Join a traditional sailing boat and explore the Turkish coastline, with an onboard chef to cook for you.
This 7-night cruise sails between Marmaris and Fethiye, taking in ancient rock tombs, sleepy fishing villages and picturesque islands on the way. And there’s plenty of time for swimming, snorkelling and shopping, too.
You’ll stay onboard a traditional wooden gulet, with its own bar and dining room serving freshly-prepared meals. There’s also a roomy sun deck on the bow, with chic white mattresses for lounging on.
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Food and drink
Dinner under the stars is one of the highlights of a gulet cruise. And as there’s no timetable to speak of, your onboard chef will serve meals, such as salads, fruit, grilled meats and freshly caught fish, at a time that suits everyone – agreed earlier in the day. When it comes to drinks, the boat is well-stocked and they operate a tab system where you settle your bill in cash, either Turkish lira or sterling, at the end of your stay.
The deck area has some comfy mattresses where you can sunbathe.
There are eight cabins with double beds and en suite bathrooms. Mattresses for sunbathing are laid out on the raised bow. There's a shaded deck terrace with tables and chairs for dining al fresco.
Have a night out in Marmaris
This evening, you'll enjoy dinner on your yacht, before getting the chance to sample Marmaris’ lively nightlife. You’ll spend the night docked in the city’s harbour.
Board the boat in Marmaris.
Ekincik Gulf to Dalyan
After breakfast, you’ll head towards the Ekincik Gulf, for a swim at Caretta-Caretta Beach. You’ll also see the region’s ancient rock tombs, and the sleepy fishing village of Dalyan.
Swim at Caretta-Caretta Beach. See the region’s ancient rock tombs. Or explore the sleepy fishing village of Dalyan.
Dalyan Discovery 2
Dalyan’s been busy rolling out the red carpet a fair bit lately, with stars like Robbie Williams, Sting and Dustin Hoffman dropping by for a visit. And now you can follow in the footsteps of the stars with a trip to this magical spot on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. Sail down the Dalyan River and take in the eerie Rock Tombs dating back to 400BC. Plunge into the natural sulphur mudbaths and smother yourself in therapeutic mud (said to strip ten years off you!), then dip into the hot sulphur pool to rinse yourself clean. After lunch on the riverbank, head to Iztuzu Beach. Made famous by David Bellamy, it’s the home and breeding ground of the rare Loggerhead turtles.
Aga Limani to Binlik Bay
Today brings you to the picturesque cove of Aga Limani, where you can snooze on the beach or hike to the ruins of Lydea. You’ll then sail into Binlik Bay, where you’ll dock for the night by a partly-submerged hammam.
Snooze on the beach or hike to the ruins of Lydea in this picturesque cove.
Binlik translates as thousands. It’s an apt name for this bay, as it feels like there are lots of ways to enjoy it. There are only a couple of mooring places, so it’s really private. With that there’s peace and seclusion, and plenty of time to take in grandstand views of the Turkish coastline’s pine-dressed hills. This is a great spot for swimming and snorkelling, or you can just relax on the sun deck for a do-nothing few hours.
Gocek to Yassica Island
You’ll explore Gocek today. The town is nestled at the foot of pine-cloaked mountains, and looks out over the 12 islands of Fethiye’s gulf. Sample one of the seafood eateries in the marina, before heading to Yassica Island to moor for the night.
The town is nestled at the foot of pine-cloaked mountains, and looks out over the 12 islands of Fethiye’s gulf.
The 5 islands here are so tiny they don’t have individual names, nor do they have any facilities. That’s part of their appeal. The biggest one has a sandy beach and a lagoon pool. They’re so close together, too, that you can swim to and from 4 of them within 30 minutes. Otherwise, it’s easy enough to explore the islands’ Mediterranean plants and foliage on foot.
Tersane Island to Domuz Island
You’ll visit Tersane Island this morning, a naturally protected harbour that was once used as a boatyard back in Byzantine and Ottoman times. Then you’ll sail to Domuz Island for a swim and an overnight stay.
Tersane Island boasts a naturally protected harbour that was once used as a boatyard back in Byzantine and Ottoman times.
Among the 12 islands in the Gulf of Fethiye, this is the closest to the peninsula. It also goes by the name of Pig Island, on account of the drove of pigs that used to live here, but now it’s a calm and quiet place. There are a few inlets to drop anchor and explore the ruins of churches and Byzantium houses in the olive and pine tree forests. Otherwise, the waters are clear for swimming and the sea breezes cooling.
When you’ve had breakfast, you’ll visit Kizil Island – a place that’s fronted by a pretty cove and blanketed in pine trees. Picnic in the hills or swim in the clear waters, before enjoying a bite to eat back on board the boat.
This place is fronted by a pretty cove and blanketed in pine trees. Perfect for a picnic in the hills or a swim in the clear waters.
Samanlik Bay to Fethiye
Today’s first stop will be Samanlik Bay, where you’re greeted by turquoise waters and tree-covered hills. Enjoy a swim here, before spending the night in Fethiye.
It’s all about soaking up the sun and relaxing on deck once you’ve dropped anchor at this so-quiet bay. The views back towards Fethiye’s harbour are pretty as a picture. The water in these parts is like an aquarium, so you can dive in for a spot of swimming and snorkelling before or after a barbecue on the clean sands. From the shore, there are great hiking trails in the pine forests.
Dance to Turkish rock in Fethiye
The bars lining the beachfront at Calis Beach are decent laid-back options for a quiet drink. Over in Fethiye, things get livelier. Here, the bars morph into nightclubs as the evening progresses, with traditional Turkish music gradually giving way to higher-volume disco and pop. Car Cemetery Bar is a busy choice where house band Burhan Kutbay play lively Turkish rock. Deep Blue Bar and Ottoman Bar are also town-centre favourites.
Have dinner at Fethiye’s fish market
Forget menus. At Fethiye’s popular fish market, you pick what you fancy from the line-up of prawns, sea bream and squid and take it to one of the nearby restaurants to have it cooked up. For a few Turkish Lira, they’ll also throw in some bread and salad. As for the drinks, it’s a toss-up between the Turkish tea and the aniseed-flavoured raki.
You’ll disembark this morning, before heading to the airport for your flight home. If you're booked on a night flight, you'll be taken back to a hotel nearby where there may be a courtesy room to freshen up before you leave for the airport. Food and drinks may be available but you will have to pay for these.