Upon boarding your yacht in the Marmaris Harbor, you will be informed of the cruise itinerary and the boat. Marmaris is a port city, on the heavenly southwest corner of Turkey where the green hills harmoniously blend into the blue waters of the Mediterranean. We will cruise to Cennet Island for overnight anchorage, enjoying the first day of your blue cruise.
After breakfast and a morning swim we will set sail for the Arabian Peninsula. The night will be spent in Bozukkale. In the historical city of Bozukkale (Loryma), there is a castle that stretches out in a rectangle with its city walls and temples. Because of its geographical situation and the narrow port entrance, the Greek navy forces also used it during the Peloponnese Sea Battle. Karor, the Commander of Atina, gathered all his ships here before the Cnidus War in 395 BC, and Demetrius, the son of Antigones used this port for the preparations before attacking Rhodes in 305 BC. It makes a perfect secluded cove for anchorage. We will spend the night here in absolute nature blended in with ancient history.
We will sail over to the cute village of Datca to complete the formalities of entering back into the Turkish Coast. This fascinating Mediterranean village consists of a small square and its surrounding streets. All the houses in the village are made of amber colored masonry. White garden walls are crawling with vines, shrubs, almond and olive trees. Kind-hearted people, who mostly moved here from larger cities, own the local art galleries and restaurants. We recommend you take a stroll through the Old Town of Datca visiting the bazaar and the local shops. You can find various stores selling honey, fish and almonds (the most famous products of the region). If you take a break at a coffeehouse in the village of Old Datca, don’t be surprised if the owner asks you, “would you like thyme, lavender flower, or watermelon tea?”
Our next stop will be the Bencik Cove; which has a very narrow entrance but a unique view once you get inside. Bencik is located at the narrowest part of the peninsula that divides Gulf of Hisaronu from the Gulf of Gokova. This point of natural curiosity that offers a wide view of the two gulfs in the north and south is sometimes referred to as a fjord on the basis of local scales. In 550 BC, the Cnidus people wanted to dig a tunnel in the narrowest land piece of the peninsula between the two gulfs as a defense against the Persians. That way they would make two peninsulas one island and defense easier. They started with diligence and put a lot of effort; however, in the end the task was left unfinished and the Persians conquered the city. We will anchor here overnight.
In the morning we will leave for the mythic city of Knidos so that you can explore these ancient ruins best accessed by sea. Knidos is an ancient Carian city rich with history and artifacts, where one can discover the preserved remnants of an outdoor amphitheater 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. We will spend the day in and around here enjoying the sunshine and the crystal clear waters.
Right before sunset, we will set sail towards nearby cove of Mersincik, chasing the sun setting in the Aegean as your yacht cruises northwest. Mersincik is a lovely little cove fronted by steep pine-covered slopes and pebble beaches. We will anchor in Mersincik overnight.
We will set sail early in the morning towards Bodrum. After breakfast onboard, it is time to say goodbye to your boat, her lovely crew and to the beautiful Turkish Coast.
We strongly encourage you to spend some time in Bodrum 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.