Day 1 - Bodrum
Bodrum is the ideal starting point for sailing the Aegean coast of Turkey. The Gökova Gulf is acknowledged to be one of the best cruising areas in Europe. With abundant sunshine, crystal clear waters, continuous blue skies, good anchorages and friendly people, this coast offers many diversities. There are many unspoiled areas rich in natural beauty and in costal settlements and villages.Bodrum is a port city in Muğla Province, in the southwestern Aegean Region of Turkey. It is located on the southern coast of Bodrum Peninsula, at a point that checks the entry into the Gulf of Gökova. The city was called Halicarnassus of Caria in ancient times and was famous for housing the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Bodrum Castle, built by the Crusaders in the 15th century, overlooks the harbour and the marina. The castle grounds include a Museum of Underwater Archeology and hosts several cultural festivals throughout the year.
Day 2 - Aspat, Catalada, Gumusluk
The Aspat Bay Link and the Venetian castle located atop a hill in Aspat are really worth seeing. There are numerous songs that have been dedicated to this famous castle, seen from far away on the Bodrum peninsula. The famous traveler, Evliya Çelebi, mentioned Aspat in his travel book as the place blessed with fresh water. Evliya Çelebi also mentions the castle and its famous water source.A narrow footpath leads you up the hill to the ancient ruins of the castle, which was burnt centuries ago, but still bears a unique grandeur. Aspat is among the most popular destinations for boaters. There are many stone houses located on the beach.
Catalada, (formerly known as Volo) is a Turkish island located in the Aegean Sea, 3 miles off the town of Turgutreis, west of the Bodrum peninsula in southwestern Turkey. An island with three conical hills, its name literally means ‘fork-island’. The island's main economy is tourism, as cruises from the mainland are quite regular.
Located in the South West of Turkey, Gumusluk is a traditional fishing village offers visitors the chance to relax in peaceful surroundings. The resort is situated on the grounds of an ancient city, know as Myndos. With its unique flora, the appealing landscape with its numerous Gumusluk opportunities for walking, fish restaurants along the shore-line and sandy beaches, your stay in Gumusluk will be a memorable one.
Day 3 - Cukurcuk Bay, Altinkum
Cukuruck lies at the north-west end point of the Gulf of Gulluk. It features a three-part bay sheltered from the wind. There is a large site in the east bay, which is shallow and the end of the beach is closed by a fish farm in a small cove in the west. Boats anchor in the bay in the middle. The surroundings are calm and the sea is beautiful. Those who walk up the lighthouse can see vibrant mosaics partially covered with earth. From there, you can also go on a tour to the ancient cities of Didyma, Miletus and Priene.
Altinkum means “golden sands” and with its beaches which gently shelve into the inviting turquoise blue Aegean, you will soon see how the resort got its name. There are excellent beach facilities on any of the three great beaches, with water sports of many kinds and also pedaloes for those who prefer the pace of life a bit slower. There are a lot of bars and restaurants very close by. The sun-warmed waters along the beaches are mainly shallow for a couple of hundred metres and are ideal for children and non-swimmer.
Day 3 - Akbuk Bay
Akbuk is one of the most beautiful bays in the region and is reminiscent of the Northern European. Located at the foot of thickly wooded mountains, Akbuk protects boats from the western and northwest winds.Akbuk features a wide and deep cove on the northern shores of the. Akbuk area is located in the middle of the sea, there is no cove to be found for shelter. Descending from a height of 1000 meters and situated between the Kiran mountains and dense rows of pine trees is a gray rocky landscape that truly is a spectacle of nature! Since there is no construction allowed under the SEPA, the natural landscape does have a pristine beauty about itself. Here you can find gardens, a long beach with a walking trail along the coast and several open air restaurants with piers in front of them and rows of pine and olive trees - just perfect for a quiet walk, alone or with your partner!
Day 4 - Kazikli Bay, Cam Limani
Kazikli is known for its fish farms, although many of them have now been closed. The east coats is rocky and open to the wind while the western beaches are lined with pine trees and feature a beautiful coastline of closely knit coves. Although dozens of boats used to come here every night in the past, their numbers have reduced now. Pile is the main harbor in the north and has a wide cove, which acts as a shelter in any weather.
Cam Limanı lies on the northern part of Kuşadasi Gulf. There is clear water in the cove and olive trees surround it. Cam Limani is a well-known summer destination for visitors wanting to swim and to picnic beside the sea under the pine trees. In earlier times there were cafes along the water, but today the bay has fallen on hard times and consists of a rough beach, some little snack and soft-drink stands, and a football field.
Day 5 - Salih Island, Gok Limani
Day 6 - Torba, Turkbuku
Torba is a very modern village in the administrative area of the Bodrum Municipality, is a notable but small tourist resort. It has pebbly and sandy beaches, several modern hotels and hillsides richly scented with herbs growing in the wild. There are many reminders of the past well worth seeing.
A superbly preserved round structure was built by the Lelegians more than 2500 years ago, it is probably a tomb and crowns a high hill overlooking the village while the ruins of a byzantine monastery stand on the east side of the bay. Due to its proximity to Bodrum, Torba is a popular lunch and swimming spot.
Located 20 km from the Bodrum peninsula, Turkbuku has become one of the most popular bays. Although it was only accessible via the sea route in the past, you can now reach Turkbuku through a 30-45 minutes bus ride from Borumdan. Discovered by artist groups, Turkbuku has now become a hub of entertainment. There are several beautiful bars, night clubs, hotels and restaurants to be found here. Summer is the best time to travel to Turkbuku. You can enjoy a good swim or sunbathe on the beach and come back to a restaurant for a cool drink and fantastic lunch or dinner.
Day 7 - Yalikavak
Yalikavak is situated on the Northwestern face of the Bodrum Peninsula . Yalikavak is certainly the only town in Bodrum that grows in an overwhelming speed and the one of the most famous part in Bodrum.Legend says that its name is a depiction to many poplar trees it once had. Nowadays it is rather difficult to spot poplar trees in the area, contrary to its namesake. Indeed, its hills are covered by mostly oak forests.Yalikavak is proud to boost a 29 km shoreline dotted with many teagardens, restaurants, cafes and is the windiest area in the region.The howls of endless winds almost never cease in Yalikavak. The locals were fisherman and sponge divers until recent past.
Day 8 - Bodrum
We will leave the boat by 10:30 after breakfast.