The coastlines of the Aegean Sea are home to some of the most pristine and beautiful bays and coves, truly idyllic vacation spots. The Blue Cruise or Blue Voyage was first made famous here where cross winds are excellent for sailing, the bays are secluded and merge with dramatic pine forested coast lines. The South Dodecanese islands, including Symi, are a loose collection in the Aegean Sea, situated off the west coast of Turkey and offer a tranquil, picturesque charm that has almost vanished from many of the better-known Greek island resorts.
· Uniformed, English-speaking crew including chef
· Optimized for sailing as guests wish
· Adjustable A/C throughout
· 2 Generators & inverters
· En suite bathrooms with flush w/c & shower
· Spacious cabins
· Flat screen TV, DVD hook up & movie library
· Free WiFi
· Satellite antenna
· Stereosystem / iPOD dock
· Orthopedic beds & pillows
· 100% fine cotton linen and fluffy towels
· Zodiac dinghy with H/P motor for waterski
· Wake board, ringo and paddle board
· Snorkel & Fishing equipment for adults & kids
Transfer to the charming Bodrum harbor and board your Gulet sailing yacht in the afternoon. Your captain and crew will be waiting for you on board.
Spend the first night on board in the Bodrum harbor or in a bay close by.
Depart from Bodrum for the Gulf of Gokova, a stretch of the Aegean where the sea displays the most remarkable hues. The rugged coastline with its myriad small bays and harbours gives way to a stunning backdrop of pine-clad hills and mountains.
The next destination is Cati Bay where we will spend the rest of the day and sleep under the stars. Cati is a beautiful natural harbour surrounded with pine trees, fantastic for swimming and walks through the pine forests.
After breakfast, leave Cati Bay to explore Yedi Adalar (Seven Islands), a chain of 6 larger and many small islands, fringed by coral reefs located very close to the shore.
Each island has its own beauty, presenting you with incredible beaches, pine forests, or beautiful Styrax (or Sorax, sweet gum, liquid-amber) trees, which are native to this region, and have provided resin to make perfumes and incense since ancient times.
The locals extract the sap from the sweet gum trees to produce Storax, which is used for medicinal purposes. At an American Chemical Society Meeting in 2006, chemists reported evidence that the seeds of the sweet gum fruit contain shikimic acid, the acid used to produce the main antiviral agent for fighting bird flu.
There are many secluded beaches and coves here where you can enjoy swimming, kayaking, and snorkelling. Our last stop in the Seven Islands region will be Kufre Bay.
Continue your blue voyage to Cleopatra Island, the site of the classical love-nest created by Mark Anthony for the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra.
Here you find extensive archaeological remains scattered along one of Turkey’s most breath- taking golden beaches. (Optional): Cleopatra’s Island is like an open-air museum with its ruin-scattered beach, golden sand, and crystalline water. The inland area has a Dorian-style temple that Christians later turned into a church, a 1,500-person amphitheatre reminiscent THE GULF OF GOKOVA of the pre-Roman era, small buildings with domed roofs, cisterns coloured red on the inside, and tunnels.
The surrounding area is strewn with broken columns, capitals, and stones decorated with pictures and reliefs. The numerous knights’ coats of arms suggest that the Knights of Rhodes used the island.
Legend has it that Mark Anthony brought the sand here for Cleopatra from the deserts of North Africa. It is forbidden by law to remove even a few grains of unusual sand from this island.
English Harbour: When you depart and sail along the island’s south western coast, you will notice how the forests come down to meet the shores of deep inlets stretching inland. This rugged coastline is known as the Bay of Sixty-six Inlets. In the afternoon cruise to the secluded English Harbor, which abounds with thick green foliage. The cove takes its name from the English torpedo boats that hid here in World War II.
Se sail for the Longuz Bay, where the forest touches the water’s edge and offers some lovely hiking opportunities. In the early evening drop anchor in Tuzla for overnight, after a few stops for swimming in Ballisu.
Ballisu (meaning ‘honeyed water’) is another site of incredible natural beauty that will take your breath away.
Cruise to the picturesque fishing hamlet of Cokertme, which is nestled in the foothills of Kiran Mountains. Here you can hike through the village’s winding pathways, some of them not much more than a goat path and explore.
(Optional): A short southerly sail brings you to the intriguing village of Oren. If the sea is calm, you can drop anchor at the sea wall and either walk about a mile or take a minibus up to the old village.
Here you will find villagers living amongst the ruins of ancient Keramos. If you explore the various footpaths, you will eventually come across an ornately carved temple doorway (now part of a barn wall), the remains of a Byzantine church at the bottom of a garden complete with a clearly visible fresco, and the remains of a Roman bath complex.
This morning cruise to the pine-clad Bay of Kisebuku. Take advantage of the calm morning hours sailing smoothly along the Gokova shores. Late afternoon, come into Bodrum harbor, or continue to the lovely bay of Ada Bogazi for the night.
Depart after breakfast for the Bodrum airport and flight back to Istanbul, or transfer to your next destination.
Please understand: Cruise itineraries are given as a general guide only and may have to be changed without prior notice and are dependent on (sometimes last minute) changes in local law, weather, sea and docking conditions. Certain stops might be visited on another day than shown in the above program.
Cuisine: Please let us know if you have special dietary requirements or allergies. We are happy to make you comfortable.
On board you enjoy the relaxed company of your fellow guests, large lounge areas and deck, immaculate crew service, and magical feast after feast on board each day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
· One airport or ferry transfer on embarkation day.
· All inclusive accommodation, Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea/cookies and dinner.
· Non alcoholic drinks. Local beer and house wine at opening times of the board bar.
· All charter and berth taxes, harbour and port fees, transit log.
· Crew service, ship water, diesel and gasoline, clean bed linen and towels.
· Yacht insurance (we expect to bring your own individual travel insurance).
· Optional land tours and entrance fees to places of interest.
· Flights and airport transfers.
· Tipps for the crew.
· Other alcoholic drinks than local beer and house wine.
First line: The price is for one person sharing a double cabin. Single passengers who wish to have a cabin for themselves must pay the single occupancy price.
All cabins have en-suite WC/shower. Children from the age of 8 are allowed and counted as adults. There is no child discount available on any of our itineraries in Turkey.
The cruise takes place on one of our 3 premium Gulets. You will be either on our 8, 7 or 4 cabin Gulet. An exact yachts name can not be available until 1 or 2 days before departure, as numbers of bookings come in often late.
We advice you to give us your mobile phone that we stay in contact to give you the captain's number and boat name as soon as possible.