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

Classic Pursuits in Aegean Waters

A private Jules Verne sailing on a luxury gulet to the sites of antiquity, exploring the Aegean Coast and Greek Islands in good company

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.

Key Features

Culture & Natural Wonders
Exclusive Small Ship Sailing
Free Cabin Selection
UK Tour Manager
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 15 – 32

Day 1 London to Bodrum, via Istanbul. Board our deluxe gulet, for a 7-night cruise. Sail to the natural bays of Yalikavak. (D).

Day 2 Relax on the Ionian coast or join the optional excursion to Didyma, the temple of Apollo and the site of Miletus where you visit the temple of Athena in Priene and walk the ancient streets (£80). (B, D)

Day 3 Cruise to Kusadasi, at leisure or join an optional excursion to the site of Ephesus, visit St. Jean Cathedral and the temple of Artemis (£85). Sail to Samos for overnight. (B, D)

Day 4 Explore Samos or join the optional excursion to Samos Town, the small port town of Pythagoreio, villages of Mytilinii and Hora, monasteries of Timios Stavros and Spillani, Temple of Hera and Efpalinos Tunnel (£95). Sail to Didyma. (B, D)

Day 5 Relax in Kos or join the optional excursion of Kos town, the castle of the Knights of St. John, the residence of the governor, the Archaeological museum and the Doric temple of Aphrodite (£99). Sail to Datça and the harbour of Kairos, a charming peninsula with stunning coves. (B, D)

Day 6 Relax in Datça or join the optional excursion to the famous site of Knidos (£70). Sail to Bodrum for overnight. (B, D)

Day 7 At leisure or join an optional excursion of Bodrum, the castle built by the Knights Hospitaller, Mausolus Mausoleum, Myndos Gate and Hellenic theatre (£80). (B, D)

Day 8 Disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight via Istanbul. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


At some mooring points, the vessel may be anchored alongside others. Most excursions are on foot including some uneven surfaces and inclines.


per person in a twin/double Lower Deck cabin
Turkish Airlines from London Heathrow

Date Price
October 6 £1715
Spring Sale

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Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Twin/Double cabin for sole use £1295

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck £395

Flight Options

Turkish Airlines Business Class from £335

Optional Excursions

Ephesus, Didyma, Knidos and Bodrum led by expert local guides with lunch daily (individual costs indicated below) or book the full package of six excursions for £480.

Didyma £80
Ephesus £85
Samos Town £95
Kos Town £99
Knidos £70
Bodrum £80

Independent Arrival

Save £200
Arrival transfer add £29
Departure transfer add £29

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, half board, tour manager, expert local guides and representative.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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