Combine the excitement of exploring the Greek Dodecanese islands, the thrill of sailing the Med, the comfort of a luxury class gulet with top-notch food, drinks and service by a friendly and attentive crew.
We believe this route has the makings of a Dream Vacation!
Day 1 – Fethiye to Ağa Limanı
Welcome onboard Arkadaslik! Once we’re cleared by the Turkish passport authorities, we’ll lift anchor and head out of the harbour.
Sue and the sailor will start making their rounds – offering refreshments and making sure you’re comfortably settled for the journey.
We’ll only go a short way from the harbour before Captain Oktay drops anchor for your first swim of the cruise. After you’ve had the chance for a refreshing dip in the sea, we’ll continue the trip.
Today’s destination is Ağa Limanı, a small bay about 3 hours away from Fethiye. After arriving at Ağa Limanı, enjoy another swim, sip on cold drink as the sun sets over the Mediterranean, or challenge your travelling companions to a game of Backgammon.
The crew will commence preparations for your first dinner of the trip. The chef typically prepares the mezes, salads, and desserts, Captain Oktay oversees the barbeque, and Sue and the sailor are responsible for setting the table and guest service.
Dinner is a relaxed affair, served “family style” on the big table on the back deck. Help yourself from the platters of hot and cold mezes, salads and bread, plus the main course. Once the meal is complete, we’ll clear everything away and re-set the table for the fruit plate.
You are welcome to linger at the table as long as you like, but the crew will head to bed around midnight. (There is a long open-water crossing on Day 2 of this route, necessitating an early start to ensure the smoothest possible passage.)
When you start to get sleepy, head to bed in your cabin or stake out one of the sunbeds on the mid-deck with your pillow and blanket. Fall asleep to the gentle rocking of the boat.
Day 2 – Ağa Limanı to Rhodes
You’ll wake to the sound of the anchor being raised before 5AM. (Yes, you read that correctly – 5 o’clock in the morning!) Don’t worry, you’re welcome to stay in bed for the journey. Coffee and tea are available for anyone who joins the crew on deck as we embark on the 5-hour journey to Rhodes.
If the weather is good and the water is smooth, we’ll serve breakfast enroute. Otherwise, we’ll wait until we arrive in Rhodes harbour.
Our yachting agent will greet the boat when we arrive and collect everyone’s passports for delivery to the Greek authorities. Once approved, your passport will be returned and you’re free to disembark at your leisure.
Arkadaslik will remain in the harbour for the duration of our stay in Rhodes, acting as your floating hotel. At least one crew member will always be onboard for security purposes, so it’s safe to leave your belongings behind. (Although we recommend the use of your in-cabin safe for valuables.)
Guests typically opt to eat breakfast on board, and venture into town for both lunch and dinner while we’re in the harbour, but we can adjust as necessary. There are some fabulous restaurants in the area – and we’re happy to provide recommendations if requested.
Day 3 - Rhodes
Your agenda for Day Three of this unique cruise is entirely at your discretion – although we’re always happy to provide advice. Explore the medieval walled city of Old Rhodes Town. Hop on a bus and explore New Rhodes town. Hike to the ancient acropolis, outdoor theater and stadium at Monte Smith Park for a photography session. Shop ‘til you drop. Rent a car and explore farther afield. The decision is entirely yours.
Day 4 – Rhodes, Alimia, Halki, and Tilos
We’ll complete our departure paperwork with the Rhodes harbour authorities on Day 3 so we can depart by 6AM on Day 4.
Why so early? We’ve got a 4-hour cruise through open water to our first stop of the day, Alimia. The island is known for it’s beautiful sandy beaches, making it a perfect stop for breakfast and a swim before continuing the day’s journey.
Next, we’ll visit the island of Halki for lunch. You may want to take some time to explore the virtually uninhabited seaside village, or swim in the crystal clear waters of the naturally protected harbour.
In the afternoon, we’ll lift anchor for our final trip of the day, a 2-hour voyage to the island of Tilos where we’ll have dinner and spend the evening.
Day 5 - Tilos and Nisyros
After a leisurely breakfast in Tilos, we’ll lift anchor and head north for a couple of hours to the island of Nisyros. You may want to hire a taxi to explore this ruggedly beautiful and colourful volcanic island, complete with imposing rock monastery, acropolis, and fortress.
With a coastline ranging from black pebbles to fine sand, there’s a beach for every preference on this 41 km2 island.
Day 6 – Nisyros, Palamutbükü Bay (Turkey), and Symi
We’ll depart Nisyros before dawn* for our 5-hour journey to Symi, stopping in the Turkish harbour at Palamutbükü Bay for breakfast and a swim before continuing to our final destination of the day. The region is famous for it’s strong westerly breezes, which usually kick up around 9AM. The early morning start gives us the smoothest possible crossing, while also providing a great opportunity for sailing on the open sea.
Lunch will be served in Symi harbour, and you’ll have the rest of the day (and evening) to explore the island. You may want to hire a taxi to visit the monastery on south end of island, or visit the charming restaurants and bars near the harbour for an evening of lively Greek music and entertainment.
[*In case you’re wondering, these early morning starts are the reason Captain Oktay disappears for a nap every afternoon.]
Day 7 – Symi, Bozburun, Bozukkale, and Serçe Bay (Turkey)
We’ll raise anchor and leave Symi harbour after breakfast for the 1½-hour trip back to Turkey’s coastal town of Bozuburun. At Bozburun, Captain Oktay will visit the Turkish authorities to announce our return to Turkish waters and complete the immigration / customs paperwork. In the meanwhile, you’ll have time for exploring the shops in the quaint fishing village before a hearty lunch aboard Arkadaslik. (We’ll also use this stop as an opportunity to refill the gulet's fresh water and diesel tanks.)
From Bozburun, the next leg of the trip takes 2-hours as we sail along the Turquoise Coast to Bozukkale, famed for it’s ancient castle ruins overlooking the Mediterranean.
The final leg of Day 7 is relatively short, just 30 minutes will take us between the Çatal Islands to Serçe Bay, our final anchorage at the end of a long day at sea.
Day 8 - Serçe Bay, Berbekse Bay and Ekincik
Departing Serçe Bay after breakfast, we’ll head to the stunningly beautiful Gerbekse Bay for lunch and swimming. From there, we’ll continue eastward for another 3 hours towards Ekincik near Dalyan.
Day 9 - Ekincik and Aşı Bay
Breakfast will be served against the backdrop of pine-covered hills for which this region is famous.
After breakfast, you have the option of touring the Dalyan Delta by water taxi. The trip includes a fascinating trip through the reed-filled Dalyan Delta, and visits to Iztuzu Beach (protected breeding area for the endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta), the ruins of ancient Kaunos, the mudbaths, and the townsite of Dalyan.
When everyone is ready, we’ll depart Ekincik for a 2-hour cruise to the naturally formed harbour at Aşı Bay, where we will spend the evening.
[Note: If guests are not interested in touring the Dalyan Delta, we’ll head to Aşı Bay for lunch, then continue on to the Göcek Islands region for the evening.]
Day 10 - Aşı Bay and the Göcek Islands region
Day 10 marks our final day of cruising, and we’ll spend most of it cruising around the gorgeous bays and coves of the Göcek Islands region. There will be plenty of time for relaxing, napping and perfecting your suntan as we cruise from one idyllic spot to the next.
We may visit spots like:
- Tersane Island, which features the partially submerged ruins of a Byzantine monastery and ancient boat-yard
- Bedri Rahmi Koyu, which features a stylized fish painted on a rock by Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğluö, a Turkish writer and artist who first popularized the Blue Voyage
- Martılı Bay, which features the silhouette of a flying bird crafted in white stones laid out on the shore
- Cleopatra’s Hamam Koyu, with the ruins of an ancient hamam reputed to have been used by Cleopatra and Marc Antony in 40BC
- Sarsala Bay, favoured by the luxury motor yacht crowd, so you may spot somebody famous
- Flat Island, so beautiful it is featured on almost every travel brochure for the region
Your last night on Arkadaslik will be bittersweet, knowing your sailing vacation is almost at an end.
Enjoy a last swim and final Turkish Breakfast before we return to the harbour in Fethiye to say our goodbyes. Until next time… Güle güle!
This is a sample of a possible Blue Voyage itinerary with Arkadaslik Yachting. We customize every route to meet your specific needs and wants.
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