Blue Cruising on the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas is about reviving all of your five senses.With almost 4,500 effervescent miles of coastline, Turkey is a delight for sea nymphs and day-tripping sun-seekers alike.With an enormous patrimony of antiquity often situated along the sea, a day at the beach could be simultaneously a trip back to ancient Greece,to the Roman Empire,or into the crumbling remnants of the Byzantine era.These things are hard to describe until you’ve experienced them yourself Turkey Blue Voyage.
The entire coastline of the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea have historic sites. Depending on the gulet charter itinerary you choose, you may be able to see:
*Cleopatra’s Beach at Sedir Island in Gokova,Sedir Island, known in ancient times as Kedreae, features an amphitheatre and some other Greek/Roman ruins shadowed by the silvery green olive trees. However, its biggest claim to fame is its Cleopatra Beach, with golden sands virtually non-existent anywhere else in the Eastern Mediterranean, accompanied by milky turquoise waters of the cove. Legend has it that, as a passionate gesture, her lover Mark Anthony shipped a boat of sand from Egypt and together they swam in the crystal blue waters and walked the sandy beach that reminded her of home. Hence, the island became commonly-known as Cleopatra’s Island and for many years, nobody challenged the myth until science proved that, although there is no other sand like it in Turkey, its unique formation is actually caused by dissolving seashells.
*The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (Bodrum), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and St. Peter’s Castle built by the Knights of Hospitaller in the 14th century in Bodrum. The word derives from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (near modern-day Bodrum in Turkey), the grave of King Mausolus, the Persian satrap of Caria, whose large tomb was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Historically, mausolea were, and still may be, large and impressive constructions for a deceased leader or other person of importance. However, smaller mausolea soon became popular with the gentry and nobility in many countries. In the Roman Empire, these were often ranged in necropoles or along roadsides: the via Appia Antica retains the ruins of many private mausolea for miles outside Rome.
*The ancient Greek city of Knidos,founded by Greek settlers, Knidos was an important cultural and political centre by the 5th century BC and, with its large natural harbours, the city was also an ancient trading hub. Throughout this period, Knidos was a member of the Dorian Hexapolis – a federation of six cities of Dorian Greek origin – along with Halicarnassus and Kos among others.
The city was famed for its association with Aphrodite and for its famous statue of the goddess, sculpted by the renowned classical sculptor Praxiteles of Athens. While this statue has not survived, a number of copies exist, one of which can be found in the Vatican Museums. At Knidos itself, the ornate marble pedestal that the Aphrodite statue stood upon can still be seen.
*The sunken city of Simena in Kekova where your yacht hovers above sunken houses and staircases and tombs.Kekova Island and the town of Kale (ancient Simena) to the west of Antalya make an idyllic daytrip for the traveler looking for a combination of sunshine, swimming and fascinating historic ruins. Many gulets run trips from Kas but the journey is much shorter from Cayagzi, the harbor of Demre. Along the stony coastline the boats may stop at a cave, or you can see the occasional goat or the smoldering pyramids of wood used by peasants to make charcoal, the product may sit in plastic sacks at the water’s edge, waiting to be taken away.
*Caunus, where you can walk around the 4th century Lycian city and its royal rock tombs carved into the rock cliffs.Kaunos is one of the most mysterious cities in the Mediterranean region.Caunos ruins are one kilometre away from Dalyan. It’s possible to reach Kaunos by motorway or by sea. Daily excursions from Marmaris to Kaunos and to Dalyan are organized everyday. However, because of the shallowness of the water at some points where the waters of the canal fall into the Mediterranean, yachts are not allowed to enter Kaunos. Passengers are carried from here to Kaunos by small boats. Kaunos ruins are one kilometre inside from the canals. That’s why, after disembarking from the gulet, visitors are required to walk for ten minutes to get to Kaunos.
*The citadel from the Hellenistic era in Bozukkale,this ancient city was an important centre in the 4th century BC as part of Rhodes cities and is located in Bozukkale. The ruins surrounding the bay, takes about one hour of walking to access them. The small city of Loryma was established in the 7th century, was surrounded by a two sectioned wall, that dates back to Archaic and Classical times. In the upper part of the city is the acropolis, which, also has a two sectioned wall with three cisterns sitting above it, and the ruins at the base belong to a single building believed to have been a shelter in times of danger. The long and narrow harbour fort controlled the entrance into the gulf and the dwellings had been carefully built on the terraces along the slope.
*The Hippocrates’ tree in Kos,The plane tree of Hippocrates in Kos, Dodecanese: In the centre of Kos island in front of the Castle of Knights stands a huge old plane tree, known as the Hippocrates plane tree. It is claimed that Hippocrates used to sit under this plane tree and teach his students. As the tree is 500 years old, it is obviously not the one that Hippocrates planted, since he lived around the 5th century BC. This plane tree has a perimeter of twelve metres, which gave it the reputation of being the largest in Europe. The island’s authorities have taken some measures in order to preserve it. A short surrounding wall with a metal railing prevents it from extending excessively and keeps people in proper distance. The wall has Turkish ornaments on one side of this wall, while on the other there is a historic white engraved tap in Arabic language, put by a Turkish governor.
*The famous Pieta of the Virgin Mary, holding the crucified Christ, in Lipsi.Michelangelo carved a number of works in Florence during his time with the Medici, but in the 1490s he left Florence and briefly went to Venice, Bologna, and then to Rome, where he lived from 1496-1501. In 1497, a cardinal named Jean de Billheres commissioned Michelangelo to create a work of sculpture to go into a side chapel at Old St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The resulting work – the Pieta – would be so successful that it helped launch Michelangelo’s career unlike any previous work he had done.The scene of the Pieta shows the Virgin Mary holding the dead body of Christ after his crucifixion, death, and removal from the cross, but before he was placed in the tomb. This is one of the key events from the life of the Virgin, known as the Seven Sorrows of Mary, which were the subject of Catholic devotional prayers.
*The active volcano in Nisiros,the small round island of Nisyros is one of the more active but less known volcanoes in Greece. It is located south of the popular beach holiday island of Kos.
The volcano is part of the Hellenic Arc, a curved line of volcanic centers.
*The medieval old town in Rhodes,Best to know one thing from the start about Old (Medieval) Town of Rhodes (Rhodos): It’s not laid out on a grid — not even close. There are roughly 200 streets or lanes that simply have no name. Getting lost here is not a defeat; it’s an opportunity. Whenever you feel the need to find your bearings, you can ask for Sokratous, which is the closest the Old Town of Rhodes comes to having a main street.When you approach the walls of the Old Town of Rhodes, you are about to enter the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe. It’s a thrill to behold. Although there are many gates, we suggest that you first enter through Eleftheria (Liberty) Gate, where you’ll come to Plateia Simi (Simi square), containing ruins of the Temple of Venus, identified by the votive offerings found here, which may date from the 3rd century B.C. The remains of the temple are next to a parking lot (driving is restricted in the Old Town), which rather diminishes the impact of the few stones and columns still standing.