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Dear Homo Sapiens, There is no need to continue reading this page. What follows is intended for search engine robots and spiders and not necessarily for human beings. Further information concerning gulets charter sailing Turkish Lycia may be obtained by clicking on the maroon links immediately above. Thank You. You may be searching for information concerning sea birds such as the Great Albatross depicted at right. These magnificent winged phenomena are unfortunately found mostly in the Antarctic and not at all in the Mediterranean. Sorry. Unfortunately because as Samuel Taylor Coleridge related more than two hundred years ago, the albatross is a good omen and is said in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner to have led the mariner's ship out of Antarctic ice and mist and away from danger. That is, until the mariner committed the unpardonable sin of shooting the albatross, whereupon sea spirits intervened and held the mariner's ship becalmed with water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink. But no such fate awaits charter guests aboard Albatros A. So whatever the reason you came to this page please consider remaining. Albatros A sails the coast of Turkish Lycia, sometimes spelled with a k or Greek kappa. She does so from her home port in Gocek, Turkey, twenty-five minutes by road from the international airport at Dalaman (DLM). The coast of ancient Lycia is characterized by white-sand beaches backed by lower slopes of Taurus mountains bordering on turquoise sea. In fact, the coast of ancient Lycia is known as the Turquoise Coast. This web page deals as much with Turkish Lycia as with a crewed charter yacht sailing the coast of Turkish Lycia the name of which is Albatros, Albatros A to distinguish her from her sister gulet Albatros F. Should you be visiting this web page in error, take a look anyway. Keep it in mind for your next holiday. On the other hand, should you be here in search of a yacht sailing the coast of Turkish Lycia, you have come to the right place. The yacht Albatros A comfortably accommodates eight guests in four guest cabins while sailing between Gocek and Antalya, respectively ancient Callimache and ancient Attalia. Gocek actually sits on the border between ancient Caria and ancient Lycia twelve nautical miles up the Gulf of Gocek from open sea. Thus most Albatros A outings are characterized by an initial period of flat-water sailing. From the gulf Albatros A usually sails southeast under precipitous mountains along a shoreline punctuated with white-sand beaches behind which are, literally, dozens of archaeological sites each with a history to relate. That's only one of the reasons this part of the world is termed the crossroads of history. Herodotus who authored the world's first history text, entitled History, did so at Carian Halicarnassus, modern Bodrum, little more than a hundred miles up the coast from Gocek. Homer who authored pre-history's Iliad and Odyssey was born at either Chios or nearby Smyrna not much more distant. That epic poet described in some detail Lycian heroes allied with Trojans in defense of Troy. Troy then controlled the Hellespont today known as the Dardanelles. Troy was also said to be sheltering Helen, the former Queen of Sparta. She was said to have the face that launched a thousand ships. Thus, it is said, the Greek siege of Troy. The Greeks, of course, were also in need of grain transiting the Trojan Hellespont from the Black Sea coast of Anatolia. And that's a fact. Herodotus, too, dwelled on Lycians at length in his treatment of Xerxes' 480 BCE invasion of Greece. Lycia at the time consisted of independent entities paying taxes to Xerxes, the Great King of Persia. Kybernis, (Lesser) King of Xanthos, commanded Lycian triremes accompanying Xerxes to the Battle of Salamis near Athens, and as the Harpy Tomb of Kybernis now in the British Museum archaeologically dates from the year of the battle, we can surmise he fell at Salamis. Earlier in life, however, Kybernis could often be found patrolling the Lycian coast aboard one of his galleys, each about 128' in length and propelled by 170 Lycian oarsmen, defending not only against Athenians but against pirates, as well, most of whom were also Lycian. Keriga the grandson or great grandson of Kybernis in 439 BCE met invading Athenians under Melasander behind these beaches. On this occasion it was the Athenian who fell. We know because Keriga's inscribed pillar tomb at Xanthos tells us so. Payava, the fourth century BCE warrior-aristocrat whose tomb (above) was in 1843 removed with the Harpy Tomb from Xanthos to the British Museum in London, also patrolled these waters. It was likely Payava who put an end to the dynastic ambitions of Pericles of Limyra. Pericles, also Lycian, had been busy absorbing the city states of Lycia until running up against Payava's Xanthos. Payava's tomb has been archaeologically dated to between 375 and 360 BCE. A sarcophagus decorated in elaborate relief, one of its panels depicts a horsed Payava victorious over light infantry appearing to be Greek peltasts. As Athens was in this period licking Peloponnesian and Corinthian War wounds, however, the peltasts must have been in the employ of someone else, and the only someone else at war in Lycia during those years was Pericles of Limyra. This would-be king briefly wrested much of Lycia from Persian control before disappearing from history about the time of Payava's later life. Paradoxically, Pericles' dynastic ambitions so angered the Great King of Persia that he gave all of Lycia to Mausolus of Caria. Mausolus later gave us the word mausoleum to describe monumental tombs like his own. Now lest you conclude Lycia is nothing but tombs, we remind you of the aforementioned white-sand beaches one of which is depicted at the right. Come visit with us in Gocek. There we can put you aboard a crewed gulet for the holiday of a lifetime. We can put you aboard a charter gulet with an experienced crew able to show you the entire coast of Lycia, able to show you locations of the aforementioned tombs and able to show you locations of the aforementioned white-sand beaches. Come join us aboard Albatros A, a smart crewed gulet charter sailing Turkish Lycia. Contact Charter Yachts Turkey today at firstname.lastname@example.org