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Sailing Turkey's Blue Coast

8 Day Escorted Tour

Turkey, Europe
Easygoing Pace

Sail Turkey's unspoilt coastline on a traditional wooden gulet, taking in secluded bays, hidden coves, uninhabited islands and pine-clad mountains on this eight-day cruise. Departing Marmaris, wind your way eastwards through the Gulf of Fethiye, visiting the picturesque islands of Yassica, Gocek and Tersane whilst enjoying ample breaks to swim and sunbathe on powder-soft beaches.

2021 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the picturesque Gulf of Fethiye
  • Paddle in the Yassica Island's sparkling waters
  • Visit scenic Bedri Rahmi Bay
  • Swimming breaks in Turunc Bay & Paradise Island
  • Dine al fresco on meals sourced locally by your onboard chef
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Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Marmaris

Dinner

Depart London on your flight to Dalaman. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the city's yacht marina. Board your traditional wooden Turkish 'gulet', remaining docked until you set sail the following morning. Enjoy some free time before tonight's dinner on board with your fellow passengers.

Day 2
Marmaris to Ekincik

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After a leisurely breakfast, the Rota Yacht Guide will brief the group on your route along Turkey's spectacular Blue Coast before you weigh anchor and sail toward Ekincik. On arrival at the tree-lined coastline of the bay, relax on board or take a dip in the azure waters. Alternatively, take an optional excursion (at a fee) to the Dalyan Mud Baths and cover yourself in the rejuvenating mud which occurs naturally in the area before a photo stop at Dalyan's ancient royal tombs, intricately carved into a cliff face. The Gulet will have an opportunity for a break for photos as well as receiving an insight to the tombs. Make your way back to your gulet, stopping to visit Iztuzu beach, a breeding ground for the Caretta Caretta turtle. Anchor in Ekincik Bay for the night.

Day 3
Ekincik to Kizilda

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Set off early this morning and reach the dazzling Gulf of Fethiye, passing picturesque bays and quaint seaside towns before arriving at Tersane Island. Enjoy breakfast amongst the ruins of this once-inhabited island then sail through the day, taking in fantastic vistas before arriving at Kizilda for your overnight stay.

Day 4
Kizilda to Fethiye

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Arriving at Fethiye Marina in the morning, you'll have the option to take a day excursion by jeep safari or bus to a secret canyon, where striking rock formations offer some of Turkey's most breath-taking scenery. Return in the afternoon for dinner on board and your overnight stay at Fethiye Marina.

Day 5
Fethiye to Yassica Islands

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, depart Fethiye and make your way towards to the Gocek Islands. Sailing among these impressive islands, the boat will stop for numerous swimming breaks in the sparkling, emerald waters. Continue to the Yassica Islands, an area offering outstanding views, where you will anchor for the night.

Day 6
Yassica Islands to Aga Limani

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Sail to Bedri Rahmi Bay, named after the Turkish painter Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu who was one of the first people to experience the now classic Blue Voyage. Look out for his work painted onto one of the cliff-side boulders. Continue through these crystal-clear waters to the cove of Sarsala before reaching beautiful Aga Limani in the afternoon, where you will moor overnight.

Day 7
Aga Limani to Marmaris

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

In the morning, sail to Kadirga Bay, stopping to swim in the tranquil bays along the way. Take in scenic Turunc Bay and Paradise Island as you sail by, arriving back in Marmaris Marina in the early evening for your final night on board.

Day 8
Marmaris to the UK

Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK or continue on to your chosen extension.

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Dates & Prices

Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
May 2021
from £1,229
2 Dates
21st May - 28th May
£1,599
28th May - 4th Jun
£1,229
June 2021
from £1,229
4 Dates
4th Jun - 11th Jun
£1,229
11th Jun - 18th Jun
£1,389
18th Jun - 25th Jun
£1,339
25th Jun - 2nd Jul
£1,339
July 2021
from £1,489
5 Dates
2nd Jul - 9th Jul
£1,489
9th Jul - 16th Jul
£1,489
16th Jul - 23rd Jul
£1,519
23rd Jul - 30th Jul
£1,619
30th Jul - 6th Aug
£1,619
August 2021
from £1,489
4 Dates
6th Aug - 13th Aug
£1,619
13th Aug - 20th Aug
£1,499
20th Aug - 27th Aug
£1,499
27th Aug - 3rd Sep
£1,489
September 2021
from £1,199
4 Dates
3rd Sep - 10th Sep
£1,389
10th Sep - 17th Sep
£1,389
17th Sep - 24th Sep
£1,439
24th Sep - 1st Oct
£1,199
October 2021
from £999
3 Dates
1st Oct - 8th Oct
£1,149
8th Oct - 15th Oct
£999
15th Oct - 22nd Oct
£1,139

Accommodation

The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Gulet
7 nights
Gulet Cruise, Turkey
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Sailing Turkeys Blue Coast with Marmaris Beach Stay

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Important Information

A visa is required for entry into Turkey. British passport holders will need to obtain an e-visa for travel to Turkey. We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote 'Mercury Holidays'. The cost of the visa is approximately £27.50 per person. The Travel Visa Company can only apply for this 120 days before your proposed travel date and takes around 10 working days to issue. It is valid for a 180 day multiple entry stay from the date of arrival, with a maximum of 90 days per stay. When calling the Travel Visa Company, they will advise you of any changes to the fees or the procedure. They will also advise you of all information they will require in order to apply for the visa. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months before you enter Turkey. Visa requirements are subject to change and obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the traveller and not Mercury Holidays. We recommend you check with your destination's tourist board or embassy prior to departure for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding visas and passport validity.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Each passenger is entitled to 15kg of hold luggage. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure. Checked baggage allowance may vary. Please refer to the bottom right of your e-ticket receipt for the correct baggage allowance. For example, if it shows '15k' this means your allowance is 15kg; '1PC' means one piece not exceeding 15kg. For handling purposes, the maximum weight of any single piece of baggage must not exceed 32kg. Hand Luggage: One piece of hand luggage with maximum total dimensions not exceeding 56x45x25cm in size. Please refer to the airline's website for further details and the most up-to-date information.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing of steep stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 2. If in the unlikely event there are less than 2 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

English-speaking crew members will be on board your boat with you for any queries that you may have, starting on day 1 in Marmaris and ending back in Marmaris on day 8. They will not accompany you on land - this time will be free to explore each city at your leisure. Airport transfers will be led by an English-speaking driver.

The currency in Turkey is Turkish Lira, however, we recommend that you take GBP (Euros are also accepted), Cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £300-£400 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour.