As the history books have it, Turkey is the crossroads of two continents and a potluck of civilizations over a time span of thousands of years. Turkey has managed to maintain its culture through all these transitions in time and preserve at best what can now be one of the best countries in the world to explore history – better than having to read it in history books or online. A picture is worth a thousand words they say, but what if that picture you see was in real life? Would it not be worth even more?
Culture tours are the most sought after types of holiday excursions in Turkey and have been for decades. These cultural tours have, many a time, always included the enduring city of Istanbul. However, Istanbul is not the only history that is a part of Turkey’s past.
Turkey’s coast extends to 8000 km in length and is surrounded by three major bodies of water; namely the Mediterranean, Aegean, and the Black Sea. Two of these seas, the Mediterranean and the Aegean are abundant in many historical ruins that can be explored by land.
However, say we we take this style of journey one step further and spice it up, and alternatively combine the cultural tour with a Blue cruise gulet holiday, then it would eliminate the bus transportation, replacing that time with a leisure activity aboard a private yacht as you relax under the Mediterranean sun, or read the book you always wanted to under a well shaded wide open deck, out in the fresh sea air with a cool and refreshing drink by your side. I would say that sounds like a marvelous idea…
There is a piece of history, an ancient ruin, an ancient city, or both, at just about every anchor point from the Eastern Mediterranean to the far Western point of the Aegean that the Blue cruises travel to in Turkey.
Explore the spectacular ancient resting places of the Kings of Caunos in the charming village of Dalyan. There you will discover carved Lycian rock tombs dating back to 400 B.C.
Have an exhilarating swim among the underwater tombs in the ancient Lycian sunken city of Simena. The city is a charming mixture of ancient, medieval and modern history making it not only interesting but also quite beautiful. Kekova – Simena is an enjoyable place to visit for its gorgeous turquoise waters, sun, islands, unspoilt nature, blue skies and wonderful swimming and highly favored by yachtsmen.
Set course to what may seem the ends of the earth in the ancient city of Knidos on the Datca peninsula….