The pristine waters of Turkey’s Ceramic Gulf will play host to a fascinating sailing expedition this June, led by archaeological tour specialist Peter Sommer Travels.

The eight-day tour Cruising the Ceramic Gulf explores the 100km stretch of water between the Bodrum and Datça peninsulas in south-west Turkey, combining spectacular scenery with a chance to explore the region’s magnificent ancient ruins.

Travelling aboard a traditional wooden gulet, the expedition weaves from site to site, passing stunning pine-fringed fjords and stopping for a chance to swim in the crystal waters of the Aegean. Guests will picnic in the sanctuary of the underworld goddess Hekate, wander through ruins on Cleopatra’s Island and explore the magnificent site of Knidos where decades of digging have revealed a beautiful and well planned city.

Beginning and ending in Bodrum, the tour also visits the site of the Tomb of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which was destroyed by earthquakes and gave its name to today’s word ‘mausoleum’.

Led by archaeologist and writer Heinrich Hall, Cruising the Ceramic Gulf costs from £2,065 per person twin share (approx NZ$3780) including seven nights’ accommodation and all meals aboard a traditional gulet, all crew services, entrance fees, archaeological excursions, expert guide and airport transfers (excludes flights).

Other upcoming expeditions by Peter Sommer Travels include the eight-day Cruising the Amalfi Coast (June 8-15, from £3595 per person twin share, approx NZ$6580) and the eight-day family expedition Cruising Western Lycia (July 20-27, from £2195 per person twin share and £2080 per child, approx NZ$4020 / NZ$3810).

For full details and bookings contact Peter Sommer Travels in the UK on 00 44 1600 888 220, or visit www.petersommer.com.