Suggested Blue Cruise Routes


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We had informed you of what the Blue Voyage is and the historical significance of the term. Initially focused along Bodrum-Fethiye shoreline of Turkey, the enthusiasts began expanding their horizons gradually and started to explore further down South towards Antalya and Kusadasi in the North closer to Çanakkale straits.

Today, the preferred Private Yacht Charter Turkey routes comprise of the Turkish Coast as well as Greek Islands. The most popular embarkation and disembarkation ports along the Turkish Coast are Bodrum, Marmaris, and Gocek, Fethiye as well as Kusadasi and Antalya ports. Indeed, Greek islands are an alternative embarkation and disembarkation ports. As will be expected, the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Patmos and Samos, due to their proximity to Turkish shores are mostly preferred by the Turkey Tourism lovers. Indeed, depending on the wish of the guests, the route may begin at one of the islands of Cyclades group.

The Private Gulet Charter  Turkey itineraries are rich in variety and combination it offers for truly fantastic vacations. What will determine your Private Gulet Holidays itinerary will be your choice of dream embarkation and disembarkation ports as well as your interest in terms of what you expect to do in this Luxury Yacht Charter Turkey holidays.

As mentioned above, the most popular regions for a luxury vacation along Turkish Coast are the unmatched natural spots, deserted coves and inlets and historical sites between Bodrum and Antalya cities. Weekly, 10 day or fortnightly itinerary plans may be suggested depending on the time you have at hand to discover Turkey and what you want to do in your very private majestic holiday.

  1. Those of you worshippers of nature and foliage
  2. Or those who wish to combine nature visits and historical sites
  3. The active ones wanting to enjoy the serenity of the sea and the unspoilt coves and but also wanting to do a bit of trekking and climbing
  4. All those who want to be close to nature but wish to take the opportunity of engaging in water sports may find that the route between Bodrum and Antalya provide the opportunity spend a magnificent cruising holiday.

 

ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES TO / FROM TURKEY

Today, international flights to various regions in Turkey are abundant. Charter flights to Bodrum and Dalaman Airports leave frequently from major airports around the world especially in the summer season from April onwards. You will find that including the THY, many airlines companies have direct flights to major cities as Istanbul, Izmir and Antalya and domestic airliners fly regularly to Bodrum and Dalaman Airports. Those of you wishing to start their cruise at one of the Greek Islands may fly to Samos, Kos or Rhodes on international flights. The flight from Istanbul airport to either Bodrum or Dalaman airport is about one hour.

Depending on your overall holiday plan, you may wish to travel part of your journey by ferry or by bus. You may find that ferries regularly offer services between the Greek Islands and the Turkish ports of Bodrum, Marmaris and Fethiye. Indeed, bus services on air-conditioned busses to/from Bodrum, Marmaris, Datca, Fethiye, Kusadasi, Antalya, Didim, Ankara, Izmir and Istanbul are many.

The popular Blue Cruise routes are proposed below. But, by no means, the samples we have provided are the only combinations. We welcome and invite your idea of a Blue Cruise also.

A- TURKISH COAST

1- Carian Coast (Bodrum-Bodrum)

This is the classic Blue Cruise. It is an idyllic cruising on board your chosen Gulet through ancient Caria, the Gulf of Gökova, Seven Islands, Sögüt, Knidos and Datca. Generally speaking, the embarkation port is Bodrum and weekly cruise plans suffice to enjoy the tranquil settings of the Gulf of Gökova. Pine forests abundant with fauna and flora, heavenly coves and remnants of the antiquity, some of which are only accessible by sea are sure to mesmerize anyone. Cleopatra Beach with its sands, believed to be brought in from Egypt especially for Cleopatra, remnants of varied styles of building that waves of conquering civilizations have left behind, over 250 different species of fish life in the Gulf as well as ''Carcharhinus Plumbeus'', a sand dwelling, protected, harmless shark species are just some of the features we can mention.

2- Lycia Valley (Dalyan/Kaunos)

Arguably one of the best routes, you will only realize the reasons when you visit. The Dalyan Village is situated on a river, surrounded by lush green fields breaking into spectacular mountain ranges and panoramic vistas. The other side of the river is home to the ancient city of Caunos that is considered by many to be the second greatest archaeological site in all Turkey. The rock tombs are among the most impressive in all of Turkey. A funeral custom which the Carian of Caunos inherited from the Lycians nearby, elaborated upon by the Greeks. A beautiful, relaxing ride in very clear waters, cruising through the reeds, Iz tuzu beach where endangered Caretta Caretta turtle lay their eggs, the omnipresent purple flowers of Anatolia leaves a lot of room for your imagination to take you to the past. We are sure a Blue Voyage doesn't get any better in this part of the world.

3- Kekova the Sunken City

Declared a specially protected area in the 1990ies by the Government, all kinds of diving and swimming were prohibited up until recently, except for the part where the sunken city is. Kekova, also named Caravola (Dolichiste), is a small island near Kas? (Antiphellos) district facing the villages of Kaleköy (Simena) and Ucagiz (Teimioussa). On its northern side there are the partly sunken ruins of Dolchiste/Dolikisthe, an ancient town which was destroyed by an earthquake during the 2nd century. Rebuilt and still flourishing during the Byzantine Empire period, it was finally abandoned because of Arab incursions. Tersane, "the dockyard" was the site of the ancient city of Xera and its dockyard, the ruins of a Byzantine church at the northwest of the island is a must see for history buffs. The nature, sun and wonderful beaches and inlets along the route are standard as is the case in all of the various Blue Cruise routes.

4- The Beacon of Civilizations (Miletus-Didyma-Priene)

Fascinating archeological sites of Priene, Miletus and Didim are all within the vicinity of Kusadasi. Priene lies at a distance of 15 kilometers from Söke town nearby Kusadasi. The ancient city was founded in the 2nd millennium BC in an unknown location nearby and then carried to its present location on the cliffs around 350 BC. Miletus is located nearby Kusadasi also and was built on the seashore many hundreds of years ago. Having founded about 90 colonies in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions, Miletus people had resisted the Persian invasions in Anatolia after 650 BC, were defeated and the city was destroyed by the Persians in 5th century BC. Didim was a cult center for the city of Miletus. It is located in the present day village of Yeniköy, about 15 kilometers from the site of Miletus. In ancient times, these two cities were connected to each other by a sacred road that had statues located on either side of it. Today, the towns of Didim, Altinkum and Akbük are popular holiday resorts and Blue Cruise lovers from time to time want to combine their sea going holiday with land tours to the three sites.

5- The Cilician Dream (Antalya-Tasucu/Mersin/-Antalya)

Starting from Antalya, this route takes the holiday maker all the way to Tasucu town in Mersin region. Tasucu is the southern most point closest to the island of Cyprus. In antiquity, Cilicia now known as Çukurova was a commonly used name of the south coastal region of Asia Minor south of the central Anatolian plateau. It existed as a political buffer zone from Hittite times through to the Byzantine Empire. Cilicia extends inland from the southeastern coast of modern Turkey, due north and northeast of the island of Cyprus. The Taurus is the region's northern border. Here, we find the Cilician Gate, a pass that connects the plain with Cappadocia in the north. To the south, the Mediterranean Sea is Cilicia's neighbor. This division of what is now a flourishing agricultural region, with a well developed industrial base, still persists today, when Cilicia roughly falls into two Turkish provinces, Icel, with its capital at Mersin, and Adana, the area around the industrial city of the same name at the heart of the Cilician plain. There is no doubt, however, that this was among the regions that served as the cradle of ancient civilizations from the earliest times. On the Cukurova plain alone, between Mersin and Toprakkale, there are 150 historic sites, some dating as far back as the Neolithic, Calcolithic and bronze ages, along with major ruins from the Hittites right up to Classical Greece and Rome. For thousands of years people have lived on these fertile alluvial plains in the Taurus foreland, the legacy of the "rivers of Paradise", as the Arabian geographers called the Seyhan and the Ceyhan Rivers. This route is also one that Blue Voyage passengers with history in mind sometimes prefer.

6- Homers Country (Kusadasi-Troia-Kusadasi)

The charter begins at Kusadasi, a traveler's dream; a lovely port built along the shores of a glittering bay was the port of ancient Ephesus in antiquity. It makes a good base for those wanting to visit Ephesus which is only approximately 30 minutes' drive away and which was one of the twelve Ion cities, developed as a result of the union of Ionian immigrants and the natives living near the temple of Cybele. Afterwards, the spectacular temple, which was built for this Goddess (who would later assume the name of the Greek Goddess Artemis), would become famous through its recognition as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Like the other Ionian cities, Ephesus was ruled by Lydia, Persia, Macedonia and lastly by the Roman rulers. Kusadasi is one of Turkey's largest and most cosmopolitan resorts and a stopping off point for the big cruise-liners and an embarkation or disembarkation port for private Gulet charters. From here takes off your Gulet towards Troia. Troy was a city, factual and legendary, best known for being the focus of the Trojan War, as described in the Epic Cycle and especially in the Iliad, one of the two epic poems attributed to Homer. Trojan refers to the inhabitants and culture of Troy. It is located at the mount 'Hisarlik', where the Dardanelles strait join with the Aegean Sea. The ancient city Troy was selected as the World Cultural Heritage by international legislative bodies.

7- Lyrical Lycia (Göcek-Göcek)

It is well known that Gocek bays and islands are the meeting points for the Turkish and International Jet-Set. 25 minutes from the international airport at Dalaman and located at the head of the Gulf of Fethiye amidst beautiful pine-clad mountains, undisputedly Gocek must be one of the Mediterranean's best situated embarkation/disembarkation ports. Gocek is the gateway to the wonderful unspoilt islands in the gulf and to your Blue cruise indeed. This charter explores ancient Lycia with Fethiye, Oludeniz, Kas, Kekova and Kalkan as ports of call. Excursions to the sunken city of Simena and Myra available. This region is ideal and grasping route for those holiday makers who are into history as well as natural wonders. The holiday maker has the opportunity visit ancient ruins that are only accessible by sea. This region is also famous for the antique sunken city. One of the many attractions is the Church of St. Paul (Father Christmas) in Demre town.

8- North Cyprus Kyrenia (Antalya-Antalya)

A Blue Voyage unique to Arcadia Yachting. Sail to Anamur, Tasucu, Aydincik, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. We must admit that this is not a route that is regular because the sea conditions change immensely after Antalya and the protected ports are only a few. However, it is still preferred by those who are interested in the antique settlements all along the shores and you will need at least two weeks for such a sea going voyage. Some of the remnants of antiquity are right on the shore line and some may be inland, which can be reached after short land trips. This route may begin at Antalya and finish at Tasucu or you may return to the starting point Antalya.

B- GREEK ISLANDS

So you may want to try out Island Holidays. As we have pointed out, Private Gulet Charter routes are rich in their variety of combinations. You could just sail along Turkish shores in your holiday or combine one or more Greek Islands as well. If it is your plan to sail to the Greek Islands only, you will have 2 main options. First is the DODECANESE ISLAND GROUP (also known as 12 islands), scattered parallel to Turkish shores. The second option would be the CYCLADES ISLAND GROUP. Dodecanese islands are most comfortable and relaxing due to the close proximity to the Turkish shores as well as the weather conditions. Depending on the number of islands you may wish to cruise to, we advise one to two week time period. The Cyclades program will provide you with the opportunity to visit Mykonos, Santorini, Naxos and other smaller but well famed islands. Again, a cruise between those islands largely depends on the weather conditions and seasonal changes at sea. As such, before making concrete plans, it is advisable to check with us the date you are planning to embark upon your Blue Voyage. You will need at least 10 or 15 days to have a satisfactory sea going holiday if you chose this route.

1- The Greek Dodecanese Island Group:

The Dodecanese islands are located in the southeast part of the Aegean Sea and consist of twelve major islands and a number of smaller islands: Astypalea, Leros, Lipsi, Nisyros, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kastellorizo, Kos, Patmos, Rhodes, and Tilos. Some of those Greek Islands, such as Kos, Samos and Patmos are located at the border to Turkey. They have everything to offer to the visitors: whitewashed houses, beautiful beaches with crystal waters, charming villages, exciting nightlife and more.

2- The Greek Cyclades Island Group:

The Cyclades islands, Greece are composed of 39 islands of which 24 are inhabited. The Cyclades are the most famous of all Greek islands with Amorgos, Anafi, Andros, Antiparos, Delos, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Folegandros, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Serifos, Sikinos, Sifnos, Syros and Tinos. A Blue Cruise may combine a visit to Mykonos, Naxos, Paros and some other smaller islands.

 

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