Yacht charters in Turkey are not only the essence of the Blue Voyage but also a priceless cultural tour of the Turkish coastline. From the ancient habour of Antalya in the eastern Mediterranean, following the southern Aegean, and all the way to the sea of Marmara in Istanbul; there are hundreds of ancient cities and timeless remains combined, dating back thousands of years. These historical sites can be visited on the shores of this unique and diverse country.
It is not possible to say that the Blue Voyage is simply a gulet cruise, or just a yacht charter. The culturally rich Blue cruise yacht charter journeys to small harbors and secluded bays that only some are accessible by sea – they go hand in hand. The shores are enriched with the history of civilizations going back a few millenia. At each port of call, the Gulet Blue Voyages in Turkey and Greece are globally matchless in this respect.
The most popular, and the most preferred by Turkish yacht captains, are yacht charter destinations situated in Bodrum and Marmaris in the Aegean, to Kekova in the Mediterranean. The reason is because there are more frequent places to drop anchor and go a shore to visit historical sites. The routes from Fethiye to Antalya; and from Bodrum to Kusadasi or Izmir, encompass very wide open seas; therefore fewer bays and harbors are suitable as proper resting spots during the voyage. This is also due to uncertain weather conditions at times; where, should there be a need for fuel or other immediate necessities, they are at greater distances to acquire. Many Turkish gulets are equipped to travel these distances and wide open seas. However it is also likely that there is more pleasure in frequent daily anchor points. Guests are encouraged not to rush a Blue Voyage. It is meant for exploration and discovery at a very casual pace.
Just some of these places of interest include the Medieval Castle of Bodrum, the ancient Caunos Rock Tombs in Dalyan, the remains of a monastary in Turunc, the ancient city of Phykos, once part of the Carian Empire in the 6th century BC, overrun by the Lydians, where Alexander the Great at one time ruled – known today as Marmaris.
There is also the fascinating half-submerged remains of a Lycian sunken city, and some remains also from the Byzantine times in Kekova Island and the town of Kale (ancient Simena) to the west of Antalya. Further across from Kekova you will find a fascinating Lycian necropolis, with chest-type tombs spread out along the coastline, at one time known as Teimiussa, near the present-day Ucagiz.
The remains of a circular temple dedicated to the goddess of love Aphrodite overlook remains of the two harbors in the ancient city of Cnidos in the Datca peninsula. The city was renowned as one of the most beautiful in ancient Greece. Cnidos is considered as the border between Mediterranean and Aegean where these two waters of seas meet.
Therefore if you are contemplating on whether or not to embark on a Blue Voyage yacht charter in Turkey, certainly you must realize that it is not just a typical Mediterranean boat cruise but rather a very unique and unforgetable culture tour that even the history books cannot give sufficient justice to – in describing it all.
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