7 nights / 8 days / Bodrum

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Day 1

Day 1 Sightseeing Bodrum (half day), Gumusluk

You will start your tour by discovering Bodrum with your guide while your gulet awaits you in Gumusluk. Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus is one of the best historical and important cities in the Mediterranean. Our archaeological adventure begins by exploring the most important parts of Bodrum.

* Bodrum Castle and Museum

One of the world’s finest museums of underwater archeology, housed in a magnificent 15th century castle built by the Knights of St. John of Rhodes. The oldest known shipwreck exhibition in the world is open. This stellar attraction is well worth seeing on every list.

Mausoleum

The Halicarnassus mausoleum was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Its site is housed in an open-air museum, which is visited in awe of the achievements of the ancients. His monumental sculpture is in the British Museum, but some artifacts and copies of his friezes can be seen here.

Antique theater

The theater, with a capacity of about 13,000 spectators, belongs to the area of ​​Mavsol, but with modifications made by the Romans. The rock tombs at the top offer an unrivaled view of the city.

Myndos Gate

This is the western city gate, built by Mavsol in 364 BC. E. Was recently restored. Consisting of four towers, it opposed Alexander the Great and his Macedonian troops. The surviving parts of the city wall are being restored. After the city tour, we will drive to Gumusluk for boarding.

Gumusluk used to be just a traditional fishing village in southwestern Turkey, but times have changed with the development of tourism. It is still quite peaceful and one of its attractions is the ancient city of Myndos. Interesting landscape and unique flora are two reasons why tourists will love walking in this region. The beaches are very beautiful and the nearby restaurants offer excellent fresh seafood. (Please let us know if you would prefer to dine at one of the very famous Gümüşlük restaurants prior to your arrival.)

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Day 2

Day 2 Iasos Ancient City

After breakfast, goolets cruising to the Iasos. Ancient Iasos a Carian city that was once an island and prospered from its excellent harbour, rich fishing grounds and red-tinted marble quarried in the nearby hills. Today, the walled acropolis-fortress stands high above the fishing harbour. Across the isthmus linking the village with Iasos are the excellent remains of a bouleuterion, with four stairs dividing the seat rows, a huge agora, the scant remains of a theatre and, to the south, a Roman stoa from the 2nd century AD dedicated to Artemis Astias. Dinner and overnight stay will be in the harbour of Iasos.

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Day 3

Day 3 Euromos (Temple of Zeus), Ancient ruins of Labranda

After a healthy breakfast on board, we will leave the yacht to visit the Temple of Zeus at Euromos. The most important and 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. Its construction could be a symbol of the process of Hellenization of these regions of Asia Minor and the replacement of local, mainly female Anatolian deities, by the gods of the pantheon.

Remains of an altar were found in front of the temple on the east side. The inscription on it says that the sanctuary was dedicated to Zeus Lepsinos. The meaning of the nickname “Lepsinos” remains a mystery, but scholars believe that the word comes from the Carian language.

The remains of a small theater have been preserved on the western slope of the hill. Only five rows of seats have survived. The theater can be seen west of the temple.

Within the city agora, which was once surrounded on all sides by porticoes with columns, only a few fragments of columns are visible.

* After visiting the Temple of Zeus, we will go to the mountains in Labranda. Labraunda is an archaeological site worth visiting. The oldest finds date back to 600 BC. The area, which was used as a sacred site in the 6th and 5th centuries and later as a temple terrace, consisted of a single small artificial terrace. The 4th century BC is the most important period for the temple. During the reign of the satraps Mavsol (377–352 BC) and Idriya (351–344 BC), this place acquired a new look. In 355, during the festival of sacrifices in Labrand, Mavsolos escaped at the last moment from an attempt on his life. Buildings such as a series of artificial terraces, one or two entrance buildings, a small Dor building (probably a building with a fountain), a monumental staircase, two large banquet halls (androns), a barn building (called oikoi), Stoa and the Temple of Zeus surrounded by columns should be built after this event. With the death of Idrius in 344, such work was stopped. Due to a large fire disaster that occurred in the 4th century BC, the holy territory lost its status as a cult place. In the afternoon we will return to our yacht for swimming, fun and water sports. Dinner and overnight in the nearby Yasos bay.

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Day 4

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

The next stop on your blue trip is Altinkum. Early in the morning we will go (depending on the wind) to Altinkum. Altinkum (“Golden Sands” in Turkish) has beautiful beaches between land and the amazing blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Amenities on Altinkum’s three beaches include excellent water sports and even pedal boats for those who don’t want to go too fast. There are many bars and restaurants nearby where fish is a great choice on any menu. The water is warm for many weeks of the season and the sky is usually cloudless. Our driver will pick us up from Yassos to visit the Temple of Apollo.

* Didyma is known throughout the ancient world as the site of the colossal Temple of Apollo. Didimayon was the third and largest temple that the Greeks built around a natural spring that they believed was the source of the oracle’s prophetic power. In ancient times, Didyma was never considered the largest or most important religious center. The temple of Apollo located there was the second largest after the Ephesian Artemidius, and its oracle was the second most important after the Delphic one. However, at present, visiting Didyma is much more fun than viewing the only column left from Ephesus Artemidius. After this time travel in Apollo, we will return to our yacht to take a cruise to the Dilek Peninsula, where we will spend the night and have dinner.

The Dilek Peninsula National Park in Kusadasi is one of the most important natural monuments in Turkey, with an area of ​​27.598 hectares. The Dilek Peninsula is distinguished by the extraordinary beauty of the Mediterranean flora with clean beaches of blue and emerald color.

There are many beaches to choose from, Kalamaki beaches have several bays, the most important of which are Icmeler, Kavakli and Karapinar. All the beaches of the Dilek Peninsula National Park are worth seeing.

There are also several endangered species in the national park. Anadolu Pars is the most typical example of this species. The park is home to not only many reptiles, mammals and birds, but almost all species of fish and sea turtles in the Mediterranean. Monk seals, protected in the Mediterranean countries, are also among the inhabitants of the area. The village of Guzelcamli was used as a gathering place for the political and scientific center of Ionia in the 9th and 8th centuries BC.

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Day 5

Day 5 Kusadasi, House of the Virgin Mary, Ancient city of Ephesus

One of the most popular yachting destinations in Turkey is Kusadasi. Kusadasi is a large port facing west into the Aegean Sea. It is 90 km south of Izmir and has become a major port of call for cruise ships, thanks in part to its proximity to historic treasures such as Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis, the House of the Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St. John. in neighboring Selcuk. From Kusadasi we drive to Selcuk to visit the House of the Virgin Mary and Ephesus.

* House of the Virgin Mary is a typical example of Roman architecture, made entirely of stone. In the 4th century AD, a church was built, combining her house and grave. The original two-story house, which consisted of an entrance hall (where candles are offered today), a bedroom and prayer room (a Christian church area), and a room with a fireplace (a chapel for Muslims). The front kitchen was dilapidated and renovated in the 1940s. Today, only the central part and the room to the right of the altar are open to visitors. From here it can be understood that this building looks more like a church than a house. Another interesting place is “Mary’s Water”, a spring that is located at the exit from the church area and where everyone can drink quite salty water with healing properties.

Paul VI was the first Pope to visit the site in the 1960s. Later, in the 1980s, during his visit, Pope John Paul II stated that the Temple of the Virgin Mary is a place of pilgrimage for Christians. It is also visited by Muslims who recognize Mary as the mother of one of their prophets. Every year on August 15, a ceremony is held to celebrate the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos.

This building for the archaeological site of Ephesus elegantly combines heritage preservation and visitor accessibility. The site of a series of great ancient civilizations, Ephesus, on the southwestern coast of modern Turkey, epitomizes an unusually fruitful synthesis of architecture and culture. In 356 BC. the Greeks built Artemesium (a colossal Ionic temple dedicated to the fertility goddess Artemis), which was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. In the 2nd century BC Ephesus was the fourth largest city in the eastern part of the Roman Empire, famous for its Artemesium, Library of Celsus and its medical school.

We will return to the yacht for dinner and overnight. You will notice that many visitors anchor nearby, Kusadasi has become a major tourist attraction with bars, cafes and restaurants.

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Day 6

Day 6 Priene, Miletus, Didim

Our driver will pick you up from Kusadasi to visit Priene and Miletus. In the meantime, our yacht will sail from Kusadasi to Didim during the day to meet us after our visit to Priene and Miletus.

The ancient city of Priene is renowned for its dramatic location on a flat, flat surface overlooking the wide expanse of the Meander floodplain with the steep cliff of Mount Mikale behind it. Today it is worth visiting its location, the well-preserved theater and bouleuterion (meeting room), as well as the remains of the grandiose Temple of Athena, created by Pythias of Halicarnassus, the architect of the famous mausoleum. Founded by the legendary Egypt, Priene flourished around 550 BC, but was captured by Cyrus of Persia in 545 BC. It was the center of the Ionian League around 300 BC. It later became a Roman city, then a Byzantine city, and was still active when it was captured by the Turks in the late 1200s.

* Miletus is famous for its gigantic 25,000-seat Hellenistic theater located on the southern edge of the Meander floodplain, 22 km (14 miles) south of Priene. Miletus was an important Ionian city for 1400 years, from about 700 BC. until 700 AD. According to legend, Miletus was founded by a hero named Miletus.

The view from the top is excellent, revealing the theater itself, the floodplain and other remains of ancient Miletus, including the North and South Agora, as well as traces of the city walls, bouleuterion, Faustina’s Baths, the stadium and other structures – all now badly damaged.

Rejoining our yacht in Didim. Didyma got its name from ancient Didyma. Didim city center is located between the Temple of Apollo and the beach resort of Altinkum, 3.5 km from the coast and 1.5 km from the Temple of Apollo. Overnight and dinner in one of the bays near Didim.

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Day 7

Day 7 Yalikavak, Katalada

Yalikavak is one of the must-see places during a yacht charter. Yalikavak in the northwest of the peninsula was once famous for its sponges and divers who knew how to find them. This was the main economic activity. It is becoming more and more popular with tourists who like to enjoy the beautiful coves. The sunset from the hills is stunning and the white windmills are the hallmark of the area. Yachtsmen know Yalikavak well and have everything they need to sail in these waters.

* The Turkish island of Catalada (formerly known as Volo) is located just 4.8 km from Turgutreis in the west of the Bodrum Peninsula on the turquoise coast of southwestern Turkey. The island got its name from three conical hills; literally means “fork island”. Overnight and dinner in Catalada.

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Day 8

Day 8 Bodrum

At the end of a charter vacation and a hearty breakfast, guests leave their charter yacht with great memories of their time at sea. If they have yet to see what Bodrum has to offer, they should definitely do so before returning home. It has a well-developed tourist infrastructure with many good restaurants, bars and a lively nightlife. Thank you for choosing Kasme yachting for your gulet holiday.

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