Exclusive island cruise
Cruise the Aegean’s pristine blue waters on board a 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.
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Day One: Fly to Bodrum
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: Rest and relax
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: Call at Tuzla Bay and English Harbour
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: Optional excursions to Mamaris and Dalyan
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: Included visit to Sedir Island
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: Included visit to Orak Island
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: Return to Bodrum
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 rel
ax with your new-found friends aboard the vessel, or head into town for another taste of Bodrum’s famously lively nightlife.
Day Eight: Fly back to the UK
Bid farewell to your crew and fellow passengers and transfer to the airport and the return flight, at the end of a wonderful cruise.
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.
Gulet Cruise Ship
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.
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.
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.
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.
Passports and visas
British Citizens require a visa for entry into Turkey. We recommend obtaining an e-Visa online prior to travel to avoid ques upon arrival in Turkey. The cost is 20 US Dollars – please visit www.evisa.gov.tr for more details. Alternatively a visa can currently be obtained upon arrival for a fee of £20 (please check if this facility is still available before you travel as it may be withdrawn). For full details please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey/entry-requirements.