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GÖCEK-GÖCEK ISLAND KEKOVA-AĞA LIMANI BAY-GEMILE ISLAND-ÖLÜDENİZ-BUTTERFLY VALLEY-YEŞİLKÖY-KAŞ- KALKAN-GÖCEK
This route is a great choice for history lovers since the area between Gocek and Kekova has so many archeological sites and must-see places are beautiful.
But of course, there is so much more to this route that makes her ideal for gulet cruise ultimate getaway.
You will be able to enjoy in pristine nature, crystal clear seas, places with pine-covered hills and the most amazing sunny weather that never ends.
Discover all the jewels of this part of the Turkish coast and see our suggestions on how your perfect holiday could look like.
SATURDAY: Göcek – Göcek Island
Your cruise starts in Göcek port a natural harbor lying at the head of the Gulf of Fethiye on the Turquoise coast of Turkey. Protected by mountains, Gocek overlooks numerous islands and sheltered bays of this beautiful gulf. When you arrive at the city center, you will see a long street called Turgut Ozal Street that offers many outlets for antique and modern carpets and textiles, gifts shops, restaurants, etc. Or maybe experience something local like shave in a traditional barber with face massage. First overnight will be on anchor in one of the nearby bays with delicious big dinner served on board on a very quiet island.
One of the bays around Gocek.
Gemile island view.
SUNDAY: Ağa Limanı Bay– Gemile Island
Ağa Limanı is one of the most charming and peaceful bay with shimmering water, to stay safe for overnight.
If you want to stay active we recommend 30 – 40 min tough hike starting from the seaside following a path to reach to ( Lydia Khydai ) ancient ruins at the top of the hill. It is not an easy route but it is well worth taking if you are feeling adventurous.
Gemile island, the island of sailors; is an island located off the coast of Turkey been the city of Fethiye. On the island, there are the remains of several churches built between the 4th and 6th Centuries BC along with a variety of associated buildings. Archaeologists believe it was the location of the original tomb of St. Nichalous. Gulet will anchor down at St. Nicholas Island, where you will have time to walk up through the island’s ruins and sit and enjoy the magical sunset.
One of the bays around Gocek.
Gemile island view.
MONDAY: Ölüdeni̇z – Butterfly Valley – YEŞİLKÖY
Ölü Deniz is the most photographed beach in Europe. Here you also have the option of paragliding or just admiring a breathtaking view. For all paragliding enthusiasts, you will take off from Babadağ Mountain, 2000 m and fly over Ölü Deniz beach and Blue Lagoon. However, if you want this adrenalin rush we suggest looking into pre-booking this activity. If you do not feel so adventurous, we suggest taking a walk on the beach and enjoying an incomparable view that Oludeniz offers. Pay attention to the bottom of the lagoon which is covered with white and sparkling with lights from the nearby harbor.
Butterfly Valley is Located on Turkey’s famous, 500km Lycian Way and only accessible by water, the 86,000 square meters. Butterfly Valley is one of the most striking places. We recommend hiking to witness the view of thousands of butterflies covering the rocks and trees like a shawl – something you must never have seen or experienced before! It certainly isn’t a walk in the park, but with a rational mind and awareness for safety, the hike is entirely doable. There are two ways to get to the Butterfly Valley – one is through a waterfall and the other is through the village of Faralya. Whether you are a sports enthusiast or a nature lover, the beautiful sights will absolutely impress you! Just bear in mind that for hiking always follow the red paint and do not stray from it on the trail. Wear sturdy shoes, be attentive on where you put your feet and don’t rush the hike! Yeşil Köy is a village in the district of Kaş – and a safe bay for an overnight stay.
Worth to experience!
Goolets guests had fun paragliding during their honeymoon…
Kaş is a small charming fishing town built around remnants of ancient Antiphellos, surrounded by rugged cliffs. Being one of the most important towns of Lycia, Kas gained importance in Roman Times and eventually became the center in Byzantine times. From a little port, it has prospered to an important tourist attraction and the second major resort of the region! It has a rocky coastline, which provides unhindered access to gleaming waters. It is a perfect mix of different things that contrast each other beautifully like; sea and mountains, modern buildings and ancient ruins, this small resort exudes a special charm, which also comes from its easy-going, laid-back ambiance. Here you will have the chance to walk around the old city center and to experience some nightlife – if you wish.
Enjoy in local bars and caffees
Try out traditional food
Kaş is a small charming fishing town built around remnants of ancient Antiphellos, surrounded by rugged cliffs.
View of Kalkan town
WEDNESDAY: Kekova – Üçağiz
Kekova is a dreamland for cruisers and a very popular anchorage for sailors, who enjoys the history together with nature. This is a regular stop for gulets and charter boats. Kekova island and the town of Kale ( ancient Simena ); offers a combination of sunshine, swimming, and fascinating historic ruins. Along the edge of the island, fascinating half-submerged remains of a Lycian sunken city lay along with some remains from the Byzantine times. This area is protected World Heritage site, therefore, no swimming, diving or snorkeling is allowed in this area. Kekova is truly a natural paradise – beautiful bays with turquoise sea, nature, and history.
A fascinating Lycian necropolis, with chest – type thumbs spread out along the coastline, lies at Teimiussa, near the present-day Üçağız, on the mainland across from Kekova. Here you’ll spend a quiet night on board, simply relax on your gulet.
Enjoy in local bars and caffees
Leeton – Antique Lycian city
Excursion possibilities to Antique Lycian city Xantos ruins
Breakfast will be served in Fırnaz Bay which is very close to Kalkan Port. After breakfast and swim, we suggest having a cup of Turkish Coffee in one of the small coffee shops in the lovely Kalkan port. Furthermore, the town features many traditional white-colored houses, shutters and balconies bursting with colorful flowers. Narrow streets are lined with souvenir shops where you will find many people earning their living by making olive oil soap.
This lovely small hilltop town doesn’t have any ancient sites since it has been founded about 150 – 200 years ago by local Greek and Turkish people who named it ‘ Kalamaki ‘ village. The oldest building in the town is the mosque above the harbor which originally was a Greek Orthodox Church until the 1020s.
Try out traditional food
Narrow winding streets lined with souvenir shops lead down through traditional whitewashed houses…
Kalkan small hilltop town will amaze you!
FRIDAY: TURUNÇ PINARI – Göcek island – Göcek
You’ll spend a day in a secluded bay surrounded with green pine forests a nice beach with deep clear water for a relaxing swimming break to soon end your trip. This is a great opportunity to enjoy in some watersports too and later you’ll head for an overnight at Göcek island or Göcek town where you can go on late afternoon still.
Turunc Pinari Bay
Peaceful anchorage for the last evening.
The moment to say goodbye to your yacht and crew has unfortunately arrived. Check-out is till 9:00 a.m. – after breakfast. You will be finishing your cruise where you have started it 7 days ago – Gocek harbor. If you haven’t visited the city center 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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