A unique way to explore the Mediterranean’s extraordinary coastline is to spend your holidays on a Turkey gulet cruise. Beautifully crafted from wood, the gulets are traditional Turkish motor yachts, which enable perfect adventure holidays whether you are a single traveller, family, a couple or a group of friends. To be able to discover different beaches and lagoons in few days, sailing Turkey is definitely a good way to start your journey. Blue cruises are recommended to those curious travellers, who want to experience southern Turkey and the Mediterranean from a different point of view. Usually gulets are used for standard cabin cruises and most cabins are equipped with private bathroom with shower, space for bags, but the size of a cabin varies from boat to boat.
Among one possibility, offered by AlaTurka Cabin Cruises is a popular 4 day blue cruise from Olympos to Fethiye. This boat cruise is ideal for those travelling from Cappadocia and the journey by the Southern Turkish coastline provides a tourist with a lot of culture, history and magnificent scenery.
Boarding at Olympos, the gulet cruise starts from the Demre port and finishes in the final destination, Fethiye.
The boat cruise itinerary includes the sightseeing of the Blue Cave, Kekova, Yaglica Bay, Simena Castle, The Sunken City, Ucagiz Village, Kas, Kocakari Bay, Aquarium Bay, Butterfly Valley, Oludeniz and St. Nicholas Island.
Usually on the first day the boarding takes place at Cayagzi Andriake harbour, continuing towards Pirates Cave for snorkelling. The boat cruise then heads towards the Sunken City of Simena for exploring, once an outpost of the Knights of Rhodes, where its ancient ruins are listed as world heritage.
Simena is a popular Lycian site, situated upon one of the most attractive spots of the Turkish coast. The name Kekova is Turkish for the plain of thyme and describes the region encompassing the island of Kekova and 3 ancient towns. This area is an enjoyable place to visit, full of beauty and charm. At Simena you can take a look at
Simena Castle and Lycian Tombs. The night in spent at Gokkoya Bay.
On the second day the gulet cruise takes you to the Gokkoya Bay, where you can swim at Yaglica Bay, have a lunch at Kas harbour, before sailing to Aquarium Bay for dinner.
On the third day the gulet sails towards the north to see the charming Butterfly Valley. You can dedicate your time to swimming, sunbathing or hiking towards the waterfall. The blue cruise takes you then to Oludeniz-Europe’s most attractive beaches for paragliding. Finally the gulet anchors at the St. Nicholas Island, where you can walk through the several ruins of the Byzantine Empire, with several churches built between the fourth and sixth centuries.
Finally, the cabin cruise takes you to the Samanlik Bay or Tarzan’s Bay, until you reach the end destination, Fethiye.
Lastly, the boat cruise can be a wonderful experience because it offers so many different activities. During the 4 day cruise Olympos to Fethiye cruise, at Kas you can dive to see the coral reefs and interesting sunken ruins. Around St. Nicholas Island and Kekova area you can try out various water sports. Moreover, fishing, snorkelling, paragliding, cliff jumping and camp fires are just few additional things you have to experience, while being on a Turkey gulet boat.