Turkey Lycian Dreams tour

THE LYCIAN DREAM

FETHIYE TO FETHIYE - WEST

 

Fethiye to Fethiye

WEST ROUTE

7 Nights - Saturday to Saturday

Imagine this...Water so clear you can not only see the local sea life, but ancient ruins beneath you as you take your many daily swims from the boat.
Your own personal chef cooking you delicious local meals on board, ready for you after a long afternoon sunning yourself in the hammock as we sail to yet another majestic secluded bay.

An afternoon hike to get your nerd on and see some of the oldest ruins on the planet before returning for a well earned sunset swim,  followed by cocktails on deck as the stars light up the sky. 

How's your imagination kicking in?! Well keep on reading and check out this amazing tour we have for you on the South-West coast. It's not a dream!

Tour Highlights
  • Start your days by diving off the boat into the turquoise blue Mediterranean sea with our daily swim stops

  • Snorkel the scenic Turkish coastline and see the Caretta Turtles

  • Hike to see the ruins of the ancient settlement of Amos

  • Party in the yachting paradise marina town of Marmaris

  • Watch the magical sunset on St Nicholas Island

  • Enjoy an included cooking class on board and learn how to make some of Turkey's most delicious local treats.

  • Swim in the Blue Lagoon of Ölüdeniz, the most photographed place in Asia
  • Add some adventure with our Paragliding or Scuba diving excursions
  • Take a cruise on the Dalyan Delta and enjoy a traditional Turkish bath

WHAT'S INCLUDED

THE BOAT

  • 7 nights charter with an experienced Local Captain & Crew

  • All meals included, prepared fresh by our Local chef on board

  • Double & Twin Share rooms with Private en-suites

  • Use of Air-Condition included on all boats

  • Free drinking water on board 

  • Free unlimited WiFi on board

  • Sun lounges on deck

  • Housekeeping with fresh linen and bath towels

 

THE TOUR

  • Your very own energetic Koda Sail Rep on board with you

  • Orientations of all of our destinations

  • Entry fees for St Nicholas Island historical site

  • Port Tax - All Harbour and Marina fees included 

 

INCLUDED EXTRAS

 
THE ITINERARY
Day 1: Saturday
FETHIYE to BEDRI RAHMI BAY

Our cruising adventure along the South-West coastline begins from the vibrant town of Fethiye. Here we check into our traditional Turkish gullets, meet our fellow passengers and Koda Sail crew before setting sail to the beautiful Göcek Bay.

Our first stop will be Yassıca Islands. These islands with their gorgeous views and crystal clear waters are ideal for our first swim stop of the week before cruising to Bedri Rahmi Bay, named after the esteemed master of Turkish literature, art and painting, Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu.

In the summer of 1973, during a cruise with close friends, he drew a fish on a huge rock. This ‘Fish Rock’ located at the entrance of the blue bay still greets passengers. In fact, the region itself is known as ‘Fish Rock’ in honor of the great master.

It is also known for its pine and olive trees covering the hills behind the Oleander flowers, small beaches and turquoise waters, creating a majestic sight! Here we will overnight in this beautiful bay.

Image by Clay LeConey
Sarsala Bay Turkey
Day 2: Sunday
BEDRI RAHMI BAY to SARSALA BAY

We start today with a short cruise during breakfast to the region of Manastir Bay and head directly for Cleopatra’s Bath Bay to see the submerged ruins of an old Hamam (Turkish Bath) in the water. Revel in the stories that you are swimming in the very water where Cleopatra herself used to bathe and holiday with her lover Marc Antony.

Thermal volcanic activity in the hills behind this bay leads to naturally warm hot-springs and a crater lake whose waters used to feed the ancient Hamam. This bay cannot be reached by road or land which makes it even more special.

 

In the distance through the pine trees is the Lycian hiking trail where you might spot some of the Lycian tombs carved in the hills. We are very close to another ancient city known as Lydae, famous for its Roman and Byzantine ruins of temples, mausoleums, cisterns and other ancient structures.

This afternoon we'll anchor in Sarsala Bay, once home to the governor of Egypt under the Ottoman Empire.

A beautiful bay, with a long stony beach surrounded by pine forestry mountains. An ideal spot for an evening swim before dinner on board.

Day 3: Monday
SARSALA BAY to MARMARIS

Today we sail over to Kumlubuku Bay, which is overlooked by the ruins of the ancient settlement of Amos.

The hike up to this important historic site where there is an acropolis, an amphitheatre, a temple and an altar dedicated to Dionysus to explore, is also rewarded with spectacular views out over the bay. After your hike, enjoy a swim and some snorkelling in the crystal clear waters before we head over to the vibrant city of Marmaris.

More than fifty shades of green and blue can be seen around Marmaris and her abundance of bays. Marmaris is a natural port, with ancient cities, natural attractions and a marina for 800 boats, making it a paradise for tourists from around the world. We like to call it the Mykonos of Turkey as it is one of the most elegant yachting resorts along the Turkish Riviera.

Many choices of shops, cafes and restaurants can be found along the cute winding narrow streets of the town as well as some of the best clubs and bars in the region. The perfect destination for both photographers and nightlife lovers.

Image by sebastian de rutte
Image by Dilek Durgun
Day 4: Tuesday
MARMARIS to DALYAN

After a fun night out on the town, we slow down the pace again and sail across the bay to Ekincik, an unspoiled natural wonder with beauty that will take your breath away. The 2km long stretch of the unspoilt gravel beach meets a small harbour, where the scenery is stunning and you can get to see some local wildlife.

Our optional excursion today to Dalyan will start with a swim at Turtle beach before enjoying the natural beauty of the delta as you sail along in the river boat. You will see the ancient Rock Tombs carved out of the cliffs (2500+ years old!), and finally arrive at the mud baths to relax and be rejuvenated. The warm water softens the skin and eliminates wrinkles because it contains high ratio sulphur.

The ancient city of Kaunos with its ruins dating back to 3000 years lies here in the village of Dalyan, surrounded by pine-clad hills, cotton fields and miles of untouched coastline.

Along the beach, the endangered Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta Caretta) and the green turtle (Chelonia Mydas) have returned to lay their eggs since the beginning of time. With the nesting time being from May till October, you should be lucky enough to spot these beautiful creatures!

Day 5: Wednesday
DALYAN to DOMUZ ISLAND

This morning you can take your wake up swim at Ağa Limani, a secluded and cosy cove where only a few boats can set anchor at any one time. It's definitely one of those hidden gems with a small white sandy beach where you can swim ashore and sunbathe with plenty of privacy.

Have a snooze right there on the beach or hike up the slopes to the nearby ruins to get a stunning view of the entire cove, including Domuz island. Nicknamed Prince Island from the locals, but the actual name of Domuz (which translates to pig), come from the wild pigs that were found here once upon a time.

Tonight another delicious dinner on board awaits you, followed by a chilled evening with a few wines on board while staring up at the star filled sky.

Image by Eugene Bokhan
Day 6: Thursday
DOMUZ ISLAND to
St NICHOLAS ISLAND

Today's adventure takes us to the Tersane Islands, also known as the Shipyard Islands. A deep blue 100m long channel provides entry into these islands, where ruins of ancient houses can be seen on our sail in.

 

These islands were the most secure for sailors during the Byzantine period and today provide shelter from the wind making it the perfect spot to stop for a swim. The water in this area is stunning and so crystal clear, that often you will see many fish swimming along beside you.

After a great swim stop we will head to majestic Oludeniz aka the famous Blue Lagoon. Thousands of para-gliders jump from this mountain and watching them soar above is an incredible site. You'll also have the chance to tick this experience off your bucket list as it is one of our excursions we can organise for you. It's a must do, even if it's just for the epic selfie you can get!

 

Following a dip in the most photographed waters of the Mediterranean, we will make our way to the legendary St Nicholas Island.  To top off this epic day, you must join us on our mini hike up to the lighthouse on top of St Nicholas Island for a picture perfect sunset. What a day!

Day 7: Friday
St NICHOLAS ISLAND to FETHIYE

After breakfast you'll get to enjoy a quick dip at St Nicholas Island before we pull up the anchors and head to another beautiful bay in Fethiye gulf called Tarzan bay. On arrival you'll see why the bay is named after Tarzan as you'll get your chance to 'swing' into crystal-clear turquoise water.

 

After lunch, get your last bit of zen in from the calm seas before we sail back to the vibrant and lively city of Fethiye for your final night out. Get in some last minute shopping or wander around this beautiful port town.

Tonight, we eat our final dinner on board and salute our amazing chef, before heading out to experience the vibrant nightlife Fethiye has to offer, for a memorable final night on tour.

 

Together we toast to an amazing week on the seas with Koda Sail. ​ Whether its the colourful neon lights of the bar street where you can dance the night away, or a quiet bar in a back streets where you can enjoy a delicious cocktail, Fethiye has something for everyone.

Tomorrow morning our cruising adventure on the south-west coast of Turkey comes to an end. Enjoy one last breakfast as you fare-well your crew and fellow passengers, aka your new lifelong friends :)

What are you waiting for? It's time to get on board. Let's get sailing!