Rick Steves' Turkey > pre-tour Foodie Tour
Extend your Turkey adventure with a four-day cruise on a traditional Turkish gulet. The trip includes visits to two Greek Islands, Kos and Symi, as well as explorations along the attractive Turkish coastline. You'll cruise aboard your own private gulet, complete with a captain and crew.

You'll be fascinated by the sites and scenery along this part of the Aegean and Mediterranean.

Bodrum - 23 - Knidos - 22 - Datca - 11 - Symi - 55 - Kos - 11 - Bodrum

Total 122 miles
itinerary details

day 1 - You'll board your private yacht in Bodrum. Then you'll cruise about 2.5 hours across the mouth of Gokova Gulf to the ancient city of Knidos. This strategic site was one of the six cities of the Dorian Hexapolis league back in the 4th century BC.
Knidos is the point that separates the Aegean from the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. It has two ancient harbors; you'll drop anchor in the larger, eastern harbor from where you can see the ruins.
The harbor is relatively unprotected from the prevailing winds, so the captain may decide to overnight in a bay near Datca.

day 2 - You'll complete harbor formalities in Datca, and depart for the Greek island of Symi. Your destination is Panormitis Bay at the southern part of the island.
Those who are interested may visit the Panormitis Monastery, dedicated to Archangel Michael. The monastery has a great seaside location at the end of a charming valley.
You'll stay overnight in Symi harbor.

day 3 - You'll leave very early this morning to get to Kos. As you arrive at the island, you’ll meet your local guide for an excursion to the ruins of Asklepion. You’ll then visit the Plane Tree of Hippocrates, a dream temple where the physician taught. The site is also home to International Hippocratic Institute and the Hippocratic Museum, dedicated to him.
You'll depart after lunch and cruise back to Bodrum.
After you complete harbor formalities, you'll spend the night in Bodrum's harbor, or anchor in one of the nearby bays.

day 4 - After breakfast, you'll say good-bye to your captain and crew. You'll find easy transportation connections in Bodrum back to Istanbul, or be able to have further adventures along the Turkish coastline. Gule-gule!

included are
  • 3 nights on a private six-cabin yacht with AC
  • All meals; breakfast, lunch and dinner on board
  • Water included with all meals; other drinks available for purchase
  • Tour of Kos, as described; English-speaking guide, admissions, transportation
  • Admissions to Symi Panormitis Monastery, Knidos
  • All tips for local guides, boat captain and crew
  • VAT, all harbor fees and taxes
need to know
  • A gulet is a two-masted wooden yacht, unique to south-west coast of Turkey. It is built out of pine wood in the traditional design. A six-cabin gulet is approximately 80-85 feet long. Commercial gulets are not properly rigged for sailing (except those designed for that purpose) and are diesel-powered.

  • This is a custom designed itinerary, and your time on the boat is highly flexible. When the boat anchors, you can choose to do sight-seeing, hiking, swimming, or to relax on board or ashore.
    The yacht has ample deck space. You can read, listen to music, rest, or challenge the crew for a backgammon game! Water sports may be available at locations where the boat drops anchor.

  • Each cabin has AC, and en-suite WC/shower, but do not expect too much luxury. The crew is casual; there will not be a guide on board, so the boat captain is in charge. You will have a cook and a seaman at your service.

  • Food is fresh, with seasonal vegetables and fruits. Then again, if you have dietary restrictions, let us know ahead of time so that the crew provides appropriate ingredients.

  • The sea is usually calm in late June and July, but you never know what Poseidon has in mind. Be prepared, if you are prone to sea-sickness.

  • If you'd like to snorkel, let us know ahead of time so snorkeling equipment can be available for your use.  The equipment will be available for everyone to use, so you may prefer to bring your own gear.
terms & conditions
  • How to Sign Up: Go to sign up page, enter your contact information and submit the online form to check availability. We will get back to you with the tour agreement and payment form.

  • Payment: A non-refundable downpayment of € 250.- per person is required to secure your spot on the cruise. Full payment will be due 45 days prior to start of the cruise.

  • Minimum and Maximum Participants: The yacht cruise requires a minimum of 10 travelers to operate, and a maximum of 12 travelers is allowed.
    If the cruise fails to reach the minimum required 10 participants 45 days prior to the start of the cruise, SRM will refund all monies paid to SRM for this cruise, including your otherwise non-refundable downpayment.

  • Cabins and Solo Travelers: The type of gulet we plan to use has 6 cabins: 4 cabins with one double bed each, 2 cabins with two twin beds each. Therefore, we can accept four solo travelers willing to share a cabin with another solo traveler of the same gender.
    If you request to share a cabin with another solo traveler of the same gender, and the cruise departs without another solo traveler of the same gender, you will not be charged any additional fees for the single cabin.
    If a solo traveler prefers to guarantee a private cabin, we offer two single supplements on each cruise, for an additional € 255.- each.

  • Turkish Visa: Visa expenses are not included in the tour price. As you enter Turkey, make sure you get a multi-entry visa.
Itinerary specifics subject to change
dates; post-tour boat trip
  • on demand, Apr. thru Oct.
tour price --- per person in double/twin cabin
EURO 685.- for 10 to 12 people
cost includes tax, harbor fees and charges, all meals, tours and admission fees (as in the itinerary), and tips

Greek island of Symi

sunset at the marina

Turquoise coastline

cruising on a gulet
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