Archaeological tour specialist Peter Sommer Travels has announced an extra departure of its popular itinerary Cruising to Ephesus, an eight-day journey to one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the Mediterranean.
Departing June 8, the eight-day cruise travels the Turkish coast aboard a traditional wooden gulet, exploring magnificent scenery and ancient sites along the way.
Guided by archaeologist and writer Heinrich Hall, it visits the small harbour of Myndos where Cassius sheltered after murdering Julius Caesar, and Iasos, a wealthy ancient port celebrated for its fish market and red marble. Inland, the tour visits two soaring temples, the elegant shrine to Zeus at Euromus, and the giant oracular temple at Didyma.
The final destination is Ephesus, the one-time capital of Roman Asia famed for its Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Long lost to earthquakes, the temple is survived today by other great landmarks at Ephesus including its theatre, the Library of Celsus and the Temple of Hadrian.