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Let’s Talk Turkey

by Lori Eastes
Aerial view of boats and beautiful architecture at sunset in Marmaris, Turkey. Colorful landscape with boats in marina bay, sea, city, mountains. Top view from drone of harbor with yacht and sailboat
Aerial view of boats and beautiful architecture at sunset in Marmaris, Turkey. Courtesy Worth Avenue Yachts

Turkey has emerged worldwide as a highly sought-after yacht charter destination for many reasons. Thanks to its varied geography, visitors can encounter four distinct climates within a single day, and a yacht charter experience here presents an abundance of attractions, including awe-inspiring natural wonders plus remarkable historical and archaeological sites. The coastline is adorned with an array of beaches, bays, coves, ports, islands, and peninsulas and offers year-round opportunities for exploration and adventure. This proposed itinerary, which can be traversed aboard the stunning 162’ adventure yacht, Asteria, reveals Turkey’s majestic mountains, valleys, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and grottoes along with its other historic and natural marvels.

Marmaris to Kumlu Buku

Embark on the yacht in Marmaris around midday and set sail towards Kumlu Buku. Indulge in a picturesque lunch beneath the shadow of the ancient ruins of Amos, then leisurely stroll on land and explore the fascinating ruins that include a theater, acropolis, and necropolis in the city, or choose to remain at the bay and relish the crystal-clear waters and expansive pebble beach. As the day progresses, make your way to one of the charming jetties in the bay for a delightful dinner under the twinkling stars.

Kumlu Buku to Bozukkale to Bozburun

Embark on a southward cruise to Bozukkale and find anchorage beneath the magnificent Hellenistic citadel of ancient Loryma. This citadel served as a safe haven for trade ships traveling along the coastal route in both north and south directions. Step ashore and explore the captivating ruins of this once thriving city, including the acropolis that offers breathtaking vistas of the Aegean Sea. As the day unfolds, make your way to Bozburun, a delightful port nestled at the head of a bay, enveloped by serene low rocky hills. Bozburun, formerly known for its sponge fishing industry, exudes a charming atmosphere and serves as the destination for the evening.

Bozburun to Selimiye

Enjoy a leisurely day of cruising along the picturesque Gulf of Hisarönü, discovering delightful anchorages perfect for snorkeling and swimming. As the day progresses, cruise towards Selimiye. Once a Greek settlement, Selimiye is now inhabited by the descendants of Turkish nomads, known for their friendly nature and warm hospitality. Find a spot alongside one of the charming small jetties in the bay, drop anchor, and relish a delectable dinner consisting of fresh fish and other delectable seafood delicacies.

Selimiye to Ekincik Bay to Dalyan

Commence this day by embarking on a crossing to Ekincik Bay, making the most of the beautiful views found in the early morning hours. As the afternoon unfolds, hop aboard a small riverboat for an immersive tour of ancient Kaunos and the charming town of Dalyan. The riverboat leisurely navigates through the reed-lined channels of the Dalyan River delta, allowing you to soak in the tranquil surroundings. Explore the remnants of a theater, a Byzantine church, a Roman bathhouse, and an agora at Kaunos. As you venture up the river, prepare yourself for a breathtaking spectacle: a collection of Lycian rock tombs dating back to 400 B.C., intricately carved into the cliffs above. Upon arriving in Dalyan, take a relaxed stroll about town, indulge in some souvenir shopping, and then return to the yacht in Ekincik. Spend the night in Ekincik Harbor, and relish a delightful dinner ashore at the My Marina restaurant.

Ekincik Bay/Dalyan to Aga Limani

Embark on a direct cruise across the Fethiye Gulf and discover a tranquil anchorage in a small bay, perfect for enjoying a leisurely breakfast. Take advantage of this opportunity to swim and snorkel around the captivating bay. Following lunch, continue your cruise towards Aga Limani, where you’ll have the chance to engage in trekking activities. If desired, take a short half-hour hike to explore the remains of an ancient church. As the evening sets in, savor a delightful traditional Turkish meal at the restaurant nestled in this charming small bay.

Aga Limani to Gemiler Island

Embark on an early morning voyage towards Gemiler Island, with a delightful stop along the way for lunch and the chance to swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear blue waters. Upon reaching Gemiler Island in the afternoon, disembark and immerse yourself in the exploration of captivating ruins dating back to Byzantine times. Marvel at the remnants of a covered walkway that leads to the water’s edge and discover a church adorned with partially excavated mosaic floors. As the sun begins to set, ascend to the island’s summit and witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of the sun gracefully descending below the horizon. Spend a memorable overnight stay on Gemiler Island, surrounded by its enchanting atmosphere.

Gemiler Island to Gulf of Fethiye to Cleopatra’s Bay to Göcek

Dedicate a day to exploring the numerous untouched bays and anchorages in the Gulf of Fethiye. Consider going ashore on Tersane Island to witness the intriguing Byzantine ruins of a shipyard, offering a glimpse into the past. Alternatively, you may choose to explore the partially submerged ruins in Cleopatra’s Bay, which are rumored to be remnants of the bathhouse where Cleopatra herself once bathed. Take the opportunity to examine these historical sites up close and immerse yourself in their fascinating stories. End your exquisite yacht vacation in Göcek Harbor.

Gemiler Island ruins on sunset
Photo Courtesy of Worth Avenue Yachts

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