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Sailing Turkey's Blue Coast


Route:
  • UK
  • Marmaris
  • Ekincik
  • Kizilda
  • Fethiye
  • Yassica Islands
  • Aga Limani
  • Marmaris
  • UK
Tour Pace:

8 DAYS from €1119pp

Tour Highlights
  • Discover the picturesque Gulf of Fethiye
  • Explore the waters of the Yassica Islands
  • Visit scenic Bedri Rahmi Bay
  • Pass Turunc Bay and Paradise Island, with swimming breaks
  • Dine al fresco meals cooked by your on-board chef

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Sailing Turkey's Blue Coast

Sail Turkey's unspoilt coastline on a traditional wooden gulet, taking in secluded bays, hidden coves, uninhabited islands and pine-clad mountains on this eight-day cruise. Departing Marmaris, wind your way eastwards through the Gulf of Fethiye, visiting the picturesque islands of Yassica, Gocek and Tersane whilst enjoying ample breaks to swim and sunbathe on powder-soft beaches.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Marmaris

Depart London on your flight to Dalaman. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the city's yacht marina. Board your traditional wooden Turkish 'gulet', remaining docked until you set sail the following morning. Enjoy some free time before tonight's dinner on board with your fellow passengers.

  • Dinner
2
Marmaris to Ekincik

After a leisurely breakfast, the Rota Yacht Guide will brief the group on your route along Turkey's spectacular Blue Coast before you weigh anchor and sail toward Ekincik. On arrival at the tree-lined coastline of the bay, relax on board or take a dip in the azure waters. Alternatively, take an optional excursion (at a fee) to the Dalyan Mud Baths and cover yourself in the rejuvenating mud which occurs naturally in the area before a photo stop at Dalyan's ancient royal tombs, intricately carved into a cliff face. The Gulet will have an opportunity for a break for photos as well as receiving an insight to the tombs. Make your way back to your gulet, stopping to visit Iztuzu beach, a breeding ground for the Caretta Caretta turtle. Anchor in Ekincik Bay for the night.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3
Ekincik to Kizilda

Set off early this morning and reach the dazzling Gulf of Fethiye, passing picturesque bays and quaint seaside towns before arriving at Tersane Island. Enjoy breakfast amongst the ruins of this once-inhabited island then sail through the day, taking in fantastic vistas before arriving at Kizilda for your overnight stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Kizilda to Fethiye

Arriving at Fethiye Marina in the morning, you'll have the option to take a day excursion by jeep safari or bus to a secret canyon, where striking rock formations offer some of Turkey's most breath-taking scenery. Return in the afternoon for dinner on board and your overnight stay at Fethiye Marina.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Fethiye to Yassica Islands

After breakfast, depart Fethiye and make your way towards to the Gocek Islands. Sailing among these impressive islands, the boat will stop for numerous swimming breaks in the sparkling, emerald waters. Continue to the Yassica Islands, an area offering outstanding views, where you will anchor for the night.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Yassica Islands to Aga Limani

Sail to Bedri Rahmi Bay, named after the Turkish painter Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu who was one of the first people to experience the now classic Blue Voyage. Look out for his work painted onto one of the cliff-side boulders. Continue through these crystal-clear waters to the cove of Sarsala before reaching beautiful Aga Limani in the afternoon, where you will moor overnight.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Aga Limani to Marmaris

In the morning, sail to Kadirga Bay, stopping to swim in the tranquil bays along the way. Take in scenic Turunc Bay and Paradise Island as you sail by, arriving back in Marmaris Marina in the early evening for your final night on board.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Marmaris to the UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK or continue on to your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

British Citizens travelling to Turkey for tourist or business purposes are able to travel without a visa for visits of up to 90 days in any 180-day period. We recommend you check with your destination's tourist board or embassy prior to departure for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding visas and passport validity.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Each passenger is entitled to 15kg of hold luggage. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure. Checked baggage allowance may vary. Please refer to the bottom right of your e-ticket receipt for the correct baggage allowance. For example, if it shows '15k' this means your allowance is 15kg; '1PC' means one piece not exceeding 15kg. For handling purposes, the maximum weight of any single piece of baggage must not exceed 32kg. Hand Luggage: One piece of hand luggage with maximum total dimensions not exceeding 56x45x25cm in size. Please refer to the airline's website for further details and the most up-to-date information.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing of steep stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 2. If in the unlikely event there are less than 2 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

English-speaking crew members will be on board your boat with you for any queries that you may have, starting on day 1 in Marmaris and ending back in Marmaris on day 8. They will not accompany you on land - this time will be free to explore each city at your leisure. Airport transfers will be led by an English-speaking driver.

Currency Information

The currency in Turkey is Turkish Lira, however, we recommend that you take GBP (Euros are also accepted), Cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry, any drinks and snacks. Approximately £300-£400 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2023 Dates
06 May 202313 May 2023€1119.00
13 May 202320 May 2023€1231.00
20 May 202327 May 2023€1455.00
27 May 202303 Jun 2023€1679.00
03 Jun 202310 Jun 2023€1567.00
10 Jun 202317 Jun 2023€1847.00
17 Jun 202324 Jun 2023€1847.00
24 Jun 202301 Jul 2023€1903.00
01 Jul 202308 Jul 2023€2015.00
08 Jul 202315 Jul 2023€2015.00
15 Jul 202322 Jul 2023€2071.00
22 Jul 202329 Jul 2023€2071.00
29 Jul 202305 Aug 2023€2071.00
05 Aug 202312 Aug 2023€2071.00
12 Aug 202319 Aug 2023€2071.00
19 Aug 202326 Aug 2023€2071.00
26 Aug 202302 Sep 2023€2015.00
02 Sep 202309 Sep 2023€2015.00
09 Sep 202316 Sep 2023€1959.00
16 Sep 202323 Sep 2023€1735.00
23 Sep 202330 Sep 2023€1735.00
30 Sep 202307 Oct 2023€1455.00
07 Oct 202314 Oct 2023€1343.00
14 Oct 202321 Oct 2023€1343.00
2024 Dates
04 May 202411 May 2024€1220.00
11 May 202418 May 2024€1264.00
18 May 202425 May 2024€1567.00
25 May 202401 Jun 2024€1768.00
01 Jun 202408 Jun 2024€1656.00
08 Jun 202415 Jun 2024€1880.00
15 Jun 202422 Jun 2024€1880.00
22 Jun 202429 Jun 2024€1936.00
29 Jun 202406 Jul 2024€2048.00
06 Jul 202413 Jul 2024€2048.00
13 Jul 202420 Jul 2024€2104.00
20 Jul 202427 Jul 2024€2104.00
27 Jul 202403 Aug 2024€2104.00
03 Aug 202410 Aug 2024€2104.00
10 Aug 202417 Aug 2024€2104.00
17 Aug 202424 Aug 2024€2104.00
24 Aug 202431 Aug 2024€2048.00
31 Aug 202407 Sep 2024€2048.00
07 Sep 202414 Sep 2024€1992.00
14 Sep 202421 Sep 2024€1847.00
21 Sep 202428 Sep 2024€1847.00
28 Sep 202405 Oct 2024€1567.00
05 Oct 202412 Oct 2024€1455.00
12 Oct 202419 Oct 2024€1309.00
Please note

On board the gulet everyone goes barefoot, and even deck shoes are not suitable. Slipper socks are OK if you prefer, but the decks are not slippery.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Turkish Lira

Average Flying time

4 hours

Min/Max temperature

10 °C / 28 °C

Spoken languages

Turkish, English

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