Yachting Aegean and Mediterranean
Gocek, Gemiler Island
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.
You will be informed about the cruise itinerary and the gulet. Then we will cruise to Gemiler Island. 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.
Olympos, Adrasan Bay
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.
Porto Ceneviz, Phaselis
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.
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.
Then our gullet will cruise to Antalya Port for the last day’s dinner and an 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.
Upon agreement, the guests will leave the gulet with precious memories by 10:30.