Our Turkey trips are full of contrasts - starting from the busy, bustling harbour of Bodrum, with it's famous 10th century Castle of St John, winding bazaars full of trinkets and bargains in leather goods and jewellery... not to mention the very lively night life scene !
From modern-day to 500BC - the ancient ruins of Knidos, a magnificent little bay surrounded on all 3 sides with the reminders of the old city - amphitheatres, stone carvings, temple remains, etc.
In general, our trips tend to avoid the more "touristy" places, and spend most of the time in small, unspoilt areas. After all, one of the joys of a sailboat is to go where the cruise ships can't!
For example, Ova Buku - a well-hidden little gem, known only us sailors! A lovely sheltered sandy cove, hikes into the hills, our ever-entertaining host Ogun and his sister Semra's amazing home cooking! Then there is Bozburun, where we can try out a few moves in an attempt to match their lithe belly-dancers....the little town of Datca, Turkish baths, massages, and more shopping for those who didn't quite do enough in Bodrum!
For those interested in ancient history, there is Knidos - a magnificent little bay surrounded on all 3 sides with the reminders of the city dating back to 500BC; amphitheatres, stone carvings, temple remains.
Our yachts range from 49-55'; max group size per yacht is 8, plus skipper. We will sometimes sail with two or three boats together, so a group size of up to 20 or so people - a lot of social fun!
Our philosophy is "No Surprises" - and that's exactly what we mean with our inclusive price deal. Once you step on board, all is covered - provisioning for breakfasts, lunches, snacks, drinks (yes, even your beers and cocktails!). All onboard expenses, skipper, sailing instruction are included. The only exception is dinners ashore and travel to/from the boats.
Rendezvous in Bodrum, on the SW coast of Turkey. Bodrum is one of the more modern Turkish ports, a busy, bustling metropolis. Winding street bazaars criss-cross the town, beautiful old wooden gulets line the waterfront, as do hundreds of little bars and restaurants. The fortress of St John is still incredibly intact, and has a fascinating museum inside. And for those who love their nightlife, Bodrum claims the largest outdoor disco - "Halicarnassos" - in Europe ! It's also the place for those Born to Shop; great bargains to be had in all sorts of leather goods, silver jewellery and semi-precious stones; and of course, the ubiquitous Turkish carpets. Sail to Knidos. Once upon a time, this was a key city/harbour in the ancient world, home to many thousands of people. Now it is just a tranquil and well-sheltered bay - but the remains of these former civilizations still lie scattered around the hills, surrounding the bay on all three sides. There are amphitheatres, stone pillars and carvings, temple remains - all incredibly intact. It is really a time warp experience to wander around these hills and try to imagine the way of life all those thousands of years ago.
Sail to Ova Buku - a fairly short, and most likely downside sail - lovely! We should be at our destination in time for lunch; and time to explore the tiny village of Ova Buku Our favourite taverna here has the best home-cooked Turkish food imaginable - not at all the usual tourist fare. The village itself has a great little bay for cooling off; for those looking for a little more privacy, a short hike away is a lovely long and isolated beach; a perfect afternoon retreat.
Sail to Datca - a very lively little town! The waterfront is lined little bars and tavernas; one street behind are several interesting craft & jewellery shops. Walking towards the beach, there is a tiny lake, with a surprisingly powerful "mini-waterfall" as it runs into the ocean; a great and very cooling massage experience !! For those wanting to dance the night away, Datca has several lively bars and nightspots - and a "hamam" (Turkish baths) , to ease any aching muscles the next morning !
Sail to Bozburun; a small, very traditional Turkish town; full of gulets (wooden motor sailors), but not many yachts, and certainly not many tourists. We dock just outside the town, on a wooden jetty outside a little family-run pension/restaurant right on the waterfront. It is a shady, tranquil little spot to hang out in - and we even get to borrow their fun kayaks plus a windsurfer or two to go explore the bay in! Most importantly of all is the evening's entertainment - for our groups, they will invite along local friends who play traditional Turkish music - and even a belly-dancer to teach us all how it is done! There is also a chance to take a minibus trip inland to see some of the local villages, climb a little waterfall to cool off! - and visit a carpet-making cooperative, to see firsthand how it is all done.
A gentle run to Dirsek, a secluded little bay about 2 hours sail away. A little taverna lies nestled in one corner, a blaze of brightly-coloured bougainvillea and other greenery. Wonderful place to swim and generally veg out.
Sail to Keci Buku. A well-sheltered hideout described as a "gem" in the Turkish Waters Pilot - and it truly is. A wide, sweeping bay surrounded by pine forests, with a fascinating old fortress perched on the top of an island guarding the entrance - a view which is well worth the scramble up! It is also just 30 mins drive from Marmaris - the easiest connection back to the "real world" of modern-day Turkey, where you can shop-till-you-drop some more; or just head on through and back to Dalaman, the closest airport, and domestic connections to Istanbul. Easy ferry connections also from Marmaris-Rhodes.
Disembark 9am in Keci Buku.
Prices based on shared double cabins; inclusive of provisioning for breakfasts, lunches, soft drinks & open bar, SeaScape skipper, sailing instruction, all on board running costs. Not included: dinners ashore, airfares and other transport to/from the boats.
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