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East Mediterranean

Greece
Turkey
Gocek - Knidos, The Dorian Cruise
Gocek - Kekova, The Lycian Cruise
Bodrum - Gokova, The Carian Cruise
Marmaris - Bodrum, The Cleopatra Cruise


Greece

Greece encompasses a large mainland peninsula and 1,400 islands divided into six regions. The Ionian and the Dodecanese are two of the most popular. The cruising season begins in late April and lasts until October.


Day 1

Board a yacht in the lively harbor of Patras, a few hours drive from Athens. Wine enthusiasts should sample the region's excellent wines and visit the Achia-Klauss winery.

Day 2

Sail southwest to Zakinthos. This island offers spectacular scenery. The springtime wildflowers earn Zakinthos the designation "the flower of the East." Visit the blue-water caves or tour frescoed churches ashore.

Day 3

Head north to Kefallonia, to the eastern port of Poros wedged spectacularly between a gorge and the sea. Unwind on the beach or explore ancient ruins. The tombs at Krani are regarded as the best examples of Mycenean tombs in Greece.

Day 4

Cruise to Lefkada to enjoy its sweeping golden sand beaches and dramatic cliffs. The great poet Sappho supposedly flung herself off the 240-foot white cliff on the island's southern tip. Ashore, explore Byzantine churches.

Day 5

Today it's on to Ithaca, home of Odysseus and a yachtsman's paradise with many serene, remote coves, and water so clear the bottom is easily revealed even at great depths. Visit the Cave of the Nymphs where Odysseus is said to have hidden his treasure.

Day 6

Return to Kefallonia to the port of Sami near the semi-underground Lake Melissani, and the famous Drogarati cave. Further north lies the quaint fishing town of Fiskardo that survived the region's destructive 1953 earthquake. Dine in one of the village's many fine restaurants.

Day 7

Back to Patras today to conclude your holiday by relaxing in the town's cafes or taking in a summer performance in the restored Roman odeum, built in 160 AD. As an alternative, continue north from Ithaca to end your journey in Corfu.


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Turkey

Wonderful bays, where mythological legends had taken place, offer ancient tombs carved high into cliffs, sunken remnants of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, and deserted coves awaiting your discovery. The sailing paradise of Turkey is home to the Blue Voyage. This idyllic cruise means sailing with the winds, into coves and over the seas and becoming one with nature. It is also an experience of the history of man from the perspective of the sea rather than from the land, a journey which carries you to the private beach of Cleopatra, the eternal fires of Mt. Olympos and the myriad archaeological remains of ancient civilizations.


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Gocek - Knidos, The Dorian Cruise

Day 1

GOCEK - GOCEK ISLAND
Fly to Dalaman Airport to join your yacht in Gocek; only half an hour away from the airport. The charming village of Gocek is an environmental protection area and main yachting centre. Sail to Gocek Island for a quiet night.

Day 2

GOCEK ISLAND - EKINCIK (CAUNOS)
After a leisurely breakfast, sail to Ekincik, a protected bay ideal for water-sports. An excursion with a small boat to the antique city of Caunos, also a breeding ground for Caretta Caretta turtles, will be the day's highlight. After a lunch riverside, you may wander through the ruins of several temples, an antique theater, baths and tombs. Return to the yacht and enjoy what your chef has prepared for you.

Day 3

EKINCIK - KUMLUBUKU - LORYMA
Continue cruising to the West, to Kumlubuku (Sandy Bay). As the name suggests, Kumlubuku consists of a long sandy beach surrounded by forested mountains. Time to enjoy a leisurely lunch, swim and snorkel in the aquarium clear waters. Loryma is an ancient town with the remains of a large fortress dating from 430 BC.

Day 4

LORYMA - KECIBUKU
Early morning sail to Kecibuku. Pine - covered mountains and an islet with Byzantine fortifications guard an idyllic bay. The village, Orhaniye, has great charm with a nice restaurant.

Day 5

KECIBUKU - DATCA - KNIDOS - DATCA
Datca is a small but lively town with good shopping facilities and reputable carpet shops. After lunch, sail to Knidos and explore the impressive ruins of the ancient city. Return to Datca for a night out.

Day 6

DATCA - SERCE
Cruising to the east, you will arrive in Serce, a completely land-locked harbour. A narrow entrance pens out dramatically into fjord-like bay. Ideal for swimming and water sports.

Day 7

CLEOPATRA'S BAY - GOCEK
After a nice breakfast, sail to Cleopatra's Bay, which is reportedly to have been used by Cleopatra when she escaped with Mark Anthony. Enjoy swimming and watersports.

Day 8

GOCEK - DALAMAN
After breakfast, leave your yacht in Gocek with wishes to meet again.Fly to Istanbul from Dalaman.


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Gocek - Kekova, The Lycian Cruise

Day 1

GOCEK - GOCEK ISLAND
Fly to Dalaman Airport to join your yacht in Gocek; only half an hour away from the airport. The charming village of Gocek is an environmental protection area and main yachting center. After a welcome cocktail, sail to Gocek Island for a quiet night and dinner.

Day 2

GOCEK ISLAND - OLUDENIZ - GEMILER ISLAND
Cruise to Oludeniz, a beautiful inland bay which can be visited by the yacht's dinghy. With high mountains sweeping down to the shore and golden sands this lagoon is a scenic must. It is ideal for nice swim and watersports. Late afternoon cruise to Gemiler Island surrounded by an amphitheater of mountains and covered with Byzantine remains. Enjoy a grill party ashore.

Day 3

GEMILER ISLAND - KAS
Early morning sail to Kas (Ancient Antiphellos), a charming village, a small green oasis under steep scrub - covered hills in which numerous Lycian tombs were carved out. The Greek island of Kastellorizon lies only three miles to the south. Overnight in Bayindir Harbour.

Day 4

KAS - KEKOVA (KALE)
You will be absorbed into the remains of an ancient Lycian civilization. There is a wealth of fascinating spots to explore. Parts of the city are sunken while other parts protrude from the sea to from tiny islands. A lonely sarcophagus still stands half - submerged on the western side of the bay. Ucagiz Bay and the village Kale (ancient Simena) will be visited.

Day 5

KEKOVA - KALKAN
After breakfast, sail to Kalkan, a pretty fishing village, offers a good choice of antique and carpet shops, while your crew is busily preparing for a comfortable night onboard.

Day 6

KALKAN (XANTHOS & PATARA & LETOON & SAKLIKENT)
An air-conditioned minibus will take you from Kalkan harbour for your daily land tour. Kalkan is a base for visiting Xanthos, the birthplace of Bishop Nicholas of Myra, and Patara, a suberb seven-mile long beach. Letoon is an ancient city with temples of Apollo, Artemis and Leto and the ruins of Hellenistic Theatre. Enjoy the lunch in Saklikent (Hidden Canyon). Meet the boat in Fethiye.

Day 7

SARSALA - GOCEK
Sarsala Bay is a safe anchorage place ideal for swimming and watersports. You can just relax and enjoy a nice drink onboard. In the evening, you may try one of the nice fish restaurants in the charming village of Gocek for dinner.

Day 8

GOCEK - DALAMAN
After breakfast, leave your yacht in Gocek with wishes to meet again.


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Bodrum - Gokova, The Carian Cruise

Day 1

BODRUM - ORAKLAR
A pleasant little town, Bodrum has acquired something of a Bohemian reputation from the time when dissident artists and writers were exiled there in the early twentieth century. In a lovely setting, it has become a popular tourists resort over the past few years. The imposing crusader castle in the bay, built by the Knights of St. John, is home to the best underwater archaeological museum in the Mediterranean, and is well worth a visit. Among the artifacts on display are finds from what is thought to be the earliest known shipwreck dating from the Bronze Age. Oraklar Island is a rocky little island with some pleasant, sheltered coves for swimming and water sports.

Day 2

ORAKLAR - COKERTME
Cokertme is an attractive setting with impressive mountains rising behind. One or two little restaurants offering good, simple local dishes. Carpets are made in the village and it is interesting to watch the process.

Day 3

COKERTME - AKBUK
In a beautiful, remote bay with a glorious green backdrop of pine covered hills there is an excellent restaurant for dining ashore.

Day 4

AKBUK - SEDRE - SOGUT
Another lovely little bay in an idyllic setting. Visit ancient Kedrai on nearby Castle Island. Part of the Rhodian Confederacy in Hellenistic times, it was later occupied by the Romans. A small beach on the west side of the island is known as Cleopatra's Beach (the island is also known as Cleopatra's Island). The story goes that Cleopatra lived here for a short time and, extravagantly, had galley loads of North African sand shipped from Egypt to create a beach for her lover Anthony to sunbathe on! Whatever the truth of that may be, scientists report that the sand on the island is not typical of the region but is, indeed, typical of, African sand. In Sogut, there is a fresh water spring with water so pure that the bay is locally known as "honey water bay." A lovely setting among thick pine woods and a couple of nice restaurants for dining ashore.

Day 5

SOGUT - ENGLISH HARBOUR
A large bay with many creeks and anchorages, the place gets its name from the time when English torpedo boats used it as a base during the Second World War. The slopes on the eastern side of the bay are densely covered by magnificent pine forests, while the head of the bay is graced by lovely deciduous trees including the fragrant amber which grows in only a few places in the Eastern Mediterranean. The fields and woods make for attractive strolls ashore.

Day 6

ENGLISH HARBOUR - YEDI ADALAR (THE SEVEN ISLANDS)
This chain of small islands close to the coast offers good sport for underwater fishermen.

Day 7

YEDI ADALAR - BODRUM

Day 8

BODRUM
After breakfast, leave your yacht in Bodrum with wishes to meet again.


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Marmaris - Bodrum, The Cleopatra Cruise

Day 1

MARMARIS - TURUNC
Fly to Dalaman or Bodrum Airport to join your yacht in Marmaris. Sail to Turunc for a quiet night.

Day 2

TURUNC - EKINCIK (CAUNOS)
After a leisurely breakfast, sail to Ekincik, a protected bay ideal for watersports. An excursion with a small boat to the antique city of Caunos, also a breeding ground for Caretta Caretta turtles, will be the day's highlight. After a lunch riverside, you may wander through the ruins of several temples, an antique theater, baths and tombs. Return to the yacht and enjoy what your chef has prepared for you.

Day 3

EKINCIK - KUMLUBUKU - LORYMA
Continue cruising to the West, to Kumlubuku (Sandy Bay). As the name suggests, Kumlubuku consists of a long sandy beach surrounded by forested mountains. Time to enjoy a leisurely lunch, swim and snorkel in the aquarium clear waters. Loryma is an ancient town with the remains of a large fortress dating from 430 BC.

Day 4

LORYMA - KECIBUKU
Early morning sail to Kecibuku. Pine - covered mountains and an islet with, Byzantine fortifications guard an idyllic bay. The village, Orhaniye, has great charm with a nice restaurant.

Day 5

KECIBUKU - DATCA
Datca is a small but lively town with good shopping facilities and reputable carpet shops. Return to Datca for a night out.

Day 6

DATCA - KNIDOS - MERSINCIK
After breakfast, sail to Knidos and explore the impressive ruins of the ancient city. Overnight in Mersincik Bay.

Day 7

MERSINCIK - YEDI ADALAR (SEVEN ISLANDS)
This chain of small islands close to the coast offers good sport for underwater fishermen.

Day 8

YEDI ADALAR - ENGLISH HARBOUR
A large bay with many creeks and anchorages, the place gets its name from the time when English torpedo boats used it as a base during the Second World War. The slopes on the eastern side of the bay are densely covered by magnificent pine forests, while the head of the bay is graced by lovely deciduous trees including the fragrant amber which grows in only a few places in the Eastern Mediterranean. The fields and woods make for attractive strolls ashore.

Day 9

ENGLISH HARBOUR - CEDRAE - SOGUT
Another lovely little bay in an idyllic setting. Visit ancient Cedrae on nearby Castle Island. A small beach on the west side of the island is known as Cleopatra's Beach (the island is also known as Cleopatra's Island). The story goes that Cleopatra lived here for a short time. In Sogut, there is a fresh water spring with water so pure that the bay is locally known as "honey water bay." A lovely setting among thick pine woods and a couple of nice restaurants for dining ashore.

Day 10

SOGUT - COKERTME - ORAKLAR ISLAND
Cokertme is an attractive setting with impressive mountains rising behind. One or two little restaurants offering good, simple local dishes. Oraklar Island is a rocky little island with some pleasant, sheltered coves for swimming and water sports.

Day 11

ORAKLAR ISLAND - BODRUM
After breakfast, leave your yacht in Bodrum with wishes to meet again.


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