7 nights / 8 days / Fethiye

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Day 1

Day 1 Fethiye, Samanlik Bay

Gulet cruise in Turkey begins. The seaside city of Fethiye is located a half hour drive from Dalaman Airport. It is a well-known tourist center in southwestern Turkey with a variety of bars, restaurants and many different day and night entertainment options. Fethiye itself has a rich history with a number of interesting archaeological sites, and the area is steeped in a multi-layered culture created over the centuries. The city has three marinas, all with modern equipment. Fethiye is a great place to start or end a yacht charter, with many islands scattered along its coastline that add zest to an already colorful city with many local dishes that awaken your taste buds.

* Not far from Fethiye is Samanlik Bay, this small bay is considered an excellent anchorage even when Fethiye is nearby. The slopes leading to the bay are covered with trees and the water is cool and inviting. This is the usual anchorage for many yachts and if you want to visit Fethiye it is just a short walk away.

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Day 2

Day 2 Gemiler Island, Oludeniz (Dead Sea)

Gemiler Island is an uninhabited island near the city of Fethiye. There are many restaurants and cafes located near the famous ruins, but the owners do not live on the island, but come here every day for tourist purposes. Gemiler is considered the resting place of Saint Nicholas, or what we all now call Santa Claus, who is also the patron saint of sailors. During the early Christian era, it was a very active island with a lot of trade and commerce. This is his home for some Byzantine ruins and the tomb of St. Nicholas. Today the island is a place of pilgrimage as well as a favorite daytime stopover for yachts. The local cuisine is exceptionally delicious and they are located in a beautiful relaxing location with great views. Gulet Blue Cruise is licensed to overnight, but the rest of the island empties as the sun sets and becomes completely deserted. There are no commercial resupply sites here, so if you need supplies it’s best to sail further or resupply in Fethiye.

* Oludeniz in Turkish means the Dead Sea, which is due to the calm waters that seem to shine like glass all year round. Oludeniz is a small village in the Fethiye region of Mugla province. It is one of the most visited and popular tourist destinations on the Turquoise Coast of southwestern Turkey. The blue lagoon is fenced off from a pebble beach, and the water is crystal clear, turquoise and different shades of blue. Behind the city is Mount Babadag, which sets the pace for the paragliding community. It is considered one of the best and most beautiful paragliding spots in the world. It is also part of the Ultra Marathon called the Lycian Marathon. For visitors arriving by yacht, this is a great spot for snorkeling and scuba diving, as the lagoon has many small underwater caves and many interesting fauna and marine life. In addition to entertainment, there is a tourist center that has several restaurants, cafes and shops where you can restock if needed.

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Day 3

Day 3 Kaputas Beach, Kas

Rest on a gulet between Kas and Kalkan is located in the beautiful bay of Kaputash Beach. This cove is often featured in national and private tourism advertising brochures and in online magazines. Here the beauty and the beast meet and stand there, the beach itself is not recommended for families with children, as it is quite deep, and the water, as a rule, is stormy most of the time.

* Kas was once a small fishing village, but today it is a growing tourist town with a beautiful marina and ideal diving conditions. In fact, Kas is considered one of Turkey’s premier diving centers and benefits in every sense. The contract between clear aquamarine waters and dark rocky cliffs makes this a truly great place to moor and enjoy. There is an ancient amphitheater not far from the harbor, and around the harbor there are many small restaurants and taverns serving fresh seafood. It is also the preferred restocking destination for Blue Cruises, so while your crew is restocking you can either relax in the city or go snorkeling. You will also be able to see the Greek island of Meis off the coast. The city is connected by modern roads and is also an excellent starting point for exploring the local archaeological sites and exploring the history of the region.

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Day 4

Day 4 Gokkaya, Demre

Gokkai Bay, the best for family gulet holidays, is located near Kekova. This amazingly beautiful place is located opposite three islands: Asirli Island, Kiseli Island and Kasirli Island. The entrance to the Gokkaya harbor usually takes place at the exit from Kekova and is carried out by sailing between the islands of Asirli and Kiseli. The deep channel provides reliable protection against the Martini Cajagligi rocks. What is surprising about this bay is the cold spring waters that flow down from the mountains and flow into the bay. This causes the water to have two temperature levels: a cooler upper layer and a warmer lower layer. In addition to the sea and islands, you also get access to the ancient Acropolis located in the ancient city of Eastlada, which is next to the city of Kapakli. There are sarcophagi and stele-shaped tombs, some with inscriptions from the 4th century, the most famous tomb is Hoyran’s tomb.

* Along the southern coastline of Turkey’s Teke province, in the Antalya region, lies the historic city of Demre. What makes Demre popular is its church of St. Nicholas and the rock-cut tombs of Myra, located in the mountain, heading towards the mountainside. It is a great place to drop anchor and admire the sights, as well as a great place to get to the sunken city of Kekova. The Taurus Mountains beyond Demre give it a contrasting green and brown hue against a clear blue sky and shimmering azure sea. There are many archaeological finds scattered around the peninsula, so if you are interested in the ancient legends of Turkey and the Mediterranean, you should take a close look at this area.

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Day 5

Day 5 Kekova, Kalkan

To the east of Kas lies the island of Kekova. The Kekova region is 100 square miles and includes the island of Kekova, the villages of Kalekoy and Uchagiz, and the four ancient cities of Simena, Aperlae, Dolciste and Teymiussa. Kekova is a protected and uninhabited region. You will most likely anchor off the island and you can visit the area for stunning views, clear turquoise sea and ancient ruins. Nearby you will find the submerged city of Apollonia, which slipped into the sea after an earthquake. You can clearly see this amazing underwater city from your sailing gulet.

* Just below the Taurus Mountains is the city of Kalkan. This amazing city is built on the slopes of the mountain, so you get a layered view with snow-white coloration against the dark backdrop of the mountains. This city has both a small harbor and a thriving olive business, and they produce a special olive soap unique to their city. As the place is very beautiful, many properties are owned by foreign residents who come here for several weeks throughout the year. The rest of the time, the property is either empty or rented to visitors through sites such as Airbnb. The views of this city are magnificent, with shimmering colors from the multi-storey terraces on one side and the clear water of the bay that shines in the sunlight during the day.

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Day 6

Day 6 Valley of the Butterflies, Cold Water Bay

The next stop on your sailing gulet is the Valley of the Butterflies. Not far from Fethiye is the Valley of the Butterflies. This valley can only be reached by sea as it is surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. In 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, which is the Jersey white moth. There is a stream in the valley, so even when this place is devoid of bright colors, it is still a great place to visit. If you wish to stay overnight on land you can do so, but there are strict guidelines for camping that must be followed.

* Cold Water Bay, or as it is locally called Bestas Limani, is aptly named after the many cold water springs that flow into the bay, cooling the water considerably compared to other bays. These springs originate in the Taurus Mountains, and the landscape is full of cliffs where the most daring holidaymakers can jump into the sea. There is an abandoned city nearby called Kayakoy, it was a Greek city but abandoned in 1923 when the Turkish Republic was formed. Part of Russell Crowe’s “Water Diviner” was filmed in Kayakoy. If you want to do a short hike and stretch your legs after swimming, this is the perfect place to do so.

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Day 7

Day 7 Turunch Pinari, Kyzyl Ada

Turunc Pynari is located on the eastern shore of Fethiye Bay. It is surrounded by pine trees and is home to a fine restaurant. The restaurant has a pier with 15 berths and it supplies water supplies as well as several restocking times. If you take a short hike up the hillside, you will find a natural spring under a walnut tree. A gulet boat usually anchors about 25 meters offshore, and this is the ideal sport for a short break ashore.

* Kizil Island is considered a magical place at sunset. The name of the island means red and the color of the territory is red. However, it is at sunset that the entire island transforms, all the stones turn crimson-red, which gives you an amazing photo shoot. The island is uninhabited, except for the lighthouse, which is located at the southern end. The Deliktas Islands are located in the northwest and are considered to be another great anchorage, but not swimming and fishing spots.

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Day 8

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 possible, don’t go back immediately, walk around the market site, soak in the last days of Turkey. Enjoy the final shopping and sense the wonderful smells and taste of local cuisine. If you have the time, stay overnight and enjoy one last romantic evening, or exciting bar night life. Once you leave, the memories will remain for a lifetime.

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