Yacht Charter Turkey
This vast Turkish peninsula is surrounded by eight countries and, on three sides, by the Aegean, Black Sea and Mediterranean. Sailing in Turkey is a chance to explore more than 500 islands and islets along 4,400 miles of stunning undeveloped coastline, with hot, dry summers, calm waters and kind winds.What’s on this page
Yacht rental Turkey
Turkey’s culture and history is ancient and diverse, and you can discover it all on your yacht charter in Turkey. Start your sailing vacation in Turkey from our marina in Fethiye, perfectly situated on the Gulf of Fethiye in the ‘Turkish Riviera’. From there, you can tour this prime sailing region, taking in rich archaeological treasures including the rock tombs of Antalya.
For some of the region’s best snorkeling, head to Wall Bay, where you can also swim at the beach or kayak to the nearby Cleopatra’s Bay to explore ancient ruins. Or sail the rugged beauty of Skopea Limani, where there are craggy-edged bays and inlets to explore. Around the bays you can enjoy mountainside hikes through wooded pathways.
Other destinations worth a visit during your yacht charter in Fethiye are Gemiler Island and Kızılkuyruk Koyu on the Kapıdağ Peninsula.
To sail in Turkey you’ll need a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities. Or you can hire a skipper. Read our guide to sailing qualifications for more information.
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Things to do in Turkey
Visit Kapi Creek
A short, 8nm sail from our marina brings you to this scenic must-visit anchorage. Moor at the jetty, swim at the nearby beach, explore Merdivenli Cove and Seagull Bay or head to the hills to see ancient ruins.
See the tomb of Father Christmas
Gemiler Island, also known as St Nicholas Island, is where the tomb of St Nicholas (or Father Christmas) was believed to have been located. A visit is one of the most popular things to do in Turkey. Climb the very steep hill to see the ruins of five churches built between the 4th and 6th centuries, one of which is cut into the rock.
Discover Butterfly Valley
Access to this lovely beach and bay, located in a valley surrounded by steep rocky cliffs, can only be by boat. At this secluded natural haven, you’ll find small beach huts and a bar. You can also walk to a nearby waterfall and see butterflies along the way.
See the ancient city of Kaunos
There are so many things to do in Turkey, but we’d recommend sailing to Ekincik and taking the local motorboat ride up the Dalyan River to the ancient city of Kaunos, where you’ll see six tombs of the kings cut into the sheer rock face. You can also visit the nearby mud baths with their fabled mystical healing powers.
Explore the ancient site of Pinara
While in Fethiye sailing, take an excursion to Pinara, an hour away by car followed by a winding walk up the hill. The remains of several ancient temples can be found here, as well as tombs, a theater, and a church.
When is the best time to visit Turkey?
With its long sailing season, the best time to visit Turkey is between April and November. Temperatures in Turkey around the Aegean area register around 86ºF in summer and 77ºF in spring and fall.
What are the sailing conditions in Turkey?
The sailing conditions in Turkey are characterized by the meltemi wind, which blows from the NW to WNW in open waters, but follows the coastlines nearer to shore.
Average wind speed is force 2-4 in the summer season but occasionally, in the high season, gusts can reach above force 6-7. Outside the season, the meltemi is less powerful and even several days of light winds can be expected.
The wind will normally pick up early in the afternoon, which is ideal for anchoring, although sometimes the meltemi continues during the night.
What are the mooring fees in Turkey?
When it comes to mooring fees in Turkey, many bays have restaurants and a jetty. You can moor here free of charge, although you will be expected to buy a meal from the nearby restaurant, which may be more expensive than restaurants without a jetty.
If you find a sheltered cove during your yacht charter in Turkey, you may struggle to drop anchor as many are very deep. For conservation reasons, mooring using trees is not encouraged, although many coves have mooring bollards or rocks with rings which you can use instead.
Sailing Turkey with Dream Yacht Charter
Yacht rental Turkey
Sail the coast of the Gulf of Fethiye from our base in Fethiye. Plan your perfect Turkey itinerary and enjoy sailing our catamarans and monohulls
Skippered yacht rental Turkey
If you can’t sail, you can still enjoy an exciting sailing holiday in Turkey. Hire a skipper to sail your yacht from Fethiye along the beautiful Turkish coast.
Turkey sailing itinerary
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Make sure you leave enough time to explore ashore at Fethiye, a small fishing town that used to be known as Kalimce. Explore the forested national park or trace its past underwater and see the Kalimce ruins. Provision from the local market on Sunday or try the fresh seafood in one of the local restaurants. Head eight nautical miles to Kapi Creek, Gobun Koyu, in the Skopea Limani gulf between Göcek and Fethiye – known as one of Turkey’s most beautiful cruising regions. Kapi Creek is a scenic, protected cove sheltered by trees that frame cobalt and azure waters. It’s known for its boat accessible Kapi Creek Restaurant, which is also a bakery and has fantastic sunset views. Moor at the jetty, swim at the nearby beach, explore Merdivenli Cove and Seagull Bay or head to the hills to see ancient ruins.
Set sail 29nm up the coast to Ekincik, between Marmaris and Dalyan. Ekincik has a beautiful, sheltered marina set in an inlet with a beach, pine forests, trails and caves to explore. Take the local motorboat ride up the Dalyan River to the UNESCO ancient city of Kaunos, where you’ll see six tombs of the kings cut into the sheer rock face. Don’t miss it, as it really is spectacular. You can also visit the nearby mud baths with their mystical healing powers.
Head 34nm to Gemiler Island, also known as St Nicholas Island, where the tomb of St Nicholas, or Father Christmas, was believed to have been originally located. Climb the very steep hill to see the ruins of five churches built between the 4th and 6th centuries, one of which is cut into the rock. There are impressive views at the top, but wear sturdy shoes and take plenty of sunscreen and water with you. The ruined arches provide natural frames for views of electric blue seas sparkling in the sunshine. This is a popular spot, so early mooring is advisable and if you want to swim off the beach, wear water shoes as there are rocks underwater.
Sail 13nm to Kızılkuyruk Koyu on the Kapıdağ peninsula, a deep anchorage and beautiful cove with clear water for snorkeling.
Make for Fethiye (13nm), which is a wonderful gateway to explore Turkey’s rich archaeological treasures and the Antalya ruins with their rock tombs that formed part of Lycia’s ancient settlements. There are plenty of mooring opportunities and some hotels reduce the mooring fee if you dine. Just a 20 minute walk away from the harbor is the Amyntas rock tombs. If you have more time, the amazing, well-preserved settlement of Pinara is just an hour by taxi, followed by a winding walk up the hill. It sits in the mountains with tombs cut into high rocks, many with columns and motifs, or you can wander the amphitheater. Some of the site requires climbing, so wear the right footwear for scrambling.Or you can visit the Tlos ruins with its amphitheater, roman baths and mausoleum cut into the rocks. You can also see the ruins at Xanthos and Kalkan. It gets very hot in summer, so make sure you stock up on water when you visit the ancient sites.
Sail 15nm to Wall Bay, which offers some of the best snorkeling in this part of Turkey. Dine at the nearby family-run restaurant Adaia, which can only be accessed by boat. Swim at the beach or kayak to the nearby Cleopatra’s Bay (also known as Ruin Bay) to explore ancient ruins.
Head 9nm back to Fethiye and disembark.
Useful information for sailing Turkey’s coast
Where is Turkey located?
Turkey straddles Europe and Asia, which is why it has such a varied and interesting history. Fethiye, like 95% of Turkey, is located in Asia.
How do I get to Turkey from the US?
To get to our base in Turkey, fly to Dalaman Airport (DLM) from most major UK airports. Our base in Fethiye is approx. 1hr drive from the airport. Our sales team would be happy to assist you in arranging transfers.
We can arrange airport transfers on request. Dalaman Airport is 25 minutes from our base by taxi and Antalya is three hours away.
What language is spoken in Turkey?
The official language spoken in Turkey is Turkish.
What is the currency for Turkey?
The currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TL). Although many places will also accept Euros or US Dollars, you should be aware of exchange rates to ensure you are getting value for money. We would not recommend changing currency at the airport, as the rate given is very poor.
What documents do I need to sail Turkey?
To visit Turkey you will need a valid US passport.
To sail in Turkey you will also need a sailing license that is recognized by local port authorities.
Talk to us to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel.
How do I get around Turkey?
You can travel around Turkey by taxi. These have meters, so make sure they are set when you start and they are the correct rate for the city. Or you can travel by sharing taxis or mini buses that work on set routes and are more comfortable than a bus.
What is the Wi-Fi like in Turkey?
Our base has Wi-Fi access, which you can use during your yacht hire in Turkey. Getting online is easy with plenty of Wi-Fi spots all over Turkey that are usually free. Local sim cards are for sale at Turkcell and Vodafone shops.
Where can I find weather forecasts in Turkey?
You can find Turkey weather forecasts on the WindFinder website.
What provisioning is there in Turkey?
There are plenty of choices for provisioning in Turkey. Please refer to the base guide.
What baggage can I take on my Turkey sailing holiday?
Please only take soft bags and not suitcases as they are too cumbersome on board.
What is the electrical current in Turkey?
The land electrical current in Turkey is 220 Volts – 50Hz.
What is the dialing code for Turkey?
The dialing code for Turkey is +90.
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What is the cancellation policy for Sail Share?
We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits.
Our Sail Share cabin cancellation fees are:
- More than 90 days before original embarkation date: 25% of the charter fee
- 89 – 60 days before original embarkation date: 50% of the charter fee
- 59 – 30 days before original embarkation date: 75% of the charter fee
- Fewer than 29 days before original embarkation date: 100% of the charter fee
How flexible is the itinerary for a Sail Share charter?
Our yacht itineraries are designed by our destination experts and are set to showcase the best of the destination’s highlights. They are set and not flexible, even if you book all the cabins.
What happens if the weather changes while sailing on a Sail Share charter?
The skipper may decide to change the itinerary if there is bad weather.
Can I choose which cabin I want when I book a Sail Share?
Choose a double cabin with shared bath, or private bath for an additional fee.
Are there child or age restrictions for Sail Share?
Minimum Age: 16 years old
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