Boarding the yacht in Bodrum, we enjoy a 'welcome aboard' drink with our captain and crew. A short briefing from the captain ensures everyone is familiar with the yacht and what we will do during the week to come. We settle in and have dinner aboard, in the harbour.
Our first cruise of the day takes us to Kara island, just south of Bodrum. Here, we swim, explore the rocky shores and test the waters of the island's hot springs. After lunch, we cruise to the Southern side of the Gulf of Gokova, arriving at Cati in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Cati.
After breakfast, we depart for Yedi Adalari (the Seven Islands), a cruise of just over one hour. Once tucked in behind the islands, we find a quiet anchorage at Kufre Bay and take a walk ashore through a forest of amber trees. This is the Turkey you've dreamed about! There may be the chance of a barbecue dinner tonight.
Morning swims will become part of your daily regime! We cruise mid-morning to Longoz Bay, our beautiful, pine-forested lunch stop. The next stop after Longoz is Karacasogut, a small village only 25 minutes from Marmaris. For those who wish to spend a night out in Marmaris, a minibus service departs from the town centre. Dinner and overnight in Karacasogut.
Today we cruise north east to Sedir Adasi (Cleopatra's island), the site of ancient Cedrae. For those who wish to explore the ruins ashore and take a swim at Cleopatra's beach (the sand was reputedly brought here from Africa especially for Cleopatra!), there is an option to do just this. In the afternoon, we cruise to our overnight anchorage on the eastern side of Degirmen Buku. This spot is known locally as 'English Harbour', as British torpedo boats hid here during World War II. We spend much of our time here swimming, snorkeling and windsurfing.
After cruising the to the northern side of the gulf, we stop for lunch and a swim at Akbuk, a small bay set at the foot of a huge mountain. Continuing our journey in the afternoon, we arrive at our last stop for the day at Cokertme Bay - another spectacular anchorage.
A leisurely return to Bodrum, with swimming stops at Orak island and/or Yaliciftlik, both of which offer crystal clear waters. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner together at the overnight anchorage - Bitez or Bodrum Harbour.
We disembark in Bodrum after breakfast.