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Turkey remains one of the most popular destinations in Europe for luxury charter yacht tours. Sporting stunning viewpoints, historical sites of wonder and unique beaches, it isn't hard to see why the area continues to grow in popularity. Boarding your luxury charter yacht in Bodrum, your itinerary of discovering Turkey covers a selection of different terrains and backdrops which shows you the very best of what Turkey has to offer.
- Day 1
Your Turkey yacht charter vacation could not start at a better place than Bodrum. After meeting up with your crew for the week there is plenty of time to get settled and explore some of the area before raising the anchor.
As one of the most popular destinations in Turkey, you will find everything you could possibly need right here. Teeming shopping areas filled with popular brands and local family-run businesses entice you with a wide range of products and handicrafts, ideal for gifts to take home or to keep for yourselves. Getting your first taste of Turkish cuisine is within easy reach as you tour the port and try out some of the high-quality restaurants and bars along the promenade.
With a few historical sites worth seeing, it's worth saving some exploring for your return journey to fully appreciate the value of the monuments. One of the historical sites worth seeing now is the castle of Bodrum. Beginning its construction in 1404, the castle was built in order to avoid a potential invasion. Several nations had input into the overall construction of the fortification and had towers named after their representative nation. Largely intact today, the castle dominates the coastline of Bodrum and is a welcome sight to all visitors.
With a vibrant night life scene, this is the perfect evening to raise a toast to your vacation, have a dance, try some locally produced cocktails, or have a nightcap at a quiet bar in the harbor. Whichever option you choose, Bodrum has plenty of choices to ensure you find some evening entertainment to your liking.
- Day 2
The first stop of your private yacht rental vacation is Sedir Island.
Located in the Gulf of Gokova, this beautiful island is also known as Cleopatra Island. Legend has it that the sand found at the beaches here was brought by vessel, especially for Cleopatra. The grains of sand are made from seashells and can only be found in Egypt, aside from this special location. The value of the beach, therefore, is very high, explaining why you will find dedicated teams on the island who are there to protect it.
Aside from the luxurious background and feel of the sand on the beaches, Sedir Island is a popular destination for water sports and snorkeling. Anchoring in English Harbour or Cat Bay will give you prime locations for water-based activities and isolated spots to enjoy quiet time on board your chosen vessel.
Spend the day relaxing and finish the evening with a cooling swim in the sea and a freshly prepared supper under the blanket of stars above Sedir Island.
- Day 3
The ancient Greek city of Knidos is a magical highlight of your luxury yacht charter in Turkey.
Pride of place during the Hellenistic period, the city acted as an essential trading location for the Greek empire. Despite being centuries old, excavations began at the city in 1857. Several temples were identified including a temple of Aphrodite, a temple of Dionysus, and a temple of the muses. Other worthy sites of interest also included a theatre and an odeum. Much of the ancient city now lay in rubble, however, there are some distinguishable markings demonstrating the layout of the city.
After taking a tour of the ancient remains, a hharbor-sidedinner is a perfect way to finish your day at Knidos, closely followed by evening cocktails onboard your chosen luxury charter yacht.
- Day 4
Situated on the southwest coast of Turkey, Datca is one of the only towns on this Turkish itinerary.
Small, cozy, and friendly, this location is popular among luxury charter yacht enthusiasts due to the stunning natural ambiance of the destination. Surrounded by lush green foliage, Datca offers a sublime haven that is not built around the needs of its tourists. An advocate for true Turkish lifestyle and culture, Datca has some incredible locally-made products for you to try out, including a range of olive-infused items like soap.
Venture up and above the town to see some pretty nature walks through native flora and fauna before stopping off for a quiet picnic overlooking the bay. Back at sea level, take the luxury charter yacht around the coastline to spend some time in the tranquil coves embedded into the cliffs. If you are lucky to time your visit to Datca correctly, you may also enjoy an open-air concert in the town before turning in for the night.
- Day 5
After a brief encounter with civilization at Datca, your super yacht charter vacation in Turkey takes you to an area of supreme beauty and tranquillity.
The Gulf of Hisaronu is a very peaceful location in Turkey, with a minimal amount of large commercial tours. Hidden away in the most western corner of the area, you are tucked out of the way for the day and have ample opportunity to find your spot of heaven for the day. There are plenty of coves, caves, and beaches to choose from, all of which offer a beautiful view of the surrounding area.
There are a couple of small, friendly villages in the area, but these are not fitted with many amenities. Ideal for catching a glimpse into Turkish lifestyle on the islands, the villages may have a cafe or two for you to visit, but that is as far as the experience goes.
Remaining in the vicinity of your luxury charter yacht, the conditions around the gulf are perfect for water sports, including jet ski sessions, windsurfing, and snorkeling.
- Day 6
A popular stop off point for luxury charter yachts, the small but pretty location of Bozburun is a quaint destination to see Turkey at its finest.
Well known for its production of thyme honey, Bozburun is also a national source for sponge fishing and several other agricultural treats. Anchoring down in the small harbor, you can enjoy a short walk along the promenade and spend the morning gazing at the impressive coastal views from a local restaurant or bar. After indulging in a small shopping trip around the market stalls, head back to your luxury charter yacht to continue exploring Bozburun by cruising around some of the nearby coves along the shore.
Spend the rest of the day in the privacy of your cove or break open the water sports equipment to spend some built-up energy.
- Day 7
As you arrive back at Bodrum it's time to indulge in a continental breakfast before heading ashore to finish exploring the historical landmarks of the destination.
The ruins of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus are listed as one of the wonders of the ancient world, the mausoleum has been destroyed by several earthquakes throughout the centuries but some of the structure still stands on its original site. Built between 353 and 350 BC, the mausoleum was designed by the Greeks and was intended for the burial of Mausolus, a satrap of the Persian empire. Although there isn't a huge amount left of the ruins it is definitely worth a visit.
One more historical site to see before making your way home sits a little distance out of the settlement of Bodrum on the hills watching over the bay. Halicarnassus was an ancient Greek city founded by Dorian Greeks. A popular visit for tourists and all other local visitors, the remnants of Halicarnassus are scattered over the area but there is an impressive theatre that remains largely intact. Enjoy a picnic whilst on location to truly appreciate the stunning panoramic views from the theatre, before heading back into Bodrum to begin making your way home.
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