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 private en-suite bathroom with home style toilet and shower cubicle.
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/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. It is also customary to tip the crew at the end of the trip. The optional trip to Tlos and Saklikent Gorge costs £45. A trip to the Hammam (Turkish Baths) costs £25. These optional trips can be paid for in Sterling or Turkish Lira, as can your bar bill.
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.
Itinerary (subject to change) We will be doing the itinerary below either as it stands or in reverse.
Day 1 Welcome on board in Fethiye, 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.
Day 2 After breakfast an optional excursion 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 Louise de Berniere’s ‘Birds Without Wings’Upon our return to Fethiye port we’ll take our first cruise towards the Gocek Islands.
Day 3 Our first hike of the trip will find us following a broad track from Boynuzbuku with wonderful views over the Fethiye Gulf and Gocek Islands, with plenty of time for swimming, kayaking or simply watching the world go by. (5km, 2.5 hours)
Day 4 Starting from Sarsala Bay we follow a trail used for centuries by local nomads driving their goats to higher, cooler pastures. Following the coast we walk through the shade of pine trees, olive groves and maquis before the trail opens out to reveal Manastir Bay finishing at the ruins of Cleopatra’s Bath (said to have been gifted by Mark Anthony to Cleopatra on the event of their wedding). (5km, 3 hours)
Day 5 Today’s hike starts from the ruins and heads up through pine forest following an ancient path used by the Romans. This beautiful hike takes us through olive groves to a yayla before opening out into a valley where we will meet a nomadic family who settled in their humble stone cottage some 30 years ago. Leaving them we walk through the long-forgotten ruins of Lydae built by the Romans before returning to our gulet moored in turquoise green waters. (5km 3 – 3.5 hours)
Day 6 After breakfast we’ll have 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, spoonbills, 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 mud bath. We walk to the ancient ruins of Kaunos and on to say hello to a nomad family. From there our hike takes us through beautiful unspoilt forests, to an ancient graveyard with a magnificent view; the ancient trail takes us around the coast before finally finishing in the village of Ekincik. (10 km 4 – 4.5 hours)
Day 7 Our final hike of the trip sees us on Paradise Island where high on the hillside we’ll discover the Nimara Caves where they’ve excavated evidence of Goddess worshipping from 8000 BC. (8km, 3 hours). There will be time for swimming after lunch before a short cruise to Marmaris port where you can have an optional Turkish Bath to ease out yoru muscles after all your hiking. Overnight in port.
Day 8 After breakfast, bid your farewells to the captain and crew before we check out of our cabins by 10am. The cruise ends at Marmaris port. Transfer back to Dalaman airport.
- Itinerary may operate in reverse, starting in Marmaris and finishing in Fethiye, your transfer will take you to the correct start location
- Itinerary subject to change at Captain’s discretion, for example due to weather.
- Occasionally, a walk may not go ahead if weather conditions don’t allow.
- Tips for crew at passenger discretion. Guide is £35 per passenger.