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Turkish Coastal Explorer

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Sail the Turquoise Coast aboard a traditional Turkish gulet

Turkey’s unspoilt Lycian coast, also known as the ‘Turquoise Coast’, boasts Mediterranean pine covered slopes, backed by soaring mountains and fringed by crystal clear, turquoise waters.

Sail through this idyllic landscape aboard a traditional Turkish gulet, mooring in tranquil bays, and stepping ashore to discover Lycian tombs, Byzantine ruins, nature reserves and uncommercialised towns and villages.

Travelling aboard a gulet offers the unique opportunity to see parts of Turkey inaccessible overland, and you may be lucky enough to spot dolphins and loggerhead turtles as you sail.

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed 7 nights on board a gulet reserved exclusively for Saga guests

Plate 20 meals: 7 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D)

Cocktail Free bar open 11 hours a day

Person Saga tour manager

Plus...

  • Local wines, beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Waiter service
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Welcome drinks reception
  • Porterage aboard ship

Map Excursions and visits

  • Dalyan National Park tour
  • Explore Fethiye
  • Bedri Rahmi Bay visit
  • Marmaris walking tour

Headphones Use of audio headsets on selected guided tours

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Day 1 UK-Dalaman-Marmaris

Marmaris Harbour

Fly to Dalaman and transfer to Marmaris harbour (60 miles, 90 minutes). Here you’ll embark your gulet, which will moor overnight in a bay in the Marmaris Gulf. This evening enjoy a welcome drink and dinner with your fellow travellers. D

Marmaris Turkey Europe

Day 2 Marmaris-Ekincik Bay

Ekincik Bay

After breakfast, begin sailing south through clear blue waters towards Ekincik Bay, an unspoilt nature conservation area.

Head ashore after lunch for a tour of the region surrounding the traditional fishing town of Dalyan. From a distance, see the ancient ruins of Kaunos, including the impressive rock-cut ‘Tombs of the Kings’ hewn into the cliffs. Visit Dalyan’s famous mud baths, before continuing to Izutzu Beach, where you’ll have the chance to swim. If you’re lucky, you may spot loggerhead turtles here, as it’s one the primary nesting spots for this endangered turtle species across the entire Mediterranean.

Return to the ship for dinner, and remain moored overnight in Ekincik Bay. B, L, D

Ekincik Muğla Province Turkey Europe

Day 3 Ekincik Bay-Kizilada

Gulf of Fethiye

Begin cruising south along the coast early this morning, anchoring at Tersane Island for breakfast. Spend a peaceful day relaxing on board as your gulet sails through the idyllic Gulf of Fethiye. Boasting sapphire waters dotted with islands, feautring Byzantine ruins, the region is renowned for its unparalleled landscapes.

Continue sailing to Kizilada where you’ll anchor for the night. B, L, D

Kizilada Muğla Province Turkey Europe

Day 4 Kizilada-Fethiye

An aerial view of Fethiye and Oludeniz Beach

Continue sailing to reach the upmarket resort of Fethiye this morning, where you’ll anchor in the marina overnight. This flourishing holiday destination is home to Lycian tombs and sarcophagi, an authentic market, and an atmospheric old town.

Choose the spend the day exploring Fethiye independently, or alternatively, an optional excursion visits the deepest gorge in Turkey, Saklikent, and the ruins of Tlos. B, L, D

Fethiye Muğla Province Turkey Europe

Day 5 Fethiye-Yassica Islands

Paradise Islands of Göcek

After breakfast, navigate through turquoise waters to Göcek Island this morning. Göcek’s coves and islets are often described as a hidden paradise thanks to the clean Mediterranean water, green pine forests and secluded beaches. As you sail through the beautiful islands, pause for swim stops, with snorkelling recommended in the crystal clear waters.

Sail on to Yassica Island for dinner in the bay and where you’ll moor overnight. B, L, D

Yassica Izmir Turkey Europe

Day 6 Yassica Islands-Aga Limani

Bedri Rahmi Bay

Sail to Bedri Rahmi Bay, one of the most popular bays in the area, and named after Turkish writer and painter, Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu. This protected bay boasts sloping hills speckled with olive trees, and is believed to be the location of the ancient Lycian town of Crya. Each gulet has snorkelling equipment on board so you can take the chance to explore the submerged buildings beneath the boat.

This afternoon, continue sailing via the cove of Sarsala. Your gulet moors overnight at Aga Limani, an attractive little cove with a small beach. B, L, D

Aga Limani Muğla Province Turkey Europe

Day 7 Aga Limani-Marmaris

Turunc Bay

As you continue sailing north, cruise to the Blue Flag Kadirga Bay, where your gulet will pause for swimming.

Continue your final stretch of sailing this afternoon, past Turunc Bay, to reach Marmaris. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the town before dinner, taking you along the narrow streets of the old part of town beneath the Ottoman castle, and to the Grand Bazaar, where you’ll have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs.

Return to the gulet for a farewell dinner, and anchor in the marina overnight. B, L, D

Marmaris Turkey Europe

Day 8 Marmaris-Dalaman-UK

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Dalaman (60 miles, 90 minutes) for your return flight to UK. B

Dalaman Muğla Province Turkey Europe

Cruise the Turquoise Coast aboard a traditional Turkish gulet, pronounced goo-let from the French gouëlette, meaning ‘schooner’. These two-mast, handmade wooden yachts were once used by fishermen and sponge divers to carry their cargo to shore.

Sail in a flotilla of up to three gulets, each designed for passenger travel and exclusive to Saga guests. Each gulet has eight en-suite cabins, with a captain and two crew members on board, creating a friendly, yet intimate atmosphere. Your Saga tour manager will regularly move between gulets to spend time with each group.

Meal times are a ‘family affair’ with all guests sitting down to dine together. Fresh local produce is bought at each harbour, including seasonal meat, vegetables and fruits, and seafood caught by the crew is then cooked by the on-board chef.

When moored in the beautiful bays, the captain may lower the staircase leading down from the deck to the water to allow you to swim and snorkel in the azure waters. This also provides access to join the water taxi for excursions.

A reasonable level of fitness is needed on this tour, excursions may involve walking on uneven ground and when ships berth side by side, you may need to cross between them and negotiate ladders.

The Captain reserves the right to change the order of the itinerary if weather conditions are bad or if ports are very busy.

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