DAY 1 : BODRUM
Boarding starts at 14:30. If you arrive early, you can leave your luggage at our office. Our boat will be anchored at Bodrum Port for overnight.
Before and after dinner, you can explore this spectacular “Turkish Riviera” rich with history and great stores for souvenirs. With its history dating back to the 12th century BC, Bodrum (ancient name: Halicarnassus) is the birthplace of Herodutus, the “Father of History”, who lived here during the 5th century BC. Bodrum will greet you with the Mausoleum of King Mausolus (350 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, St. Peter’s Castle built by the Knights Hospitaller of Rhodes (Knights of St. John), in the 14th century using the columns and reliefs from the Mausoleum. Also do not miss the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archeology located inside the castle which is the biggest museum in the world devoted to underwater archeology, and an Amphitheatre with a capacity of 13,000 seats, still hosting many shows and concerts.
DAY 2: KNIDOS & PALAMUTBUKU
After your breakfast, we will set off for Knidos (or Cnidus) to visit this ancient city. Knidos was founded in around 360 BC by the Carians at the tip of Datca Peninsula, which separates the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. As you walk among the ruins perched on top of a hill, you will have breathtaking views of the two seas shimmering under the sun. You will see the remains of the agora, the theatre, an odeum, a temple of Dionysus, a temple of the Muses, a temple of Aphrodite, and the largest sun clock of its time. Knidos was famous for its naked Aphrodite statue sculpted by Praxiteles. The famous architect of the Alexandrian Lighthouse (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), Sostrates is from Knidos.
Next we will go to Palamutbuku, where a beautiful beach and little restaurants under the tamarisk (salt cedar) trees are awaiting you. Make sure to jump into the cool waters to clean your dust off after visiting Knidos.
We will overnight in Palamutbuku.
DAY 3 : KARGI & DATCA
Our next stop is Kargi, a beautiful bay with turquoise waters, sheltered from the winds. It is popular for divers and snorkelers. There is a small pond on the beach where you can watch the turtles and the frogs.
After a short ride from Kargi, we arrive at Datca, the main town of the Datca Peninsula.
DAY 4:AKTUR & CIFTLIK BAY
After our breakfast at Datca, we leave for Aktur for lunch, swim and snorkel at its two beautiful beaches. Aktur beaches carry the prestigious “Blue Flag”, a voluntary eco-label awarded internationally. Enjoy the clean waters of Akkur and sip your coffee under the eucalyptus trees.
In the afternoon, we head for Ciftlik Bay, another “Blue Flag” beach surrounded with pine and olive trees, for dinner and overnight.
DAY 5: BENCIK & SELIMIYE
Today, we will head to yet another spectacular spot: Bencik. With its tranquil waters, Bencik is located at the narrowest part of the Datca Peninsula. This part of the peninsula is known as “Balikasiran” in Turkish, meaning “the place where the fish jump over”. When you arrive at Bencik, you are on the Mediterranea Sea.
After lunch, we arrive at historic Selimiye (ancient name: Hydas), a magnificent bay completely surrounded with rolling hills and rocky mountains. The color of the sea is cobalt blue shimmering under the sun. Since the bay is so secluded, the water looks like an aquarium where you can see schools of fish. You can walk the entire shore of Selimiye which takes about thirty minutes.
DAY 6: BOZBURUN & SOGUT
After breakfast at Selimiye, we set off for lunch at Bozburun, famous for its thyme honey and a 2000-year old plane tree (Platanus). Carians called this region Larymna, and the people “sand people”.
We will have dinner and overnight at a beautiful unspoiled village, Sogut.To help that, purchase some almonds, honey, broad beans, and molasses made from carobs that Sogut is famous for.
DAY 7: BOZUKKALE & KADIRGA BAY
From Sogut, we sail to Bozukkale (meaning “ruined castle”, ancient name: Loryma), where the bay’s hills are adorned with the remains of a massive fortification, and a Hellenistic citadel is still intact, with its 8-meter tall limestone walls built around 10th century BC.
Enjoy the beauty of Bozukkale. You can take a hike to explore the ruins or swim in the calm, clear blue waters of the Mediterranean.
After Bozukkale, we leave for Kadirga, a favorite with divers and underwater archeologists, to anchor for dinner and overnight.There is a sunken ship. Snorkeling is highly recommended around the rock formations in the middle of the bay.
DAY 8: MARMARIS
After your breakfast, we leave for our final destination, Marmaris. You will have time to pack and disembark around noon. If you have time before your flight, make sure to explore Marmaris for shopping and sightseeing.
The itinerary given above is not a fixed itinerary. As a private boat charter, your group can decide where to go, where to overnight, where to swim.