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From the waters of one of the world’s greatest cities, to the sheltered coves of quaint fishing villages, Turkey’s west and southwest coast has been attracting sailors for centuries.

Today Turkey is best known in the yachting world as the home of the famed ‘Blue Cruise’, and if you’re looking at yacht hire in Turkey no doubt you’ll be considering a Blue Cruise, cruising along the shores of Turkey in a luxurious gulet.

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Take a “Blue Cruise”

You could charter a Blue Cruise to take you all along the southwest coast of Turkey, though generally you’ll find the most popular routes start from Kusadasi or Didim (on the Aegean Coast), all the way to the large and ancient city of Antalya, on the Mediterranean Coast.

Along the way there are numerous small and larger towns and cities to explore where you can leave the confines of your gulet or yacht and explore ancient ruins, traditional marketplaces, and ample breathtaking scenery.


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The ancient ruins of Ephesus and Didyma

Some of the most popular excursions and attractions in Turkey include the ancient ruined city of Ephesus which is highly recommended to see at the beginning of your Turkish yachting holiday.

There are also ancient ruins at Didyma, and in fact if you enjoy ancient history there are countless places to experience it just a little way inland from the coast.


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Luxury in Bodrum

Bodrum is a great place to stop and spend a few days, and there are numerous places to stay, from luxury hotels to small and basic pansiyons.

The castle is a top attraction here in Bodrum, while the marina is a bustling part of the town lined with restaurants and stalls selling a wide range of souvenirs.

Fethiye and Marmaris

Travelling south past the Datca Peninsula you pass from the waters of the Aegean in to the Mediterranean, and often a stop on a Blue Cruise is the bustling tourist town of Marmaris, while a little further along the coast Fethiye offers plenty in the way of history from ancient rock tombs carved into the mountainsides to the busy weekly market.

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Blue lagoon in Oludeniz

Oludeniz is a must-visit for its breathtaking Blue Lagoon and if you’re interested in a little adventure try paragliding off the mountains above the town for the most spectacular views of this beautiful section of coastline.

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Antalya, Kas and Kalkan

Kalkan and Kas are also popular stops on the Turkish Blue Cruise, while generally the final stop will be the large city Antalya where there’s a cosmopolitan mix of modern and ancient attractions.

There are numerous luxury hotels in Antalya for anyone who wants to stay a few days and explore the city’s streets, such as the 5 star Crowne Plaza Antalya or the Rixos Downtown.

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In Kas we can recommend the fabilous Lukka Exclusive Hotel.


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Northwest of Turkey and Istanbul

While the Blue Cruise in the southwest is Turkey’s most famous yachting holiday this isn’t the only part of Turkey’s coastline that is good for yacht hire. In the northwest of  Turkey is the more sheltered Sea of Marmara that leads from the Aegean up to the Black Sea.

At the point where the Sea of Marmara narrows into the Bosphorus you’ll find Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul, and a glorious feast for anyone interested in culture, history, cuisine, and shopping.

Even without hiring a yacht, Istanbul is one part of  Turkey that should not be missed. You could tag on a visit to the beginning or end of your Turkish holiday, spending several days exploring all that Istanbul has to offer.

 

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