ONE WAY BODRUM - GÖCEK
Boarding the yacht in the early afternoon, take time to unpack and unwind before setting off to explore the cosmopolitan resort town of Bodrum. Visit the magnificent Crusader castle built by the Knights of St. John and walk through a room full of treasures uncovered during underwater excavations of ancient shipwrecks.
Following an early morning crossing of the Gokova Gulf,we round Cape Krio and enter the harbour of ancient Knidos. Swim in crystal clear waters and snorkel over a sunken breakwater before venturing ashore to make your way through this impressive site. Knidos was an important port on the coastal tradıng route and enjoyed great prosperity during the 4th Century BC. The city had two harbours, two theatres and was home to Praxiteles’s nude statue of Aphrodite – and the base of Aphrodite’s temple can be seen today. Late in the afternoon, we move on to Kalaboshi for the night.
Sail across the Hisaronu Gulf and stop for lunch and watersports in the pretty bay of Bozburun. Bozburun is surrounded by low, rocky hills and has a definite charm. The locals are all decendants of fishermen and sponge fishermen and are extremely hospitable. The afternoon’s sail takes us around the tip of the Loryma Peninsula and into Bozukkale. In Hellentistic times, Bozukkale was known Loryma and the city was a deme of the Rhodian Peraea. We anchor beaneath the well-preserved walls of the ancient citadel and take time ashore to climb up to the acropolis. This is an excellent vantage point from which to view the area and photograph the yacht at anchor below. From here, it is possible to see the outline of the Greek island of Rhodes. Overnight in Bozukkale.
Before commencing the day’s sail to Ekincik Bay, we stop off at Serce Harbour to swim and snorkel. It was here that Dr. George Bass and his team of archaeologists recovered glass objects and other interesting trade items (tin from an 11th-century Byzantine wreck. Reaching Ekincik Bay . Overnight in Ekincik
This morning we board a small riverboat and head south-east along a craggy, indented coastline before entering the mouth of the Dalyan river. Once past the sandy spit of Iztuzu beach, it is a short ride through the reed-lined channels of the delta to the ruins of ancient Caunos. Iztuzu beach is also known as Turtle Beach as it is one of the last remaining breeding grounds for the rare Loggerhead Turtle. The ruins of Caunos are found below a hill topped with an acropolis – an exhilarating ascent, rewards the climber with an amazing view of the surrounding area. See a theatre, an early Byzantine church, Roman baths and closer to the ancient harbour, the remains of an Agora and temples. En route to the town of Dalyan you will pass under a set of Lycian rock tombs high on the cliff face overlooking the river. These tombs date back to 400 – 600 BC and are the finest example of their type to be found anywhere. Returning to the yacht, we make our way south to the Bay of Fethiye and find a quiet anchorage for the night.
A day of sailing on the Gulf of Fethiye and depending on the weather, we will lunch in Manastir Bay or Sarsala. Time ashore to wander through fragrant pine forests – and for the adventurous, there are several hikes to little-known archaeological sites in the hills above the bays. Depending on your preference, tonight you could anchor in a quiet anchorage such as Boynuz Buku and enjoy dinner ashore at a quaint “lokanta” (rustic outdoor restaurant) or moor on the town quay in Gocek and make your choice among the many fine restaurants.