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Turkey Gulets Cruising with beach extension

11 days from £1129*
Departing: May - October 2019
* Price shown: 05 October 2019 from STN - EZY3149
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Step aboard for an unforgettable week of sunshine, turquoise seas, Turkish hospitality and balmy nights under the stars

Cruise the Aegean’s pristine blue waters aboard an exclusive Turkish gulet – a classic, twin-masted, hand-built vessel built to traditional designs, finished in gleaming hardwood and furnished with modern comforts. Stretch out on the forward sun deck, dine under awnings or in the plush saloon, swim and snorkel to your heart’s content. When days of hidden coves or delightful ports of call are done, enjoy a convivial drink with new-found friends under skies awash with stars.

Tour Highlights

  • Join your luxury gulet – a traditional Turkish wooden schooner – in vibrant Bodrum
  • Sail into the beautiful, unspoiled Gokova Gulf
  • Enjoy idyllic days at sea, with plenty of opportunities for swimming and snorkelling off the boat, and calls at a variety of idyllic coves and exquisite ports
  • Cruise to Alakisla Inlet and see the nearby Byzantine ruins
  • Spend a night in fishing village, Coketme
  • Discover Tuzla Bay and famous English Harbour
  • Enjoy a choice of optional excursions from Karacasogut, including Iztutu beach’s sea turtles
  • Visit the beautiful Sedir Island
  • Stay overnight in Longoz’s forested bay
  • Swim in Orak Island’s sparkling waters
  • Return via Pabuc Burnu for a last night in Bodrum

What does the price include?

  • 10 nights’ full-board accommodation, including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, on board Oguz-5 in a shared twin cabin
  • Free on-board Wi-Fi
  • Return flights to Bodrum
  • Return airport transfers

Your Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Bodrum and upon arrival, transfer by coach to the quayside for embarkation. Meet your welcoming crew and fellow passengers and enjoy a first on-board dinner of traditional Turkish mezes, followed by a fish or meat dish and dessert. Perhaps step ashore to take in some of Bodrum’s famously lively nightlife, as your gulet moors in the port.

Day Two

Awaken in your comfortable cabin, and make your way on deck for the first delicious breakfast; a mix of Turkish and traditional continental fare, with special dishes prepared each morning by the chef. An informal but important pre-sailing briefing is given by the captain and on-board guide. Formalities completed, your vessel makes her way out of the harbour into the blue Gokova Gulf, away from Bodrum’s low-rise, whitewashed buildings, heading gently towards a first anchorage, in idyllic Alakisla Inlet. As every day, today there will be time to enjoy the warm sunshine and an opportunity for a swim or snorkel, a light lunch will be served with the ship at anchor.

After a chance, to step ashore to wander through the ruins of a Byzantine village, and to enjoy afternoon tea and cake aboard, your ship makes her way in the early evening sun to the picturesque fishing village of Cokertme, where dinner is served. Step ashore, or simply enjoy a social hour or two under the stars aboard your gulet home.

Day Three

Another relaxing day of gentle sailing,  – or motoring if winds are light – includes calls at sparkling Tuzla Bay and tiny English Harbour, so called for the refuge it provided during WW2 to a Royal Navy warship. Before dinner is served at anchor in this glorious setting, there will be time for swimming and snorkelling in the pine-fringed blue waters.

Day Four

Enjoy an early morning dip before a breakfast cruise across the Gokova Gulf to the beautiful fishing port of Karacasogut, in its forested setting. While your crew replenishes the gulet’s supplies, you can step ashore to explore, or perhaps to join an excursion to bustling Mamaris, one of the Turkish Aegean’s most famous resorts. Alternatively, take the optional excursion (payable locally) by jeep to the little town of Dalyan, famed for nearby Iztuzu Beach, a refuge for the protected caretta caretta sea turtles, which lay their eggs in its soft sand.

However you spend your enjoyable day, you’ll return to Karacasogut and dine on board this evening.

Day Five

A morning passage, returning westwards, brings you to Sedir Island, where the ancient ruins of Greco-Roman Cedrai are windows on the distant past. Legend has it that Mark Anthony wooed Cleopatra on the island, importing the beach sand from North Africa. The romance is continued with this afternoon’s call in exquisite Ballisu Cove and this evening’s overnight mooring in beautiful Longoz, where you might enjoy a stroll in the pine-scented surrounding forest before dinner is served on board.

Day Six

The idyllic voyage continues today with a leisurely passage, via Kargili Bay, to beautiful Orak Island. Its crystal-clear waters teeming with aquatic life make paradise for snorkellers. Step ashore for a stroll on the island, before spending the evening and night under the stars in this stunning location.

Day Seven

A last morning is spent cruising towards Pabuc Burnu, a maquis-covered headland famed for its clear, calm waters, from which the remains of a 6th-century B.C. shipwreck were recovered only a few years ago. Swim in the turquoise sea and enjoy a last lunch and a final cruise back towards Bodrum. Tea is served in beautiful Haremten Bay, before your gulet returns to port. A last dinner is served on board, after which you can relax with your new-found friends aboard the vessel, or head into town for another taste of Bodrum’s famously lively nightlife.

Days 8 - 10

Spend three nights in the Salmakis Resort, a beautiful, five-star beach resort hotel overlooking Bodrum Bay’s pristine waters, on this extended Turkish odyssey. The hotel offers world-class service, an extensive spa (treatments payable locally), a gym and vast outdoor pool. A first-class buffet restaurant serves Turkish and international specialities and there is an a la carte dining area (supplement payable locally) featuring views over the bay and to Bodrum Castle, a patisserie and three bars, including a pool and beach bar. Air-conditioned rooms are superbly appointed, with free Wi-Fi, a TV, minibar, safe and hairdryer.

Day 11

Bid farewell and transfer to the airport for your return flight.

 

Please note: At the captain’s discretion, it may be necessary to alter the order of the itinerary on your holiday. Passages will be made under sail when winds allow, or under motor on calmer days.

 

Departure Airport Date Price From
LGW
LGW 11 May 2019 £1159
LGW
LGW 01 June 2019 £1249
LGW
LGW 08 June 2019 £1269
LGW
LGW 15 June 2019 £1269
LGW
LGW 22 June 2019 £1379
LGW
LGW 29 June 2019 £1379
LGW
LGW 31 August 2019 £1279
LGW
LGW 07 September 2019 £1299
LGW
LGW 14 September 2019 £1299
LGW
LGW 21 September 2019 £1229
LGW
LGW 28 September 2019 £1189
LGW
LGW 05 October 2019 £1129
STN
STN 11 May 2019 £1159
STN
STN 01 June 2019 £1249
STN
STN 08 June 2019 £1269
STN
STN 15 June 2019 £1269
STN
STN 22 June 2019 £1379
STN
STN 29 June 2019 £1379
STN
STN 31 August 2019 £1279
STN
STN 07 September 2019 £1299
STN
STN 14 September 2019 £1299
STN
STN 21 September 2019 £1229
STN
STN 28 September 2019 £1189
STN
STN 05 October 2019 £1129

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Passengers travelling on tours departing after September 2018 will be offered different excursions on Days Four, Six and Seven. Please see the itinerary for further details.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

*This offer applies to new bookings on selected air-inclusive holidays to destinations within Europe, made between 17th July and 10th August 2018 (inclusive), only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (EARLYSH) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Exclusions apply.