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BLUE VOYAGE      


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Turkey is a unique country with its historical sites, nature and climate. With the world-famous yacht cruises, Turkey offers a unique holiday opportunity to the local and foreign tourists.

Blue voyage covers all the bays from Izmir to Antalya, and all the historical and touristic sites nearby the coast. In the blue voyage, the leading role is played by the gullets. The turquoise sea, green hills descending into clean beaches, amazing natural beauties, historical and cultural richnesses add up to a magical holiday –the blue voyage. This splendid holiday is made in groups and within a specified program. It takes 7 to 10 days, but shorter or longer programs are also possible. Boat excursions that leave from certain centers and cruise the vicinity have various timetables and programs. In other words, blue voyage does not have a single route. On request, numerous blue voyages can be made.

In the blue voyage route, wherever you go, a fresh breeze, clear waters, plentiful of sunshine and splendid bays welcome you. The tranquility of the bays hidden along the Aegean and the Mediterranean coast, the sincerity of the peasants, and the historical sites worth seeing, render travelling in Turkey by the sea, more special.

Today, the coastal traffic is of the cruise boats, as big cargo boats and commercial boats sail in the open sea. The ideal climate of Aegean and Mediterranean regions, their inviting sea, their numerous and special ancient ports, bays, coasts, add up to the traditional Turkish hospitality and render sea cruise with boats in these very coasts, extremely attractive. Some foreigners, call this cruising paradise as Turquoise coasts. The name Turquoise coasts are used especially for the coastal line from Kusadasi in the north to Antalya in the south, which is a more frequent route for blue voyage.

At the north end of Bodrum Peninsula, at Gulluk Gulf, untouched green forests, descend down to dozens of tranquile and silent rocky bays. Just a few kilometers into the Gulluk Beach, Didim and Iasos ruins of antiquity are located.

Sailing to the southeast from Bodrum, Gokova Gulf, more famous than Gulluk is reached. Words are not enough to describe the beauty of the numerous bays of Gokova. At the southwest end of the Gokova Gulf, the ruins of Knidos, one of the biggest cities of antiquity and the hometown of Precisteles, the most important sculptor of antiquity is located. Knidos can only be reached from the sea. The historic port of Knidos still serves as a pier for the boats and yachts of various sizes.

Sailing south from Gokova Gulf, down the Hisaronu Gulf, under the long cape of the Datca Peninsula, hundreds of bays and islands are reached. The luxurious hotels and fully-equipped marinas are located beyond Hisaronu, in the vast bay of Marmaris.

The coastal line from Marmaris to Antalya exhibit extraordinary beauties. Iztuzu beach which is the last nesting place of the caretta carettas, green Dalyan and Kaunos ruins are sites of excitement for the visitors.

Fethiye Port is in Fethiye Gulf. In the south of Fethiye, Oludeniz, with its lovely beach, unique little bay, is worth seeing. Those who visit Kalkan and Kas can see the sunken city and the Ottoman Castle. The blue voyage ends at Antalya.

To enjoy these turquoise waters, sea-lovers can rent various types of boats such as yachts, open boats, filotillas, gullets etc. from the main ports, like Kusadasi, Bodrum, Marmaris or Antalya.