The Rhodes Run
Featuring a Two-Day Stop-Over in Rhodes Harbour
- Day 1 – Fethiye to Ağa Limanı
- Day 2 – Ağa Limanı to Rhodes
- Day 3 – Rhodes
- Day 4 – Rhodes to Tarzan Bay
- Day 5 – Return to Fethiye
As with all of our cruises, this itinerary can be customized to suit the needs and wants of your group. For maximum relaxation, we suggest the week-long Rhodes and Relaxation cruise, which begins the same way, but incorporates a few leisurely days cruising through the Göcek islands before returning to Fethiye.
Day 1 – Fethiye to Ağa Limanı
Welcome on-board 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 west of Fethiye. After arriving at Ağa Limanı, enjoy another swim, take the kayaks out for a paddle, 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 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. 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 trip. 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 en route. 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, you're free to disembark at your leisure.
Arkadaslik will remain in the harbour at the New Marina for the duration of our stay in Rhodes, acting as your floating hotel. At least one crew member will always be on-board 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. (Due to restrictions on the use of barbecues in the harbour, dinners are not provided in Rhodes.) 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 to Tarzan Bay
The yachting agent will return to collect passports and take them to the Greek authorities for export processing so we can depart after breakfast.
Today's journey involves another long leg (about 4 hours across open water before we return to the more protected area around the Göcek islands), but it's generally quite smooth as we're travelling with the currents of the sea. Weather permitting, Captain Oktay will raise the sails so you can experience the exhilaration of sailing on the Mediterranean.
When the open water crossing is complete, Captain Oktay will anchor in Göbün Bay, a peaceful bay just outside the Göcek islands region, for lunch and some time for swimming, kayaking and relaxing aboard the gulet.
In the later afternoon, we'll lift anchor and continue cruising across the Gulf of Fethiye, anchoring at Tarzan Bay for the night. Dinner will be served against the backdrop of pine-covered hills for which this region is famous.
Your last night on Arkadaslik will be bittersweet, knowing you'll return to life on land in the morning.
Day 5 – Return to Fethiye
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 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.