Explore Turkish Delights in 2017
3rd November 2016
Although the start of November marks the end of the Star Clippers 2016 Mediterranean season, there is no reason to be downbeat. Earlier this month, the traditional tall ship line announced new Eastern Mediterranean itineraries that can take passengers to the Northern and Southern Cyclades. This island group is situated between the southeast coast of Greece and the western coast of Turkey. Over the course of seven nights, passengers will be able to get a taste for the Greek capital before visiting these gorgeous Greek islands.
In addition to the Cyclades Islands, guests will also be able to visit some of Turkey’s most impressive cities, towns, and landmarks. Both Northern and Southern Cyclades itineraries offer this opportunity, with the chance to explore locations outside of the major cities. Star Clippers takes a closer look at the destinations you can visit on each respective itinerary.
The resort town of Kusadasi is located on Turkey’s Aegean coast and is one of the most popular beach destinations in Turkey. The hotels, restaurants and bars here indicate just how popular this destination is among tourists and holiday makers from across Turkey and beyond. A short stroll away from the beaches, however, will enable you to enjoy the history of this area. Kusadasi was once a walled city and one of the three gates remains standing today. There is also the Kaleici Camii mosque, which was built in 1618.
While Kusadasi is a beautiful place to relax in itself, it also provides an opportunity to travel to the archaeological site of Ephesus. Extensive archaeological work has led to the discovery of an ancient city, which was built in the 10th century BC. The city peaked after it came under the control of the Roman Republic in 129BC and was home to between 33,000 and 56,000 people. It is most famous, however, for the Temple of Artemis – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It is thought to have been destroyed in the 268AD after a raid by the Goths, but its ruins remain standing to this day.
Situated at the site of the ancient city of Halikarnassus is the city of Bodrum, which boasts an impressive marina. Much like Kusadasi, it offers a series of long and inviting golden beaches, which are perfect for soaking up the sun. It is also thought to be the site of another of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, the Mausoleum of Halikarnassus – although it was completely destroyed by earthquakes during the Middle Ages. Bodrum is, however, home to many other historic landmarks worth visiting including a castle, amphitheatre, and windmills.
The glistening waters of the Dalyan may serve as a contrast to the places already visited while in Turkey. These waters are teeming with fish and this tranquil setting offers a sense of relaxation until you look up into cliffs. A series of rock-cut Lycian tombs dating back to 400BC overlook the river and will leave you totally mesmerised. You will also be able to see the ruined Lycian city of Caunos, where the basilica and fortifications overlook the place where endangered Caretta loggerhead turtles hatch during the spring.
With the colder months beginning to settle in, there is no better time to start thinking about a holiday to the Mediterranean in 2017. Alternatively, if you can’t wait that long, Star Clippers will be operating Caribbean, Cuba, and brand new Far East Asia sailings throughout the winter season.