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 eight-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, Limangazi, Smugglers Cove, 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 and 7 dinners
Afternoon tea and coffee
- Swim in secluded bays of turquoise water every day
- Explore the port town of Kalkan
- Watch the sunset atop St. Nicholas Island
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions in place globally, we will not be running any trips in 2021. Get more information on why this decision was made or see below for similar trips being run by our sister brands, Contiki and CostSaver.
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8 Day Itinerary
Sail Turkey 8 day full itinerary breakdown and route map
Fethiye to Samanlik Bay
We embark on our adventure’s maiden voyage from Fethiye, setting sail for the Samanlik Bay. Here we’ll explore an abundance of secretive coves and secluded swimming spots, and witness the Aegean and Mediterranean seas merging. Tonight, we’ll devour a delicious dinner on-board and indulge in a few cheeky sundowners as we gaze upon the setting sun and reflect on our first epic day. Relax on the deck tonight, soaking up the atmosphere under a twinkling blanket of stars, as we make our way to Samanlik Bay. - Dinner included
Samanlik Bay to St Nicholas Island
We continue our voyage early this morning with breakfast being served en route to the entrancing Butterfly Valley. Enjoy a walk through the valley where you’ll marvel at the numerous species of butterflies fluttering in the morning breeze and stand in awe of the powerful waterfalls. For sailors hoping to work on their tans, there’s a beautiful beach nearby just waiting to be explored. Afterwards, we make our way to Oludeniz where you have the option to visit the blue lagoon for a dip in its refreshing turquoise waters. Tonight, we drop anchor at St. Nicholas Island, where you’re free to explore the Byzantine ruins. Later, join us for another delicious dinner and drinks aboard as the sunset paints the surrounding landscape in a myriad of vibrant blues and reds. - Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
St. Nicholas Island to Kas to Limanagzi Bay
This morning, allow the serenity of the bay to gently rock you from your slumber and gaze upon inviting waters surrounded by olive groves. What better way to start the day than with a refreshing swim? After you’ve enjoyed your breakfast, we make our way to Firnaz Bay for another cooling swim stop and some on-board lunch. Later, we dock in the port town of Kas, nestled along the Turquoise Coast. Explore the ruins of the ancient theatre, indulge in some drinks at one of the local establishments, or undertake a spot of souvenir shopping. Tonight, we enjoy another delectable dinner aboard our noble vessel, followed by some drinks on the deck in the cool, salt-cut sea breeze near Limanagzi Bay. - Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Limanagzi Bay to Smugglers Cove
Time to practice our best pirate accents because we’re headed for Smugglers Cove! Of course, there’ll be plenty of interesting stops en route. First, we dock at the fishing village of Simena, under the watchful gaze of its Byzantine castle. Explore the castle or try some delicious homemade ice cream. Next, we visit the sunken ruins of Kekova before heading to the bays of Gokkaya for the option of water sports. This evening, we drop anchor in a secluded bay and enjoy dinner and drinks on-board. Tonight, enjoy an optional tour to Pirates Island via speedboat to party the night away in Smugglers Cove. We thoroughly encourage you to get your groove on and shake yer booty! - Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Smugglers Cove to Demre to Limanagzi Bay
See things from the sea life’s point of view, armed with nothing but a snorkel and your own sense of wonder. Once we’ve had our underwater needs fulfilled, we’ll set sail for the coast near Demre and the ancient city of Myra. We hope you’ve all been good this year, because Myra is the home of Saint Nicholas of Myra, more famously known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, or Kris Kringle! Spend most of the day exploring and swimming to your heart’s content. This evening, enjoy another fantastic dinner on-board and a refreshing drink as the sun dips below the horizon. - Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Limanagzi Bay to Kalkan to Firnaz Bay
Hoist the anchor and unfurl the mainsail, we’re casting off for the colourful coastal town of Kalkan. This sunny, unspoilt gem is tiered with whitewashed houses and groves of colourful bougainvillea. Explore the cobbled streets and revel in the authentic atmosphere. Grab a bite to eat in one of the cafes or head out for a shopping excursion. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner followed by drinks aboard the gulet. - Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Firnaz Bay to Fethiye
Here dawns the final full day of our voyage. But avast ye! We’ll see no tears! Today is one of wonder and merriment. We’ll start early and travel to the scenic pine-clad cove of Tarzan Bay before enjoying breakfast and a dip in the pristine waters. This afternoon, we arrive back in Fethiye for our final dinner aboard our gallant gulet. Tonight, we head out into town for a drink and a tale. We’ll send off an amazing week of sailing in true Turkish style. - Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Enjoy your final breakfast with us before check-out. We hope to see you again! - Breakfast included