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2008

Tombs above the Dalyan River

In 2007 we had a busy and successful season including the coast of Turkey, the Aegean & Ionian waters of Greece, and Montenegro & Croatia in the Adriatic.  By popular request we will be repeating these adventures...

.........We start in TURKEY and then set off across the AEGEAN - through the Dodecanese Islands, on to the spectacular Cyclades Islands and then through the Corinth Canal, or around the Peloponnese following the routes of the old spice trade along the rugged coastline with its strategic forts and castles.  We journey on through the wealth of the IONIAN, not forgetting the appeal of mainland ports and sites, up to CORFU.  In the Adriatic, Albania's tourism is now in its infancy and thereafter there is the coast and many islands of MONTENEGRO and CROATIA, a huge and varied area to explore!!  Furthermore to the west we have ITALY, SARDINIA, CORSICA & FRANCE !!

We are looking forward to tailor-made itineraries exploring where-ever wished and we do hope that you might join us to enjoy the best of the Mediterranean culture, cuisine and climate!

Please read on for a taste of these areas:

Consider the feast of natural beauty, ancient civilizations, unspoilt countryside, deserted anchorages, little fishing villages, lively ports, welcoming people, Mediterranean sunshine delicious cuisine and fine wines! .........

In Croatia there 5,835 km of coastline and 1,185 islands (66 of which are inhabited)!  In the north is the largest peninsula of Istria, inside which is the Gulf of Kvarner with its liberal scattering of islands.  Continuing south is the Dalmatian coast with a wealth of variety from the beautiful "moonscape" and subtle colours of the Kornati National Park, virtually uninhabited with over 90 islands, through to larger green  islands such as the beautiful Hvar and Korcula.  Hvar is famed for its excellent wines and lavender, the main port is presided over by a hilltop fortress and it has a picturesque harbour,  chic cafes and restaurants, elegant palaces and a Renaissance Catherdral. Korcula has a beautifully preserved medieval town.  The grand historic mainland city of Dubrovnik contrasts with tiny traffic free islands known as the Elaphites, and with the island of Mljet.  In the Mljet National Park are dense indigenous forest and two interconnected saltwater lakes, the larger of which has an exquisite island crowned by a Benedictine Monastery.

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In Montenegro there are many little known delights in this spectacular country.  The beautiful coastline culminates in the extensive Gulf of Kotor which has three basins with many places of interest.  The outer basins have the ports of Herceg Novi and Tivat.  The inner basin includes the fascinating mediaeval walled city of Kotor with walls extending up the mountainside, the attractive village of Perast and two nearby islands of Gospe od Skrpjela and Sveti Djordje with their churches and a museum... all set in extraordinary fjord-like scenery. 

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In Ionian Greece there are the seven islands of Heptanesoi; Corfu, Paxoi, Andipaxoi, Levkas, Ithaca, Cephalonia and Zakinthos.  Each island has an individual character, their colourful history is reflected in ancient ruins through to architecture showing the influence of France, Italy and even the English.  The green countryside has fields, a variety of trees and olive trees on the lower land, whilst higher up there are pine trees and the aromatic Mediterranean maquis.  The luxuriance of the islands is in contrast to the mountains of mainland Albania and Greece which curve inland north of Preveza.  There is much of interest.... the Gulf of Amvrakia, inland from the port of Preveza, with many ancient sites scattered around its edge..... the salt marshes alongside the Levkas Canal......  the inland sea bordered by Levkas, Ithaca and Cephalonia..... the almost English landscape of Zakinthos ..... the rocky slopes of the Pelaponnisos, much favoured by those seeking wild uncommercial Greece,...... and much more.

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In Aegean Greece there is a huge variety of islands, each quite individual.  The colouring is sensational in the Aegean light - sunbaked islands, vivid blue sea and dazzling whitewashed houses.   Be it a large sophisticated island or a small rural one, the influence of earlier great civilizations is always nearby.  There are several groups of islands ......  the Sporades,  the Cyclades (including Santorini, Mikinos, Ios, Milos, Paros, Naxos, Kea, Tinos & Andros) and the Dodecanese (including Patmos, Lipsos, Leros, Kalimnos, Kos, Nisiros, Tilos, Simi, Halki, Rhodes and Karpathos).  All these groups hold a wealth beauty, history and culture,  and the sailing is excellent. The Dodecanese islands neighbour Turkey and excellent itineraries can be prepared to savour both countries.  

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In Turkey there are the dramatic Gulfs of Gulluk, Kos, Doris and Simi, rural areas of anchorages and islands, steeped in history with  the ruins of ancient cities and solitary monasteries, with fertile valleys and wild mountains, and with the larger ports of Datca and Bodrum.  These gulfs provide excellent sailing conditions with a choice of stops after a short hop or a longer sail. Continue East past more fascinating sites and anchorages to the large port of Marmaris and then the famous Dalyan river with the remains of the city of Caunos. East again to Fethiye bay with the sophisticated port of Gocek, the many islands and bays, and the old market town and port of Fethiye.  Then on to St. Nicholas's Island, Olu Deniz and past the seven capes to Kalkan, Kas, Kekova and Kale.  All these beautiful places abound with relics and ruins. It would take months to discover the delights of this varied coastline.  For more detailed descriptions please see our Turkey page.

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Combine Turkey and Greece in one holiday! - We can plan an itinerary to savour both countries, cruising the Dodecanese Islands and the neighbouring Turkish coast - experience the similarities and the contrasts in cuisine, culture and scenery.

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