Blue Cruises in Turkey

FETHIYE & OLIMPOS ANTALYA MINI CRUISE

Fethiye to Olimpos, Antalya and Olimpos to Antalya Mini Gullet Cruise

Blue Cruise Fethiye Olimpos Antalya


Attention
In accordance with its price Olimpos - Fethiye gullet cruises are not very luxury and most of the participants of this route are boisterous young people and backpackers who like to have fun, party, listen music etc. Especially for our mature guests who want more quite atmosphere we'd rather recommend mini cruise options of Marmaris Fethiye Cruises which are also comparatively higher in quality. Please kindly note that the same 'problem' persists no matter from where you book this cruise in Olimpos - Fethiye route, but we decided to put this warning after receiving frequent complaints form our older clients whose expectations were obviously different. Otherwise the route covers amazingly beautiful places and we still suggest this to people whose expectations are not high with the quality of the boats and do not mind to be among many younger people. 

General Info
These mini blue cruises departs almost everyday from Fethiye and Olympos, from the beginning of May till October. Departures on April and October are les frequent. Check-in to boats approximately between 09:30 am-12:00 at noon. The boats leave the harbors at approximately 11-00-12:00 at noon time, but the exact departure time is flexible. We recommend our guests to book a hotel in Fethiye, Olympos Village or Demre the night before the boat's departure.

The itinerary below is for the cruise starting from Fethiye and ending in Olympos bay of Antalya Province available from the beginning of April till the end of October. Please ask for availability in April and late October closer to departure time. The reverse route (Olympos to Fethiye) is also available almost everyday with the same rates and conditions.

The boats actually arrive to/depart from Cayagzi harbor in Demre, from where the transfers are provided with several hours bus rides to/from Olympos village and camping area, well-known for its tree-house and bungalow accommodations.

Arrival to Fethiye: There are scheduled bus connections to Fethiye from most major cities and towns of Turkey. Dalaman (40 km) is the nearest airport to Fethiye, and there are frequent flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport. There is also airport shuttle service of HAVAS for each domestic flight from Dalaman Airport to Fethiye Marina and Hillside Hotel, which takes 70 minutes and costs around 10 Euro pp. Click here for the shuttle schedule of HAVAS for Dalaman airport

Arrival to Olimpos/Demre: You can come to Demre (145 km to Antalya) or Olympos (80 km to Antalya) by frequent LOCAL buses departing from Antalya for Kas or Fethiye. For Olympos you should ask the driver to let you off at the road to Olympos village which is 7 km south of the coastal highway. In summer, taxis and minibuses usually wait at this junction to shuttle travelers to Olympos. There are scheduled long-distance bus connections to Antalya from all major cities and towns of Turkey. Antalya airport 10 km east of the city center and there are frequent flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport as well as direct charter flights from major European cities in mid summer. There is also airport shuttle service of HAVAS to Antalya city center.

Program

Day 1: Fethiye, Samanlik Bay, Butterfly Valley, Nicholas Island

Departure from Fethiye marina at around 11:00-12:00 o'clock noon time. Stop at Samanlik bay for swimming and lunch. Move on to Butterfly Valley (Kelebekler Vadisi) where it is possible stop for swimming, shortly visiting the Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz) if the weather permits and arrive to St Nicholas Island (Gemiler Adasi) early in the evening where you will have your dinner and your boat will anchor for overnight. You can swim and visit Byzantium ruins in the island.

Fethiye is one of the most popular resorts of Turkey located on a wide bay, strewn with many islands. Fethiye is 135 kms southwest of Marmaris and has an outstanding and busy marina. The ancient name of the city is Telmessos and you will see a fortress on the hill overlooking the city which was built by Knights of Rhodes Island. Fethiye is also known for its rock tombs carved into the faces of the high cliffs by the Lycians. Among these tombs especially remarkable one is the tomb of Amnytas dating from the 4th century BC, elaborately carved in Doric architectural style. It is worth well visiting. Other historical places around the town are the Sarcopaghi and the Fethiye Tower.

Butterfly Valley: At a distance of 5-7 km from Oludeniz, this interesting canyon is surrounded by approximately 350 meter high mountains. It takes its name from the butterflies called as ‘Jarsey Tiger’ and seen between June and September. It is an Earth Eden with its waterfall flows both in summer and winter, large beach, clear water, brightly shining pebbles and oleanders decorating the environs. Possibilities like a camping area with tent sites, restaurant, bar, shower cabinets, changing cubicles, etc. are offered in the valley which is the meeting place of world wanderers For thousands of years, its only habitants were the butterflies and local fauna. Still now, the valley hosts 136 kinds of butterflies and moths within the fascinating waterfalls !

Oludeniz: The Blue Lagoon is 1 of the best places in the world to do absolutely nothing but soak up the sun amid stunning natural surroundings ! The water is a brilliant sapphire blue due to the complete absence of weed on the white sandy sea bottom.

St Nicholas Island: Byzantine and Early-Christian ruins from 5th-11th centuries lie tucked among the pine trees and partly under the water on St-Nicholas Island (Gemiler Adasi) It has a bay well-protected from the wind and a beach surrounded with pine and olive trees attracts visitors from neighborhood towns beside the people arriving with cruise boats.

Day 2: Kalkan, Kaş, Kekova
Around sunrise departure to Aquarium or Firnaz Bay near Kalkan for breakfast & swimming. Cruising to Kas where you will stop in the harbor for lunch and visit this charming fishing village. Only Lycian rock tombs & sarcophagi and the Roman theatre are left from the ancient city called Antiphellos, but the charm of the town remains up to modern times! You will stop for swimming in a bay near Kekova and stay there for dinner and overnight.

Kalkan is a well-maintained and quiet harbor town, located 25 km west of Kas. It is an attractive town, once a fishing village inhabited mainly by the Ottoman Greeks. It has become increasingly popular since the 1980s, with a huge holiday village covering the southern hillside. The small town centre which overlooks the bay is filled with quaint, traditional white-washed houses, shuttered windows and balconies with brilliantly-colored flowers. The marina caters for the requirements of visiting yachts, as well as several restaurant and shops in the city centre.

Kas is a small fishing, yachting and tourist town, and a district of Antalya Province of Turkey, 168 km west of the city of Antalya. As a tourist town it is relatively unspoiled. The town of Kas is on a hill running down to the sea. In ancient times it was a member of the Lycian League, and its importance during this time is confirmed by the presence of one of the richest Lycian necropolis. Kas itself is a quiet pleasant town with its blue sea and narrow streets scented with jasmine flowers. There are plenty of little guest houses, quiet cafes serving home cooking, or small bars to relax after a day's scuba diving. Kas is one of the leading spots for diving in Turkey. If you decide to try diving in Kas you can expect to see a beautiful array of fish and other sea creatures like octopus and possibly dolphins, and also the wrecks of some ancient ships.

Day 3: Kekova Sunken City, Simena, Gokkaya Bay
After breakfast your boat will depart for visiting Sunken City of Kekova Island. This Lycian- Roman archaeological site is protected and no swimming or snorkeling is allowed, so you will only see the ruins here from the boat while cruising very slowly over the sunken city. We will sail on to Kalekoy (ancient Simena) located at the mainland opposing the Kekova Island which is a typical Turkish fishing-village with no access for cars from the land. You can visit the Byzantine/Ottoman castle after lunch. In Gokkaya Bay, once the haven for pirates, water sports are available at your own expense. You can relax after dinner or party the night away at the Smugglers Inn discotheque which provides transfer for boat guests (at your own expense).

Simena is the ancient Lycian name of Kalekoy which is a village of the Kas district in the Antalya Province of Turkey on the Mediterranean coast. Lycian League consisted of a group of city states (Xantos, Patara, Myra, Pinara, Tlos and Olympos) dating back to 13th century BC which was self-governed most of the time although it has been under the control of greater empires of Romans, Greeks and Persians. Kalekoy faces the island of Kekova, and can be reached only by sea. The village lies amidst a Lycian necropolis, which is partially sunken underwater. Kalekoy is overlooked by a Byzantine castle, built in the Middle Ages to fight the pirates which nested in Kekova. The castle contains a small theatre. Kalekoy is a popular yachting destination.
Kekova Island, famous with the ancient sunken city is a small Turkish island near Kas district of Antalya province which faces the villages of Kalekoy (ancient Simena) and Ucagiz (ancient Teimioussa). Kekova has an area of 4.5 km² and is uninhabited. On its northern side there are the ruins—partly sunken—of Dolchiste/Dolikisthe, an ancient town which was destroyed by an earthquake during the second century A.D. Rebuilt and still flourishing during the Byzantine Empire period, it was completely abandoned because of Arab incursions.
Gokkaya bay near Kekova is surrounded by many small islands which resembles a lake and is a magnificent place for swimming.

Day 4: Arrival in Demre, Transfer to Olimpos
After breakfast you can take a look at the Pirate's Cave before cruising to Cayagzi (Andriake) harbor near Demre arriving there at around 14:00. From the harbor you will be transferred to Olympos Village by bus with no extra payment, arriving around 4-6 pm approximately. But, if you prefer you can take a bus to Antalya from Demre bus station or stay there another night and visit the ruins of ancient Myra, and St Nicholas Church in Demre.

Cayagzi is reached by a 5 km asphalt road along the river from Demre (Myra). Cayagzi has one of the best beaches in this region, and it is important as the opening point of Demre town to the Mediterranean sea. It houses the ancient city of Andriake, which was the most important port during antic Lycian civilization. There are also few ruins from Roman and Byzantium periods in the old city.

Olympos is a green valley at the southern coast of Turkey, 90 km southwest of Antalya city near the Town of Kemer. The ancient city was founded in the Hellenistic period dating back to the 2nd century BC, sharing its name with the nearby Mount Olympos. Near Olympos, located in the neighboring village of Cirali and about 200 meters above sea level, where the eternal flames called the Chimaera may be seen issuing from the ground. The source of the flames is actually natural gas, mostly methane, seeping through cracks in the earth. The mythical Chimaera - or Chimera - was a savage beast who sprouted fire from its mouth. The Olympians worshipped the god of fire Hephaestos (Vulcan), probably connected to the eternal flame. Apart from the ruins, modern time Olympos village is well known for its simple tree-house camps, where most tourists stay, and a natural environment thanks to forests and vineyards near to a beautiful beach. The Olympos village is located some distance from the shore in the heart of the Olympos national park by the banks of a small river. The surrounding area of the village offers best opportunities for trekking, mountain biking, canyoning and rock climbing.

Demre is the Lycian town of Myra, the home of Saint Nicholas of Myra the original Santa Claus; located 25km west of Finike and 48km east of Kas, Myra was one of the most important cities in antique Lycia. Coins have been found dating back to 300 BC but logically the city must have been founded centuries earlier. The city thrived as part of the Roman Empire and many public buildings were constructed. The earliest church of St. Nicholas at Myra was built in the 6th century. The present-day church stems mainly from the 8th century; a monastery was added in the second half of the 11th century. The ruins of the Lycian and Roman towns are mostly covered by alluvial silts. The Acropolis on the Demre plateau, the Roman theatre and the Roman bath (eski hamam) have been partly excavated. The semi-circular theater was destroyed in an earthquake in 141, but rebuilt afterwards.
 



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2015 Summer Prices (Full Board- Per Week)
Weekly prices in Euros between below dates (person in double cabin)

Per person in a double cabin (Single supplement is % 60)

 

DATES

RATES (Per Person in Double Cabins)

15.04.2015
31.05.2015
190 Euro
01.06.2015
14.06.2015
240 Euro
15.06.2015
30.06.2015
275 Euro
01.07.2015
31.08.2015
300 Euro
01.09.2015
15.09.2015
275 Euro
16.09.2015
31.10.2015
240 Euro



Beginning Days: 
FETHIYE > OLYMPOS: Tuesdays - Thursday - Saturday
OLYMPOS > FETHIYE: Tuesday - Friday - Sunday

Attention:
* Cabin share for single guests and twin beds for double bookings are not guaranteed.
* Single rates are double pp + single supplement indicated above.

Prices include:
* All taxes and harbor charges*
* Transfers from/to neighborhood Fethiye and Olympos hotels, if requested*
* Accommodation in private cabins with en-suite baths*
* Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the cruise period*
* Basic snorkeling equipments and board games*
* Bed sheets, towels etc are provided, but it is still recommended to bring your own personal towels and of course swimming and sun bathing materials.

Prices do not include.

* Airport transfers from/to boats.*
* Drinks are not included but available at the boat with reasonable prices.*
* Any tours & excursions recommended by the crew during the cruise. (not compulsory)*
* Various mail-order charges in case of credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard and American Express)*
 

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Payment and Reservation
How to book: We will request 15-30% of the total tour price for guaranteed reservations. We will send you a detailed reservation contract by e-mail after all details are confirmed mutually.

Please note these:
This blue cruise starts regularly only on mentioned days. Private version of the same or similar route can be organized starting any day for private groups if requested. Private charter cruises can also be shorter or longer than 7 nights, if required.
This cruise is classified as cabin charter and the boats are standard quality (no air-condition). Private charter version of the same or similar route can be organized with standard, deluxe or superior quality boats if requested by private groups.
There may be small changes with the cruise route. This is the most common route for this destination but the captain can make some minor changes with the route due to weather conditions.

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