Sailing Turquoise Waters and Blue Skies
*This experience runs every Saturday starting 25 May, 2019 – (Prices may vary according to departure dates)
*Accommodation is on board of a gulet
8 days exploring the blue lagoons of Turkey
Visiting 1 country: Turkey
Put the wind back in your sails with eight sun-soaked days in gorgeous Turkey, complete with endless blue skies, translucent waters and so much rest time you’ll forget what it’s like to be vertical. Dive head first into rich history and fabulous culture as we sail Turkey’s gorgeous Mediterranean coastline aboard a traditional gulet boat, stopping to explore quaint fishing villages and uninhabited islands. When you’re back on deck, stake out your favorite sunbed with your newly purchased Turkish towel and let the good times roll.
Day 1: Fethiye, Turkey to Tarzan Bay
Today is officially speak-like-a-pirate day. No swabbing the deck today me hearties, just lots of planking (read: sunbathing) with your new-found shipmates. Sit back, relax and soak up some glorious Mediterranean rays on the way to our first anchorage in Tarzan Bay.
-Snorkelling equipment available on board (all week)
Day 2: Tarzan Bay to St Nicholas Island
There’s no such thing as too much of a good thing. Next up, the Blue Lagoon. It’s officially the most photographed beach in Europe, so charge your camera and get ready for some serious #Travelenvy shots. Another cheeky sunset snap at St Nicholas Island (this one’s optional) and you’ll have no Facebook friends left. Want more options? Then take your pick from paragliding, sunset yoga or a visit to Butterfly Valley.
-Swim in the Blue Lagoon in Ölüdeniz
-Paragliding in Ölüdeniz
-Visit St Nicholas Island
-Visit Butterfly Valley
Day 3: St Nicholas to Kas
First stop: Aquarium Bay (expectations set), then it’s on to Kas to check out the local markets. Time to stock up on mouthwatering Turkish Delight, textiles and as much silver jewellery as your body can has room for. Once your wallet is officially empty, jump back onboard for a group dinner extravaganza.
-Scuba diving in Kas
Day 4: Kas to Aperlai Bay
Bring on next level relaxation. Today we’ll crank up some island-hopping tunes and check out the waters around Limanagzi and Üçagiz before an evening chill session at Aperlai Bay. Shisha, anyone?
Day 5: Aperlai Bay to Gokkaya Bay
Today we float past the sunken city of Kekova, so keep your eyes peeled for the turtles that call this place home. Next up, sink your teeth into some castle vibes at Simena (optional) before a full-blown pirate party in Smugglers Cove. Don your finest eye patch and striped shirt, should you want to get your timbers shivered.
-Visit sunken city of Kekova
-Party in Smugglers Cove
-Entry to Simena Castle
Day 6: Gokkaya Bay to Firnaz Bay
Set sail towards Hidayet Bay this morning and be rewarded with hidden treasure (in the form of crystal-clear water) and a well-deserved swim. Final destination today: Firnaz Bay. Prepare for a night to remember.
-Swim at Hidayet Bay
Day 7: Firnaz Bay to Fethiye
Rub shoulders with the jet-setters at Gemiler Beach or step back in time with an optional trip to the ancient ghost town of Kayaköy. Jump on dry land for some fresh gözleme, then it’s back on board to get ready for a night of partying.
-Visit the ghost village of Kayaköy
Day 8: Fethiye
The trip may end today but there’s no reason why you can’t find another ship to stow away on and do it all over again. Life’s a beach, right?
1 Week +
JOIN THE PARTY: NIGHTLIFE & FESTIVALS, PHASE OUT: RELAXATION/SPIRITUAL
- Sail the scenic Turkish coastline
- Swim & snorkel the blue waters of Turkey
- Visit Smugglers Island
- Watch the sunset on St Nicholas Island
- Visit sunken city of Kekova
- Visit the sunken city of Kekova
- Swim in the Blue Lagoon in Ölüdeniz
- Swim and snorkel in the Aegean Sea
A gulet is a traditional twin-mast wooden cruising vessel that originates from the south west coast of Turkey. Gulets vary in length, height, depth and breadth, and it is believed that no two are identical. They range in size typically from 14 to 35 meters, and can comfortably carry/sleep between eight and 30 people. Nowadays, gulets are not rigged for sailing, however all possess diesel engines of varying horsepower. As such, this is not strictly a ‘sailing’ trip – but an unmissable cruise, all the same!
Alaturka 2 is a 25-metre-long gulet built from teak, cashew and pine. It comes complete with a large sundeck and shaded lounge area, giving passengers plenty of room to kick back and relax as they cruise the Mediterranean Sea. The capacity of the gulet is 16 people, with eight cabins in total. Noodles, snorkels and masks are also available on board (not to mention backgammon and cards). Ready to take to the Turkish coastline in style? Yeah, you are!
Your gulet will have three or four crew members, including a captain, a deckhand and a chef – all of whom will do their utmost to ensure your cruise is the highlight of your experience in Turkey. The captain will be responsible for the gulet while at sea, so it’s important that you heed his advice at all times for your own safety. All of our captains come from the local area and have been sailing this coastline for many years – so you can rest assured that you’re in capable hands!
Couples, and those who have booked together, will share a private cabin. Some cabins have double beds, some have twin beds and some have bunk beds. Single travelers will share a cabin with another single traveler of the same sex. Your cabin will have enough space for your baggage, and every room will have its own ensuite. Remember: water is limited on boats, so ensure that you use it sparingly!
All meals are included in the price of your trip (except breakfast and lunch on day one, and lunch and dinner on day eight). Your chef will whip up delicious meals every day, using the best available ingredients.
Breakfast will be Turkish style – including bread, olives, tomatoes, cucumber, eggs and spreads; lunch will be a tasty vegetarian feast; and dinner will always include a meat option – from fish to chicken and meatballs. You will also be served afternoon tea, which comes complete with coffee, tea and biscuits.
Please note: You cannot bring your own drinks on board the gulet. All drinks, including water, are sold on the boat at reasonable prices. If you bring any alcohol on board, the captain and crew have the right to confiscate it.
Please note: At Drifters Guide we always consider our customers’ health and safety. We ask that you drink responsibly and bear in mind that in some countries, alcohol measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Consider your limits – and remember that Turkey is a beautiful country, which is hard to see while feeling ill!
If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your needs – as long as you advise your travel agent or Customer Service Consultant when you book.
Please note: although we will do everything in our power to cater to your needs, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes.
- 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
- Afternoon Tea (coffee, tea and snacks)
- 7 nights in an en-suite cabin (twin or double) on a motorized cruising gulet
- Snorkeling equipment available to use
- Harbour and marina fees
- Local qualified captain and crew
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather and mooring conditions
Traditional Turkish gulet boat
Meet at 3pm in Fethiye
Approximately 9am in Fethiye
On all trips we have arranged extra activities that we think will enhance your travel experience, but you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. These are not included in the cost of your trip. They are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money.
None of the Optional Activities on your trip are operated by Drifters Guide, nor do they form part of your contract with Drifters Guide for your trip. Drifters Guide arranges the activity as an agent of the local supplier. Should you participate in any Optional Activities your contract will be with the local supplier and their conditions will apply.
Please note: while we make every effort to keep these prices as accurate and up-to-date as possible, they are subject to change and in rare circumstances the actual price may vary slightly to what is published here.
Tarzan Bay, Turkey
Paragliding in Ölüdeniz: EUR 100
Visit St Nicholas Island: TRY 15 – 25
Visit Butterfly Valley: TRY 5 – 10
Sunset yoga: EUR 15
Scuba diving in Kaş: EUR 45
Gokkaya Bay, Turkey
Entry to Simena Castle: TRY 20
Visit the ghost village of Kayaköy: EUR 12
On all of our trips, we prearrange a handful of Optional Activities that we think will enhance your travel experience. However, these activities are not included in the cost of your trip, and you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. Optional Activities are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money.
Please note: while we make every effort to keep these prices as accurate and up to date as possible, they are subject to change. In rare circumstances, the actual price may vary slightly to what is published here.
One of the best parts of travelling is experiencing the nightlife and entertainment each city has to offer. However, amidst the fun and excitement, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety as well. Before you hit the road with us, it’s important to be aware of the following:
When you’re on a night out, remember to avoid walking alone, particularly through deserted areas like beaches and back streets. Always stick together, take a taxi where possible, and keep a note of your accommodation details so you can find your way back to your fellow travelers if you become separated.
In some countries, alcoholic measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Try to keep track of what you’re drinking, and if you see one of your trip mates looking a little worse for wear, take them back to your accommodation. Be cautious when accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.
It’s also important to be aware that what you might consider harmless flirting may be interpreted differently in some countries. Be yourself and have fun, but don’t be naïve, and be mindful of the signals you are sending out so that you don’t find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.