DAY 1 – MARMARİS to ÇİFTLİK – 11,0 miles
Little remains of the fishing village that Marmaris was just a few decades ago but still retains its charm to its unique location between two intersecting set of mountains by the sea. It has two major marinas and several smaller ones.
DAY 2 – ÇİFTLİK to ARAP ADASI – 6,7 miles
Arap Islet is Turkish territory. It is uninhabited, located between the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. There is a rough pathway coming up from the beach and leading to the village of Taşlıca around 3.5 kms away. It has a completely rural feel which you will experience as you walk.
DAY 3 – ARAP ADASI to BOZUKKALE – 10,0 miles
The ancient city of Bozukkale (Loryma) dates back to the years BC. The nine towers of the castle walls extend out in a rectangular pattern and together with the castle look very solid and well preserved. ”Kale” means ”corrupted” so the name may be a consequence of one side of the Castle being missing. Bozukale was used by the British navy many years ago, acting as a shipyard as well. There are great views across the Aegean and everyone can watch the yacht activity out to sea. Its location also resulted in it being a natural stopping off point for yachts sailing in the Aegean. In 395 BC, the Athenian Navy under the commander of Karori is known to have visited while Demetrios, son of Antigonos chose this port to prepare for the attack Rhodes during the Cnidus War in 305 BC.
DAY 4 – BOZUKKALE to BOZBURUN – 14,2 miles
Bozburun, a small town with a marina, 45 kms to the west of Marmaris, has made a name for itself as a place for building quality wooden craft, yachts and gulets. It is well-known to yachtsmen if less visited by others. That said, the lovely winding road by the sea to reach Bozburun is a very pleasant drive. It is not a place for tourists seeking great nightlife but there are many compensations for visitors staying in its small hotels and pensions. There are restaurants by the sea serving the freshest possible seafood.
DAY 5 – BOZBURUN to SERÇE – 16,2 miles
Serce has become a regular blue cruise stop. It has a sheltered harbour with the clearest of water. Underwater excavations have found many valuable pieces from ancient times, glassware that is now housed in Bodrum’s Museum of Underwater Archaeology. There are two abandoned villages close by, Kirkkuyular and Sindilli where stone houses are evidence of previous times. In the former, which is thought to be the older of the two, there are 40 cisterns which provided the population with water in those days. Saline water is of little use for both animals and agriculture so houses needed wells for their domestic water and to grow their crops.
DAY 6 – SERÇE to GEBEKSE – 13,1 miles
At the entrance of the cove there is a private island with a mansion on it. When you make a turn from the island, there is another opening to a long and narrow bay. This is Geeks Cove. The rocky shores are good for those interested in diving. The end of the cove is like a pool with its White sand on the bottom. Those who go ashore may want to see the ruins od nearby church. You will get great pleasure from swimming with goggles and seeing the wonderful colours beneath the water. Gebekse Bay is one of the main stopping points of the Blue Cruise boats/yachts/gulets and a small number of day cruise boats also come here.
DAY 7 – GEBEKSE to MARMARİS – 11,8 miles
The voyage finishes back in port with enjoying an excellent breakfast before finally returning to dry land. If you have some days ashore before finally returning home, we would recommend that you take some time to see what Marmaris and the immediate region has to offer. The natural environment is stunning; forests hug the slopes with the contrast between green and the blue of the sea and sky creating a lovely setting. Then there is some last minute shopping?