I just want to quickly update keen sailors on a charter yacht agency in the Aegean. TurkYacht provide luxury gulets to Greek islands of your choice, along with on board entertainment, gourmet meals and spacious cabins consisting of king size bed, en-suite facilities and internet access. I could not have asked for more on board this floating hotel! I started my yacht charter from the Turkish mainland town of Bodrum, a vibrant and popular tourist destination, to Kos and Rhodes, then north to the unspoilt islands of Kalymnos and Leros. On the way we stopped at the beautiful harbour of Symi, the dormant volcano on Nisyros and Tilos, which are relatively untouched by tourism. This sailing area is a great choice for keen sailors who want to explore some lesser known Greek islands.
Kos is an island full of contrasts, with a mix of both Greek and Turkish architecture and culture. Rich in history, Kos is home to many ancient ruins, including Asklipion, a healing centre and medical school that followed the teachings of Hypocrites. I found it to be a perfect setting for those who want a mixture of history and activity. Rhodes was a simular situation, plenty going on, yet so many historical sites to take in. The old town with its massive walls is one of the finest surviving examples of medieval fortification. If you do decide on this island, I suggest you don’t miss the Acropolis of Lindos, Rhodes’ most important ancient city. As a contrast to these popular tourist islands, Tilos, Nisiyros and Leros are much simpler with unspoilt small fishing harbours and protected anchorages – charming islands to discover and still very genuine places to visit on your sailing itinerary.

Each island was unique in its own way. The archetypal scenery with charming white washed houses and windmills, churches with bright blue domes, ancient ruins and small tavernas with traditional food and wine, made the entire holiday experience one to remember. I would consider sailing with TurkYacht again, and perhaps chose a different itinerary in order to see more islands. Moreover, the service was excellent, and they provided everything that was promised from their website. www.turkyacht.com.

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I would like to update everyone on my latest trip around the Aegean – a wonderful experience, one I’ll never forget, and most definitely will return to. Needless to say, it was a sailing holiday, organized and catered for by TurkYacht, a Turkish agency who charter gullets exclusively to Greek islands from Turkish towns. Our comfortable yacht was ideally suited to sailing around the beautiful Greek Islands. My chosen itinerary of 8 days offered me the perfect opportunity to immerse myself in Greek Island culture and history. I selected small, seldom visited islands which offered quaint shopping towns and the freshest seafood. I also opted for the more historical islands of Santorini and Rhodes. This sailing area in the south-east Aegean stretches along the coast of Turkey and is a wonderful sailing destination for yacht charter. Rhodes is a popular tourist destination but has smaller harbours and bays undiscovered by the masses. I enjoyed exploring the Old Town in Rhodes and the Harbour, the entry to which was once straddled by the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. Once we set sail, I discovered islands which have completely escaped tourism – Lipsos, Leros, Kalymnos, Niseros, Simi and Tilos. We came across traditional fishing ports and quiet waterfront restaurants. The swimming and snorkelling is superb in many locations and Kalymnos, once the centre of sea sponge fishing in the Med, has many interesting dive sites. For me, it was the perfect holiday – having the chance to relax on deck and see perfect scenery wherever I looked. The staff at TurkYacht were particularly friendly and helpful, serving delicious gourmet food and guiding us through the route as we went. We were also provided with on board entertainment and sporting equipment, just in case we wanted some activity off deck! I strongly recommend this agency to anyone looking for a sailing trip, to any of the Greek islands. Their flexibility and service is infallible. www.turkyacht.com.


I enjoy travelling alone, always have and always will. What’s more, I enjoy meeting new people whilst travelling. That way, I can decide exactly what I want to do, where I want to go, and how long I will stay. This summer, I opted for a sailing holiday around the Aegean. Luckily I found a wonderful agency, TurkYacht, who rent out charter gulet to people who are into this sort of thing. The best thing about it was that everyone else on board the gulet shared similar interests to me – a relaxing sailing trip, enjoying pleasant views and gourmet food, with the chance to explore the culture and history of various different islands. The Greek islands may look the same on the surface with their white buildings and similar landscape but each island is vastly different and there is something for everyone. We ventured out on our gulet, otherwise known as Gokce, towards Mykonos. Our first few hours at water were completed with drinks on the deck and a stop off to swim in the Aegean. The perfect afternoon! The crew at TurkYacht were so friendly and helpful – they couldn’t do enough for us. When we reached Mykonos, they guided us through the best things to do, and the best places to go. I was very drawn to it, as it seemed to be the perfect blend of shopping, nightlife and traditional food and architecture. No wonder it is one of the more popular islands to visit! Like Mykonos, our second stop, Santorini, is also very famous, sees a lot of older tourists, and is a frequent stop for cruise ships. The cliffside towns of Oia and Fira are the two main towns on the inner side of the island. Both towns overlook the famous caldera. Both these towns offer great sunset views and angles to get photos of blue topped churches and blue rimmed houses. From Oia, I took a donkey ride and relaxed in the hot mud baths. Near the beach area of Perissa, I found the bars, hostels and younger travelers that visit the island. The beach area gets a lot of visitors and sun but its black sand not white sand. Santorini had the best restaurants out of the four islands and I would gladly come back to explore the ancient ruins and cliffs more. Nearing the end of my vacation, we made a stop at Leros. With its amazing beaches,large bays and little coves dotted around this lovely Greek Island is so pretty, idyllic and one of the nicest destinations for a fine holiday to Greece. Not at all over commercialised, the island is a must to visit. Leros is very much steeped in its historical past and that wonderful Greek culture and atmosphere that is lacking in many of the touristy islands. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see some of the other islands I had hoped to see like Naxos, Rhodes, Crete, or Kos. But one day I’ll return to explore them. In fact, I’m certain to sail with TurkYacht again, and perhaps chose a route which will include these destinations. As a lover of history, I am especially interested in seeing the Minoan ruins on the island. But for now I’ll settle for what I saw. It was a wonderful trip, so check out the website for more information and plenty of pictures. www.turkyacht.com


My children have always been keen for water sports holidays, whilst I prefer a more relaxed and culturally inspirational trip. This summer, we discovered the perfect holiday to suit all our needs – a charter yacht sailing holiday with TurkYacht. Based on the Turkish coast, they helped us arrange our own gullet and program, which consisted of a luxury boat named Karizma that took us to Santorini, Paros and Mykonos. The gullet provided on board entertainment for the kids, and water sport equipment, so the moment we hit the water, they were ready for action! I enjoyed my time on deck, sipping wine and taking in the glorious views of the Aegean. We arrived at Santorini first, which owes its existence to the volcano activity in prehistoric times. Today Santorini is famous for its Caldera which was formed after the eruption of this volcano. The phenomenon of Caldera occupies the Western part of the island with Fira, Imerovigli & Oia to be really beautiful villages. Needless to say that the sunsets, sunrises & the breathtaking view from there are unique! Another pleasant village is Megalochori, which is very traditional with narrow alleys dedicated for romantic walks! Last but not least, even if you are not a keen shopper, Santorini’s shopping market will prove to be more than tempting. There are many shopping hubs, especially in Fira & Oia, giving the chance for buying gold, jewellery and souvenirs. If you are really interested in good wines, I recommend you visit and test Santo-Wines. There are plenty of choices so as to rent a car, motorbike or bike around almost all the island. The Santorini water park is just one of the attractions we visited which was perfect for the family, especially the kids!
Paros was my favorite island. While there are a few ruins, a cave, and a boat trip you can take, overall, this island is for those who simply want to relax. There’s no nightlife, no crowds, no cruise ships docking at the port. It’s quiet. Tranquil is the word I would use. More importantly, I thought this was the prettiest island in the group. The mountains and valleys had more color to them, the towns looked nicer, the views spectacular. The island was simply striking and serene. My favorite part? The port of Naoussa. Besides having delicious and inexpensive seafood, it was a simply stunning place to walk around. There’s a small beach and you can go out to an old fort. Sitting on the breakers, watching the fishing boats going in and out, is a great way to spend some time.
Last but not least, we arrived at Mykonos, the most cosmopolitan of all Greek islands. The island’s landscape is a symphony of bare rocky hills and arid, only moderately fertile soil. The picturesque capital of Mykonos “Chora”, bounded by whitewashed houses and blue domed churches, is the islandʼs highlight. Mykonos town has long been famous for its nightlife, with bars and clubs filled with the beautiful of Europe rocking till dawn every night. Although Mykonos town is the main “attraction” of the island, there are some nice villages, such as Ano Mera you can also explore, where you can find the Monastery of the Virgin Mary. Other places of interest include Little Venice, the traditional Mykonian house museum and the Archaeological museum.
Our journey back to mainland Turkey was sad, but also exciting as we then had the chance to explore mainland Turkey. Bozburun is a beautiful town, and we stayed on there for another 2 weeks. TurkYacht were so helpful in planning our holiday, I can honestly say I will be travelling again, perhaps to see some different islands next time! Their website is www.turkyacht.com , just in case you fancy booking a trip with them any time soon!


Whilst taking a vacation in Datca, Turkey, my partner and I decided to venture out from the mainland Turkey to discover some of the islands in the Aegean region. We found a great agency to sail with, TurkYacht, who provided us with our own charter yacht and itinerary to islands including Rhodes, Lipsi, Nisyros, Kos, Santorini and Tilos. Our gullet was called Galip Nour, with luxuries cabins each fitted out with king sized beds, en-suite and electronic entertainment. We were also very thankful for the air conditioning – as you can imagine, the Mediterranean is very hot in the middle of summer! It was perfect sailing conditions – warm air, a gentle breeze, and clear blue crystal water which were perfect to swim in. TurkYacht also gave us water sports equipment, such as diving gear, snorkels and a jet ski. We made the most of those! We had a great variety of the quieter islands of Lipsi, Nisyros and Tilos, and the more busy islands of Rhodes, Kos and Santorini. The smaller islands are great if you want to see the real Greece! They have been relatively untouched by tourism and have held onto many of their authentic Greek traditions. Rhodes is another fantastic island with its splendid medieval capital city, and several smaller coastal villages that also retain their authentic appeal.Take for example the lovely village of Lindos, which is one of the most attractive and beautiful villages of Rhodes. The beauty of Lindos is due to its location. It sits in a sloping hill, dominated by an acropolis, and overlooking a picturesque bay. Lindos’ village itself has been built amphitheatrically and is full of whitewashed houses with pebble-paved courtyards, narrow alleys and buildings influenced by Byzantine, medieval, Arab and Rhodian architecture. We found that there are plenty of archaeological sites and monuments, castles and churches to pay a visit in Kos Island! Visit the Neratzia castle at the entrance of Kos harbour, the Asklepion, the archaeological museum and the church of Agia Paraskevi at the capital. Don’t forget to visit the workshops where the sponges are processed. It is truly a unique experience! Our final destination was Santorini, and although we were sad to be coming to the end of our sailing vacation, this incredible island was definitely the best way to round off the holiday! It is regarded by some as the most beautiful of the Greek Islands. Formed by a violent volcanic eruption, the ring-shaped island has a stunning caldera lined with high cliffs—easy to appreciate when arriving by boat. Fira, the main town, sits perched on the edge of the caldera with breathtaking views of multi-coloured cliffs, sugar-cube architecture and great shopping. It is amphitheatrically built on the top of Caldera with very–very good accommodation & night life facilities. Its style is lovely and very cosmopolitan. We returned to mainland Turkey after 8 days of glorious sunshine and sight-seeing, and although it was short, it was the trip of a life time. I would recommend this company and this particular itinerary to anyone looking to discover the Aegean. www.turkyacht.com


A yacht adventure is the ideal way to experience the Greek Islands. Sail aboard a 50-foot yacht of TurkYacht, and sail the beautiful Aegean waters. Explore ancient archaeological sites and taverna-lined harbours, dine on fresh seafood and don’t forget to try the Ouzo! TurkYacht offers 7- 10 day round trips to destinations such as Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes and Kos, all from their base ports along the Turkish coastline. Sailing with TurkYacht will give you the chance to explore the treasures of both the Greek Islands and Turkey. Their prime destinations are the Cyclades islands and the Dodecanese islands. The Cyclades in particular offer great nightlife which is worth more than a passing mention. Mykonos and Santorini are widely recognised as Greece’s nightlife capitals. In addition to this, there is fabulous architecture, clear waters and great sailing conditions. Our gullet from TurkYacht had on board water sport gear, which was great because my friends and I are huge sports enthusiasts. A great variety of watersports like windsurfing, water skiing, snorkelling, pedal boats and jet skiing are available in all organised beaches in Mykonos, so we took full advantage! There is also much sport activities and night life along Santorini especially in Fira, Oia, Perissa and Kamari. Bars in Fira, at the top of Caldera, are must for any individual! We choose villages for eating, such as Megalochori and Akrotiri, where the food is delicious and very fresh. The staff at TurkYacht are very helpful at letting you know the best places to go. They informed us of numerous sites to visit in Santorini, including the archaeological site of Akrotiri, archaeological museum of Thira, the wine museum and of course the many churches! Away from the hustle and bustle of the Cyclades, we moved onto some islands in the Dodecanese region, specifically Kalymnos and Kos.
Kalymnos is widely known as the Spongefishersʼ island, as it used to be the islandʼs main industry. The island capital, Pothia, is a lively port situated in a natural amphitheatre with brightly painted houses lining the narrow streets. The town offers numerous shops, cafes and tavernas as well as some bars.
Kos was probably my favorite out of all the islands. It’s a fine mixture of both Greek and Turkish architecture and culture. Rich in history, Kos is home to many ancient ruins, including Asklipion, a healing centre and medical school. Away from the lively main town we found many secluded beaches and quaint villages. The capital of Kos is the main port and the cultural and population centre of the island. It is beautiful town with both modern and traditional character. There, the visitor can find everything from archaeological sites, different architecture trends, little alleys and many restaurants, cafes and shops. There are also several colourful villages with friendly environment and warm hospitality such as Asfendiou, Zipari, Tigaki and Marmar which all give the opportunity to live a real great time. Lastly, do not miss the breathtaking sunset from Zia village! I was really impressed with the route TurkYacht offered. It was a fantastic sailing experience, and the chance to discover the best of two wonderful countries. I will definitely be considering them again for my next holiday. www.turkyacht.com


My friends and I simply love Greece and have been to the mainland on numerous occasions. This summer we decided to opt for a slightly different holiday, and went on a sailing trip around the country’s most beautiful islands. What made the holiday even better is that we parted from mainland Turkey, which meant we got to discover the best of Turkey, Greece and the Aegean Sea in between! I’ve never been sailing before, but I have to admit, it is the best way to holiday. With gentle morning breezes and stronger afternoon winds, an idyllic climate and the option to alternate short island hops, TurkYacht charter sailing holidays to Greek offered us the perfect sailing vacation package. We spent a week spending lazy days swimming and snorkelling on board a beautiful gullet of our choice – GetAway, which took us to Rhodes and Mykonos, along with a few smaller islands en route. TurkYacht has numerous different routes, so if enjoying delicious Greek food in the waterfront tavernas and lively nightlife is of interest, you’ll find plenty on offer. Departing from Fethiye, GetAway took us out to Rhodes. The island abounds in interesting monuments and religious sights. The capital has modern, ancient and medieval elements to display. It is the main commercial and population hub of the island and the best place for shopping, walking and entertainment. Despite this, it still has unspoiled villages which keep their authentic character alive. Fishing or mountainous villages such as Faliraki, Kamiros and Ialyssos offer different and very attractive life style. Lindos -a place not to be missed- has great monuments, brilliant white houses, nice beaches, stunning view from the ancient Acropolis and a big sheltered bay for the yachts to anchor. We also visited the valley of the butterflies, the archaeological museum in the old town, the church of our Lady of the Castle and the monastery of Filerimos. A walk through the castle of St. John and the whole “old town” of Rhodes is a must! Next on our agenda was the smaller and more quieter islands of Kalymnos, Leros and Lipsi. Famous for their barren landscapes, colourful bays, sandy beaches, white washed & sugar cube shaped houses, blue roofed churches, these beautiful islands offer all sorts of amenities and activities! We enjoyed the access to quiet beaches and the chance to find beautiful more secluded island coves. Kalymnos was probably our favourite out of all the islands we saw. My friends and I are keen rock climbers, and Kalymnos has long been a popular destination for international rock climbers as it provides limestone cliffs with a multitude of caves and overhanging areas, ideal for sport climbing. Our trip ended with a fantastic stay at Mykonos, an island that provides ample entertainment for history and party buffs alike. My friends and I enjoyed the nightlife very much. In Mykonos town, Chora, we found anything and everything we were looking for! From a huge selection of shops and super markets to tavernas, posh restaurants, cosy bars and night clubs. We were also amazed at how clean and white the beaches were. Although it is such a small island, it has a large variety of beaches that will satisfy any taste. From crowded beaches to more isolated bays, there is a beach for everyone! They offer stunning sunset views by the clear-blue water, sea-side taverns and loud music. Our journey back to the Turkish coast was a sad one, as we knew it was the end of our trip. However that did not stop us enjoyed more holiday time in Fethiye, an equally popular tourist destination for Europeans. TurkYacht were a fantastic sailing company, and serviced our every need. I would recommend them to groups of friends travelling, or families wishing to just get away and enjoy fun activities. See their website for all the routes the offer. www.turkyacht.com