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Turkish Gulet Cruises (Standard Gulets)

North Dodecanese Cruise from Bodrum (8 Days)

Explore the azure waters of the Turkish coast or the hidden bays of the Greek islands by taking a 'Blue Cruise' on a traditionally designed Turkish Gulet. These gulets are of wooden construction, vary in size from 15 to 30 metres and are motor-powered, although the sails will be hoisted when the wind and time permit. The small size of the gulets allows access to remote bays and archaeological sites that can only be reached by water, so if the idea of bathing on deserted beaches, swimming in crystal waters and enjoying the culture and undisturbed character of this part of the world appeals, then a gulet cruise could be for you. The fleet comprises two categories; Standard Gulets and Luxury Gulets which have the added benefit of air conditioning.

 

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Embark

Embark by 15.30 in Bodrum Harbour.

Day 1: Bodrum

Meet your friendly gulet Captain as you embark in Bodrum port in the afternoon. For the first night, the boat will remain moored in historic Bodrum and dinner will be served on board.

Day 2: Cos (Kos)

Over a leisurely breakfast there will be a briefing to introduce you to the boat and your itinerary. Then your cruise begins as the gulet sets sail for Kos Island, known as the birthplace of Hippocrates, ‘the Father of Medical Sciences’. Kos is the second largest of the Dodecanese Islands and is home to a 560-year-old-tree, an ancient fountain and beaches which stretch for a total of 290km. There will be time to take a swim at Lambi Beach, close to Kos Harbour and this evening, you will be free to enjoy some of the best nightlife in the Dodecanese.

Day 3: Pserimos - Leros

Today's journey commences as you sail to the island of Pserimos for breakfast and a swim stop. Then it's on to the scenic island of Leros, a lush, mountainous island dotted with small coves and villages. There will be time for a swim stop in Xerakampos before the Captain drops anchor at Lakki Harbour or Agia Marina Port on the east side of the island. There will be an opportunity to visit Platanos, Leros’ main town, which is a maze of quaint narrow streets, steep stairways and flower-filled gardens. From here there is a climb of 300 steps up to the Castle of Leros. You can choose to explore this island on foot or you may wish to hire a bicycle.

Day 4: Patmos

There is an early morning start today as the gulet continues its voyage to Patmos, a small but well-known island. Patmos is sometimes known as ‘Jerusalem of the Aegean’ as it is here that St John was said to have had his vision and written the ‘Apocalypse’. The Monastery of St John sits high above the island’s main town, Chora, and this whole island exudes a sense of faith and devotion. After breakfast on the ship, there may be a walk through the monasteries and the rest of the day is free to explore the island as the gulet will remain in Patmos overnight.

Day 5: Lipsi

Today’s destination is the island of Lipsi, home to many beautiful sandy beaches, such as Platis Giolos which is known for its crystal green waters. The island’s capital is located in a natural port and is home to quaint white houses, a beautiful town square and numerous tavernas and restaurants. The churches of the Catopanaghia (770 a.d.) and Panopanaghia (1500 a.d.) are also worth a visit.

Day 6: Kalimnos

Your first activity today is a swim in a stunning bay on Kalimnos Island. Then sail to the island’s capital, Pothia. For many centuries, this island was a centre for sponge diving – today, the island is more geared towards tourism and benefits from some beautiful beaches such as Massouri, Mirties and Vlyhadia.

Day 7: Turgutreis - Aspat - Akvaryum - Bodrum

This morning you will cruise back into Turkey via the Port at Turgutreis. There will be a swim stop at Aspat Bay, with the part-ruined Castle of Aspat as a backdrop. During the reign of Mausolus the ancient city of Termera was built here and the cove provided shelter for pirates for many years. The last swim of your cruise will take place at Akvaryum where you can see fish swimming in the clear water below you. Finally, sail back to Bodrum Harbour for your final dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Bodrum

After breakfast on board this morning, it is time to bid farewell to your fellow passengers as you disembark in Bodrum for your onward journey.

Disembark

Disembark by 10.30 in Bodrum Harbour.

Includes

  • Seven nights' accommodation aboard a standard gulet
  • Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner
  • Sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Harbour taxes and mooring fees
  • Use of snorkelling and fishing equipment
  • Air-conditioning

Excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks, including bottled water (available for purchase on board)
  • Optional land excursions
  • Individual port taxes on arrival into Turkey/Greece
  • Personal travel and medical expenses
  • **Please note that there are important changes coming into effect on 10th April 2014 regarding Turkish Visas. The Turkish Consulate has advised that the stamp / sticker visa on arrival will be abolished from 10th April 2014 and will be completely replaced by the e-visa application process. All visitors to Turkey from 11th April 2014 will be required to purchase their entry visa via the Turkish Government website www.evisa.gov.tr prior to travel.
 

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