Turkish Riviera Blue Cruise Itinerary
Turkish Riviera, where occident and orient come together in a tantalizing fusion of flavors, cultures and history. Captain Bruno, of S/Y Point 02, declares it his favorite place to sail because of the many beautiful islands scattered off the mainland. Captain Stephan, of M/Y Özsarı, says high profile clients appreciate the level of service at the superyacht marinas and exclusive beach clubs. Captain Warren and Chef Elizabeth base their traditional gulet charter yacht, Lady Elizabeth, along this beloved coast.
Day 1: Gulf of Göcek
Embark in the afternoon from the marina in Göcek, a town in Fethiye district in Muğla Province, which is popular with visiting yachtsmen for beauty and amenities. Imposing mountains, thriving waterfront businesses, stunning beaches, six yacht marinas, a surround of rustic villages and wonderful islands make Göcek extra extraordinary. Anchor overnight in one of the forty anchorages of the Göcek Gulf.
Day 2: Oludeniz and Gemiler Island
Cruise to Oludeniz, a beach resort famous for the long stretch of white sand on a near motionless lagoon. The beach lies in the shadow of Mount Baba, a favorite leap of paragliders, and the starting point of the scenic Lycian Way walking trail. Drop anchor for the night at Gemiler Island. The north shore is lined with the ancient slips of Lycian and Byzantine pirate ships. The remains of an entire village can be reached on foot through a covered walkway to a basilica. Archeologists believe that St. Nicholas, patron saint of sailors, spent the end of his life here. He was originally buried at a church cut directly from the rock at the island’s highest point.
Day 3: Fethiye
Take breakfast on deck and be spellbound by the striking beauty that surrounds you in the Gulf of Fethiye. Float past majestic mountains with forests that conceal the crumbling foundations of elaborate cliff side tombs. The ornate monuments to Lycian kings that loom up behind Fethiye town mark the end of ancient footpaths that begin in the harbor. Explore the lively waterfront cafes, handicraft stalls, and souvenir shops. Meander up the twisting alleyways of Old Fethiye. Peruse the weekly local market, which is the biggest of the region. Spend a leisurely afternoon swimming in Fethiye Gulf, or dive one of many remarkable sites.
Tarzan Bay is suitable for both beginners and experienced divers. There are all kinds of small fish swimming among amphora that have been laying on the seabed for 1000s of years.
Amphora Bay is one of the oldest amphora sites in this area of Turkey and dates back to the Roman era of 300BC. Two large rock formations are home to white grouper, octopus, crayfish, moray eels, clownfish, fork tails, sea aubergine and sponges.
Day 4: Manister Bay, Cleopatras’ Bay, Wall Bay
Manastir Bay is a popular yacht charter destination for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and hiking. Pine forests encircle the bay and crystal clear water makes for excellent underwater visibility. At Cleopatra’s Bay, snorkel or wade about half submerged, medieval ruins. From here, hike the footpath up to the archeological site of Lydae to wander through the remains of ancient buildings including mausolea, agora foundations, statue remnants, Corinthian column sections, and inscribed pedestals from the Roman and Byzantine periods. Cleopatra, who traveled the Turquoise Coast, was here in 46 BC and again in 32 BC on her honeymoon with Marc Antony who was en route to Actium. Nearby swim, snorkel, and kayak around Wall Bay then cruise to Tomb Bay or Monastery Bay to anchor for the night.
Cold Water Bay is cooled by fresh water springs coming up under the sea and the shade of the hills that block late afternoon sun. A twenty minute walk up from the bay leads to the eerie ghost-town of Kayaköy, which fans of Louis de Bernieres will recognize from his novel Birds Without Wings as the fictional Eskibahçe. Tragically emptied by the Turkish-Greek population swap of 1923, the town was adopted by UNESCO as a World Friendship and Peace Village. Anchor overnight in the beautiful cove of Aga Limani at the foot of mountains fragranced by pine, eucalyptus and wild rosemary. It is an inspirational setting for a late afternoon hike.
Day 6: Dalaman River, Kaunos, Daylan
Anchor in Ekincik where charter guests can board a small fishing boat to sail to the delta of Dalaman River and swim at Caretta beach, a breading ground for loggerhead turtles. History enthusiasts will want to visit Kaunos Ruins and the town of Dalyan. For speedy, scenic, playful adventure go rafting along the Dalaman River through steep gorges, take a jeep safari, go forest mountain-biking or trekking. The therapeutic mud baths and thermal springs of Dalyan are a popular attraction with rejuvenating properties.
Day 7: Cennet Island, Marmaris
Although it’s called Cennet Island, it is actually Nimara Peninsula, completely covered in pine forest and located just across from Marmaris Bay. The trekking experience here is a must for any nature lovers. Go for a swim, then head up the beach to sip a refreshing Efes and sample a meze at one of many beachfront cafés. There is also an interesting gulet shipyard here.
Marmaris is Turkey’s yachting capital, nestled in the corner of an attractive, sheltered bay. Dock at the full service Marmaris Yacht Marina and step ashore to explore this lively tourist town. The seafront promenade is miles of hotels, shops and restaurants. The bazaar is a tangle of treasures, trinkets and local fare. There is a wide range of evening entertainment. Soccer fans have their own street of soccer bars: Ibrox Bar, Manchester United Bar, Newcastle Bar, and Liverpool Bar. Bar Street is hidden on an alleyway accessed through the bazaar. Girate to R&B, rock and alternative music until 4:00am. The resort hotels have traditional shows where the dervishes will whirl. Or simply stroll along the promenade, pause to sip a Raki, and savor the passing parade.
This suggested itinerary captures only a few of the intriguing sights of Coastal Turkey. The range of destinations is near limitless. Select Yachts Private Charter allows you to customize your itinerary. You can include the Greek islands of Rhodes and Kos, or you may embark in Fethiye or Antalya. Traveling from Istanbul to Bodrum is a fascinating cruise through the Sea of Marmara, the Aeolian coast and the Ionic coast. Whatever your preferences, Select Yachts works with you to realize your dream vacation.