Set sail on the famous Blue Cruise along Turkey’s magnificent Turquoise Coast. It’s pure escapism and the ultimate relaxing holiday.
Turkey’s exotic coasts are bursting with treasures, but we’re not chasing drab gold or your everyday gems. We’re seeking richer treasures. The charms of these seas are your hazy memories of pirate-cove parties, your views of monumental Mediterranean fjords, and your fresh seafood platter after a day of swimming the transparent, opal waters. On this trip, you don’t just search for treasures, you live aboard a traditional Turkish gulet. On this 8-day adventure, you’ll permanently feel like a treasure hunter who’s just arrived at the X on the map.
We spend 8 days exploring Turkey. We visit Fethiye, Samanlik Bay, St Nicholas Island, Kaş, Limangazi, Smugglers Cove, Demre, Kalkan, Firnaz Bay, Gulf of Fethiye.
What Is Included...
Spend the week with your fantastic local Turkish boat crew
7 nights’ accommodation
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
Afternoon tea and coffee
Trip starts at 2:00pm at V-Go Travel Agency Office, Fethiye
Trip ends at 10:00am at Fethiye Harbour, Fethiye
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8 Day Itinerary
Day 1: Fethiye to Samanlik Bay
Your adventure begins in Fethiye as we set sail for the 12 Islands for our first swim stop. This is the area where the Aegean and Mediterranean seas meet and is home to an abundance of secretive coves and secluded swimming spots. Tonight enjoy a delicious dinner on board and have a few sundowners as you watch the sun set on the first day of your epic Turkish adventure. Relax on the deck tonight and soak up the atmosphere under the twinkling light of a universe of stars as we make our way to our port at Samanlik Bay.
Day 2: Samanlik Bay to St Nicholas Island
We depart early this morning with breakfast being served en route to the entrancing Butterfly Valley. Enjoy a walk in the valley and marvel at the numerous species of butterflies fluttering in the morning breeze before reaching the falls at the end of the valley. For those who would rather relax in the sun there is a beautiful beach nearby for you to enjoy. Afterwards we make our way to the blue lagoon of Oludeniz for a dip in its refreshing turquoise waters. Tonight we drop anchor off St. Nicholas Island, so feel free to explore the island’s Byzantine ruins and join us for another delicious dinner and drinks on board as the sunset paints the surrounding landscape in a myriad of blues and reds.
Day 3: St Nicholas Island to Kas
Wake up to the serenity of the bay, its inviting waters surrounded by olive groves make for the perfect morning swim. After you’ve enjoyed your breakfast we make our way onto Hidayet Bay for another refreshing swim stop before enjoying lunch on board. After lunch we dock in the port town of Kas along the Turquoise Coast. Explore the ruins of the ancient theatre, enjoy some drinks in one of the local establishments or get a spot of souvenir shopping done. Tonight we enjoy another delicious dinner aboard the vessel followed by some drinks on the deck in the cool sea breeze.
Day 4: Kas to Smugglers Cove
This morning we set sail for Smugglers Cove with some interesting stops en route. First we dock at the fishing village of Simena under the watchful gaze of its central Byzantine castle. Explore the castle or try some deliciously creamy homemade ice cream. Next we visit the sunken ruins of Kekova before heading to the bays of Gokkaya for an afternoon of water sports. This evening we drop anchor in a secluded bay before enjoying dinner and drinks. We have an optional tour to Pirates Island via speedboat to party the night away in Smugglers Cove, so get your groove on and shake yer booty!
Day 5: Smugglers Cove to Demre to Limanagzi
See life from the sea life’s point of view with a snorkel in the bay before we set sail for the coast and on to Demre to the ancient city of Myra, the home of Saint Nicholas of Myra more commonly know as Santa (yes, THE Santa!), to explore its ancient Lycian Tombs. Spend the rest of your day exploring and swimming to your heart’s content. This evening enjoy another fantastic dinner on board before mooring at Limanagzi Bay to chase the sundown with a refreshing drink as it bids us a fiery goodnight.
Day 6: Limanagzi to Kalkan
This morning we hoist anchor and set sail for the coastal town of Kalkan. This sunny, unspoilt coastal gem is tiered with whitewashed houses and groves of colourful bougainvillea. Explore her cobbled streets and take in the atmosphere, grab a bite to eat in one of the cafes or do a spot of shopping. We have an optional half-day trip to Saklikent Canyon for those of you looking to explore the natural beauty of Saklikent National Park. This evening enjoy a delicious dinner followed by drinks aboard the gulet.
Day 7: Kalkan to Fethiye
We have an early start as we make our way to the scenic pine clad cove of Tarzan Bay before enjoying breakfast and a dip in the bay’s pristine waters. Next we set sail for Samanlik Bay to enjoy an afternoon of swimming and sunbathing in the truly untouched beauty of this magical place. This evening we arrive back in Fethiye for our final dinner aboard our trusty gulet. Tonight we head out into town for a few drinks, so share a drink and a tale with your fellow passengers and send off an amazing week of sailing in true Turkish style!
Day 8: Fethiye
Enjoy your final breakfast with us before check-out. We hope to see you again!
Still have a burning question about this trip?
Tour starts from:
V-Go Travel Agency Office, Fethiye at 2:00pm
Tour ends in:
Fethiye Harbour, Fethiye at 10:00am
Accommodation is included for this trip. You will stay in Triple, Twin and Double Ensuite Cabins.
You can upgrade to single suppliment from MyTrip once you have made a booking.
Here is the list of available optional activities, excursions and freetime avaiable on this trip:
- Eat the freshest seafood
- Swim at blue lagoon near Oludeniz
- Explore Kekova’s sunken city
- Wonder Kalkan’s cobbled streets
- Be mesmerised by Butterfly Valley, a Mediterranean fjord
- Party at Smugglers Cove pirate island nightclub
- Sit back and enjoy stunning sunsets
- Hike St. Nicholas Island for a fantastic view
- Climb to the top of Simena Castle
- Explore Saklikent Gorge
All optional extras and excursions will be available to book through your Busabout Guide on the trip.
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