Ancient History Week

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive at Dalaman airport and transfer to your accommodation. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet your host and guide for the week. Enjoy a leisurely walk around the town with your guide to see the local sites.

Day 2: Caunos, Lycian Rock Tombs and Turtle Beach.

Take a boat and sail across Koycegiz Lake to the Dalyan River. Disembark and walk up to the ancient city of Caunos (dating back to the 10th century BC) with its amphitheatre, Roman Baths, Temples and more recently discovered paved roads. Enjoy the amazing view across the river plain to the Mediterranean Sea. Rejoin the boat to sail past the wonderful Lycian Rock Tombs carved into the cliffs above the town of Dalyan. Continue along the winding river to the Mediterranean Sea and Turtle Beach- so called because of the Loggerhead Turtles that nest there. Enjoy a delicious lunch on the boat before returning to Koycegiz Lake and visiting the natural thermal springs and mud baths.

Day 3: Tlos, Saklikent, Kayakoy and Oludeniz.

Drive into the Taurus Mountains to the ancient city of Tlos, one of the oldest and most important cities in ancient Lycia. The panoramic views from the top of the acropolis and from the ‘yedi kapi’ hamam are stunning. Admire the amphitheatre and rock-cut tombs- including that of Bellerophon and the winged horse Pegasus. After learning about the history and exploring the ruins, drive a short distance to have lunch by the amazing gorge at Saklikent. Enjoy an optional walk along the river and up the gorge. Drive to the ‘ghost town’ of Kayakoy (Karmylassos), deserted by its mostly Ottoman-Greek inhabitants following WW1 and the Turkish War of Independence. On the way back to Koycegiz visit the world famous beach of Oludeniz.

Day 4: Ephesus

Visit the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean, and among the best places in the world to get a feel for what life was like in ancient times. Follow your guide through this amazing trading and religious city, a centre for the cult of Cybele, the Anatolian fertility goddess-who under the influence of the Ionians became Artemis. We visit the site of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, as well as the House of the Virgin Mary, and the excellent Ephesus museum.

Day 5: Cleopatra Island

Enjoy a leisurely Turkish breakfast and relax by the pool or wander into town. Drive to the village of Camli to meet your boat and sail to the beautiful Cleopatra Island, so-called because Cleopatra was reputed to have imported the fine golden sand to the beach there. On the way, have a delicious lunch on the boat whilst moored in a picturesque bay. Swim off the boat or in the warm shallow sea off the beach and explore the ruins of an ancient Carian city.

Day 6: Pamukkale and Hierapolis

Drive on a picturesque mountain road to admire the white cliffs of calcerous deposits at Pamukkale, stopping off for a ‘village breakfast’ on the way. Then drive on to the ancient city of Hierapolis, founded in the Hellenistic era. Explore the ruins, including a magnificent amphitheatre. Relax in the natural thermal springs (reputed for their therapeutic properties) before lunch and the journey back to Koycegiz.

Day 7: Departure

Relax by the pool or experience the bustle and excitement of the local market until your transfer to Dalaman Airport.


One Week
1st November to 30th April £120
1st May to 30th June £150
1st July to 31st August £180
1st September to 30th October £150

Prices are per person and inclusive of:

  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Insurance
  • Meals on tours
  • Professional tourist guide
  • Entrance fees