LUXURY YACHT CHARTER ITINERARY | Sailing from Bodrum to Gocek and visiting the most famous places on Turkish Riviera
This yachting route is just a sample. It can be adjusted to you wishes and preferences and yacht's specifications.
DAY 1: Embark the yacht in Bodrum Harbour and enjoy a "Welcome Cocktail" prepared by your crew. Once embarkation procedure is over, head out to Kara Ada just outside of Bodrum. This area offers a quiet and secluded experience for your first day onboard.
For the night either move back into Bodrum Harbour to savour the town by night and enjoy walking through the bazaar, chatting with locals at a café or stay anchored out in a quiet nearby bay. As an alternative you can spend a night in a beautiful Aquarium Bay famous for its pristine nature and crystal-clear turquoise sea.
When at Knidos, take a tender ashore to explore the ruins of this once-thriving trade centre. 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. The base of this famous statue can still be seen today. Also of importance is a sundial, developed by a son of Knidos - the great mathematician and inventor, Eudoksus. As you wander past a temple dedicated to Apollo or admire the mosaic floors of a church, imagine how life must have been in city perfectly positioned at the convergence of numerous key trade routes.
Small little town called Datca turns into a bustling hotspot for travellers in summer with plenty of seaside fish restaurants, pretty decorations and caring service from the locals. Take a walk and explore the town’s souvenir shop and boutique stores with organic goods produced locally. Datca almonds are very famous throughout the country. You can also take a taxi and visit the cobble-stone streets of Old Datca (Eski Datca), that would make you feel as if you’re somewhere in one of the villages in Tuscany or South of France. Wine tasting experiences are also getting more and more popular each year in this area.
D Maris Bay 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 its terraces offers stunning panoramic views of Hisaronu Bay and the hotel's sandy beaches (there are five in total). If you wish, you can visit one of the sandy beaches, visit the La Guerite restaurant, taste the famous steaks in the Nusr-Et restaurant, enjoy Japanese cuisine in Zuma or Greek cuisine in Manos where you can break some plates as a fun activity offered by the restaurant. You can also book a visit to the hotel's spa.
Bozburun is a definitive highlight on any southern Aegean itinerary. It 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 just several dining options onshore. Some of them are quite authentic. One is located in Bozburun Yacht Club - a beautiful coastal spot where some of the most famous people like to spend their summer vacations. 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. We also suggest to have dinner in iconic Manzara Sogut Restaurant.
Marmaris is one of the most famous resort cities in Turkey. Usually in summer it is very noisy and crowded. Marmaris has a very beautiful old town part with narrow streets, whitewashed houses that remind you of Greece. You can visit the ancient fortress, built in the 16th century by order of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. We recommend to stop by the shop of traditional Turkish ceramics dishes, where real masterpieces of painted ceramics are on the display. Some of famous people stop by this place.
Gocek was once a sleepy village, but is now a major yachting centre. It has retained its charm, however it has a great selection of restaurants, cafes and boutique stores catering to visitors and locals alike. The Gocek Bays are locally known as “Skopea Limanı”. This area is among the most beautiful cruising grounds in the world. Verdant hills and mountains descend steeply to rock-strewn and pebbled shores. Here, tiny coves, narrow inlets and picturesque anchorages are quiet and secluded, the midday sun warming masses of red pine and the smell of these, filling the air – much like the ever present summertime song of the cicada. Skopea Harbour is also dotted with twelve islands and is steeped in history.
Disembarkation in Gocek after breakfast.
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