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Day 1

Samos - Kusadasi (15 miles)

Day 2

Kusadasi - Didyma (45 miles)

Day 3

Didyma - Asin Bay (20 miles)

Day 4

Asin Bay- Bodrum (40 miles)

Day 5

Bodrum - Knidos (20 miles)

Day 6

Knidos - Datca (18 miles)

Day 7

Datca - Marmaris (50 miles)

Day 8

Marmaris - Rhodes (25 miles)

SAMOS: Samos's location played a great role in its development. It lies in the Eastern Aegean, very close to the coast of Asia Minor, in the heart of Ionia, almost midway along the sea route that links Greece with Anatolia, the Black Sea, Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean. The name Samos is most probably of Phoenician origin. Over time, however, it had many other names : Anthemis, Dryousa, Doryssa, Kyparissia, Imvrasia, Melamphylos, and Parthenia.

Greatest intellects and artists were from Samos. The mathematician-philosopher Pythagoras, with his celebrated theorem, the cornerstone of geometry, along with Rhoikos and Theodoros, the architects of the Sanctuary of Hera and pioneering sculptors, are the best known.

The capital, Samos Town or Vathi, is built on the verdant slopes that surround the island's deepest bay. It has retained its individual appearance, with its attractive neo-classical houses, old mansions with pastel facades. Do not forget that ancient Anthemousa (as the island was once called), with 1,100 known species of plants, including aromatic and medicinal herbs with a prehistory of thousands of years, has apart from its exceedingly tall plane trees, a large number of wild orchids (about 50). "Samos" ouzo, which has been produced by its original recipe since 1910, is one of the most popular drinks on the island. Also keep in mind that Samos produces many different kinds of wine and is known as one of the best places to grow the Muscat grapes. The most popular wines are the worlds famous 'sweet Samos wine' and the 'Samos nectar'.

The cave of Pythagoras is located at the Eastern side of mount Kerkis and is a distance of 3 km from Kampos Marathokampou. The cave got its name from the philosopher Pithagoras who found a refuge there for meditation. In order to get there, you have to climb about 300 m the rocky slope of the mountain Kerkis. Well worth the hike. Also located in this area is the beach of Chrisi Ammos (golden sand) which is probably the most beautiful beach of Samos. It is a wide sandy beach surrounded by pine-trees. It's about 600m wide. The water is green and clean and it's rather shallow.

Varsamo beach is located on the southwestern part of the island by the village of Kalithea. It is and amazing beach surrounded by steep rocks and is 200 m in length. Varsamo has green and black pebble and deep clean waters.

Potami is in the area of Karlovasi, a very beautiful bay with little white pebbles, deep and clear waters, covered with pinetrees. Samos offers visitors many possibilities of enjoying local specialities and traditional Greek cuisine in general. Both the town and the countryside have beautiful little coffee shops where one can have a coffee, refreshments or traditional sweets. The island's picturesque tavernas and restaurants serve a great variety of delicacies for every taste. In the town of Samos, there is taverna 'O Tasos', and the ouzo places 'Katoy' and 'The Odeon'. They serve tasty spinach pies and pumpkin pies. A walk to the Pithagorio should be combined with dinner at 'Varka' or 'Faros'. In Manolades, one should eat at 'Paradisos' restaurant, which offers a great variety of dishes. Every dish is served with top quality local wine.

KUSADASI: Kusadasi is located on the Aegean coasts of Turkey, 75 km south of Izmir. This beautiful town offers an enormous potential of tourism with outstanding natural beauty and rich historical remains of past civilizations. A small settlement founded by Ionian settlers and known as Neapolis, is known to have existed at the site even in ancient times, but it was always over shadowed by its mighty neighbor Ephesus.

Ephesus is 18 km from Kusadasi and is the most popular ancient site in western Turkey and deservedly so. Ephesus became the most important city of Asia Minor throughout several civilizations and once was thriving with as much as 200,000 inhabitants. The high lights of Ephesus are: The temple of Artemis, The Isa Bey Mosque, The Ephesus Museum and The house of Virgin Mary. Guvercin Adasi (Pigeon Island) is a small island close to the shores of Kusadasi. On the sharp rocks of the island rests a Byzantine castle also know as Pirate Castle. Today there is a teashop, a cafeteria, a restaurant and a discotheque to satisfy ones needs.

The beaches in Kusadasi guarantee endless fun and unlimited sunbathing during your holiday. The sandy beaches surrounding are; city beach, Yilanciburnu beach, ladies beach, Kustur beach (fabulous), Long beach and the beaches in Icmeler, Aydinlik, Kavakli, Karasu and Dipburun bays in the National Park present an ideal opportunity for you to sunbathe and swim. Especially the beaches, which are protected in the natural surroundings of the National Park, provide swimming in the clearest, most beautiful water you will ever experience. The National Park, which is under state protection and covers an area of 11000 hectares, hosts rare plants only found in the Mediterranean, reptiles, mammals and birds, and sea turtles.

Kusadasi is truly, a shopping paradise. The presence of many shops in and around Kusadasi provides the city with the appearance of a huge shopping centre. Historically, Kusadasi has always been a harbour city with extensive trade. It still preserves that quality today. Being one of the most important Turkish handicrafts bearing thousand of years of Anatolian motifs, Turkish carpets are being introduced to the customers by large and small shops in Kusadasi. The leather products such as leather jackets, trousers and coats that are completely produced in Turkey following the latest in fashion are also very attractive for the customers. Moreover, rich variety of jewels and hundreds of pieces designed with precious stones from antique Anatolian designs to modern day designs.

'The Mill Restaurant', located in Mevkii, Kusadasi,, will let you taste the different Turkish dishes in a natural environment. Most of the foods served are produced on the owners' farm. For those into nightlife 'Ecstasy Disco', which is located on Sakarya Street, is a classic. With its two floors, folding roof, vast space, 3 bars, exciting sound and a professional staff, having fun in 'Ecstasy Disco' has no limits.

DIDYMA: The word Didyma meant "twins" and was associated by some as being the meeting place of Zeus and Leto to have their twins Apollo and Artemis. Didyma was famed as a prophecy centre dedicated to Apollo, which served a similar purpose as the Delphi of Anatolia. It was not a city but a sanctuary. In addition to pilgrimages made by sea, some festivals of drama, music and sports were held there every four years.

The Temple of Apollo was one of the antiquity's most sacred places. The temple was looted and burned many times but the sanctuary still impresses with its elegant beauty. Not far from the archaeological site lies the beautiful beach of Altinkum, which is ideal for a dip in the cool Mediterranean Sea..

ASIN BAY: Asin Bay an utmost landlocked cave was the ancient harbor for Lassus. A short walk will take you to the ruins of ancient Lassus that lie amongst olive groves with donkeys and cows grazing in the ancient agora (market) and temple. The city was supposed to have been founded by Peloponnesians from Argos. The knights of St. John built the fort on the top of the craggy hump, which over all is an enchanting site.

BODRUM: is a town of whitewashed houses hung with bougainvillea's rising in tiers on the green hill overlooking a dazzling blue bay at the entrance to which stands a medieval castle built by the Knights of Rhodes. Here, where the Aegean and the Mediterranean meet, is one of Turkey's loveliest holiday resorts, with its long palm lined waterfront and its marina full in the summer with elegant yachts. Not far from town, you can swim in absolutely clear, friendly, warm seas. Underwater divers, especially, will want to explore the numerous reefs, caves and majestic rock formations. The waters offer up multicolored sponges of all shapes and sizes, octopus and an immense variety of aquatic life.

Bodrum, known in ancient times as Halicarnassus, was the birthplace of Heredotus and the site of King Mausolus's Tomb (4th century B.C.), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In the harbor, the Bodrum Castle, or the medieval castle of St. Peter, is a fine example of 15th-century crusader architecture, and has been converted into the Museum of Underwater Archeology, with remains dating as far back as the Bronze Age. The stunning panoramic view from Göktepe, nearby, is much photographed by visitors to the Museums' second-century theater.

The beautiful Bodrum Peninsula suits holiday makers interested in a subdued and relaxing atmosphere. On the southern coast, Bardakçi, Gümbet, and Bagla are fine sandy beaches. On shore you can enjoy quiet walks through the orange and tangerine groves bordering the beaches. Ortakent has one of the longest stretches of sandy beach in the area and offers an ideal place for relaxing in solitude. One of the most beautiful beaches on the Bodrum peninsula, Karaincir, is ideal for lively active days by the sea and relaxed, leisurely evenings with local villagers. Finally, Akyarlar enjoys a well-deserved reputation for the fine, powdery sand of its beach.

In Karaada, which lies close to Bodrum, you can bathe in the grotto where the warm mineral waters flowing out of the rocks are believed to beautify the complexion. The translucent and deep waters of the Gulf of Gökova, on the southern shore of the Bodrum peninsula vary from the darkest blue to the palest turquoise, and the coastline is thickly wooded with every hue of green. In the evening, the sea reflects the mountains silhouetted against the setting sun, and at night it shimmers with phosphorescence.

Shopping is a delight in Bodrum. Leather goods of all kinds, natural sponges, and the local blue glass beads are among the bargains to be found among the friendly little shops around the narrow, white walled streets. Here, you will find woven rugs, carpets, leather sandals, embroidery; and lovely original leisure clothes in soft cotton.

Up a winding street opposite the Karada Marina one will find the 'Secret Garden' restaurant. The modern Mediterranean food prepared by the owner-chef is beautiful and colorful, sometimes unique and always totally delicious. The menu includes such delights as grilled octopus with lemon and dill, scallop and prawn gratin, olive crust sea bass with creamy spinach, and tender fillet steak with roasted tomatoes.

'Agora' Restaurant offers its guests the superb flavors of succulent food served in the most enjoyable ambiance in Bodrum, the atmosphere of soothing pastoral charm. The numerous native Anatolian artifacts, waterfalls, artificial lake, animal enclosures, bird sanctuary and children's park, all set in wide open spaces of natural beauty, provide a dreamy setting to dine and to while the hours away.

Now for the nightlife which Bodrum is well known for. The 'Velibar', probably the oldest bar in town, offers live music in a warm and relaxing atmosphere. The 'M & M Dancing Club' is highly recommended for its quality standard in music and decoration. Situated on the beach offering a marvelous view of the castle is the 'Fora' bar. For authentic Turkish music and belly dancing visit the 'Fasil Café Rasit'. A nice little café called the 'Mavi' invites you for a drink while taking a look at its fine art gallery. And finally the most well know disco, 'Halikarnass Disco' will offer you entertainment to the wee hours of the morning.

KNIDOS: At the end of the peninsula (38 km from Datca) stands the ancient Carian city of Knidos, described by Strabo as "a city that was built for the most beautiful of goddesses, Aphrodite, on the most beautiful of peninsulas." Famous as a center of art and culture in the fourth century B.C. the city had two harbors: one on the Aegean and the other on the Mediterranean. The remains of a circular temple dedicated to the goddess of love overlook the two harbors; the arcaded way was built of white marble, heart shaped columns. The legendary Aphrodite of Praxiteles statue, one of the most beautiful sculptures of antiquity, once graced this temple.

DATCA: The Datca Peninsula provides a natural boundary between the Aegean Sea, the Gulf of Gokova to the north, and the Mediterranean Sea, the Gulf of Hisarnonu to the south. In Datca whitewashed buildings hung with bougainvilleas decorate the town.

The marina is on the southern bay; while swimmers prefer the northern bay. Around the marina bars, cafes and a wide selection of shops keep the tourist interested. Some shops remain open well into the evening. Relaxing over a pre-dinner drink and then a delicious meal in a welcoming restaurant is a popular way to spend the evening hours. Of course, the local eateries offer both fresh fish and classical Turkish cuisine. With any remaining energy, take a stroll and find a disco to your liking to while away until the early morning hours. Out of Datca, either by road or by boat, you will find un-spoilt bays and golden sandy beaches. Kargi is one of the most popular.

MARMARIS: Situated on a bay, backed by rugged pine-clad mountains, Marmaris is one of the most attractive maritime parklands, ideal for water sports and sailing. In Marmaris, sample the typical Turkish cuisine in one of the marina restaurants and drink raki, anisette, the traditional Turkish way, over ice and diluted with water. Later stroll along the brightly lit and palm-lined promenade and indulge yourself at one of the ice cream vendors. Energetic entertainment at a lively bar or dancing until dawn at a sophisticated disco can end a perfect day. There are many good buys in Marmaris's boutiques, colorful bazaars and markets. You can find excellent leather and suede goods, copper and brassware, jewelry and objects carved of onyx. Turkish carpets, textiles and embroidery make good handcrafted souvenirs, and the locally produced pine-scented honey called cambali is superb.

Ancient Marmaris, Physkos, was an important stage on the Anatolia-Rhodes-Egypt trade route. In the 16th century Suleyman the magnificent had a citadel built on a hill, the remains of which can still be seen today. Swimmers should not miss Ataturk Park, to the east of Marmaris, where a shallow beach, extending to the bay leads to safe waters. The clear sea is warm enough for swimming from early May until late September. Marmaris also has horseback riding and tennis centers for the sports enthusiast. This is one of the few places in the world where you can delight in the heady aroma of the frankincense tree.

RHODES: is the third largest Greek Island and, officially, the sunniest place in Europe. The city is among the finest, not only in Greece but also in the whole of the Mediterranean. It is situated at the island's most northerly point and ringed by sea on the east and west. Rhodes (Rodos in Greek) combines the cosmopolitan character of a contemporary city with the picturesque of a medieval town, giving the impression of having been untouched by the passage of time.

Rhodes has a many of sites to offer its visitors, listed you will find the three most important: The ancient city of Rhodes was built amphitheatrically, before the port of the modern city, in 408 BC by Ippodamus. The roads were decorated with statues, the most beautiful being the statue of Ploutos. In the city stood magnificent temples, the most prominent being the temples of Helios and Isis.

Ancient Kamiros, brought to light by excavations in 1929, was one of the three powerful ancient cities of Rhodes. It was called "The Greek Pompeii" because nobody knows how the city was deserted and buried underground. The magnificent Venetian Castelllo Castle dominates the traditional village of Kritinia. Built by the knights in the 16th century BC on a precipitous cliff to fortify the western coast of the island.

The island's flora and fauna coexist at Rodini, a forest with running waters creating ponds and other aquatic plants. White and black swans swim in the ponds, and thousands of birds' sing. Millions of rare butterflies, which came from the Himalayas, form clouds as they move around in the Valley of the Butterflies. Lindos beach, located 5 km south of Kalithea, is a sheltered sweep of sandy beach backed by popular taverns and a maze of winding narrow streets. The beach at Fourni, south of the 'Monolithos', is sheltered and sandy. One can find a seasonal taverna to sit down and enjoy a traditional Greek lunch. Afandou is a charming village that successfully blends tradition and tourism. It spreads behind an 8 km sand and pebble beach.

The 'Sarantis' restaurant in Faliraki, which happens to be run by the Sarantis family, will provide you with a vast selection of Greek dishes along with fresh fish and seafood. 'Sarantis' is located on Ermou Street. While looking over the Aegean Sea do try the fresh fish (caught by their own fishing boats) at the restaurant 'To Limanaki' located in Kolimbia. Also in Kolimbia don't miss out on the superb taverna 'To Nissaki'. Situated on one of the nicest beaches of Rhodes 'To Nissaki' offers their freshest products well grilled on a charcoal grill. For an exotic and refreshing cocktail try 'The Splash' cocktail bar in Ialysos. 'Dinoris' restaurant is located in a friendly and pleasant atmosphere making you feel as if you were actually dining with 16th century Knights. 'Dinoris' is located in the main square, Rhodes.

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