The first stop of this sailing holiday that departs from Bodrum will be Knidos. A must-see on sailing holidays, Knidos is located on the tip of the Datca peninsula and is home to a myriad of stunning ancient ruins.
Knidos – Inceburun – Kargi
Following a delicious breakfast of the freshest local ingredients while anchored in Knidos, a short walk can be taken onshore to discover the archeological ruins. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the calm waters of this bay before setting off for Inceburun. With its deep blue waters, this is the ideal spot to cool off in the scorching sun of the afternoon. After lunch here and some downtime on deck, the route will continue on towards Kargi Bay. Head ashore for a pleasant afternoon stroll and take a dip in the turquoise waters before moving onto Dirsekbuku.
Dirsebuku- Kizilada- Bozburun
Dirsekbuku is a charming little bay that offers ideal shelter and crystal clear waters. After a short stop here to delight in the natural beauty and take a quick dip in the dazzling sea, the day will continue by moving on to Kizilada. After Kizilada, the next stop on the sailing route is Bozburun. Bozburun is a quaint little fishing village that was once the center of sponge-diving in Turkey. The livelihood of the town people now mostly depends on the production of traditional gulets, the wooden boats used for the classic yacht vacation! This spot is a true natural wonder with lush green mountains, tranquil waters and vast open skies. Far from the trappings of crowded touristic spots, Bozburun is a real escape. Next on the sailing route is Rhodes.
Just a short distance from the shores of Turkey, Rhodes is the largest of the 12 Islands Archipelago and is also known as Chevalier’s Island. A popular Greek Island with sunshine almost all year round, this island offers a perfect mix of beautiful nature and scenery, historical sights and nightlife. Enjoy time onshore to explore the charming cobblestone streets and discover the Rhodes Castle, which was built by the Knights of Saint John in the 7th Century. Home to an interesting mesh of cultures and civilizations throughout history, the island also boasts a rich legacy of architecture and monuments. Discover Gothic architecture coexisting with mosques, public baths and other buildings dating from the Ottoman period. The island is also home to pristine bays that are perfect for swimming. The next stop of the sailing route is Simi.
Just 24 miles away from Rhodes, the voyage takes about 2,5 hours and is worth a day trip. On Symi, enjoy visits to historical sites like the clock tower, an important Orthodox monastery and the Agios Ionnis Church. You can explore the charming and sweet village with its pastel-colored houses and swim at Pedi Beach with its enchanting view and turquoise waters. The next stop on the sailing route is Nisyros Island.
Nisyros – Kos
Nisyros is a small island located in the middle of the Dodecanese complex. Known to have erupted in the year 1422, this is in actual fact still an active volcano. Located on the other side of the crater, Nikea Village is made up of charming white streets and a mosaic square. Explore the active crater (from a distance!) and enjoy the little town before the sailing route continues on towards Kos. The second largest of the Twelve Islands Archipelago, Kos is a favorite spot for holiday goers worldwide. Legend has it that this island was the birthplace of Hippocrates and thus the center of the holistic treatments and medicine of Ancient Greece. The island also has a rich heritage of ancient and archeological sites, among them landmarks from Ottoman, Byzantine and Venetian periods. On the stop here, discover ancient temples and shrines, and a tree that supposedly dates back 500 years. Spend the days swimming on the beach and enjoy the island’s thriving nightlife in the evenings. The next stop on the route is Karaada.
Karaada (Poyraz Bay – Meteor Bay)
The boat will weigh anchor in Karaada as one of the last stops of the sailing holiday. This island is just six kilometers off the coast of Bodrum which is a popular stop for yacht vacations. Contrary to its name, meaning Black Island, the scenery here is of classic Mediterranean greenery and stunning shades of turquoise and cerulean in the cool waters. Anchor here for a swim in Poyraz Bay. Close by in Meteor Bay, enjoy diving in underwater caves that were supposedly formed by a meteor crash many thousands of years ago. The sea around this area is said to have healing powers with sulfurous waters and mud baths. The sailing holiday comes to an end in Bodrum and the last hours of the trip can be spent exploring the charming town.