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Xanthos, Turkey

The Ancient Coast of Turkey & Eastern Greek Islands

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Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Izmir / Kusadasi, Turkey / Embark
Day 2 : Kusadasi / Ephesus / Priene
Day 3 : Bodrum / Kos, Greece
Day 4 : Rhodes / Lindos
Day 5 : Ekincik, Turkey / Caunos
Day 6 : Fethiye / Xanthos
Day 7 : Castellorizo, Greece / Kekova, Turkey
Day 8 : Antalya / Perge
Day 9 : Antalya / Disembark

Ship

M/Y Callisto

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Xanthos, Turkey Perge, Turkey Myra, Turkey Kekova Bay, Turkey Aspendos, Turkey

Day 1 Izmir / Kusadasi, Turkey / Embark

Arrive in Izmir and transfer to Kusadasi and transfer to Callisto. Overnight aboard docked in Kusadasi.

Day 2 Kusadasi / Ephesus / Priene

Drive to the ancient city of Ephesus, renowned for its great mother goddess, Cybele, later identified as Artemis, or Diana of the Ephesians. Ephesus was for a time the most important commercial city in Asia Minor. The immense Hellenistic and Roman excavation site includes the ancient theater, the imposing Library of Celsus, the hill houses with their fantastic mosaics and frescoes, and early Byzantine remains. Spend the afternoon at leisure in Kusadasi or alternatively, tour Priene, a 4th-century B.C. city in a spectacular setting.

Day 3 Bodrum / Kos, Greece

Arrive in Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus and the birthplace of Herodotus, “the father of history.” Here, 4th-century B.C. King Mausolus lay in state within his Mausoleum, a tomb of exquisite beauty, adorned with sculptures by the finest Greek artists. In the 15th century, the Knights of St. John built the massive castle of St. Peter using stones from the Mausoleum. Visit the ancient site, castle, and citadel, housing the Museum of Underwater Archaeology. In the afternoon, sail to Kos, the island where Hippocrates established the standards of medical ethics in the 5th century B.C. Explore the ancient ruins, including the Asklepeion, dedicated to Asklepios, the god of healing.

Day 4 Rhodes / Lindos

The historic island of Rhodes was known in antiquity for its schools of philosophy, rhetoric, and sculpture. Explore Old Town, one of the largest medieval towns in Europe. Walk along the Street of the Knights, overflowing with mosaics, finely carved portals, balconies, and coats of arms. Then visit the Archaeological Museum, housed in the former Knights’ Great Hospital. Also travel to picturesque Lindos. Set high above the village, with spectacular views of the Aegean, are the remains of the Acropolis and the Doric columns of Athena’s Temple, among other structures.

Day 5 Ekincik, Turkey / Caunos

Arrive this morning at Ekincik, a secluded bay in Turkey’s south coast. Journey aboard a small craft up the Dalyan River to the ruins of ancient Caunos. Remains include several buildings from the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Continuing upriver toward the small town of Dalyan, we see magnificent temple-tombs carved out of the cliff in the 4th century B.C.

Day 6 Fethiye / Xanthos

In the morning, Callisto glides through stunning clear waters to Fethiye. From here, travel to Xanthos, built on a great cliff overlooking the Xanthos River. Xanthos boasts significant ruins, including the ruins of the Nereid Monument, an Ionic building whose figured friezes are in the British Museum. Visit the acropolis, the theater, and the unusual pillar tombs.

Day 7 Castellorizo, Greece / Kekova, Turkey

Sail to the small island of Castellorizo, one of the hidden gems of the Greek archipelago. Spend time at leisure ashore to explore on your own. In the afternoon, Callisto cruises through the turquoise waters of Kekova Bay, where the narrow island of Kekova forms a series of beautiful bays and fjord-like waterways. The waters here contain half-submerged ruins from the ancient city of Simena. Later, travel to the Lycian city of Myra to see its impressive Roman theater and rock-hewn tombs.

Day 8 Antalya / Perge

From Antalya, visit two of Turkey’s most famous ancient sites. Perge’s Hellenistic ruins include its great stadium; colonnaded, marble main street; and theater. At Aspendos, tour the 20,000-seat theater commissioned by Marcus Aurelius in the 2nd century A.D.

Day 9 Antalya / Disembark

Disembark in Antalya and transfer to the airport for return flights home.

M/Y Callisto

Per person starting at
Marble bathroom on the M/Y Callisto
Cat C
$0
Located on the lower deck featuring port holes.
Callisto Employee Attending to Cabin Bathroom
Cat B
$0
Located on the lower deck featuring port holes.
Callisto twin cabin
Cat A
$0
Located on the Main deck featuring large windows. Category A cabins at the bow section of the Main deck have Double beds, while all other Category A cabins have Twin beds.
Callisto double bed cabin
Cat P
$0
Located on the Main deck featuring large windows. Category P cabins located at the bow section of the Main deck are equipped with Double beds, while all other Category P cabins at the Main Deck are equipped with Twin beds.

Notes

This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary.

Child Discount:
Children between the ages of 7-10 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 50% discount on the cruise fare per person in twin cabin. Children between the ages of 10-16 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 35% discount. 

PROGRAM INCLUSIONS:
- 8-night cruise aboard the 34-guest yacht Callisto
- Complete program of tours and excursions
- Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
- All meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Open bar aboard ship throughout the cruise
- Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying guest lecturers
- Professional tour staff
- Complete pre-departure materials
- Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the designated program arrival and departure dates
- Port and embarkation taxes
- Gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers

NOT INCLUDED:
Airfare; visa and passport fees (if applicable); luggage and trip cancellation insurance; meals, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages other than those specified above; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service; and gratuities to shipboard personnel.
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