to get to Seascape in Turkey
There are three main
1) RT flight to/from
Istanbul - then domestic connection to Dalaman airport on the
south coast. Note that it may be worth checking prices of domestic
fares if booked online with a Turkish travel agent; Turkish Airlines
often give their domestic agents better local rates.
2) RT flight to/from
Athens - this may not seem like the most obvious route! - but
it is actually very simple to get ferries between the Dodecanese
islands and Turkey.
Eg - a) Domestic flight
Athens to Rhodes (50mins), then ferry Rhodes to Marmaris
b) Athens-Samos (also 50mins), then ferry Samos to Kusadasi
3) Flight into Athens,
out of Istanbul or vice versa - this makes the most logistical
sense for those doing one of our "combo" Greece-Turkey
trips. Otherwise, a RT to Athens is the next best choice.
Booking flights: SeaScape does not book airfares directly. Getting
the best airfares these days needs fulltime attention to the airline
industry, and as a small company, our focus needs to be on what
we do best - running sailing adventures! You'll get the best deals
from travel agents who specialize in airfares, either online or
perhaps in your home town (airfare deals are sometimes better
when booked from city of departure).
charter flights from the UK
During the main summer
months, there are several UK companies who operate direct flights
from the UK to Dalaman & Bodrum airports - thus avoiding the
need to transit through Istanbul. Their main aim is to sell these
as "package deals" (flight + hotel), but they do also
offer flight-only sometimes. There are some great deals to be
had, given sufficient time to shop around; the drawback is that
it can be hard to book a long ways in advance. Here's a few good
URLs if you want to check them out: -
from Istanbul to the south coast
Our rendezvous points
in Turkey vary according to trip; we tend to sail one-way routes
to avoid covering the same ground twice. Please check rendezvous
location for your particular trip, and read these notes accordingly.
For rendezvous in Keci
Buku, Gocek and Fethiye, the closest airport is Dalaman. This
is a 90 min flight from Istanbul. If you are coming via Greece,
you would take the ferry from Rhodes-Marmaris, and then a bus/taxi
to the relevant meeting place. We can help with these details
once you have the "big picture" travel schedule in place.
For rendezvous in Turgutreis,
Bodrum airport is about 50mins drive away Or there is a ferry
from Kos (Greece) to Bodrum, which takes about 45 mins. Taxi from
Bodrum to Turgutreis is about 20 mins.
There are three main
points at which you can take a ferry from Greece to Turkey along
Samos - Kusadasi 90
Kos - Bodrum 45 mins
Rhodes - Marmaris 60 mins
Marmaris and Bodrum are closest to our rendezvous points in Turkey;
however it is worth noting that Kusadasi is very close to the
famous ancient city of Ephesus, which is very worthwhile visiting.
It is possible to then get a bus to meet us on the S coast OR
a ferry from Samos to meet us in the islands.
The Turkish bus system
is very efficient, clean and incredibly good value. If you are
traveling with a few people, there are is also the ubiquitous
dolmus - a little minibus, which can be rented much like a taxi,
or negotiated to provide a half-taxi, half-bus service. You will
see them around everywhere - don't hesitate to dust off your bargaining
When you have your flight itinerary sorted out, please email to
us the details of your arrival and departure times. If you are
traveling with with a GSM cellphone, it's always useful for us
to have this info too.
We look forward to
meeting you this summer!