Sail the Turquoise Coast on a traditional wooden gulet, swim in crystal-clear waters, and explore antique, small villages on foot on this sustainable and authentic experience in the “Turkish Riviera”.
Starting from Göcek, we will hike and sail the idyllic shores of ancient Lycia in a wooden gulet. Slowly cruising along the coast, we’ll make stops on land to walk through scented hills and visit classic coastal sites. Explore the islands, kayak, and snorkel over sunken ancient ruins. Meet nomads, search for the gods of Mt. Olympos, taste local cuisine, and enjoy the atmospheric nights of charming towns.
What is a wooden gulet?
A wooden gulet is a traditional Turkish sailing vessel that is commonly used for coastal cruises and tours in Türkiye. These boats are made from wood and are typically between 15 and 35 meters in length. They have a distinctive design with a broad beam, rounded hull, and a flat deck. The gulets usually have 2 to 8 cabins, a salon, a kitchen, and a dining area.
Gulets are very popular among tourists visiting Türkiye, as they offer an authentic and unique way to explore the beautiful coastline and enjoy the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. They are often rented for private tours and are equipped with all the necessary amenities for a comfortable and enjoyable trip. Many gulets also have a crew on board, including a captain, a cook, and a deckhand, who take care of the guests’ needs and ensure their safety during the voyage.
- Sailing the Turquoise Coast on a traditional wooden gulet
- Hiking the Lycian Way
- Snorkeling over submerged ancient ruins
- Swimming in Cleopatra’s sunken Roman Bath
- Meeting nomads
- Dining with the locals
- Eating freshly cooked meals on board
- Sleeping under the stars
The Turquoise Coast, also known as the Turkish Riviera, is a stunning stretch of coastline along the southwestern coast of Türkiye, facing the Mediterranean Sea. The region is famous for its crystal-clear turquoise waters, rugged cliffs, pine forests, and numerous beaches and coves. Spectacular views of the Mediterranean await in these towns where mysteries and history are intertwined.
The Turquoise Coast is home to several popular tourist destinations and historical sites such as the Lycian rock tombs in Dalyan, and the ruins of the ancient city of Perge. On this trip, we’ll visit the Batik Hamam Cove, a bath about 5 feet under water – where Mark Anthony is said to have courted Cleopatra, and Kaya, a ghost town abandoned in 1930.
The region is also known for its beautiful beaches and protected nature reserves, some of which are accessible only by boat. Visitors to the Turquoise Coast can also enjoy water sports such as swimming and snorkeling – both of which you’ll have the opportunity to do on this trip – as well as hiking in the nearby mountains, exploring traditional villages, and indulging in delicious Turkish cuisine.
Our sustainable trip to the Turquoise Coast will captivate you with breathtakingly beautiful views. This diverse region of Türkiye offers a unique blend of natural beauty, culture, and history. It is a must-visit destination offering adventure and relaxation for anyone traveling to Türkiye.
Come cruise the coast and swim in crystal-clear waters!
The best time of year to visit the Turquoise Coast in Türkiye is during the spring (April to May) or fall (September to October). During these seasons, the weather is generally warm and pleasant, with average temperatures ranging between 20-25°C (68-77°F), and there is less chance of rainfall.
In the summer months (June to August), the region can become quite hot, with temperatures often reaching over 30°C (86°F) and high humidity levels. This can make outdoor activities, such as hiking or sightseeing, uncomfortable during the daytime. However, the summer months are the busiest time for tourism, and the beaches and resorts are lively with visitors.
This trip runs best from May through October, but November is the new October. To help curb overtourism, and especially if you are not comfortable in higher temperatures, we recommend doing this trip outside of the months of July and August. The spring and fall seasons offer the best balance of pleasant weather and fewer crowds.
Why do we write “Türkiye” instead of “Turkey”?
The spelling of “Türkiye” instead of “Turkey” is important for several reasons, including accuracy, and respect for the local language and culture. “Türkiye” is the Turkish name for the country, and it is written in the Turkish alphabet. Using the correct spelling shows respect for the local language and culture. Using the correct spelling of “Türkiye” instead of “Turkey” is a matter of cultural sensitivity, accuracy, and respect for the country and its people.
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