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Discover ancient history among the most beautiful settings imaginable on this eight-day Adventure Cruising journey along the Turquoise Coast. Explore the ruins of Lycian, Roman and Byzantine empires that sit along the craggy coast and lush hillside. See rock-cut tombs, abandoned cities and crumbling fortresses, then cool off after days of sightseeing by diving into the crisp waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Cruising on a classic Turkish gulet allows for access to tiny beaches and coves as well as the larger port towns, meaning you can take in both the sophisticated European charm and rustic natural beauty that this part of Turkey has in spades.
Day 1: Fethiye
Welcome to Fethiye, the perfect place to begin an adventure around the Turkish Riviera! Your journey officially begins at Fethiye Port at 6 pm. If you have pre-booked accommodation with us, or if you are arriving at Dalaman Airport today, then you are eligible for a complimentary transfer to the port. Board your traditional gulet, settle into your cabin and meet your crew and fellow travellers. Enjoy dinner on board and spend the night at port.
Day 2: Oludeniz – Gemiler Island – Kayakoy
Hit the water this morning and cruise to Oludeniz, where you’ll anchor for lunch and enjoy a swimming break. Continue to Gemiler Island and go ashore for a stroll around the abandoned town of Kayakoy. Once a thriving village, Kayakoy was abandoned in the 1920s and its stone houses remain weathered but charming. You will have time to explore the ghost village at your leisure. Perhaps wander and enjoy the solitude or play backgammon and sip tea with the locals who live nearby. Return to the gulet for dinner, and overnight at port.
Day 3: Yesilkoy Bay – Kas
This morning, cross Yedi Burunlar (Seven Capes) before anchoring at Yesilkoy Bay for breakfast and a swimming break. After cooling off with a swim, cruise to Kas Harbour. One of the most important ancient Greek towns of Lycia, Kas gained prominence in the Roman era and eventually became the centre of episcopacy in the Byzantine era. After lunch, served on board the gulet, go ashore to explore Kas with your local leader. During the walk, you will see a fourth-century Lycian tomb and get an overview of local shops, cafes and restaurants. Enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace, then re-group and head to the Antiphellos Theatre by the ocean. Watch a beautiful sunset while enjoying a glass of local wine, then your leader will take the group to a local restaurant for dinner. Overnight at port.
Day 4: Kekova – Tersane Bay – Ucagiz
After breakfast, cruise to the sunken city of Kekova, where you can swim and snorkel in crystal-blue waters and see the submerged ruins of a Lycian settlement. Enjoy lunch anchored at tiny Tersane Bay, where you can also see an old Roman shipyard and a Byzantine church. Spend a free afternoon doing whatever you please. For dinner, meet a local for a simple cooking class followed by a leisurely meal. Tonight, anchor in Ucagiz for an overnight stay.
Day 5: Kalekoy/Simena – Demre – Cayagzi Bay - Gokkaya Bay
After breakfast, cruise to Kalekoy and go ashore to explore the ruins of Crusader Castle, a Byzantine fortress perched on a cliff with spectacular views of the Kalekoy harbour. For a mid-morning snack, you’ll have a chance to try some local homemade ice cream among the ruins. Then go aboard the gulet once more and cruise to Demre for lunch and a swimming break. Go ashore to explore the ruins of Myra (the name for the old part of Demre), then return to the ship and anchor in the calm waters of Gokkaya Bay for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 6: Limanagzi Bay – Hidayet Bay – Kaputas Beach – Firnaz Bay
Rise and shine for a morning cruise to Limanagzi Bay with breakfast served en route. By the time you arrive it will be time for lunch and a swimming break. Continue to Kalkan where, weather permitting, you’ll visit Kaputas Beach for a swim in crisp and clear waters. Anchor in Firnaz Bay for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 7: Butterfly Valley – Turunc Pinari Bay – Fethiye
Set off early and cruise to Turunc Pinari Bay, with a swimming break stop at Butterfly Valley (weather dependent) on the way. Enjoy lunch on arrival, then cruise to Fethiye. Go ashore for a walking tour including Fethiye Museum, King Midas’ spectacular (alleged) tomb and some picturesque backstreets. Later, head to the fish market and choose a fish for the kitchen staff of a local restaurant to prepare for your dinner. Overnight at port.
Day 8: Fethiye – Disembarkation Day
Your cruising adventure comes to an end after breakfast on board this morning. Bid farewell to your crew and disembark the gulet between 8 am and 9 am.
- Kayakoy village visit
- Kas orientation walk
- Sunset drinks at Kas ampitheatre
- Kas local dinner
- Sunken city of Kekova
- Turkish cooking class
- Myra Lycian city visit
- Fish market and local dinner
- Fethiye walking tour
- Butterfly Valley swim
6 Breakfast(s) Included
6 Lunch(es) Included
7 Dinner(s) Included
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