Marmaris – Bozukkale – Gocek
1. Day :
Board the yacht in Marmaris at midday and sail for Kumlu Buku for lunch beneath the ruins of ancient Amos.
2. Day :
Sail south for Serce Harbor and enjoy lunch at anchor in this land-locked bay. It was here that Dr. George Bass and his team of archaeologists uncovered glass objects and other items of trade from an 11th-century wreck. Heading further south, we proceed to Bozukkale and anchor beneath the Hellenistic citadel of Ancient Loryma – primarily used as a harbor of refuge for trade ships heading north and south along the coast. Take time ashore to visit the ruins of this once important city. A spectacular view makes a climb to the acropolis well worthwhile. Overnight here in Bozukkale.
3. Day :
Sail across to the Bay of Ekincik and spend the night at anchor in the southern side of the bay. Towards dusk, go ashore and dine at “My Marina” restaurant overlooking the bay.
4. Day :
Following breakfast we board a small river boat for our tour of ancient Caunos and Dalyan. We make our way inland along the reed-lined channels of the Dalyan River delta, keeping an eye out for turtles, herons and kingfishers. At Caunos visit the remains of a theater, a Byzantine church, a Roman bath house and an Agora. For the adventurous, there is an acropolis on the hill above the site which rewards the climber with a magnificent view of the entire area. As we head up-river to the town of Dalyan, we pass beneath some impressive Lycian rock tombs. Enjoy a brief stroll through the town before returning to the yacht in Ekincik. Overnight in Kizilkuyruk Harbor, a quiet place to anchor with a pebbled beach ashore and an uphill track leading to the ruins of ancient Lyda.
5. Day :
Crossing the Gulf of Fethiye, we reach Gemiler Island by lunchtime. Following a relaxing afternoon of swimming and snorkeling over sunken ruins, we take a tender boat ashore to explore the island. Walk around the remains of a size-able Byzantine settlement and see a beautiful mosaic in one of the churches. Marvel at the covered walkway and peer into dwellings and a cistern. Take advantage of the fabulous view from the summit and sit down with champagne glass in hand and watch the sun set over the sea. Dinner at a quaint restaurant ashore.
6. Day :
Sailing back into the Gulf of Fethiye, our destination is Manastir Bay and the delightful anchorage known as “Cleopatra’s Bay”. Take a walk in the fragrant pine forest or take part in some fun water sports. At the end of the day, snorkel over to the partially-submerged ruins of a monastery at the waters edge and spend an hour exploring underwater. Dine out local style in a restaurant near the waters edge.
7. Day :
Cruise to Sarsala Bay for a morning swim in crystal-clear waters, followed by lunch in the small harbor on Tersane island. Tersane was a ship building settlement and there are numerous ruins dating from Byzantine times and later. Tersane is also a well sheltered anchorage, ideal for water sports. Our destination is Tomb Bay, named after the temple-tombs and pigeon-hole tombs carved in the cliffs above. These tombs can be reached by taking a short climb up the hill from the beach.
8. Day :
Disembarkation in Gocek.