The best of East and West
7 day sample itinerary
Between the Mediterranean and the Gulf, Turkey is a lively mélange of the best of both worlds, and a longtime favourite with yachts, thanks to its clear waters and great sailing conditions. A true escape from the charter routes of the western Mediterranean, a yacht charter in Turkey offers a new perspective on the world.
Haggle at the grand bazaar in Marmaris. Take in Lycian tombs carved into the banks of the Dalyan River. anchor in the shadow of an ancient castle at Bodrum.
55.56km / 30 miles
Bodrum - Nisyros
Meet your charter yacht at Bodrum, where a medieval castle stands watch over the busy harbour. This is where the Aegean and Mediterranean meet, and the variety of boats in port is a sight to behold. For your first culture hit of the trip, stop at the Museum of Archaeology before your yacht raises anchor and heads out.
87.97km / 47.5 miles
Nisyros - Orphaniye
Enjoy a day of watersports in Orhaniye, an anchorage of calm clear waters that entice water-skiers, paddleboarders and kayakers. Alternatively, sunbathers can relax at anchor on the yacht’s sunpads or head to one of the island’s sunbaked beaches.
98.15km / 53 miles
Orphaniye - Marmaris
A large port city with a grand bazaar just steps away from the luxury yacht marina, Marmaris is the place to sip apple tea with purveyors of everything from hand-loomed rugs and custom-made leather coats to hand-painted pottery. Haggling is part of the fun, with negotiations often gathering onlookers.
Pockets of luxury among wild, off-the-beaten-track islands characterize Turkey. Find your own favourite island.
35km / 21.7 miles
Marmaris - Dalyan River
Your charter yacht will anchor near the mouth of the Dalyan River, where a local guide boat will meet you. Step discreetly onboard the local boat from your yacht’s swim platform and cruise up the river to see the Lycian Tombs, intricately carved ancient relics high up on the cliff edges. Having weathered the centuries, these intricate craftsmanship of these carvings remains astonishing.
64.5km / 40 miles
Dalyan River - Gemiler Island
Mysterious and remote, the haven-like Gemiler Island is believed to house the original tomb of St. Nicholas, the original Santa Claus. A walking path winds up the island through the remains of this and five Byzantine churches, with breathtaking views over turquoise seas and green-forested hillsides. From the top, 360-degree panoramas are fantastic in every direction.
81km / 50.3 miles
Gemiler Island - Kas
With its upscale boutiques and eateries, Kas is a land of luxury compared to Turkey’s more low-key islands. Wander from the pastel-coloured port deeper into the labyrinthine, bougainvillea-shaded streets and you’ll come across handmade clothing of fine fabrics at local prices. Divers will love this island, one of the best underwater spots in Turkey, and should head for the wreck just offshore. Finish the day with a sundowner along the waterfront.
107km / 66.5 miles
Kas - Gocek
The bay at Goçek is expansive and calm, wonderful for enjoying a final day of relaxation onboard. Linger over a long lunch at anchor, then spend the afternoon on the sunpads or testing out the rest of the yacht’s water toys. As you take in the island’s stunning coastline from a tender cruise around the harbour in late afternoon, spot other yachts as more and more arrive for the night.
With warm weather lasting until late October, Turkey is surrounded by stunning beaches and dotted with calm, quiet coves and near-deserted anchorages to escape to.
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