7 day Fethiye Return Sail Turkey cruise
Day 1 Fethiye to St Nicholas Island
We board our gulet around 10am for welcome speeches and an introduction to Captain and crew, depart Fethiye harbour around 11am and cruise to Butterfly Valley for swimming, lunch and an optional hike up to the waterfall. Butterfly Valley is famous for being the home of over 130 different types of butterflies but they only appear in large numbers at certain times of the year so let’s hope we get lucky! Afterwards, we head over to Oludinez, Europe’s most photographed beach and one of the best sites in the world to paraglide. In the evening, we anchor at St. Nicholas Island in time for a short hike up through the island's ruins to witness the amazing sunset. Optional excursion to book locally: Paragliding
Day 2 St Nicholas Island to Kas
Today we are off to Kalkan (Aquarium Bay) for breakfast in a breathtaking spot for swimming and snorkelling in crystal-clear water. We then cruise to Kas, a fishing village with a charming little harbour where we enjoy lunch on the boat before disembarking to explore the local boutique shops, which specialise in handmade jewellery and clothes. We spend the night in one of the secluded bays between Kas and Kekova.
Day 3 Kas to Gokkaya Bay
After breakfast we sail to Kekova. First on today’s list is the fascinating Sunken City, a 2000 year-old ancient town which was destroyed by an earthquake. We actually cruise over this protected World Heritage site before crossing to Simena Castle where we climb to the top to take in the magnificent view over the bay. Our overnight stop is in Gokkaya Bay, which also means party time! We can head over to the Smuggler’s Inn to meet up with other travellers and dance through the night and grab a cocktail or 3. A free boat service picks you up and runs regularly all night. If you don’t fancy a party, simply relax and chill out on the gulet.
Day 4 Gokkaya Bay to Demre
Today we enjoy a lazy start, easing any sore heads gently into the morning. After breakfast we spend some time in Pirates Cave (or another nearby bay) for snorkelling and swimming. We dock at Cayagzi (Andriake) Harbour around 10:30-11:00am for farewells to any 4-day West to East travellers and new East to West guests come aboard around 12.30pm and we cruise to a cove for swimming, snorkelling and lunch. We then return to Simena and Gokkaya Bay.
Day 5 Gokkaya Bay to Kas
After breakfast in a nearby bay and a morning swim, we cruise back to Kas for the chance to explore the town further or to do the Scuba Diving excursion on the crystal-clear Turkish water. We finish the day in Aquarium Bay with swimming, snorkelling and dinner before spending the night here sleeping under the stars on deck.
Day 6 Aquarium Bay to Butterfly Valley to St. Nicholas Island
We head north in the morning and wake up to the sight of Butterfly Valley. After breakfast we stay here for swimming and then head over to Oludinez for the chance to paraglide in one of the world's best locations for this sport! In the evening, we anchor at St. Nicholas Island. Optional excursion: Paragliding
Day 7 St. Nicholas Island to Fethiye
On our last day we enjoy breakfast at St.Nicholas Island and then cruise over to Tarzan Bay or Samanlik Bay for a swim and lunch. We finally dock in Fethiye in the afternoon with plenty of time for last-minute pics and farewells.
Our gulets are traditionally-built, wooden Turkish motor-yachts which usually hold around 16 to 18 passengers. We strongly feel that they are the ONLY way to see the Turkish coast – imagine waking every morning for breakfast and a swim in idyllic bays and cruising along the coast to a new destination each day. The decks are perfect for sunbathing and jumping into the sea, the food is excellent and there is a tender boat included to shuttle you to and from all the sites such as the stunning Oludeniz beach, the charming fishing village of Kas and several ancient ruins.
Of course, it’s not all about relaxing and sightseeing. There is an onboard bar and opportunities to experience the nightlife and party at venues such as the Smugglers Inn. Sounds like the perfect trip? You bet it is, and with prices starting at £330 GBP per person for a 7-day cruise with full-board (breakfast, lunch and dinner included), it is incredible value!
Many guests want to spend longer in each destination than on the 4-day cruises and do the excursions (scuba-diving and paragliding) on the way back to Fethiye. The 7-day return version gives you that opportunity on the return leg: