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Blue Cruise and daily trips 2014

The Isle of Kekova is among the popular destinations of the Blue Cruise.

Blue Cruise, also known as a Blue Voyage ("Mavi Yolculuk" in Turkish), is a term used for recreational voyages along the Turkish Riviera, on Turkey's southwestern coast.[1] The term, which is used in Turkey's tourism industry, has its origins in Turkish literature, deriving from the title of a book by Azra Erhat.[2]

The term was first introduced into Turkish literature by a handful of writers, such as Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı (alias The Fisherman of Halicarnassus).[3] The author, who had been exiled to Bodrum in 1925, fell in love with the beauty of the local landscape, with its fishing villages and sponge divers. He began taking trips with his intellectual friends on the sponge divers' sailing boats, called gulets. These excursions became known as "Blue Cruises". Author Sabahattin Eyüboğlu (together with his circle of family and friends) participated in Blue Cruises, [4] as did Azra Erhat. Those who united around the literary revue "Yeni Ufuklar" (New Horizons) in the 1950s and 1960s have also contributed to the popularity of the Blue Cruise, and guidebooks have been published in Turkish [5] and German.[6]

Quite popular among tourists from various parts of the world, particularly tourists from Italy,[7] a full Blue Cruise generally starts in Didim or Kuşadası, although tours may also depart from Bodrum or Marmaris. They usually terminate at the port of Antalya.

"Carian Cruise" is the term used as a synonym by a number of sources internationally, by the name of much of the same region of south-west Turkey in ancient times:Caria. This term generally defines the starting point and terminus of the tours with more precision, with Bodrum as departure point, and its coverage of the whole coastline to Antalya will actually also include the region known in ancient times as Lycia.

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A Blue Cruise can be arranged for our guests. This can be added to your Turkish visit itinerary before, in between, or after, your visit to Bodrum Retreat.
An initial email discussion of how many days you can allot for a cruise, budget, menu and guest information, will give us an idea of what to present to you to. A Blue Cruise is typically 7 days or longer, but it may be possible to shorten a voyage to only a few days, depending on season. The classic sailing vessels are typically what you may have dreamed about. Most gulets, these days, include air conditioning and all modern conveniences. Please email me with your thoughts.

For those with limited time, we can also arrange daily or even overnight trips. Here is some basic information and there are many variables, including which boat to use, menu's and routes taken. Please inquire after viewing the section on the header, showing typical photos.

DAILY YACHT CRUISE UP TO 8 GUESTS
Itinerary :
Embarkation from Port of Bodrum at around 10:00 hrs
Disembark from port of Bodrum at around 18:00 hrs
Total cruising would be around 15 Nautical Miles .
Captain will stop at 2-3 bays for swimming .
Yacht : typically 14m ( 45ft ) in length offering spacious aft deck and fore deck with sunbeds .
Bays :Visit bays that can only be reached by a boat.
Food :Sea Bass , Spagehetti , Mixed Salad , Water Melon .
500 USD including , Lunch , fuel , crew of 2-3 .

DAILY YACHT CRUISE UP TO 12 GUESTS
Itinerary :
Embarkation from Port of Bodrum at around 10:00 hrs
Disembark from port of Bodrum at around 18:00 hrs
Total cruising would be around 15 Nautical Miles .
Captain will stop at 2-3 bays for swimming .
Yacht : around 19-24m ( 63-79ft ) in length offering spacious aft deck and fore deck with sunbeds .
Bays :Visit bays that can only be reached by a boat.
Food :Sea Bass , Spagehetti , Mixed Salad , Water Melon .
800 USD including , Lunch , fuel , crew of 3 .