Day 1: BODRUM
Bodrum is one of Turkey’s most popular coastal resort towns. White-washed houses decorated with colourful bougainvillea drape the sides of low, rounded hills leading down the harbour. 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. Heredotus, the father of history, was born here when the place was known as “Halicarnassos”. The Mausoleum of Halicarnassos was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, and it is possible to visit the remains of thismonumental tomb, along with the “Myndos Gate”, the antique theatre and the Castle of the Knights of St. John. Exploring the castle, which houses one of the largest museums of underwater archaeology in the world, is very
relaxing in the cooler hours of the day. Board the yacht and set sail for the island just off the coast known as, Kara Ada, or “Arkonessus" inancient times. The water here is exceptionally clear and so after you have swum or snorkelled, enjoy a walk to the church and the citadel. If you like the idea of soaking in natural mineral water, the sulphur springs, wherethe water is a very pleasant 32 degrees Celsius, are just a short walk away here on the island. Overnight on Kara Ada with dinner on board.
When you sail from Bodrum to Marmaris via Greek islands, you discover the best what the Aegean has to offer you: historical sites, aromatic and colorful local bazaars, cultural experiences, romantic anchorages, secluded bays, and dramatic landscapes.
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Day 2: KOS
After breakfast and a swim, sail for the Greek island of Kos. Kos is the second largest island of the Dodecanese and lies just off the coast of Turkey, just a short distance from the port of Bodrum. The island is synonymous with the forefather of modern medicine, Hippocrates who was born here in 460 BC and went on to teach many disciples the philosophy and science of medicine. Hippocrates; disciples in turn built the Asclepeion, a centre for healing. Understandably, this is the best archaeological site on the island, and we recommend that you take in a short visit to appreciate one of the Western world’s first true hospitals and medical schools.The other main attractions on the island are the large Knights’ fortress, the Kos Archaeological Museum, the Hippocrates Cultural Centre, and the Roman Odeon, which is just 10 minutes’ walk from the harbour. There are many different choices for dining out tonight, so try one of the traditional-style tavernas on the waterfront, and round off the evening with a walk through Kos's bazaar. Overnight in Kos Harbour.
Day 3: SYMI
A leisurely morning cruise takes you across to the Greek island of Symi, where the first port of call is the Bay of Panormitis. The bay is home to a seafront monastery known as the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Taxiarchis Mihail Panormitis. It was built in 18th Century Venetian style and is said to have one of the highest baroque bell towers in the world. The village also has a good local bakehouse where you can buy some local cookies and apple pies. Later in the day, sail up the eastern side of the island and into Symi’s main harbour, “Yialos”. This is one of the most beautiful Greek ports in all of Greece, lined with beautifully restored neo-classical houses, colourful shops and boutiques, Greek tavernas and eateries and much more. Go ashore to explore the town at leisure.Overnight in Symi Harbor with dinner ashore, quayside.
Day 4: RHODES
The walls of the medieval Crusader Castle of the Knights of St. John are visible from the Colonna Harbourm where you will moor, and are quite a sight to behold.
Take a stroll through the Rhodes “Old Town” – a bustling place with shops of all descriptions, restaurants, cafes, bars and eateries. The shopping in Rhodes is as entertaining as you please and the history of the island is also bound to impress. After lunch back on your yacht, take an afternoon guided tour through the local Archaeological Museum and the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of St. John. Tonight, dine ashore in a typical Greek taverna before setting of to experience the town’s colorful nightlife. Overnight in Rhodes Harbour.
Day 5: BOZBURUN
Set amongst a multitude of inlets and islets, Bozburun is a definitive highlight on any southern Aegean itinerary. And it is a port where you will clear in after coming back to Turkey from the Greek island of Rhodes.Bozburun was once the sponge-diving capital of Turkey but today most activity centres around yachting tourism and the building of traditional Turkish vessels. Bozburun has a sleepy charm, a quiet and relaxed atmosphere which encompasses the small harbour around which it is built and the surrounding farmland. There are restaurants, bars and small selection of boutiques to discover. The countryside around Bozburun is renowned for its wild beauty, with tall mountains, craggy cliff faces and thick groves of wild olive. The bay is also very well protected, so be sure to enjoy a swim or a spot of snorkelling around one of the islets. Overnight in Bozburun Harbour with dinner ashore or on board.
Day 6: BOZUKKALE
From Bozburun, we make the short journey to Bozukkale, and anchor beneath the walls of ancient Loryma’s well-preserved citadel. This is an ideal place to enjoy watersports of all kinds and a trip ashore will bring some rewarding discoveries - among them, the fabulous view of the nearby Greek island of Rhodes. Enjoy a relaxed meal on board tonight, anchored amidst dramatic scenery with the sound of goat bells to accompany your good cheer.
Day 7: SERCE - KUMLUBUKU
Cruise to Serce Harbour and spend the morning swimming, snorkelling and kayaking. It was here that George Bass discovered the famous Islamic Glass Wreck, some of the artefacts from which can be seen today at Bodrum’s Underwater Archaeology Museum. Continue on to the pretty anchorage of Kadirga, or, if there are plans for a final night’s party ashore, sail a little further and moor on the quay at Kumlu Buku Yacht Club. The “Yacht Club” has an excellent menu with both local and international dishes on offer and is set among carefully-tended gardens, overlooking a pebbled beach. Overnight in Kumlu Buku with dinner ashore.
Day 8: MARMARIS
Disembark in Marmaris after breakfast.
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