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The Island Of Simi & The Hisaronu Gulf

The Island Of Simi & The Hisaronu Gulf

From EUR €877

Description

The coastlines of the Aegean Sea are home to some of the most pristine and beautiful bays and coves, truly idyllic vacation spots. The Blue Voyage was first made famous here where cross winds are excellent for sailing, the bays are secluded and merge with dramatic pine forested coast lines.

The Dodecanese islands, including Simi, are a loose collection in the Aegean Sea, situated off the west coast of Turkey., and offer a tranquil, picturesque charm that has almost vanished from many of the better-known Greek island resorts.

The footprints of cultures from the Greeks and Romans to crusading medieval knights, and from Byzantine and Ottoman potentates to 20th-century Italian bureaucrats, are all found here along this rich coastline of Turkey and the shores of the Greek Dodecanese Islands.

Wake up on board to the warm Aegean sun and crystal clear waters each morning, relax into the rhythm of life on the sea, and enjoy some wonderful sailing between the islands. Disembark to explore the picturesque towns and harbors, boutique shopping, fabulous culinary experiences, and to soak up the unique atmosphere of Aegean Turkey and the ambience of the Greek Islands.

While away your time on board relaxing, dining with your friends and group, reading, pulling anchor to explore some of the stunning bays for swimming whenever the mood takes you. Throughout your trip you will be wonderfully looked after by our excellent crew.

Guests book deluxe cabin-only which offers a cruise holiday experience like no other with all the 5-star comfort and luxury amenities of a private charter. This affordable vacation option is ideal for singles, couples or small groups. Children from 8 years of age are welcome. The guests you join on board are international, and we bring together like-minded travellers, often of similar ages, in order to create the best shared experience possible.

Price includes:

• breakfast, lunch and dinner
• afternoon snacks, all non alcoholic drinks & local alcoholic beer & wines)
• sport activities on board
• wifi
• towels and beach towels

Trip Name
The Island Of Simi & The Hisaronu Gulf
Days
8
Overview
Vessel Type: Gulet Yacht Length: 25 metres Passenger Capacity: 10 The luxury sailing Gulet yacht M/S Myra’s antique design is integrated with spacious fore, side and aft decks, up-to-date nautical equipment, outdoor dining area, cushioned lounging areas, sun mattresses, tenting to protect from the sun, plus other contemporary comforts. The interior features elegant living quarters with high ceilings, wide corridors and full air conditioning. The lounge includes stocked bar, cushioned seating, and a table for indoor dining. Accommodations consist of airy cabins with king, queen and single-sized beds and 1 master cabin with a king-sized bed. Each cabin has generous storage space, and a roomy en suite bathroom with toilet, shower, marble sink, and vanity. Crew has separate quarters. Comfort On Board Lounge with fully stocked bar and ice maker, indoor dining facilities, fully equipped galley, air conditioning, generous closet and storage space, reading lights above the beds, bathroom with enclosed shower, hot and cold water, flush toilet, marble sink with vanity, towels (face, hand, bath and beach), bathrobes, hair dryer. On deck there are easy access swim ladders & outdoor shower. Activities On Board Snorkel and water-ski equipment for all ages, 1 kayak, flotation devices, and fishing equipment. Television with DVD player, CD player with iPod connection, speakers below and on deck, backgammon, chess, playing cards and yoga mats. Wi-Fi & Phones Cell phone coverage and free WiFi connection for up to 15 GB is available on board. Over and above that, the rental price for an external modem, which we can arrange, costs approximately 50 Euro per week. A/C Air conditioning may run continuously in Turkish ports. Greek ports do not provide enough voltage necessary for air conditioning so generators are used until midnight. (Harbor regulations forbid generator noise after this time.) For safety reasons, even if the yacht is completely isolated in a cove, the generator cannot be left on for 24 continuous hours, as the engine room must be manned while the generator is in use.

Itinerary



Day 1 - DAY 1 - SATURDAY - BODRUM
Transfer to the charming Bodrum harbor and board your luxurious sailing yacht inthe afternoon. Your captain and crew will be waiting for you on board. Spend thefirst night on board in the Bodrum harbor or in a bay close by.
Day 2 - DAY 2 - SUNDAY - KNIDOS
Leave Bodrum sailing across the Gulf of Gokova to the site of Knidos, the meetingpoint of the Mediterranean and Aegean seas. Knidos is famous in antiquity for thecult of Aphrodite started there. Situated at the end of the Datca peninsula, thisDorian city was built on terraces rising to the acropolis. Straddling the peninsula,it had a harbour on either side, and flourished during the Archaic, Classical,Hellenistic and Roman periods. The site was excavated in 1857 by C. T. Newton andfrom 1967 by Iris Love. Famous as a center of art and culture in the fourth centuryBC, Knidos was established at the same time that Halicarnassus was, as one of thesix Dorian colonies in Asia Minor. It seems to have kept a purer Greek character,no doubt because it set its sights seaward and had little contact with the interior.Around 360 BC, the city was rebuilt at the windblown tip of the peninsula, bankingon the fact that a good harbor at the outer corner of Asia Minor would become apopular calling-port for ships on the Aegean - East Mediterranean transit routes.The rocky island facing the shore at the new site was joined to the mainland with a causeway, creating two deep harbors on either side of the isthmus: oneon the Aegean and the other on the Mediterranean. The island section held theresidential quarters, a series of colonnaded walkways rose in tiers on the land. Twolarge theaters, an odeon and three temples completed what must have been astriking ensemble in the midst of a desolate crag. The remains of a circular templededicated to the goddess of love Aphrodite overlook remains of the two harbors:the arcaded way was built of white marble heart - shaped columns. The legendaryAphrodite of Praxiteles statue, reputedly one of the most beautiful sculptures ofthe antiquity, once graced this temple. The city was renowned as one of the mostbeautiful in ancient Greece. In the early evening moor near the idyllic Kargi Bay.
Day 3 - DAY 3 - MONDAY - ESKI DATCA & SIMI ISLAND
Early morning set sail to picturesque resort of Datça. Enjoy a stroll through town,offering some lovely shopping and cafés. Renowned for its natural beauty andclimate, this town provides a window into the life of rural Turkey of 50 to 100 yearsago. Village life is still based on agriculture, fishing, and the building of the gulet(the traditional 2-masted Turkish wooden sailing vessel). Pine, oak, and myrtlefilled mountains plunge down to a serene beach and two natural harbors. Set sail for the tiny Greek Island of Simi in the Straights of Marmaris, directlyhugging the Turkish Coast. The scenic natural landscape consists of jaggedcoastline with sheer cliffs, narrow fjords, private coves and high mountains. Eversince the classical times, Simi flourished due to the success of it sponge-divingand boat-building industries, launching up to 500 ships a year. It became the thirdrichest island of the Dodecanese. The islands well protected natural harbors led tothe Italian occupation in the beginning of the 20th century along with the Germanoccupation in World War II. After this Simi never recovered and the mansions builtin better times slowly crumbled. Today elaborate churches, elegant boutiques,seafood restaurants and cafés line the fairy tale-like harbor, painted in numerousshades of pastel colors. It is different than the other Dodecanese islands, remainingrefined with an aristocratic charm, seen both in the carefully restored neo-Classicalhomes and in the gracious hospitality of the island’s inhabitants. Early eveningarrive in the fairytale harbor filled with pastel, neo-classical homes.
Day 4 - DAY 4 - TUESDAY - SELIMIYE & BOZBURUN
Depart Simi harbor and cruise to the island’s western side to the peaceful setting ofthe Panormitis Monastery of the Archangel Michael, with its Byzantine frescos. Enjoya swim break at the Bay of St. George, before returning to the Turkish coastline.Sail into the Gulf of Hisarönü for re-entering Turkey in the fishing village ofBozburun. It is used to be the center of sponge diving along the Turkish coast,but nowadays locals here earn their living in a much less dangerous way bybuilding the typical broad-beamed wooden gulets.Afterwards cruise into the wide Bay of Selimiye, one of the safest naturalharbors in the Gulf of Hisarönü. Surrounded by magnificent scenery and largelyunspoiled, Selimiye village seems as though it was frozen in time.
Day 5 - DAY 5 - WEDNESDAY - BENCIK BAY
Sail into the Gulf of Hisaronu with a mountainous coastline that offers numerousanchorages within. Stretching for 30 nautical miles into the Aegean Sea betweenthe Greek Islands of Kos and Rhodes, this gulf provides a sailing paradise with latemorning winds and deep blue seas with secluded coves, rugged mountains as abackdrop, and small tranquil villages.Bencik Bay resembles a miniature fjord. The inlet extends inland about 1.5 nauticalmiles and has steep wooded slopes on either side. Bencik is located at the narrowestpart of the peninsula that divides the Hisaronu Gulf from the Gokova Gulf. Thecrosswinds in this region are excellent for sailing. Cruise north to Ciftlik Bay, ahidden cove with a small sandy beach, half way up the Datca peninsula.
Day 6 - DAY 6 - THURSDAY - PALAMUTBUKU & MERSINCIK
Cruise to this, the most western anchorage in the Gulf of Hisaronu. Palamutbukuis well known for its sparkling clean sea, fresh fish, and delicious locally grownalmonds which are produced locally. From here, sail to Mersincik in the Gulf ofGokova; a stunning bay ringed with high mountains and woods, its clear watersand seclusion make it a favorite spot for spending the night.
Day 7 - DAY 7 - FRIDAY - KISEBUKU BAY
This morning cross the Gulf of Gokova to the pine-clad Bay of Kesibükü. Takeadvantage of the calm morning hours, sailing smoothly along the Gokova shores.Opt for a stop at Orak Island. Late afternoon come into the Bodrum harbor, orcontinue to the attractive bay of Ada Bogazi for night.
Day 8 - DAY 8 - SATURDAY
Departure after breakfast for Bodrum airport and flights back to Istanbul.
Day 9 - Please Note:
Route applies according to weather changes at the discretion of the captain.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
24-04-202101-05-2021EUR €877Classic Double/twin Cabin
24-04-202101-05-2021EUR €1,365Master Cabin
01-05-202108-05-2021EUR €877Classic Double/twin Cabin
01-05-202108-05-2021EUR €1,365Master Cabin
08-05-202115-05-2021EUR €877Classic Double/twin Cabin
08-05-202115-05-2021EUR €1,365Master Cabin
15-05-202122-05-2021EUR €1,013Classic Double/twin Cabin
15-05-202122-05-2021EUR €1,523Master Cabin
22-05-202129-05-2021EUR €1,013Classic Double/twin Cabin
22-05-202129-05-2021EUR €1,522Master Cabin
29-05-202105-06-2021EUR €1,013Classic Double/twin Cabin
29-05-202105-06-2021EUR €1,522Master Cabin
05-06-202112-06-2021EUR €1,013Classic Double/twin Cabin
05-06-202112-06-2021EUR €1,522Master Cabin
12-06-202119-06-2021EUR €1,013Classic Double/twin Cabin
12-06-202119-06-2021EUR €1,522Master Cabin
19-06-202126-06-2021EUR €1,013Classic Double/twin Cabin
19-06-202126-06-2021EUR €1,522Master Cabin
26-06-202103-07-2021EUR €1,202Classic Double/twin Cabin
26-06-202103-07-2021EUR €1,827Master Cabin
03-07-202110-07-2021EUR €1,202Classic Double/twin Cabin
03-07-202110-07-2021EUR €1,827Master Cabin
10-07-202117-07-2021EUR €1,202Classic Double/twin Cabin
10-07-202117-07-2021EUR €1,827Master Cabin
17-07-202124-07-2021EUR €1,202Classic Double/twin Cabin
17-07-202124-07-2021EUR €1,827Master Cabin
24-07-202131-07-2021EUR €1,202Classic Double/twin Cabin
24-07-202131-07-2021EUR €1,827Master Cabin
31-07-202107-08-2021EUR €1,202Classic Double/twin Cabin
31-07-202107-08-2021EUR €1,827Master Cabin
07-08-202114-08-2021EUR €1,202Classic Double/twin Cabin
07-08-202114-08-2021EUR €1,827Master Cabin
14-08-202121-08-2021EUR €1,202Classic Double/twin Cabin
14-08-202121-08-2021EUR €1,827Master Cabin
21-08-202128-08-2021EUR €1,202Classic Double/twin Cabin
21-08-202128-08-2021EUR €1,827Master Cabin
28-08-202104-09-2021EUR €1,013Classic Double/twin Cabin
28-08-202104-09-2021EUR €1,522Master Cabin
04-09-202111-09-2021EUR €1,013Classic Double/twin Cabin
04-09-202111-09-2021EUR €1,522Master Cabin
11-09-202118-09-2021EUR €1,013Classic Double/twin Cabin
11-09-202118-09-2021EUR €1,522Master Cabin
18-09-202125-09-2021EUR €1,013Classic Double/twin Cabin
18-09-202125-09-2021EUR €1,522Master Cabin
25-09-202102-10-2021EUR €1,013Classic Double/twin Cabin
25-09-202102-10-2021EUR €1,522Master Cabin
02-10-202109-10-2021EUR €877Classic Double/twin Cabin
02-10-202109-10-2021EUR €1,365Master Cabin
09-10-202116-10-2021EUR €877Classic Double/twin Cabin
09-10-202116-10-2021EUR €1,365Master Cabin
16-10-202123-10-2021EUR €877Classic Double/twin Cabin
16-10-202123-10-2021EUR €1,365Master Cabin
23-10-202130-10-2021EUR €877Classic Double/twin Cabin
23-10-202130-10-2021EUR €1,365Master Cabin

Inclusions

    • Set sail across the blue expanse of the Gulf of Gokova for the ancient site of Knidos where the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas meet.
    • Visit Eski Datca, a quaint town of traditional stone architecture and atmospheric side streets.
    • Cross over to the Greek island of Simi with its extraordinarily picturesque Neo-classical harbour front.
    • Enjoy exploring the enchanting Gulf of Hisaronu.

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