Tailor-Made Holiday

Turkey Luxury Cruise - Fixed Departure

Sail the Aegean Coast to the North Dodecanese Islands

11 days

from £2,395pp (excluding flights)
  • Cruise Aegean Greece and Turkey in a boutique style gulet
  • Island hop to reach secluded bays, historical sites, and quiet harbours
  • Visit the Dodecanese Islands, a collection of tranquil islands between Patmos and Kalymnos
  • Explore the footprints of cultures from the Greeks and Romans to 20th-century Italian bureaucrats

By choosing to cruise around Greece and Turkey you access some of the best parts of these countries. With the ability to moor away from harbours and large resort complexes, one can enjoy the pristine and peaceful locations along the coastline. Staying on a boat means no carrying luggage, no catching ferries and no need to pack and unpack as you move around. 

Experience the comforts of a five-star private yacht at an affordable price by booking on a cabin basis. The boat is not privately chartered so will have a set departure date which is normally a Saturday. This sailing option is normally available between May and October, excluding August. 

The yachts vary in size from four to eight cabins with the maximum capacity of 17 people onboard MS Flas VII.  A professional crew prepare exquisite cuisine onboard, whilst time spent onshore includes imaginative excursions and hiking opportunities.  

What is a Gulet Holiday? 

A fixed departure cruise on a luxury gulet offers five-star comfort and luxury amenities at a more affordable price than a private charter. The guests you join on board are international, bringing together like-minded travellers, often of similar ages, in order to create the best-shared experience possible. Children from eight years upwards are welcome. An advantage of joining a fixed departure is the knowledge that there are no additional costs for fuel, meals or beverages. However, the on-shore sightseeing is optional with a small local payment for entrance fees where required.

Aegean Bodrum and the Dodecanese Islands

The Aegean Coast around Bodrum offers some of the most pristine and beautiful bays and coves. The Blue Voyage was first made famous here where crosswinds are excellent for sailing, the idyllic bays are secluded and fringed with dramatic pine forested coastlines. The Dodecanese are a loose collection of islands in the Aegean Sea, situated off the west coast of Turkey, between Patmos and Kalymnos. These islands offer a tranquil, picturesque charm that has almost vanished from many of the better-known Greek island resorts. The footprints of cultures from the Greeks and Romans to crusading medieval knights, and from Byzantine and Ottoman potentates to 20th-century Italian bureaucrats are all found here, along with many remote islands that are begging to be explored.

On this cruise, embarkation will be at Bodrum,  where the cruise departs for Greek waters and the small island of Kalymnos. Over the next few days enjoy exploring secluded coves, swim and snorkel from the gulet yacht, go ashore and walk the traditional harbours with crusader castles and local handicrafts.  Evening meals are a mixture of dining in authentic tavernas and meals on board the boat. Try fresh octopus and unique Lerian specialties. Cross back into Turkish waters at Turgutreis and sail into the Gulf of Gokova. 

Disembarking again in Bodrum, transfer the short distance to your chosen hotel. Stay a further three nights to allow ample time to discover the Bodrum Peninsula, the ancient city of Halicarnassus and Ephesus. Explore the growing success of Turkish wines with a visit to Karnas Vineyards near Bodrum. A private guide and driver will be arranged for you to maximise your experiences on Turkish mainland.

PRIVATE GULET CHARTERS

If you are planning a multi-generational holiday or celebrating in style why not privately charter a luxury gulet in Turkey for group sizes from four to seventeen. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 2395 £ 350
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what is included

  • Airport Transfers on arrival and departure day
  • Meal Basis as detailed in itinerary
  • Seven nights sailing onboard a shared gulet cruise
  • Sightseeing as detailed on itinerary
  • Three nights accommodation at Mandarin Oriental Bodrum or similar hotel

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa if required

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Board at Bodrum
From Bodrum Airport, transfer the short drive to the bustling resort town of Bodrum and board your sailing yacht. Your captain and crew will be waiting to welcome you on board in Bodrum Harbour. Spend the first night on board in Bodrum Harbour.

Milta Bodrum Marina is located at the heart of Bodrum and this facility is the Aegean's and Mediterranean's most elite marina with many of the luxury gulet cruises boarding from here.


You will be staying at M S Flav VII, full board

Day 2

Bodrum - Kalymnos
Depart for Kalymnos, anchoring first in the natural harbour of Vathi, a deep blue inlet, home to a cluster of picturesque churches dating from the early Byzantine period. Dine at the taverna in Vathi this evening. Kalymnos has never relied on tourism so has remained wild and unspoilt and is one of the most authentic destinations amoung the Greek islands.


You will be staying at M S Flav VII, full board

Day 3

Kalymnos - Telendos- Patmos
Visit the islet of Telendos. Swim and snorkel from your gulet yacht in one of the small secluded coves dotted around the island and go ashore to walk along the paved shady main street. Visit "On The Rock"for freshly caught fish. Moor this evening at the port of Skala, on Patmos.


You will be staying at M S Flav VII, full board

Day 4

Lipsi
Explore the total seclusion of Lipsi Island. It is said that there is one church for each family on Lipsi.


You will be staying at M S Flav VII, full board

Day 5

Leros
Cruise to the small island of Leros. Visit Pandeli, the oldest fishing village in Leros and the quaint harbour of Agia Marina, which has beautiful antiques and handicrafts located in old traditional buildings. Leros has a crusader castle and the culinary heritage features many unique Lerian specialities.


You will be staying at M S Flav VII, full board

Day 6

Turgutreis and Orak Island
Crossing back into Turkish waters at Turgutreis, sail south to the Gulf of Gokova. Drop anchor near Orak Island, a perfect site for snorkelling.


You will be staying at M S Flav VII, full board

Day 7

Kisebuku - Bodrum
Cruise to the gorgeous bay of Kisebuku before arriving late afternoon into Bodrum harbour for your final night at anchorage.


You will be staying at M S Flav VII, full board

Day 8

Disembark in Bodrum
Guests transfer by private car to your chosen hotel. Stay three nights to allow ample time to explore the Bodrum Peninsula, the ancient city of Halicarnassus and Ephesus. Experience the growing success of Turkish wines with a visit to Karnas Vineyards near Bodrum.

Situated on the Aegean Coast, Bodrum is surrounded by pine forests and has a beautiful harbour filled with boats.

Built by the Knights Hospitaller, a striking crusader castle dominates Bodrum's seafront. Now housing the Underwater Archaeology Museum, it contains artefacts such as Byzantine and Bronze Age shipwrecks, a unique glass collection and the sarcophagus of a Carian Princess.

Days can be spent relaxing on the beaches, enjoying great water sports and exploring the surrounding peninsular.


You will be staying at Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay, bed and breakfast

Day 9

Ephesus Full Day Tour
You are met by your guide this morning for a full day tour. Visit the Temple of Artemis before heading up into the hills behind Ephesus where there is a charming chapel and the Basilica of St John. Your guide will bring history alive with stories dating back to 6 Century BC. Ephesus, an ancient city, has survived in a wonderful state of preservation. Walk the Roman roads and marvel at the ruins of the great theatre of Ephesus before returning back to Bodrum in the late afternoon.


You will be staying at Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay, bed and breakfast

Day 10

Lunch and Wine Tour at Yedi Bilgeler
Turkish wine is a well-kept secret. The Vineyard of Yedi Bilgeler near Bodrum produces Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Shiraz grapes over five hectares. Lunch will be served at the Yedi Bilgeler Restaurant overlooking the vineyards. After lunch take a tour of the winery and learn about the process of wine production. After the tour there will be a wine tasting.


You will be staying at Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay, bed and breakfast

Day 11

Depart today for your flight home

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay

Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay

Located just 20 minutes from the port town of Bodrum, the Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay is perched overlooking its own private bay with blue flagged sandy beach and has stunning panoramic views out over the Aegean Sea....

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M S Flav VII

M S Flav VII

The luxury sailing yacht MS Flas VII is designed to sleep a maximum of 17 passengers....

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