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An exclusive island cruise

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 vessel hand-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, and swim and snorkel to your heart’s content. Then, when each day of hidden coves or delightful ports of call is done, enjoy a convivial drink with new-found friends under skies awash with stars.

What does this price include?

  • Seven nights' full-board accommodation (including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner) on board a traditional Turkish gulet cruise ship
  • Three nights' all-inclusive accommodation at the four-star Salmakis Resort
  • Return flights to Bodrum
  • Return airport-to-port transfers

Your Itinerary

  • Fly into Bodrum and transfer by coach to the quayside. Meet the welcoming crew of your vessel and your fellow passengers as you embark, and enjoy a first on-board dinner of traditional Turkish mezes, followed by a fish or meat dish and dessert. Afterwards you'll be free to step ashore to take in some of Bodrum’s famously lively nightlife, as your gulet stays moored in the port.

  • Awaken in your comfortable cabin, and make your way out on deck for your first delicious breakfast on board - a mix of Turkish and traditional continental fare with special dishes prepared each morning by the chef. An informal but important pre-sailing briefing will be given by the captain and on-board guide, after which, formalities completed, your vessel will make her way out of the harbour into the blue Gokova Gulf, away from Bodrum’s whitewashed buildings, and head gently towards your first anchorage, in idyllic Alakisla Inlet.

    Today, as every day, there will be time to enjoy the warm sunshine and an opportunity for a swim or snorkel, and 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 will make her way beneath the early evening sun to the picturesque fishing village of Cokertme. Here, dinner will be served, and you'll be able to head ashore, or simply enjoy a convivial hour or two under the stars on board your gulet.

  • Another idyllic 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 to a Royal Navy warship during World War Two. You'll have time for swimming and snorkelling in the pine-fringed blue waters, here, before dinner is served at anchor in this glorious setting.

  • 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 join an excursion to bustling Mamaris, one of the Turkish Aegean’s most famous resorts.

    Alternatively, join an optional excursion (payable locally) by jeep to the little town of Dalyan, close to Iztuzu Beach, a famous refuge for the protected loggerhead sea turtles that lay their eggs in its soft sand.

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

  • A morning passage back west brings you to Sedir Island, where the ancient ruins of Greco-Roman Cedrai offer a window on the distant past. Legend has it that Mark Anthony wooed Cleopatra on the island, importing the beach sand from North Africa.

    The air of romance continues on this afternoon's call in exquisite Ballisu Cove, and this evening's overnight mooring in beautiful Longoz, where you can enjoy a stroll through the pine-scented forests before dinner is served on board.

  • Your idyllic voyage continues, today, with a leisurely passage via Kargili Bay to beautiful Orak Island. Here, the crystal-clear waters teem with aquatic life, making them a paradise for snorkellers. Step ashore for a stroll around the island, before spending the evening and night under the stars in this stunning location.

  • Your last morning on board is spent cruising towards Pabuc Burnu, a maquis-covered headland famed for its clear, calm waters, from which the remains of a Sixth Century BC shipwreck were recovered only a few years ago. Swim in the turquoise sea, enjoy a last lunch and then the final cruise back towards Bodrum.

    Tea will be served in beautiful Haremten Bay, before your gulet returns to port. A last dinner will be served, after which you can relax with your new-found friends on board the vessel, or head into town for another taste of Bodrum's busy nightlife.

  • Spend three relaxing nights in the Salmakis Resort, a beautiful, four-star beach resort hotel overlooking Bodrum Bay’s pristine waters, on this extended Turkish holiday. Whether you simply stay in the hotel and relax, or head into Bodrum (which is just a 15-minute walk or a water taxi ride away) it promises to be a wonderful end to a wonderful holiday.

  • Bid farewell to Turkey, and return to the airport to check in for your flight home, at the end of a wonderful cruise.

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Hotels

Turkish Gulet Cruising with Beach Extension Touring Hotels

You will be staying in a series of comfortable hotels that are conveniently located for your tour itinerary.

Further Information

  • British Citizens require a visa for entry into Turkey. We recommend obtaining an e-Visa online prior to travel to avoid queues 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, but we do not recommend this route as queue times can be very lengthy and may affect your onward journey. Please also check if this facility is still available before you travel as it may be withdrawn at anytime. For full details please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey/entry-requirements.

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