Göcek is situated 22km (or a 30-minute car ride) from the nearest airport, Dalaman International Airport (DLM). Charter-season flights to Dalaman Airport depart frequently from most major European cities. There are also various airlines operating direct flights to nearby Istanbul and Izmir. There is a year-round ferry service operating from Marmaris (Turkey) to Rhodes (Greece) and a summer-only service between Fethiye and Rhodes. Turkey is a non-EU country, so you may need to apply for an e-Visa online.
Below is an exemplary itinerary for an 8-day (7-night) catamaran charter in Göcek, Turkey. The bays surrounding Göcek, located in the Gulf of Fethiye, form a lace-like structure, each unique yet united by the harmony of nature. There is no place in the world, beyond Göcek Bays, where you’ll find so many different shades of green and blue.
Day 1: Arrival at Göcek marina for boarding at approximately 16:00. Departure shortly after for Gemiler Bay near Oludeniz (1.5-hour sail time). Night at cove.
Day 2: Morning departure to the Butterfly Valley and its superb bay, then towards Kas. Accessible only by water and home to around 100 species of butterflies, this valley is indeed like no other. Visit to the city of Kas and its charming streets overlooking the port. Without succumbing to mass tourism, Kas is an exceptional port where small wooden boats and imposing tourist yachts intermingle.
Day 3: From Kas to Kekova. (2-hour sail). Kekova bay and its sunken city ruins of Simena as well as the bay of Uçagiz promise to enchant and intrigue you.
Day 4: Spend the day at Kekova a hop from cove to cove along the sea caves of Tersane (1.5-hour sailing approx. in total). A trip along the blue lagoon is a must-do as you explore Tersane and its extraordinary cliffs. Ashore, visit the castle at Simena overlooking this stunning string of islets.
Day 5: From Simena to Kalkan (3-hour sail time). Like its neighbour Kas, Kalkan is a lovely Turkish seaside resort. Most travellers will prefer to relax in the sun on the beach, while history buffs will explore its many ancient Lycian remnants. Possibility to visit the magnificent historical site of Patara and to discover the birthplace of St Nicholas and Apollo.
Day 6: From Kalkan to Göcek Bay. Morning departure (3.5-hour sail time). Take advantage of your catamaran charter in Göcek by exploring the many swimming stops dotted around here. The island of Yassica, Domuz Adasi, etc. Night in cove.
Day 7: Sailing in Göcek Bay, Cleopatra Bay (2.5-hour sail time). This is in fact a hammam where the ancient Egyptian queen used to bathe regularly. You’ll explore a variety of bays along your route for your last swims in Göcek Bay. Night at the port of Göcek.
Day 8: Breakfast on board followed by disembarkation.
As Göcek is a typical Mediterranean city, summer season begins in May and ends in early November. Temperatures in winter are no less than 10 degrees Celsius and soar to 40 degrees in summer. The best time to visit is probably September. This is when summer hotel rates are cheapest, and the weather is typically hot and dry.
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