SAILING TRIP TO KUSADASI EPHESUS, SIGACIK, ALACATI, CESME

Gumusluk, Didim, Kusaadasi, Sigacik, Alacati, Cesme, Doganbey, Yalıkavak, Turgutreis, Mersincik :

We invite you to join our Kusadası Ephesus, Sigacik, Alacati sailing tour and explore the natural beauty of the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea ; swim on pristine white beaches, stroll through unspoilt villages, explore perfectly preserved historic ruins...what are you waiting for? Immerse yourself in the relaxing Aegean culture, witness the countless hues of blue and green, as the sea, sky and land merge into a breathtakingly beautiful visualization of the surrounding natural environment. Let all your worries be washed away by the gentle swell and all your frustrations whisked away by the lazy breeze. Start every day with absolute peace, as you awaken to the hypnotic lapping of waves upon the hull and dive into the crystal clear sea. 

This route offers a wide variety of places to be seen. You will be able to experience two tourism capitols of the South Aegean, unspoilt bays and prehistoric ruins, all in one tour.

Relax aboard our IYT-certified training yachts, all the while learning the art of sailing and forging an unforgettable vacation experrience. Once you successfully complete the training course, you will be awarded with an IYT certificate that will allow you to charter a yacht anywhere in the world. You can view the various IYT certificates we offer on our IYT License page.

PRICES
Two weeks of sail training, trip to KUSADASI EPHESUS, SIGACIK, ALACATI, CESME  - 1200 Euros. Bareboat Skipper License is an additional 200 Euros.

RESERVATION
You can call Tansel +90(541) 4561366 or Ivan +90(542)6103816, You can email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or  make a self-reservation from our web  reservation 
We require a 25% deposit in order to confirm your reservation. You will receive an confirmation form after your payment.

HOW TO REACH OUR YACHTS
Our yachts are based in Cairos Marina. The nearest airport is Bodrum (36 km + 18nm ferry). Dalaman airport is 160km away and there is a regular shuttle service and private transfers. Izmir Adnan-Menderes airport is 284km away and Antalya airport is 281km away. There are buses and taxis. A transfer service from these airports is also available.

 

PROGRAM
Day 1 Datça - Cairos Marina
Our yachts are based in Cairos Marina . Arrive to the yacht and spend the night aboard in the Marina. You can also use the opportunity to do some shopping in the marina and stock up for your sailing trip. 
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Day 2 Cairos Marina – Gumusluk
Departure is early for this leg. Gümüşlük, a seaside village on the western shore of the Bodrum peninsula, is known for its fishing-village charm, its simple but delicious waterfront restaurants and its spectacular sunset views. If you visit Gümüşlük, it will most likely be for one of those sunset seafood dinners—which, I wager, you will remember for years. Gümüşlük stands on the site of the ancient Carian city of Myndus whose seafront sections slid into the sea in some long-forgotten earthquake. Today these barely submerged remains are a magnet for snorkelers and underwater photographers.
35nm
Day 3 Gumusluk – Turkbuku
Departure is early again for this leg. Türkbükü has a well-protected harbor, ringed with high hills that contain a number of luxury hotels and holiday villas. The cape of Gölbükü and surrounding islands protect the bay from waves. The town is a favorite vacation spot and second residency of many upper-class Turks and although less visited by West European tourists, compared to Bodrum, Türkbükü has become increasingly popular with foreign visitors. There are no broad sandy beaches, but a semi-circular boardwalk, dense with shops, restaurants, bars and docks for sunbathing in the day and dining in the evening, circles the bay. The protected harbor is also a refuge for yachts and allows for swimming pool-like conditions in the morning before the afternoon breeze comes in. In the high tourist season, Turkish pop-stars, models and professional athletes can be sighted at the posh bars and restaurants or strolling along the boardwalk, justifying the popular labeling of Türkbükü as the Saint-Tropez of Turkey.
25nm
Day 4 Turbuku - Didim
Didim takes its name from ancient Didyma, situated close to the modern town. During the Ottoman Empire era, the town was known as Yoranda or Yoran. Didim known for its long sandy beaches, clear blue sea, ancient ruins, and its own microclimate, benefiting from hundreds of days of sun annually and warm winters, allowing residents to use the beaches and engage in watersports even in January. Didim town has hotels, a weekly market, a waterpark, and the antique Temple of Apollo nearby. Didim is also close to a number of other ancient towns and natural formations, such as Lake Bafa national park, the Büyük Menderes River, and historic sites like Miletus and Priene. Didim was small town with fishing village roots, urbanized places to buy property in Turkey, it has attracted a large expat community. Apollo Temple is the most notable landmark. Dating from its time as a pagan worshipping centre, it marks the end of the famous sacred way that was a pilgrimage route from the ancient city of Miletus. As a renowned oracle of the Hellenistic world, it comes a close second to the oracle of Delhi in Greece and had building work continued, it would have been bigger. Dedicated to the Greek gods of Apollo and Artemis, it is the most popular tourist attraction in the region.
35nm
Day 5,6 Didim - Kusadasi Ephesus
After a long and upwind legs, we will rest here for 2 days. Kuşadası is a beach resort town on Turkey’s western Aegean coast. A jumping-off point for visiting the classical ruins at nearby Ephesus (or Efes), it’s also a major cruise ship destination. Its seafront promenade, marina, and harbor are lined with hotels and restaurants. Just offshore on Pigeon Island is a walled Byzantine castle that once guarded the town, connected to the mainland via causeway.The area has been a centre of art and culture since some of the earliest recorded history, and has been settled by many civilizations since being founded by the Leleges people in 3000 BC. Later settlers include the Aeolians in the 11th century BC and Ionians in the 9th. Originally, seamen and traders built a number of settlements along the coastline, including Neopolis. An outpost of Ephesus in ancient Ionia, known as Pygela (Πύγελα) was located in the area between the Büyük Menderes (Maeander) and Gediz (Hermos) rivers. The original Neopolis, is thought to have been founded on the nearby point of Yılancı Burnu. Later settlements were probably built on the hillside of Pilavtepe, in the district called Andızkulesi today. Kuşadası was a minor port frequented by vessels trading along the Aegean coast. In antiquity it was overshadowed by Ephesus, until Ephesus' harbor silted up. From the 7th century BC onwards the coast was ruled by Lydians from their capital at Sardis, then from 546 BC the Persians, and from 334 BC, along with all of Anatolia, the coast was conquered by Alexander the Great. From that point on the coastal cities in Anatolia became a centre of Hellenistic culture.
40nm
Day 7 Kusadasi - Sigacik
Sığacık is a seaside neighborhood of Seferihisar. It is situated on a small peninsula, facing north. The harbor is in the east side of and the beaches are in the west side. Its population is 3637. Sığacık is next to the ancient Ionian city of Teos. An Ottoman castle (now in ruins) built in 1522 is also in Sığacık. Up to 2009 Sığacık was a fishermen's village. But after Seferihisar became a city of Cittaslow, Sığacık gained fame as a town of quiet holiday resort. the coves of the Sığacık Bay, counting grains of sand in the exquisitely pristine waters, fishing or diving into the sea all wait for you
35nm
Day 8 Sigacik - Alacati
Alaçatı is a town on Turkey’s Çeşme Peninsula, on the Aegean Sea. It’s known for its beaches, old stone houses, stone paved roads, most clear waters and winemaking tradition.Alacatiis also widely known for windsurfing and kite-surfing and 3rd best surfing resort in the world. This is due to its 330 windy days (which is well above the average in Turkey) and calm waters. It is also an ideal place for beginners as the shallow waters extend for 500 meters from the shore., thanks to its constant winds, It is worldwide famous Surf Center with frequent championships. To the northwest is the Ottoman Çeşme Castle, built in the early 16th century and now housing historical artifacts. Alacati is famous with stone houses, stone paved roads and most clear waters.Alacatiused to be a Roman town and residents have achieved to keep unique atmosphere. Alacati has grown in popularity over the last few years, but it’s still considered a hidden gem. You’ll find many of the rich and famous now head to this Turkish town for the fantastic restaurants in Alacati, as well as its beautiful beaches. You might just spot someone famous! The town is upmarket and sophisticated yet still has that calm feel to it. There is a considerable amount of Greek history along the cobbled streets, and you’ll probably wonder whether you’re in Turkey or Greece at times! The blend is truly remarkable, and it’s something you’ll definitely enjoy. It’s also the ideal destination for anyone who wants lazy days and vibrant evenings.
25nm
Day 9,10 Alacati - Cesme
Çeşme is a Turkish resort town west of Izmir. Overlooking the harbor is Çeşme Castle, a restored military fortress. It now houses the Çeşme Archaeology Museum, with displays of marble busts, metal coins and artifacts from nearby excavations. On the east side of the Çeşme peninsula is sandy Ilica Beach, with warm thermal sulfur springs. Around Çeşme are clear waters and accessible dive sites. Cesme attracts all types of surfers from all over the world: wind surfers, kite surfers, surf surfers. If you can surf it, you’ll probably want to surf it in Cesme. This resort town on the Aegean Coast is all about the water. Even the 16th-century Cesme Castle is a stone’s throw from the sapphire sea. The beaches are golden, the ocean is warm, and the atmosphere is posh but friendly. Originally named Cyssus in ancient times, Cesme is an ancient city that lies west of Izmir. The name changed from Cyssus to Cesme because of the cold water resources in the city, as building fountains was a tradition. It offers a breathtaking view of the sea and the mountains. Cesme is a promising city for a perfect vacation, due to its sun, multicultural heritage, beaches and coasts, water sports and last but not least it's delicious Aegean cuisine. The region is famous for its clear blue seas, landscapes, cultivated fields of sesame and artichokes and fig and gum trees.
35nm
Day 11 Cesme - Doganbey
A former Greek village located by the ancient Mykale Mountains, used to be known as Domatia. Visitors can enjoy seeing typical Greek homes from 19th century and can walk on the cobble stone streets. The streets and majority of the homes are restored and in very good condition. A picturesque town. We were impressed with beauty of the homes and cleanliness of the streets and great views of the Aegean sea and fresh air. There are no shops or anywhere to stay or eat. The village today is like an open air museum. Among the old houses, there are also a historic church and a chapel. The village is divided by a deep ravine where the stream flows. Its noise and the chirping of birds are often the only sounds that can be heard in Doğanbey, especially outside the summer season. This village is similiar to famous Kayakoy but not spoiled.
45nm
Day 11 Doganbey - Didim
Today we start our return. It is long but fast leg with down winds. We will try to reach back to Didim.
45nm
Day 12 Didim - Turgutreis
Turgutreis is a charming coastal resort, backed by green mountains, surrounded by the crystal waters of the Aegean and shined upon by the blue skies of the summer season. Previously, this popular resort was known as Karatoprak, however the name was changed to Turgutreis in 1972 to respect a Turkish sailor who was born there in 1485. Because of its suitable winds, Turgutreis coast is favored by professional wind surfers. Because of it market day on Saturdays, it also attracts many people. This volcanic area is interesting and offers possibilities for walking and trekking tours. Visitors enjoy the volcanic landscape which is very dramatic and impressive. The 14 small islands, located nearby Turgutreis, are used by farmers as additional pasture land for their animals and by the local fishermen for fishing. These islands and beautiful coastline offers great possibilities for boat, diving and sailing tours.
35nm
Day 13 TurgutReis – Mersincik
Another long leg with an early start. Return leg will be long and mostly downwind. We anchor at Mersincik, a lovely bay fronted by steep pine-covered slopes and pebble beaches.
35nm
Day 14 Mersincik – Datca Cairos Marina
Departure is early again for this leg. After a swimming break We go downwind for our marina. You can leave tonite or spend a night at Datca restorants. Saturday morning boats will be cleaned, So you need to leave before 9:00
35nm
TOTAL 365nm

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ACCOMODATION

  • You will stay on board the yacht for 14 nights in a typical two week program
  • Our sailing yachts have 4 cabins plus an additional skippers’ cabin..
  • We take a maximum of 6 people on one yacht 
  • We provide bed sheets, pillow covers and a towel for each person
FOOD
  • The crew of each sailing yacht will make a collective shopping and share costs equally. We can provide a suggested shopping list. People can decide on whether to cook on board or enjoy local delicacies in seaside restaurants. The Skipper/Instructor is fed at the crews’ expense.
PROGRAM 
  • We stop in a different bay or island for each night. Our routes are published yearly and they will be either along the Turkish coast or Greek Islands depending on the particular week(s). You can browse through our routes here:( Program   )
  • In the morning, an optional tour/trek will be organized by the Skipper at 8:00 AM to visit a historical site or just enjoy nature. Theory is taught after breakfast (10:00-12:00)
  • In our region, the wind usually picks up at around 12:00 PM, so we depart for our next location at around noon.
  • After arrival to our destination (16:00-18:00), people will have free time until dinner. You may choose to swim, rest, study or go for a nature walk.
  • Dinner is held at 19:30 and continues for a few hours as we enjoy the local cuisine and indulge in conversation. After dinner you may participate in playing games (cards, chess, etc.), listening to music or just enjoying nature…
CHECK-IN and CHECK-OUT 
  • Saturday is check-in and meeting day. Our sailing yachts are located in Cairos Marina Marina (on C Pontoon) .You can check in anytime after 16:00 and settle on board.
  • Our first briefing is held at approximately 17:00 and then we stock up on provisions. We have our first dinner together in the marina and afterwards people can explore the colorful Marmarisian night life!
  • Sunday is our first day of sailing. We finish last minute shopping and start our voyage around noon.
  • Our sailing tour ends Friday (1 or 2 weeks later); after 16:00. You may leave the yacht or stay one more night to enjoy Marmaris. All Yachts have to be empty by 10:00 on Saturday morning to allow for cleaning and preparation for the next group.

 

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