This is an 8-day itinerary that suggests to start and finish a yacht charter itinerary in Bodurm, one of Turkey's most beautiful coastal towns. They call it Turkish Mykonos or Ibiza. And there are many reasons why it is so.
During this route you will sail to Datca, Hisaronu Bay, visit what this gorgeous country has to offer to her guests.
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Arrive in Bodrum. As an optional afternoon sightseeing tour, see the sights of the town, including Bodrum's landmark: the Castle of St. Peter, housing the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, and later, the Mausoleum. Overnight in Bodrum Harbour or in one of the delightful bays nearby.
Cruise south for the pretty bay of Mersincik and enjoy breakfast at leisure in this most picturesque spot. Towards midday, cruise around Cape Krio and take a look at the site ancient Knidos from the sea. Knidos is a very large site and an impressive backdrop for a refreshing morning dip. Lunch will be served in Palamutbuku Bay.
Perhaps journey ashore here and take a quiet stroll along the promenade. The seaside ice-cream vendors offer a variety of interesting ice-cream flavours including "pistachio", "melon" and "turkish coffee". Stay on in Palamutbuku for the night.
There is a world class restaurant at the village on the hill known as "Yakamengen". It is set in a garden containing wild olive trees and fig trees. The main building was originally an olive oil plant and through a careful restoration has been converted into an attractive outdoor and indoor dining venue.
Sail for the port of Datca, stopping at some of the picturesque anchorages along the way. Lunch will be served in Datca Harbour. Later in the day, join a local guide for a walk through Datca town and if you wish, you may like to take a short drive to "The Olive Farm" - Datca's biggest organic farm, where you can try numerous varieties of organic olive oil and vinegar.
This really is a great place to include in any visit to Datca. While en route back to the yacht, the narrow, winding cobble-stone streets of the original Greek settlement in the area, "Old Datca" -- something of a haven for artisans -- might be worth a visit. Overnight in a nearby bay.
Cruise in an easterly direction along the Gulf of Hisaronu, arriving to Keci Buku, to kayak and swim alongside the tiny islet which sits out in the middle of the bay. If you’re keen to try some uphill trekking, there’s an ancient citadel on top of this island which is well worth climbing. Onto the village of Orhaniye, set at the foot of tall, forested mountains to take a stroll through the village. There’s more to discover in this rural paradises if you’re willing to hop in a taxi and drive inland to the village of “Bayir”.
Move on to Dislice Island in the late afternoon. There is plenty to see here, so set out in kayaks or on a paddle board and take in the scenery. Dinner onboard the yacht anchored off Dislice Island.
Next destination is Selimiye Bay. Drop anchor and enjoy the unique beauty of this bay. Late in the day, take a tender ride ashore to the fabulous seafood restaurant, "Sardunya" for a night of casual dining beneath the stars. . . on a wooden deck set along the water's edge. The restaurant is beautifully located and has an extensive menu, including the local delicacy, "courgette flowers filled with herb infused rice". Selimiye is another coastal village inhabited by artisans - and the many small art shops in the tiny village centre attest to this. Overnight in Selimiye.
Begin the day with a leisurely sail down to Dirsek harbour - one of the best bays for swimming and snorkeling in the area, and fjord-like in appearance. The scenery of area is simply spectacular, with high rugged mountains peeping out over gentle wooded slopes which descend to a rocky shore or a pebble beach. Cruise for Bozburun, in its heyday, a sponge-fishing village. Stay the night at anchor in Bozburun harbour and take a stroll ashore in the evening to see the sites of this charming little village, renowned for its friendly locals.
Following breakfast in the bay of Bozburun, set sails toward Bodrum peninsula. Once you’re closer to Bodrum, make a stop at Orak island or in Çiftlik. Spend a final day enjoying some of the most beautiful bays in south-west Turkey and return to Bodrum by nightfall. It will be possible to go ashore tonight if you wish and it is up to you as to where you will spend the night.
Disembarkation in Bodrum Harbour.