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Bodrum Cruising

Article by Chris Clifford

Southern Cross Blue Cruising Oludeniz, Turkey.

Southern Cross Blue Cruising are specialist in gulet charters. Great hospitality, expert crew and flexible schedules – what else is needed.

The Eastern Mediterranean is drawing custom away from the traditional milk runs of the western Med and for good reason. Charter visits to Turkey, with its incredibly diverse coastline and fascinating culture is growing year on year. However, as the sun sets over the hills with the background noise of the church bells, you’ll most likely find yourself in complete solitude.

Embarkation in Bodrum harbour around 4:00 pm. Welcome meeting on-board. Visit the various sites in Bodrum including the Museum of Underwater Archaeology located in the Crusader Castle. Stroll to the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World to see the remains of this fantastic monument. Dinner aboard the gulet overlooking the Bodrum harbour as the sun sets behind the castle. Overnight stay either in Bodrum harbour or a more secluded bay near by

ruise to the ancient town of Knidos for swimming and lunch. Wander amongst the ruins of Knidos Town, the only surviving city of the Dorian Hexapolis and a famous port and medical centre in antiquity. In the afternoon cruise towards the quaint town of Datça for an overnight stay either in the harbour or a bay close by.

Cruise to Serçe Bay for swimming and relaxing in one of the bays. This area has beautiful clear water and is great for snorkelling. Its strategic location as a shelter from harsh weather has resulted in many shipwrecks at its entrance, including one which is on display at the Museum of Underwater Archaeology in Bodrum. In the late afternoon, cruise to the large town of Marmaris with its cosmopolitan atmosphere and ample shopping. Spend the night in the harbour or in a nearby bay at anchor.

Famous Lycian Tombs of ancient Caunos city, Dalyan, Turkey.
DCIM100MEDIADJI_0336.JPGYassica Island Turkish Mediterrenean

Cruise to Ekincik for a not to be missed engaging tour of ancient Lycia, one of the highlights of a Blue Cruise. Embark upon a flat bottomed, local riverboat to visit the environmentally protected Dalyan Delta wetlands, with their beautiful tall reeds and diverse wildlife. Continue on to the ruins of Caunos, including the extravagant Lycian tombs carved directly into the cliff sides. Continue up the river and indulge in the famous mineral mud baths reputed to bring a rosy glow to the skin. On the return, visit Iztuzu beach, home to the Caretta Caretta loggerhead turtles. Spend the evening in Ekincik Bay.

Early start for Ölüdeniz. (Cruising time approximately 5 hours.) Depending on the weather breakfast will be served en-route or the gulet will stop for breakfast in Ag Limani. Visit the famous Lagoon in Ölüdeniz and enjoy the beach which has all kinds of water sport facilities including hang gliding . In the late afternoon, cruise to Gemiler Island. Just fifteen minutes from Wall Bay, (once home to Byzantine pirates), the remains of an entire village are there to be explored, including mosaics uncovered in 1999 and a basilica. A wonderful place to swim and snorkel. Evening at anchor at Gemiler.

Cruising the Fethiye Gulf anchoring in its many famous bays surrounded by pine forests with excellent swimming and relaxing. In the afternoon, enter Gocek harbour for strolling, sightseeing and shopping. Spend the night either in the harbour at centre or in a bay near by.

Leave Fethiye to enter the Göcek Gulf with yet more crystal clear bays for swimming and relaxing. In the late afternoon or evening after dinner, proceed to Göcek harbour where we anchor for the night, with disembarcation in the morning.

Southern Cross Blue Cruising offers a carefully chosen repertoire of private gulets for groups ranging from 2 to 20 persons. The success is founded on the standard of the crew, yacht and service, but especially value for money. The choice is always yours as the itinerary on the gulet is always flexible. When you discover an anchorage that you particularly love, then you can spend extra time there. At night, if you’re in the mood to groove, you might want to go ashore and enjoy local Turkish nightlife in Bodrum, Gocek or Marmaris. Or, you may prefer to fall asleep to the sounds of the sea in a quiet secluded cove whilst others party away nearby.

For more details contact:
Southern Cross Blue Cruising
Tel: +90 252 316 2434
www.southerncrossbluecruising.com

Yachts at the berth in the port. Landscape with boats. Morning at sea.
Boats and Amphitheatre of Knidos , Mugla, Turkey