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Swim Sail Cruise - Gulf of Hisaronu | 8 days

We travel and live on a luxurious traditional gulet around the Gulf of Hisaronu. Located in the southern Aegean sea, nestled between Datcha, Bozburun peninsula and the Greek island of Symi, Hisaronu offers some of the most pristine and beautiful bays in the area. We cruise and sail from place to place, swim in the secluded bays, visit some local ancient sites and enjoy great views and meals aboard our gulet.

Overview

Duration: 8 Days (7 Nights), All meals included
Tour Type: Island Hopping, Coastal Sea Swimming and Sightseeing
Average Daily Swim: 5 kms (3 miles)
Accommodation: Cabin based (twin, double) on 37m (120ft) Luxury Gulet
Escort: One gulet, Two Dinghies, Kayaks
Lead Guide: Borut Strel
This tour is suitable for most levels of swimmer, with three separate escorts for the safety and enjoyment of all guests. See our FAQs for swimming speed requirements. The trip is great for non-swimming partners as well, they can kayak along or spend time relaxing on the gulet.

Tour Highlights:
 
- Swim in the secluded bays and lagoons
- Sailing, cruising and sun-tanning on a luxurious gulet
- Enjoy delicious traditional meals on the deck 
- Visit the ancient sites along the way
- Private environment for small groups
 
Included in the price
 
Fully guided tour with comprehensive safety escort (2 dinghy escort boats, kayak, 2 swimming guides, 1 local boat pilot), swim coaching, technique & stroke analysis, video filming, 7 nights cabin accommodation (en-suite bathrooms), towels and bedding, 3 freshly cooked meals a day plus tea and biscuits in the afternoon, water during meals. Each guest receives a swim hat. A few swimming tow floats are available on tour. If you need fins, a wetsuit or rash vest, please bring them with you.
 
Additional costs
 
Travel to and from the start of the tour, travel visas, drinks on the boat (bar), gratuities. Single room supplement: 300 EUR.

Private Groups
If you are a group of 8-12 swimmers this is an ideal trip to experience something special out on the sea away from crowds. Please get in touch for more details.
 

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About Area

Marmaris - Bozzukale - Bozborun - Selimiye - Bencik - Sogut - Serce - Marmaris
 
We begin our voyage in Marmaris and then sail into the Gulf of Hisaronu. On the way, we visit several gorgeous bays and villages including Bozukkale, Söğüt, Bozburun, Selimiye, Hisarönü, Bencik, Serce. After a week of sailing, cruising, swimming and having a wonderful time we return back to Marmaris.
 
Marmaris, Turkey

Accommodation

 
Total guest cabins: 7. All cabins are large and very spacious with en-suite showers, air-con, electric plugs, etc.  5 large double bed cabins, 2 triple bed cabins including one double bed and one single bed. 

Double bedroom 

Double bedroom Swim and Sail Turkey
 
Triple bedroom (one double and one single bed) - it could be used as twin share for 2 individual guests

Triple bedroom Swim and Sail Turkey

Living aboard gulet is a special experience. We use luxurious 36,5-meter long traditional Turkish gulet which is equipped with all the comforts of home and you are expected to do nothing but sit back, relax and enjoy. Our gulet offers 8 large guest cabins and gives us plenty of room to all have privacy for ourselves when needed. The closeness of the group on board promotes an atmosphere of friendship and sharing, relations among guests and crew tend to be relaxed and casual. The emphasis of our trip is to show our guests the beautiful Turkish and Greek coast and islands where we can get in touch with the water, swim and explore. One of the best feature of being on such boat is flexibility that we can get in the water anywhere, anytime and this means we go for the best places at the best time. We can swim in the mornings, afternoons, evenings, sunsets, moonlights, etc. The rest of the time we enjoy sailing, san-tanning on the deck while Turkish team prepares great meals for us and hiking at the islands and local towns. We believe you will make life-time friends and experience an unforgettable adventure.
 
Technical details
Category: Luxurious Gulet
Gulet type: 2 masted handcrafted ketch 
Flag: Turkish
Lenght: 36,5 m (120 ft)
Beam: 8 m
Draft: 3.9m
Engine: 2 x 450 HP Iveco
Year Built: Fethiye boatyard, year 2006
Year Renovated : 2011
Wood: Mahogany with teak deck
Power: 24V/220V
Fuel Capacity: 6000 lt
Water Capacity: 15,000 lt
Air Conditioning: all rooms
International permits
2/3 sails  
Crew: 4-5 members
 
Facilities & Amenities
Bar, BBQ, Deck Shower, Dishwasher, DVD Player, Freezer, Fridge, Guest, Phone, Hammock, Ice Box, Ice Machine, Indoor Lounge, Internet, MP3 Player/IPOD Dock, Music System, Oven, Sea Ladder, Shade Tents, Stove, Sun Beds, TV or Plasma, Washing Machine
 
Leisure & Equipment
Board Games, Canoe/Kayak, Fishing Equipment, Snorkelling Equipment, Waterskis, Towable Tube (Ringo), Tender with 15hp outboard or speed boat with 50hp outboard

Gulet structure
Strel Swim and Sail Turkey
 

Food

The full board is included in our cruise and meals on board are exceptionally good, consisting of a variety of fresh salads, fruits, grilled meats, local fish and Turkish specialities. Vegetarians will like Turkish mix of vegetables and mezes. Meal times will depend upon cruising schedules and our swims.

Dinner on the deck is usually the highlight of the day; a long leisurely meal sitting under the stars listening to the water lapping at the hull of the gulet.  If you wish to go off gulet and have a dinner on land there will be several opportunities to do that. We will take you there by boat and come to pick you up.

Water on board is included during meals, but not alcohol drinks. You can buy additional drinks on-board for normal rates. Please see the beverage list and prices attached for your information.

Bar Prices
 

General Trip Info

Start Point: Marmaris harbour 
Start Time: 17.00  on the 1st Day
Finish Point: Marmaris harbour
Finish Time: 9.00 on the 8th Day

Meeting point: Anatolia Bar (near Taxi rank), Tepe, Kordon Cd. No:2, 48700 Marmaris/Muğla, Turkey

Please note that a cruise trip sometimes requires a certain amount of flexibility and we reserve the right to start or finish the trip on a different location due to weather or other logistical changes. However, if this happens, we will organise a ground transfer to the destination on the starting or finishing day.
 
Passports and Visas
You require a full passport to enter Turkey. Effective from 1 January 2015, passports will have to be valid for at least 60 days beyond the permitted stay. Please check whether you require a visa. Some EU nationalities do not require a Visa, while most others do, so please check with your local authorities if you need one. British, Australian, Canadian, Irish, USA nationals need a visa. Regulations do change, so please check before you travel. To visit Greek island of Rhodes or Symi, you need a Schengen visa. If you are coming from outside of EU, please check your requirements for Schengen - EU visa.
Vaccinations
There are no specific vaccinations required for Turkey, but you should ensure that your tetanus and polio vaccinations are up to date. You may also obtain vaccinations against hepatitis A and typhoid.
 
Extra Expenses
Travel to and from the start of the tour, travel visas, drinks on the boat (bar), gratuities. Single room supplement: 300 EUR. If you are single and happy to share a room with another person, there is no extra charge. If we are unable to find another person of the same sex, you will be charged the supplement of 300 EUR and given your own cabin. 
 
Currency
The local currency is Turkish Lira (TL) in Turkey and Euro in Greece. 
 
Group Size
Up to a maximum of 12 guests, with 2 swimming guides, local boat captain, 2 assistants, chef and 2 dinghy escorts + kayaks.

Itinerary

Marmaris - Bozzukale - Bozborun - Selimiye - Bencik - Sogut - Serce - Marmaris

We begin our voyage in Marmaris and then sail into the Gulf of Hisaronu. On the way, we visit several gorgeous bays and villages including Bozukkale, Söğüt, Bozburun, Selimiye, Hisarönü, Bencik, Serce. After a week of sailing, cruising, swimming and having a wonderful time we return back to Marmaris.
 
Marmaris
Marmaris is one of Turkey´s most popular holiday destination on the Aegean coast.  The main industry is tourism and it is serves as a gulet cruise gateway.  It offers turquoise waters, golden beaches, marinas and numerous other attractions. Nearby popular resorts are Icmeler, Turunc and Dalyan. You can do several boat trips from/to Marmaris. The area has hot and dry summers and mild rainy winters. Showers and rain are very unlikely during May and October.


Bozukkale Bay
This large bay between Kale Burnu and Değirmen Burnu is surrounded by ancient city walls that blend into the rocky outcrop so sailing into Bozukkale feels like a step back in time. A path leads up to a castle with impressive defensive walls so we can make the hike up before or after our swim in the bay.
 
Selimiye
Towards the end of Hisaronu gulf on the eastern side is a beautiful bay surrounded by mountains with wonderful clear blue sea and a unique waterfront. Little fishing village of Selimiye is a good place to re-stock with provisions needed for the cruise.
 
Sogut
It is located east of Bozburun and it is known as home to gulet building and fishing. We usually stay there one night and enjoy the peaceful environment. Swimming there is very sheltered from most winds and we have plenty of choices.
 
Serce Bay
Serce is a small beautiful bay on the southern side of Hisaronu and if offers wonderful and sea with mountain backdrop all around. There is one family-run restaurant at the end where we can get locally produced products. We usually do a 360 swim around the entire bay which is around 3km.
 
Route Map Graphic

 

Swimming Info

Swimming places / distances:

SwimDistance
Marmaris - Sedir island2 km
Bozukkale Bay - 1st Swim2.5 km
Bozukkale Bay - 2nd Swim2.3 km
Bozburun - Kizil island2.2 km
Bozburun - Kiseli island2.1 km
Selimiye Bay 2.5 km
Kameriye island3 km
Koca island - 360 loop2.5 km
Sogut Bay - 1st Swim2 km
Sogut Bay - 1st Swim2.5 km
Serce Bay 360 loop3 km
Turunc Bay 2.5 km
Marmaris - Keci island2.4 km

Temperatures:

MonthWater Temp. (°C)Air Temp. (°C)
May22-2327
June23-2430
July2532
August26-2735
September2530
October2428

Keep in mind that you can skip any of the swims you want and relax on our escort boat(s). Temperatures are indicative and can slightly change from year to year.

Wetsuit, fins, rash vests, pull buoys Availability

We have limited swimming gear available on each trip, so please bring your own if you require one for yourself.
 
Walking
The walking on the trip is easy and it is on a recognised path. In order to enjoy your walks off the boat, please bring comfortable light walking shoes and suitable clothes for summer temperatures. 
NOTE! You do not need any shoes while on our gulet boat. You can bring sandals or slippers if you want.

Walking distances
Bozburun / Selimiye village: 1.5 km
Bozukkale Bay: 2km
 
Essential Equipment
In addition to normal items, we recommend bringing the following:
2 swimming costumes, 2 pairs of swimming goggles (one clear and one tinted for different light conditions), sweater/fleece, towel, sun hat, small daypack, waterproof sun cream and jacket, walking shoes and sandals or aqua shoes. We also provide drinking bottles while you swim and swim hats.

Swimming awareness
Your safety is of utmost importance to us. In the event of adverse weather conditions at any of our swimming locations, we may need to adapt our itinerary. Our team always includes local guides who know great places to swim, so rest assured you won’t be missing out! Swimming in the open sea amongst natural wildlife is a unique experience, but you may come across certain marine life such as jellyfish, sea turtles, coral and sea urchins from time to time. There are very few jellyfish along the Turkish southern coast and so the risk of any unfortunate encounters with them is low, and we will always show you the safest areas to swim. If you are stung by a jellyfish and are unable to carry on swimming, you will never be far from an escort boat where one of the guiding team will be able to treat the affected area. If you suffer from Anaphylaxis or any other allergic reactions it is important to inform us at the time of booking.
 

Travel

You need to get to Marmaris harbour to meet us and our boat. There are a few options on how to travel there.
 
1) Fly to Dalaman, Turkey
There are numerous flights from all over Europe to a major airport of Dalaman. Dalaman is the closest to Marmaris and it is best to fly there if you can. Overseas flights often connect you via Istanbul. Transfer by car/van from Dalaman airport takes about 1h 20 min and from Antalya about 2.5 hours. You can contact us and we will help you arrange transfer to wait for you at the airport. When you arrive to Marmaris by ferry from Rhodes we can meet you at the ferry office and take you to our boat.

2) Fly to Rhodes, Greece and take a ferry 
You can travel to Marmaris via Rhodes (Greece) by boat ferry line (1 hr journey). You can book the ticket online at www.yesilmarmarislines.com. It costs 70 Eur return way. The daily ferry times of arrival and departure are matched well with our cruise departure/arrival in Marmaris. You can arrive by ferry on Day 01 and leave on Day 08 or stay longer after our trip if you want. 
 
Flights to Dalaman or Rhodes from UK and other EU countries
Thomas Cook www.thomascook.com
British Airways www.ba.com
Turkish Airlines www.turkishairlines.com
 
A good way to search and compare flight prices and times is at:
 
MEETING POINT FOR DEPARTURE
17.00h on the first day at the Anatolia Bar, Marmaris harbour. Next to this bar is a taxi rank with yellow cars parked there. When you arrive to Marmaris by ferry from Rhodes we can meet you at the ferry office and take you to our boat.
Local name: Anatolia Bar, Tepe, Kordon Cd. No:2, 48700 Marmaris/Muğla, Turkey. 
 
GOOGLE MAP MEETING POINThttps://goo.gl/maps/6fpoobeMbV22
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