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Sailing the Turkish Mediterranean
Boats in the harbor of Antalya, Mediterranean, Turkey
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.'s Turquoise Coast, Turkey Vacation Guide

Boston-based writer Stephen Jermanok has authored or contributed to 11 books on the outdoors, including Outside Magazine's Adventure Guide to New England , Discovery Channel's Backcountry Treks , Discovery Channel's Paddlesports , Outside Magazine's Guide to Family Vacations and Men's Journal's The Great Life . His latest book is New England Seacoast Adventures . His many adventures appear in National Geographic Adventure , Outside , Men's Journal , Forbes FYI , Travel + Leisure , Hooked on the Outdoors , and Backpacker . He can be reached at

Published: 29 Jun 2009 | Last Updated: 21 Nov 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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