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.
Leave Bodrum sailing across the Gulf of Gokova to the site of Knidos, the meeting point of the Mediterranean and Aegean seas. Knidos is famous in antiquity for the cult of Aphrodite started there.
Situated at the end of the Datca peninsula, this Dorian city was built on terraces rising to the acropolis. Straddling the peninsula, it had a harbour on either side, and flourished during the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods. The site was excavated in 1857 by C. T. Newton and from 1967 by Iris Love.
Famous as a center of art and culture in the fourth century BC, Knidos was established at the same time that Halicarnassus was, as one of the six Dorian colonies in Asia Minor. It seems to have kept a purer Greek character, no doubt because it set its sights seaward and had little contact with the interior.
Around 360 BC, the city was rebuilt at the windblown tip of the peninsula, banking on the fact that a good harbour at the outer corner of Asia Minor would become a popular calling-port for ships on the Aegean - East Mediterranean transit routes. The rocky island facing the shore at the new site was joined to the mainland with a causeway, creating two deep harbours on either side of the isthmus: one on the Aegean and the other on the Mediterranean.
The island section held the residential quarters, a series of colonnaded walkways rose in tiers on the land. Two large theatres, an odeon and three temples completed what must have been a striking ensemble in the midst of a desolate crag.
The remains of a circular temple dedicated to the goddess of love Aphrodite overlook remains of the two harbours: the arcaded way was built of white marble heart - shaped columns. The legendary Aphrodite of Praxiteles statue, reputedly one of the most beautiful sculptures of the antiquity, once graced this temple. The city was renowned as one of the most beautiful in ancient Greece. In the early evening moor near the idyllic Kargi Bay.
Early morning set sail to picturesque resort of Datça. Enjoy a stroll through town, offering some lovely shopping and cafés. Renowned for its natural beauty and climate, this town provides a window into the life of rural Turkey of 50 to 100 years ago. Village life is still based on agriculture, fishing, and the building of the gullet or Gulet (the traditional 2-masted Turkish wooden sailing vessel). Pine, oak, and myrtle filled mountains plunge down to a serene beach and two natural harbours.
Set sail for the tiny Greek Island of Simi in the Straights of Marmaris, directly hugging the Turkish Coast.
The scenic natural landscape consists of jagged coastline with sheer cliffs, narrow fjords, private coves and high mountains. Ever since the classical times, Simi flourished due to the success of it sponge-diving and boat-building industries, launching up to 500 ships a year. It became the third richest island of the Dodecanese.
The islands well protected natural harbours led to the Italian occupation in the beginning of the 20th century along with the German occupation in World War II. After this Simi never recovered and the mansions built in better times slowly crumbled.
Today elaborate churches, elegant boutiques, seafood restaurants and cafés line the fairy tale-like harbour, painted in numerous shades of pastel colours. It is different than the other Dodecanese islands, remaining refined with an aristocratic charm, seen both in the carefully restored neo-Classical homes and in the gracious hospitality of the island’s inhabitants. Early evening arrive in the fairy tale harbour filled with pastel, neo-classical homes.
Depart Simi harbour and cruise to the island’s western side to the peaceful setting of the Panormitis Monastery of the Archangel Michael, with its Byzantine frescos.
Enjoy a swim break at the Bay of St. George, before returning to the Turkish coastline. Sail into the Gulf of Hisaronu for re-entering Turkey in the fishing village of Bozburun. It is used to be the center of sponge diving along the Turkish coast, but nowadays locals here earn their living in a much less dangerous way by building the typical broad-beamed wooden gullets.
Afterwards cruise into the wide Bay of Selimiye, one of the safest natural harbours in the Gulf of Hisaronu. Surrounded by magnificent scenery and largely unspoiled, Selimiye village seems as though it was frozen in time.
Sail into the Gulf of Hisaronu with a mountainous coastline that offers numerous anchorages within. Stretching for 30 nautical miles into the Aegean Sea between the Greek Islands of Kos and Rhodes, this gulf provides a sailing paradise with late morning winds and deep blue seas with secluded coves, rugged mountains as a backdrop, and small tranquil villages. Bencik Bay resembles a miniature fjord.
The inlet extends inland about 1.5 nautical miles and has steep wooded slopes on either side. Bencik is located at the narrowest part of the peninsula that divides the Hisaronu Gulf from the Gokova Gulf. The crosswinds in this region are excellent for sailing. Cruise north to Ciftlik Bay, a hidden cove with a small sandy beach, half way up the Datca peninsula.
Cruise to this, the most western anchorage in the Gulf of Hisaronu. Palamutbuku is well known for its sparkling clean sea, fresh fish, and delicious locally grown almonds, which are produced locally. From here, sail to Mersincik in the Gulf of Gokova; a stunning bay ringed with high mountains and woods, its clear waters and seclusion make it a favourite spot for spending the night.
This morning cross the Gulf of Gokova to the pine-clad Bay of Kesibuku. Take advantage of the calm morning hours, sailing smoothly along the Gokova shores. Opt for a stop at Orak Island. Late afternoon come into the Bodrum harbor, or continue to the attractive bay of Ada Bogazi for night.
After breakfast about 9am disembarkation in Bodrum.
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.