A Gastronomic Gulet Cruise in Turkey: Turkish Mediterranean Cuisine Sailing Adventure
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‘This cruise reminded me why I travel in the first place’ - The Globe and Mail (Canada)
One of the top 10 food and drink holidays in Turkey for 2015’ - The Telegraph (UK)
Rated One of ‘The World’s Tastiest Cruises’ - The Sunday Times (UK)
So many of our guests have raved about the food served on our gulet cruises in Turkey and asked for recipes, that we decided to create a trip with an even more gastronomic flavor.
Not only will you enjoy all the usual dishes served up by the onboard cook, on this trip you will see demonstrations in small traditional restaurants and get involved in the cooking, conjuring up some of the excellent Turkish dishes you’ll eat. You’ll cook with local Turkish people and prepare regional delicacies.
This is a journey to treat your taste buds, a voyage of discovery through Turkish Mediterranean cuisine. But you won’t miss out on the history. Your expert guide, Serdar, is an archaeologist who has been excavating in Turkey for many years. He also happens to be a foodie, a man with a great passion for Turkish cuisine. He 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’ll explore some of Turkey’s most impressive ancient sites, including monumental wonders like Kaunos (where Serdar has been excavating for more than 30 years) with its exquisite rock-cut temple tombs, and beautifully-preserved Knidos, a stunning marbled city arranged around a double harbour. You’ll also enjoy some wonderful walks in magnificent scenery and visit ancient towns like Lydae, set in remote and beautiful locations, which remain as yet completely unexcavated.
ADDITION RATE INFORMATION
Rate is per person, based on double occupancy. The single supplement fee is £645 per person.
Day 1: ArrivalBodrum, Aegean, Turkey
Our boat is about 40 minutes from Bodrum airport, in the town’s beautiful harbour, on Turkey’s south west coast. Welcome drink and dinner aboard.
Day 2: Cruising The Carian CoastMediterranean, Turkey
We cruise east along the Carian coast, with stops to swim and relax, before preparing local dishes and delicacies in a family-run restaurant.
Day 3: Spectacular KnidosKnidos, Aegean, Turkey
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, her superb double harbour could be accessed from both east and west, providing protection for generations of ships and making her rich from the lucrative seaborne trade.
Day 4: Discover BozburunBozburun, Aegean, Turkey
East to beautiful Bozburun, a picturesque village surrounded by hills. We’ll visit the kitchen of one of the most longstanding restaurant owners and one of the local boatyards to see how gulets are built.
Day 5: Visit LorymaLoryma, Aegean, Turkey
To Loryma, a magnificent Rhodian fortress guarding a strategic bay. We’ll swim and eat warm delicious bread freshly baked in a traditional oven.
Day 6: Explore KaunosKaunos, Aegean, Turkey
Heading east, we take a boat up the reed-lined Dalyan River to see the city of Kaunos. Its monumental public buildings, surrounding a silted up harbour, speak of its once great wealth and fame. Serdar has been excavating here for many seasons. As well as exploring the site, we’ll cook and eat with one of the village ladies who prepares food each summer for the archaeologists.
Day 7: Walk To The City Of LydaeLydia, Aegean, Turkey
We sail to the pretty inlet of Aglimani and walk up an ancient track to the city of Lydae, set in a forgotten valley filled with the tinkle of goat bells. We 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 then on to Göcek, a pretty harbour on the Bay of Fethiye for our final farewell dinner.
Day 8: End Of TourGocek, Mediterranean, Turkey
Transfer to Dalaman airport about 30 minutes away.
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