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Jason began his day in Marmaris in Turkey at 9.30am with a strong coffee. Things were a little quieter than the night before. He imagined everyone was still asleep recovering from all the eating, drinking and dancing the night before.
Jason had been pretty much an onlooker as he wanted to up and about to board a 39-metre yacht and sail up the coast.
The port city of Marmaris is a tourist resort on Turkey's Mediterranean coast. Little is left of the sleepy fishing village it once was, but it has retained its charm, sitting between two intersecting sets of mountains by the sea. Tourism is the main income and it is a centre for sailing and diving.
Jason boarded the gulet, which is a traditional design of a two-masted wooden sailing vessel, familiar around Turkey's south-west coast for centuries carrying cargo.
They can be chartered for as little or as long as you want. They come with captain, crew and cook and it's certainly not roughing it. You get to choose the route you want to take and where you want to spend the night.
Jason felt very spoilt his gulet slept 12, each room with its own ensuite. There was a bar/kitchen area and a lounge room.
Taking it all in from deckside, it's no surprise the area is known as the Turkish Riviera or Turquoise Coast. The water colour is amazing.
A visit to Oludeniz Beach made it clear why it was voted one of the top five beaches in the world. The 3 kilometre stretch is certainly Turkey's most beautiful. It has an amazing bay and the lagoon is a protected area. The main beach is bordered by a promenade lined with shops, cafes and restaurants.
It is so beautiful, Mark Antony of the Roman Empire is said to have chosen the Turkish Riviera as the wedding gift for his beloved Cleopatra of Egypt.
Oludeniz sits in the middle of a ring of ancient, ruined cities. Nearby, the Letoon is a charming temple complex now largely taken over by frogs. Visit the dune-swept Patara, where the half-buried city leads onto a magnificent 18km white sand beach. It is where St Nicholas (aka Father Christmas) was born in the fourth century AD.
Sailing from Marmaris, an hour's flight from Istanbul in Turkey.
Greece & Mediterranean Travel Centre has four day gulet cruises along the south-west coast of Turkey starting at $254 per person twin share. They include breakfast, lunch and dinner each day and a fully-qualified crew. They will operate on Wednesdays and Fridays between May 9 and October 26, 2012.
Emirates has flights to Istanbul and twenty-eight other European destinations via Dubai from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. For an exclusive Getaway viewer's discount, check out www.emirates.com/getaway. Note: these deals are valid from when Getaway airs on Saturday, November 12.
Prices correct at November 12, 2011.
For further information
Ph: 1300 303 777
Greece and Mediterranean Travel Centre
Suite 2, 644 Botany Road
Ph: (02) 9313 4633 1300 661 666
Fax: (02) 9313 4475
Visa: Australians do not require a visa for stays of up to three months.
Electricity: 220 volts, 50Hz with round prong European-style plugs.
Time zone: GMT +2 hours.
Currency: Turkish lira.
Telephone code: +90.
It is recommended travellers see their doctor at least six weeks before departure as there may be specific vaccinations recommended for areas you will be visiting. Other health precautions and preventions may also be recommended. For further information, visit www.smartraveller.gov.au and www.welltogo.com.au.