A unique walking holiday exploring the beautiful Turkish Blue Cruise coast and staying in ensuite single or twin cabins on a traditional crewed sailing yacht. Journeying from Marmaris, along the Resadiye Peninsula and onto Datca we’ll call in at small fishing villages and ancient ruined cities along the way. We’ll be walking on 4 or 5 days from the boat to the next rendezvous point along rocky, shrub lined tracks with views to the mountains or out over the Greek islands of Rhodes and Symi dotted along this lovely coast. Many of these walks are on remote tracks following this unspoilt and undeveloped coast, some of which can only be accessed from the sea, making for a unique walking experience.
The walks vary to suit the terrain, averaging low intermediate with several steeper ascents and rocky, stony paths, but all 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 and drinking 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. We have chartered a luxury 27m gulet where you will find onboard that every cabin has a private en-suite bathroom with home-style toilet and shower cubicle.
Many women return home saying this is the best holiday they have ever had; a perfect combination of relaxing and activity and the food is wonderful!
There are 2 different walking and sailing itineraries in 2019 which means you can do two weeks back to back for an extra special holiday and we’ll take £50 off the price if you book both of them (plus you’ll only need one flight).
Price includes: 7 nights full board in ensuite twin cabins (Ensuite single supplement £20 a night); shared transfer from Dalaman airport; crewed yacht & all transport to walks.
Itinerary (subject to change)
Day 1 Welcome on board in the lively town of Marmaris, a natural harbour surrounded by wooded mountains. This is your chance to meet the Captain and crew and make yourself feel at home before dinner, which is served on board in port.
Day 2 Our first hike of the trip sees us on Paradise Island where high on the hillside we’ll discover the Nimara Caves where they’ve uncovered evidence of Goddess worshipping from 8000 BC. (8km, 3 hours). After lunch we’ll cruise for a couple of hours to the bay of Bozukkale, where you’ll be able to explore the Rhodian fortification walls during the late afternoon.
Day 3 An early cruise takes us to the small town of Datca from where we travel by a/c coach to the start of our first walk in the quaint village of Yazikoy. A very varied walk on small roads, broad tracks and goat trails passing through a small village, stopping at a beautiful pebble beach for snacks, passing old Greek settlements with wonderful sea views before finishing in the ancient city of Knidos. (12 km, 5 hours) Time to explore this ancient city and its ruined architecture before returning to Yazikoy for Gozleme cooked by local village women.
Day 4 A morning cruise takes us to an unusual and pretty, small cove still used by fishermen. We follow old village trails across mixed meadowland leaving the view of Bozburun behind us. Once over the crest we walk on a broad track with spectacular views of the bay. (7km 3.5 hours) Time to shop and have a latte in the pretty fishing port of Selimiye
Day 5 After a leisurely breakfast we leave the turquoise waters of Dirsekbuku, once a small Roman harbour used to offload amphorae of olives, olive oil, wine and honey. We follow goat trails on narrow paths taking in beautiful views, a chance of seeing wild horses before descending into Tavshan Bay with time to swim before lunch. An afternoon of cruising and relaxation. (4km, 2.5-3 hours)
Day 6 Walking along stony goat trails we look back to see the fortification walls of Loryma. This steep and stony trail takes us past goatherder’s dwellings overlooking the Greek island of Rhodes. Walking amongst bushes of oregano,thyme and rock roses we’ll start to descend when we see East Meets West moored in the turquoise waters of Serce bay. (4km, 3-4 hours)
Day 7 A morning of relaxation and finishing our books for the long cruise back towards the bay of Marmaris, swimming and sharing memories before returning to Marmaris port during the afternoon.
Day 8 After breakfast bid your farewells to the captain and crew before check-out by 09:30. Tips for the crew are discretionary but customary. The cruise ends at Marmaris port.