Fethiye, Kekova's Sunken City, Ölüdeniz Blue Lagoon, Kas & Kalkan
Set sail on the famous Blue Cruise, along Turkey's magnificent Turquoise Coast on board a traditional Gulet. It's pure escapism, the ultimate relaxing holiday. Swim every day in the crystal clear azure waters of the Mediterranean. Visit ancient ruins of sunken cities. Party on island hideaways such as Smugglers Cove and lap up the genuine hospitality of your crew as they bestow the freshest, tastiest food upon you. Then there are the sunsets - deep purple, orange and red. Throw in some friends, a cocktail or two, a bed on deck and you have yourself a cruise to remember.
- 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts & dinners, 6 lunches
- Afternoon tea and coffee
- Snorkels/masks/flippers/fishing lines/board games
Chill out, explore or join one of our optional extras. Full details from your Busabout Guide
- St Nicolas Island ruins
- Simena castle
- The butterfly Valley walk
Coming and Going
Departure from Fethiye:
Departure is at 6pm on Saturday at Fethiye Harbour; check in starts at 4pm - head to the V-Go Yachting and Travel Agency Office at the harbour to check in for your awesome sailing adventure!V-Go Yachting and Travel Agency Office -Iskele Meydani, Dedeoglu Otel Alti, No: 1
48300, Fethiye, TURKEY
Return to Fethiye:
The trip will finish at 9am at Fethiye Harbour on the final day.
Getting there and away
You can prebook your transfer from Dalaman Airport to Fethiye (and return) during the booking process. We offer a variety of times to suit your flights. (Journey time approx. 1 hour 15 minutes hours)
Flights from Istanbul:
From Istanbul the best airport to fly to, and the nearest to Fethiye, is Dalaman, a short 1h15min flight from Istanbul, with super regular departures scheduled with Turkish Airlines, Atlasjet, Onurair or Pegasus Air among others (all of which can be booked online). There are two airports in Istanbul - the main airport, Ataturk Airport, only 30mins from the main touristic area Sultanahmet, and the other, Sabiha Gokcen Airport, about 2 hours from Sultanahmet (depending on traffic).
Istanbul – Fethiye by bus:
Another option from Istanbul is to get the night bus to Fethiye. A fair bit longer than a flight, at around 12 hours, but it’s a direct bus and a super cheap option – around 65-85 Turkish Lira per person (circa €25-€34 per person). The bus drops you off at Fethiye bus station and from here you can jump on the free service to V-GO Hotel or to the V-GO Office (15 mins). The overnight bus normally departs at 9pm and 10pm, however the bus companies that operate the buses confirm prices and times at the last minute and it isn’t possible to book online, so all times, prices and tickets must be confirmed and booked locally.
For those of you heading in to Fethiye a few days before your trip, or chilling out there for a few days after, we recommend V-Go’s guesthouse for pre and post tour accommodation. With great facilities including a pool, free breakfast, air conditioned en-suite rooms and free Wi-Fi, this is an awesome guesthouse and can be booked super easily through your MyTrip – just put down a 10% deposit and pay the rest on arrival. V-Go's is now available to book, so jump on to 'my trip' to check out the options and if you need any info just let us know.
IMPORTANT NOTE: On the Turkey Sailing trip you may be offered some excursions by our local partner. The activities offered may include: Paragliding, Coach based excursions, Sea kayaking and ScubaDiving. Busabout does not endorse, or benefit in any way from these excursions and passengers take part entirely at their own risk. Please ensure that you have sufficient personal travel insurance to cover these type of activities if you take part. Look after yourself, take the necessary precautions and stay safe.
Day 1: Fethiye to Samanlik Bay
Check in at 4pm in Fethiye harbour, our Gulets will be marked with a Busabout flag. Get to know your crew, before setting sail out of the harbour for our first dinner and swim around the 12 islands of Fethiye. The harbour is where the Med meets the Aegean and is full of little coves and great sheltered swimming spots. This evening is the chance to get to know fellow sailors over a few drinks and a sunset on board.
Day 2: Samanlik Bay to St Nicholas Island
We get going early along the coast of Fethiye for lunch in a secluded bay. It’s then off to Butterfly Valley where we’ll get the chance to visit this amazing bay which hosts 136 different varieties of butterflies, then its Oludeniz (the Blue Lagoon) for a visit and swim. Oludeniz is a vitual paradise, with the warm turquoise waters flanked by some sheer mountains; it’s a real place to escape to. Tonight we stay just near St Nicholas island where you can explore the ruins of a Byzantine settlement before another succulent dinner on deck..
Day 3: St Nicholas Island to Kas
A sunrise departure to Yesilkoy for breakfast and a swim in a quiet bay surrounded by olive groves, After this it’s on to Kas the pearl of the Med, where we’ll spend the afternoon shopping for silver through tiny little streets and markets. Kas is one of the best shopping ports along the Mediterranean so make we’ll make the most of our time here. Later in the day we’ll depart for Limanagzi bay for a well-earned swim and dinner.
Day 4: Kas to Smugglers Cove
Today we’ll visit the city of Simena a traditional fishing village with no car access. Here you can visit the impressive castle overlooking the bay. The natural amphitheatre of Ucagiz bay with its Lycian tomb is a perfect mooring point to catch a fiery sunset. Today is great to explore the ancient sites of Turkey’s Med coast, with lots of time for swimming as well. Tonight we’ll be picked up by speedboat and escorted to a top party on the pirates’ island, Smugglers Cove.
Day 5: Smugglers Cove to Gokkaya
Today we won’t move that fast, a chance to snorkel the bay and the pirates cave around breakfast. This is a deep blue water cave with a small beach inside. Kekova is the home of the sunken city so of course we’ll stop and take time to view, before mooring in the wide bay near Gokkaya. Here you’ll have a chance to experience all water sports such as paragliding and diving, before mooring in our little hidden hideaway. The sunsets here are fantastic.
Day 6: Gokkaya to Kalkan
After breakfast we’ll motor on a short cruise to Bayindir Limani for a swim. Then it’s on to Kalkan a picturesque little town of true unspoilt beauty. Explore the cobbled streets, but more importantly buy some tailored clothes, made on the spot for you. We’ll spend most of the day here. You’ll also have the option to take a day trip to Patara beach, probably one of the most beautiful beaches in Turkey.
Day 7: Kalkan to Fethiye
After an early start we’ll moor up in Camli Barun a sheltered bay surrounded by pine clad ridges. After breakfast we’ll sail to Batikkaya bay for some more leisure sunbathing and swimming. Tonight we will port back in Fethiye to discover the long history of this important hub and then go out for what will certainly be a memorable week sailing along the Turkish Turquoise coast.
Day 8: Fethiye
Check out after breakfast at 9am