You may never have considered sailing holidays; a yacht charter may seem a bit
adventurous, but you can book a sailing tour on a Turkey yacht complete with an experienced captain and crew and enjoy the cal,m warm seas guaranteed. Traditional Turkish cuisine, fresh fruit, vegetables,
and perhaps even fish you catch will ensure you will never go
hungry. You can drop anchor whenever you like, and when you do that at night,
you can settle down for the night with the waves lapping against the boat.
The Turquoise Coast, with its blue waters, is ideal for a sailing holiday. Sailing yachts or chartering a Turkish gulet for a blue cruise along the Turkish Coast is a unique experience. Whether you take a gulet cruise or a sailing yacht, Turkey tours offer a relaxing time along a beautiful coastline.
One of the best itineraries is the Fethiye Olympos option which offers so much variety. Fethiye is less than an hour east of Dalaman Airport, which has flights direct from many regional airports throughout Europe and the Middle East. Fethiye is an expanding city with plenty of good bars and restaurants before you embark on your journey.
Setting out from Fethiye harbor, there is much to see immediately. Samanlik Bay, for example, is an ideal place to drop anchor for a swim, and just a short distance east, Butterfly Valley is a wonder; during the primary weeks of summer, there are many species of butterflies and moths in wonderful natural surroundings.
While this is very much Turkish waters, the inhabited islands on the Turkish coast from the top of the Aegean to the far east of the Mediterranean are very much Greek. Greek islands are mainly in the Aegean, but there is a famous Greek island, Meıs, just a short distance from Kas that you will pass as you travel east towards Olympus. You will be made more than welcome if you want to stop for a while with your experienced captain raising the Greek flag as you enter the harbor. If you want to go diving, there are several opportunities in Kas to talk to dive companies and take your pick.
During your time on the blue water of the Turkish Riviera, you will have the chance to see rock tombs, ancient ruins, and the underwater city of Simena on Kekova Island, just east of Kas, which is wonderfully preserved just under the surface. You cannot anchor above it, but you will have the chance to view it in all its glory. It dates back to Lycian times before Christ but was destroyed by an earthquake in the 2nd Century AD. Although the Byzantines rebuilt it, settlements were finally abandoned under the threat of Arab incursions in the Middle Ages.
There is still much to see and do as you continue east and reach Olympus. This is a national park area, a lovely natural environment with plenty of historical and cultural attractions. If you are looking for historical and cultural holidays, Turkey can claim to combine that with gulet cruising. In this immediate vicinity, you will see the ruins of Olympus, one of the most important cities in the Lycian Empire. They are just south of the modern-day town of Cirali and are believed to date back to the 4th Century BC. The Romans conquered it in 78 BC, and Julius Caesar was thought to be in the army that took it. Centuries later, it was an essential settlement to Venetian and Genoese traders before it was abandoned around the 15th Century.
Fethiye to Olympus is just one of the sailing tour choices. Sailing Turkey waters from April to October is a real treat. The climate is warm, hot in mid-summer with warm nights, and the sea is clear and calm. Turkish sailing in the Eastern Mediterranean matches destinations much further afield. You should do more research if you are yet to be convinced; you will find plenty of people who describe their fantastic experience on the Turquoise Coast of Turkey; why not join them?