A unique walking holiday exploring the Turkish coast and staying in ensuite twin or single cabins on a traditional, crewed gulet.
Journeying from Fethiye, along the Fethiye Gulf and around the famous Gocek Islands, we’ll walk on 4 or 5 days to the next rendezvous point along forested tracks with views to the mountains, the forest or out over the islands along this lovely coast. These walks are on remote tracks following this unspoilt and undeveloped coast, most of which can only be accessed from the sea, making for a unique walking experience.
The walks vary to suit the terrain which can be rocky underfoot but they are taken at a comfortable pace for the group. Once we drop anchor there’s plenty of ways to relax whether you spend your time snorkeling, swimming, using the onboard canoe or catching up on your reading, you are sure to have a great holiday. A wonderful combination of walking, relaxation, sightseeing, alfresco eating, drinking and of course cruising along this stunning coastline.
Enjoy excellent Turkish cuisine cooked every day by the onboard chef using the best local ingredients. Full Board is included with a packed lunch for walks. Vegetarians can easily be catered for. We have chartered a luxury 27m gulet where you will find onboard that every cabin has a newly fitted-out private en-suite bathroom with home style toilet and shower cubicle.
Itinerary (Subject to change. We will be doing the itinerary below either as it stands or in reverse).
Welcome on board in Marmaris, a natural harbour surrounded by wooded mountains. Adil – the captain of the boat and co-owner with Anne – will meet us with their crew of 2 (cook and deckhand) at the boat.
After breakfast in port enjoy your first cruise towards Paradise Island where we stop for the first of your walks in the unspoilt mountains. Stopping at an ancient Goddess worshipping site along the way. (2 hours)
After breakfast we cruise towards Ekincik for a fascinating full day out. We’ll board a river boat which will wend its way through reedbeds along the Koycegiz river through wetlands which are home to kingfishers, cormorants, egrets and if we’re lucky we’ll see some Loggerhead Turtles. We continue up the river past ancient Lycian burial tombs before bathing in thermal baths and maybe even take a mudbath We will walk to the ancient ruins of Kaunos and on to the ancestors of a nomad family to see their family heirlooms. All this before continuing our forest walk back to Ekincik.(3.5 – 4 hours).
An early morning cruise takes us to Aga Limani for breakfast onboard and the start of your walk. Following what remains of a Roman road you will see mausoleums from the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD and Byzantine cisterns still used by shepherds today, before walking through an olive grove and pine forest before dropping down into a picturesque bay where we will find the renowned ruins of Cleopatra’s Bath, where Cleopatra and Mark Anthony are said to have bathed. (2 – 2.5 hours)
Leaving from Cleopatra’s ruins we take a coastal walk with scenic views of the Gocek Islands before enjoying the shade of the pine forest which brings us down into Sarsala Bay.. East Meets West will sail around the coast to collect the group for an afternoon of swimming, snorkelling and relaxation. (2 hours)
Between Gocek and Fethiye our walk starts from the beach at Inlice; following broad tracks along the flat for the first couple of kilometers before making our way up into the foothills of the Taurus Mountains where we are rewarded by our lunch stop with panoramic 360 degree views of the Fethiye bay and Gocek Islands eventually ending our walk at the beach at Kucuk Kargi. (3.5 – 4 hours)
An optional excursion which gives you the opportunity to see something of rural Turkish village life. We will explore the ancient Lycian, Roman and Byzantine ruins at Tlos. We’ll have lunch amongst the ruins of the abandoned ‘ghost’ town of Kayakoy, epitomized in Louis de Berniere’s ‘Birds Without Wings’. Dinner will be onboard in Fethiye port where you have chance to visit the many shops, bazaars and restaurants.
After breakfast, bid your farewells to the captain and crew before we check out of our cabins by 10am. The cruise ends at Fethiye port. Transfer back to Dalaman airport.
1. Itinerary may operate in reverse, starting in Marmaris and finishing in Fethiye, your transfer will take you to the correct start location
2. Itinerary subject to change at Captain’s discretion, for example due to weather.
3. Occasionally, a walk may not go ahead if weather conditions don’t allow.
4. Tips for crew at passenger discretion. Suggested £30 per passenger.
Price includes: 7 nights full board in ensuite twin cabins (Ensuite single supplement £15 a night); shared transfer from/to Dalaman airport; Dalyan river trip, crewed yacht & all transport to walks. Up to 1.5 litres of water per day for walking only – if dispensed into a refillable container
Not included: Flight to Dalaman, Turkish tourist visa, drinks from the bar, tip for crew.
Optional extras: The optional trip to Tlos and Kayakoy costs £45. A trip to the Hammam (Turkish Baths) costs £30. These optional trips can be paid for in Sterling or Turkish Lira, as can your bar bill.