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.
Day 1 Fethiye, Samanlik Bay
Fethiye on Turkey's southwestern Turquoise Coast is known for its natural harbor, blue waters and numerous rock tombs including the 4th-century B.C. Tomb of Amyntas, carved into a cliff overlooking the city. It is a well known tourist center with many bars, restaurants and a vibrant night life. Fethyie itself is steeped in history with a number of exciting archeological sites. You can turn down a side street in Fethiye and come face-to-face with a tomb dating back some 1,300 years.
The city has three marinas, all with modern facilities. Fethyie is a great spot for starting or finishing a yacht charter and has quite a few islands dotting its coastline. Pick up some local specialities such as nuts, pickled and smoked olives, dried fruit, all kinds of spices and cheeses.
Samanlik Bay is just a short distance from Fethiye, It is a wonderful natural location with the slopes covered in pine trees. The cove has clear blue waters that tempt yachts and swimmers.
Day 2 Gemiler Island, Oludeniz (The Dead Sea)
Gemiler island is an uninhabited island. The shoreline is wooded in olive trees. The hillsides are covered by ruins from the Byzantine era. The ruins of Lycian tombs are in attractive settings that help you imagine what the place was like in ancient times.
It has a lot of restaurants and cafes located near the famous ruins.
Gemiler is considered to be the resting place of St. Nicholas, or who we all know as Santa Claus, who is also the Patron Saint of Sailors. During the early Christian era this was a very active island with a lot of trade and commerce. It is home to some Byzantine ruins and St. Nicholas’ tomb. The island is now a pilgrimage site, as well as a favored day stop for yachts. The local cuisine is exceptionally tasty, and is located in a relaxing spot with wonderful views. There is no commercial site for restocking, so if you need supplies it's best to sail onwards or restock in Fethiye.
Ölüdeniz is Turkish for Dead Sea due its calm waters even during storms although the official name is Blue Lagoon. It is a small village in the Fethiye district in the Muğla Province. It is one of the most visited and popular tourist spots on the Turquoise Coast of southwestern Turkey. The blue lagoon sits within a pebble beach enclosure, and the waters are crystal clear, aquamarine and varying shades of blue. Behind the town is Mount Babadağ, considered to be one of the best and most beautiful paraglide locations in the world. For visitors arriving by yacht, this is a great place for snorkeling and scuba diving, since the lagoon has plenty of small underwater caves and a lot of interesting fauna and sea life. To the south, Butterfly Valley is a nature reserve with a secluded bay.
Day 3 Kaputas Beach, Kas
Kas and Kalkan are between the beautiful cove of Kapoutas beach. Due to its natural beauty, this cove is pictured in many tourist advertising media, on line, and tourist brochures. Its unreal how beautiful and serene it is, but the beach itself is not recommended for families with children since it is quite deep and the waters tend to be rough most of the time.
Day 4 Gokkaya, Demre
Best for gulet family holidays, the inlet of Gokkay is close to Kekova. This amazingly beautiful location sits opposite three islands, Asirli island, Kiseli island and Kasirli island. You usually enter the harbor of Gokkaya when coming from Kekova, and is made by sailing between the islands of Asirli and Kiseli. The deep channel provides ample protection from the rocks of Martini Kayagligi. What is amazing about this bay is the cold spring waters that filter down from the mountains and flow into the bay. This causes the waters to have two temperature levels, a cooler upper layer and a warmer lower level. Apart from the sea and the islands, you also have access to the ancient Acropolis found in the ancient city of Istlada, which sits beside the town of Kapakli. There are sarcophagi and stele shaped tombs, some with inscriptions from the 4th century.
Demre is the Lycian town of Myra, the home of Saint Nicholas of Myra. A majority of Christian Greeks lived there until the 1920's when they migrated to Greece as part of the 1923 population exchange between Greece and Turkey agreement.
Day 5 Kekova, Kalkan
East of Kas is the island of Kekova. The Kekova region is 100 square miles and includes the island of Kekova, the villages of Kaleköy and Üçağız and four ancient towns of Simena, Aperlae, Dolchiste and Teimioussa. Kekova is a protected region and is uninhabited. You will most probably anchor off the island, and you can visit the area to enjoy the amazing views, clear turquoise seas and ancient ruins. Close by you will find the sunken city of Apollonia underwater, which slipped into the seas after an earthquake. You can see this amazing underwater city clearly from your gulet sailboat.
Day 6 Butterfly Valley, Cold Water Bay
Next stop of your gulet sailing is Butterfly Valley. Close to Fethiye nestles Butterfly Valley. This valley is only really accessible by sea, since it is surrounded by Rocky Mountains. During the summer, and only for a few weeks, the valley fills with butterflies, hence the name. The largest species found here is actually a moth, it’s the white colored Jersey moth. The valley has a stream running through it, so even when the place is devoid of flying colors it is still an amazing place to visit.
Day 7 Turunc Pinari, Kizil Ada
Turunç Pınarı is on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Fethiye. It is lined by pine trees and is home to a lovely restaurant. The restaurant has a pier with 15 moorings, and it supplies water provisions as well as an opportunity for restocking. If you take a short walk up the hillside, you will find a natural water spring under a walnut tree. Gulet boats usually anchor around 25 meters off the shore, and this is a perfect spot for a short time land break.
Day 8 Fethiye
After completing your exciting boat charter Turkey, arriving at Fethiye for the return flight home, take a moment to enjoy the city one last time. If you can make the time, walk around the market site. Enjoy the last minute shopping and sense the wonderful smells and taste of local cuisine. Stay overnight if you can and enjoy one last romantic evening or exciting bar night life. Take home wonderful memories and photos- and start planning your next gulet vacation!