Boarding starts at 15:30 from Gocek Harbour. Gocek is a natural harbour lying at the head of the Gulf of Fethiye on the Turquoise coast of Turkey, just 22km from Dalaman International Airport. Protected by the wooded foothills of the Taurus Mountains, it looks out over the numerous islands and sheltered bays of this beautiful gulf. It is priceless to be away from the crowd, alone with one’s thoughts, communing with nature spending some time with friends, waves, and wind when you are sailing in Gocek Bays.
Gocek mostly caters for yachtsmen and women; consequently there is very little night life in the town, apart from one or two very pleasant bars and a music/dance bar. As sailors generally wake early, sail during the day, and sleep early, the most active time in Gocek is between 19:00 and 22:00 hrs, during which time the many bars and restaurants are buzzing with clients. As is usual in most seaside towns there is a delightful esplanade along which you can see and be seen.
Butterfly Valley, Oludeniz, Gemiler Island
You will be informed about the cruise itinerary and the gulet. Then we will cruise to Butterfly Valley.
One of the most striking places in the Fethiye region is the Valley of the Butterflies. The laborious rock climb is worth the breathtaking view of thousands of little butterflies covering the rocks and the trees like a shawl something you must never have seen or experienced before! Make the slightest sound and you can see the butterflies taking a flight, covering the sky and casting a shadow over the valley! There are two Way to get to theButterflyValley. One way is through the waterfall and the other is through thevillageofFaralya. Whether you are a sports enthusiast or a nature lover, the beautiful sights will not tire you out. Then we will cruise to Oludeniz.
Oludeniz is described as Eden best owed by God on Earth. No wonder then that it has earned a great reputation for tourism! Walk on the beach in the dark and behold the incomparable view that Oludeniz offers. Oludeniz is simply like magic! Even the invisible bottom of the lagoon covered with white sand sparkling with the lights from the harbor is a scene to behold! Extending to the coast, the lush pine forests present all shades of green, blue and purple that soothes the eye. The warm sea and the long beaches further enhance the aesthetic appeal of this wonderful place. From Babadagi located at an altitude of 1975 meters, you can behold the world’s most breathtaking view. The clear waters allow you to swim ten months of the year. Numerous touristic facilities, restaurants and shopping mall complete the great mix that make Oludeniz a hot tourist destination.
The Gemiler Island is a popular tourist destination since the Byzantine ruins can be seen from the sea. Other attractions of interest include over 40 ecclesiastical buildings and Christian tombs and a Church that was cut out directly from a rock located at the highest point on the island. The island has a bay that is shaped like a crescent and thus provides great anchorage. There is a makeshift restaurant that caters to sailors, boatmen and yachtsmen during summers. We will spend the night in Gemiler Island.
Early morning we will set sail to Kalkan. Kalkan, founded on the banks of a bay, is worth seeing. It is a small but very pretty holiday resort and has a small yacht harbor, old Greek houses and holiday resorts. The traditional white-colored houses, shutters and balconies bursting with flowers present a picturesque view. The narrow streets are lined with souvenir shops. Go for a yacht cruise to witness breathtaking sunsets, enjoy an appetizing meal in a local restaurant or shop till you drop at the small shops selling interesting wares you will never get bored in Kalkan. You will find many people in Kalkan earning their living by making soap with olive oils, cleaning guesthouses and hotels or working in restaurants that are visited by the blue cruise voyagers. Then we will set sail to Kas.
Kas is a small fishing, yachting and tourist town. Kas is built around the remnants of the ancient Antiphellos and surrounded by lofty, rugged cliffs. 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 the gleaming waters of Mediterranean. Bestowed with contradicting aspects like sea and mountain, modern buildings and ancient ruins, this small resort exudes a special charm, which also comes from its easy-going, laid-back ambience.
Here you will have the chance to walk around Kas , which was an old Greek Town, and to experience nightlife in Kas. Being one of the most important towns of Lycia, Kas gained importance in Roman Times and eventually bec ame the centre of Episcopacy in Byzantine times . Kas is a rich land with the surrounding cities that belong to the Antique period and with other historical values. Dinner and overnight stay at Kas.
Kekova, Ucagiz Bay
With beautiful bays and turquoise sea, nature and history dating back to thousands of years, Kekova is a natural paradise. After leaving Kas, you need to sail past Uluburun to get to Kekova. During the cruise, you will also encounter the ancient city of Aperlai in the Sicak peninsula and two islets of Kara Ada Toprak Ada before ultimately reaching Kekova, which is a spot of paradise on earth. The bays of Kekova are a natural favorite harbor for yachts across all. Along the northern coast of Kekova lies the ancient city ofApolloniadating back to BC 4. Here you can see old summer houses and seaside homes. The towering Simena (Kalekoy) Castle is a great tourist attraction too.
For the dinner and overnight stay the gulet will anchor at Ucagiz Bay. Theimussa is locatyed around 36 kilometers from Kas, (Ucagiz) bay and is surrounded on three sides by a natural shelter. Theimussa is of vital importance to the yacht tourism industry, since it provides access to theislandofKekova. Remains of castle walls on a low rocky hill, part of which is under the sea and a city at the east end pier is a must watch!
Demre, Gokkaya (Myra) Bay
Known for its natural beauty, historic sites, sparkling sea and the focal point of greenhouse, Demre indeed is famous! Rejoice in the turquoise waters of theMediterranean Sealocated between the mountains and foothills of Demre and the sweet smell of spring flowers, lemon and orange. The children in the city bear traces of the Lycian civilization and are regarded as the protectors of the seas. St. Nicholas’s Church is regarded as the most important place to visit. Thousands of tourists visit the church every year to behold the mosaics, vaulted halls and chambers and experience acoustic phonetics. You can stand at the bottom of the stage door of the tunnel and say a word and your partner can hear it at the very mouth of the tunnel!
Located a few kilometers away from the town of Demre, Myra is a city that seems to be set into the rocks overlooking the sea perhaps the best example of its kind in Anatolia! Spread over a large area and having tombs and Lycian inscriptions dating back to BC 5,Myraappears to be an ancient city. Under the Byzantine rule, especially in the 4 and 5 centuries, it has now become such a religious and administrative center.
Advancing from the south of Kekova, you arrive at another beautiful harbor called Gokkaya. It is quite well sheltered against winds, has proper anchorage and several accommodation facilities to spend the night. Enjoy a swim in between the small islands or walk ashore and go east to explore a monumental entrance, a church, water cisterns and a small Lycian city of monumental tombs.
Gorgeous Kaputas Beach is a lovely sandy swimming cove nestled at the foot of a striking mountain gorge. This is the beach often pictured in travel brochures for Turkey, although it doesn’t get crowded as one would expect. The water is always a brilliant colour of turquoise. This beach lies between Kas and Kalkan and is formed where steep hills meet the sea and form into a cove. Due to this geographical setting, the sea here can be quite rough and gets rather deep quite close to the beach. Its untouched beauty is what attracts many tourists, but it is not particularly safe for children.
Dinner and overnight stay will be at Yesilkoy.
Hamam (Manastir) Bay, Bedri Rahmi Bay, Yassica Island
South-east of the Hamam Bay, in the ruins of a bath in the water because of the region known as Cleopatra’s Bath, or Sunken Bath Bay coastal tectonics, such as the formation of the bay in the Gulf with many bays. A careful examination of the hill slope behind the bay, which is active in the past, this hill is a crater lake of tectonic structure and reducing water channels, clearly visible from the shore. The monastery dark, pine trees and up the hill from the shore in some places covered with carob trees. Structure of an ancient wall running parallel to the direction of the north-east coast and other small remnants of ancientLyciareminds me that you are not far from the city.LydiaNetworkPortcan be reached by a hiking trail approximately 1.5 hours.
Bedri Rahmi Bay, the shipyard in the Gulf of Fethiye is located just across the island. It is also known by the Lycian name of Tasyaka or ‘dark bay’, due to its natural beauty and historical significance. Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu was an esteemed master of Turkish literature, art and painting. In the summer of 1973, during a cruise with close friends, he drew a fish on a huge rock. This ‘Fish Rock’ located at the entrance of the blue bay still greets passengers. In fact, the region itself is known as ‘Fish Rock’ in honor of the great master.
Some of these islands appear as the Yassica Islands group on several maritime maps. Anchorage is available at the nearest port of Gocek. Yassica Islands in the Gulf of Fethiye is one of the most romantic places, ideal for spending quality time with your partner and photographing gorgeous sunsets. The islands are covered with pine and olive trees, have many sheltered and shallow bays and are ideal for water sports enthusiasts.
Then our gullet will cruise back to Gocek Port for the last day’s dinner and an overnight stay.
Upon agreement, the guests will leave the gullet with precious memories by 10:30.