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Mediterranean Yacht and Trek

The sailing paradise of Turkey is home to the Blue Voyage. This idyllic cruise means sailing with the winds, into coves and over the seas and becoming one with nature. It is also an experience of the history of man from the perspective of the sea rather than from the land, a journey which carries you to the private beaches of the coast, and the myriad archaeological remains of ancient civilisations. For lovers of the active life, sailing in clear waters provides great opportunities for swimming, fishing, skiing, surfing and diving. We trek in the most beautiful coastal area of the Turkish Mediterranean laying between Marmaris and Antalya. Known to the ancients as Lycia this fabled coast of clear turquoise blue water is rich with archaeological sites.

Most of the programme is based on high quality yachts equipped with sails and engines. On most days the engine will be used and the maximum sailing time per day is four hours but generally 2 hours. Boats have en-suite accommodation generally for 12 people in double bedded cabins though some twin bedded cabins are available. All boats have comfortable sun bed mattresses on the upper deck that are often the preferred place to sleep under the stars.

Each boat has a crew comprising a captain, cook and deck hand. All meals on board are provided and the boat also has a dinghy, wind surfer or canoe some snorkelling and fishing equipment. Drinks at extra cost are available at the boats bar.

Every day we change the location of the boat and the trekking programme involves about 2 to 4 hours walking a day. The programme could be changed slightly by the captain at short notice depending on weather and sea conditions.

8 days itinerary Grade A Book Now

Day 1: Arrive at Istanbul.
On arrival at the airport we have a city tour including a visit to the famous Blue Mosque. Night at **** hotel in the centre of town.

Day 2: Gocek (Fethiye) Sarsala Bay - Cleopatra Creek - Camlikoy
Fly to Dalaman airport and transfer to Gocek where we board our yacht and have breakfast. We will sail to Sarsala creek (1 hour), anchor in the creek and land here for our first trek. We will take a path that will take us first to Cleopatra Creek, the location of thermal baths thought to have built for Cleopatra. After seeing the ruins we follow footpaths through the low hills of the peninsula to Camlikoy Bay where our boat will be waiting for us (3 hours walking). Lunch and relax and swim in the afternoon,

Day 3: Camlikoy Creek Ekincik (Kaunos and Dalyan)
In the early morning we will sail to Ekincik harbour. (3 hours). From here we walk on path, through pine forest and olive groves overlooking the turquoise sea. At Caunos there are well preserved monuments of Lycian origin that include a theatre Roman baths and Byzantine church. We will walk from the ruins of Kaunos to the modern village of Dalyan here in the vicinity of the harbour there are the ruins of a Corinthian temple. On a hillside opposite the harbour we see many sculptured temple shaped tombs carved into the rock. A small boat takes us down narrow river channels and reeds to Iztuzu Beach. This beach is particularly is known for the sea turtle (caretta-caretta), that come here to lay their eggs. We continue by small boat to our yacht in Semizce bay. (4 hours walking).

Day 4: Semizce - Agalimani Creek Ikarus ruins - Binlik Bay
We sail to Agalimani creek. Our trek from here takes us through hills and valleys overlooking the the sea. We pass by shepherds' huts where we might be invited to taste Turkish tea. We visit the ruins of the ancient city of Ikarus and continue along coastal paths, through the forests, to Binlik bay where we return to our boat. (4 hours walking.)

Day 5: Binlik Bay - Sarsala - Kocagol lake - Yassicalar
We sail back to Sarsala Bay for our next walk taking a path that leads through forests to Kocagoel lake where we stop for a picnic lunch. There is time for an optional ascent of Mount Hodul, 371m for magnificent panoramic views of the area. We return to our boat by a different path and sail to Yassicalar Islands. (5 hours walking without ascent of Hodul).

Day 6: Yassicalar - Soğuksu - Kayakoy Gemile Island
We sail to Soğuksu (Cold Water Beach). We walk up steep trails through sparse woodland overlooking the bays to Kayakoy the largest Greek ghost town in Asia Minor. This was inhabited till the early 20th Century when there was a population exchange agreement made between Turkey and Greece. We descend to Gemile Bay and St Nicolas Island. This was the location of a Byzantine city whose ruins lie tucked amongst the pine trees. (3 hours walking).

Day 7: Gemile Island - Turunc Pinari
We will visit some of the ruins on the island that include: chapels, churches, dwellings and wells before walking up to the summit of the island from which we obtain one of the most beautiful views of the week. We follow a small path that will take us to Turunc Pinari where our boat awaits us. (5 hours walking).

Day 8: Transfert Dalaman fly home
We will have our last breakfast before we sail to Fethiye and leave our boat. Transfer to the Dalaman airport. (1 hour drive). Fly home via Istanbul.

The cruise can be easily combined with a section of the Lycian Way.

    Generally included in costing:
  • All transfers and transportation
  • English speaking guide
  • All meals (no lunches or dinners in Istanbul)
  • Accommodation: yacht, **** hotel in Istanbul, hotels or pensions in Cappadocia
  • Wooden gullet boat (for a maximum of 12 people), cabins have wc and shower inside,
  • Cooks, captain, boat crew
  • All lunches and dinners in Istanbul
  • All entrance fees to monuments

    Not included:
  • All drinks and personal expenses.
Season : mid-April, May June, July, August, September, end of October.

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