Routes

When there are endless choices of world class sailing in the Eastern Mediterranean, picking a route is not an easy task. That is why we have used our local knowledge to suggest some of our preferred routes. Below are some examples of our most popular choices, which of course can be altered upon your specific personal requests and also due to weather conditions.

Bodrum – Gulf of Gökova

This western Lycian cruise extends you the opportunities for exploration into the Gulf of Gökova, a mountain and pine fringed yacht cruise area in turquoise waters. At the entrance of the gulf lies Bodrum with its almost Bohemian atmosphere adding both life and laughter to the many cafes, bars, discos and restaurants of this truly beautiful town.

You reach to the Seven Islands, a beautiful area full of little islands and coral reefs. The most renowned of these islands is Sedir Island, where the ancient city of Cedrae is located. This is also where Cleopatra beach is found, with its very special sand that can only  be found in the deserts of Northern Africa. According to the myth King Antonius had brought this sand from Egypt by sea for Cleopatra.

We will cruise to English Port for dinner and overnight stay. In this area there are numerous small and large bays suitable and sheltered enough for the boats to anchor. The name English Port comes from the 1st World War, as the ships of English Navy forces used to dock here.

On our last day, we can cruise to Kargi Bay or Yaliciftlik Bay for lunch. In the beautiful Kargi Bay we can anchor at Kisebükü (Alakisla) where you will find the Byzantians’ ruins. Then we will sail back to Bodrum for the last day’s dinner and overnight stay in the marina.

Bodrum – Gulf of Hisarönü

This route takes you from the rocky western edge of the Dorian peninsula into the green beauty of the Gulf of Hisarönu, which reminds of a north European fjord with its thick fir tree forests. We stop in several small Turkish towns with their natural charm and excellent local taverns.

Hisarönu means fortress, and the gulf is dotted with ancient and medieval forts. The long thin gulf is bordered by the high, craggy mountains of the Dorian promontory on the north and the Greek island of Simi on the south. On the western tip of the promontory you will find the ruins of the ancient town Knidos,  a small hamlet with great history from the 4th century B.C. and the home of Aphrodite’s monument.  In the south, the beautiful little fishing village of Bozburun is located. This is also a boatbuilding center, where the traditional Turkish Gullets are built.

About halfway in to the gulf is the modern town of Datca, where we will stop for food and water supply. Datca is a fascinating town, founded by the Dors with an impressive history that goes back to the 7th century B.C. Here, you can take a walk in the beautiful harbor or go for a shopping in the cosy town. The island of Datca is also known for its remarkably healthy climate and fresh air, with no humidity at all and plenty of oxygen.

Continuing our cruise all the way in the gulf you will find the magical bay of Orhaniye, where you can see the unique scenery of a tidal formation called Maiden’s Beach, a natural wonder that is full of myths. Our last day of sailing we can cruise to Kaarada (Black Island), have a swimming stop at the beautiful bay of Poyraz and anchor at Meteor Bay for lunch before our return to Bodrum. Meteor Bay is located at the southern side of the Black Island, and there is actually a deep meteor hole here which is how the bay got its name. You can also take a walk through the under water cave very near to Meteor Bay for a small local fee. We will dock in Bodrum for our last day’s dinner and overnight stay in the marina.

Bodrum – Greek Islands

This cruise offers an excellent balance of cultural and physical activities, as there is much to do and discover on and around the Greek islands. There are lots of beautiful and secluded coves and bays to explore, where you can enjoy fantastic swimming, snorkeling and diving. You can also rent a car or scooter if you want to go on an expedition on one of the islands.

Starting from Bodrum we begin our cruise to the Greek island of Kos and the island of Hippocrates, the first medical doctor in the world. Visit the castle of the Knights of the Saint John order and discover why Cleopatra herself visited this beautiful and exciting island.

We continue our cruise to Rhodes (Rodi or Rodos in Greek), the beautiful island of roses. Rhodes is famous as the island of sun, sea and sand, the ideal place for vacations. It is the third largest Greek island and, officially, the sunniest place in Europe. The City is among the finest, not only in Greece but in the whole of the Mediterranean. It is situated at the island’s most northerly point and ringed by sea on the east and west. Rhodes combines the cosmopolitan character of a contemporary city with the picturesque of the medieval town.

Continue to Symi, an extremely friendly island with a population of only around 2500. If you have never been to the beautiful and magical island of Symi, we must urge you to consider a visit here. There are no high rise hotels, no villa complexes, just some small friendly hotels, holiday houses and studios which are traditional Simian houses, some of which were originally wealthy sponge merchant’s mansions and renovated with loving care.

Marmaris – Fethiye

The central Lycian coast is probably the nicest Blue Cruise area to be discovered in Turkey. Our first destination is fabulous Ekincik gulf and Caretta Bay, the home of Caretta sea turtles. Cruising the Dalyan delta leading to the Iztuzu lagoon, you will see the amazing ancient rock tombs carved into the hills, the powerful remnants of Lycian civilization.

Passing by the reed-beds that look like a maze, we will reach a sand peninsula between a lake and the sea. On the north of the lake, there is the touristical town Köycegiz. Do not pass by without seeing the large ancient Carion City of Caunos, dating back to the 4th century B.C. before arriving in Fethiye, a fascinating coastline stepped in the history of many civilizations.

We will also visit the beautiful city of Fethiye, known as Telmossos in the ancient times which means the city of light. It was also famous for its prophets, and it is believed that the name came from Apollo’s son Telmessos. Fethiye stretches out in a half cirkle along the bay, protected by 12 islands. We will have a dinner and overnight stay in the harbor, and you can visit the town center.

From cosmopolitan Marmaris to timeless Fethiye, the archaeological fans and villages, you can be sure to experience some of the most astonishing natural beauty and spectacular mountain sceneries on this cruise.

Marmaris – Gulf of Hisarönü and Datca

The central Lycian coast is probably the nicest Blue Cruise area to be discovered in Turkey. It offers some of the most majestic, almost primeval sceneries you can encounter in Turkish waters. Although it is a wild and rugged region where high mountains plummet into the sea, it is also very green and almost reminds of a Norwegian fjord with its thick pine tree forests.

This route takes you in to the Gulf of Hisarönu, which is dotted with ancient and medieval forts as the name Hisarönu means fortress. The long thin gulf is bordered by the high, craggy mountains of the Dorian promontory on the north and the Greek island of Simi on the south. On the western tip of the promontory you will find the ruins of the ancient town Knidos,  a small hamlet with great history from the 4th century B.C. and the home of Aphrodite’s monument.  In the south, the beautiful little fishing village of Bozburun is located. This is also a boatbuilding center, where the traditional Turkish Gullets are built.

About halfway in to the gulf is the modern town of Datca, where we will stop for food and water supply. Datca is a fascinating town, founded by the Dors with an impressive history that goes back to the 7th century B.C. Here, you can take a walk in the beautiful harbor or go for a shopping in the cosy town. The Datca Peninsula is a long, narrow, mountainous finger of land that stretches west of Marmaris for about 100 km, separating the Mediterranean and Aegean seas, offering simplicity, unspoiled natural beauty and a countless string of secluded bays to explore. Datca is also known for its remarkably healthy climate and fresh air, with a very high oxygen level and no humidity at all.

All the way in to the gulf you will find the magical bay of Orhaniye, where you can see the unique scenery of a tidal formation called Maiden’s Beach, a natural wonder full of myths.

Marmaris – Greek Islands – Marmaris

This cruise offers an excellent balance of cultural and physical activities, as there is much to do and discover on and around the Greek islands. There are lots of beautiful and secluded coves and bays to explore, where you can enjoy fantastic swimming, snorkeling and diving. You can also rent a car or scooter if you want to go on an expedition on one of the islands.

Starting from Marmaris, cruise to the Datca Peninsula which is still unspoiled from mass tourism. Proceed to Symi, a very friendly greek island with a population of only around 2,500. If you have never been to the beautiful and magical island of Symi, we must urge you to consider a visit. There are no high rise hotels, no villa complexes, just some small friendly hotels, holiday houses and studios which are traditional Symian houses, some of which were originally wealthy sponge merchant’s mansions, and renovated with loving care.

Keep on your cruise to Rhodes (Rodi or Rodos in Greek), the beautiful island of roses. Rhodes is famous as the island of sun, sea and sand, the ideal place for vacations. It is the third largest Greek island and officially the sunniest place in the Europe. The City of Rhodes is among the finest, not only in Greece but in the whole of the Mediterranean. It is situated at the island’s most northerly point and ringed by sea on the east and west. Rhodes combines the cosmopolitan character of a contemporary city with the picturesque of the medieval town.