Charter a private yacht in Turkey for your next summer vacation and you will discover a land blessed with a truly timeless appeal. The Lycian and Carian coasts of Turkey offer its seafaring guests a vast array of sights and flavours, and staggeringly clear blue seas. From deeply forested hills and peaks to luxurious sandy bays with turquoise waters, pine-clad islands to vibrant, multi-coloured harbour towns, you’ll discover lesser-travelled waters and quiet, relaxed anchorages in this most unique corner of the Mediterranean.
Most accommodating Luxury yacht charters in Turkey primarily take place along the southwestern coast, mostly comprising one-way cruises between the Turkish cities of Bodrum and Göcek- convenient start and end points because each is close to both regional and international airports. Round-trip charter itineraries are also an option, – especially for those keen to cruise onwards to Fethiye and to explore the land to the east of Göcek in Turkey, where the ports can be more exclusive and in some cases accessible only by boat. Throughout this region, you will find an enchanting combination of modern life and historic ruins, with plenty for everyone to get involved in, from shopping and haggling in the bazaars to kayaking and swimming around the remains of Cleopatra’s baths.
Being uniquely situated at a cultural and geographical meeting point, Turkey benefits from the rich bounties of both European and Asian influence. This is a country with the calm disposition of the Mediterranean and the staggering architecture of its Islamic roots: its cuisine a glorious melting-pot of cultures, borrowing from Greek, Asian, Iranian, Middle Eastern, and Balkan recipes and flavours. The country’s history and architecture alone boast traits of influence from the Byzantine, Ottoman, Roman and Persian empires.
A typical day on a luxury charter yacht in Turkey combines an abundance of land and water activities. Look carefully and you’ll find stone tombs carved intricately into cliff-faces, sleepy hilltop villages and ancient ruins – relics of the mighty empires once in charge – nestled amongst the vegetation. Passages between islands can be short, enabling plenty of relaxed mornings spent island-hopping and lazy afternoons exploring little villages and towns. And if this all gets too much, you can climb aboard once more and soak it all in from the peace and tranquility of your private yacht charter.