Kemer – Antalya – TurkeyBlue voyage
The Blue Voyage is a sailing/motoring cruise on any stretch of the cleanest waters in the world between Bodrum to Antalya, where deep blue mingles with the green of the evergreen forest covered coastline. Ancient cities such as Knidos, Caunos, Telmessos, Antiphellos, Myra, Olympus, Phaselis and the rock-tombs in the Lycian cities are there for your exploration if requested and your yacht could be sailing through from the antique regions of Karia, the Lycian and then on to the Pamphylia region. Everyday a new cove, a new bay to be explored. Endless natural beauty and history are enjoyed whilst cruising under the Mediterranean sun.
As the Mediterranean coastline of Turkey is a treasure-chest of coves, inlets, bays and beaches, yachtsmen can easily choose a different and private anchorage each night. For lovers of the active life, sailing in the clear waters provides great opportunities for swimming, fishing, water skiing, wind surfing and diving.
It also allows you to experience a truly enriching cultural exchange with the hospitable and gracious people of the coastal villages and towns. The tempered winds which generally blow from the west and northwest make the long summers ideal for the blue voyage. From some of the Turquoise coast’s unspoiled and sheltered bays you can see mountain peaks rising to almost 3000 meters above sea level.
The pleasure of ”Blue Voyaging” in Turkey will tempt you to return again and again, to explore yet another stretch of coast and to relieve the luxurious ease of life on the sea.
Life On Board
The modern gulets are equipped as comfortably as many small hotels, with generators and deep freeze. They offer the perfect atmosphere for a lazy holiday in which you are expected to do nothing that you do not wish to do. Days are spent swimming or exploring the turquoise deep with your snorkel, reading your favorite novel, trying the delicious Turkish cuisine, drinking something wonderful, sun bathing, windsurfing, playing cards and generally relaxing.
Water and jet skis are available for rent from most beaches and land trips to plenty of ancient ruins are extras. You can even fish for your supper which the cook will gladly prepare for you. Mealtimes are another form of entertainment with exquisite Turkish cuisine and wonderful conversation. Having a meal under the stars on a calm sea gently lapping the sides of the boat is an experience not to be missed. It is like a holiday in a hotel with all the rooms overlooking the sea but every day the scenery changes. For those who prefer a different view each day and are prepared for the changing moods of Mother Nature then a holiday on a gulet is the perfect solution.
What to bring with you ?
You only need casual wear; non slip foot wear, your swimming gear, a sun hat, some T-shirts and shorts, a sweater for cool evenings excursions and walks, blue jeans and strong footwear. Instead of one large suitcase, we recommend that you use two smallish soft bags as they are far more convenient when it comes to stowing them away in your cabin. What else? Some towels, a mini first aid kit including antihistamine cream plus toiletries.
Soap, one hand towel each plus bedding is provided. For the gentlemen who don’t want to grow a holiday beard, a battery operated razor and shaving soap is essential. Please be forewarned that electrical appliances may only be connected whilst the yacht is tied up in port, so please have everything readily recharged.
With the safety and enjoyment she offers, a gulet is the best initiation to yachting. Anyone can travel on a gulet. The crew is accustomed to the needs of the new passengers. The greatest phobia of landlubbers-seasickness-may start in a few hours but normally will soon disappear very quickly. The blue voyage consists of motoring or sailing stretches of that keep the yacht motoring or sailing for only 2 to 4 hours per day, from one secure bay to another.
On a gulet, the crew is responsible for serving the passengers, as well as running the yacht. Crews usually consist of a Captain, Cook and Seaman/Mechanic and on the larger gulets a fourth crew member will be at your service. They are very friendly ensuring a relaxed atmosphere but at the same time extremely professional knowing the coastal waters and their yachts inside out. Due to their life on the sea, the crew members have a mind of information on the local history and surroundings being able to advise (using their practical language skills) on the best places to snorkel and anchor etc. Also you can get some super tips from the cook on local cuisine. Of course they are all water sport lovers and some even good divers. The crew will be glad to help out as far as their duties will permit and are there to give you an unforgettable Blue Voyage making you want to return just as the majority of our clients do.
Complete Yacht Charter
For families and for friends who wish to join up for a private cruise, the chartering of the entire yacht, including crew is advantageous in every respect. As a private party, you are free to charter the yacht of your choice for any agreed period of time and you may also determine the route. You may provide the provisions or you can let Eser do the shopping thus saving you all that unnecessary hassle in the heat by just paying the daily rate for full board. There are no sailing grounds more beautiful than the entire Turkish Coast between Bodrum to the north-west of Marmaris and Antalya to the south-east.
We’ll provide only the basics of your voyage’s program and then you’ll be free to settle the rest of the details together with the Captain during the cruise. He will be happy to comply with your wishes, weather permitting.
Days on board are always eventful and may differ greatly from each other depending on what Mother Nature has to offer. Quiet little bays with crystal clear waters or a lusty wind favorite for sailing, some ancient ruins beckoning on a hillside or a busy quaint little seaside town which you might like to visit.
You can just let yourself drift along from day to day permitting the yacht to take the strain and enjoy the cruise in complete relaxation. All this adding up to make a perfectly special “Blue Voyage”.
Cruises for singles or couples are great fun. They are designed for people who wish to make the holiday a totally new experience alongside new friends. Such cruises are often multi-national affairs, which make them especially interesting. These ‘Blue Voyages” always start and finish on Saturdays in Marmaris. Boarding starting at 15:00 hours depending on flight arrivals. The yacht actually leaves the harbour on Sunday morning after breakfast.
Although following a set route, no place is visited twice during any cruise, so that your last day on board will be as interesting as your first. Full board is included in the price, served in an open buffet style with beverages and alcoholic drinks being bought from the yacht’s bar. Please note that any land tours will be at an extra charge and are optional.
Your yacht will arrive back late Friday afternoon enabling a final night in the high life of Marmaris before disembarking latest 10:00 on Saturday morning.
MARMARIS – FETHIYE – MARMARIS ( Saturday – Saturday )
DAY 1 : When all members of your group have arrived the skipper will welcome you with a cocktail and answer any questions you may have about the trip. For your first night on board we’ll stay in the harbour so that you may get acquainted at leisure with lively Marmaris.
DAY 2 : After breakfast we depart for Ekincik Bay, some distance to the south east of Marmaris. If you choose the land tour, you will be met by a river boat which will take the group to the site of ancient Caunos in the delta of Dalyan river, and then upriver further to the sulfur mud baths supposedly very cleansing for your skin. The extensive sandy beaches of Dalyan delta are one of the last breeding places of the Mediterranean sea turtle.
DAY 3 : Even before you wake up in the morning the yacht will leave Ekincik so as to profit from the morning wind which usually blows off Dalaman beach. With all sails set, you’ll be served an uncomplicated sandwich breakfast. For lunch and a dive into crystal clear water we’ll drop anchor in Manastır Bay. Later in the afternoon we will sail on to Bedri Rahmi Bay. We’ll anchor in this lovely place for the night.
DAY 4 : On this day we’ll set sail for Tersane Island. Many centuries ago the people of this region built their wooden ships here. You can still see ruins of the ancient shipyard. Later in the day we’ll sail on to Gцзek, our anchorage for the night. Göçek is a small village but recently it has developed into a yachting base with two marinas and many yachting facilities.
Day 5 : After breakfast, we’ll leave Göçek for Kargı Bay, a quiet picturesque location where we’ll spend ample time swimming, snorkeling and wind surfing. In the afternoon we’ll go on to the town of Fethiye. You’ll surely spend some time in town, sight-seeing, shopping or visiting disco club Letoonia.
DAY 6 : In the morning we’ll cross the quiet expanses of Fethiye Bay to Dişibilmez. This little bay is a paradise for snorkeling fans. What’s more, it’s also a meeting place for many kinds of fish, just waiting to be caught. Good luck to any fishermen amongst us!
DAY 7 : After breakfast we’ll set sail for Kadırga Bay where we’ll spend some time swimming, surfing, snorkeling and for a last dive into the clear water of outer Marmaris Bay, then with the setting sun we’ll make fast for Marmaris quay.
DAY 8 : Our last breakfast together, then it’ll be time to say goodbye until we meet again, some other time for another cruise.
MARMARIS – DATCA – MARMARIS ( Saturday – Saturday )
DAY 1 : When all members of your group have arrived the Captain will order you a welcome cocktail and give some information about the cruise. The first night we’ll stay in Marmaris harbour so that you’ll have ample time to get acquainted with this friendly little town and maybe participate in its night life.
DAY 2 : After breakfast, leaving Marmaris, we head for Kadırga Cove where we have lunch and a swimming break. In the afternoon we head for Serçe harbour where we spend the night.
DAY 3 : In the morning we set sail towards Bozburun Village across the cool deep blue Mediterranean waters during which you can take an active part in hoisting sails or guiding the wheel. Bozburun is a typical fishing village. The last stop of our third day is near Kızıl Island. Here, amongst the old ruins and remains, we enjoy the beautiful sunset.
DAY 4 : Straight after breakfast we set sail for Selimiye Cove first in Hisarönü Bay. We have lunch in this pretty cove and passengers may disembark to walk up the hill to see the water fall amongst the trees. After lunch we go deeper into this bay to Orhaniye. This is where blue and green meet in perfect harmony.
DAY 5 : After spending the night in this tranquil Orhaniye Cove, we enter Bencik – its local name being “Where the fish jump over “. After a short walk up to the top of the hill, you can see the fantastic views of Gökova and Hisarönü Bays at the same time. Following a swim and lunch break, we set sail for Datça harbour and civilisation at last where you can have a very active and exciting evening in port.
Day 6 : Leaving quaint Datça we arrive at the antique city of Loryma passing through Symi and some Greek Islands. Surfing, swimming and diving are all possible from Bozukkale – an incomparable cove of its kind.
Day 7 : At the beginning of the last day, we head for Arap Island – here we lunch and swim and leave for Marmaris when the sun sets. We spend the evening and night in bright bustling Marmaris.
DAY 8 : After eating our last breakfast together it is time for farewells and disembarkation. Exchange of new friends’ addresses and in the hope to sail again some time.
MARMARIS – HISARÖNÜ BAY – DATÇA – SYMI – RHODES – MARMARIS ( Saturday – Saturday )
The cruise will follow the schedule below, but may be changed according to wind and weather conditions:
DAY 1 : When everyone has arrived, the captain will invite you to have a cocktail with him and ask any questions you might have about the cruise. Dinner will be served on board. The yacht will remain anchored in Marmaris harbour for the first night which gives you the chance to get acquainted at leisure with this lively seaside resort and its nightlife.
DAY 2 : Today we head for Arap Island, where we will have lunch. After a swimming break we move on to Bozukkale, the ancient Loryma. Visiting the remains of the old fortress, surfing, swimming and diving are all possible from Bozukkale – an incomparable cove of it’s kind.
DAY 3 : In the morning we move on towards Bozburun Village across the cool deep blue Mediterranean waters. Bozburun is a typical fishing village where Turkey s famous wooden yachts, or “gullets”, are built. After lunch we set sail for Orhaniye. This is where blue and green meet in perfect harmony.
DAY 4 : After breakfast we make a short stop at Bencik – its local name being “Where the fish jump over”. After a short walk up to the top of the hill, you can see the fantastic views of Gökova and Hisarönü Bay at the same time. Then our destination is Datça, which developed into a lively holiday village.
DAY 5 : After finishing the customs formalities we set sail for Symi, the first Greek Island we meet on our cruise. Its charming traditional houses, most of them painted in warm pastel colours and built amphitheatrically around the port, are motive of numerous postcards and posters.
DAY 6 : After a lazy breakfast in view of the idyllic fishermen harbour of Symi, we will set sail towards the famous island Rhodes, where we will be arriving in the early afternoon. During our visit you may enjoy major ancient findings , the old town center, the castle and the windmills of Rhodes. At night throw yourself heart and soul into the town’s nightlife.
Day 7 : At the beginning of the next day, we head for Kadırga Bay – here we lunch and swim and leave for Marmaris when the sun sets. We spend the evening and night in bright bustling Marmaris.
DAY 8 : After eating our last breakfast together it is time for farewells and disembarkation. Exchange of new friends’ addresses and in the hope to sail again some time.
MARMARIS – FINIKE – MARMARIS ( Saturday – Saturday )
DAY 1 : When all members of your group have arrived, the Captain will order you a welcome cocktail and give some information about the cruise. The first night we’ll stay in Marmaris Harbour so that you’ll have ample time to get acquainted with this friendly little town and maybe participate in its night life.
DAY 2 : After breakfast we’ll depart on a southerly course for Kadırga Bay where you may enjoy yourself with bathing and windsurfing while the crew prepares lunch. Later in the day we set sails for Semirce Bay, our anchorage for the night.
DAY 3 : If you choose the land tour, a small river boat will come and fetch us for an excursion into the delta of Dalyan River. First we’ll be taken to the ruins of ancient Caunos and then we’ll go on upriver to the sulfur mud baths which are great fun. On our return into the delta, we may spend some time on the extensive, sandy beaches of Dalyan and bathe in the shallows there before our boat takes us back to our yacht. On the beaches of Dalyan no visitors are permitted after nightfall because these are one of the last breeding grounds of the Mediterranean sea turtle.
DAY 4 : We are going to weigh anchor very early in the morning so that we may catch the strong wind which is usually blowing off Dalaman beach in the first hours of the day. We’ll sail on to Gemili Island. This is a perfect place for the explorers amongst you. It is covered with ruins, some Byzantanic, some much older, but history knows nothing about the people who lived there.
DAY 5 : Today’s destination is the little harbour of Kalkan, which we’ll reach at some time in the afternoon. There we’ll have the chance to rent a minibus which will take us to Xanthos, once the most important town of Lycia, then to the ancient holy place, Letoon and last of all to Patara, a Lycian harbour town, half buried under huge sand dunes.
DAY 6 : Today we’ll set course for Kekova with its wealth of beautiful bays and islands, many of them with traces of continuous inhabitation for more than 200 years. Through the clear water you can recognize ancient ruins on the bottom of the sea and you can feast your eyes on the impressive castle which the Lycians built, the Romans have enlarged and the Selchuks have restored. For the night we’ll anchor at Gökgemili, a little bay on the eastern tip of Kekova Island.
DAY 7 : In the morning we’ll weigh anchor for an excursion to ancient Myra with its Lycian rock tombs and its great Roman Theatre and to the church of St. Nicholas in Demre. Then a trip to beautiful Arycanda is possible, a Lycian town built on seven terraces high up in the mountains. On our way down, we may stop by a fish farm and purchase fresh mountain trout for tonight’s dinner.
DAY 8 : This day is mainly dedicated to swimming, snorkeling and windsurfing in the quiet bays of Kekova. In the afternoon we’ll go on to Kaş, a quaint little Mediterranean town. There, we’ll stay for the night and explore the many tiny souvenir shops and lovely little bars with live music
DAY 9 : Today we are going to spend more time than usual underway, because we have to cover a distance of 60 sea miles to our next destination, the famous lagoon “Ölüdeniz”, with its turquoise water and snow white sandy beach. For the night we’ll drop anchor in one of the nearby coves.
DAY 10 : After breakfast we’ll set course for Fethiye Bay. In the evening we’ll make fast in Fethiye’s marina. The town is a lively touristic centre with may shops and open air lively touristic centre with may ships and open air restaurants lining the streets. Of course there is also a disco. The Lycian graves in the rock wall in the back of the town, amongst them the tomb of Prince Amyntas, constitute a striking contrast to the modern architecture of today’s Fethiye.
DAY 11 : In the morning we’ll depart from Fethiye for the Yassıca Islands in the western part of the bay where we shall spend some time swimming and windsurfing. For the night we’ll anchor in Tersane Island. Many centuries ago the people who lived in this region used to build their wooden ships here. Some ruins of the old shipyards are still visible.
DAY 12 : There is such a wealth of beautiful little bays, many of them with the forest coming right down to the edge of the water, which it is difficult to choose amongst them. We’ll simply unfurl the sails and see in which direction the wind takes us.
DAY 13 : Our last stop within Fethiye Bay is Dişibilmez. That’s a paradise for snorkeling fans. People who are fond of hiking are attracted by Ağa Limanı and the hilly forested country surrounding it.
DAY 14 : On our way to Marmaris, we’ll stop behind Nimara Island for lunch. There we’ll put in some more hours of swimming and snorkeling before we’ll have to weigh anchor for Marmaris in time to arrive whilst the sun is setting.
DAY 15 : It’s time for our last breakfast on board then to say good bye until we meet again – some other time – for another cruise.
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