There is little doubt that you will best see the numerous antiquities and treasure chest of coves, inlets, bays and beaches of Aegean and Mediterranean Turkey by boat. The traditional craft of the region is the gulet – a broad-beamed, highly polished wooden vessel generally powered by the motor but equipped with sails. The idea is to charter your own gulet with a full crew and invite your family and friends to join you. Frontiers proudly recommends two gulets of various sizes, the 10-passenger MS Myra and the 14-passenger MS Fortuna, all of which have undergone recent renovations and refurbishment. Frontiers Specialist Jill Jergel has worked directly with the owner of these gulets for over fifteen years to assure that a cruise booked through Frontiers is one of the highest quality and best value, without the normal markup in price incurred by third-party involvement.
The best time to go is between mid-May and mid-October, with warmer water temperatures to be expected from August through October for pleasant snorkeling and swimming. This journey is called the "Blue Voyage" and it is an idyllic cruise that savvy Europeans have been enjoying for the past ten years but has just recently (in the past five years) caught the interest of well-traveled North Americans. The Europeans tend to holiday in July and August and this is considered high season with high temperatures, high prices, and high capacity to be expected. Little rainfall occurs during these months and they are a sun worshipper's dream. Chance of rain and wind increases as you continue through October though, actually, sunny 70-degree days can be enjoyed until mid-November.
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Photos Courtesy of: FS Myra and MS Fortuna