Adventure Sailing in Turkey
The perfect way to visit the islands or the coast of Turkey! Board either the sporty 49' Angelina, or the 53' sloop Vassilis for the sailing experience of a lifetime. Charter the entire boat, or just take a cabin and join other fun loving sailors. Help the crew sail, or just lounge on deck as you visit beautiful bays and islands throughout the Aegean.
The same Adventure Sailing program is available in Turkey and in Greece. You can come join one of our 50' sailing yachts and explore the stunningly beautiful, pine-forested Turquoise Coast any time from late April to mid June, and then mid Sept to end of Oct. Whether a single, couple or bringing your own group of friends - the same fun, easy-going SeaScape formula still applies !
Please take a look at the general information on Adventure Sailing in Greece and Turkey on our main sailing page - and then check out the exact dates and itineraries available for Turkey here.
SAMPLE SEASCAPE TURKISH ITINERARY
Exploring the Turquoise Coast of Turkey:
Fethiye to Keci Buku
Sample 1 week itinerary
We'll be spending the first few days exploring the Bay of Fethiye. This is one of the most stunning areas along this entire Turquoise Coast. Dozens of tiny, totally protected inlets form perfect anchorages; pine trees carpet the hillsides, giving the water a deep green hue. There are huge contrasts; from the bustling town of Fethiye, the smaller but still active town of Gocek; to completely unspoiled little coves, tiny tavernas run by families who still lead a very isolated and traditional lifestyle.
Day OneYour yacht will be awaiting you at 11am at the Yeni Yacht Hotel dock in Fethiye - the “big city and bright lights” around these parts! It’s a lively, fun town, with dozens of traditional wooden gulets (motor-sailors) lining the waterfront, numerous bars and tavernas scattered amongst the lanes of the bazaar. One could get lost for hours wandering around the winding lanes of the bazaar, hunting down the bargains ! And bargains there certainly are to be found, especially in beautiful leather goods and some very unusual semi-precious stone jewelry.
After having gotten everyone settled in, we'll set off for our first destination - Ruin Bay - supposedly the site of "Cleopatra's Baths". Whether this claim-to-fame is true or not is open to question - but snorkeling around the semi-submerged remains of this little bathhouse is quite the time-warp experience anyhow! There is just one tiny taverna in this bay, owned by Regep - a real character! From the modern-day feel of Fethiye, this is quite the contrast; Regep still has to carry all the water his family (and the taverna) needs by little fishing boat from a natural spring source, half an hour away. Regep also bakes the most amazing bread for breakfast...
Sail to Laundry Bay for swim n' lunch stop. Laundry Bay is supposedly named by some yachties of many years ago who found a hot spring here and declared that this was the place to bathe! Well, so the Pilot book says... we have looked and looked and not found them. Raki is on us for the first person to find them! In the meantime, this bay is a real gem despite the lack of hot springs - it's a deep, deep hue of green, both the water and surrounding pine trees, and totally tranquil.
Sail to Gocek -- a friendly, pretty little town, no-one hassles you to buy anything as you walk along the street (unlike the bigger towns!) It is developing a reputation as the "upmarket" place to be, the locals actively discourage all the package-tour operators from moving in. Rumour has it that it is being quietly adopted by some of the rich n' famous as one of their get-away-from-it-all hideaways; this past summer, several shopkeepers were totally delighted and proud to show us their photos of well-known personalities who had patronised their establishments recently! It is also becoming very much the "yachtie centre" of the area
For a traditional Turkish experience - be sure not to miss the haman - Turkish baths.... an exfoliating body scrub, full massage, hot towels and marble slabs, apple tea - all for a mere $25 or so !! We always know when people arrive back at the boat after a haman; they flop around like rag dolls for hours afterwards!
Day ThreeSail to Kapi Creek; a beautifully tranquil little anchorage. This is where we found Murat and his family - his wife and sister-in-law weave those amazingly intricate Turkish carpets right there in their tiny village homes. If you are interested in buying a Turkish carpet, it's well worth waiting until you get here. Not only do you get a very personal, first-hand experience of where and how your carpet was made; but you also know that your money is going direct to the family who put so much time and effort into it... not getting lost in several middlemen's pockets!
A fairly early am departure, and 5-6 hour sail to Bozuk Buku, scenically a total contrast to the other places we visit - the softer, pine-forested hills suddenly change into dramatically towering cliffs, arid and desolate as any desert. The ancient city of Lorimer used to be situated here, and the fortress walls which surrounded the entire bay can still be seen. Great for hiking, amazing views.
Enough of the quiet, relaxing evenings - tonight, we are heading for a night of belly-dancing! We'll be heading for Bozburun; usually very leisurely sail around the corner. Bozburun is a small, very traditional Turkish town; full of gulets (wooden motor sailors), but not many yachts, and certainly not many tourists. A great discovery of last year (2000) for us was a family-run pension/restaurant right on the waterfront, just outside the town; their little wooden jetty seemed purpose-built to fit our yachts, and the family delightfully warm and friendly. It is a shady, tranquil little spot to hang out in - and we even get to borrow their fun kayaks plus a windsurfer or two to go explore the bay in! Most importantly of all is the evening's entertainment - for our groups, they will invite along local friends who play traditional Turkish music - and even a belly-dancer to teach us all how it is done!
Day SixA morning sail around the corner and into the national park inlet of Bencik for a lunch stop - a quiet, very pretty little bay, with only a meteorological station perched on the hill above. Wonderful swimming, great chill out spot; and a short sail later on to Keci Buku - described as a "gem" in the Turkish Waters Pilot - and it truly is. A wide, sweeping bay surrounded by pine forests, with a fascinating old fortress perched on the top of an island guarding the entrance - a view well worth scrambling up the hillside to see!
30mins drive is the main town of Marmaris -- the buzzing metropolis and last chance for an evening's bazaar shopping. Quite a contrast to Keci Buku!
Day SevenDisembarkation time from the boat is 9am. We can help arrange transportation from Orhaniye to either Marmaris (ferry connections to Greece) or Dalaman airport (domestic connections to Istanbul).
|6 Days||13 Days||Itinerary|
|May 10 -23||$1550||$2650||Greece to Turkey|
|May 24 - Jun 6||$1550||$2650||Turkey to Greece|
|Jun 7 - 20||$1550||$2650||Greece to Turkey|
|June 21 - Jul 4||$1550||$2650||Turkey to Greece|
|Sep 13 - 26||$1550||$2650||Greece to Turkey|
|Sep 27 - Oct 4||$1550||$2650||Turkey to Greece|
|PRICES INCLUDE:||NOT INCLUDED:|
|Lunches on sailing days||Transport to and from the boats - airfares, transfers.|
|Snacks, aperitifs, fruit,||Personal & medical insurance|
|Evening cocktail nibbles, etc||Personal visas for Turkey (when applicable)|
|Open bar (local beers, wines, liquors, etc)|
|Informal sailing instruction if desired|
Seascape sailing text and photos courtesy of Diane Edwards, Seascape Sailing.
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