A private Jules Verne sailing on a luxury Gulet to the sites of Antiquity, exploring the Aegean Coast and Greek Islands in good company
Day 1 - Bodrum
Day 2 - Didyma
Day 3 - Kusadasi
Day 4 - Samos
Day 5 - Kos
Day 6 - Knidos
Day 7 - Bodrum
Day 8 - Return Flight
The coastal-waters of the Aegean are renowned for their gentle waves and predictable, seasonal winds, providing perfect conditions for cruising the beautiful bays and coves. An exploration of the coastline and islands gives access to ancient cities and sanctuaries of Classical Greece and Rome. A luxury gulet is the ideal base from which to discover some of the great highlights of the ancient world, combining history and archaeology.
This voyage brings us to some of the most famous classical cities starting from Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus, birthplace of Herodotus and site of the siege battle between Alexander the Great and the Achaemenid Persian Empire.
Didyma, a sacred place of worship with the renowned oracle of the Hellenic world and the temple of Apollo, whose proportions are said to be more in keeping with gods than men. Cities of the Pan-Ionian League, Miletus was founded by the mythological son of Apollo and Priene was known as ‘The Pompeii of Anatolia’, both revealing remarkable monuments that give testament to their Greek and Roman heritage.
Magnificent Ephesus was capital of Roman Asia. Samos Island was, according to mythology the birthplace of the goddess Hera and the philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras, its cobblepaved port town re-named in his honour. In Byzantine times Samos was principal of the Aegean region. Kos Island was home of Hippocrates,father of modern medicine. Discover the temples of the Greeks, the distinctive structures of the Roman and Byzantine Empires and finally the castle of the Crusader Knights of St John, one of the last Christian outposts in the east.
Knidos was founded by the Doric Greeks, once a city of great wealth and famous for the Knidian Aphrodite, a naked statue of the goddess from the 4th century BC. Discover the Hellenistic Greek Theatre, temple of Dionysus and the temple of Apollo. Bodrum reveals the vestiges of one of the Ancient Wonders of the World, the magnificent Crusader castle of St. Peter and the unusual museum of underwater archaeology.
Culture & Natural Wonders
Free Cabin Selection
Small Ship Sailing
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
UK Tour Manager
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 15 – 32
Day 1 Fly from London to Bodrum, via Istanbul. Transfer to “Rota-666”, a deluxe gulet, for a 7-night cruise. Set sail from Bodrum towards Kusadasi. Anchor in one of the natural bays of Yalikavak. (D).
Day 2 Explore the sites of Didyma, the colossal temple of Apollo and the site of Miletus. Visit the temple of Athena in Priene, in its beautifully wooded setting, and walk the ancient streets of one of the best preserved Greek cities. (B, L, D)
Day 3 At dawn cruise to Kusadasi and the extensive and dramatic site of Ephesus, enjoy its monumental squares and walk along marble paved roads and visit St. Jean Cathedral and the temple of Artemis. Later sail towards the Greek island of Samos for overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Take an island tour visit Samos Town, the small port town of Pythagoreio, the villages of Mytilinii and Hora, the monasteries of Timios Stavros and Spillani, the Temple of Hera and Efpalinos Tunnel – the ancient Hellenic aqueduct. Later sail to Didyma, overnight in the harbour. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Take an island tour of Kos. Visit the ancient site of the Asclepeion, the castle of the Knights of St. John and the knightly residence of the governor, Francesco Sans. Visit the town of Kos, the Archaeological museum and the Doric temple of Aphrodite. In the afternoon sail towards Datça and the harbour of Kairos, a charming peninsula with stunning azure coves, hidden archipelagos and craggy, thickly forested peaks. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Visit the famous ancient site of Knidos, perched on a steep hillside, providing dramatic views, surrounded by the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. Once a rich, cosmopolitan city, Sir Charles Newton ‘obtained’ many of the site’s statues and shipped them to London where they are found in the British Museum. Sail to Bodrum, overnight in the harbour. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Explore Bodrum, visit the splendid castle built by the Knights Hospitaller, in honour of St. Peter, now a museum. Visit the Mausoleum of Mausolus, housing the remains of one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, Myndos Gate, entrance to ancient Halicarnassus and the Hellenic theatre of Bodrum. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight via Istanbul. (B)
At some mooring points, the vessel may be anchored alongside others. Most excursions are on foot including some uneven surfaces and inclines.
The ROTA-066 is a 118 ft. Luxury Gulet built in 2013 and belonging to Rota Yachting’s Gulet fleet. This specially designed, hand-crafted Gulet provides for every comfort while not compromising on charm and tradition. It provides gourmet cuisine with Mediterranean, Turkish and International flavour whilst the local crew is attentive and experienced. Comprising 16 cabins (10 double and 6 twin bedded) distributed over two decks with a capacity of 32 passengers. The Yacht ROTA-066 is air-conditioned, has a single seating dining area, a bar and sundeck. All cabins have twin or double beds, private facilities, shower cabinets, hairdryer and safe. WiFi (Free/limited). 10 Lower Deck cabins (161 sq. ft.) – porthole. 6 Upper Deck cabins (129 sq. ft.) – window.
per person in a twin/double Lower Deck cabin
Turkish Airlines from London Heathrow
Supplements per person
Twin/Double cabin for sole use £1295
Upper Deck £295
Turkish Airlines Business Class from £335
Regional flights from London Luton,
Manchester and Birmingham Nil
Arrival transfer add £20
Departure transfer add £20
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Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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