7 nights / 8 days / Gocek

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Day 1

Day 1 Gocek, Gocek Island, Kizil Ada

With Dalaman International airport only 20 minutes away, Gocek is a jewel of a town nestled between Fethiye and Dalyan. What puts Gocek on the map is its 6 marinas and the bay area is also a harbor for islands that provide ample anchorage for many gulets. This amazing harbor town is home to Super Yachts and is a great starting point for many a yacht charter in the Mediterranean.

*Gocek is a starting point for the local 12 Islands Tour and an island of the same name is closest to the harbour, perhaps 10 minutes sailing? Those not wanting to sail can visit its beach where many will stop during their tour of the islands. There are refreshments available on Gocek Island throughout the sailing season. If you wish, you can camp perfectly safely under the trees ans simply spend a relaxing time. 

Kizil island is considered to be a magical place at sunset. The islands name means red and the grounds color is red. However, it is at sunset when the whole island transforms, all the stones turn crimson red, providing you with an amazing photographic shoot. The island is uninhabited, apart from a lighthouse that is located on the southern tip. The Deliktas isles re located to the north west and are considered to be another great place to anchor, but for swimming and fishing.

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Day 2

Day 2 Gemiler Island, Butterfly Valley, Oludeniz (The Dead Sea)

Gemiler island is an uninhabited island near the city of Fethiye. It has a lot of restaurants and cafes located near the famous ruins, but the owners don’t live on the island, they come every day for as a tourist business. Gemiler is considered to be the resting place of St. Nicholas, or what we all now 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 trade and commerce. It his 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 they are located in a nice relaxing spot with wonderful views. Blue Cruises have a license to stay overnight, but the rest of the island empties at sunset, and it becomes quite desolate. There is no commercial site to restock, so if you need supplies its best to sail onwards or restock in Fethiye.

*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. If you want to stay inland overnight, you can do so, but there are strict rules for camping that need to be adhered to.

Ölüdeniz is Turkish for Dead Sea, which it derives from the calm waters that seem to shine like a pane of glass all year round. Ölüdeniz 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 differing shade so of blue. Behind the town is Mount Babadağ, that sets the pace for the paragliding community. This is considered to be one of the best and most beautiful paraglide locations in the world. It is also part of the Ultramarathon called the Lycian Way Marathon. 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. Apart from the activities found here, there is a tourist center that has a number of restaurants, cafes and shops to restock if needed.

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Day 3

Day 3 Turunc Pinari, Samanlik Bay, Fethiye

Gulet charter in Turkey continues with Turunc Pinari. 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. Yachts usually anchor about 25 meters offshore and this is the ideal sport for a short rest off shore.

* 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 tree-covered 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.

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 facilities. 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.

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Day 4

Day 4 Tersane Island, Domuz Island, Gobun Bay

The largest island in the Gulf of Fethiye is Tersane Island, also known as Shipyard Island. This bay has a channel 100 meters deep that was used by the Ottoman Navy, hence the name of the shipyard island. There are many bays in the bay area, and to the east is the Summer Harbor, where you can relax on gulets. The western side of the bay is little used due to the strong winds that prevail for most of the year. The ancient ruined city of Telandria is nearby and if you want to stretch your legs this is a great place to do so.

* Although this island is now called Prince’s Island, it was originally known as Domuz Island, which means the island of the port, named after the many wild pigs that flourished here. There are no pigs on Prince’s Island today, but serene beauty reigns.

Gobun Bay is located next to Domuz Bay. The entrance to Domuz is very narrow, which adds excitement and mystery. Once inside the bay, you will find tombs carved into the rock, and the entire area is covered with olive and pine trees.

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Day 5

Day 5 Yavansu Bay, Cleopatra`s Bath, Sarsala Bay

Gulet charter Turkey’s next stop is Yavansu Bay. Yavansu, or Sea Gull bay is a popular tourist spot for both foreign and local visitors. The bay has fig trees and small streams running down from the mountains. However, the fresh water is only for animal use, not human. The name Sea Gull comes from the mosaics found in the bay and is linked to the ancient town of Arymaxa found at the top of the hill. Aymaxa is home to four Roman mausoleums and a Hellenistic tomb, as well as a Byzantine cistern, all proof of this locations long inhabited history.

*While sailing along the coast near Hvar, there is a smaller island, it is Šćedro island, and you will be able to anchor in Manastir Bay. The bay is named after the abandoned monastery found just overlooking the bay, it was constantly pillaged by pirates until it was abandoned. And left to ruin.  Šćedro Island is home to a crater lake as well as some lovely trails. The bay area is exceptional and that is why Blue Cruises will always stop here. There are a few restaurants sitting in the bay, with lovely pergolas calling you to enjoy the shade and feel the gentle breeze, as you sip wine and watch the yachts come and go. This is not a place to restock, but it is a great stay over for a night and enjoy a dinner under the stars over calm waters. The bay light sup at night, and is a tranquil spot of serenity.

Yachtsmen love Sarsala Bay since it is a natural bay providing great swimming opportunities as well as a good place for overnight anchoring. The bay includes a pontoon that leads to a restaurant, and the inland scenery is delightful. There is a valley that leads inland through a dense forest of trees. The beach itself is stony, so come prepared.

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Day 6

Day 6 Bedri Rahmi (Tasyaka) Bay, Kille Buku

One of the highlights of gulet holidays Turkey is Bedri Rahmi Bay that is named after the famous Turkish author Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu, he used to come fishing in the bay, which was previously known as Dark Bay since Lycian times. During one of his fishing trips in 1973, he drew a fish on a rock at the entrance of the bay, giving the rock a new title “Fish Rock”, this is now the name for the entire area. This bay is well sheltered, so winds do not prevail, and the colors are distinct, with the clear azure waters contrasting with the green pines, olive trees and oleanders that populate the hillside. The overall effect is exaggerated by a clear cyan sky. Between Boynuz Buku and Tasyaka is the bay of Kille Buku. This is considered to be a great picnic stop for travelers visiting from Gocek, since it is heavily shaded by the trees.

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Day 7

Day 7 Boyruzbuku, Yassitsa Islands

Boinuzbuku bay is located near Göcek. This bay hides 12 uninhabited islands called Adalar. Many luxury gulets come to enjoy the waters and landscapes of the area. It is very close to Fethiye, so there are many travelers here. On the island itself there is a small restaurant serving local cuisine and fresh seafood. The bay area is covered with fruit trees that provide fragrant shade.

* In the Gulf of Fethiye lie the Yasitsa Islands, these are uninhabited islands ideal for swimming, visiting and just swimming. Most of these islands have secluded beaches that provide a secluded atmosphere for relaxation, and you can while away the hours swimming and enjoying the silence. Apart from relaxation, you can also enjoy a variety of water sports here, especially child-safe water sports that provide a great daytime activity for your children. The beaches and seashores are rocky, so be prepared to hike in proper nautical shoes. Some islands are so close to each other that you can swim from one island to another, which is a lot of fun and creates an atmosphere of competition. The nearest port is in Gocek, and this is where most of the one-day tourists come from. Try to stay into the sunset when the cameras are out, and some of the most romantic and breathtaking shots can be taken during these late afternoon hours.

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Day 8

Day 8 Gocek

You arrive in Göcek at the end of your journey, having seen all the wonders of the Mediterranean, possibly also the Aegean and Adriatic seas. When you dock in Gocek, take some time before leaving for the airport. Enjoy the wonders of this beautiful city and try all that Turkey has to offer one last time. Walk along the promenade and enjoy the sunset. Maybe the rug you saw on arrival is still waiting to be bought and put at home, providing extra warmth, memories of an ancient coastline and a land filled with warm wonders and experiences. Thank you for choosing Kasme yachting for your Turkey gulet charter.

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