Mediterranean and Aegean Charter
Fethiye, Oludeniz, Gemiler Island – 1
Boarding starts at 15:30 from Marmaris Harbour. On the first day, our gulet will remain anchored in Marmaris Port for dinner and stay at the port an overnight.
Marmaris is a port city and a tourist resort on the Mediterranean coast, located in southwest Turkey, in Mugla Province. Marmaris is a heavenly corner where you can see all grades and harmonies of green and blue during the twelve months of the year. The abundance of bays in the long coast line; its being a natural port; ancient cities; natural attractions; Blue Cruise facilities, marina for 800 boat and water sports facilities are the peculiarities making Marmaris a paradise for tourists.
Marmaris is one of the most elegant yachting resorts of Turkey. A point to meet the most beautiful boats. Ultramarine blue sea, mountains and pinewoods sketch the landscape. Many choices of shops, cafes, restaurants are to be found along the narrow streets of the town.
Fethiye – 2
Fethiye is a natural harbor city in the western Mediterranean. It’s a very popular holiday center with its magnificent natural beauty and ancient Lycian towns. Oludeniz considered the most beautiful beach in Turkey is nearby, and it is a popular place to start a blue voyage yacht cruise.
If all places and all seas were known by a colour, Fethiye’s colour would be turquoise. The word turquoise, a blue that has more than a hint of green, comes from the blue used in the Turkish tile work. The most beautiful shade of the colour blue came and settled on the waters of the oludeniz (Dead Sea). Towards evening, around sunset, you catch such a wonderful turquoise you can never see on any other seas. If you call it blue you are wrong, if you say it is green it is not that either but both together. It is difficult to put it into words. It is best if you go and see it for yourself and be hit by a lightening bolt! Dinner and overnight stay will be at Fethiye Harbor.
Oludeniz, Butterfly Valley – 3
Oludeniz is described asEdenbestowed 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 Babada?? 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.
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! Dinner and overnight stay will be at Butterfly Valley.
Yedi Burunlar – 4
After swimming and lunch break we will set sail to Yesilkoy. Yesilkoy is a pleasant anchorage located just 2 km west of Kalkan. It has very clear water. The bottom is covered with sand and weed that make a good holding for an anchor. If the anchorage is busy, you may need to take a line ashore. Many Gulets use the anchorage during the day and at night. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Yesilkoy.
Kekova, Ucagiz Bay – 5
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!
Olympos, Adrasan Bay – 6
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.
After lunch and a swimming break we will sail to Adrasan (Cavus ) Bay for dinner and overnight stay.
Antalya – 7
Today our gullet will cruise to Antalya Harbour for overnight stay.
The Antalya Region, offering all the mysticism of past in our day, is now called the "Turkish Riviera" due to its archaeological and natural beauties. Antalya is the place where sea, sun, history and nature constitute a perfect harmony and which also includes the most beautiful and clearest coast along the Medditerranean. The city still preserves its importance as a centre throughout history in the south coast of the country, in addition to its wonderful natural beauties. The mythological city which housed the Gods and Goddesses now exhibits all its secrets and marvels to mankind.
Antalya and its surrounding is an important and noteworthy touristic centre on the Mediterranean Coast with its perfect climate and splendid harmony of archaeological, historical and natural beauties, throughout the year available.
Kemer – 8
Kemer only 42 km. south of Antalya, is an important tourism center with many hotels with a large capacity, holiday village and modern marina. The name has been given to the city of Turkish word for belt, due to the fact that the river that flows through the Kemer, looks like a belt.
Only 20 years ago, it was charming Mediterranean village with two to three story houses lost among orange groves, facing the pine forest of the Toros Mountains.
With the advent of tourism, the country changed rapidly. Three story buildings mushroomed in Kemer. Some of these buildings are hotels, other are businesses. All kinds of international products are sold in the ground floor shops of the town.
Tourism dominates Kemer. In the cool evening hours, the town’s streets bustle with visitors and local alike, whose mill about the shops and coffeehouses. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Kemer.
Porto Ceneviz, Phaselis – 9
We will start early in the morning and arrive at Ceneviz (Genoese) Harbour or Sazak Bay. After lunch we will anchor at Phaselis Bay. Phaselis was founded as a colony of the Rhodesians in 7th century B.C. Phaselis has three different bays and its people used to earn their living from the sea. The city was also famous for perfume trade in ancient times. If you wish, you can walk around the antique town full of antique ruins which are located on the seashore. Dinner and overnight stay will be in this beautiful bay.
Gokkaya (Myra) Bay, Demre – 10
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.
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, Myra appears 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.
Kas – 11
Early morning 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.
Kalkan – 12
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.
Xantos is was the capital of the Lycian Union and means ‘yellow’ in ancient Greek language. Surface findings have revealed a 8 BC ancient city acropolis, which thrived till the invasion of the Persians. While most women and children were killed during the massacre and many buildings were set on fire, those who escaped immigrated to other places. However, Xanthos again bore the brunt of a fire 100 years later. Despite this, the city was founded anew as a result of good relations with the Western world and has survived as an important center for a long time.
The most notable historic buildings in the ancient city include a war memorial. This mausoleum is 8.87 meters high, carved into the rocks surrounded by a massive pier of a small tomb with a frieze consisting of four faces. The relics found at the Nereid Monument, the Harpy Monument and the Lion Tomb Sarcophagus Payave was taken to London by the British in the year 1842. On the North and the South, you can see half bird, half woman shaped creatures, called Sirens, symbolizing the sky and the spirit of the deceased. This tomb dates back to 470 480 BC and has been restored and augmented during the Roman and the Byzantine periods. Other important places of importance include Triumphal Arch of Emperor Vespasian, the Lycian acropolis, a Byzantine church and a theatre dating back to the Roman times.
It spreads over a large area on the eastern side of the harbor. The Port of Patara, Xanthos (Esen) Creek received its present appearance due to silt deposits. Herodotus mentions the name of the city for the first time. According to legend, Patara founded the city in the 5th or 6th century BC and it is after him that the city got its name. According to mythology, Apollo, the God of Fine Arts, was born in Patara. Jesus’s disciple, St. Paul also boarded the ship to go to Rome from Patara! Historical records also document the revelation of the birth place of that the St. Nikolas, better known as Santa Claus. There are numerous archaeological artifacts in Patara. But they do not take the attraction away from the beautiful sandy beaches that stretch up to 22kms and are known for several water and sand sports.
Upon entering Patara, you can see Lycian type funerary monuments belonging to the Roman period. Amongst other things to be seen are the triumphant arch of ucgozlu at the entrance, with three naves, Port Church and the under water remains of the Baths of Hurmalik. Located in the ancient city of Vespasian, the Bath was built around 69 79 AD. You can follow the footpath next to the bath to reach the marble paved main street of Patara. Further ahead, you will encounter the towering walls of the Byzantine fortress and the Corinthian Temple Church. There is also a 2nd century BC theatre built along the that can accommodate 10,000 people.
Gokgemiler Bay, Ekincik Bay – 13
Early morning we will cruise to Gokgemile Bay. After lunch we will set sail to Ekincik”