A week-long cruise from Göcek to Kekova

Just fifteen minutes from Turkey’s Dalaman International Airport lies Göcek, a small coastal town whose six marinas are given over to yachts and yachting. Come on board our gulet and begin this seven-day cruise from Göcek to Kekova by yacht.

Göcek, Yassıca Islands, Cleopatra’s Bay

After spending your first afternoon and evening getting to know the yacht and going through the itinerary for the week, perhaps finding time to experience Göcek nightlife too, the journey proper begins on Day Two. Let us transport you to the Yassıca Islands, whose distinctive teardrop shape makes them a sheltered spot for swimming, then to Cleopatra’s Bay, where we’ll moor near the sunken remains of what is said to be the bath house of the Egyptian empress.

We’ll spend the night in Binlik Bay. There’s only room for a couple of yachts to moor here at any one time, giving the bay a sense of seclusion and exclusivity – perfect for a moonlit swim.

Domuz Island, Ağa Limanı

Reached by a narrow entrance, the bay at Domuz Island is our lunch stop on Day Three. “Domuz” means “wild boar”, but don’t worry – the island is a safe place to swim or stroll. The double bay at Ağa Limanı, our resting-place for the night, is perfect for swimming, sunbathing and winding down.

Ölüdeniz, Gemiler Island

Step up the pace on Day Four with a visit to Ölüdeniz. This bustling tourist town boasts a famous sandy beach and a calm lagoon with facilities for water sports. There’s even paragliding from the heights of the Babadağ mountain. The afternoon offers more opportunities for swimming or water sports at Gemiler Island, though you may prefer to explore the historic ruined churches dating back to the fourth century AD. Gemiler Island is believed to be the burial place of Saint Nicholas, whose stealthy gift-giving gave rise to the legend of Father Christmas.

Fırnaz Bay, Kaş, Sıcak Bay

Lie in bed and feel the movement of the waves, as we get under way early to navigate the open waters of Yedi Burunlar. The journey to Fırnaz Bay, near Kalkan, takes around four hours, so we should be there in good time for breakfast. This bay is a good spot for snorkelling, so why not have a dip before we move on to Kaş for lunch? Wander the narrow streets of the busy little harbour town; there are plenty of bars and cafes to stop off for a rest and refreshments. Don’t miss the boat, though – around 3pm we set off for Sıcak Bay, our overnight stop. From here you can walk across Aperlai, an unspoiled peninsula. Choose an easy or challenging route, check out the Lycian ruins crumbling into the east side of the bay, and be back in time for yet another splendid dinner cooked for you on the gulet.

Kekova, Kumlu Iskele

On Day Six we’ll traverse the busy straits around Kekova Island and visit the famous sunken city, where the remains of an ancient settlement can be seen on the sea bed. The nearby village at Simena is accessible only by sea. Dominated by its imposing castle, Simena offers fantastic views as well as local delicacies. Then it’s a quiet night in the tiny, remote inlet of Kumlu Iskele, serenaded by birds and insects.

Gökkaya, Üçağız

Day Seven brings us to the islands and inlets of Gökkaya to enjoy a swim and to peek into the cave where pirates once hid their treasure. In the afternoon we’ll arrive in Üçağız for the night. The past rubs shoulders with the present in this picturesque village, which is also an excellent place to shop for souvenirs before your tour comes to an end after breakfast on the following morning.

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