The entire coastline is dotted with quiet bays and picturesque villages, but for those looking for more than tranquillity, the bustling ports of Bodrum, Marmaris and Gocek have plenty to offer. It's also a journey back in time, with a myriad of archaeological sites, castles and temples reflecting its importance in ancient times. Particularly ideal for cruising is the southwest coast, roughly speaking, the stretch of coast from Izmir, via Kusadasi, Bodrum, Marmaris, Fethiye and Kas, to Antalya.
One of the best ways to get to know this magnificent coastline is on board one of the famous Turkish gulets.
Marmaris is located in a valley between pine-covered mountains and the clear blue sea and there is a very popular spot for sailing and diving. It's known for its lively nightlife, open-air clubs and music venues centered on Bar Street. The traditional quarter with its Ottoman castle is definitely worth a visit. If you are looking for a bit of quiet around Marmaris you can visit the spectacular surrounding area, including the rugged and relatively unvisited peninsulas of Bozburum and Datça. Marmaris is another great place for starting your gulet cruise and visiting the Greek Isle of Rhodes.
Istanbul, the ancient Constantinople, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and has been the center of trade and warfare for thousands of years. Few places have witnessed more history than Istanbul - the geographical point where East meets West.
There's plenty to do in Istanbul: shop in the Grand Bazaar, sample some Turkish Delights at the Spice Market, smoke a narguile, relax in a Turkish Bath (Hammam) and enjoy delicious doner kebabs made with freshly caught fish. Five times a day, the city fills with captivating background sound that emerges from the minarets when imams call to prayer.
While you're there, make sure to visit Istanbul's magnificent treasures, such as the Blue Mosque, Agia Sophia and the Top Kapi and Dolmabace palaces.
Enjoy a tour along the Bosphorus in your private charter yacht. Istambul is a perfect place for a day charter yacht. Cruise the Golden Horn and visit the Princes' Islands or Adalar.
Gocek is a small town in Fethiye district in Mugla Province. It has become one of the world's yachting centers thanks to the constructions of new ports. You will be fascinating by its scenic beauty and clear blue sea. This is and ideal place to start your Blue Cruise and explore the Turkish Riviera. Its friendly small cafes and restaurants and modest nightlife are ideal for visitors who wants to relax away form the buzzing modern life.
Bodrum is a charming little port on the southern coast of the Bodrum Peninsula, on the Aegean coast of Turkey, 270 km south of Izmir.
As you arrive to Bodrum by sea, you will immediately appreciate its stunning coastline with turquoise waters and beautiful bays. Bodrum's excellent climate and the many historical sites make it a major boating destination and the perfect starting point for a boat charter trip or a Blue Voyage on a traditional Turkish Gulet.
The calm, warm Aegean Sea that surrounds Bodrum is ideal for beginner divers because it does not have strong tides or currents. Experienced divers will also find many diverse locations to explore, including caverns, hot springs, reefs and spectacular drop-offs.
Bodrum has three main marinas. Bodrum Milta Marina is among the most well equipped marinas in the Aegean Sea, and is known for its Blue Flag and Five Gold Anchor Awards.
Port Palmarina, with its chic restaurants and cafes is Bodrum's brand-new sophisticated and stylish yachting venue. This marina is situated in Yalikavak, 18 km away from Bodrum, and is also known as the Yalikavak Marina. Port Palmarina is home to a number of adventurous boating events and races, including the 4th Gant Cup, the 16th Bodrum Cup and the World of Wonders Cup.
D-Marin Turgutreis, 20 km away from Bodrum and 50 km away from Milas Airport, offers a peaceful environment for yachters, locals and tourists.
YACHT CHARTER ITINERARIES IN BODRUM
ITINERARY BODRUM - BODRUM VISITING THE DODECANESE ISLANDS
ITINERARY BODRUM - BODRUM VISITING THE GULF OF GÖKOVA