Top places to visit during a luxury gulet cruise in Turkey
Turkey is an amazing country and one of the most popular gulet cruise destinations that our clients end up booking, but besides all of its treasures, it’s important to know where to cruise. This blog post will inspire you and give you recommendations for top places to visit so that your holiday planning becomes easier.
Just 12 miles from Ephesus (an intriguing Roman city), Kuşadası is an artistic wonder. Its 2,000-year-old theatre still has performances today!
Kuşadası’s breath-taking architecture and wondrous sites such as Selçuk fortress have been main attractions for thousands of tourists every year.
The city itself holds many different stalls in a vast bazaar, and the local seafood is to die for.
Rich in Ottoman and 14th Century history, Çeşme is a beautiful place for a beach and spa day where you can take it easy and unwind.
The Ottomans were defeated by Russian ships in 1770, and there is also a historical Ottoman caravanserai that is quite popular for visitors.
Just a short boat ride from Ildur, Dalyan is quickly becoming a popular location.
It is a beautiful, serene place rich in culture and history, featuring the King’s Tombs set just across from the river.
You can eat at some excellent restaurants on the waterside and enjoy the sights right from your table.
Bodrum: the capital of gulet cruises
At night, Bodrum is even more of a sight to see from the sea.
It is home to the Castle of St. Peter, which also houses one of the city’s most remarkable museums; the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology.
The ruins of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, can be visited in Bodrum.
It was built originally between 353 and 350 BC for Mausolus of Caria and his wife, Artemisia.
Datça is just north of Greek island of Symi, and offers amazing scenery.
It is a quiet town relatively shied away from tourism.
There is a relaxing natural hot spring located in the centre of Datça, from where and you can see the coastline of Greek islands of Kos, Symi, and Rhodes right from the water’s edge.
There is a larger Bencik town located in Turkey, but Bencik in Hisarönü Bay is the small inlet located east of Datça and is the narrowest part of the peninsula.
There are no places to eat at Bencik, but the views alone are enough for a quick stopover during the day.
Before it was conquered, Knidos was an ancient Greek city of Caria famous for displaying the statue of Aphrodite by Praxiteles of Athens.
You can still visit the location where the statue once remained and see the ornate marble pedestal that held the statue.
Knidos is also well-known for its amazing views and natural harbor, alongside its history.
Keci Buku (also known as Orhaniye Bay) is much like Bencik; beautiful, peaceful, and very relaxing. It’s a good spot for swimming during the day, and you can also visit the ancient Caria Bybassos ruins.
The bay is very shallow up to around 500 metres in length, so it can look quite odd to look out over the bay and see what appears to be people walking right out into the ocean!
Kalkan is a buzzing hub of activity for ancient tours – but you won’t find masses of crowds here as you might elsewhere.
This is a relatively unspoiled area of the Lycian coast, and offers amazing hospitality, food, and a relaxing atmosphere for you to truly unwind and rejuvenate.
For those who like to shop and indulge a little, the smaller town of Kaş just 25 miles from Kalkan and another unspoiled area, is a great place to wind down.
Ancient areas still exist around Kas and Kalkan, including the small town of Aperlae, which has some amazing underwater ruins left over from its ancient Lycia days.
Just a short way away from its main province, Kale, Üçağız has some intriguing attractions and serene views.
You can visit Lycian tombs that are over 2,000 years old, plus the marble ruins of a “sunken city” located beneath the water just offshore.
The town is becoming more popular, but many quaint restaurants can be frequented for your share of fine wine and great local food.
For some fantastic architecture, you can visit the Lycian rock tombs in the ancient Greek town of Myra, or the Roman theatre which is currently under restoration.
Finike is best known for its abundance of sweet oranges, locally grown in the town.
It has some beautiful areas, including a nice harbor and delicious local food.
It’s also a town rich in history, and the ancient city of Arycanda can be visited for its intriguing culture.
Other gulet cruise destinations
If you have tried a blue cruise in Turkey and would like to experience a gulet charter in other destinations, here are the main destinations where you can charter a gulet: