Valef Visits Sites, Scenery of Turguoise Coast

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AMBLER, Pa. -- Valef Tours is promoting a 14-day exploration of the ancient sites and imposing scenery of the Turquoise coast aboard the 45-passenger yacht Panorama, with weekly departures between May 29 and Oct. 9.

Following three nights at the Hilton Hotel in Istanbul with two days of sightseeing, travelers fly to Antalya to board the Panorama for a seven-night cruise along the southern Mediterranean coast of Turkey; the routing is west and then north to Bodrum, where the 15th century castle of the Knights of St. John guards the historic harbor.

En route, passengers will visit ancient Lycia, Turkey's rugged coast between Antalya and Fethiye, visiting the Lycian ruins set into the sheer cliffs, and Phaselis, a seventh century B.C. settlement whose ruins are from the Roman and Byzantine eras.

One of the most enchanting sites on the journey is the area of Kekova Bay, where just below the surface of this fjord-like waterway are the remains of submerged settlements.

Passengers will have a chance to visit two Greek islands, Kastellorizo, the smallest inhabited island of the Dodecanese island group, and Symi, with a gem of a harbor and a medieval fortress.

Other sites along the Turkish coast are Kas, with a well-preserved theater and a number of Lycian rock tombs, and the ancient ruins of Caunos.

On disembarking at Bodrum, passengers visit spectacular Ephesus, the great Roman theater at Miletus and Pirene with its Greek Temple, while spending two nights nearby at the port of Kusadasi.

On the final day, the group transfers to Izmir for a short flight to Istanbul, to connect with a return flight to the U.S.

The per-person, double, cost of the land-cruise program is $4,795 and includes all cruise features as well as domestic air from Istanbul to Antalya, five nights' hotel accommodations, all sightseeing and transfers. For reservations, call (800) 223-3845.

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