7 Days/Nights
Duration
Turkey
Sailing Areas
All Experience Levels, Complete Beginners
Suitable For

7 days sailing in Turkey’s stunning Gulf of Fethiye for chilled out learning or refreshing your skills. Inter-island sunshine sailing, great underwater life, sweeping scenery with fascinating history, local restaurants and a lively atmosphere make the perfect ingredients for a late summer holiday.

Sailing Holiday in Turkey – For Beginners

Fly into Dalaman Airport and meet up with your shipmates in the marina at Gocek, a short hop from the airport. Then stow your gear for for some Mediterranean adventures sailing from island to island, snorkel spot to watering hole.  The Gulf of Fethiye is a sailing dream with short passages between the anchorages and bars & restaurants located at most night-time spots to cater to your every holiday whim. Even if you’ve never sailed before, you won’t fail to be enchanted by the beauty of this area and your Skipper will soon having you pulling the ropes like a pro!

Have a Turkish Sailing Adventure

Our week long sailing holiday includes glorious inter-island sailing, great home-cooked food, fantastic snorkelling and evenings under the stars. New sailors and improvers are assured of a relaxed and unhurried learning experience and single travellers will make firm friends amongst their fellow boat buddies.

Our itinerary takes in all the island highlights from the laid back local villages, submerged Lycaean ruins, lofty rock tombs to mud baths, Turkish baths, nesting turtles and quiet bays nestled amongst the pines; and gives you plenty of sailing, whilst allowing you time for relaxing and exploring.

 Sunshine & Warm Seas

Warm sunny weather is practically guaranteed; by September the weather has settled and is balmy, and the sea has warmed up! Temperatures in their low 20’s are the norm, and there’s always a cooling breeze on board. The sea is a wonderful shade of turquoise green, and with some of the best scenery in the Mediterranean….prepare to be amazed.


INCLUDED
All Boat Running Costs
Cruising Permits
Dinghy “Taxi” service ashore
Half Board Meals
Quality Linens
Filtered Drinking Water
Use of Boat Toys
Use of Snorkelling Equipment
NOT INCLUDED
Flights
Airport Transfers
Soft drinks, Alcohol & Mixers
Excursions & Activities Ashore
Meals Taken Ashore
Personal Travel Insurance

 


Sailing With You

The following shipmates are already booked on this trip:

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Kate
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John
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Yingzhen
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Robert
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Yvonne
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Tara
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Carolyn
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Martijn

Come and join the crew!

Additional information

HighlightsGreat Snorkelling, Historic sites, Lively Nightlife, National Parks, Remote Anchorages, Turquoise Water, Waterfalls and Natural Pools
MealsBreakfasts, Lunch or dinner daily
Posh FrocksPerhaps a smart-casual for eating out
Marina TimeBeginning & End
Sea MilesApprox. 120 nautical miles
Starting FromGocek, Turkey
Finishing InGocek, Turkey

Please Note

The following itinerary is subject to changes due to weather forecasts and group preferences.

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Day 1 - Arrival - 7th September

Meet up at Gocek Marina around midday and leave the bags.  Head into town for a leisurely lunch before settling onto the boat at 4pm; onboard safety briefing and a look at all the ropes.  Short sail to Yassica Adalari time permitting. Dinner on board.
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Day 2

Time for some kayaking or paddleboarding in the morning before we sail to Kapi Creek where you can snorkel the ruins at the head of the bay.  Afternoon sail to Karacaoeren for some snorkelling in the blue waters; dinner ashore.
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Day 3

Sail to Butterfly Valley for a lunch and swim stop – this bay is only reachable by boat and hosts many different species of butterflies; on to Cold Water Bay for the night and a bracing swim before dinner.
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Day 4

Early morning walk over the hill to visit the ghost town ruins at Kayakoy; sail back across the gulf to Tomb Bay where the pine trees meet the sea.
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Day 5

Morning sail to Fethiye with some time to explore the ancient rock tombs and hit the souks or indulge in a Turkish Bath OR to Ekincik for Dalyan River trip to Loggerhead turtle rehabilitation centre & mud baths.
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Day 6

Sail back to Wall Bay and take a dip in Cleopatra’s Baths, a beautiful place with submerged Lycaean ruins.
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Day 7 - Departure 14th September

Early rise for a sail back to Gocek for an 8.30 am checkout from the boat.  Final crew lunch ashore.

Flights

If you prefer not to use a travel agent, Flight Connections is a great starting point to find out about flights into DLM, Turkey’s Dalaman airport.  This link will help you identify which airlines connect from your nearest airport.  Dalaman is well served by International and low cost flight operators from most places within Europe.

To find the best prices, you can contact the airlines directly, or use a flight search engine like Bravofly or Skyscanner to find various routes that may work out for you.

Getting to the Boat

Dalaman airport is half an hour from Gocek and a taxi will cost less than $10 USD each way.  We will advise of the exact location as soon as we have this information.  Please ensure you provide your arrival information as soon as you can and keep us updated of any changes.  Pack light, and using a lightweight, collapsible bag with wheels if possible.  Hard suitcases will need to be left in Gocek, we simply have no room to store them!

Arriving and Departing

You should aim to arrive around midday on the first day of your trip, and we will aim to finish at midday on the last.  As this holiday involves the use of a chartered (rented boat) we need to comply with the charter company’s requirements for start and finish times – we have access to the boat from 4pm on the first day and must be back in the marina by 8.30am on the last.  We hope you’ll join your skippers for lunch together on the first and last days, but obviously there is no obligation for this!

Accommodation Nearby

There are numerous options for extending your holiday in Gocek and nearby Fethiye, or further afield in Bodrum or possibly a trip to the capital of Istanbul if you’re coming from further afield than Europe.

Choosing a Boat

This is a Club Ibis trip and we will be chartering (hiring) a boat for this trip.  Charters are subject to specific regulations set out by the charter company and as the Skipper and organiser, Sam Bartlett undertakes to ensure that our group meets its obligations under the charter agreement.  This includes payment of the security deposit for the boat and any toys we hire.  Our chartered boat will meet the cabin needs of the guests who book and will be a sailing  monohull of between 45 and 53 feet, built in 2010 or later.  Our usual guarantee of a bed to yourself still applies and details of the boat will be provided as soon as they are finalised.

We are also working with a local skipper, Erdem Dundar of Sail in Kas, who is sailing with us in his Beneteau 48, Tundra.  Erdem knows the area well and can take us to all the hidden places; his boat has two large double cabins available for guest use, one with an ensuite and a second with a shared bathroom.

The prices below reflect the sizes and facilities of the cabins on each boat; please make your selection on the Booking Form.

Boat Name Cabin Type Price (EUR)
Club Ibis Double Cabin Ensuite for Sole Use (max 2 available) €1,495
Double Cabin with Ensuite for Couple (max 2 available) €2,125
Double Cabin for Sole Use (max 2 available) €1,295
Double Cabin for Couple (max 2 available) €1,895
Twin Cabin for Sole Use (max 1 available) €1,295
Single bunk in shared cabin (2 available) €895
Tundra Double Cabin with Ensuite for Couple (1 available) €2,125
Tundra Double Cabin with Shared Bathroom for Couple (1 available) €1,895

Insurance

You should ensure you have a good travel policy that covers you for flight delays and lost/delayed baggage – this is particularly important if any part of your travel includes an Air France flight!  During this sailing holiday we will never be more than 12 miles from shore and coastal sailing like this is usually part of the standard travel cover for most policies; please ensure that your travel policy doesn’t specifically exclude this.

Expenses & Currency

The currency in Turkey is the Euro.  Make sure you do have a supply of Euros; the ATM’s are not as frequent as you might think!  Credit cards are accepted in most bars and restaurants but not all.

We provide filtered drinking water on board and we carry fruit juices for breakfast time.  You will need to provision with any soft drinks, alcohol and mixers you need when you arrive and there are supermarkets in Gocek where you can do this.  Guests often club together and have a kitty for these costs, but you may prefer to buy your own.

You should budget for between €10 to €15 for a main course in a restaurant when we eat out plus drinks and service charge.  There’s no doubt that eating out in the islands is inexpensive but you can pay as much for a bad meal as an excellent one.  We promise to take you only where we’ve had a local recommendation!

Participation

Unless otherwise stated, sailing holidays with Yacht Ibis are participatory and you should expect to get involved.  We don’t carry passengers!  This will include:

  • Preparing the boat for sailing
  • Hoisting sails, pulling ropes, winching, steering and generally sailing the boat
  • Putting all the ropes away at the end of the day
  • Helping to keep the communal spaces tidy and clear of personal belongings
  • Taking a turn on clearing away dishes after a meal

This is all part of living aboard a sailing boat 🙂

Other Questions

Hopefully any other questions you may have are covered in our frequently asked questions here or in our Pre-Arrival Booklet which can be downloaded here.

Booking Terms and Conditions

These can be found at this link and you should be familiar and comfortable with them before making a booking, thank you.