SAILING TRIP TO BODRUM & TURKBUKU
Çiftlik, Bozukkale, Palamutbükü, Knidos, Gümüşlük, Türkbükü, Yalıkavak, Dirsekbükü
We invite you to join our Bodrum - Turkbuku sailing tour and explore the natural beauty of the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea ; swim on pristine white beaches, stroll through unspoilt villages, explore perfectly preserved historic ruins...what are you waiting for? Immerse yourself in the relaxing Aegean culture, witness the countless hues of blue and green, as the sea, sky and land merge into a breathtakingly beautiful visualization of the surrounding natural environment. Let all your worries be washed away by the gentle swell and all your frustrations whisked away by the lazy breeze. Start every day with absolute peace, as you awaken to the hypnotic lapping of waves upon the hull and dive into the crystal clear sea.
This route offers a wide variety of places to be seen. You will be able to experience two tourism capitols of the South Aegean, unspoilt bays and prehistoric ruins, all in one tour.
Relax aboard our IYT-certified training yachts, all the while learning the art of sailing and forging an unforgettable vacation experrience. Once you successfully complete the training course, you will be awarded with an IYT certificate that will allow you to charter a yacht anywhere in the world. You can view the various IYT certificates we offer on our IYT License page.
Two weeks of sail training, trip to Bodrum/Turkbuku - 1200 Euros. Bareboat Skipper License is an additional 200 Euros.
We require a 25% deposit in order to confirm your reservation. You will receive an confirmation form after your payment.
| Day 1 Marmaris |
Our yachts are based in Beledediye Marina (located on the promenade). Arrive to the yacht and spend the night aboard in the Marina. You can also use the opportunity to do some shopping in the marina and stock up for your sailing trip.
| Day 2 Marmaris - Ciftlik |
Sunday: After breakfast, we conduct a group shopping. As soon as everything is ready, we depart from Marmaris. Our first stop is the lovely bay of Ciftlik, a Turkish seaside paradise. After swimming and snorkelling in the crystal clear water, dinner is served in the local restuarant of Rafet Baba (best seafood in the region). Usually dinner continues well into the evening, the night being filled with laughter and memorable conversations. Water, electricity, wi-fi, hot showers and toliets are provided by the restuarant.
| Day 3 Ciftlik - Bozukkale |
Start the second day of your sailing adventure with an upwind trip to Bozukkale. Bozukkale is one of the preferred harbours for shelter from the prevailing winds. The water is very clear in this beautiful bay and there is no civilization. It has primitive restaurants that have to even bring water with boats and generate a couple of hours of electricity with generators. Ruins of an ancient castle can be seen from seaward, even before entering the bay. The castle walls are still standing, supported by massive rock-hewn bastions.
| Day 4 Bozukkale - Hayitbuku |
We start our 3rd leg at around noon, sailing past the romantic island of Symi, towards our next stop. Hayitbuku is a small bay hidden by mountains and cliffs. You can sail past it and not even notice this miniature harbour. Due to its isolated location, it's not a popular tourist spot and is generally quite peaceful. Complete with sandy beaches, it offers an array of hiking routes that present wonderful views of the surrounding coast.
| Day 5 Hayitbuku – Knidos |
We have a short leg to the ancient city of Knidos. Knidos, which dates back to 700 BC, was nominated as one of the wonders of world. You can wander through most of this huge ruined city. The accompanying bay is also a lovely place to swim and views from the nearby lighthouse are fantastic! It is one of our favorite anchor spots.
| Day 6 Knidos – Gumusluk |
Departure is early again for this leg. Gümüşlük, a seaside village on the western shore of the Bodrum peninsula, is known for its fishing-village charm, its simple but delicious waterfront restaurants and its spectacular sunset views. If you visit Gümüşlük, it will most likely be for one of those sunset seafood dinners—which, I wager, you will remember for years. Gümüşlük stands on the site of the ancient Carian city of Myndus whose seafront sections slid into the sea in some long-forgotten earthquake. Today these barely submerged remains are a magnet for snorkelers and underwater photographers.
| Day 8 Gumusluk – Turkbuku |
Departure is early again for this leg. Türkbükü has a well-protected harbor, ringed with high hills that contain a number of luxury hotels and holiday villas. The cape of Gölbükü and surrounding islands protect the bay from waves. The town is a favorite vacation spot and second residency of many upper-class Turks and although less visited by West European tourists, compared to Bodrum, Türkbükü has become increasingly popular with foreign visitors. There are no broad sandy beaches, but a semi-circular boardwalk, dense with shops, restaurants, bars and docks for sunbathing in the day and dining in the evening, circles the bay. The protected harbor is also a refuge for yachts and allows for swimming pool-like conditions in the morning before the afternoon breeze comes in. In the high tourist season, Turkish pop-stars, models and professional athletes can be sighted at the posh bars and restaurants or strolling along the boardwalk, justifying the popular labeling of Türkbükü as the Saint-Tropez of Turkey.
| Day 9 Turkbuku – Yalıkavak |
We have short leg today to Yalikavak. This area seems to be a little known gem. The water is absolutely clear, the wind (Meltemi) appears at 14:00 every day to provide good sailing until around 18:00 by which time it drops away to allow wonderful evenings at anchorage in the most delightful secluded bays. There are three coves in the northern part, this anchorage is known as Küdür. Take time to explore the village of Sandıma. Sandıma is a deserted Greek village, renovation works are being carried out.
| Day 10 Yalıkavak - Palamutbuku |
Departure will be early for this leg. A long and hard day of sailing awaits us. The village of Palamutbuku is now popular for its delicious almond and olive trees, instead of a certain type of oak, after which the bay is named. The village is adorned with a lengthy sand beach and delicious fish restuarants, all complimented by olive trees and thick pine forests.
| Day 11 Palamutbuku – Dirsekbuku |
Another long leg to Dirsekbuku. This is a deep inlet situated on the cape between the Gulf of Hisaronu and the Gulf of Yesilova. Due to the protective shelter it offers, the bay is popular with all manner of yachts, be it blue-water cruisers or chartered boats. No roads lead to this peaceful natural harbour and it only boasts a small primitive restuarant.
| Day 12 Dirsekbuku – Ciftlik |
The last leg of this adventure is back to Ciftlik. Here we can rest and enjoy dinner in our favorite restuarant.
| Day 13 Ciftlik - Marmaris |
After a very early start, we set sail back to Marmaris.
- You will stay on board the yacht for 14 nights in a typical two week program
- Our sailing yachts have 4 cabins plus an additional skippers’ cabin..
- We take a maximum of 6 people on one yacht
- We provide bed sheets, pillow covers and a towel for each person
- The crew of each sailing yacht will make a collective shopping and share costs equally. We can provide a suggested shopping list. People can decide on whether to cook on board or enjoy local delicacies in seaside restaurants. The Skipper/Instructor is fed at the crews’ expense.
- We stop in a different bay or island for each night. Our routes are published yearly and they will be either along the Turkish coast or Greek Islands depending on the particular week(s). You can browse through our routes here:( Program )
- In the morning, an optional tour/trek will be organized by the Skipper at 8:00 AM to visit a historical site or just enjoy nature. Theory is taught after breakfast (10:00-12:00)
- In our region, the wind usually picks up at around 12:00 PM, so we depart for our next location at around noon.
- After arrival to our destination (16:00-18:00), people will have free time until dinner. You may choose to swim, rest, study or go for a nature walk.
- Dinner is held at 19:30 and continues for a few hours as we enjoy the local cuisine and indulge in conversation. After dinner you may participate in playing games (cards, chess, etc.), listening to music or just enjoying nature…
- Saturday is check-in and meeting day. Our sailing yachts are located in Netsel Marina (on C Pontoon) .You can check in anytime after 16:00 and settle on board.
- Our first briefing is held at approximately 17:00 and then we stock up on provisions. We have our first dinner together in the marina and afterwards people can explore the colorful Marmarisian night life!
- Sunday is our first day of sailing. We finish last minute shopping and start our voyage around noon.
- Our sailing tour ends Friday (1 or 2 weeks later); after 16:00. You may leave the yacht or stay one more night to enjoy Marmaris. All Yachts have to be empty by 10:00 on Saturday morning to allow for cleaning and preparation for the next group.
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