The Blue Cruise or Blue Voyage is a unique cruising and yachting experience in the Aegean and Mediterranean waters of Turkey, an adventure that takes you to the magic of myths three millenniums old, offers you a relaxing vacation under the sun, a chance to swim in the Turquoise blue of the crystal clear waters and an opportunity to taste Turkish cuisine.
You can preview the cruise itineraries and pick up your selection as you wish before booking. Usually the daily duration of cruising is not longer than 3-4 hours. The rest of the day can be spent in one of the most gorgeous coves enjoying the sun and the sea, sunbathing on the deck, swimming in clear waters, snorkeling, windsurfing or just fishing.
During the Blue Cruise, most of the places that you will visit like Ephesus, Didim, Iassos, Myra and Caunos rock tombs, “the private beach of Cleopatra” and the archeological remains of ancient civilizations (even under sea) have the wealth of civilizations and the culture is overwhelming. But besides this, only Blue Cruise will give you the second chance to let you realize that there is so much to discover about yourself.
The popular “Blue Voyage” itinerary extends from Cesme (Aegean Coast) to Antalya (Mediterranean Coast). Yachts depart from Izmir, Cesme Sigacik, Kusadasi, Bodrum, Datca, Marmaris, Göcek, Fethiye, Kalkan, Kas, Kemer and Antalya. The “Blue Voyages” are arranged for up to 12 pax. These tours can be arranged between April and October.
The Turkish coastline, in all its diversity has something to offer everyone, no matter what age you are. Starting from Bodrum, a cruise could take you into the Gulf of Gokova for a week or more with complete relaxation. Pine covered slopes drop down to quiet bays and small sandy beaches where the only inhabitants are honey bees, goats and the old fishermen.
At the head of the Gulf, in Sogut and Ingiliz Limani, there are a few rustic bars and restaurants in the small villages ashore but even here, the pace of life is slow and the atmosphere is tranquil. The ancients must have felt the same; Anthony and Cleopatra supposedly fell in love on Sedir Island where the sand was shipped especially from North Africa.
There are no obvious historical sites in this gulf but if you stroll ashore, you will come across unexpected ruins dating from B.C. to the Byzantine Empire. The water is perfect for swimming and all stress melts away after a week in these surroundings.
Across the mouth of the Gulf of Gokova from Bodrum is Knidos, the Gulf of Hisaronu and here you’ll find more evidences of ancient settlements. In Knidos, you actually anchor in the original harbour with a view of the ruins of temples and theatres scattered about the slopes. Further into the gulf, the landscape becomes mountainous and in many bays there is evidence of Roman, Hellenistic, Byzantine and medieval habitation. You can find villages where time seems to have stood still and fertile valleys fed by mountain streams. In contrast, the pretty and sleepy harbour of Datca can become quite lively at night in bars along the waterfront. From Datca, you can explore more bays in the Gulf of Hisaronu or finish your cruise in Marmaris.
From Marmaris, a week’s cruise may take you to Bodrum or down to Fethiye, two weeks as far as Antalya. One of the first stops eastwards is the Dalyan river delta and a trip by a river boat to ancient Caunus and spectacular 4th Century Lycian rock tombs carved into the cliff face. Here, the long sandy beach is protected as a breeding ground for the endangered Loggerhead turtle.
The charming former fishing village of Gocek is another starting point for cruising among the largely uninhabited bays and islands of the Gulf of Fethiye and onwards to Oludeniz, a natural lagoon surrounded by high mountains. The ancient site of Patara is swept by the sands of rolling dunes and miles of white beach. Further east, Kalkan and Kas have their own quaint ambience with steep narrow streets, balconies overhung with bougainvillaea and bohemian rooftop bars. All against the backdrop of the magnificent Taurus Mountains.
Sarcophagi, underwater ruins, a medieval castle and a myriad of bays and inlets are what make Kekova so special. You can lose yourself here amongst local village houses built against Roman walls and good humoured ladies selling brightly coloured scarves. Nearing Antalya at Porto Ceneviz, sheer cliffs drop to the sea and the bay is completely deserted. The ruins of Olympos lie hidden, overgrown and hardly touched. You almost feel like you’re the first to discover them. On the shores of ancient Phaselis the remains of the aqueduct, Roman theatre and market place are clearly visible. Antalya is the furthest we cruise on Turkey’s southwestern coast anchoring in the old harbour surrounded by restored Ottoman buildings.
We can send you sample itineraries for a cruise of 7 to 14 days and more starting in Bodrum, Marmaris, Gocek, Fethiye or Antalya. All have airports nearby serviced by regular charter flights and scheduled services via Istanbul by Turkish Airlines.
Bodrum Airport to Bodrum 30 mins
Dalaman Airport to Gocek 20 mins
Dalaman Airport to Marmaris 1 hr 30 mins
Dalaman Airport to Fethiye 1 hr
Bodrum Airport to Marmaris 2 hrs
Antalya Airport to Antalya 30 mins
Imagine exploring the South Western coast of Turkey aboard a wooden yacht traditionally used to transport cargo between ancient ports yet equipped with modern facilities and comfortable cabins.
Now picture a morning stroll among the ruins of past civilizations while back on board, the crew prepare lunch. The table, under the shade of an awning, is laden with Turkish specialities; fresh vegetables, and fish that you and the children caught yourselves. The bread arrived by rowing boat from a village ashore, freshly baked in a stone oven.
After lunch, the crew up anchor, it’s a couple of hours cruising to the next destination. Some people doze in the shade, others lounge in the sun taking in the beauty of the coastline, idly chatting over cold drinks. Parents relax up front while the cook teaches the kids to play backgammon.
A breeze gets up so the crew hoist the sails. With the engine off peace descends and all sense of time is forgotten. You think about the next stop and browse through a guide book for clues about the old fortress you can see on the hillside. The evening’s anchorage is at a pine studded bay with a beach to investigate. The water looks so inviting, everyone jumps in and splashes about swimming, snorkelling and canoeing, someone braves the windsurfer. The only other sound apart from people having fun is the incessant chattering of the crickets.
During dinner, long and leisurely, scents of jasmine and wild herbs drift by. The sky is inky black, stars clearer than you’ve ever known, you can even see the Milky Way. Mellowed by good food, good company and your first taste of Turkish ‘raki’ you muse over tomorrow’s plan; more relaxation, more exploring and maybe a trip to a small coastal town to hunt for bargains followed by a drink or two in a lively waterfront bar.
This is the essence of a gulet holiday in Turkey and Moris Tourism Inc. provides comfortable, well equipped, crewed gulets or varying sizes to suit the preferences of large or small groups of any age.
Your holiday may last a week, two weeks or more, starting and finishing in any harbour you choose along Turkey’s South Western coast. We can suggest a cruising route to suit the particular interests of your group taking in archaeological sites, quiet bays, small villages or busy towns. Wherever your cruise takes you, Moris Tourism Inc. will make sure you have an unforgettable holiday in this enchanting country.
WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU:
- Light Clothing
- Bathing Suit
- Sneakers, Boat Shoes
- Comfortable Shoes for walking
- Sweater/Sweatshirt – it can be chilly at night
- Diving Equipment if you own or you can request beforehand
- Music of your choice