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Turkey- 1 week sample Itinerary
Bodrum to Keci Buku

This is an example of a typical itinerary on our Bodrum-to-keci Buku trips. However, no two trips are ever exactly the same; one of the greatest things about being on a sailboat is the flexibility to change our minds and our route to suit personal preferences, prevailing wind conditions, etc. The start and finish points are fixed, of course - but all else is changeable according to the whims of the wind gods and those on board !

Pls note; though the "official" start point for this trip is Bodrum, it may be possible - space permitting - to join the boat in Kos (Greece) and sail across to Turkey with us.

Day One
Rendezvous in Bodrum, on the SW coast of Turkey. Bodrum is one of the more modern Turkish ports, a busy, bustling metropolis. Winding street bazaars criss-cross the town, beautiful old wooden gulets line the waterfront, as do hundreds of little bars and restaurants. The fortress of St John is still incredibly intact, and has a fascinating museum inside. And for those who love their nightlife, Bodrum claims the largest outdoor disco - "Halicarnassos" - in Europe ! It's also THE place for those Born to Shop; great bargains to be had in all sorts of leather goods, silver jewellery and semi-precious stones; and of course, the ubiquitous Turkish carpets.

Sail to Knidos
Once upon a time, this was a key city/harbour in the ancient world, home to many thousands of people. Now it is just a tranquil and well-sheltered bay - but the remains of these former civilizations still lie scattered around the hills, surrounding the bay on all three sides. There are amphitheatres, stone pillars and carvings, temple remains - all incredibly intact. It is really a time warp experience to wander around these hills and try to imagine the way of life all those thousands of years ago.

Day Two
Sail to Ova Buku - a fairly short, and most likely downside sail - lovely! We should be at our destination in time for lunch; and time to explore the tiny village of Ova Buku Our favourite taverna here has the best home-cooked Turkish food imaginable - not at all the usual tourist fare. The village itself has a great little bay for cooling off; for those looking for a little more privacy, a short hike away is a lovely long and isolated beach; a perfect afternoon retreat.

Day Three
Sail to Datca - a very lively little town! The waterfront is lined little bars and tavernas; one street behind are several interesting craft & jewellery shops. Walking towards the beach, there is a tiny lake, with a surprisingly powerful "mini-waterfall" as it runs into the ocean; a great and very cooling massage experience !! For those wanting to dance the night away, Datca has several lively bars and nightspots - and a "hamam" (Turkish baths) , to ease any aching muscles the next morning !

Day Four
Sail to Bozburun; a small, very traditional Turkish town; full of gulets (wooden motor sailors), but not many yachts, and certainly not many tourists. We dock just outside the town, on a wooden jetty outside a little family-run pension/restaurant right on the waterfront. It is a shady, tranquil little spot to hang out in - and we even get to borrow their fun kayaks plus a windsurfer or two to go explore the bay in! Most importantly of all is the evening's entertainment - for our groups, they will invite along local friends who play traditional Turkish music - and even a belly-dancer to teach us all how it is done !

There is also a chance to take a minibus trip inland to see some of the local villages, climb a little waterfall to cool off! - and visit a carpet-making cooperative, to see firsthand how it is all done.

Day Five
A gentle run to Dirsek, a secluded little bay about 2 hours sail away. A little taverna lies nestled in one corner, a blaze of brightly-coloured bougainvillea and other greenery. Wonderful place to swim and generally veg out.

Day Six
Sail to Keci Buku. A well-sheltered hideout described as a "gem" in the Turkish Waters Pilot - and it truly is. A wide, sweeping bay surrounded by pine forests, with a fascinating old fortress perched on the top of an island guarding the entrance - a view which is well worth the scramble up! It is also just 30 mins drive from Marmaris - the easiest connection back to the "real world" of modern-day Turkey, where you can shop-till-you-drop some more; or just head on through and back to Dalaman, the closest airport, and domestic connections to Istanbul. Easy ferry connections also from Marmaris-Rhodes.

Day Seven
Disembark 9am in Keci Buku.

Ongoing connection info: We can help arrange transportation from Keci Buku to Marmaris that afternoon/evening, or directly to the airport at Dalaman, for those who need to catch a flight right away. Alternatively, we can highly recommend a little family pension in Keci Buku for an extra night to chill out; or a hotel in Marmaris for those in need of a more lively evening / a shopping fix! Ferries run from Marmaris-Rhodes (Greece) twice a day; approx 9am and 3.30pm.

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