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Bodrum-KNIDOS-INCE BURUN-DATCA-DISLICE OR BENCIK BAY – SELIMIYE-HISARONU – LORYMA – SERCE BAY-FETHIYE GULF-GOCEK
Fully enjoy in all the beauty the coastline and all of the hidden gems that Turkey and Greece have to offer! Starting from Bodrum, explore the most famous destination, become one with nature, escape crowds and experience Turkish lifestyle. This route truly offers almost everything you could wish from a nice gulet cruise.
Embarkation in Bodrum harbor around 4 p.m. with welcome meeting and introduction to the crew as well as a briefing about the yacht and upcoming itinerary along with sea maps. You may visit the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Cruise to a nearby bay for swimming, snorkeling and overnight.
The nice afternoon will be spent in this beautiful town…
and overnight stay.
SUNDAY: Knidos-Ince Burun-Datca
You’ll sail to Knidos to explore the many ancient ruins which remain from this former Dorian capital and center to medicine and therapy. Knidos was one of the largest ports in antiquity, with one harbor facing the Aegean and one south opening to the Mediterranean (Praxiteles, one of the greatest sculptors of the ancient world, caused much outrage with his nude statue of Aphrodite, bringing in even more ships and wealth to this number of the Dorian Hexapolis).
The harbor has excellent waters for swimming and snorkeling. Later in a day, you’ll sail down to Ince Burun for lunch, swimming, canoeing and relaxing. In the afternoon the yacht continues to the small port town of Datca. The inland ”old Datca” village, a few km from the harbor, is well worth a walk through its paved narrow streets winding their way around old stone houses. Near old Datca, there is a beautifully restored Ottoman mansion now a hotel-museum ”The Mehmet Ali Aga Mansion”, where you might be tempted to have a drink or a meal. Overnight in Datca or a bay nearby.
You’ll sail to Knidos to explore the many ancient ruins.
The small port town of Datca is very charming.
Monday: Dislice or Bencik bay – Selimiye
Cruise to Dislice or Bencik bay for a swimming break. Later you’ll pass through stunning pine enclosed bays to the charming little village of Selimiye. Selimiye is close to Serce Bay, the harbor in which so many ships were wrecked when trying to take shelter from storms in past. Evening in Selimiye or Dirsekbuku Bay.
Try out traditional food
Explore the hidden gems along the coast…
Enjoy in pristine nature and clear blue sea.
Tuesday: Hisaronu – Loryma – Serce Bay
Cruise through the striking, stark islands of Hisaronu on one side and the Anatolian mainland on the other. View the transition in the scenery from pine forests and rocky coastal islands. Lunch at Loryma – Bozukkale Bay) with an optional walk to visit the magnificent Rhodian shore fort guarding the Loryma harbor where Demetrius assembled his great fleet in 305 BC before attacking Rhodes. Evening at Serce Bay; famous for being a refuge for boats from severe weather and home to one of the greatest shipwrecks found in Turkey.
Get lost among Hisaronu bays…
…and have some fun!
After breakfast, you will head to Ekincik for a not to be missed engaging tour of ancient Lycia, one of the highlights of a Blue Cruise. Embark upon a flat bottomed, local river boat to visit the environmentally protected Dalyan Delta wetlands, with their beautiful tall reeds and diverse wildlife. Continue on to the ruins of Caunos, including the extravagant Lycian tomb carved directly into the cliff sides. Continue up the river and indulge in the famous mineral mudbaths reputed to bring a rosy glow to the skin. On there turn, visit Iztuzu beach, home to the Caretta Caretta loggerhead turtles.
Evening in Ekincik Bay.
Enjoy in charming Ekincik…
and discover where the action is!
THURSDAY: Fethiye Gulf
Sailing to Fethiye Gulf with many bays and coves well suited for resting, swimming, hiking, or fishing. Follow the soft path behind the cove of Kapi Creek for a quick walk for spectacular views over the Meditteranean. Overnight into Sarsala cove or Tomb bay.
Here you’ll find many places for different activities…
from swimming to hiking, or perhaps simply relaxing on the beach.
FRIDAY: Tersane – Gocek
The largest island in the Gulf of Fethiye is the island of Tersane (Dockyard). A deep channel, 100 wide, provides entry to the inlet of Tersane. Tersane Island which was formerly called Telandria was inhabited in the past, but nowadays you can see only the remains of the ruined houses of the island. Cruise to Bedri Rahmi cove-one of the most important inlets of the gulf. Bedri Rahmi Eyupoglu was one of the first discoverers of the Blue Voyage, painted a fish on a rock behind a fountain in 1973 which is why the inlet has been named after him. Cruise to the mysterious Yassica isles, for swimming and relaxation. Overnight in Gocek harbor or a nearby bay.
The largest island in the Gulf of Fethiye is the island of Tersane
Later you’ll head to Gocek a magical place that will take a special place at your heart.
Check-out is till 09:00 a.m. – after breakfast you will have to say goodbyes to the crew. Your cruise will finish where you have started it 7 days ago – Gocek port. If you haven’t visited the city center or you missed anything else you were interested to see on the first day, we strongly suggest to do it before leaving. Before you check-out, Goolets representative will give you one last visit on board to check how everything went and if you need any further assistance (transfers, suggestions on how to spend the day till your flight and similar).
MATCHING THIS ITINERARY TO THE BEST POSSIBLE GULETS
Not every gulet owner & captain is the same or will cruise this route in the same way. Some owners may prefer to stay most of the evenings on the anchor, while others will seek small pier and tie the gulet there. One owner might show you 4 different bays and towns in a day, while others will stay in the same place for the entire day. Some captains prefer to arrive at ports early – while some do it later. Everyone has their own ways.
The most important thing for you is to realize what YOU LIKE – finding the gulet that can make your wishes a reality.
We will help you with this process. We are experienced, and we know each which owner will suit each of the groups and make them super happy.
So let us know about your wishes and keep in mind that small details (as mentioned above) – will make your cruise an incredible experience.
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