Sail in the Bodrum Cup Regatta in Turkey! Join in as part of the crew on this celebrated gulet race that takes place each autumn.

Sign up for this unique tour – an archaeological cruise aboard a traditional Turkish gulet – but with a difference. You’ll be helping to sail… under the expert guidance of the boat’s crew.

For the first week you’ll literally be learning the ropes – getting a feel for the boat and getting actively involved. Then in the second week you’ll be taking part in the celebrated Bodrum Cup Regatta – a 5 day race featuring over 100 classic wooden yachts (Turkish gulets) – a truly stunning spectacle. During the regatta, half a day is spent sailing, while the other half is given over to relaxation or cultural adventures.

This tour combines all the great highlights of our standard gulet cruises – beautiful food (lunches are more basic to allow for the sailing), superb swimming opportunities, and spectacular landscapes.

If taking part in the Bodrum Cup weren’t enough, one of our expert guides will be onboard to personally escort you back in time into Turkey’s ancient past. The itinerary on this trip will be fluid and flexible – harnessing the wind and sailing is our priority.

This is a previous tour itinerary. However, we can offer it as a private tour. Please see our Gulet Charters page for more information.

Day 1: Our boat is about 30 minutes from Dalaman airport at Göcek, a pretty harbour on the Bay of Fethiye, on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Welcome dinner on board.

Day 2-10: We head west along Turkey’s Mediterranean shore. Our journey takes us along the southern coast of Caria, studded with dynamic and influential cities back in Greek and Roman times. We’ll sail when we can and fit in a good number of swim stops and a selection of fascinating archaeological sites.

Day 11: We sail into the vast natural harbour of Bodrum, brimming with beautiful wooden gulets. We spend the day exploring Halicarnassus, site of one of the seven wonders of the world, with a special visit to the Crusader Castle of St. Peter, now one of the world’s best museums of underwater archaeology. A chance to do some shopping.

Day 12: Day 1 of the Bodrum Cup. Route is still to be announced.

Day 13: Day 2 of the Bodrum Cup.

Day 14: Day 3 of the Bodrum Cup.

Day 15: Day 4 of the Bodrum Cup.

Day 16: The final leg of the Bodrum Cup, followed by an evening awards ceremony and celebration.

Day 17: Transfer to Bodrum airport, some 40 minutes away.

This is a previous tour itinerary. However, we can offer it as a private tour. Please see our Gulet Charters page for more information.

I would like to book, what else do I need to know?

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Booking Flights: If you are staying in or connecting via Istanbul then the easiest way to get to and from the gulet is to fly. There are a number of airlines that offer domestic flights in Turkey. The cheapest way to book flights is directly with the airline online.

Please note: Flights are subject to change. Please contact the airline for exact details.

If you prefer to book with a travel agent, we are happy to recommend specialists in a number of countries around the world, please contact our office for more details.

Travel Insurance: We consider adequate travel insurance to be essential. You should ensure that you take out a suitable policy, to make sure that your trip is properly covered. Please be advised some insurers may require you to take out a policy within 15-20 days of booking your holiday to receive all of their insurance benefits.

Visas: You must check to see if you require a visa to enter Turkey. Visas are easily obtained online at eVisa and must be purchased before you travel.

Istanbul: If you are planning to stay in Istanbul before or after your gulet tour we would be happy to help with suggestions and information and things to see and do. Please get in touch.

Custom Tours: If you are thinking of extending your trip to Turkey to include visits to Cappadocia, Istanbul or further afield, please contact our office for further information.


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