Bodrum - Fethiye Sailing Itinerary: (8 days/7 nights)

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* Rates are AVERAGED,  per person, in USD, and are based on double occupancy in gulet cabins and based on shoulder season months (May and September).

(Available May - October)

Discover natural beauty and historic sites aboard a gulet on the Turquoise Coast

Day 1: Bodrum -  gulet yacht embarkation
Before being transferred to your private gulet in Bodrum Harbor, we’ll tour the unique Museum of Underwater Archaeology in the Castle of St.Peter, built by the Crusaders in the 15th century, and easily Bodrum’s most cherished landmark.  After being greeted by your friendly and professional captain and crew, you and your group will be briefed by the captain about the vessel and the itinerary. A peaceful overnight awaits you at Mersincik Cove. (D) 

Day 2: Knidos Archaeological Site, Palamutbuku Cove, and overnight in Kargi Cove 
This morning, after breakfast, we will sail onto the Greek (Carian) site of Knidos to see its splendid ruins that include: the Temple of Aphrodite, an amphitheater, necropolis, an acropolis and a double harbor. Due to its remote location, Knidos is not heavily-visited and yet is inarguably one of the world’s most impressive classical cities.  Peaceful nearby Palamutbuku is surrounded by mountains that provide a beautiful backdrop to one of the best beaches on the peninsula.  Its gentle, crystal-clear waters are perfect for swimming and snorkeling.  At the end of the day, we’ll drop anchor at blissfully quiet Kargi Cove, famous for its fine sandy beach and fragrant sweetgum pine trees.  We’ll dine under the stars and drop anchor here for the night. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Dirsekbuku Cove, Bozburun Cove, and overnight at Bozukkale 
After breakfast, we will set sail for Dirsekbuku Cove - an enchanting place on the Hisaronu Peninsula, and a popular stop for other yachts. With no road access, this area is a hidden gem that promises excellent swimming and snorkeling.  Bozburun Cove, famous for its marine sponge harvesting, is another quiet, unspoilt place ideal for relaxing the afternoon away.   Bozukkale (Loryma) dates back to 10 B.C. and is home to an exceptionally well-preserved castle.  Once a stop for British naval ships, it is one of the Aegean’s most lovely spots.   It is here that we’ll have dinner and enjoy another tranquil night at sea. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Ciftlik Cove, Kadirga Cove, Dalyan town, and overnight in Ekincik Cove 
A stunning half-moon bay with fantastic views await us in Ciftlik Cove. Later on, we will head for Kadirga Cove, another gorgeous gem ideal for swimming, or, for just enjoying the scenery from your deck chair with a cold beverage.  Upon arrival in the town of Dalyan, there will be a change of boats.  You’ll chug up the Dalyan River in a small boat through a maze of bamboo and cattails to the ancient site of Caunos, a now silted-up port that was once a hub for the export of salt and slaves. Hellenistic city walls, several temples, a Roman-era theater, a Byzantine church, and a Crusader fortress high on the Acropolis reveal its varied history. We will not be hiking to the site itself, but, we will be able to view the incredibly dramatic rock-cut tombs of Lydian and Carian kings.  You’ll also visit the nearby Dalyan Estuary, home to many species of birds, including kingfishers, heron, and egrets. We’ll also visit Iztuzu Beach – a protected site because of the endangered loggerhead sea turtles that lay their eggs here in midsummer months.   We’ll overnight in a beautiful cove near Ekincik.  (B, L, D)

Day 5: Tersane, Agalimani, and Cleopatra’s Bay
This morning, enjoy breakfast onboard as we set sail towards Fethiye Bay, stopping for swimming and snorkeling in Agalimani and Tersane Coves. Later, visit the partially-submerged Cleopatra’s Sunken Baths in Gocek Lagoon, which, according to tradition, is the spot where the fabled Egyptian queen and Mark Antony had a romantic rendezvous. Here, we will enjoy dinner on the open deck and drop anchor for the night. (B,L,D) 

Day 6: Gocek Coves
This morning, you’ll have time for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and relaxing in this stunning cove, where we will also have a delicious lunch.   Afterwards, we’ll head ashore to explore ancient Lydian ruins at a special and rarely-visited site reachable only by sea.  Dramatic rock-cut tombs, a sacred spring, Byzantine-era cisterns, and ruins of temples as well as an oracle dedicated to Apollo all await. Pieces of broken cult statues are all around, hidden as they have been for untold centuries. The views we’ll have during this hike on pine and laurel tree-shaded trails are magnificent: vistas of Fethiye Bay and sparkling Gocek Lagoon. Meet your gulet and, winds permitting, we’ll raise sails and cruise onto our next destination, gliding by the 12 Islands chain, and numerous other coves and isles spread across the bay.  We’ll sail on to Bedri Rahmi Cove for another peaceful overnight stay. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Fethiye and Kayakoy
Following breakfast, we will hoist our sails (winds permitting) for charming Fethiye and anchor in a secluded cove for lunch.  Later in the afternoon, we will arrive in the town of Fethiye, where you will have some free time to visit its marketplaces for souvenir shopping before our transfer to the Greek village of Kayakoy. A thriving town of 3,500 until 1923, when Ataturk instituted the exchange of Greek and Turkish populations, Kayakoy became a ghost town overnight, even more ruined over the years by subsequent earthquakes. Only a few Turkish families inhabit houses at the bottom of the town’s rolling hills; it’s an eerie and marvelous place. We will then transfer you back to the yacht and sail to another tranquil cove near Fethiye for your last night at sea. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Fethiye and Return to Istanbul
Gule gule! Farewell! This morning we sail across beautiful Fethiye Bay.  Later, you’ll bid farewell to your crew and have some time in Fethiye, (known in ancient times as Telmessos) and its colorful farmers market (if time permits) before you head to your next destination. (B)

Price of the package includes:

  • Accommodations: 
    7 nights aboard a traditional gulet yacht with private bath
  • Meals as indicated by (B, L, D) - B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner 
    20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners (includes) bottled water
  • Private, licensed, professional English-speaking guide throughout trip and aboard gulet yacht
  • All transfers and travel in a non-smoking, modern, air-conditioned vehicle with a driver
  • All entrance fees to the sites and museums mentioned in the program
  • Parking, ferry, and toll road fees
  • Gratuities at restaurants where a meal is included in the program

Price of the package excludes:

  • Airfare for international flights
  • Beverages other than water during included meals
  • Optional gratuities to the tour guide, driver(s), and gulet crew
  • Tipping for porters at hotels
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas, laundry, and personal items