Bodrum - Bodrum Mini Cruise
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|Day 1 :
Boarding your gulet after 3pm, you will be introduced to your crew and captain, and the Guletbookers team will ensure you are briefed on all aspects of the cruise while the captain files his departure with the harbour authorities. Anchors away and enjoy that superb view back over Bodrum and its harbour as you sail across the widest part of Gokova Gulf for the opposite cape to anchor in the ancient harbour of Knidos (Cnidus). Swim, dine and overnight in this ancient Hellenistic city site which lies at the tip of the long narrow and rugged Datça peninsula. Archaeologists are still excavating the vast area of the city, which was one of the wealthiest and most strategic port cities with two harbours- you will be moored in one. Take your shoes ashore and explore the amphitheatre overlooking the harbour, the acropolis, the agora, and the temple site of the cult of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. The Dorian League city cultivated arts and science and is best known for the famous lost statue Aphrodite of Knidos by the sculptor Praxiteles, while other famous residents were Eudoxus the astronomer, and Sostratus- the builder of another of the Seven Ancient Wonders- the lighthouse or Pharos of Alexandria.
**(According to your request , you may also spend the overnight on a closer bay ,rather than staying on the port.)
|Day 2 :
Breakfast aboard and what a place to start the day surrounded by history and rocking gently on clear blue sea! After breakfast set sail for the north side of the Gokova Gulf, the beach and bay of Yaliçiftlik- it means the ‘farms on the beach’, and just beyond a couple of hotels and restaurants, lies the village, olive groves and fields of Çiftlik. But you can go a little further inland with a tour to one of the oldest and traditional villages of the area, Etrim, sitting at the base of the mountain surrounded by its fields and orchards. In the living, working village founded by nomads who settled hundreds of years ago, whose flocks of sheep still trip down the laneways, you can be introduced to a family that makes its living from those sheep, in carpet and kilim making, and come to understand the vast tradition that lies in a handmade Turkish carpet while lunching on home cooked food from the shared trays. Back on board for a swim and sail a little way further down the coast to anchor in the sheltered bay of Çokertme, a fishing village with a few, simple lokantas on the shore. Dine aboard and overnight in the bay.
|Day 3 :
The pine and olive scents of Çokertme bay are bid farewell early morning for a pre- breakfast sail southeast to the fabled island of Cedrae, or Cleopatra’s Island, where legend has it that the Queen of Egypt enjoyed sand from Egypt brought to the island for her alone. The beach is certainly distinctive and protected. Further up from the shore lie ancient ruins tumbled by the roots of pine trees. Breakfast, swim and explore, before sailing on into the deeply indented bay of English Harbour, so named as it sheltered a fleet of the British Navy once. It is a perfect spot for dinner and an overnight anchorage.
|Day 4 :
Take an early morning dip then breakfast aboard while on the stillest of waters in one of the coves of the English Harbour. Then there is choice of an optional day tour to Dalyan, the land of vast reedbeds and waterways winding their way down through the delta to the long ‘Turtle Beach’ or İztuzu Beach, protected and undeveloped to save the habitat for the sea turtles who nest there. The modern day town of Dalyan sits on the riverbank between the vast lake where sulphur mud baths are fun to visit, and the beach. Opposite the town rise the cliffs and the spectacular ancient ‘temple-tombs’ built for the wealthy of ancient Caunos city that sits on the hills close by. A visit to Dalyan is a must. The gulet will move from English Harbour around to the last bay at the head of the Gokova Gulf and the village of Karaçasoğut. You will return from the Dalyan tour to meet the boat there for the last evening dinner on board.
|Day 5 :
Breakfast on board before your disembarkation and farewell to your crew and boat in Karaçasoğut. From there private transfers can be arranged for you to the closest town of Marmaris, or direct to Dalaman airport, or you may opt to take the Dalyan day tour from the boat on this day instead and stay on in Dalyan town to continue your travels from there.
|Guletbookers are happy to help with your arrangements.
|***All sailing times are approximate and depend upon weather conditions.
Hi Fatih ,
I very much appreciate all your help over the past couple of weeks and will definitely come back to you if we want to do a similar trip (with more notice) in the future or shall recommend your services ...