Embarkation in Göcek Harbor after 4pm, is followed by our Guletbooker’s welcome and information meeting on-board. Cruise a short way to Tersane Island, once a famous Ottoman port noted for its boatbuilding, but with scattered Byzantine ruins along the shore, including a church, and later era abandoned Ottoman Greek houses. After a swim we continue to Batik Hamam (Manastir) Bay to snorkel around the sunken Roman bath towards the southeast side of the bay. Stay overnight in Batik Hamam or a nearby bay. This area is also known as Cleopatra’s Baths, where legend has it that the Egyptian Queen sailed and bathed.
Cruise to Ekincik but stop for a not-to-be-missed tour**, one of the highlights of a Blue Cruise. Embark upon a flat bottomed, local riverboat to travel through the river channels of reeds in the environmentally protected Dalyan Delta wetlands. The riverboat takes you up river to the modern town of Dalyan opposite the ruins of ancient Caunos, where the extraordinary Lycian tombs of princes were carved directly into the cliff sides. Further up river you can indulge in the famous mineral mud baths reputed to rejuveate the skin. Return to the river mouth at the end of the long sandy Iztuzu beach, nesting site for the Caretta caretta loggerhead turtles. Dinner and overnight in Ekincik Bay.
Breakfast is enjoyed in Ekincik Bay then you sail onto another beautiful spot at Kadirga Bay for swimming and lunch. Later in the afternoon you will sail into the great protected harbour of Marmaris, where Marmaris town lies surrounded by green forest hills. Dinner will be on board when you are moored on the harbour front side by side with many other gulets and yachts- Marmaris has long been the yachtsman’s favourite harbour. Mere steps away are restaurants, bars and the old town’s narrow streets around the small castle and museum. A short distance away is the bustling shopping area, and then the long sandy beachfront.
In the morning after breakfast, the gulet sets sail for the quiet bay of Kumlubük for swimmimg and lunch, and then moves along the coast back towards Göcek.
An early morning departure brings you to a breakfast mooring, and then onwards across the mouth of Fethiye Gulf to round the peninsula for a glimpse of the spectacular Ölüdeniz and the famous blue lagoon. The long Ölüdeniz beach and busy has swimming and other water sports, with the high Babadag mountain behind it. Moor at Gemiler Adasi(Ships Island). Once home to Lycian and Byzantine pirates, the remains of an entire village and on the heights, St. Nicholas church, are there to be explored and it is a wonderful place to swim and snorkel.
Breakfast then sail back into the Bay of Göcek with its famous Twelve Islands and more coves and bays. Yassica Group Islands will usually be the anchorage for lunch and swimming, and then your gulet will move on to another picturesque bay for dinner and overnight.
A leisurely last day amongst the coves and islands, your captain may pick from Atbuku, Boynuz Buku, Bedri Rahmi, Siralibuk, Sarsala, Manastir, Gobun Coves and Gocek, Yassicalar, Tersane and Domuz Islands. It could be Aga Bay where a nice explore on land leads you to the ruins of an amphitheatre amongst the trees. Lunch in the bay, then your gulet will move on to another picturesque bay for dinner and overnight. This could be in the renowned Bedri Rahmi Bay, where the famous artist Bedri Rahmi Eyüpoglu painted his distinctive fish on a rock while he, his writer brother and friends pioneered the Blue Cruise over 50 years ago.
After breakfast the gulet will make its way back to the quayside at in time for disembarkation by 9:30am. It is time to say farewell to your boat and your crew.
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