Marmaris - Gocek

2 week route

Information :

  • Duration : 2 weeks
  • starting port : Marmaris
  • ending port : Marmaris
  • Highlights : Dalyan - Gocek - Fethiye - Patara - Letoon - Xanthos - Kalkan - Kas - Sunken City Island

1. Day :
Board the yacht in Marmaris at midday and sail for the first overnight stop, Gerbekse. Enjoy a swim and perhaps take a trip ashore to visit the ruins of a Byzantine church and other buildings on the hill. Overnight in Gerbekse, with dinner on board.

2. Day :
After breakfast, sail for the bay of Ekincik and take a small river boat up the Dalyan River to the ruins of ancient Caunos. Join a local guide here and spend an hour or two walking around this Carian site. Time in Dalyan town before returning to the yacht at Ekincik. Overnight in an Ekincik anchorage, with a superb dinner ashore at ‘My Marina’ – a restaurant perched high on the hill looking out over the bay.

3. Day :
An early morning departure for Gemiler island, stopping along the way for lunch and a spot of swimming or snorkeling. Arriving at Gemiler island in the late afternoon, go ashore and explore the many ruins, including a covered walkway leading to the water’s edge and a church with partly excavated mosaic floors. Just before sunset, take a good vantage point at the summit. This is a memorable setting. Overnight at Gemiler island, with dinner on board or ashore.

4. Day :
Spend the morning walking on the mainland and take in the ruins of a deserted Greek village. Kaya Koy was once a size-able settlement and the church attests to this. A short ride by minibus takes the walkers to Oludeniz, the inland sea, also known as the “Blue Lagoon’. Once arrived, either swim back to the yacht, now anchored at Oludeniz, or take a tender ride. Remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight here with dinner on board.

5. Day :
Breakfast at anchor alongside Butterfly Valley, then eastward for the long cruise to Kalkan. Kalkan is a delightful little town set on a hillside overlooking the Mediterranean. Once we arrive, there is time to explore the shops and the harbor before dinner in a Kalkan quaint restaurant. Overnight in the harbor.

6. Day :
For those interested in visiting some very interesting ancient sites, there is the opportunity to see nearby Xanthos, Patara and Letoon today. Xanthos was the capital of the Lycian league which rose to the height of its splendor in the 10th century BC. Patara, known as the birth place of Apollo, was an important grain trade port in antiquity and is now mostly covered in sand dunes – still, it is an interesting place to visit. Letoon was a place of worship for the people of Xanthos and is cited in many guide books as one of the most delightful sites in Lycia. The foundations of three temples remain and most are underwater. Overnight in Kalkan or anchored off.

7.-8.-9. Day(s) :
To the region known as Kekova for a two-day visit to include Kekova island, Ucagiz and Kale Koy (ancient Simena). Kekova island has a very nice spot known as Tersane, where the apse of a church stands on the beach. The sunken city is the other major attraction on Kekova island. Where the land subsided, it took the remains of a town with it, so the ruins can be viewed from above. Ucagiz is a small town which has yet to be disturbed by tourism. There are a number of sarcophagi to be seen near the town. At Kale Koy, there is a single sarcophagus standing in the water at some interesting steps carved into off-lying rocks. Perhaps the highlight of a visit to Kekova is the climb to the castle and the medieval fortress on the hill. The view is breathtaking. Dining ashore will be possible in Kale Koy and Ucagiz.

10. Day :
Cruise to the port of ancient Andriake after breakfast. From here, it is a short overland trip to ancient Myra and the nearby town of Demre. The site of Myra has a well preserved theater, walls of Lycian rock tombs and an acropolis. A number of the rock tombs are decorated with friezes. St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) was bishop of Myra in the 4th century and in the village of Demre, stands his church. We return south to Gokkaya, made up of a group of islands, with a small number of ruins ashore. Dinner ashore or on board.

11. Day :
To the port of ancient Aperlai for lunch (a walk over the hills to visit the ruins if there is time) and on to Kas in the afternoon. Arriving in Kas, there will be the opportunity to explore the town and photograph the Sarcophagus on a high street before sundown. Dinner ashore in a small restaurant.

12. Day :
An early morning start for the cruise past the Seven Capes to Fethiye. For those who wish to go by land, it is possible to take a minibus from Kalkan and visit Saklikent Canyon, Tilos and the ruins of ancient Telmesos at Fethiye. Those that take the overland tour will rendezvous with the rest of the party in the port of Fethiye. Overnight in Fethiye with dinner ashore and perhaps a visit to a Turkish bathhouse.

13. Day :
After breakfast, head for Tersane island in the Gulf of Fethiye. Tersane is the site of a ruined ship-building yard and is very well sheltered – ideal for water sports. Overnight here or at Bedri Rahmi Koyu – also known as Tomb Bay, as it has a Lycian tomb carved on a rock face overlooking the anchorage.

14. Day :
The Gulf of Fethiye is picturesque, with pine-fringed shores and warm, clear waters. Visit any number of spots such as Kapi Creek, Cleopatra’s Bay, Wall Bay or Deep Bay. Stay at the quietest of these for the night, or try Boynuz Buku and enjoy dinner ashore under the pine trees.

815. Day :
We disembark in Marmaris after breakfast.

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