tour taking us past some of the once grand buildings in Péra (European Istanbul) where the great powers had their embassies, their churches, their schools and other institutions. Our bus then takes us along the Golden Horn, past the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate to Eyüp and the so-called Sweet Waters of Europe. Dinner in a lively taverna in Péra. Day 3 We take the early morning ferry across the Sea of Marmara to Bandırma and then our bus takes us through pleasant countryside to Çanakkale. We stop briefly at the River Granicus where, in 344 BC, Alexander inflicted his first great defeat on the Persians. Our hotel is in the centre of Çanakkale, a very pleasant regional town, strategically positioned on the Dardanelles and close to the Hellespont. Turks consider that Çanakkale played a heroic role in
March 1915 when three allied battleships were lost to Turkish mines. Day 4 First is the excellent Çanakkale Museum with exhibits from Troy and the surrounding plain. A short drive then brings us to the archaeological site of Troy, now very well presented, where our Turkish guide will explain the archaeological significance of this remarkable, many-layered site. We then drive across the Plain of Troy, followed by wild and wonderful countryside down to the base of the great cliff at Behramkale and the little fishing harbour, where St Paul embarked for Lesvos on his third missionary journey. We spend two nights at the Kervansaray Hotel, right on the sea. Day 5 Our bus takes us up to the top of the cliff and the acropolis of Assos (B) where the temple of Athena, affords us stunning views across to the Greek island of Lesvos, with which Assos shares much of its history. The ancient city was built on terraces, carved out of the cliff. It has only been partly-excavated, but the substantial walls, remind us that this was no mean city. In the late afternoon, our bus takes us towards Cape Lekton and the Temple of Apollo Smintheus (A), a site substantially excavated in recent years, yet seldom visited. Day 6 We visit Alexandria Troas (B), a huge city that greatly prospered in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. The site is well off the
beaten track and has only recently merited the attention of archaeologists, but the harbour, the bathhouse, the aqueducts and the great eastern gate all testify to a once grand city. If time and ferry schedules allow, we may make a quick visit to the strategic island of Bozcaada, where the Greeks hid their fleet towards the end of the Trojan War and where Xerxes established a naval base in the 5th century BC. We return to Çanakkale for a two night stay. Day 7 A full day on the Gallipoli Peninsula (A). We take an early ferry across the Dardanelles to Eceabat and drive straight up to Chunuk Bair from where there are splendid views over the area where much of the most intensive fighting took place. In the course of the day we visit all the main memorials, but just some of the many cemeteries. A long day, full of poignancy, but there can be few battle areas which have been so beautifully commemorated by both sides. We return to Çanakkale on the ferry from Kilitbahır. Day 8 We drive to Lapseki and take the ferry to the town of Gallipoli. We then drive for some four hours through the pleasant, fertile and rolling countryside of Eastern Thrace to Atatürk Airport just to the west of Istanbul. (Please note – wine and spirits are not included in the cost of this tour.)
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An Illyrian Odyssey: Cruising the Coast of Croatia With John Shorter 31 May - 14 June and 20 September - 4 October The emperor Diocletian’s Palace at Split, the historic Adriatic harbour town of Trogir, settled by Greeks in the 3rd century BC, and Dubrovnik, one of the Mediterranean’s most beautifully-preserved cities, are World Heritage sites, all three of which feature on the itinerary of this marvellous cruise along the stunning Croatian coast. Also included are the Roman cities of Salona and Narona as well as Mostar in Bosnia, Dubrovnik’s traditional trading partner. We will sail to Hvar, Korčula and Brač, some of the best-known islands off the Croatian coast and we will take time to enjoy the smaller, less-frequented but no less historically-important islands of Vis, Šipan and Šćedro. Wherever we turn, we will be treated to natural scenery of breathtaking beauty. Best of all, this is a two week tour, giving us time to enjoy island hopping at leisure, to explore charming little towns and taking pleasure in some wonderful walks. The timing of this trip ensures that we miss the worst of the crowds but have all the benefits of pleasantly-warm weather. The water temperature will make for some excellent swimming. John Shorter is a frequent visitor to Croatia and is certain to inspire you with an interest in the history and culture of this country with which he is intimately familiar.
Tour cost £4,100 Single Supplement £650
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Trogir Old Town
Brač Hvar Vıs Biševo
Narona Korčula Slano Mljet
National Park, Mljet
Day 1 A short drive from Split airport brings us to Trogir where our boat, the Linda, is moored alongside the historic old town. Day 2 We visit the sights of Trogir: Kamerlengo, the Dominican monastery and the Cathedral of St Lawrence with its famous portal by the great sculptor, Radovan. Wandering through the delightful alleyways is a pleasure in itself. We sail to Stari Grad, stopping en route for a swim and lunch. Stari Grad was the Greek colony of Pharos where the churches are delightful and the Dominican monastery has a painting by no less an artist than Tintoretto. Day 3 We sail to the quiet, majestic island of Vis where Greeks from Syracuse established a trading base in the 4th century BC calling it Issa. The island was under Venetian rule for several centuries. It was the scene of the Battle of Lissa during the Napoleonic wars and, later, a hiding place for Josip Broz Tito, leader of the Yugoslav Resistance Movement. There is a British war cemetery which can be visited. Day 4 Depending on the weather, we either make an expedition to the famous Blue Grotto on the little islet of Biševo or tour this beautiful island with its many vineyards. In either case, we visit the island’s picturesque second town, Komiža. Day 5 We sail to island of Šćedro which has some of the most delightful natural harbours in Croatia, perfect for swimming.
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Day 6 We head for the island of Mljet (Melita), passing through the narrows between Korčula and the Pelješac Peninsula. Part of Mljet is a National Park covered in pine. The island is said to be Ogygia where Odysseus spent part of his odyssey with the temptress Calypso. Later, we take a boat across a lake to the 12th century Benedictine Monastery and the Church of St Mary set on an enchanting islet (A). Overnight at anchor just off Mljet. Day 7 We set off early for Dubrovnik. We will tie up in the harbour at Gruž, very convenient for the old walled city. After an early supper on board, we pay our first visit to this historic, pedestrianised centre. We walk down Stradun, the main thoroughfare made of marble, visit the small fishing harbour and a couple of churches. We take a drink in one of the many pleasant cafes. Day 8 A full day in the old city of Dubrovnik, starting with a stroll around the fully-restored walls (B) and visits to the Church of St. Blaise and the Cathedral. After an unhurried restaurant lunch we meet our guide to visit the Franciscan Monastery and the Rector’s Palace. There may be time for personal exploration of the synagogue and other churches and museums. Day 9 A quiet day and night on the island of Šipan, an hour or so from Gruž. The natural beauty of the island makes it an attractive place
Church of Saint Sebastian, Trogir
for the summer residences of Dubrovnik’s élite and there are over 30 churches. A good day for walking, swimming and relaxing. Day 10 We make an early start for Slano whence a minibus takes us to Mostar in Bosnia via the Neretva valley, stopping to see the ancient Turkish town of Počitelj and to visit to the Roman colony of Narona where the recently-excavated Augusteum is the centre-piece of the exciting new museum. Our walk through Mostar (A) takes in the bridges, mosques and bazaars and we sample the excellent local cuisine, redolent of Turkey. Visible evidence of the recent conflict abounds, but Mostar is regaining its reputation as a lively city in a magical setting. Day 11 On to the island of Korčula (A), known to the Greeks as Black Corcyra because of its dense forests. This beautifully-preserved medieval city is one of the highlights of any trip to Dalmatia. The locals claim that Marco Polo was born here. We trace the city walls and visit the richly-decorated 15th century Cathedral of St Mark as well the Ecclesiastical Museum in the Bishop’s Palace and
the Town Museum which have fine displays of ancient and medieval artefacts. Day 12 We go to Hvar island to visit the town of Hvar (A). We climb up to the Španjola Fortress (B), for a wonderful view over Hvar and the surrounding islands. We hope to visit the Venetian theatre and loggia and the Cathedral of St Stephan, with its nine baroque altars and bell tower, before going on to the Franciscan monastery. Overnight in a quiet bay. Day 13 A relaxed day spent in a quiet bay on the island of Brač. There is good walking and optional excursions to the hermitage of Blaca or the stoneworking school at Pučišća. Day 14 We cross from Brač to the home port of the Linda in Sumpetar. Our minibus collects us and we spend the day visiting the ancient site of Salona and the Palace of Diocletian in Split. Time permitting, we also visit the Meštrović Gallery and the Archaeological Museum. Day 15 We take a morning flight back to London. The airport is 45 minutes away.
“My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to anyone. John was an excellent guide. The motor yacht and crew were outstanding and the nightly wine tasting was a treat.” Jill and Wayne, Illyrian Odyssey 2013
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Pearls of the Dalmatian Coast Telašćica Bay
Trogir to Zadar with John Osborne 6 - 13 September
Krka National Park Skradin
Zadar to Trogir with John Shorter 13 - 20 September
There is no better way to enjoy a short September break than cruising the gorgeous coast of Croatia. This lovely tour features a wealth of impressive ancient buildings in Trogir, Šibenik and Split. There are also two exceptionally interesting National Parks: the Krka River and the Kornati Islands. The Krka is a short river with canyons of karst rock, rapids, waterfalls and lakes, and forms the border between north and south Dalmatia. The Kornati Islands are formed of karst and limestone and are a great place for fossils. The swimming here is excellent and the sea, with some of the clearest blue water on the planet, will be at its most pleasant. John Osborne, a long-time teacher of Classics and veteran traveller in the Balkans, will explain the cultural and historical context of the places you will visit. John Shorter is a frequent visitor to Croatia and is certain to inspire you with an interest in the history and culture of this country with which he is intimately familiar.
Tour cost £2,150 Single Supplement £450
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Franciscan Monastery, Krka National Park
Day 1 We are met at Split airport and accompanied to the nearby city of Trogir where our boat, the Linda, is moored alongside the historic old town. Day 2 We tour the ancient city of Trogir, founded by the Greeks in the 3rd century BC, visiting the Kamerlengo, the Dominican monastery, the Cathedral of St Lawrence with its exquisite 13th century portal and wandering the charming alleys of this bustling medieval gem. We then take a minibus to the Roman city of Salona and on to Split where we visit Diocletian's palace. We try to fit in a visit to the Meštrović Gallery or the Archaeological museum. We spend the night in a bay outside Trogir. Day 3 A day for relaxing on board and swimming. We sail along the coast to Primošten, an exceptionally picturesque, once fortified town founded in the 16th century joined to the mainland by a narrow causeway. We overnight in a nearby bay. Day 4 We enter Šibenik Bay and visit the Cathedral of St James, the most significant architectural legacy of the Renaissance in Croatia. Our journey takes us on up the Krka river estuary to the charming little town of Skradin, important in Roman times and later the seat of a bishopric.
Day 5 We explore the Krka National Park (B/C) with its impressive waterfalls and go on to visit the 15th century Franciscan monastery with its rich library on the island of Visovac. Our next destination is one of the small islands in the vicinity of Žirje at the entrance to the Kornati archipelago. Day 6 A long sail through the Kornati National Park with its 140 islands, islets and reefs. The crystal-clear water and the high cliffs plunging deep into the sea are as memorable as the bare rock formations of these sparsely inhabited islands. We head for Telašćica Bay.
Day 8 After leaving the Linda, we visit the Medieval walled city built on a promontory which was once home to the Liburians, an Illyrian tribe, and later to the Romans under Julius Caesar. Among the treasures we hope to visit are St Donat's church, dating back to the 9th century, with its neighbouring Romanesque Cathedral of St Anastasia; the Roman Forum; the Benedictine Monastery of St Mary; the exhibition of church art and the Archaeological Museum. We expect to take an early evening flight from Zadar airport, 15 minutes away. (Please contact the office for the reverse itinerary)
Day 7 After spending a little time in the Telašćica Bay area we set sail for Zadar where we moor close to the old town.
“The itinerary was a delight: from the beautiful towns of Korcula and Hvar to the moorings in bays with only ourselves.” Sophie Laws, Private Charter Croatia 2013
Lecturers & Tour Leaders Amal Asfour has a D.Phil in the History of Art from Oxford. She lectured at the University of Vienna for many years and has published extensively on 18th century British Painting. She has a special interest in Archaic Greek temples in their landscape settings. Amal is a director of WCT. Jeremy Barnett is a former Director of the British Council in Turkey, where he lived for eight years. He read Arabic at St Andrews and Turkish Politics and Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He has a keen interest in the politics and economics of the Balkans (including Greece), Turkey and the Middle East. Shane Brennan received his PhD from Exeter and teaches ancient history at Mardin Artuklu University in Turkey. He has travelled extensively in eastern Turkey and is the author of In the Tracks of the Ten Thousand: A Journey on Foot Through Turkey, Syria and Iraq. John Gaskin was Professor of Naturalistic Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. His publications include works on the Epicureans, Hume, Hobbes and the philosophy of religion. His latest book The Traveller’s Guide to Classical Philosophy is published by Thames and Hudson. Stanley Ireland is Emeritus Reader in Classics and Ancient History at Warwick University. He wrote his doctoral thesis on Aeschylus and has subsequently developed a wide range of research interests including Roman Britain, Greek and Roman comedy, and ancient coinage, especially that of Asia Minor. Peter Jones worked for many years in the Classics department in Newcastle University. He writes extensively on the ancient world in academic publications and in the press (including an Ancient & Modern column in The Spectator), helps to run Friends of Classics and is involved in fund-raising for the charity Classics for All. Eve MacDonald is an archaeologist who has lectured in Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology in the UK and Canada. She is the author of an upcoming biography of Hannibal. She has a keen interest in the history and archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean especially the shifting influence and prosperity of islands and regions from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity.
Our lecturers are chosen for their knowledge, for their affability as travelling companions, and for their ability to communicate in a relaxed and stimulating way. Our tour leaders know the area and sites intimately and ensure that all aspects of the tours run smoothly. James McKay read Classics at Oxford, graduating in 1996, and subsequently did graduate work at Newcastle. He has taught Classics at both school and university. He has wide experience of participatory arts projects and has worked in urban regeneration. He is also an experienced tour leader and is fluent in several languages, including modern Greek. Matthew Nicholls is a Senior Lecturer in Classics at Reading University. His interests include Roman architecture, literary culture and ancient public libraries. He has appeared on a number of radio broadcasts and is currently working on programmes for BBC television. Matthew is a Director of WCT. John Osborne graduated in Classics at Cambridge University and taught classical subjects for over thirty years at Marlborough College. He also worked for the British Council in Turkey and Iran, which gave him a now long-standing interest in Islamic culture. He is a NADFAS-accredited lecturer. John Penney has retired as University Lecturer in Classical Philology at Oxford University, but he remains an Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College. He is a Classicist with a special interest in ancient languages (including Greek and Latin but also Hittite, Lycian and Carian) and their associated cultures. He has travelled widely in Greece and Turkey. Jeremy Seal is a travel writer, author, teacher and TV presenter. His most recent book Meander: East to West along a Turkish River tells the story of his journey down the original winding river. He is also the author of A Fez of the Heart: Travels around Turkey in Search of a Hat which was short-listed for the Daily Telegraph/Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. John Shorter worked for the British Council for many years both in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. One of his early postings was to Zagreb and he frequently returns to Croatia, a country in which he feels very much at home. He is an expert linguist and counts German, French, Polish and Serbo-Croat among his languages. Richard Stoneman is an Honorary Visiting Professor at Exeter University and a former President of the Classical Association. He is an expert on Alexander the Great and the author of numerous books on Greece and Turkey including The Ancient Oracles: making the gods speak. Richard is also the Chairman of WCT.
Michael Tooley is Professor of Geography at St. Andrews and Emeritus Professor at Kingston University. He lectures on environmental change, Mediterranean plants, earthquakes and tsunamis. He has written books on Thomas Wright, William Andrews Nesfield and Gertrude Jekyll. He also lectures for NADFAS. John Weston lives most of the year in Kaş, in Mediterranean South West Turkey. He retired to Turkey after a long career with the British Council which included three years as Director of the Istanbul office. John has a Master's degree in Classical Studies from the Open University with a specialism in Classical Lycia.
Our Tour Leaders include: Emin Saatçi worked for the British Council in Istanbul for many years. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the city and now does work for Cornucopia, one of Turkey’s most prestigious publications.
Pinar Uşşaklı has taught English in many institutions in Ankara. For several years she managed the British Council’s literature work in Turkey and in this capacity she travelled extensively throughout the country.
WCT is run by a board of directors: Andrew Hobson (founder of the company in 1994), Silvan Robinson (Chairman from 1999-2011), Richard Stoneman (Chairman), Matthew Nicholls (University of Reading), Amal Asfour (Art Historian), June Robinson, Althea Stoneman (Company Secretary) and Mandy Cunningham (Managing Director). Acknowledgements The photographs in this brochure were taken by, among others, Richard Ashton, Jeremy Barnett, Nick Bentley, David Clendenning, Sigurt Kranendonk, Rhona Lanzon, Ian Macartney, Matthew Nicholls, John Osborne, Hazel Richardson, Roger Ritchie, Pascale Sexton, Christopher Stobart, John and Kathleen Wells, Inge Shields, Colin McDonald, Antonio Daroya and Jane Whiter.
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What to Expect After Booking and Before Departure We will send confirmation of your booking and a list of books which you may find useful. We will also send an invoice for the balance of the tour cost which is due eight weeks before departure. On receipt of the balance we will send you a six or seven page general information document, which will include details of your tour leader/lecturer, and advice on health, money and clothing etc. Do not hesitate to ring us if you require further information. As a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT),Westminster Classic Tours has provided a bond to meet the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours
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If you do not pay the balance of the cost of the holiday 8 weeks prior to departure the Company reserves the right to cancel your booking. Insurance It is a requirement of the booking that you have full medical insurance, including repatriation. Changes or Cancellation by us We will make every effort to operate the holiday according to the itinerary on the brochure but the Company reserves the right to alter any arrangement of the tour where circumstances arise beyond the Company’s control. If there are fewer than 6 passengers booked on any tour not less than 6 weeks before departure the Company reserves the right to cancel any booking with a full refund.
Any complaints must be reported immediately and in any event within 24 hours to the tour leader who will do everything possible to resolve the matter.
Westminster Classic Tours Ltd Tel:
+44 (0)208 785 3191
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.westminsterclassictours.com Post: PO Box 68527 LONDON SW15 9EU, UK
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Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Turkey & Greek Islands
GREECE Kornati Archipelago
Sea of Marmara
Gallipoli Çanakkale Troy
Mykonos Paros Delos
Naxos Amorgos Santorini
Bodrum Kos Datça
CARIA Marmaris Göcek Dalaman
Rhodes Rhodes Island
KaŞ Myra Kekova
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Westminster Classic Tours Ltd
Monastery Agios Savvas, Kalymnos
PO Box 68527, London, SW15 9EU, UK Tel: +44 (0) 208 785 3191 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.westminsterclassictours.com
Turkey, the Greek Islands and the Dalmatian Coast: Cultural Tours, Private Charters, Classical Tours