DAY 1 | Bodrum
The turkish riviera begins in Bodrum. Its seafront promenade is a procession of restaurants, yachts and clubs and bars. Istanbul’s high society has long had a love affair with this surrounding bay. It is the Turkey’s St Tropez. Compering other places, Bodrum peninsula is more similar to Costa Smeralda than the French Riviera. A coastline sprinkled with little islands, lonely beaches and the occasional 5-stars and chic resort. Türkbükü, the next stop, is the country’s most luxurious enclave, with models, actors and all-night clubs. Gündoğan is quieter but equally sophisticated – a favoured escape for turkey’s political elite.
Bodrum is a vibrant and cosmopolitan coastal town. Its name is directly connected to fun, with a reputation for indulgent luxury, a yacht charter in Bodrum is never boring. Well-heeled weekenders from Istanbul frequent its sunny shores and lap up the alfresco restaurants, yachts, and clubs. The Gokova Gulf is one of the best cruising areas in Europe and Bodrum is the ideal starting port.
Ashore, explore the narrow streets of the town that wind through glaring white buildings. Look out for the windmills and wander up the hill for stunning views over the Bodrum peninsula. The view from the deck of your yacht charter in Bodrum will be the beautiful promenade and crusader castle dominate the horizon.
DAY 2 | Türkbükü
The most sophisticated part of the Turkish coast is characterised by Türkbükü that is flooded with the region’s celebrities, politicians and businessmen, who come for summer holidays. Also known as the Turkey’s St Tropez.
If you’re looking for barefoot chic, this isn’t for you. This area is the ideal place for who loves stylish cocktail bars and some of Turkey’s finest restaurants. For many yacht guests this is best place to see and be seen. Remember, also on the beaches, high heels are a must. But Türkbükü yacht charter lets you explore the beautiful waters of this area, from which you can discover secret coves and hide places among olive trees.
In Türkbükü you will be surrounded by the vibrant colors that fill its grounds, from the blue of the sea to the hot pink bougainvillea that attracts the attention of visitors.
DAY 3 | Didim
Taking its name from the nearby ruins of the still-intact Temple of Apollo from the 6th century bc, Didim area is characterised by long sandy beaches, blue seas and relaxed towns with a fantastic micro climate that’s still warm in january. Didim is a perfect stop-off on a Turkey yacht charter, between Bodrum and Ephesus. It is home to Turkey’s largest superyacht marina, the D-Marin and Yacht Club (the largest superyacht marina in Turkey), with 86 berths for super yachts up to 70 metres.
Didim stretches between long stretches of soft sand and ancient archaeological finds such as the well-preserved ruins of the temple of Apollo, an imposing sight before you even get to the head of a medusa carved in photogenic stone.
Nowhere else in the world has as many beaches and ancient sites as the south of the Aegean Sea. A yacht charter can let you experience the best of both worlds. When the ruins catch the last bright rays of the sun, enjoy the silence and tranquility offered on the sun deck between the cruising waters where ancient civilizations have sailed before you. In the evening you can rejoin modern life in the bars near Altinkum beach where even the most skilled conquerors needed some time to relax.
DAY 4 | Ephesus
The yacht charter to Ephesus transports you back in time, via the aquamarine waters of the Aegean. Not everyday you can find yourself a short drive away from one of the seven wonders of the world. The temple of Artemis in Ephesus was a white marble palace dedicated to the goddess of wildlife, hunting and virginity. The project of the ancient temple was financed by King Croesus – the man who literally invented money – and he could certainly afford the best.
A few steps from the ruins of the famous temple is Ephesus, probably the most intact Greco-Roman city on the planet. It is possible to visit the ancient amphitheater, the parliament and the thermal baths. The recently renovated townhouses proved that Ephesus’ elite lived in true superyacht style: underfloor heating, intricate mosaics and marble walls.
Beautiful Ephesus is an ancient wonder that highlights the greatness of an ancient civilisation. Even in ruins it is still western Turkey’s number one hotspot, just as it was in the 7th century BC. until its decline in the Byzantine era. It is the largest and best preserved ancient city in the eastern Mediterranean and deserves your time and attention. During your visit you will be led through the excavated streets and soaring columns of the Celsus library, the crumbling Temples of Artemis and Serapis, a 25,000-seat amphitheater and intricate mosaics.
DAY 5 | Kuşadasi
At Kuşadasi there is an ancient port, where local carpet shops ring the caravanserai that encloses the principal square. More ethereal is the silhouette of 1,127m-high Samsun mountain, which dominates the skyline to the south. Hikes to the summit and the surrounding Dilek Yarimadasi National Park are a stretch for sea legs.
DAY 6 | Disembark of guest