8 Days Itinerary
Suggested by the Captain of the Blue Capricorn, Sakin Biyik, this itinerary is sure to inspire and impress. Discover Turkey's hidden treasures and beauty.
Start off from Gocek in the afternoon and sail around to Tomb Bay for swimming, snorkelling and a trip ashore to view the porticoed temple and pigeonhole tombs carved into the rock face. Continuing on to Cleopatra’s Bay, you can moor a short distance from the partly submerged ruins of a monastery (believed by some to be the bathhouse in which Cleopatra bathed during her time spent here). Take a swim around the ruins before returning to the boat.
In the morning sail out of the Gulf and south to Gemiler Island. Spend some time exploring with mask and flippers as you discover the ancient quay and some harbour-side shops just below the surface of the water. Then go ashore and visit the ruins of what was once a sizeable Byzantine settlement. See a basilica, a temple with mosaic floors and a covered walkway, alongside numerous shops, houses and cisterns. It’s a fascinating site and the view from the top of the island is superb. Watch the sun set over the Gulf of Fethiye with a glass of champagne in hand. Overnight in Cold Water Bay.
An early morning start for the crossing of The Seven Capes. At lunchtime, you can anchor outside the small harbour of Kalkan. Kalkan is a small seaside town with steep streets bordered by shops, cafes and some old renovated Greek-style buildings. Colourful bougainvillea and jasmine spill from the balconies overhead and give the town a certain charm. Take an afternoon guided land tour to the ruins of three important Lycian cities: Xanthos, Patara and Letoon, returning to Kalkan in the early evening.
If the weather and the winds are favourable, you can sail around the headland and into the Kekova roads. Once at anchor near the village of Kale, you may like to go ashore and explore the castle of ancient Simena. Reaching the highest walls of the castle, stop and marvel at the views out over the village and to the island of Kekova beyond. There is also a small theatre within the castle walls and numerous sarcophagi on the way up the hillside. This is the best place to take some superb photographs. Overnight here at Kale Koy.
We suggest you make a brief stop at Kekova Island to view the ruins of the “Sunken City” and swim from a small beach upon which you will find the ruins of a church. Continue cruising west as far as Kas, arriving in the early afternoon. Take a walk ashore and enjoy the wonderful village atmosphere, perhaps including a visit to the theatre of ancient Antiphellos or just some leisurely browsing through the colourful harbour-side shops. Overnight in Kas Harbour or in an adjacent bay.
An early morning start for the return trip past the Seven Capes, dropping anchor at Cold Water Bay for lunch. In the early afternoon, climb a hillside track to a deserted Greek village, which cascades down the surrounding hills and into a valley. This settlement was once very prosperous and had two large churches, but was abandoned during the population exchanges of 1923. Returning to your boat in Cold Water Bay, cruise the short distance to Karacaoren, a superb place for snorkelling with some small islands dotted about the bay.
Enjoy a day of cruising on the Bay of Fethiye, anchoring for lunch in the small cove on Tersane Island. In the afternoon, go ashore to explore the ruins of a Byzantine shipbuilding settlement or swim and snorkel off the boat. Later in the day, return to Gocek and moor on the town quay, enjoying a memorable farewell dinner ashore.
Disembarkation after breakfast.