DESCRIPTIONCaria is a special region for us as had created a long distance hiking trail called "Carian Trail" in the region. The reason made us to start this project is the magic beauty of the landscape, its rich history, numerous archeological sites and its location where two seas meet; Aegeanand Mediterranean.Caria was always an important area in history as it is the meeting point of east and west, inland and water. That made Caria always a meeting point for different civilizations. Several civilizations lived here, some original Anatolian Civilizations like Carian People which gave their name to the area some who came here and conquered and lived for a while and left their heritages like Persians and Romans.
Caria became very famous in antiquity in 4. Century B.C. by Mausolos; the Carian King who built the magnificient grave for himself and his wife (also his sister) Artemisia. His tomb was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and all monumental tombs after him are called Mausoleum after him.
DAY 1. Koycegiz Lake – Mud Bath - Caunos – Iztuzu Beach
We have a day on the boat with several stops along the Dalyan Delta. The delta which connects the lake to the sea is a naturally magnificient. We start the day with a visit to famous Mud Baths in the morning before the crowds arrive. After meeting the boat we head to Koycegiz Lake for a swim break. Lunch will be on the boat. After the lunch on the boat with local mezes and barbeque we start to explore the famous site of Kaunos. The ancient city had been founded in the borders of ancient Caria and Lycia and has the characters of both regions. Some of the impressive ruins of the site is the theater, roman bath, temples and the ancient fountain. At the end of the day we have a swim break in the Mediterranean in the sandy beach of Iztuzu. Iztuzu beach is also an important nestling area for the sea turtles – caretta caretta.
DAY 2. Lagina – Stratonikeia – Labranda – Milas (Mylasa)
We sart our tour with the magnificient temple of Hekate in Lagina. After exploring the sanctuary we head on to Stratonikeia which was the main city of Lagina. Stratonikeia was one of the main city in Caria region which was founded in Helenistic ages. There was a modern village settlement on top of the site till a few decades ago which made an interesting contrast with the historical site. Lastly we visit the very famous sanctuary city of Labranda. It was the satellite city of early capitol of Mylasa. Andron, the temple, propylon, holy staircase are the remarkable remains of the city. Lastly we explore the ancient ruins of Milas (Mylasa). Ancient mausoleum of Hekatomnos has been recently found in the city And as it said it is one of the most important archeological explore of the century. Baltali Kapi (Double – headed axe gate), Gumuskesen Grave Monument and Hungarian Houses are the other interesting monumets to see in the town.
DAY 3. Bodrum Underwater Archeology Museum – Mausoleum - Pedasa
Bodrum Museum which was the castle of the Knights and built in 15th century. It has been converted to underwater museum and chosen several times as the most successful museum of Europe, it has very interesting remains from different periods and different areas of Turkey. The most famous section is Uluburun known as the oldest shipwreck of the world dated to 14 century B.C. We visit the Mauseleum which was one of the seven wonders of ancient world. After lunch in the town we head on to Pedasa which was the capitol of Lelegian civilization. Lelegians was an another tribe lived in Carian region in the ancient times. The ruins here are different than any other Carian city and the site is in a peaceful location in the forest.