Hike & Gulet Cruise

Cruising and walking the Lycian coast between Marmaris and Fethiye see the best of this wonderful coast by sea and on foot. Walk along tracks still used by shepherds today, most of which are so remote they can only be accessed from the sea. We explore trails only accessible from the sea, anchor in bays where Romans anchored their wooden ships, following their footsteps along now broken paths they created around 2AD, stumble upon ancient ruins and feast on fabulous food. 

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We will hike on 4 or 5 days following goat trails, ancient paths and broad tracks; sometimes through lush pine forest and olive groves, other times along coastal trails with spectacular views. 

Surely there’s no better way to explore the beautiful beaches and coves of the Turquoise coast than cruising and hiking. 

2020

April 10 – 17May 4 – 11June 13 – 20Sept 12 – 19Sept 26 – 3 Oct
 Price £925 pp   

*Prices are based on 2 people sharing a double or twin cabin

*Minimum numbers required to guarantee departures

*Twin cabins are limited and must be reserved at time of booking.

*Single occupancy cabins have limited availability. Supplement applies. Contact us for details.

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Breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners starting with dinner on day 1 and ending with breakfast on day 8

  • Turkish breakfast: cheeses, eggs, tomatoes, cucumber, jam, honey, bread, tea and coffee. Fruit Juice available as extra
  • Lunch: A healthy packed lunch is provided for walkers although a cooked lunch is often taken onboard.
  • Afternoon tea & biscuits
  • Dinner: includes Mezes, main course, salad and dessert of fruit

Vegetarians are easily catered for. Please advise of any dietary requirements at time of booking.

Riverboat Trip: including entrance fees to Kaunos, mudbaths, riverboat hire and Captain

Fethiye Village Tour: * including entrance fees to TLOS, Saklikent and Kayakoy; BBQ lunch and coach hire

Drinking Water: water is provided for walks. Please bring your own refillable water bottle.

Cabin: 7 nights in a twin or double cabin with ensuite private bathroom

Guide: English speaking walking guide

Diesel: 3-4 hours cruising per day

Harbour Fees at Marmaris and Fethiye

Crew: food and wages

Transfers: Travel to/from Marmaris. Transfers can be arranged.

Flights: Both Marmaris and Fethiye use Dalaman airport

Drinks: there is a reasonably priced bar onboard stocked with water, soft and alcoholic drinks including beer, wine and spirits. Please do not bring your own drinks onboard.

Tips for the Crew and Guide are discretionary. 

Travel Insurance: please remember to arrange your own travel insurance and provide a copy to the Guide on arrival.

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  1. All payments you make to Meridian Travels & Yachting are non-refundable. The gulet has been chartered for your private trip, so if you cancel you will still be liable to pay for your place. You should claim from your travel insurance.
  2. After paying your deposit, if the departure is not guaranteed your deposit will be refunded by Meridian Travels & Yachting.
  3. It is a condition of booking that you have Travel Insurance. You are recommended to book your travel insurance when you have paid your deposit.
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  5. If you have any questions about the holiday please email 

Flights

You will need to book your own flights to/from Dalaman airport.

If you are island hopping you could take a ferry/catamaran between the Greek island of Rhodes and Marmaris or Fethiye. The journey takes just over an hour but please do not book your seats too early. The actual ports of departure and arrival for your gulet cruise will only be confirmed four weeks before the start of the cruise.

Transfers

Dalaman to/from Marmaris one-way£65
Dalaman to/from Fethiye one-way£55
Price is for the vehicle
Private Transfer (5-14 pax)
Dalaman to/from Marmaris one way£105
Price is for the vehicle
Shuttle service:
Dalaman to/from Marmaris one-way£16 per person

We recommend that travellers book their transfers directly with us because occasionally the start/finish ports can change at the last minute due to weather conditions. If transfers are booked with us it is easy for us to ensure travellers are delivered to the correct port.

Itinerary at a glanceAccommodationHiking

 

Cruising between Marmaris and Fethiye you will have opportunity to walk on 4 or 5 days taking in wonderful forest, mountain and sea views. We will visit nomad families staying in remote locations where there still isn’t any road access.

Day 1: Arrive in Marmaris. Dinner onboard with opportunity to go to a Turkish Bath.

Day 2 Cruise to Kumlubuk for our first walk in the mountains (2—3 hours)

Day 3 Our morning starts with a wonderful and varied walk to the village of Candir (3.5-4 hours) before boarding a river boat to see the ruins at Kaunos, bathe in the hot thermal baths and visit the protected Iztuzu beach, nesting ground of the Carretta Carretta Turtle, .

Day 4 Pretty walk in the mountains from Aga Limani with it’s ancient Roman village before arriving at the ruined Cleopatra’s Bath. (2-3 hours) In the afternoon we follow a low coastal path before rejoining the boat in the next bay.(2 hours)

Day 5 See the ancient burial tombs at Bedri Rahmi bay as we continue to follow the coast with wonderful views of the islands. (2-3 hours)

Day 6 A longer scenic walk with panoramic views from Inlice with an optional swim back to the boat at the end (4-5 hours).

Day 7 Discover more of Turkey as we tour the villages of Fethiye, see the ancient civilisations at Tlos, the abandoned village of Kayakoy and more.

Day 8 Say your goodbyes to the crew and your new friends in Fethiye.

*Cruise may operate in reverse. Direction of cruise will be confirmed no sooner than four weeks before departure and is subject to change at short notice (this is a rare occurence but adverse weather conditions can leave us with no choice).

Traditionally built wooden boats, our gulets have double and sometimes twin cabins for our walking trips of up to 14 people plus the Guide. They have sails although operate under motor for most of the trip to ensure we can keep to our schedule.

Each cabin has a private en-suite bathroom with home style toilet, shower cubicle and hairdryer. Cabins have a small wardrobe, underbed storage, window and bedside light. Electricity is available in cabins for charging mobile phones and cameras every evening. Cabins are smaller than a hotel room but larger than you’d find on a typical sailing yacht. A bath towel, hand towel and beach towel are provided.

The bar, galley and salon are located in the wheelhouse where there are stunning 360° views. With plenty of sunbeds on the fore and aft decks choose how to relax; sunbathing, reading, chatting or perhaps you’ll even sleep here under the stars. There’s plenty of time to swim and snorkel too.

Meals are taken on the aft deck where you’ll enjoy a different view with every meal.

Many departures are on our gulet East Meets West. All other departures are on other carefully selected gulets.

Trip Grading: Low Intermediate. Most of our hikes are along goat trails which are rocky and stony so graded mainly at intermediate level. However, the walks are too short to be classed as Intermediate.
How long are the walks? Hikes vary between 4 and 10 km and take between 2 hours and 4.5 hours for the longest walks.
How difficult are the walks? There are some steep sections over loose trails during the walk and such sections require care. The accent is on keeping a comfortable pace with time to stop and take photos. You will need a reasonable level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure.
What to bring?
Essential Hiking
boots (preferably with ankle support). Refillable Water Container or Camelbag. Day Backpack for water, sunscreen, camera etc
Recommended Hiking poles are extremely useful regardless of your level of fitness. 
You will be provided with a full list with your joining instructions around 5 weeks before departure.

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