ANTALYA, AKTUR BAY, KNIDOS (CNIDUS)

DAY 1

 

BODRUM

 

Bodrum is one of the best starts for sailing around the Aegean sea-coast of Turkey. The Gökova Cove is accepted by almost everyone to be one of the best cruising zones in Europe. With supperabundant sunshine, crystal clear glassy waters, endless blue skies which make your day better, good harbors and friendly, debonair people, This coast provides you many choices. There are many uncorrupted areas rich in natural beauty and in costal settlements and villages.

 

 Bodrum is a port town in Muğla city, in the southwest of Aegean Region of Turkey. It is placed on the southern coast of Bodrum Peninsula, at a point that controls the entrance into the Gulf of Gökova. The city was known as Halicarnassus of Caria in ancient times and was known for housing the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

 

 

Bodrum Castle, built by the Crusaders in the 15th century, it had the view of harbor and the marina. The castle grounds include a Museum of Underwater Archeology and entertains many cultural festivals year long.

 

DAY 2

 

 

AKTUR BAY, KNIDOS (CNIDUS)

Witness the world's oxygen tank at Aktur! Spotted with pine trees, it definitely is a slice of paradise. In fact, it won the title of the most beautiful bay inTurkey and proved to be a hot tourist destination. Aktur consists of two units, namely Datca and Kurucabuk, located at a distance of 4 km from each other. The Hisaronu bay is located very close to the narrowest strip of the Datca peninsula and zones the Cove of Gokova from the Cove of Hisaronu.

Around 550 BC, it provided service as a defense line against the Persian army who wanted to have both Hisaronu Cove and the Gokova Cove by digging a tunnel along kilometers.

 

Being a mini island betwixt the two coves, it absolutely made a good point of defense. However, even though the work was started with big efforts, the city was conquered in the en by the Persians.

 

Knidos is one of the most fascinating old cities in Anatolia that you should go and see. As the first settling in the east of the Datca peninsula, Knidos has marvellous ruins and a unequaled beauty. There is an amphitheater positioned right next to the harbour of the ancient city of Knidos.

A short walk towards the harbor will take you to the remains of two churches built during the Byzantine period. Knidos century has been a site of archaeological excavations since 1960. The Statue of Demeter discovered and the lion sculptures that protected the harbour in old times now decorate the halls of the British Museum. The hallowed chapel of the goddess Aphrodite is the main center of attraction. The city with a great graveyard, a double harbour and the brilliant acropolis with the temple of Aphrodite genuinely impresses all tourists.

 

DAY 3

 

Hayitbuku, lying on the front side of the coast hosts many restaurants, hotels and businesses. The 500m long sandy beach are ideal to spoend a time with you loved one or family. Enjoy the underwater beauty of the finest beaches of Datca, located 17 kms away from Hayitbuku. Hayitbuku also has a chaste tree, untouched for years. The local town is also full of tourist attractions and facilities. But if you want a quiet and unforgettable holiday, watch the birds and partake of the natural beauty of the place, you can simply go for a nature trail and satiate your senses.

 

DAY 4

 

DAY 5

BOZUKKALE, SERCE BAY                                     

Bozukkale (Loryma) is an old town that dates back from 10 BC. There are nine towers of the castle walls lenghtening in a opposingly orthogonal pattern. The castle and towers are very well guarded and appear in a durable state. “Kale” means 'corrupted'. Therefore, the name of the place may be ascribed to the fact that one side of the castle is missing. Bozukale used to serve as a cove cruise stretch for British naval ships and is now considered as a shipyard on the shore.

It was used as a area to watch all the yachts and gulets in the Aegean Sea. Its crucial geographic locating and narrow harbour was also used by the ships sailing from the port of Athens. In 395 BC, the Athenian commandant, Karori, is known to have visit here. Before the Cnidus War of 305 BC.

 

Serce is where the Blue Cruise Gulets berth. The place provides a wonderful image of the bottom of the harbour ands is well sheltered from the roughest weather conditions. Underwater researches and digging have led to many discoveries including many centuries old glasswork, which is now kept in the Bodrum Under water Museum.

 

Sparrow Harbor is one of the finest places for such archaeological findings. About one kilometer after of Sparrow, on the right are the towns of Kİrkkuyular and Sindilli, where several deserted stone houses can be seen. In Kİrkkuyular, the area’s oldest mansion, there are fourty cisterns. The water in this place is salty and unfit for animal farming and agriculture. The residents use the boreholes for household use.

 

DAY 6

 

EKINCIK

 

Ekincik is an uncorrupted natural beauty, blest with breathtaking beauty. It is not crowded, pretty and peaceful with a nice tiny beach close by. The coastal road there is marvellous too and is a good ground for Gulet trips and walking trips. The 2 kms long stretch of the uncorrupted gravelled beach meets a teeny tiny harbour from which the Gulets departs to Dalyan, settles almost 45 minutes away. The landscape is charming and there are many chances to observe the native wild-life. On the beach there is a small range of water sports facilities available including banana-boating and water-ski. You may attend optional Dalyan Tour from here. You will be leaving from your Turkyacht Gulet by a little boat named “piyade”. Firstly, you ad your beloved ones will arrive at Caretta-Caretta (turtle) beach and take a swim stop here. You will delight in the natural beauty of the delta as you sail away in the river boat. You will see the ancient Rock Graves and finally arrive at mud-baths to relax and be renewed…

 

DAY 7

 

COLD WATER BAY, GEMILER ISLAND

 

The bay to the eastern of the island has many small coves which make for picturesque anchorages. Bestas Limani is probably the most beautiful of them all, with rushing white surf and sparkling blue water. In days gone by, Bestas Limani was a famous refuge of the looter pirates who plied their abjectly trade along this stretch of the coast as recently as the nineteenth century. Better known to native sailors as Cold Water Bay, on account of the several cold water springs that flow into the sea from the Taurus Mountains above it, swimming here is absolutely an vitalizing experience, specially on a very blistering day. Jumping into the water from the rocks is a popular activity and hikers can walk to the abandoned town of Kayakoy, abandoned in 1923 by agreement between Mediterranean and Turkey. It’s a ghost town now, its buildings crumbling as the forest encroaches.

 

Positioned off the seashore of Turkey and approximately 9 km from the village of Fethiye, Gemiler Island is famous for its old and historical ruins and remains of churches dating back to the 4-5 centuries AD. If archaeologist evidences are to be believed, this is also the location of the original grave of St. Nicholas. In the Middle Ages, the island was abuzz with trading ships and boats from the eastern, European and Eastern Mediterranean countries. St. Nicholas being the patron saint of sailors, this island was also known as St. Nicholas Islands in the medieval period. The Gemiler Island is a trendy tourist destination since the Byzantine ruins can be seen from the sea. Other attractions of interest include over 40 ecclesiastic buildings and Christian graves and a Church that was cut out directly from a rock located at the top of the island. The island has a bay that is shaped like a lunate and thus provides perfect anchorage. There is a jury-rigged restaurant that serves to sailors, yachtsmen and boatsmen throughout the summers.

 

 

 

DAY 8

 

KALKAN

 

Kalkan, discovered on the banks of a bay, is worth to see. It is a tiny but a very lovely holiday resort and has a small yacht harbour, old Greek houses and holiday sites. The traditional white-washed houses, shutters and balconies bursting with flowers present a picturesque view. The narrow streets are lined with souvenir shops. Go for a Gulet cruise to witness breathtaking sunsets, enjoy an appetizing meal in a local restaurant or shop till you drop at the small shops selling interesting goods. 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.

 

DAY 9

 

KAS

 

If you are after a quick getaway, a trip through the Antalya, Kas area of Turkey could be the answer. This place offers exotic foods, never-ending bazaars, stunning beaches, and breathtaking landscape, all blent in the unique culture that can only be experienced in richly historical Turkey. The best time to visit is May through September.

 Kas is a village of Antalya city, has perfection of sea and historical places. Region housed many old civilizations in the past. Therefore, there are so many old places must have seen. These places are; Kas ancient amphi theatre, Atiphellos ancient city, Xanthos ancient city, beaches, Kekova, Demre, Patara, Kalkan… Kalkan is the most popular town of the city.

                                                           

On your drive to the seashore road from Olympos to Kas, you will be met with a view of beckoning waters that seem to sparkle from every angle. There are many of beaches along the coastal road to break up your trip and lead you make the most of the Mediterranean coast.

 

Kas was the fishery and harbour village of the city in the past, today is too popular by tourism. Region which is one of the most popular diving centers, there are so many diving schools. Kas is owed to this popularity to its untouched beautiful nature. Region is the last region of the southwest of the city.

You have the oppotunities to do too many nature sports in Kas. There are six caves that are enveloped the city all around, must seen. Most famous ones are Blue cave, Asirli cavern and Guvercinlik cavern. Diving and paragliding are the most popular sports.

There is nobody that seen the Kas’s nature and did not love it. Kas has many hidden beauties and always attracts people by its beauties. There are daily Gulet tours in region to have pleasurable memories during the holiday. There are vacation options that are suitable for every body. You will absolutely find something from yourself in this area.

Turkyacht provides you blue cruise delight with Bodrum blue cruise Gulet tours option. Blue cruise is a good alternative for those who are bored with standard holidays. We offer blue cruise joy by professional staff and restored Gulets and Yachts. Blue cruise lasts for six months. It begins in April and lasts until October. You are able to find a yacht which is ideal for your budget and pleasure. Our luxury yachts are renewed every year.

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 10

 

KEKOVA, UCAGIZ BAY

 

With beautiful coves and crystal clear turquoise sea, nature and history dating back to thousands of years, Kekova is a natural heaven. After leaving Kas, you need to sail and past Uluburun to arrive to Kekova with your Turkyacht Gulet. During the cruise, you will also encounter the ancient city of Aperlai in the Sicak peninsula and two islets of Kara Ada and 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 of Apolloniadating 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.

 

Theimussa is located around 36 kilometers from Kas, (Ucagiz) cove and is enveloped on three sides by a natural shelter. Theimussa is of critical importance to the Gulet tourism industry, since it offers access to the island of Kekova. 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!

 

DAY 11

 

DEMRE, MYRA

 

Famous for its natural beauty, historical places, sparkling and glassysea and the central spot of greenhouse, Demre however is popular! Ready to be pleased in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea settled between the mountains and foothills of Demre and the honey-like 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 be hold 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!

 

Settled a few kilometers away from the village of Demre, Myra is a bay that seems to be set into the rocks overlooking the sea - perhaps the finest example of its kind in Anatolia! Spread over a large place and having graves and Lycian inscriptions dating back from BC 5, Myra is believed to be an ancient city. Under the Byzantine reign, especially in the 4 and 5 centuries, it has now become such a religious and administrative center.

 

 

DAY 12

 

ADRASAN BAY, OLYMPOS

 

Adrasan is an place of incredible natural beauty, on the Lycian Way. It is truly a heaven for addicts of nature, walking with you partner or just relaxing and sun-bathing on the beach. Tortoises cross your path when walking and the birds are vivid. There is a mile long sandy beach with crystal clear, turquoise water, in the middle of one of the country’s national parks embracing nature and history.

Olympos has a great historical value. It has a 3200 meterlong beach, endemic plants, sporting events and wooden houses that are renowned all over the world. Olympos falls under the scope of conservation and therefore, construction is prohibited in and around this antique area. The beach is only a 10 minutes walk away from the ancient city. But it is highly recommended that you explore the city first before heading the beach. The Olympos beach is also a breeding ground for the endangered species of the Caretta Caretta turtles.

 

 

DAY 13

 

 

PHASELIS, PORTO CENEVIZ

 

 

Phaselis was discovered as a settlement of the Rhodesians in 7th century B.C. Phaselis has three different coves and its people used to earn their livings from the sea. The city was also known for perfume traditions in old times. If you wish, you can walk around the ancient town full of antique and significant ruins which are settled on the coast.

 

The Ceneviz Cove overlooking the open sea is sometimes called Porto Ceneviz cove by the seamen. It is thought that the defensive castle positioned in the back where they separated with the Yalancı Bay may belong to the ancient Olympos. The natural and sheltered location of Sazak Bay is evidence of its use as a harbor since the past. Genoese and Sazak coves which host gulets and yachts in stagnant waters are protected for mediterranean monk seal’s extinction. 

 

 

DAY 14

 

Kemer, the district which is only 42 kms south of Antalya, is an significant tourism centre with several hotels with a large capacity, vacation town and modern marina. The name has been given to the city of Turkish word for belt, based on the fact that the river that flows through the Kemer, resembles a belt-shape. Only 20 years ago, it was charming Mediterranean town with two to three story houses lost between orange orchards, facing the calm pine forest of the Toros Mountains. With the growing tourism, the country changed fastly. Three story buildings mushroomed in Kemer. Some of these constructions are hotels, others are businesses. All kinds of international products are sold in the ground floor shops of the town. Tourism is the main thing in Kemer. In the cool evening hours, the village's streets hustle with tourists and local alike, whose 2 kms about the shops and cafes.

 

 

DAY 14

 

ANTALYA

                 

The Antalya area, providing all the mysticism of past in our day and give us the curiousity, is now called the "Turkish Riviera" based on its archaeologic and natural wonders. Antalya is the perfet place where sparkling sea, bright sun, never ending old history and nature form a perfect harmony and which also includes the most beautiful and the most clear seashore along the Medditerranean sea.

 

The city still preserves its significance as a center throughout history in the south seashore of the country, in addition to its wonderful natural beauties. The mythological and mysaterical city which housed the Gods and Goddesses now show the world them all its secrets and marvels to mankind. Antalya and its surrounding is an important and remarkable touristic centre on the Mediterranean Seashore with its fascinating climate and superb harmony of archaeologic, historical and natural beauties, during the year available.

 

 

DAY 15

 

ANTALYA

                 

The Antalya area, providing all the mysticism of past in our day and give us the curiousity, is now called the "Turkish Riviera" based on its archaeologic and natural wonders. Antalya is the perfet place where sparkling sea, bright sun, never ending old history and nature form a perfect harmony and which also includes the most beautiful and the most clear seashore along the Medditerranean sea.

The city still preserves its significance as a center throughout history in the south seashore of the country, in addition to its wonderful natural beauties. The mythological and mysaterical city which housed the Gods and Goddesses now show the world them all its secrets and marvels to mankind. Antalya and its surrounding is an important and remarkable touristic centre on the Mediterranean Seashore with its fascinating climate and superb harmony of archaeologic, historical and natural beauties, during the year available.