Board your yacht in Bodrum in the afternoon , where an impressive medieval castle built by the Knights of Rhodes guards the entrance to its dazzling blue bay, in which the Aegean and the Mediterranean Seas meet. The town’s charm is well-known, attracting a diverse population of vacationers who stroll along its long palm-lined waterfront. Before leaving you may want to wander through the castle to see the underwater archeological museum filled with artifacts from ancient shipwrecks found in Greek and Turkish waters.
In the am have breakfast in the quiet beauty of your remote anchorage away from it all, and then cruise along the Turkish Coast with the Greek Dodecanese Islands in sight in the distance to the ancient harbor of the ruins of the city of Knidos. This ancient city sitting on a clear-water cove at the tip of the Doric Peninsula was a center of art and culture in the 4th-century BC. Drop anchor in the larger of the two harbors, and enjoy lunch surrounded by the ruins of this ancient wealthy trading city. After lunch, go ashore to visit the site of Knidos, which includes city walls, two theatres, terraced streets, and the remains of several temples including the temple of Aphrodite. Triopian cliffs will be flush in rosemary and myrtle and there is a theater and stoa at the water’s edge. See the Temple of Aphrodite (the “round” temple reconstructed during the Roman period), once housing Praxitele’s first nude. A must visit. There is an additional entrance fee for all to visit Knidos paid at the gate.
After Knidos, we start cruise to Palamutbükü Bay. We will anchor in Ince Burun after lunch and swimming breaks . We will stay in this lovely bay for dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast the boat will cruise to Bencik Bay which has a very narrow entance but a unique view once one gets inside. Bencik is located at the narrowest part If the peninsula that divides Hisarönü Gulf from Gökova Gulf but it is located at Hisarönü side. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Aktur.
Selimiye is peaceful fishing village that seems to flow along a stunning bay, just along the coast from Turgutkoy and Orhaniye. It now has a new public quay and seaside boardwalk so it is a perfect place to have a walk and explore the many restaurants and quaint shops dotted around the village. Discover the old village jail that is now a ruin, built on a small island in the middle of the bay.
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. Overnight in Bozukkale.
Following an morning cruising to Datca. Datca is a small fisherman town, 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.
Mersincik Bay, located in the south of Gökova, is almost entirely sheltered from wind, making it a perfect place to camp out (and to swim in with an almost entire absence of waves as well). It’s amazingly quiet and clean, and in the summer, sailors come and love to indulge in the cove’s beauty. Sheep roam about nearby, and there are dirt roads leading to the local village of Cumalı.