Turkey: On the Water

On the Water

With over 5,000 miles of coastline, no trip to Turkey is complete without a jaunt on the water. Most of the options are on a private basis, but Backpacker Concierge will do its best to combine interested parties.

- Mediterranean and Aegean Seas – Full-service gulets

- Bosphorus, Kekova, Dalyan – Morning or afternoon day-trips

Bosphorus

Feel like an heir to a Turkish fortune as you sail in a private yacht along the Bosphorus Strait. While not the most economical afternoon activity, it is the perfect way to be introduced to the city, as this historical waterway is dotted with palaces and fortresses on both the Asian and European sides. Marvel at the stunning seafront residences and, schedule permitting, you may hop off in hip neighborhoods to grab a drink or do some shopping.

On Sunday, we recommend taking your yacht to the best brunch spot in town and then spending the rest of the afternoon sailing. We wish we were there now!

Pricing starts at $120 USD an hour, depending upon the season.

Dalyan

Known for its stunning beach, mud baths, and Loggerhead sea turtles, Dalyan is a great stopping point while traveling between Antalya and Bodrum. Board a private boat and sail along the Calbus River through one of Turkey’s most treasured conservation areas. While sailing next to the pine-covered mountains, you will spot faux Lycian tombs before arriving at Iztuzu, a pristine beach and nesting site for local turtles.

Depending upon your preferences and the day of the week, you may have the option of visiting the local Koycegiz market or the mud baths and hot sulfur spring.

Gulets

Since the days when Anthony and Cleopatra met, the Turquoise Coast has been a premiere sailing destination. Explore the waters, villages, and ancient ruins of this gorgeous area in your private gulet.

This will be a time for decompression from your hectic life as the itinerary is a free flowing one. Curl up undisturbed in a cushioned corner with your book. Culinary enthusiasts can learn the chef’s secret sauces in the galley. Avid sailors and those who want to learn a little can take over the helm and assist in navigation.

Your pace will be a relaxed one, with time each day for swimming, snorkeling, and pampering by your chefs, who serve mouth-watering feasts al fresco on deck.

Prices start at $2000 USD per night for a privately chartered gulet on the Aegean or Mediterranean Sea. Click on the map functionality to learn more.

Minimum duration: 4 nights
Minimum size: 4 cabins.

Kekova

While exploring the Lycian Way or relaxing on of the Mediterranean’s beaches, why not treat yourself to a relaxing afternoon sail around the island of Kekova, famed for its sunken city?

Kekova overlooks the ruins of a submerged town whose narrow streets and buildings are clearly visible through the crystal clear waters of the bay. You will also see the Crusader castle atop the tiny island of ancient Simena, a timeless village of connecting footpaths and quays. You may opt to explore the island before continuing to the Lycian settlement at Aperlae and later taking a dip in the Mediterranean’s cool waters.

All in all, a fabulous day-trip for anyone visiting the area between Antalya and Dalyan.

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