Isn't this the escape you really want?
Just imagine! Friday you hop on a plane, and Saturday you're on a private yacht cruising the Mediterranean. Yes! It's that easy with our 8-day Turquoise Coast getaway. You'll cruise for five days (four nights) aboard a comfortable, romantic gulet, the traditional wooden sailing vessel used for centuries along Turkey's pine-fringed Mediterranean coast.
You'll also spend two nights in exotic Istanbul to see its imperial palaces, world-class museums, chic restaurants, bazaars and boutiques. Your accommodations? An Ottoman-style mansion inn.
We'll even give you the award-winning Lonely Planet guidebook to Turkey, and an audio cassette to help you learn useful Turkish words and phrases.
1 - DEPARTURE
Friday, or choose your own arrival date (subject to boat(s) availibility.
We board our flight in New York, bound for Istanbul.
Day 2 - ISTANBUL & BODRUM- Group Yacht Cruise Saturday (D)
Our staff meets your international flight at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport and escorts you to the domestic terminal for your onward flight to Bodrum. Known in ancient times as Halicarnassus, Bodrum was once the capital of King Mausolus, whose elaborate tomb, the Mausoleum, gave its name to all grand tombs which followed. Our staff drives you to the waterside Castle of St. Peter, built by the Crusaders in the early 1400s, where your yacht awaits you, moored beneath the castle walls. Step aboard and enjoy a welcome cocktail as you meet your captain and crew, after which they'll prepare the first of many delicious shipboard dinners for you. Settle in and relax: you're a l-o-n-g way from any cares or worries here!
3- KNIDOS & MERSINCIK Sunday (BLD)
Weighing anchor at sunrise, we sail south through Gokova Bay, passing close to the Greek island of Kos (Karaada) and around the Resadiye Peninsula to Knidos, famous in ancient times for its superb statue of Aphrodite sculpted by Praxiteles. We drop anchor in Knidos's ancient harbor and go ashore for a tour of the ancient city. Sailing south and east around the peninsula, we reach the mouth of the Dalyan River, where we board a motor launch for a voyage upriver to the Roman ruins at Caunus. The sheer rockface overlooking the river is pierced by Lycian rock-cut tombs dating from 600 BC. We return to our yacht and continue our leisurely "Blue Voyage" to Mersincik, where we drop anchor for the night.
Day 4- ÇATI, YEDI ADALAR & INGILIZ LIMANI Monday (BLD)
We continue our meandering route through these classical waters, stopping at peaceful Çati cove, at Yedi Adalar (the Seven Islands) and at Sedir (Sidera) Island. On Sidera we explore the Roman theater, ruined Byzantine monasteries, and Cleopatra's Beach, a gift from Marc Anthony to the Egyptian queen, with sand said to have been brought from Egypt. Onward, we head for Marmaris, where Lord Nelson's fleet took shelter as it prepared to attack Napoleon's forces at Abukir in 1798. For us, "Green Marmaris," as it is called because of its surrounding pine forests, is a welcome shore excursion with a wonderful bustling bazaar, a long palm-shaded waterfront promenade, and a fortress that's now a museum. We return to our yacht for dinner, moored at Ingiliz Limani (English Port).
Day 5- SEDIR & ORAKLAR Tuesday (BLD)
Today is filled with the pleasures of sun and sea: swimming, reading, relaxing, and enjoying a lazy shipboard lunch. Your yacht has everything you need for water sports: facemasks and flippers, sailboard, canoe and fishing tackle. We drop anchor at Oraklar for a calm night aboard, gently rocking in the pellucid waters of the Mediterranean.
Day 6- BODRUM & ISTANBUL Wednesday (B)
Wonderfully refreshed by our voyage, we return to Bodrum harbor and tie up beneath the castle walls. Bidding farewell to our captain and crew, we drive to the airport for our flight to Istanbul, where we'll be staying in a charming Ottoman mansion inn.
7- ISTANBUL Thursday (BL)
Let us show you the City of the Sultans! In the morning we tour the top sights including Topkapi Palace, Sancta Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Byzantine Hippodrome. Afer lunch, come with us for a shopping spree in the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar, with its 4000 shops. In the evening, use your Lonely planet guidebook to bone up on Turkish cuisine, and to locate a good little restaurant near the inn for a romantic candlelit dinner.
Day 8- RETURN HOME Friday (B)
Our staff escorts you to the airport for your flight home, completely refreshed, and with memories to last for years. What a difference a week away can make!
Apr Through Oct
WHEN TO GO
You can get away to a Mediterranean yacht cruise any Friday from mid-April through October, departing from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.Would you like a private yacht? We'll be happy to arrange it, just for you, on any date. Also, please call us for discounted airfares from your home airport to JFK
BODRUM OR MARMARIS?
Yachts may depart from either Bodrum or Marmaris, depending upon availability.Please see our sample Marmaris Yacht Itinerary.
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