8 Days

BODRUM TO EPHESUS

The world is really your oyster!  Wherever your budgets allows.  Gulet charter Bodrum is renown both for weather, fishing and magnificence. Active or leisurely days. You can choose among deep sea fishing, water skiing, scuba diving, swimming or lazing on the beaches.

In the crystal blue waters you can explore the reefs, ruins, dolphins and turtles. If bargains are what you enjoy, then it can be a shopper’s paradise for you in some of the small villages and towns.

Now that Covid-19 is behind us, now is the time to realize your dream of a fabulous vacation on your private floating hotel.

BODRUM TO EPHESUS

Day 1 Bodrum City Tour (Half Day), Gumusluk

You will start your tour by discovering Bodrum with your guide while your gulet is waiting for you in Gümüşlük.

Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus, is a city on the Bodrum Peninsula, stretching from Turkey's southwest coast into the Aegean Sea.  The city features twin bays with views of Bodrum Castle. This medieval fortress was built partly with stones from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, completed in the 4th century B.C. 

Gümüşlük is laidback in every sense of the word from the dried gourd lanterns at its many small restaurants to the faded wooden sunbeds on its pebble beach. 

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Day 2 Iasos Ancient City

After breakfast, your gulet cruises to  Iasos.  Ancient Iasos, over 4000 years old, a Carian city that was once an island.  It was first conquered and plundered by the Spartans, and later, in the 4th century by Alexander the Great followed by Philip V, king of Macedon. The latter was forced by the Romans to give Iasos to Ptolemy V of Egypt. After that, the city came under Byzantine rule before falling into Ottoman hands, when it was abandoned around the 15th or 16th century..  

It was a wealthy little town and prospered from its excellent harbor, rich fishing grounds and red-tinted marble quarried in the nearby hills.  Today, the walled acropolis-fortress stands high above the fishing harbor. Across the isthmus linking the village with Iasos are the excellent remains of a bouleuterion, a council chamber, with four stairs dividing the rows of seat, a huge agora, some remains of a theater and to the south a Roman stoa from the 2nd century AD dedicated to Artemis Astias. 

A tasty dinner will be served, and the overnight stay will be in the harbor of Iasos.

 

 

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Day 3 Euromos (The Temple of Zeus), Labranda Ancient Ruins

After a healthy and, of course, tasty breakfast on board, we will leave the yacht for a visit to The Templa of Zeus in Euromos. The most important, and also the best-preserved building in Euromos is the Temple of Zeus. It is believed that already in the 5th century BC, a temple dedicated to Zeus stood at the foot of the hill and could be a symbol of the Hellenization process of these areas of Asia Minor, and the replacement of local, mostly female Anatolian deities, with the gods of the pantheon.

In front of the temple, on the eastern side, the remains of an altar have been discovered. The inscription on it states that the sanctuary was dedicated to Zeus Lepsynos. The meaning of 'Lepsynos' nickname remains a mystery, but scholars believe that it is a word derived from the Carian language.

On the western slope of the hill, there are the remains of a small theater. Only five rows of seats have been preserved. The theater can be seen to the west of the temple.

Within the city agora, that was once surrounded on all sides by colonnaded porticoes, only several fragments of columns are visible.

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Day 4 Altinkum, Temple of Apollo (Didyma), Dilek Peninsula

Next stop of your blue voyage is Altinkum. Early morning we will set sail (depending on the wind condition) to Altinkum. Altinkum (Golden Sands in Turkish) has some lovely beaches between the land and the amazing blue waters of the Aegean. The facilities at the three beaches of Altinkum include excellent water sports and even pedaloes for those not wanting to move too quickly. There are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby with fish, an excellent choice on any menu. The waters are warm throughout the many weeks of the season and the skies usually cloudless. Our driver will pick up us from Iasos to visit Temple of Apollo. 

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Day 5 Kusadasi, House of Virgin Mary, Ephesus Ancient City

One of the top spots of Turkey boat holidays is Kusadasi. Kusadasi is a major port facing due west into the Aegean Sea. Kuşadası takes its name from the Turkish 'kuş' (bird) and 'ada' (island) -- literally 'Bird Island', a reference to Guvercin Adası ('Pigeon Island'), which is connected to the mainland of Kusadasi by a short causeway. Today, citizens of Kuşadası often shorten the name to Ada. 

It is 90 kms south of Izmir and has become a major cruise ship port of call, due among other things to the proximity of such historical treasures as Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis, the House of the Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St. John in nearby Selcuk. From Kusadasi we drive to Selçuk for visiting Virgin Mary House and Ephesus.

 

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Day 6 Priene, Miletus, Didim

Our driver will pick you up from Kusadasi to visit Priene and Miletus. Meanwhile Our yacht will be crusing during the day from Kusadasi to Didim to meet with us after our visit to Priene and Miletus

The ancient city of Priene is famous for its dramatic setting on flat table land overlooking the broad expanse of the Meander River flood plain with the steep rock of Mount Mykale at its back. It's worth visting today, its well-preserved theater and bouleuterion (council chamber), and the remains of its grand Temple of Athena, a work of Pythius of Halicarnassus, the architect of the famed Mausoleum. Founded by the legendary Aegyptus, Priene prospered around 550 BC, but was captured by Cyrus of Persia in 545 BC. It was a center for activities of the Ionian League around 300 BC. It later became a Roman city, then Byzantine, and was still active when captured by the Turks in the late 1200s.

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Day 7 Yalikavak, Catalada

One of the must-see places while you are on a yacht charter is Yalikavak. Yalikavak on the North West of the Peninsula used to be famous for its sponges and the divers skilled in finding them. It was the main economic activity. Yalikavak has become increasingly popular with tourists who can enjoy the lovely coves. Sunset from the hills are stunning while the white windmills are a feature of the area. Yachtsmen know Yalikavak well and it has all the facilities that you need as you sail in these waters.

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Day 8 Bodrum

At the end of your multi faceted voyage, and following a hearty breakfast, you will disembark with still one more opportunity to enjoy Bodrum. The town has a well-developed tourist infrastructure with plenty of attractive restaurants, bars and lively nightlife. Take home all the memories of the amazing sites, bays, beaches and people you have seen.  Thank you for choosing Sigmayachts for your gulet holiday,    

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