Marmaris Departure Routes

7 Days Marmaris – Gocek Gulf – Dead Sea Olu Deniz- Butterfly Valley – Fethiye

DAY 1    Arriving to Marmaris, check-in the private yacht. Dinner and overnight stay will be in Marmaris Harbour. Marmaris is a popular place with its night life, bars and pubs. If you wish, you may enjoy your night here in nightclubs or have a walk in Marmaris Marine.It is located where the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea join each other. Marmaris is one of the most important touristic city in Turkey and  seems like a natural harbor surrounded by pine-clad hills and forests with an elegant palm lined promenade leading to a busy marina, splendid beached and a crystal clear sea which is ideal for swimming ,water sports and sailing. Among Turks it is known as “Green Marmaris” because of its landscape that is covered with a pine forests. The Bay of Marmaris is a very well protected natural post with a pier for ships and several marinas for hundreds of private yachts from all over the world. Marmaris Castle was established in 1577 by Ottomans. There are also a Mosque and some antique remains that were built by Ottomans. For shopping lovers, it has a very big bazaar where you can find very nice and cheap clothes, bags, shoes and so on. You may enjoy spending the rest of the night at one of the bars, discos or night clubs located mainly at the Bar Street in Marmaris. There are many bars and restaurants in Marina. Marmaris becomes a center for yachting business since there are 3 big Harbors.

DAY 2    After you have your first breakfast in your  luxury yacht holidays in Turkey ,  you will start cruising and your dream vacation will start. Your first route is to Ekincik. Dinner and overnight stay will be in Ekincik. Ekincik is a small village which covered with pine trees everywhere, here pine trees grows even in the sea. You will be amazed with the beauty of the nature.If you wish, from Ekincik you can attend our extra tour Dalyan where the private gullet yachts are not allowed to get in and the small boats are used as shuttle service to the small city.

DALYAN  :  While you continue sailing with small boat, you will pass through an amazing natural water canal and arrive to one of the “Caria city” named as Dalyan. Set inland on the banks of the Dalyan River, the village of Dalyan is a peaceful holiday backwater unspoilt by mass tourism. The romance of the place is heightened each morning as a fleet of gaily-painted boats chug off down the river carrying holidaymakers to the glorious sandy beaches at the mouth of the river delta. Starting from Dalyan Harbor the voyage through beds of bulrushes and pampas grass takes around 45 enjoyable minutes- the entire Delta is a protected National Conservation area and is home to over 100 species of birds along with no less than three varieties of turtle, including the Loggerhead Caretta Caretta. A popular activity among tourists visiting Dalyan is to take a mud bath on the bank of the river. The mud supposedly contains minerals such as calcium and magnesium which are beneficial for the skin and overall health. There is also hot natural water springs a little distance away from Dalyan but also accessible by boat. The famous beach “Iztuzu” that lasts for 4 km along the sea. The ancient rock tombs of the Kings have become another symbol of Dalyan after the famous Sea Turtles, Caretta Carettas. Although there are many rock tombs around the area, the most famous are those which look direct to the Dalyan town from the opposite side of the river. These tombs are the resting places of the Kings of Caunos. They are carved in the style of Lycian rock tombs. The ruins of the ancient city of Caunos are close by and can by reached by boat or on foot. It was originally on the sea, but its harbor gradually silted up and felt into disuse. It has only been partially excavated but the remains are extensive and include a theatre dating from the 2nd century BC, Roman baths, temple of Apollo and agora or marketplace.

DAY 3     Today you will start your day earlier than other days since on the way to Monastery Bay, it may get wavy afternoons. You will have your breakfast in Monastery Bay.  The whole afternoon will be in this green-blue bay and you will enjoy your time by swimming and sunbathing. Thereafter, you will sail one of another bay around Monastery Bay and have your dinner and overnight stay in this bay.

DAY 4    On your 4th day of your blue cruise, right after your breakfast, you will sail to ancient sunken Turkish Bath and enjoy swimming in such a nice nature. You will also be amazed by the beauty of the view of towns and villages while you drink your tea or coffee. This perfect bay is known as the place where Cleopatra took her bath. The half of the Turkish bath has sunk under the water and the other half still stays over the water. Diner and overnight stay will be another beautiful bay which is close by.

DAY 5   Today your private yacht will take you to Gocek. Dinner and overnight stay will be here. Gocek is a small and cozy town in Fethiye region.The population in Gocek is around 4.500. This number reaches up to 7.000 in summer time. Gocek became one of top yachting center of Turkey. It hosts 6 significant private yacht marinas. Gocek is a very popular place for blue cruisers with the beauty of its nature. It offers many alternatives with its restaurants and bars. Many people who had been in Gocek prefer same route over and over again.

DAY 6  Early in the morning, you will start cruising towards Gemiler Island and have your breakfast here. Modern archaeologists believe that the island may be the location of St. Nicholas’ original tomb. The Byzantine ruins of five churches built between the fourth and sixth centuries AD remain. The most interesting remain is the 500 mtres tünel which connects two church to each other. Other remains from the same period include around forty other ecclesiastical buildings and over fifty Christian tombs. One of the churches was cut directly from the rock at the island’s highest point, and is located directly at the western end of the processional walkway.

For the lunch time, your captain will take you to Baba Island.

After lunch, you will cruise to Robinson Bay.

From Robinson Bay, our crew will take you to the Cold Water Bay by small boat of your charter private yacht and you will visit Kayakoy. Here is a village where Anatolian Greek speaking Christians lived until approximately 1923. The ghost town, now preserved as a museum village, consists of hundreds of rundown but still mostly intact Greek-style houses and churches which cover a small mountainside and serve as a stopping place for tourists visiting Fethiye and nearby Ölüdeniz. It was built on the site of the ancient city of Carmylessus in the 18th century. After the Greco-Turkish War, Kayaköy was largely abandoned after a population exchange agreement was signed by the Turkish and Greek governments in 1923. Today Kayaköy village serves as a museum and is a historical monument. Around 500 houses remain as ruins and are under the protection of the Turkish government, including two Greek Orthodox Churches, which remain the most important sights of the ghost town. In the middle of the village stands a fountain source from the 17th century. Kayaköy was adopted by the UNESCO as a World Friendship and Peace Village.

Subsequent to Kayakoy, you walk down and reach to Cold Water where you meet up with your gullet. Right after here, you will sail to Robinson Bay for overnight stay.

DAY 7     Today first route of your  private yacht will be toward “Butterfly Valley’. It is home to the unique Jersey Tiger butterfly. Between June and September, butterflies in thousands of colours and countless varieties can be seen here. This valley is an interesting canyon with steep cliffs up to 350 meters high. This valley is also under protection and has 80 types of butterflies.

For the lunch you will pass to a close bay of famous ‘Dead Sea’. Since it is forbidden for Turkish gullets to anchor in Dead Sea, you can go to Dead Sea by swimming or your crew will take you there by small boat of your private yacht. The reason why it is called Dead Sea due to its calm water even during storms. Ölüdeniz remains one of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean. It has a secluded sandy bay at the mouth of Ölüdeniz, on a blue lagoon. The beach itself is a pebble beach. The lagoon is a national nature reserve and construction is strictly prohibited.The seawater of Ölüdeniz is famous for its shades of turquoise and aquamarine, while its beach is an official Blue Flag beach, frequently rated among the top 5 beaches in the world by travelers and tourism journals alike. It is also one of most popular place for paragliding lovers.

Thereafter, you will sail to Fethiye Harbor. Fethiye is located on the site of the ancient city of Telmessos, the ruins of which can be seen in the city, e.g. the Hellenistic theatre by the main quay. A Lycian legend explains the source of the name Telmessos as follows. The god Apollo falls in love with the youngest daughter of the King of Phoenicia, Agenor. He disguises himself as a small dog and thus gains the love of the shy, withdrawn daughter. After he reappears as a handsome man, they have a son, whom they name ‘Telmessos’ (the land of lights). The city became part of the Persian Empire after the invasion of the Persian general Harpagos in 547 BC, along with other Lycian and Carian cities. Telmessos then joined the Attic-Delos Union established in mid-5th century BC. Fethiye is also home to the Tomb of Amyntas, a large and beautiful tomb built in 350 BC by the Lycians. What makes this tomb very unique is its massive size and beautiful carvings. Fethiye is one of Turkey’s well-known tourist centers in Turkey. If you wish, you can shop and have fun in bars at your last night in your charter private yacht. The overnight stay will be in Fethiye Harbor.

DAY 8     After breakfast, your crew will help you with your checking out with hoping to see you again in another blue cruise in Turkey.

Extra Tours (upon request with additional costs):  Dalyan Caunos, Tlos / Saklikent, Turkish Bath