The Republic of Turkey is truly at a crossroads of history, culture, geography and religion. This vast peninsula is surrounded on three sides by water, and links Asia and Europe. With more than 4,400 miles of coastline, it is no wonder Turkey is a sailor's paradise.
Chains of rugged mountains north, west, south and east frame a central plateau. The western range slopes gently to the sea. Mount Ararat, Turkey's highest peak at 16,946 feet is said to be the place where Noah's Ark came to rest after the flood. Because of its geography, Turkey features a wide range of climate variation. A temperate climate characterizes the Black Sea region, while the southern coast and the Aegean features warm Mediterranean weather. In contrast, the central plateau is arid, while in the east, a harsh mountain climate exist. As a result, the variety of animal and plant life in Turkey is some of the richest found in Europe and the Middle East.
Turkey's culture and history is as diverse as it's geography and climate. The Odyssey is set in Turkey and the Trojan wars were fought there. Constantine established Constantinople, which is now Istanbul, as a center for Eastern Christians. When Rome fell, Constantinople became the center of the Byzantine Empire, which later fell to Muslims. Seljuk Turks ruled for nearly 200 years until Mongols invaded. However, a small group of Seljuks later rose to power and created the Ottoman Empire, which lasted into the early 20th Century. The Ottomans were swept away at the conclusion of World War I, and modern Turkey was born in 1922.
Dream Yacht Charter's Turkish base and cruising ground is at Fethiye (pronounced Fet-hee-ya), a region known as both the Turkish Riviera and Turquoise Coast. In ancient times, it was known as Telmessos, named for the son of Apollo. Modern Fethiye is built on the ruins of the old city. One of the activities you can do while in port is visit the large and beautiful Tomb of Amyntas, built by the Lycians in 350 B.C. The tomb is striking because of its carvings and massive size. One reward from your climb is an amazing view of Fethiye and the entire bay below.
Also be sure to visit the Oludenia Blue Lagoon, other nearby beaches and the Fethiye market while our staff outfits your incomparable yacht for what we know will be an unforgettable and delightful cruise through the Mediterranean.
Our sailing itineraries can take you to Marmaris, where the Mediterranean and Aegean seas meet. The city is on a natural harbor surrounded by pine forests that stretch down to the waterfront. Marmaris is one of Turkey's premier vacation resorts, built around a sweeping natural bay at the foot of a steep mountain slope. The old town is a maze of twisting little streets with whitewashed houses amid an excellent shopping bazaar. Many restaurants are located on the waterfront, where you can relax and take in the spectacular view. Marmaris is a stylish and cosmopolitan resort. The traffic-free promenade stretching from the marina all the way round the bay to Icmeler has a sophisticated 'Riviera' feel to it, that is reminiscent of St.Tropez.
Not far away is Ciftlik (ancient Phalarus), a beach village set in a striking mountain cul-de-sac, that is a nice port of call when cruising though this region. Also nearby is Bozukkale, which in ancient times was the city of Loryma. Entering the bay on the western side is the city's citadel walls and is a truly magnificent sight. The harbor was in use during Roman and Byzantine times, and the Knights of Rhodes used it as well.
Ensconced among the green mountains of the Datca Peninsula, Bozburun is a charming little harbor at the end of some wonderful sheltered bays. This splendid area is thickly forested with pine trees and the sweet smell of frankincense lingers in the air. While it is possible to swim, there is no official beach here. One of the fascinations of Bozburun is watching skilled craftsmen on the waterfront assembling wooden boat frames in the shadows of towering cliffs.
The next largest village along this section of coast after Bozburun is Datca. This picturesque village is largely untouched by tourists, and is good provisioning stop. People in the region make their living by growing and selling olives, almonds, honey, garden fruits and vegetables. The almonds of Datca are particularly prized.
Serce Limani is located on the southern side of the Bozburun Peninsula opposite Rhodes. The harbor has a magnificent gate carved from stone, and is a safe haven for boats. An underwater survey of the harbor's pristine waters revealed a shipwreck dating to the 11th century. The ship was carrying a cargo of glass. Many of these artifacts have been recovered and sent to the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology.
These are just some of the delights a sailing vacation with Dream Yacht Charter will unveil in Turkey, a country with a long and proud history and invigorating culture.