The region which flanks the Aegean Sea is surrounded by verdant mountains filled with an abundance of flora and fauna. Beginning in Thrace the coast so takes in the Gallipoli Peninsula, where the European Allies fought the Turks for control of the Dardanelles Strait in 1915. In nine months the fighting was to claim the lives of some 500,000 soldiers and sailors. From the peninsula you cross the straits to visit the ancient City of Troy
At Pergamum you can visit the Lıbrary, the Acropolis, the Temple of Trajan and the Asclepion, home of the famous physician Galen. Just a short drive away is the City of Ephesus. Listen to the marvellous acoustics in the Great theater, where St Paul preached and walk down the Sacred Way, past the façade of the Library of Celsus and the Temple of Artemisa, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Above the city, on Mount Pion, is the House of the Virgin Mary, were Mary lived, after fleeing Jerusalem, following the crucifixion of Christ. In the town of Bodrum the medieval castle of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem stands watch over the harbour. Enjoy a mud bath at the spa center near Dalyan and take a gentle boat trip through the delta and sail past the rock carved, cliff side tombs of Caunos.