Göcek Island Getaways
The Ultimate in Relaxation
Updated: January 18, 2020
Cruises in Turkey's Göcek island region are popular with guests from all walks of life. Combine the calm waters and spectacular scenery of the region, the comfort of a luxury class gulet with top-notch food, drinks and service by a friendly and attentive crew. and this cruise has all the makings of a relaxing dream vacation! This route is suitable for cruises of 2 to 7 days in length.
A Sampling of What to Expect
Welcome on-board Arkadaslik! Once everyone has boarded, we'll lift anchor and head out of the harbour and into the beautiful Göcek islands.
Sue and the sailor will immediately start making their rounds – offering refreshments and making sure you're comfortably settled for the journey.
Upon arriving at our first bay of the day, enjoy a swim, take the kayak for a paddle, challenge your travelling companions to a game of Backgammon. or simply sit back and relax amidst the stunning Mediterranean scenery.
As evening falls, 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 barbecue, 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.
When 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 start heading to bed around midnight. When you start to get sleepy, head to bed in your cabin or stake out one of the sun beds on the mid-deck with your pillow and blanket. Fall asleep to the gentle rocking of the boat.
You'll quickly lose track of time as the days blend one-into-the-next. Sunbathe in bays where Cleopatra once frolicked. Snorkel in water so clear you can see turtles resting on the sea floor 20 meters down. Hike trails to ancient ruins. (Hint: If you're a hiking or climbing enthusiast, Sue can easily be convinced to accompany you on a hike along some of the trails in the area.) All from the comfort of your own floating hotel.
Depending on the length of your cruise, we'll visit places like:
- Tersane Island, which features the partially submerged ruins of a Byzantine monastery and ancient boat-yard
- Bedri Rahmi Koyu, which features rock tombs in the cliffs high above the bay, and 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
Each morning starts with a leisurely Turkish Breakfast, followed by some cruising, then a stop for a swim.
Lunches are laid-back affairs, followed by time for swimming, napping or catching some rays, before we lift anchor and head to the next idyllic spot for more swimming, snorkeling and diving.
Between stops, sit on the front deck and sip a cool drink as we cruise through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Relax on the shaded back deck with a good book. Or stretch out on the mid-deck to work on your suntan under the warm Mediterranean sun.
Around 4:00 each afternoon, the Chef will prepare a treat for "afternoon tea". This civilized practice whets your appetite for the feast being served a few hours later.
You'll continue to be amazed by the dinners prepared by the team, each one more delicious than the last.
Evenings are filled with laughter, good conversation and fun. Listen to your favourite music on the boat-wide sound system. Enjoy a midnight swim. Sit on the foredeck and watch the stars. Play cards or board games with your travelling companions. Your imagination is the only limit to things you can do on-board!
Your last night on Arkadaslik will be bittersweet, knowing you'll return to life on land in the morning.
On your last morning, enjoy a last swim and final Turkish Breakfast before we return to the harbour in Göcek to say our goodbyes. Until next time… Güle güle!
Beyond the Göcek Islands
If you have 4 or more days to spend on board, and you want an exhilerating open water crossing, we can expand the area of your cruise to include Ölüdeniz and Gemiler Island. This route is ideal for adventurous sailors!
This is just an example of a possible cruise itinerary with Arkadaslik Yachting. We customize every route to meet your group's specific needs and wants. Please get in touch today to start planning the cruise holiday of your dreams.