Day 1: BODRUM
From Bodrum airport, transfer the short drive to the bustling resort town of Bodrum and board your luxurious sailing yacht. Your captain and crew will be waiting to welcome you on board in Bodrum Harbor. Year-round balmy temperatures, international marinas, elegant boutiques, chic cafés and nightclubs, and a variety of delightful dining experiences attract many to the vibrant Bodrum harbor. The 15th century Crusader castle, the world-class Museum of Underwater Archaeology, and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, bring an important historical dimension to this resort city.
Spend the first night on board in Bodrum harbor or a bay close by.
Day 2: GUMUSLUK
The charming fisherman’s cove and the seaside village of Gumusluk are located at the westernmost tip of the Bodrum Peninsula. This peaceful spot is one of the oldest settlements on the Bodrum peninsula, and it stands on the site of the ancient Carian city of Myndos whose seafront sections slid into the sea in a long-forgotten earthquake. While island hopping, you can anchor in some of the most secluded spots which let you really get the feel for the places that most visitors leave at sunset. We give you a boutique version of Island hopping, discovering historical sites, tiny harbor villages, untouched beaches and bays, and a choice of great activities; all while making you at home in the spacious comfort of your luxurious private cabin. On board, you enjoy the relaxed company of your fellow guests, large lounge areas and deck, immaculate crew service, and magical feast after a feast on board each day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The remains of Gumusluk’s ancient harbor walls are scattered at the base of the headlands just to the north and west of the village. Today these remains are a magnet for snorkelers and divers. In 2006 100 archaeologists descended on Gumusluk to start excavating the land, and so far they have uncovered further walls and mosaics. Don’t forget to bring a snorkel to explore the site where to where Brutus and Cassius fled in 44 BCE after having murdered the infamous Julius Caesar. Rabbit Island guards the entrance to the cove and harbors its own set of ruins connected to the mainland by way of a sunken ancient city wall that allows visitors to wade over from the village square. The island offers a beautiful panoramic view back to Gumusluk bay and beach.
Thanks to its archaeological value, Gumusluk is protected against development, which means- unlike many other holiday destinations- it has not been overexposed and can remain as remote, scenic and charming in the future as it is today. It increases in charm in the evening, when locals choose their favorite establishment from more than a dozen fish restaurants along the seafront, each displaying a wide variety of locally caught fish, seafood and meze dishes. The westerly aspect of Gumusluk provides some spectacular sunsets; aperitif in hand relax and listen out for the evocative sound of the single piston fishing boats chugging their way into the harbour- a pleasure not to be missed. There’s also a lovely quiet beach at the far end of the village.