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Bodrum-Bodrum: Gulf of Gokova

Bodrum (ancient Halicarnassos) is Turkey's premiere vacation town and the most popular point of departure for Blue Cruises. In addition to the laid-back atmosphere and vivid nightlife of this international resort town, other attractions include the Castle of St. Peter, which dates back to the Crusades, and now houses a museum of underwater archaeology, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassos, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World built by King Mausolus, and an ancient Roman theatre.

In this cruise, we explore Gokova Gulf, a deep-blue sheltered stretch of sea sheltered to the north by the Bodrum Peninsula to the south by the Datça Peninsula. We explore many of the breath-taking bays and emerald islands the gulf is renowned for, including Longoz Bay and the Seven Islands' secluded turquoise coves. Other highlights include Byzantine churches, Dorian columns, the indescribably fine sands of Cleopatra's beach, in fact a rare accumulation of a peculiar calcium carbonate formation and rare forests of liquidamber. Shore excursions are optional and may sometimes require a small fee for overland transport, guides or admission to archaeological sites.

The star-filled skies, invigorating sea breezes, pine-covered hills and rays of golden sun playing among the sparkling waters of secluded bays are yours to luxuriate in. Relax, savour all the timeless pleasure sun and sea have to offer, and leave the rest to us. You've embarked on a Blue Cruise...

Detailed Itinerary:


Day 1... Board your sailing yacht in Bodrum. Enjoy a welcome drink and receive a brief orientation about the yacht and the cruise. Dinner and overnight in Bodrum Harbour.


Day 2... Departure after breakfast. After a one-hour cruise, we arrive at first stop near Karaada, a tiny island off the Bodrum coast. After lunch, we cruise 3-4 hours before arriving in Cati, a lovely bay ringed by pine trees on the south coast of the gulf. Dinner and overnight here.


Seven Islands

Day 3... We cruise for about 1.5 hours after breakfast, arriving in an area known as Seven Islands. In Kufre Bay, we suggest you take a short walk through the forests of storax (liquidamaber), a rare, endangered tree from which myrrh is extracted. If the group wants, tonight is the perfect time for a barbecue! Overnight in Seven Islands.


Longoz Bay

Day 4... After breakfast, a short cruise of 1.5 hours brings us to Longoz Bay. In the afternoon, after cruising another 1.5 hours, we arrive in Karacasogut. It is only a 30-km drive from this small village to Marmaris, one of the Aegean's largest resort town and great place for shopping. If you'd like, you can rent a minibus and spend some time in Marmaris after dinner. Overnight in Longoz.


English Harbour

Day 5... After breakfast, we cruise to Cleopatra (Cedraea) Island. On the western coast of the island is a wonderful little beach reputedly created with sand brought from North Africa expressly for the bathing pleasures of Cleopatra. Late in the afternoon, we leave the island to anchor in one of the bays of Degirmenbuku. A small creek on the western side of this bay is called İngiliz Limani (English Harbour), a reference to the English torpedo boats that hid in this cove during WWII. Overnight in English Harbour.


Day 6... We depart English Harbour and cruise to the northern side of the Gulf, to Akbuk. Here we spend some time swimming, surfing and enjoying the crystal-clear secluded waters. In the afternoon, we continue on to Cokertme Bay, two hours away. Overnight in Cokertme.



Day 7... Today, we cruise back to Bodrum. After swimming stops near Oraklar and Çiftlik, we have the option of visiting Tavsanburnu. We share our last onboard dinner together in Bodrum Harbour.


Day 8... Disembark in Bodrum after breakfast.

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