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Bodrum Gulet

Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Republic of Turkey is a Eurasian country, stretching across the Anatolian Peninsula in south-western Asia and the Balkan region of south-eastern Europe. Turkey borders Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Iraq and Syria. Its coastline is washed by the Black Sea, Aegean Sea, Sea of Marmara and the Mediterranean.

Bodrum is a Turkish port in Mugla province on the Bodrum Peninsula. It faces the Greek Island of Kos and is a centre of tourism and yachting. Once known as Halicarnassus of Caria, Bodrum is renowned for its ancient mausoleum, built by Artemiia II in honour of her husband King Mausolos. It was one of the wonders of the ancient world, standing over 50 metres in height.

A prominent feature is the castle of St Peter, dating back to the Knights of St John. The group of expatriates formed in the 11th-century, building a church and hospital in Jerusalem. Although Catholic, care was denied to no one.

The knights referred to the town as Mesy, not knowing that they were in the ancient Halicarnassus. The fortress was the sole place of refuge for all Christians on the west coast of Asia during the time of the Crusades. It served as a stronghold for over a century. Under the Turks, the castle has undergone many uses, including military base, prison and public bath.

The amphitheatre is another testament to Bodrum's past. It was built during the Carian reign on a hillside overlooking the town. Its capacity is around 13,000 and it has three sections — a place for the audience, a place for an orchestra and the stage. It became an open-air museum after excavations in 1973.

A fishing village until the 1970s, hundreds of thousands of people flock to Bodrum for coastline activities during the day and for the hectic nightlife. Poets, singers and artists find its perfect harbour stimulating.

Sailing around the Aegean Sea is extraordinarily popular, with good reason. It has crystal-clear azure waters, endless blue skies, good anchorages, interesting bays and inlets and friendly people. Swim, dive, fish and enjoy delicious food from the areas you visit.

Barbaros Yachting is a yacht charter company based in Bodrum. It offers crewed yachts and bareboat charters around Turkey and Greece. You can sail in a group, as a couple or single around the Aegean and Mediterranean.

Blue Cruises journey along the Bodrum and Gökova coasts and were the concept of one of Turkey's most beloved literary figures, Cevat Sakir Kabaagacli. Known as the "Fisherman of Halicarnassus", he was exiled to Bodrum in 1962 because of his political beliefs. He became enamoured of the area and, ever intellectually curious, began to investigate Bodrum's cultural history. He rented a sponge diver's boat called the Yatagan and set out on an adventure to rediscover the Aegean coasts immortalised in Homer. Thus the "Blue Cruise" was born.

Archaeological ruins and historic sites abound. Sites such as Cleopatra's Island, Knidos, Caunos, Pataraand and Kekova can be seen from the sea. Others such as Ephesus, Dydima and Miletos can easily be reached from anchorage points.

The climate also contributes to the cruising excellence of this area, with a season that can begin in April and end in October. June, July and August are the hottest months. May and September are cooler and quieter and April and October offer eight to nine hours of sunshine a day, with the opportunity for walking and exploring as well as cruising.


The south-west coast of Turkey.


Kumuka Worldwide has a seven-day sailing package, including all meals prepared by a private chef, insurance and local taxes, starting at around $8000 for up to four couples. They operate in the northern spring, summer and autumn.

Emirates has return flights to Istanbul.

Fare from;
  • Melbourne, $1887
  • Brisbane, $1889
  • Perth, $1889
  • Sydney, $2394
  • Adelaide, $2394
  • Darwin, $2456

Available for sale and ticketing until December 15, 2006.

Prices quoted are correct on November 16, 2006.

More information

Kumuka Worldwide
Level 4, 46-48 York Street
Sydney 2000
Ph: (02) 9279 0491, 1300 667 277
Fax: +61 292 790 492

Ph: 1300 303 777

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