Start and end your cruise in magical Bodrum – the ideal starting point for sailing the Turkish coast. On this route, you’ll get to enjoy in endless beauty of many islands, untouched bays, and cities full of history! Your days will be filled with many activities and endless possibilities to make your holidays the best of your life.
SATURDAY: Bodrum – Karaada
Bodrum is the ideal starting point for sailing the Aegean coast of Turkey. The Gökova Gulf is acknowledged to be one of the best cruising areas in Europe! With crystal clear waters, warm weather and continuous blue skies, good anchorages and friendly people, this coast has all the things you need for a good start of the cruise. You will also meet your crew and get familiar with your gulet yacht. Later on, after a nice welcome, you can explore one of the many unspoiled areas rich in natural beauty. However the most eye-catching is Bodrum Castle built in the 15th century, overlooking the harbor and the marina. After first impressions settle down you will head to Kara Ada a small Turkish island at the entrance of the harbor of Bodrum in the Aegean Sea. Here you will spend your night, unwind and enjoy in the starry night.
Bodrum is the ideal starting point for sailing…
and overnight stay.
SUNDAY: Nisyros Island
After delicious breakfast served by your crew, your Captain will lead you to volcanic Nisyros or Nisyros, a small Greek island in the middle of the Dodecanese complex. This island has lots of natural attractions and a rich cultural heritage whose inhabitants maintain and preserve each day. It is believed that Nisyros was created after a series of successive eruptions of the volcano, which is unique of its kind in Greece. The volcano of Nisyros island is considered to be still active and because of the easy access to its craters, thousands of tourists and scientists from all over the world visit it every year. Except for magnificent volcano you can enjoy in the pristine coastline, great swimming, and stunning views in picturesque villages of Nisyros. For those who want to stay active, there are over 40 hiking trails meaning avid hikers will be more than satisfied. Most are easy trails accessible to beginners too.
Dinner and overnight stay will be at this island until next morning when you will head to Nisyros island.
Town has an interesting history and many interesting locations.
MONDAY: Symi Island
This morning your will head to Symi that has the most beautiful harbor in Greece. You will enjoy in gorgeous landscapes and architecture of houses, some white, some pastel yellow, but all with Neo-Classical features. You will notice that here there are almost no modern concrete constructions, just old houses that are being resurrected for visitors. The spirit of the island remains intact and that brings the most value to it. Stroll around the port’s entire bay area, alongside the moored small boats and yachts. You will find many local shops open throughout the day, traditional cafes and fish tavernas… The clock tower, an island monument built might remind you on one from London since it is based on the design of London’s Big Ben. Later on, as the day goes by you can relax on the deck and enjoy in some delicious Greek food before the sleep.
Enjoy in local bars and caffees
Try out traditional food
The architecture of Simy island is simply marvelous!
Don’t forget to enjoy in some of the local restaurants.
TUESDAY: Rhodes Island
At the same time cosmopolitan and traditional, timeless and modern, simple and spectacular – Rhodes is ideal for beach and gulet cruise holidays. Rhodes lies between Crete and the near East in the Aegean ocean. It is also the biggest among the Dodecanese islands, named the sun Island since there are hardly any days when the sun is not shining. Considering that fact we can be guaranteed you will be back home with a good tan and great memories. Rhodes Island has also incredible amount little beaches, spots to go surfing, fishing, hiking… So you won’t miss a thing! Head back on board to enjoy in a great variety of superb local delicacies and spend your night in the harbor.
Try out traditional food
Discover the history of the Rhodes island.
Rhodes Island has also incredible amount little beaches, spots to go surfing, fishing, hiking…
WEDNESDAY: Kargili Bay – Datça
First stop today you will head to Kargili Bay a gorgeous bay ideal for you to drop anchor and unwind for a while. This is a great place to swim and relax on your gulet yacht. The bay has good shelter and is very peaceful, which makes it a perfect place to finish that book you have been meaning to read but never caught the time. After lunch served on board and refreshing morning you will heat to Datca harbor in Turkey. You may take a walk in Datca Harbor and watch the sunset with some drinks and snacks. You will notice locals and tourists enjoy the sun and sea until the evening, after which they move to one of the many cafes and restaurants that begin to fill up. Make sure to visit also the city center and its neighborhood where you’ll find some excellent bakeries, cafes, restaurants, and taverns. Overnight will be spent in this harbor in a relaxing atmosphere.
Try out traditional food
Explore streets in Old Datca Mugla City…
swim in the clearest sea and enjoy in some watersports!
THURSDAY: Inceburun – Palamutbükü
The new destination where your Captain will lead you to is Palamutbuku that is reputed for having the best beaches in the Datca peninsula. The beaches are small but very beautiful, surrounded by mountains and spotted with gardens. If you are looking for peace and quiet and these beaches are known for their tranquility and fresh sea air. You will definitely feel rejuvenated. Palamutbuku is located at the end of the peninsula and is also famed for the remains of the historic city of Knidos. After lunch, you will head to Knidos, located about 12 kilometers away. The waters there are crystal clear, so it makes it an ideal place swimming and snorkeling. You can feel free to meet the locals since people are warm and friendly. With its warm people with their smiling faces and immense natural beauty, Palamutbuku is indeed a little paradise.
Knidos is third stop and one of the most magnificent ancient cities in Anatolia that you should visit. Knidos has splendid ruins and a unique beauty worth of exploring for sure! There is a theater is located right next to the harbor of the ancient city of Knidos. And if you go a bit further a short walk towards the harbor will take you to the remains of two churches built during the Byzantine period. Knidos truly has many archaeological excavations. The Statue of the sacred temple of the goddess Aphrodite is a major center of attraction and impress all the visitors no matter if you are history fanatic or not. Spend the day on the beach or in the harbor watching the sunset full of warm hues that mix on the surface of the sea with a nice dinner.
Explore bars and cafes
Stay active and explore most out of the destinations offer.
Visit and explore the historic sites that are well preserved.
FRIDAY: Karaada – Meteor Bay
Black Island (Karaada) is located around 5 km away from Bodrum and is renowned for the immense healing power of its sulfurous waters and mud baths. The hot water and mud from the cave are believed to restore beauty and health. The hot water has a temperature of about 29-32 degrees and flows into the sea. Here you will have the opportunity of swimming in hot waters and take a mud bath after breakfast in the morning. After that relaxing activity, you will head to Meteor Bay that got its name from the belief that meteor fell down here long ago. This bay is special and praised for the delightful turquoise sea that is absolutely perfect and inviting for enjoying in water sports, swimming and chilling.
After a delicious lunch full of fresh food, and meals that are not only pleasing to the taste but to the eye as well you will go to Poyraz Bay. This is an ideal place for diving no matter if you are an expert, novice or it’s your first time! You can enjoy in interesting rock formations that start to appear at on depth of 5m and descend up to 20 m. Moray eels, starfish, octopus, and various other small fish will meet you on your journey. If you are lucky you will find fragments of ancient amphorae.
Crystal clear, aquamarine blue sea ideal for the last swim at Karaada…
and peaceful overnight stay.
Check out will back at the Bodrum, until 9 AM and then it will come time to say goodbye to your crew and Captain. If you want you can later before heading home further explore the Bodrum. Before you check-out, Goolets representative will come for 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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