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On this culinary cruise, not only will you enjoy all the usual dishes served up by the onboard cook, but you will also see demonstrations in small traditional restaurants and get involved in the cooking, conjuring up some of the excellent Turkish dishes you will eat with the locals. This is a journey to treat your taste buds, a voyage of discovery through Turkish Mediterranean cuisine. But you wont miss out on the history. Serdar will lead you on a culinary and cultural adventure through one of the least developed and most stunning areas of natural beauty in Turkey.
You will spend seven nights on a traditional Turkish gulet. Theres plenty of choice when it comes to gulets, and Peter Sommer Travels' superb range of vessels has been carefully selected to ensure both comfort and the quality that you would expect. Every gulet is hand-crafted in Turkey. A gulet cruise can host groups from two to 24 people, with options for master, double, or twin cabins.
The word gulet (Turkish word known as gulette or gullet) probably derives from the French goulette, or schooner. These two-mastered wooden vessels, usually made from local pine, were long used for transport and fishing along the southern coasts of Turkey. Typically designed with a sharp bow, broad beam and rounded aft, these days they are designed and fitted with comfort and not trade in mind.
Peter Sommer Travels' traditional sailing gulets have comfortable saloon areas, as well as spacious seating areas above deck, front and rear, perfect for relaxing, sunbathing, reading, or watching the ever changing horizon. All the cabins have their own private bathroom and storage area. The gulets used are truly elegant, oozing with character and style - a lovely home away from home. Peter Sommer Travels' typically uses 8 and 9-cabin gulets on their expert-led cultural tours in Turkey.
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your boat which is about 40 minutes away from Bodrum airport, in the towns beautiful harbor. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner aboard your gulet.
You cruise east along the Carian Coast, with stops to swim and relax, before a demonstration of a special local dish in a small family-run restaurant.
Today, you will cruise south to spectacular Knidos, where decades of digging, still ongoing, have revealed a beautiful and well-planned city. Set at the very tip of a sinuous peninsula, its superb double harbor can be accessed from both east and west, providing protection for generations of ships and making it rich from the lucrative seaborne trade.
Today, you cruise east to beautiful Bozburun, a picturesque village surrounded by hills. You will visit the kitchen of one of the most longstanding restaurant owners and one of the local boatyards to see how gulets are built.
Today, your cruise brings you to Loryma, a magnificent Rhodian fortress guarding a strategic bay. You will swim and eat warm, delicious bread freshly baked in a traditional oven.
Heading east, you will take a boat along the reed lined Dalyan River to see the city of Kaunos. Its monumental public buildings, surrounding a silted-up harbor, speak of its once great wealth and fame. Serdar has been excavating here for many seasons. As well as exploring the site, youll cook and eat with one of the village ladies who prepares food each summer for the archaeologists.
On this day, you will cruise to the pretty inlet of Alman and walk up an ancient track to the city of Lydae, set in a forgotten valley. You will break bread and have wild sage tea with a local goatherd and see the traditional olive press where he and his family produce the most delicious olive oil. A last chance to swim and then on to Gcek, a pretty harbor on the Bay of Fethiye for a final farewell dinner.
Today, you will be transferred to Dalaman airport.
This cruise will take place in Turkey, visiting the Carian Coast, Knidos, Bozburun, Loryma, Dalyan River, Kaunos, Alman, Lydae, Gcek, and the bay of Fethiye.
Your cruise includes a full board, meaning you will have breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. Mineral water, tea, and coffee are complimentary on the tour. Wine is included with dinner, while other drinks are at your own expense.The key focus of Turkish food is simple but incredibly tasty fresh local ingredients. All food is prepared in the gulets galley by the onboard cook, who conjures up a variety of fresh local delicacies.
Breakfast on a gulet typically consists of bread, tomatoes, olives, cheese, eggs, yoghurt, and honey. Lunch and dinner are usually one or two main courses, accompanied by salads and tasty side dishes, followed by fruits. Very drinkable local wines are stocked on-board, along with a range of spirits, beers, soft drinks, and fruit juices.
Most gulets come equipped with a windsurfer, a canoe, and a small selection of flippers, masks, and snorkels. The snorkeling equipment comes in a range of sizes from childs to adults. If you do have your own flippers and snorkeling equipment, you are recommended to bring them so that you know that they fit and also that you dont have to wait for someone else to finish using a set. There are many wonderful coves and bays along the Turkish and Greek coast, which are perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
Please book your flight to arrive at Milas Bodrum International Airport (BJV). Peter Sommer Travels will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.