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Sunny skies, gentle breeze, warm turquoise seas, and tranquil bays are just some of what you can expect when cruising the coasts of Turkey which total some 5,000 miles. There are seas on three sides, with the Mediterranean to the south, the Black Sea to the north and the Aegean Sea to the west. The Dardanelles, the Sea of Marmara, and the Bosporus divide Anatolia and Thrace while separating Asia and Europe. Whether by land or sea, you’ll be immersed in rich cultural heritage and history, with plenty of traces from the past, including intriguing ruins from previous civilizations, while the people are warm and welcoming, and the food is mouthwatering. Turkey has more than its fair share of world-famous monuments and ruins, thanks to the succession of empires and historical figures who have left their mark, from the Romans and Byzantines to the Ottomans. 

The best way to explore the thousands of miles of Turkish coastline and its golden beaches, seafood eateries, and ancient archaeological sites is to feel the breeze in your hair while breathing in the salty sea air on a gullet. In between all the nautical hotspots like Bodrum, Antalya, and Fethiye, you’ll be able to leap into the brilliant blue water for a swim or enjoy other watersports, all while surrounded by awe-inspiring scenery. It makes for the ideal family vacation, trip with friends, a honeymoon, or any romantic escape.

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Sailing the Turquoise Coast from Bodrum

One of the top Turkey gulet trips sails the Turquoise Coast from Bodrum, waking up on board to the warmth of the Aegean sun and the sight of the crystal-clear blue waters every morning. Disembark to explore pretty harbors and picturesque towns, discover historic landmarks and ancient ruins, shop the boutiques and indulge in exceptional culinary experiences. While on the vessel you can spend time relaxing, anchor in secluded bays to swim whenever you’re in the mood to leap into the enticing sea, dine with your fellow travelers, and simply appreciate the excellent service provided by the crew.

You’ll start in the resort town of Bodrum, which Homeros once described as the “Land of the Eternal Blue.” This is a great spot to begin as you can arrive early to sample the hopping nightlife before departure. The morning is also a good time to visit the popular attractions, like the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus and the 15th-century Crusader Castle that houses the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. 


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The Ships

You’ll have your choice of four luxurious gulet yachts, all custom-built in the famous shipyards of Bodrum, accommodating from eight to 17 guests. 

M/S Nikola

The elegant M/S Nikola is a state-of-the-art gulet handcrafted from exotic teak and mahogany. She can accommodate up to eight guests and comes with the latest in high-tech nautical equipment. Look forward to enticing spaces for sunbathing on comfortable cushioned loungers and enjoying the fresh, salty sea air with spectacular views from shaded areas too. Water sports gear like snorkeling and fishing equipment, a paddleboard, wakeboard, and sea kayak are all included. There’s an area for alfresco dining but if you want to dine indoors, her interior is fully air-conditioned and includes a dining area and a well-stocked bar. All four cabins are spacious with plenty of room for storage and ensuite bathrooms that include your own private shower.

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Life On Board the Gulets

No matter which gulet you choose, life on board is like a dream. One of the highlights is simply enjoying the feel of the Mediterranean sun on your skin while surrounded by awe-inspiring views. In between, look forward to leaping into the enticing clear blue waters for a relaxed swim, floating around the yacht. With water sports gear on board, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, and more can all be enjoyed too.

If you’re looking for something even more adventurous like paragliding, just ask, almost anything can be arranged. All yachts come with yoga mats for those who want to practice their poses and take relaxation up a notch – in fact, you can even request a yoga instructor to be on board.


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This article was first published in issue eight of the Unforgettable Travel Magazine.