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Cruising the Turkish Coast

Board a traditional gulet and cruise the glistening Mediterranean waters that lap the islands and shores of the incredible Turkish coast. Embark on a 10-day sailing adventure that explores the history, culture and mystery of Turkey, by land and sea, from the incredible mosques and monuments of Istanbul to the glistening ocean hugging the sands of Butterfly Bay. Explore an ancient, abandoned ghost town on the island of Kayakoy, pick up some cooking tips from a local in Kekova, soak up the salty sea breeze on the streets of Kas – and witness the beautiful sunset with a glass of local wine from the seat of an ancient amphitheatre. Embark on a journey that provides perfect way to explore a beautiful country, on and offshore.

10 days, from


per person


30 people max


Trip code: ZSTB
Style: Comfort
Theme: Adventure Cruising


Countries Visited:  Turkey
Accommodation: Hotel (2 nights), Gulet (7 nights)
Transportation: Gulet , bus , plane
Included Meals:

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 7 dinners

Group size: Minimum 1, Max 30

  • Explore the vibrant city of Istanbul on a walking tour, get the insider lowdown from your local leader and discover hidden gems and highlights that you won’t find in a guidebook.

  • Wander through the ruins of an abandoned ghost village on Gemiler Island, or if you prefer the company of the living, play backgammon and sip tea with the locals.

  • Cruise to the sunken city of Kekova, where you can swim and snorkel in crystal-clear waters, then spend the afternoon tasting delicious local cuisine.

  • Head to the market in Fethiye and select a fish for a local restaurant to prepare for your dinner, enjoy this fresh and tasty dish while street performers serenade you with music.

  • Discover the ancient town of Kas, the centre of Episcopacy in Byzantine times. Join your leader for an orientation walk to see the monumental tombs from Lycian times.


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Day 1: Istanbul

Merhaba! Welcome to Istanbul, the eclectic city that the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans have all called home. Your welcome meeting will be at your included hotel at 6 pm today. After the meeting, you may wish to join your new group and local leader for dinner to get to know each other before your adventure begins.

Day 2: Istanbul – Fethiye

Hit the streets of Istanbul early to beat the crowds and head to the Hippodrome, known today as Sultanahmet Square. Visit the ruins and monuments in the square, then continue to the Hagia Sophia Museum, a historic building used as both a cathedral and a mosque since it was built in the sixth century. Head back to the hotel to gather your belongings, then transfer to the airport for a 1.5-hour flight to Dalaman Airport. Upon arrival, board a private vehicle and transfer to Fethiye Port. Climb aboard a traditional gullet, settle in and enjoy dinner on board. Spend the evening at port.

Day 3: Oludeniz – Gemiler Island – Kayakoy

Today you will cruise to Oludeniz, where you’ll anchor for lunch and a swimming break. From here, the next stop will be Gemiler Island where you can get off the boat for an early evening walk and pay a visit to Kayakoy. Kayakoy was once a thriving village but since the 1920s the ancient stone houses have been abandoned. Now protected by the Turkish government, it provides the opportunity to enjoy a quiet, traditional Turkish lifestyle. Open 24 hours, the ghost village has an entrance fee which helps towards the upkeep of the paths and rubbish clearance. One church in the lower area of the village, Kataponagia, is of particular interest due to a room out the back – it was used to collect the bones of the dead! Wander the ruins, enjoy the solitude, or play backgammon and sip tea with the locals. Dinner is included on the gulet and you will stay overnight in the bay of Gemiler

Day 4: Yesilkoy – Kas

This morning you’ll cross Yedi Burunlar (Seven Capes) smoothly before anchoring at Yesilkoy Bay, close to Kalkan for breakfast and a swimming break. Then you’ll cruise to Kas, where you’ll anchor in Bucak Bay. Being one of the most important ancient Greek towns of Lycia, Kas gained importance in Roman Times and eventually became the centre of Episcopacy in Byzantine times. After lunch, you’ll head into Kas where your local leader will take you for an orientation walk to see the monumental tombs from Lycian times as well as hidden shops, cafes and restaurants. After free time in town, your leader will take to the Ancient Theatre where you can watch a beautiful sunset while enjoying a local wine. Have a local dinner in one of Kas’ restaurants before heading back to the boat.

Day 5: Kekova – Tersane Bay – Ucagiz

After breakfast, you’ll cruise to the sunken city of Kekova, where you can swim and snorkel in crystal blue waters. Enjoy lunch at Tersane Bay where you will see an old shipyard from the Roman Period and a church from the Byzantine times. Spend the afternoon tasting fabulous local cuisine, floating over an ancient sunken city or exploring Lycian tombs. For dinner, you will meet a local host who will run a simple cooking class so you can learn how to cook local specialties. Tonight, anchor in Ucagiz for an overnight stay

Day 6: Kalekoy/Simena – Demre – Cayagzi Bay - Gokkaya

After breakfast, you’ll anchor at Kalekoy and spend the morning visiting a crusader fortress. As a mid-morning snack, you’ll have a chance to try local, homemade ice cream in the ancient ruins of Simena. From here, you’ll cruise to Demre for lunch and swimming break before heading off on a tour from Cayagzı Bay to the ruins of Myra, a Lycian city. Tonight, you’ll anchor in Gokkaya Bay for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 7: Limanagzi Bay – Hidayet Bay - Firnaz Bay

Rise and shine for a morning cruise to Limanagzi Bay, with breakfast served en route. By the time you arrive it will be time for lunch and a swimming break. Anchor in Firnaz Bay for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 8: Butterfly Valley – Turunc Pinari Bay – Fethiye

An early start today will enable you to cruise to Turunc Pinari Bay for lunch, with a swimming break at Butterfly Valley on the way. After lunch, you’ll head back to Fethiye Harbor and get off from the boat for a walking tour in Fethiye. You’ll get to visit Fethiye Museum to see King Midas’ Monumental Tomb before wandering the streets of the town for a leisurely afternoon stroll. Next, you’ll head to the Fish Market where you can buy fish of your choice for the kitchen staff of a local restaurant to prepare for your dinner. There will be street musicians walking around, serenading you with local music.

Day 9: Fethiye – Istanbul

This morning you’ll have breakfast on board before saying goodbye to your amazing crew. After docking, you’ll head back to Dalaman Airport for your flight back to Istanbul. You’ll make your way straight to the hotel to check in and can then enjoy a free afternoon to continue exploring. There are so many wonderful things to see and do, including a visit to the Spice Bazaar or the Blue Mosque. If you and the group would like to head out for a final dinner together, your leader will be able to recommend some brilliant local restaurants.

Day 10: Istanbul

Today marks the end of your journey. You can head off any time after breakfast, whether you’re heading onward or spending more time in Istanbul.