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Venture out to sea on an adventure from Bodrum to Gokova, indulging in the local cultural and unparalleled culinary marvels of charming coastal towns and rural villages.
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Taking a private yacht from Bodrum to Gokova presents you with numerous opportunities to experience the untouched side of Turkey. If you want to avoid massive crowds while still getting the best of Turkish sights and sounds, the blue cruise gives you just that. Explore stunning islands untouched by the hand of modern man between relaxing sessions on unpolluted white sandy beaches and hidden coves in the azure sea.
During your time in the charming rural villages and coastal towns, enjoy the vibrant atmosphere courtesy of happy tourists and friendly locals. The air in these settlements is fresh, the food excellent, and the remarkable views of the deep blue seas will leave you with a desire to move permanently.
Check-in at Bodrum. Your 7-day cruise will begin in the port city, a charming town with an incredible history and lively atmosphere. Before you set sail, take time to explore this ancient city which presents you with much to see and do.
Start at the town’s sun-drenched coast with its stunning whitewashed beaches and an uninterrupted view of the blue sea. While at it, make sure to visit Bodrum’s iconic marina, which is almost always full of beautiful yachts and eager tourists waiting to start their voyage. You can also head inland and walk the town’s cobbled streets as you marvel at the city’s old but gorgeous houses.
Head over to the 15th century Bodrum Castle, a magnificent architectural feat of four countries. Other historical attractions in the ancient city include the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the stunning theatre of Halicarnassus, the Maritime Museum, Zeki Muren Arts Museum, and a lot more.
If you feel hungry during this little excursion, many excellent restaurants serve delicious seafood in Bodrum. In the evening, you can visit one of the numerous cool bars and clubs in the town and experience Bodrum’s irresistible nightlife.
Afterward, return to the yacht for dinner.
Sail for Kisebuku Bays, where you will enjoy several beautiful bays for a few hours. Swim in the magnificent waters, engage in some watersports, or stay onboard the yacht and enjoy the warm sun as you read a book or sip some champagne. The bays are also home to Byzantine ruins, with some of these sitting close to the sea. Add a historical touch to your voyage by visiting the fallen structures as you hike through the natural environment.
From there, sail to the picturesque town of Cokertme (named like the delicious Anatolian Kebab recipe). The village is as natural as small towns get, with a stunning bay surrounded by olive groves and pine forests. The blue cruise will stop here for the day, giving you time to explore the village’s restaurants and souvenir shops and rest in its beautiful white beaches. You can also visit the local art gallery to glimpse the stunning exhibitions that the Cokertme has to offer.
On the third day, this bespoke adventure takes you on an exploration path to the historic English Harbor. Raise anchor and set sail for this historic location, named so because the British naval vessels secretly settled here during the second world war.
History aside, it is quite a fun place due to a pretty harbor that presents a variety of exciting activities. You can swim, dive and snorkel in the turquoise waters for a whole day, or engage in exciting water sports. The bay is sheltered from the winds, so the atmosphere here is quiet and peaceful, just what you deserve after months of hectic work and activities.
Enjoy a stunning view of the sunset before enjoying a delicious dinner and relaxing night’s sleep in the yacht.
Enjoy your breakfast and set sail for Seven Islands, a group of small islands nestled in the Gokova Bay. The idyllic islands have beautiful little outlets where yachts love to anchor down and let the voyagers explore. Since they sit in a secluded bay, you have the option to lie down, do nothing, and savor the sublime atmosphere or put on your swimsuit and jump in the azure waters for some swimming and snorkeling. Visitors also get to fish for fun while around the islands.
On the other hand, you can put on your adventurer gear and set out to explore the island’s interior. One of the islands has a stunning pine-clad shore that is well worth your time. If you can make it to the coastline’s highest ground, you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the beautiful islands and their beaches.
Continue to the Long Port (Uzun Liman) and anchor there. You will have a lot of leisure time at the port to engage in watersports and some more swimming for the rest of the day.
Start your day at the breathtaking Kufre Bay near the Gulf of Gokova. The stunning bay’s southern shore is covered with lush pine forests spread out across miles, making for an intriguing nature stroll. You can also spend your morning swimming in the calm waters or relaxing at the beach before your cruise takes you to Sedir Island (Cleopatra Island).
Here, you will enjoy the turquoise waters and the island’s spectacular beaches, including the famous Cleopatra Beach. This beach is a big deal since it is believed that Antony and Cleopatra swarm here. The sand here has unique properties unlike any other in Turkey and one of two in the world (each grain is a perfect sphere), making it a heavily protected area. The sea here also reflects all shades of blue, making for a breathtaking sight.
The yacht then goes on to the small village of Karacasogut for a short walk up the hill for its stunning scenery. Explore the shops, bars, and restaurants along the coast before calling it a night.
Today, venture out to sea and sail to Yaliciftlik Bay to enjoy its pristine waters and untouched inland scenery. It is home to a rural farming village with a charming atmosphere and incredible hospitality. Take your time to explore this idyllic location before settling down for a delicious Turkish traditional meal before trekking back to the yacht for a cruise to Papuc Burnu, North of Bodrum.
Once your yacht anchors in the nose-shaped bay, take advantage of the crystal-clear waters for a fun snorkeling and swimming session.
The seventh day takes you to the idyllic Kara Ada Island, an unspoiled island with stunning natural beauty and clear waters for swimming and relaxation. You can explore the undiscovered oasis and visit the warm mineral springs (at a small fee) rumored to have healing properties.
The island’s quiet atmosphere makes it the perfect location to spend your final overnight stay and last seaside dinner.
After breakfast, say goodbye to the crew, disembark, and get transferred to your next destination or the airport.
We do prefer to book domestic air tickets to have better control over connections and embarkation & disembarkation times. However, if you prefer to book on your own, please let us know so that we can suggest the best possible options.
Exactly! And that is the best way to enjoy the closeby sites once you are there as Turkey offers numerous experiences to enjoy.
Yacht rental fee: Avg. an ok gulet is starting from 7000+ EUR total, which includes all meals for a couple or a family of four. However, once you select this route and advise the travel dates, we will check the availability of different types of gulets (ranging up to 110,000 EUR total for a week) and send you all the detailed info of these available yachts.
Beverages: while you can bring your favorites, we will send you a shopping list for drinks as well. The crew will do the shopping on behalf and will hand you the supermarket receipt on arrival. The idea is all about the time of cooling it all and get your cold drinks ready before arrival.
Watersports & Equipment: there will be flippers, snorkels, fishing tackle, some card and board games available onboard. Some gulets even come with kayaks, or Ringo, too. However, if you would like to enjoy one of the days with more watersports such as jet-skis, bananas, etc. it is also available at extra charge.
Tipping: the best judgment is all yours always, and we do recommend %8 to %10 of the total of the yacht rental fee.
Availability: gulets are chartered Saturday – Saturday, and if your travel calendar doesn’t match, we will still plan the best possible options.
Route: the recommended route above is just a sample, and depending on the weather conditions or crowds, the captain will pick different alternatives. Again, once you are on board, you can discuss and ask for other reasonable options for sure.