Top Ten Adventures on a Shoestring
|Gullets (colorful wooden yachts) line the harbor of Antalya in the Turkish Mediterranean (Nicholas Pitt/Digital Vision/Getty)|
4. Sailing the Turkish Mediterranean
One of the last unspoiled regions of this great sea, the Turkish Mediterranean boasts aquamarine waters relatively free of boat traffic and mountainous shores that contain few posh hotels or high-rise condominiums. The finest way to view this pristine "Turquoise Coast" is aboard a chartered gullet (a Turkish wooden yacht) on the legendary Blue Voyage. Your daily itinerary usually includes a swim before breakfast, a visit to Lycian tombs at lunch, and a feast of fresh fish and lobster for dinner. Book a cabin on one of these yachts with a reputable Turkish broker like Vela Dare in the yachting hub of Gocek. On their one-week voyage, you'll visit the white sand beach of Oludeniz, the ruins of ancient Canos, and the large citadel in Marmaris built by Suleyman the Magnificent in the 16th century. Rates start at $330 per week including full board. For the cheapest prices, go during the off-season (spring and fall) and book a cabin in a non air-conditioned boat.
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