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Experience this dream trip of beautiful Greek islands and stunning Turkish Bays as you embark on a 7-day private blue cruise. Start your voyage in Turkey’s charming seaside towns before crossing over to Greece for a quick tour of its incredible islands before returning to Turkey to finish your cruise.
Marmaris / Marmaris
Deluxe & Master
Marmaris, Bozburun, Datca, Rhodes, Symi
This private blue cruise will give you the best that both coasts have to offer. Visit historic towns and locations along the Turkish coast and idyllic islands with a laid-back feel in Greek territory. Take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of both worlds and get enriched with the unforgettable feeling of exploring two countries in one visit.
Arrive and check-in for your voyage at the bay in Marmaris, a beautiful coastal town with a friendly population and stunning coastline with lots to do. Visit the ancient city’s Marina with its impressive yachts and dine in one of the many waterfront restaurants in the area.
The beaches of Marmaris are clean, with stunning views of the azure sea. After spending some time on a beach, visit the incredible Marmaris Castle high up in the old town. While in town, you have the opportunity to enjoy an authentic shopping experience at the Grand Bazaar, which displays lots of quality local merchandise.
There is also the famous Marmaris Bar Street, which has a vibrant atmosphere ideal for evening drinking in a coastal town. Then, after a day of exploration and fun, return to your yacht for dinner.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast on board and sail for Serce Harbor. The stunning bay is only reachable by boat, and its calm waters will charm any swimmer. After a short swimming session with scenic views, head to Kadirga Bay.
It was once a tiny fishing port and hideaway for pirate ships, but that’s far from the reality you will face there. Except for the yachts and boats that anchor here, the bay lacks any structures or signs of life. However, this feeling of seclusion makes it such an excellent location to visit. It is surrounded by small cliffs, has clean turquoise waters, and the relative privacy you desire when swimming at a beach.
You can also engage in windsurfing and snorkeling and dive to the seafloor for a glimpse of the ancient amphorae that dot the seafloor.
Today will take you to the unspoiled treasure that is Selimiye. Although the village has risen to fame in the last few years and attracts big tourist groups in the summer, it still preserves much natural beauty. Keep your eyes open during the voyage to Selimiye as you will cruise along a scenic coastline with stunning bays and cliffs covered in lush green pine trees.
Selimiye is a traditional fishing village that puts the sand, sea, and scenery at your mercy. Take your time to enjoy the lovely grassed area and pine-enclosed bays of the idyllic town as you explore this incredible location. Since it’s a fishing village, make sure you eat the fish sold here. When not relaxing on one of its peaceful little beaches, you can visit one of its family-run restaurants for a delicious local meal overlooking the bay of crystal-clear waters.
Finish your onboard breakfast and sail for the Bozburun Peninsula, an untouched paradise lying between Marmaris and Datca. On the peninsula is a small seaside fishing village with the same name and a charming, laid-back feeling.
Tourists may not flock to the village, but it’s still as scenic as the other seaside town in the region. As a result, it attracts those who desire a quieter experience in an authentic Mediterranean setting. The peninsula is dotted with picturesque harbors and hidden coves only accessible via boat. The clear sea is ideal for swimming, diving, and snorkeling, making for an incredibly relaxing session.
Bozburun is also a hiker’s paradise, with lots of marked hiking trails. The pine-clad scenery is a sight to behold, with a few ancient Roman roads along the way. After a day full of activities, return on board for dinner.
Your experience of peaceful towns is not complete without a tour of Datca. This idyllic seaside town has everything you need for a quiet retreat; lovely streets, houses, stunning beaches, and magnificent coves hidden in the peninsula.
One of the quietest places to be in the Old Town (Eski Datca). The village has narrow alleyways with pretty gardens and idyllic stone houses that give it an incredible traditional feel. The little town’s bougainvillea-clad walls create an incredibly photogenic background that you have probably seen a couple of times on Instagram.
But before you trek to the Old Town, enjoy the turquoise waters and white-washed beaches of Datca and relax in one of its beautiful coves. While at the beach, visit one of the waterside restaurants and enjoy mouthwatering delicacies with the azure sea laid out in front of you. Horse riding through the forest or along the beaches is another popular activity in the region.
Explore the pretty Datca town and return on board for dinner and a night’s stay.
Today, we visit Rhodes, the first of two Greek Islands covered in our cruise. The timeless island has a rich history and spectacular scenery, thanks to the large pine and cypress trees growing here. It is the largest Dodecanese island and has always been a big deal since ancient times. It was once home to the Colossus of Rhodes, a giant bronze statue of Helios that was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Today, the historic island offers a lot for tourists to do. There are beautiful beaches for those wishing to relax and enjoy water sports like surfing and fishing. You can also go hiking or stay in town and enjoy a variety of sumptuous local dishes.
After breakfast, cruise to the gorgeous Symi island. Although the Dodecanese island is less visited than Kos and Rhodes, it’s a colorful and elegant destination with much to see and do. In addition, its isolated bays and idyllic beaches let you enjoy some privacy in your free time.
The environment is quite scenic, with fragrant pine forests, olive groves, and small agricultural sections that enhance the island’s natural aura. There are also numerous taverns serving delicious local meals that will leave an impression on your taste buds.
Sail back to Marmaris. The town will be the cruise’s final stop, where you will disembark. Then, enjoy a private transfer to the airport or prepare for the next adventure.
We prefer to book domestic air tickets to have better control over connections and embarkation & disembarkation times. However, if you choose to book on your own, please let us know to 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 starts from 18,000+ EUR total, including 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 gulets (ranging up to 180,000 EUR total for a week for the most luxurious options) and send you all the detailed info on these available yachts.
Article 136 & port tax: according to the new regulation voted on Nov. 23, 2017, starting the cruise on a Greek island with Turkish or other flagged gulets that are not under a Greek charter license is not allowed. Instead, it is allowed to embark the gulet at any Turkish ports (Bodrum, Marmaris, Gocek, etc.) and sail to Greek islands, but finally, return to a Turkish port. Thus, the daily port tax might be more than 2000 EUR just on the Greece side.
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 your behalf and hand you the supermarket receipt on arrival. The idea is all about the time of cooling it all and getting your cold drinks ready before arrival.
Watersports & Equipment: Flippers, snorkels, fishing tackle, cards, 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 an extra charge.
Tipping: the best judgment is always all yours, and we do recommend %7 to %10 of the total 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 itinerary 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.