Gulet Cruise

9 Nights from R37,475 pps

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Departure Date: 05/09/2019

For a totally authentic flavour of maritime Turkey to take an extraordinary gulet cruise, soaking up the sun as you sail around the breathtakingly beautiful coastline of Turkey, exploring idyllic port towns and fishing villages along the way.

Sailing: Istanbul - Dalaman - Kizil Island, Fethiye - Butterfly Valley, Oludeniz, Gemiler Island - Kocabuk, Gobun Bay - Hamam Bay, Sarsala Bay - Domuz Island, Tersane Island - Bedri Rahmi Bay, Yassica Islands - Gocek - Istanbul.

Day 1: Istanbul
Welcome to Istanbul! Your driver will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the evening is at your leisure.

Arrival Transfer Included
Accommodation: The Haze Hotel or similar
Meals included: None

Day 2: Istanbul
Your Istanbul tour starts early with a dose of awe at Justinian the Great’s Hagia Sophia. This masterpiece of Byzantine architecture stands tall and proud in downtown Istanbul, holding within its walls more than 1,500 years of Turkish history. This mind-bogglingly beautiful site is also somewhat of a chameleon — it has lived its long life as a church, a mosque, and now as a museum.

You’ll then head just across the street to the jewel in the Istanbul crown. Sultan Ahmet I’s Blue Mosque is one of the most striking sights in Istanbul, with its iconic blue-tiled walls, 260 windows, and six minarets. Don’t forget to ask your guide the significance of those six spires.

Next, your Istanbul city tour will take you to the ancient Hippodrome. Today, this charming promenade is a popular meeting point for Istanbulites, but it is also an integral part of Turkish history.

Then, Topkapi Palace awaits. This opulent complex overlooking the Bosphorus is a true Istanbul treasure, with many colourful stories about the rich sultans who lived there between 1453 and 1839.

Lastly, you’ll seek out treasures of a different kind in Istanbul’s famed Grand Bazaar, which offers up 3,000 shops to explore along 61 streets. Meet a few of the local characters, perfect your haggling skills, have a true Turkish coffee, and shop till you drop.

Included activities: Hagia Sophia; Blue Mosque; Hippodrome; Topkapi Palace; Grand Bazaar
Accommodation: The Haze Hotel or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Saturday
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Dalaman. Upon arrival in Dalaman, you will be transferred to Gocek port to board a gulet that you will enjoy for the next 7 nights.

Gocek is a natural harbour lying at the head of the Gulf of Fethiye on the Turquoise coast of Turkey, just 22km from Dalaman International Airport. Protected by the wooded foothills of the Taurus Mountains, it looks out over the numerous islands and sheltered bays of this beautiful gulf. When you arrive in the centre, you will see a long street called Turgut Ozal Street that offers many outlets for antique and modern carpets and textiles, gifts shops, restaurants etc. It is possible to find all your needs in this street. Famous supermarkets Tansas, Migros and Bim – have branches in Gocek town, in addition to many smaller family-run markets that a everything that you will need for either yacht provisioning or self-catering. While you are walking along the main street to the seafront, you will see smart, plain, quiet, restaurants, fish restaurants, cafes and pubs, all playing good international and local music. However, you should also walk inland a little to see the restaurants and bars hiding in wonderful green gardens, surrounded by colorful flowers. You will find the atmosphere dizzy with the flower aromas, your cocktail and the unusual high oxygen levels, which we know you don’t normally breathe.

Accommodation: Gulet
Gocek Meals included: Breakfast, Late Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Sunday Kizil Island, Fethiye
At sunset, the sun hits the stones and turns crimson red in color, a color that resembles the island soil. The island got its name from this phenomenon. There is very little infrastructure on this island. The southern tip of the island has a lighthouse that guides maritime traffic. To the north-west are the Deliktas Islands, ideal for diving and fishing. The red waves off the east coast of the island wash the wide sand beach and are best suited for swimming. Fethiye is a natural harbor city in the western Mediterranean. It’s a very popular holiday centre with its magnificent natural beauty and ancient Lycian towns. Oludeniz considered the most beautiful beach in Turkey is nearby, and it is a popular place to start a blue voyage yacht cruise. If all places and all seas were known by a color, Fethiye’s colour would be turquoise. The word turquoise, a blue that has more than a hint of green, comes from the blue used in the Turkish tile work. The most beautiful shade of the color blue came and settled on the waters of the Oludeniz (Dead Sea). Towards evening, around sunset, you catch such a wonderful turquoise you can never see on any other seas. If you call it blue you are wrong, if you say it is green it is not that either but both together. It is difficult to put it into words. It is best if you go and see it for yourself and be hit by a lightning bolt!

Accommodation: Gulet
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Butterfly Valley, Oludeniz, Gemiler Island
One of the most striking places in the Fethiye region is the Butterfly Valley. The laborious rock climb is worth the breathtaking view of thousands of little butterflies covering the rocks and the trees like a shawl – something you must never have seen or experienced before! Make the slightest sound and you can see the butterflies taking a flight, covering the sky and casting a shadow over the valley! There are two Way to get to the Butterfly Valley. One way is through the waterfall and the other is through the village of Faralya.

Whether you are a sports enthusiast or a nature lover, the beautiful sights will not tire you out. Oludeniz is described as Eden bestowed by God on Earth. No wonder then that it has earned a great reputation for tourism! Walk on the beach in the dark and behold the incomparable view that Oludeniz offers. Oludeniz is simply like magic! Even the invisible bottom of the lagoon covered with white sand sparkling with the lights from the harbor is a scene to behold! Extending to the coast, the lush pine forests present all shades of green, blue and purple that soothes the eye. The warm sea and the long beaches further enhance the aesthetic appeal of this wonderful place.

From Babadagi located at an altitude of 1975 meters, you can behold the world’s most breathtaking view. The clear waters allow you to swim ten months of the year. Numerous touristic facilities, restaurants and shopping mall complete the great mix that make Oludeniz a hot tourist destination. Located off the coast of Turkey and approximately 9 km from the city of Fethiye, Gemiler Island is known for its ancient ruins and remains of churches dating back to the 4-5 centuries AD. If archaeologist findings are to be believed, this is also the location of the original tomb of St. Nicholas. In the Middle Ages, the island was abuzz with trading ships and boats from the eastern, European and Eastern Mediterranean countries. St. Nicholas being the patron saint of sailors, this island was also known as St. Nicholas Islands in the medieval period.

The Gemiler Island is a popular tourist destination since the Byzantine ruins can be seen from the sea. Other attractions of interest include over 40 ecclesiastical buildings and Christian tombs and a Church that was cut out directly from a rock located at the highest point on the island. The island has a bay that is shaped like a crescent and thus provides great anchorage. There is a makeshift restaurant that caters to sailors, boatmen and yachtsmen during summers.

Accommodation Gulet
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Kocabuk, Gobun Bay
The bay located south of the Domuz Bay. The entrance of the bay is very narrow but once inside you will find a long bay surrounded by olive and pine trees. At the far end of the bay you will find some rock cut tombs and ruins.
Accommodation: Gulet
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Hamam Bay, Sarsala Bay
South-east of the (Hamam) Manastir bay, in the ruins of a bath in the water because of the region known as Cleopatra’s Bath, or Sunken Bath Bay coastal tectonics, such as the formation of the bay in the Gulf with many bays.

A careful examination of the hill slope behind the bay, which is active in the past, this hill is a crater lake of tectonic structure and reducing water channels, clearly visible from the shore. The monastery dark, pine trees and up the hill from the shore in some places covered with carob trees. Structure of an ancient wall running parallel to the direction of the north-east coast and other small remnants of ancient Lycia reminds me that you are not far from the city. Lydia Network Port can be reached by a hiking trail approximately 1.5 hours.

Hamam is the bay that no blue voyage yachts or daily tripper boats will pass without anchoring. The sailors like to spend their nights her. There are several restaurants with wooden pergolas on the shore serving the yachts.

Sarsala Bay is another preferred bay by sailors with a natural bay ideal for swimming or spending the night in. It is an attractive bay with a long stony beach, a wooded valley that runs inland, surrounded by pine Forestry Mountain. There is a restaurant and pontoon at the small Sarsala Bay where many yachts moor.

Accommodation: Gulet
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8:
Some people name this island as Prince Island. Once upon a time there were a lot of wild pigs here; therefore, the island was named Domuz (Pork) Island. Many yachts can be found anchoring in protected areas of the island. Tersane Island is also known as Shipyard Island, these are the largest in the Gulf of Fethiye. A deep, 100m long channel provides entry into these islands. There are covered and sheltered bays on the east side, which is also known as summer harbor. The western part is closed due to fierce winds, it is best to anchor here. According to historical sources Tersane Islands were called Telandria. There are about a hundred ruins of ancient houses that can e seen from the land and the sea. These islands proved to be most secure for sailors in the entire Gulf of Fethiye during the Byzantine period.

Accommodation Gulet
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Bedri Rahmi Bay, Yassica Islands
Bedri Rahmi Bay is also known by the Lycian name of Tasyaka or ‘Dark bay’, due to its natural beauty and historical significance. Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu was an esteemed master of Turkish literature, art and painting. In the summer of 1973, during a cruise with close friends, he drew a fish on a huge rock. This ‘Fish Rock’ located at the entrance of the blue bay still greets passengers. In fact, the region itself is known as ‘Fish Rock’ in honor of the great master. Bedri Rahmi Bay is well sheltered from strong winds and is therefore a good point of anchorage. It is also known for its pine and olive covering the hills behind the oleander flowers, small beaches and turquoise waters, creating a image of fantastic proportions!

Some of these islands appear as the Yassica Islands group on several maritime maps. Anchorage is available at the nearest port of Gocek. Yassica Islands in the Gulf of Fethiye is one of the most romantic places, ideal for spending quality time with your partner and photographing gorgeous sunsets. The islands are covered with pine and olive trees, have many sheltered and shallow bays and are ideal for water sports enthusiasts. There are no establishments on the islands. The biggest one has a sandy beach and there is a small pool cape off the lagoon. It looks purpose built for children to play in. You can swim here without fear of danger from anything between the islands. The minimum distance is 12m between two islands. If you have half an hour you can swim to and from four islands. You can explore the islands by walking if you wish but don’t forget to take sturdy shoes or boots with you as the ground can be very stony. Despite their small size these islands have a good variety of different plants and foliage.

Accommodation Gulet
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Gocek - Istanbul
You will disembark by 10:30 AM after breakfast. You will be transferred to Dalaman Airport for your flight to Istanbul. Your tour will come to an end at Istanbul Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport.

Departure Transfer Included
Meals included: Breakfast

What's Included

Return flights ex Johannesburg to Istanbul, approx. airport taxes, arrival and departure transfers are included, 2 nights hotel accommodation on a twin share basis with breakfast daily, an English speaking tour leader on day 2, a 7 night cabin stay on a twin share basis with all meals and water on shared boat, Vessel and Dinghy fuel, Snorkelling equipment available to use; Harbour and marina fees; Local qualified captain and crew on boat, A/C 6 hours a day (after midnight it is strictly forbidden to run generator for a/c) in the bays by local authorities, meals and sightseeing as per the itinerary.


9 Nights from R37,475 pps


The Small Print

These offers are brought to you by Travel Counsellors (Pty) Ltd. Flight valid until 3 Dec 2019. The gulet season is valid until 31 October 2019. Offers are per person sharing. Rates for other periods are available on request. Packages and airfares are subject to availability, airfare increases, seasonal surcharge; high season supplements and currency fluctuations. Supplier's terms and conditions are available on request. Offers include airport taxes. Packages exclude items of personal nature, travel insurance, tips and gratuities (5% is recommended), meals & drinks and Soft and Alcoholic beverages on boat (BYO available), Entry fees for historical places during cruise not indicated. Additional information available on request. Valid for SA residents only. Terms and conditions apply. Prices and information correct at time of publishing. E&OE.


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