Gulf of Gokova
- the original Blue Cruise
For first time visitors, we recommend a remarkable route, “The Blue Cruise.” Aptly titled for the long stretch of rich blue waters, this passage follows the Turkish Mediterranean coast to stunning ancient ruins, charming seaside villages, and protected natural preservation areas. For a detailed description of how this voyage came to be called "The Blue Cruise", please refer to the "History of Gulet" link on our menu.
Day One: Bodrum
Upon arriving in the coastal city of Bodrum, spend your afternoon and evening perusing the seaside shops, familiarizing yourself with Turkish culture and traditions, and dining along the water’s edge at one of dozens of outstanding restaurants. Bodrum is one of the Aegean Coast’s jewels, featuring natural beauty, ancient ruins, and a thriving nightlife.
Day Two: Knidos / Mersincik
Our first destination will be the mythic Knidos, an ancient Carian city rich with history and artifacts. In Knidos, discover the preserved remnants of an outdoor amphitheatre and an Acropolis and ancient temple built in honor of Aphrodite, the Greek God of Love. Here stands the famed statue of Aphrodite. It is said that in ancient times, pilgrims would travel thousands of miles to pay homage to Aphrodite in her temple. Guests will dine there that evening and spend the night in nearby Mersincik, a lovely area fronted by steep pine-covered slopes and pebble beaches.
Day Three: Cati Lagoon , Yediadalar - English Harbour
Awake with the sun and after a leisurely breakfast, we will spend the morning slowly meandering along the coast toward Cati Lagoon, where we will prepare lunch and take in the wondrous scenery. Swim in the pools of Cati or wander amongst the extensive natural beauty and ruins. After lunch we will set sail for Yediadalar, a colorful setting noted for its fantastic swimming, diving and snorkeling. Yediadalar literally means “the seven islands,” and the untouched area features broad tree-lined slopes ideal for hiking and adventuring.
Day Four: Tuzla - Ballisu
This will be a leisurely paced day. We will spend the morning sailing to Tuzla, a quiet coastal bay from where, after a free afternoon of wandering and shopping in this charming beach front resort town, we will continue on to the enchanting pools of Ballisu for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day Five: Cleopatra Island , Karacasogut
Following some morning sunbathing, swimming and relaxing in Ballisu, our voyage next leads us to Cleopatra Island, a hidden paradise of sandy beaches made of shattered seashells, and scores of Roman ruins. A protected conservation area, this verdant island has some of the best-preserved remains in the region. Local myth has it that the soft white sand on the island was originally brought all the way from Egypt for Anthony and Cleopatra's honeymoon. Our evening destination will be Karacasogut, a small seaside village and port.
Day Six: Çokertme , Oraklar
We will leave mid-morning for nearby Cokertme, a breathtaking setting framed by a rugged mountain range that rises sharply from the shore. Surrounding the town are fields of olive trees and other gentler slopes ideal for day trips. Cokertme is known for the hospitality and good nature of its residents, many of whom can be seen on the shores weaving carpets by hand. These townspeople have been the subject of good-natured folk songs for generations. After a full afternoon of exploring, we will sail to Oraklar for dinner and our final overnight stay.
Day Seven: Return to Bodrum
After a farewell breakfast, we will slowly cruise back to Bodrum. This final leg of the trip is wonderfully picturesque, suitable for reflection and saying farewell to the Sea. Upon arrival in Bodrum, transfer to the airport for your returning flight home or continue on to visit the other exciting and historical sites of Turkey.