Day 1 – Welcome to Marmaris
Upon boarding your yacht in the Marmaris Harbor, you will be informed of the cruise itinerary and the boat. Marmaris is a port city, on the heavenly southwest corner of Turkey where the green hills harmoniously blend into the blue waters of the Mediterranean. We will cruise to Cennet Island for overnight anchorage, enjoying the first day of your blue cruise.
Day 2 – Arabian Peninsula (Bozukkale & Loryma)
After breakfast and a morning swim we will set sail for the Arabian Peninsula. The night will be spent in Bozukkale. In the historical city of Bozukkale (Loryma), there is a castle that stretches out in a rectangle with its city walls and temples. Because of its geographical situation and the narrow port entrance, the Greek navy forces also used it during the Peloponnese Sea Battle. Karor, the Commander of Atina, gathered all his ships here before the Cnidus War in 395 BC, and Demetrius, the son of Antigones used this port for the preparations before attacking Rhodes in 305 BC. It makes a perfect secluded cove for anchorage. We will spend the night here in absolute nature blended in with ancient history.
Day 3 & 4 – Rhodes
After breakfast and a morning swim, we will sail over to the island of Rhodes. This is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands and we will spend two nights here. The island is a very popular holiday destination as it has one of the best protected and the largest European Medieval city and has warm weather almost 300 days of the year. Rhodes has been home to many civilizations, starting with the knights of St. John in the Middle Ages, then Ottomans and Italians – the island therefore has a unique historical harmony of each culture that occupied this beautiful island. The main port is in the Rhodes town while the other popular areas are Lyndos and Kamiros. The city, which is still surrounded by 12-meter thick city-walls, gives you the feeling of travelling back in time to a medieval era, especially when you walk around its narrow, stone paved roads. Our guests are recommended to enjoy a night out in Rhodes as well as checking out the restaurants on shore.
Day 5 – Symi
After breakfast and a morning swim, it’s time to set sail for the beautiful Greek Island of Symi. You can see the shoreline with its neo-classical houses and the peripheral districts. You are going to adore Symi for its pine and oak forests and unique bays. You can hire a vehicle to go to the Monastery of Panormitis located in a well-protected bay in the southern part of Symi. We recommend you spend the day in leisure onboard your yacht; and then go for a walk in the early evening discovering the lovely stores and quaint streets of this island. Symi has numerous restaurants that can rival your yacht chef’s cooking, if you’re interested in dining on shore.
Day 6 – Bencik & Datca
We will sail over to the cute village of Datca to complete the formalities of entering back into the Turkish Coast. This fascinating Mediterranean village consists of a small square and its surrounding streets. All the houses in the village are made of amber colored masonry. White garden walls are crawling with vines, shrubs, almond and olive trees. Kind-hearted people, who mostly moved here from larger cities, own the local art galleries and restaurants. We recommend you take a stroll through the Old Town of Datca visiting the bazaar and the local shops. You can find various stores selling honey, fish and almonds (the most famous products of the region). If you take a break at a coffeehouse in the village of Old Datca, don’t be surprised if the owner asks you, “would you like thyme, lavender flower, or watermelon tea?”
Our next stop will be the Bencik Cove; which has a very narrow entrance but a unique view once you get inside. Bencik is located at the narrowest part of the peninsula that divides Gulf of Hisaronu from the Gulf of Gokova. This point of natural curiosity that offers a wide view of the two gulfs in the north and south is sometimes referred to as a fjord on the basis of local scales. In 550 BC, the Cnidus people wanted to dig a tunnel in the narrowest land piece of the peninsula between the two gulfs as a defense against the Persians. That way they would make two peninsulas one island and defense easier. They started with diligence and put a lot of effort; however, in the end the task was left unfinished and the Persians conquered the city. We will anchor here overnight.
Day 7 – Knidos & Mersincik
In the morning we will leave for the mythic city of Knidos so that you can explore these ancient ruins best accessed by sea. Knidos is an ancient Carian city rich with history and artifacts, where one can discover the preserved remnants of an outdoor amphitheater and an Acropolis and ancient temple built in honor of Aphrodite, the Greek God of Love. Here stands the famed statue of Aphrodite. It is said that in ancient times, pilgrims would travel thousands of miles to pay homage to Aphrodite in her temple. We will spend the day in and around here enjoying the sunshine and the crystal clear waters.
Right before sunset, we will set sail towards nearby cove of Mersincik, chasing the sun setting in the Aegean as your yacht cruises northwest. Mersincik is a lovely little cove fronted by steep pine-covered slopes and pebble beaches. We will anchor in Mersincik overnight.
Day 8 – Bodrum
We will set sail early in the morning towards Bodrum. After breakfast onboard, it is time to say goodbye to your boat, her lovely crew and to the beautiful Turkish Coast.
We strongly encourage you to spend some time in Bodrum perusing the seaside shops, familiarizing yourself with Turkish culture and traditions, and dining along the water’s edge at one of dozens of outstanding restaurants. Bodrum is one of the Aegean Coast’s jewels, featuring natural beauty, ancient ruins, and a thriving nightlife.
Bodrum has a history that goes back to the 12th century B.C. The city that was once called ‘Halicarnassus,’ was the birthplace of Herodotus: the ‘Father of History’ who lived in the 5th century B.C. The ‘Mausoleum’ of King Mausolus (350 B.C.), one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is in this city. The only structure that survived from the Classical Era is the Amphitheatre. It is one of the oldest theatres in Anatolia with a capacity of 13.000 guests and it is still hosting many shows and concerts for the art-lovers of Bodrum. Another place that you should visit when you arrive in Bodrum is the landmark of the city, the ‘Castle of Saint Peter’. It is one of the best-preserved pieces of architecture with a history dating back to the Middle Ages. ‘Myndos Gate’ through which Alexander the Great entered Halicarnassus is another place that you should not miss to visit. Most sophisticated of the Turkish Aegean, Bodrum offers fine dining, world-class nightlife and shopping.