Sailing in Turkey puts you in the crossroads of history, culture and religion. This country has become one of the most important yachting destinations and is one of the most popular places for a yacht charter. Discover Istanbul, the meeting point of the Aegean, Marmara & Black Seas or enjoy the blue turquoise waters, a well planned Turkey yacht charter vacation will allow you to get immersed in the most natural environment the Mediterranean has to offer. Here’s a sample 7-day charter itinerary for Turkey.
Embark in beautiful Bodrum, settle in and meet the crew. This jagged coastline is best viewed from the sea, so take your pick from one of the many bays surrounding the town and enjoy a first swim and an afternoon of fun on the water
Time for a little culture! Head to the impressive ruins of the ancient city of Knidos situated on the western tip of the Datca Peninsula. After a walk around the site it’s time to return to the peace and quiet of your yacht and lunch prepared by the chef. In the afternoon move on to Palamutbuku, a little seaside town with a long and popular beach
If you happen to be in Datca on a Saturday, the local market is well worth a visit. If not, head to nearby Old Datca, a town deserted by its last inhabitants in the 1980s, becoming a ghost town, which has now been partially restored by Istanbul’s “in crowd” who flock to their summer homes here.
Sail on out of Turkey and into Greece – first stop the beautiful island of Symi. As you arrive you’ll be greeted with a view of brightly colored houses lining the main port. If you’re feeling energetic a walk up the many steps to the Chora will be rewarded by a wonderful view back towards Turkey.
Once home to one of the seventh wonders of the world – the Colossus of Rhodes – that stood guarding the entrance to the port at Mandraki. Enjoy a walk ashore to view the interesting architecture, which is a blend of Italian, art deco and the East due to the Italian occupation of the island in the early and mid 1900s. Drop anchor near Anthony Quinn bay (named after the actor who filmed Guns of Navarone here) and enjoy an afternoon on the water.
Sail back into Turkey and the first stop is Marmaris. Drop anchor in its tree-lined bay after a long afternoon of water-sports before heading ashore for a spot of shopping at the bazaar and a drink along the waterfront.
Sail on to Ekincik for a Dalyan River tour. See ruins of the ancient city of Caunos and enjoy a beautiful view of the Lycian tombs carved into the cliff face. Return to the yacht and spend the last night of your charter at anchor under the stars.
Have a leisurely breakfast and relax on the sundeck as the yacht cruises to Gocek. Admire the beautiful coastline and take a few last photographs of your holiday before disembarking the yacht for your onward journey.