From Bodrum airport, transfer the short drive to the bustling resort town of Bodrum and board your luxurious sailing yacht. Your captain and crew will be waiting to welcome you on board in Bodrum Harbor. Year round balmy temperatures, international marinas, elegant boutiques, chic cafés and nightclubs, and a variety of delightful dining experiences attract many to the vibrant Bodrum harbor.The 15th century Crusader castle, the world class Museum of Underwater Archaeology, and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, bring an important historical dimension to this picturesque city.
Bodrum International Airport is 40 minutes to Bodrum Port.
Knidos is famous in antiquity for the cult of Aphrodite started there. Situated at the end of the Datca peninsula, this Dorian city was built on terraces rising to the acropolis. Straddling the peninsula, it had a harbour on either side, and flourished during the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods. The site was excavated in 1857 by C. T. Newton and from 1967 by Iris Love. Famous as a center of art and culture in the fourth century
BC, Knidos was established at the same time that Halicarnassus was, as one of the six Dorian colonies in Asia Minor. It seems to have kept a purer Greek character, no doubt because it set its sights seaward and had little contact with the interior. Around 360 BC, the city was rebuilt at the windblown tip of the peninsula, banking on the fact that a good harbor at the outer corner of Asia Minor would become a popular calling-port for ships on the Aegean – East Mediterranean transit routes. The rocky island facing the shore at the new site was joined to the mainland with a causeway, creating two deep harbors on either side of the isthmus: one on the Aegean and the other on the Mediterranean.
The island section held the residential quarters, a series of colonnaded walkways rose in tiers on the land. Two large theaters, an odeon and three temples completed what must have been a striking ensemble in the midst of a desolate crag. The remains of a circular temple dedicated to the goddess of love Aphrodite overlook remains of the two harbors: the arcaded way was built of white marble heart – shaped columns. The legendary Aphrodite of Praxiteles statue, reputedly one of the most beautiful sculptures of the antiquity, once graced this temple. The city was renowned as one of the most beautiful in ancient Greece. Overnight in anchorage on the bay.
Datca is a popular stopover for yachtsmen, where white-washed buildings hung with bougainvillea decorate the town. Around the marina you will find bars, cafes and a wide selection of shops. The local eateries offer both fresh fish and classical Turkish cuisine. As you cruise out of Datca, you will find unspoiled bays and golden sandy beaches
Sail across the Hisaronu Gulf, stopping for lunch and water sports in a pretty bay near Bozburun or Sogut. Bozburun is surrounded by low, rocky hills and has a definite charm. The afternoon’s sail will take you around the tip of the Loryma Peninsula and into Bozukkale. In Hellenistic times, Bozukkale was known Loryma and the city was a deme of the Rhodian Peraea. Your captain will anchor beneath the well-preserved walls of the ancient citadel and from here, it will be possible to swim ashore or tender ashore to visit the ruins. The citadel provides an excellent vantage point from which to view the coastline and watch a fabulous Mediterranean sunset.
The beautiful island of Symi (Italian Simi, Turkish Sombeki) lays about 23 nm north-west of Rhodes flanked by two Turkish peninsula.
It has a much-indented coast, ideal for a sailing holiday and accordingto Homer it possessed eight good harbo The inhabitants live of sponge-fishing and boat-building.
Following a leisurely breakfast and perhaps a swim, board a small riverboat for a tour to ancient Caunos and the small town of Dalyan. The trip will take you south-east along a craggy, indented coastline and in through the mouth of the Dalyan river, where you should keep an eye out for the rare Loggerhead Turtle. Once past the sandy spit known as Iztuzu Beach (a nesting ground for the turtles), it is an exciting ride through the reed-lined channels of the delta to the ruins of ancient Caunos, set out around a hill topped with an acropolis. The climb to the acropolis is an exhilarating ascent and rewards the climber with an amazing view of the surrounding area. While exploring the ruins of Caunos, you will come across a theatre, an early Byzantine church, Roman baths and closer to the ancient harbour, the remains of an Agora and temples. Returning to the riverboat, you will then head further up the river to the town of Dalyan, passing beneath some superb Lycian rock tombs, carved into the cliff face. These tombs date back to 400 – 600 BC and are the finest example of their type to be found anywhere. Following a stroll around the town of Dalyan, it’s back to the riverboat for the return trip to the gulet and on to Aga Limani for the night. Here you can take a walk ashore and view the gulf of Fethiye from the hills above.
Oludeniz is the archetypal picture-postcard beach backed by dramatic pine-clad hills. Literally translated as ‘dead sea’, the stunning lagoon is a protected area, ensuring that its natural beauty is preserved. There is a small entrance charge to use the lagoon beach and only non-motorised watersports are allowed. The main resort beach is a long stretch of coarse sand and shingle beach known as Belceğiz. There is a strip alongside the seafront promenade with a number of relaxing bars and restaurants, serving local and international cuisine
Little is known about many of the neglected, earthquake-shattered buildings on Turkey’s Gemiler Island, also known by its Christian name, St Nicholas Island. Yet each year, travellers make the trek to the 1km-by-400m isle on the country’s Lycian coast to visit the site reputed to have housed the original tomb of St Nicholas, the saint whose reputation for generosity, gift giving and protecting children eventually became the story of Father Christmas.
Göcek is a little town situated in the Fethiye district of Turkey, and sits between Fethiye and Dalyan.Today, Gocek has six marinas these being: Club Marina, Marinturk Gocek Village, Port Municipality Marinas, D-Marin Gocek, Marinturk Gocek Exclusive, and Skopea Marina. One of the most dominating characteristics of Gocek is that it is situated in a private bay that is home to several harbours and coves. Gocek was specially protected by law in 1998 and this is why there are no multi storey buildings. All buildings have to be two storey or below. Gocek offers everything you would expect from a tourism centre but is much more tranquil that other areas of tourism.
One of the beaches belonging to D-Resort Gocek is available for a daily fee or by taking out membership. Inlice beach is on the outskirts of Gocek and is about a ten minutes by car; it is run by the government. Other beaches such as Sarigerme, a long sandy beach can be reached easily by car or taxi. Further down from Sarigerme is the protected beach of Iztuzu in Dalyan Delta, and the other direction takes you to the beach at Oludeniz in about forty minutes. The only way to reach the main beach on the island is by water taxi.
Gocek is a high class sailing area for the yacht which comes all over the world. The nearest airport to Gocek is Dalaman situated about 20km away from the resort.