Turkey: The Turkish Riviera
The Turkish Riviera stretches along more than a thousand kilometers of shoreline through Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. The storied coast is now a trendy destination for luxury yacht charters. Superyacht marinas with upscale facilities, celebrity beach clubs and nightspots, fine dining, fabulous shopping and jaw-dropping World Heritage sites, make Turkey a posh and stimulating adventure.
Customize Your Turkish Riviera Charter Itinerary
Design your journey around your interests. Plan to include historic harbors, shipwreck dives, secluded beaches and/or archeological sites. Linger in picturesque villages or explore vibrant cities with world-class shopping, dining, museums, spas and entertainment. Turkey is a captivating country. Here, fact and mythology, the ancient and the modern, the natural and manmade are seamlessly interwoven. Welcome to an extraordinary and complex profusion of sites and experiences.
Bodrum, Ancient Halicarnassus
The sweeping harbor of Bodrum was known to ancient mariners as Halicarnassus. This is a popular port of embarkation for private yacht charters cruising the southwestern coast of the Aegean Sea. The harbor welcomes international visitors. You’ll find a variety of restaurants, shops, and seaside cafes.
Visit Bodrum Castle, built by the Crusaders in the 15th century. Visit the fascinating Museum of Underwater Archeology. Peruse the bazaar. Experience a bath at a Turkish hamam.
The shipyards of Bodrum build sailing Gulets that fill the harbor. Methods of traditional craftsmanship date back to the Ottoman Empire. For the romantic, the purist, traditionalist or historian, chartering a crewed gulet is quixotic. Bodrum is easily reached from Istanbul and many other European cities, as it has an international airport 20 minutes inland.
Marmaris, Superyacht Destination
This charming resort town is known as Turkey’s yachting capital. The vast bay lies between two intersecting mountain ranges. The seafront is a seven-mile promenade of organized beaches, hotels, restaurants, galleries and shops. Plan a half day yachting excursion along the mountainous shoreline. You’ll cruise past secluded coves, lovely beaches shaded by pines, and ruins of ancient cities.
Göcek, Playground of the Rich and Famous
Experience the grandeur of the Turquoise Riviera. Göcek lures Turkish and foreign yachtsman, international celebrities and high profile jet-setters. The first-class infrastructure includes three upscale marinas. Göcek is the popular weekend retreat of the Turkish upper class. Browse upmarket shops, dine in fine restaurants and enjoy good entertainment.
Beyond the waterfront the landscape is picturesque and tranquil. Cruise around the beaches and coves of the Twelve Islands. Keep your camera at the ready for great photo opportunities. Go swimming, snorkeling, tubing and kayaking in clear water. The most popular anchorages include; Tersane, Kapı Creek, Cleopatra’s Bay, the obscure ruins at Lydae, Tomb Bay, or the lovely island of Katrancı.
Antalya is stunning. Take a seat on the bow. Watch the golden sand arc of Konyaalti Beach slip by. The city is a jumble of lavish resorts, pretty public parks, shops and restaurants. The flora of the Beydagları Mountains, rising just beyond the city, fragrance the air.
Antalya is the largest international sea resort on the Turkish Riviera with a population of about a million. The metropolis includes Old Antalya. This fascinating historic district houses exclusive boutiques, galleries and fine dining establishments lodged in, or in between, architectural relics. Opera, ballet and theatre performances at the reconstructed Roman theatre, in the intriguing Belek district, are another unforgettable experience.
Istanbul, East Meets West
Istanbul is magical, one of those places you vow to return to someday.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was designated as a European Capital of Culture in 2010. To explore all of the extraordinary sites sprawling across the entire city would take weeks. Therefore, plan a pre- or post-charter excursion in advance.
Go shopping. The elegant Istiklâl Caddesi, a pedestrian promenade located in the architecturally stunning Beyoglu district, is the Champs Elysees of Istanbul. At the opposite end of the retail spectrum, the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world, sells everything from souvenir trinkets to antique carpets. At markets and bazaars you are expected to bargain.
Istanbul is where modern and ancient coexist side by side. Sites of Byzantine and Ottoman architecture include the renowned 6th century Hagia Sophia. Upscale shops, restaurants and clubs are a back drop to street vendors and urban bustle. This remarkable city of contrasts should not be missed.
Some of our favorite places:
Kempinski Hotel Day Spa, Bodrum: This 59,201.5 sq ft spa has an excellent menu of deluxe treatments and a luxury Hammam for a royal Turkish bath. The Private Spa Suite is ideal for high-profile clientele.
International Antalya Sand Sculpture Festival, Antalya: An international gathering of sand sculpture artists’ creations that is visual candy for visitors of all ages. The sculptures at night take on Disney appeal lit by LEDs in rainbow colors.
Sunset Grill & Bar, Istanbul: Spectacular view of the Bosphorus, Bosphorus Bridge and Asian shoreline. Cocktails, fine dining, and entertainment.
Contact Select Yachts to customize your vacation of a lifetime. Let us find the perfect yacht, crew and itinerary to match your preferences. Trust us because we’ve been there. We know the ropes.
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