‘This cruise reminded me why I travel in the first place’
– The Globe and Mail
‘One of the top 10 food and drink holidays in Turkey for 2015’
– The Telegraph (UK)
Rated One of ‘The World’s Tastiest Cruises’
– The Sunday Times (UK)
So many of our guests have raved about the food served on our gulet cruises in Turkey and asked for recipes, that we decided to create a trip with an even more gastronomic flavour.
Not only will you enjoy all the usual dishes served up by the on-board cook, on this trip you will see demonstrations in small traditional restaurants and get involved in the cooking, conjuring up some of the excellent Turkish dishes you’ll eat. You’ll cook with local Turkish people and prepare regional delicacies.
This is a journey to treat your taste buds, a voyage of discovery through Turkish Mediterranean cuisine. But you won’t miss out on the history. Your expert guide, Serdar, is an archaeologist who has been excavating in Turkey for many years. He also happens to be a foodie, a man with a great passion for Turkish cuisine. He will lead you on a culinary and cultural adventure through one of the least developed and most stunning areas of natural beauty in Turkey.
You’ll explore some of Turkey’s most impressive ancient sites, including monumental wonders like Kaunos (where Serdar has been excavating for more than 30 years) with its exquisite rock-cut temple tombs, and beautifully preserved Knidos, a stunning marbled city arranged around a double harbour. You’ll also enjoy some wonderful walks in magnificent scenery and visit ancient towns like Lydae, set in remote and beautiful locations, which remain as yet completely unexcavated.
Day 1: Our boat is about 20 minutes from Dalaman airport, in Göcek, a pretty harbour on the Bay of Fethiye. Welcome drink and dinner aboard.
Day 2: We cruise along the Carian coast, with stops to swim and relax before coming to the pretty inlet of Ağlımanı and walk up an ancient track to the city of Lydae, set in a forgotten valley. We break bread and have wild sage tea with a local goatherd and see the traditional olive press where he and his family produce the most delicious olive oil.
Day 3: Heading west we take a boat along the reed lined Dalyan River to see the city of Kaunos. Its monumental public buildings, surrounding a silted up harbour, speak of its once great wealth and fame. Serdar has been excavating here for many seasons. As well as exploring the site, we’ll cook and eat with one of the village ladies who prepares food each summer for the archaeologists.
Day 4: To Loryma, a magnificent Rhodian fortress guarding a strategic bay. We’ll swim and eat warm delicious bread freshly baked in a traditional oven.
Day 5: On to beautiful Bozburun, a picturesque village surrounded by hills. We’ll visit the kitchen of one of the most longstanding restaurant owners and one of the local boatyards to see how gulets are built.
Day 6: West to spectacular Knidos, where decades of digging, still ongoing, have revealed a beautiful and well-planned city. Set at the very tip of a sinuous peninsula, her superb double harbour could be accessed from both east and west, providing protection for generations of ships and making her rich from the lucrative seaborne trade.
Day 7: North to a pretty hamlet for a demonstration of a special local dish in a small family run restaurant. A last chance to swim then on to Bodrum, with its magnificent harbour, for our final farewell dinner.
Day 8: Transfer to Bodrum airport about 40 minutes away.
Arrival and Departure Information
Arrival Airport – Dalaman
Departure Airport – Bodrum (Milas)
We plan for the gulet to depart Göcek Marina (approx. 30 mins from Dalaman Airport) around 17:00. You are more than welcome to arrive earlier to drop off your bags, but please be aware that the crew will be busy cleaning and tidying making everything ready for your group so you may not be able to settle in to your cabin. Departure time can be subject to change depending on weather, harbour or other conditions.
Disembarkation in Bodrum (approx. 40 minutes from Bodrum airport) is around 09:00. We will arrange local transfers from Dalaman airport and to Bodrum airport on the first and last day of the tour.
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 such as Turkish Airlines. Turkish Airlines has a wide selection of flights on these days and there are alternative flights to and from Istanbul with some of Turkey’s low cost airlines such as Atlas Jet, and Onur Air. 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 is a requirement of our booking conditions and we recommend you investigate the options thoroughly 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 are easily obtained online at eVisa and must be purchased before you travel.
If you are planning to stay in Istanbul before or after your gulet tour we have included below links to more information and things to see and do.
If you are thinking of extending your trip to Turkey to include visits to Cappadocia, Ephesus, Istanbul or further afield, please contact our office for further information.