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Top Rated Blue Cruise Destinations for 2013 from Southern Turkey

A new year with fresh holiday plans brings with it great excitement and quality times to look forward to. If you haven’t already experienced an alternative holiday style to staying in hotels, this year might be a fantastic opportunity to think outside of the box and venture out to sea. A boat charter from Turkey is a way to spend time with a different perspective where you can do much more rather than just reserving your accommodation in a hotel. Why not try a traveling hotel where each day brings a new destination, a new sunset and sunrise; a day filled with a wide assortment of activities, or no activities at all – just pure peace and relaxation. To top it all off, great food, new friends and some of the best destinations found along the magnificent shores of the Turkish Mediterranean and further west to the Aegean and Greek Islands.

A unique yacht holiday that really offers the authentic atmosphere of being in Turkey is a gulet cruise. Gulet cruises in Turkey are also called a blue cruise. What makes the blue cruise so special is the journey on board a Turkish gulet. It’s quite simple to book a gulet charter. There are so many different designs, sizes and luxuries – all so unique from each other. Gulet cruise Turkey holidays can be rather affordable; yet if you prefer 5 star accommodation, there are gulets in much higher classes. No matter what type of gulet you choose to enjoy your boat holidays in Turkey with, the destinations will remain the same and just as exciting as all the others.

Among the many gulet itineraries, the most popular and standard places to embark from are Bodrum in the Aegean; Marmaris, situatated on the border of both seas; Gocek and Fethiye in the Eastern Mediterranean. The destination choices are endless. You can combine blue cruises from anyone of the above mentioned and venture pretty much anywhere. The most often preferred major destinations are to Rhodes, Symi and Kos islands in the Dodecanese, Greece. Then there is the most popular islands in the  Cyclades; namely Santorini and Mikonos.

Either additionally or alternatively, you can explore a blue cruise on the Turkish coast only. There are many spectacular little islands and private bays to bustling harbors where you can find great shopping opportunities, great nightlife entertainment, as well as interesting ancient cities and architectural ruins to visit. With a long list of pre-planned itineraries, you have much to choose from. You might even like to add a bit more adventure and fulfillment and combine it with a professionally certified bike tour in Turkey – it sure makes for a wonderful time while you see the country from both land and sea.

A few of the top rated routes and destinations are from Bodrum to the Greek Islands, return. You can also venture on an island hopping cruise and again start from Bodrum however go one way, visiting all the islands in between in Greece and finish off your trip in the great city of the Greek Gods, Athens. How historical!

Another popular choice is embarking from Marmaris and traveling the Mediterranean, again with many islands along the way, down south to the island of Crete. Again, a fantastic choice!

Two preferred routes in Turkish waters is from Bodrum return, cruising the Gulf of Gokova; and from Marmaris return, touring around the Gulf of Hisaronu. These Turkish gulet cruises include history, unique village culture, peace and quiet; while offering nightlife if you so choose in the harbors you embark and disembark from. Last but not least, a top rated route sets sail from the charming port of Gocek and cruises the Fethiye region, including the ancient Kings Tombs, Caunos in the town of Dalyan – certainly a must-see!

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