Which port of embarkation to choose: Bodrum, Gocek, Marmaris, or Fethiye? How can you get the most out of your yachting holiday in Turkey? Is it possible to enjoy both - secluded bays, the least crowded places, but also trendy, famous restaurants, and cultural places at the same time?
In this article, we'll share some of the most valuable advice as yacht charter brokers with those who want to enjoy some peaceful and rejuvenating time but also not miss the joy of visiting true luxury places on the coast.
Contact Yachts brokers often receive inquiries for yacht charters in Turkey. For travelers who never visited the coastline, it is sometimes not easy to choose an area, where to cruise and rent a boat. Often, guests are willing to stay away from crowded places, however, at the same time, they'd like to visit beautiful restaurants several times during a yacht charter week or explore an interesting historical site. We love listening to the needs and preferences of our clients. Therefore, we have decided to share not only the itinerary that combines different activities to match the mood of travelers. Also, it is considered one of the most luxurious yachting routes in Turkey.
Embark the yacht in Bodrum Harbour and enjoy a Welcome Cocktail prepared by your crew. Once the embarkation procedure is over, head out to Kara Ada or Tavsan Burnu Bay. Both are located just outside of Bodrum. This area offers a quiet and secluded experience for a late afternoon lunch or dinner. For the night it is possible to move back into Bodrum Harbour, especially if the group would like to savor Bodrum by night and enjoy walking through the bazaar, chatting with locals at a café. As an alternative, you can spend a night in the beautiful Aquarium Bay famous for its pristine nature and crystal-clear turquoise sea. It is a beautiful place to wake up in the morning and enjoy a cup of coffee freshly prepared by the crew.
When at Knidos, take a tender ashore to explore the ruins of this once-thriving trade center. Knidos has two theaters, the larger of which seated an audience of 20,000, several temples, and an acropolis. Take in the view from above the ruined circular temple of Aphrodite - a site of worship which once attracted thousands of worshipers, allowing to witness the beauty of Praxiteles’s nude statue of Aphrodite.
D Maris Bay Hotel is one of the most luxurious premium hotels on the Turkish coast. In summer, yachts of all sizes anchor in front of the hotel. One of the hotel's terraces offers a stunning panoramic view of Hisaronu Bay and its sandy beaches. If the hotel’s policy allows, you can visit one of the sandy beaches, visit the La Guerite restaurant, taste famous steaks in the Nusr-Et restaurant, enjoy Japanese cuisine in Zuma or Greek cuisine in Manos. You can also book a visit to the hotel's spa.
This day offers stops in secluded bays on the way back to Bodrum Peninsula. You are welcome to enjoy swimming in crystal clear waters, practicing water sports activities, and sunbathing. It is a perfect plan for the mid-week of a yacht charter to have rest for the body and mind.
Yalikavak is one of the most popular summertime destinations of the “Turkish Riviera”. Luxury is the synonym of Yalikavak. Take in the sights and sounds of this bustling little village, known for its historical little center, a world-class marina that hosts the most expensive yachts, world-famous restaurants, and boutiques. Nightlife is also a magnet here for travelers. As an alternative, enjoy a small walk at the little beach and shop in some local interesting authentic local shops. It is possible to spend here a few hours and then move away to a secluded bay and enjoy an onboard relaxation.
The cute little village of Gumusluk is one of the most popular places around the Bodrum peninsula that offers delicious seafood. In summer the bay in front of Gumusluk is full of yachts that bring here guests to savour great fish and Turkish meze. Restaurants are small and atmospheric with friendly locals serving their best meals. It is possible to spend some time walking on the shore and see how villagers live their daily lives in the decorations of whitewashed houses and blooming bougainvillea. You can also walk to see the ancient ruins of a small Carian town that was founded by Mausolus in the 4th century BC. According to historical facts, the local harbor gave shelter to the fleet of Egypt in the same century. It is also mentioned that the ships of Gaius Cassius Longinus, one of Julius Caesar's assassins, spent some time here in 44 BC
On this day, enjoy some beautiful bays on the way from Gumusluk to Bodrum. Perhaps, make a stop at Akvaryum Bay, then at Buddha Bar in Caresse Hotel. And pay a visit to Bodrum in the afternoon. We suggest spending some time in Bodrum before disembarkation, as this town deserves special attention. Especially, if you haven't seen it before boarding your yacht.
White-washed houses decorated with colorful bougainvillea drape the sides of low, rounded hills leading down the harbor. A magnificent Crusader’s Castle stands proudly on a rocky promontory overlooking the marina. This is the heart of Bodrum, where tourists flock to witness the town’s famous nightlife as much as to experience its impressive history.
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