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Cultural Tours in Turkey

Let’s cruise the Carian coast from Aegean to Mediterranean.

RopeSail has created marvellous escorted history tours with archaeological adventures so that you can visit the ancient sites that shall take you deep into the past as you enjoy cruising holiday in the most comfortable gulet charters.


Departing from Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus, RopeSail’s exclusive gulet cruise heads on through some of the prettiest and most interesting archaeological sites of Turkey and Greek Islands.



RopeSail offers inspiring and enlightening escorted cultural cruise holidays with its beautiful and luxurious gulets. We charter traditional gulets with from 4-10 cabins, beautiful boats handcrafted in Bodrum, run by experienced local crews.

Take our archaeological sailing adventure with us, and enjoy a perfect vacation with delicious Mediterranean food, swimming in the crystal clear waters and comfortable relaxation.



We also organize your own tailor-made cruise escorted by one of our expert guides. We can personalize your very own group tour in Turkey and Greek Islands however you would like us to arrange and organize your tour, so you can relax in style, accompanied by a specialist guide just like our scheduled escorted tours.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us. We shall be delighted to help you.


Escorted Cultural Tours in Turkey

For a full list of escorted cultural tours, please scroll down.


Sailing through the Ancient Orient from Halicarnassus to Ephesus

Historical Blue Voyage from Bodrum to Ephesus via Kos, Kalymnos, Patmos and Samos 

Day 1: Bodrum. Our historical gulet cruise holiday starts from the Bodrum’s amphitheatre style harbour, about 40 minutes from Bodrum Milas Airport. After the check-in and brief on Bodrum, you may enjoy welcome drink and dinner on board. Upon your request you may enjoy Bodrum’s nightlife by staying in Bodrum or we may cruise to Aquarium Bay to have a dinner with a variety of sea foods.



Day 2: Kos (9 nm, 45 minutes). After having breakfast on board and completing the customs procedures in Bodrum Marina, RopeSail’s gulet cruise heads to the great island of Kos, where we visit the Asklepieion, one of the most important healing sanctuaries of antiquity. Kos or Cos is a Greek island in the Dodecanese, next to the Gulf of Cos. It is located only 4 km from the coast of Bodrum, Turkey. Kos is where Hippocrates was born and taught medicine. After the visit to the Asklepieion, we stroll through the island’s bustling main town, where 1930s Italian architecture shines out with the remains of the ancient Greek and Roman past. Apart from Asklepeion ancient Temple of Medicine, other attractions on Kos include the Solfatara fields and hot springs, the wetlands of Psalidi, the three-aisled basilica of St. Stephen's early Christian church, the Neratzia Venetian Castle of the Knights of St. John, at the entrance to the harbour of Kos and Paradise, Camel, Tigaki, and Marmari beaches. Then RopeSail will offer you a dinner in a traditional Greek tavern. Overnight on board our gulet moored in the harbour at Kos Marina.



Day 3: Kalymnos (14 nm, 2 hours). From Kos, our gulet sets sail to Kalympos. When we arrive in Kalymnos, we have a swimming break before we enter the marina. Lunch on board. Kalymnos is inhabited by the pre-Minoan times and that is why there are a lot of historical sites and monuments worth visiting. The caves Daskalio, Santa Barbara, Stimenion, early Christian settlement of Rina, Castello village, Christian cemetery, PeraCastle, HoraCastle, Christ of Jerusalem, and the Temple of Dilios Apollon are few of them to mention. Dinner and overnight on board our gulet moored in the harbour at Kalymnos Marina.



Day 4: Leros (14 nm, 2 hours). Welcome to the island of Artemis, the goddess of forests and hunting, according to the mythology. We visit the Castle of Panteli, commanding great views and used as a citadel by the Byzantines, the Knights of St. John and the Ottomans. Lunch on board. Swim in azure seas, admire exquisite works of Italian architecture in Ayia Marina, the capital of the island, wander around centuries-old magnificent castles (like Brouzi and Castle of Panayia), or go scuba diving to explore ship wrecks lying on the seabed since the Second World War. Dinner and overnight on board our gulet moored in the harbour at anchor at Panteli Bay.



Day 5: Lipsi (15 nm, 2 hours). Lipsi is the largest island belonging to a cluster of many other islets. Lipsi is a beautiful old village, very much looked after and very quiet and peaceful. Lunch on board. There are also good restaurants and bars on the island, along with shopping facilities. Mooring up for the evening there is plenty of time to swim before dinner on our gulet. Dinner and overnight on board our gulet moored in the harbour at anchor at Lipsi Marina.



Day 6: Patmos (10 nm, 1.5 hours). Patmos is a beautiful island and has a big artist community. After having lunch, we visit the Cave of the Apocalypse and the mighty Byzantine monastery of St. John, a World Heritage Site, set in the attractive town of Chora. The “island of the Apocalypse” or “Jerusalem of the Aegean” welcomes you! Patmos is quite popular amongst pilgrims since in one of the island’s caves John the Theologian, one of Christ’s disciples, wrote the “Book of Revelations”. The stunning beauty of Hora, a carefully preserved medieval settlement with narrow, maze-like alleys and stone-built houses will take your breath away. Dinner and overnight on board our gulet moored in the harbour at anchor at Patmos Marina.



Day 7: Samos (10 nm, 1.5 hours). After having breakfast in Patmos, our guided cultural gulet cruise sail to in Samos, the island ruled by legend and beauty. Our gulet charter will moore in Pythagoreion, where is the most beautiful site of the island. After having lunch, we shall take the ancient sacred road from Pythagoreion to the Temple of Hera. The mythical birthplace of Hera, Samos is home to the largest temple in Greece (according to Herodotus) at the seaside settlement of Heraion, dedicated exclusively to the goddess of marriage and women. Of its 155 gigantic columns, only one still stands and is indicative of the scale of this place of religious worship that includes ruins of at least three earlier temples. It is the island of the father of mathematics, Pythagoras, the astronomer Aristarchus and the philosopher Epicurus, and the land that hosted Herodotus and Aesop. An important centre of trade in the Aegean and a major naval force in antiquity, it came into contact with important Mediterranean cultures. Dinner and overnight on board our gulet moored in Pythagoreion.



Day 8: Efes- Kusadasi (11 nm, 1.5 hours). From Samos we set sail to Kusadasi. After the customs clearance, we enter to the Kusadasi Marina. East of Kusadasi lays one of the most celebrated ancient sites in the world: Ephesus, the ancient mystery centre and the capital of Roman Asia. We reach monumental Ephesus to explore its spectacular remains. We have lunch at one of the exotic restaurants in Sultankoy, a traditional village nearby Ephesus. Then we visit Ephesus’s marvellous archaeology museum, the nearby Temple of Artemis, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, which was reportedly burned down the night Alexander the Great was born. One of the very first cities in the world to have street lighting, the site is magnificent - marble streets, agoras, villas, a theatre for 28,000 and an extraordinary library. The terraced houses with their restored mosaics and frescoes are particularly interesting to see. We visit the Mother Mary’s House. Dinner and overnight on board our gulet moored in the harbour at Kusadasi Marina.



Day 9: Kusadasi. After the breakfast on board our gulet, our guided historical tour heads inland and explores the ancient roads of Priene, an almost perfectly preserved Hellenistic (4th century BC) city. To the south lay Miletus, one of the most significant Ionian sites, with its vast theatre, baths, and brooding atmosphere, and its most important sanctuary, the colossal and awe-inspiring oracular temple of Apollo at Didyma. The temple of Apollo at Didyma remains one of the most spectacular of all monuments. It was here that Alexander’s ultimate victory over the Persians was prophesised. Dinner and overnight on board our gulet moored in the harbour at Didyma Marina.



Day 10: Didyma. We head inland to the temple of Zeus at Euromus, one of the best preserved the elegant shrine to Zeus, in Asia Minor, and located amidst a beautiful olive grove. Then on into the mountains to Labraunda, Caria’s most sacred sanctuary, site of the great oracular shrine to Zeus Labraundus. Archaeologists have found terra cotta shards indicating that the temple site had its origins back at least to the 6th century BC. The temple is one of the best preserved classical temples in Turkey: sixteen columns remain standing and most of the columns are inscribed in honour of the citizen who commissioned their construction. Carian rock-cut tombs are also found at Euromus. Our buses take us to Iassos. We have a free time for swimming and relaxing. Dinner and overnight on board our gulet moored in the harbour at Iasos.



Day 11: (21 nm, 2 hours) Iasos - Gumusluk. Beside its azure sea, we explore ancient city of Iasos, one of the prettiest sites in Turkey. There is an old watch tower at the entrance on the bay and a fortress on the hill across the quay. The archaeological excavations are revealing a vital and beautiful classical city. Iasos, a wealthy ancient port, is celebrated for its fish market and red marble. Today one can easily glimpse Iasos’ past vitality in the splendid ruins that litter the site - from the colonnaded agora to the Roman villa decked with mosaics. In the afternoon we set sail to Gumusluk, ancient Myndos; where Cassius harboured after murdering Julius Caesar, and where excavations have recently started. The scant ruins offer a glimpse of this once bustling fortified harbour. We will visit the sites of the excavations like the King’s Road, churches from the Christian era and storage houses. Gumusluk is a fishing village and therefore offers a plenty of choices in seafood restaurants, where we will enjoy our dinner. Here, you may also enjoy swimming, relaxing and shopping. Overnight on board our gulet moored in Gumusluk.



Day 12: (40 nm, 4 hours) Cokertme. Today we have a lazy and relaxing day cruising and swimming in the multitude of picturesque small bays along the coast. After having breakfast, we set sail from Gumusluk to Cokertme. Our gulet stop at Cokertme to explore this pretty village and its waterfront restaurants. You may enjoy swimming in the crystal clear blue waters. In the evening, Rope Sail shall offer you a barbeque party on the coast for the dinner. Overnight on board our gulet moored in Cokertme Bay.



Day 13: (10 nm, 1 hour) Kisebuku - Tavsanburnu. After having breakfast on board, our historical gulet cruises from Cokertme to Kisebuku. We have a lunch in Kisebuku Bay. Our gulet moores up for the evening, there is a plenty of time to swim before dinner. We sail to Tavsanburnu for dinner and overnight. It will be a full relaxing day.



Day 14: (8 nm, 1 hour) Bodrum. In the early morning, we set sail to Bodrum. Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus, erstwhile capital of Caria, is one of Turkey's most charming and sophisticated ports, with a glittering marina and a wealth of historic interest. In Bodrum, the birthplace of Herodotus, our historical gulet cruise finishes with an escorted tour in the Castle of St. Peter. The site of Mausalus' famous tomb, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is also here, although only the foundations remain - some of the original sculptures which adorned the tomb can be found in the British Museum. Marble blocks reused from the Mausoleum can be seen incorporated into its walls. After visiting the famous medieval castle that shelters one of the best nautical museums of the world, we return to the boat. Dinner and overnight on board our gulet moored in the harbour at Bodrum Marina.



Day 15: Bodrum. RopeSail’s guided historical cruise holiday ends after the breakfast on board our gulet. Check-out and transfer from our gulet to Bodrum Milas Airport. Our gulet is in Bodrum Marina, about 40 minutes from Bodrum Milas Airport.

Sailing through the Ancient Orient from Halicarnassus to Ephesus

Historical Blue Voyage from Bodrum to Ephesus via Myndos, Iasos, Miletus and Didyma

Day 1: Bodrum. Our gulet is in the Bodrum’s amphitheatre style harbour, about 40 minutes from Bodrum Milas Airport. After the check-in and brief on Bodrum, you may enjoy welcome drink and dinner on board. Upon your request you may enjoy Bodrum’s nightlife by staying in Bodrum or our gulet may cruise to Aquarium Bay to have a dinner with a variety of sea foods.



Day 2: Gumusluk (12 nm, 1.5 hours). After having the breakfast at Aquarium, our gulet will set sail to the pretty coastal village of Gumusluk, ancient Myndos; where Cassius harboured after murdering Julius Caesar. Here, excavations are still ongoing and there is a plenty of opportunity for discovery and exploration. We will have a lunch on board in the Gumusluk bay. We will visit the sites of the excavations like the King’s Road, churches from the Christian era and storage houses. Gumusluk is a fishing village and therefore offers a plenty of choices in seafood restaurants, where we will enjoy our dinner. Here, you may also enjoy swimming, relaxing and shopping.



Day 3: Iasos (21 nm, 2 hours). We will have the breakfast in Gumusluk, then we sail north east to moor in the pretty harbour of the ancient Iasos. After having lunch and swimming, in the afternoon, Iasos is another amazing location for its ancient history. There is an old watch tower at the entrance on the bay and a fortress on the hill across the quay. The archaeological excavations are revealing a vital and beautiful classical city. Iasos, a wealthy ancient port, is celebrated for its fish market and red marble. Today one can easily glimpse Iasos’ past vitality in the splendid ruins that litter the site - from the colonnaded agora to the Roman villa decked with mosaics. Dinner and overnight on board our gulet moored in the harbour at Iasos.



Day 4: After the breakfast in Iasos, our mini buses will take you for an inland journey (around 40 minutes). We head inland to the temple of Zeus at Euromus, one of the best preserved the elegant shrine to Zeus, in Asia Minor, and located amidst a beautiful olive grove. We will have our lunch packs. Then on into the mountains to Labraunda, Caria’s most sacred sanctuary, site of the great oracular shrine to Zeus Labraundus. Originally Labraunda was linked to Milas (Mylasa) by a 12km Sacred Way, of which some parts are still visible. After the end of the tour, we will go to Didyma by road. Dinner and overnight on board our gulet moored in the harbour at Didyma Marina.



Day 5: After the breakfast on board our gulet in Didyma Marina, by a 1-hour bus drive, the East of Kusadasi lays one of the most celebrated ancient sites in the world: Ephesus, the ancient mystery centre and the capital of Roman Asia. We reach monumental Ephesus to explore its spectacular remains. We have lunch at one of the exotic restaurants in Sultankoy, a traditional village nearby Ephesus. Then we visit Ephesus’s marvellous archaeology museum, the nearby Temple of Artemis, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, which was reportedly burned down the night Alexander the Great was born. One of the very first cities in the world to have street lighting, the site is magnificent - marble streets, agoras, villas, a theatre for 28,000 and an extraordinary library. The terraced houses with their restored mosaics and frescoes are particularly interesting to see. We visit the Mother Mary’s House. Dinner and overnight on board our gulet moored in the harbour at Didyma Marina.



Day 6: After the breakfast on board our gulet in Didyma Marina, our guided tour with mini buses take us first to visit the most important sanctuary, the colossal and awe-inspiring oracular Temple of Apollo at Didyma. The temple of Apollo at Didyma remains one of the most spectacular of all monuments. Then we head inland from Altinkum’s golden beach to visit Miletus, one of the most significant Ionian sites, with its vast theatre, baths, and brooding atmosphere, and It was here that Alexander’s ultimate victory over the Persians was prophesised. Heading inland we walk the ancient roads of Priene, an almost perfectly preserved Hellenistic city from the 4th century BC. In the afternoon we head to Kaziklikoy, our gulet waits us there for us to enjoy relaxing or swimming in the most beautiful turquoise coloured waters of the Aegean Sea. Dinner and overnight on board our gulet moored in the harbour at Kaziklikoy Bay.



Day 7: Bodrum (40 nm, 4-5 hours). In the early morning, we set sail to Bodrum. On the way in Ortakent we have lunch and enjoy swimming. In the afternoon we arrive in Bodrum Marina. Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus, erstwhile capital of Caria, is one of Turkey's most charming and sophisticated ports, with a glittering marina and a wealth of historic interest. In Bodrum, the birthplace of Herodotus, our historical gulet cruise finishes with an escorted tour in the Castle of St. Peter. The site of Mausalus' famous tomb, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is also here, although only the foundations remain - some of the original sculptures which adorned the tomb can be found in the British Museum. Marble blocks reused from the Mausoleum can be seen incorporated into its walls. After visiting the famous medieval castle that shelters one of the best nautical museums of the world, we return to the boat. Dinner and overnight on board our gulet moored in the harbour at Bodrum Marina.



Day 8: Bodrum. RopeSail’s guided historical cruise holiday ends after the breakfast on board our gulet. Check-out and transfer from our gulet to Bodrum Milas Airport. Our gulet is in Bodrum Marina, about 40 minutes from Bodrum Milas Airport.

 

Sailing to the Land of Aphrodite

Historical Blue Voyage from Bodrum to Marmaris via Knidos, Symi and Rhodes  

Day 1: Bodrum. Our gulet is in the Bodrum’s amphitheatre style harbour, about 40 minutes from Bodrum Milas Airport. After the check-in and brief on Bodrum, you may enjoy welcome drink and dinner on board. You may also enjoy Bodrum’s nightlife after the dinner.



Day 2: Knidos (23 nm, 3,5 hours). After having the breakfast in Bodrum, our gulet will set sail to ancient Knidos, where is the antique city of the cult of Aphrodite. We first have a lunch on board. Then, we visit the sites of the excavations. The agora, the theatre, a temple of Dionysus, a temple of the Muses, a temple of Aphrodite and a great number of minor buildings have been identified, and the general plan of the city has been very clearly made out. The statue of Aphrodite, the most beautiful in the world, has perished, but late copies exist, of which the most faithful is in the Vatican Museums. We enjoy our dinner on board. Here, you may also enjoy swimming in its crystal clear water and relaxing.



Day 3: Datça (22 nm, 3 hours). After having breakfast in Knidos, we head on our way to Datça. Before arriving in Datca, we stop at Palamutbuku Bay for a lunch and swimming break. In the afternoon, our gulet arrives in Datca, a pretty little town where it is pleasant to stroll down. Datça is considered to be the first settlement before Knidos. Dinner and overnight on board.



Day 4: Symi (14 nm, 1 hour). After having breakfast in Datca and completing formalities to exit Turkey, we cruise for the Greek island of Symi, where we aim to arrive in the late afternoon and moor for the night. Lunch on board. Then we pay a visit to this lovely Greek town of colourful old houses and mansions climbing steeply up the hillside from the harbour, ideal for a sunset walk to end the day. Dinner and overnight on board.



Day 5: Rhodes (26 nm, 5 hours). After the breakfast, we move on to the harbour of Mandraki of Rhodes. The rest of the day is free to wander around the medieval Old Town, along the moat and through the former Jewish and Moslem quarters and the modernist Italian quarter with its 1930s architecture. Dinner and overnight on board.



Day 6: Rhodes (26 nm, 5 hours). After the breakfast, we move on to the harbour of Mandraki of Rhodes. The rest of the day is free to wander around the medieval Old Town, along the moat and through the former Jewish and Moslem quarters and the modernist Italian quarter with its 1930s architecture. Dinner and overnight on board. Rhodes. After the lunch, our minibus takes us to Lindos, where we visit the beautifully restored Acropolis and the Temple of Athena. We also see the towers and walls of the Castle of the Knights of St John built into the cliffside and, on our way down, visit the Church of the Virgin with its frescoed biblical scenes. We come back to Mandraki harbour before dinner. Dinner and overnight on board.



Day 7: (24 nm, 4 hours). In the early morning, we set sail to Marmaris. After customs clearance procedures for entry to Turkey, we have lunch and a swim. In the afternoon, we visit the castle rebuilt by the Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in 1522 when he set out to conquer Rhodes. Dinner and overnight on board.



Day 8: Marmaris. RopeSail’s guided historical cruise holiday ends after the breakfast on board our gulet. Check-out and transfer from our gulet to Dalaman Airport. Our gulet is in Marmaris Marina, about 1.5 hours from Dalaman Airport.

Sailing to the Land of Aphrodite

Historical Blue Voyage from Marmaris to Bodrum via Symi, Rhodes and Knidos

Day 1: Marmaris. Our gulet is in Marmaris Marina, about 1.5 hours from Dalaman Airport. After the check-in and brief on Marmaris, you may enjoy welcome drink and dinner on board. You may also enjoy Marmaris’ nightlife after the dinner.



Day 2: Rhodes (24 nm, 4 hours). After having a breakfast and customs formalities in the harbour of Marmaris, our gulet set sail to Rhodes. After lunch, we move on to the harbour of Mandraki of Rhodes. The rest of the day is free to wander around the medieval Old Town, along the moat and through the former Jewish and Moslem quarters and the modernist Italian quarter with its 1930s architecture. Dinner and overnight on board.



Day 3: Rhodes. After early breakfast, our minibus takes us to visit the beautifully restored Acropolis and the Temple of Athena in Lindos. We also see the towers and walls of the Castle of the Knights of St John built into the cliffside and, on our way down, visit the Church of the Virgin with its frescoed biblical scenes. . We come back to Mandraki harbour before dinner. Dinner and overnight on board.



Day 4: Symi (26 nm, 5 hours). After the breakfast in Rhodes, we set sail for the Greek island of Symi, where we aim to arrive in the late afternoon and moor for the night. We visit this lovely Greek town of colourful old houses and mansions climbing steeply up the hillside from the harbour, ideal for a sunset walk to end the day. Dinner and overnight on board.



Day 5: Datça (14 nm, 1 hour). After having breakfast and a swim in Symi, we head on our way to Datça to complete formalities to enter Turkey. Datça is a pretty little town where it is pleasant to stroll down. Datça is considered to be the first settlement before Knidos. Dinner and overnight on board.



Day 6: Knidos (22 nm, 3 hours). After having the breakfast in Datça, our gulet continues to the ancient Knidos, where is the antique city of the cult of Aphrodite. We first have a lunch on board. Then, we visit the sites of the excavations. The agora, the theatre, a temple of Dionysus, a temple of the Muses, a temple of Aphrodite and a great number of minor buildings have been identified, and the general plan of the city has been very clearly made out. The statue of Aphrodite, the most beautiful in the world, has perished, but late copies exist, of which the most faithful is in the Vatican Museums. We enjoy our dinner on board. Here, you may also enjoy swimming in its crystal clear water and relaxing.



Day 7: Bodrum (23 nm, 3,5 hours). In the early morning, we set sail to Bodrum. Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus, erstwhile capital of Caria, is one of Turkey's most charming and sophisticated ports, with a glittering marina and a wealth of historic interest. After having lunch on board, you shall have an escorted tour in the Castle of St. Peter. The site of Mausalus' famous tomb, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is also here, although only the foundations remain - some of the original sculptures which adorned the tomb can be found in the British Museum. Marble blocks reused from the Mausoleum can be seen incorporated into its walls. After visiting the famous medieval castle that shelters one of the best nautical museums of the world, we return to the boat. Dinner and overnight on board our gulet moored in the harbour at Bodrum Marina.



Day 8:Bodrum. RopeSail’s guided historical cruise holiday ends after the breakfast on board our gulet. Check-out and transfer from our gulet to Bodrum Milas Airport. Our gulet is in Bodrum Marina, about 40 minutes from Bodrum Milas Airport.

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