Lycian flotillas

The Lycian flotillas sail from Fethiye and Marmaris. They are centred on Gocek Bay, only 8 miles long, but containing numerous inlets, many home to family run restaurants.

Each restaurant has its own attraction, be it Ramazan’s pide (mini pizzas) at Sarsala, Tomb Bay’s tombs and resident barber / masseur, Mohammed’s honey at Kapi Creek, or Ragip’s restaurant on a boat at 22 Fathom Cove. A little further afield are the abandoned village near Cold Water Bay, the ruins at Gemiler, and the long golden beach at Olu Deniz.

From Ekincik you can take the popular river trip, calling at the ruins of Caunos, the mud baths, Dalyan village, and the famous Turtle Beach, breeding ground of the loggerhead turtle. Fethiye and Marmaris are lively stops; try a Turkish Bath, shop in the bazaar or lounge on the beach, before dining in style.

The sailing is generally easy with gentle morning winds and brisker afternoon breezes. What more could you want from your Turkish flotilla holiday. Lots more information below.

Take your pick from the following

View the Fethiye flotilla - 1 week
  • Fethiye flotilla – 1 week

    About the Fethiye Flotilla

    The Fethiye flotilla explores the Fethiye / Gocek Bay area, including a trip out to Karacaören. It’s an easy flotilla.

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    Difficulty:EasyBase: FethiyeAirport: Dalaman
    Flights from:Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast
    Qualifications: (to self sail)Minimum RYA Day Skipper Practical or ICC. Those without qualifications may be accepted
    Other options:Skippers available for hire
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    The Fethiye flotilla visits a number of bays blessed with nothing other than a restaurant. Many have their unique attractions. Tersane is renown for it’s ruins. Sarsala offers locally made pine honey.

    At Tomb Bay you can walk up the hill to some ancient tombs. On your return you can relax with a massage or traditional Turkish shave on the beach.

    Fethiye is much larger. It’s an interesting mix of the the ancient and modern. From the Lycian tombs cut in to the cliffs, through traditional Turkish baths to cartoonists on the seafront, there’s something for everyone. It’s an excellent place to pick up souvenirs for friends at home.

    FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober
    Fethiye11th 25th8th 22nd6th 20th3rd 17th 31st14th 28th12th
    View the Fethiye flotilla on a map

    See About the maps for Key and more information. You can see photos of the area in the Lycian (west) gallery and the Lycian (east) gallery.

    Fethiye Flotilla Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination
    Average12Note: you will do more miles than this!
    1: Sat0Check in.
    • Fethiye This popular tourist town is something of a contrast to the many one restaurant bays in the area. As well as the obligatory souvenir shops, you’ll also find local artists and cartoonists who set up their stalls on the front near the town centre. To sooth your aching muscles, there’s also a Turkish bath. Culture vultures will find ... Read more
    2: Sun13
    • Tersane A delightful spot with the shallow waters at the edge giving the air of a blue lagoon. The restaurant ashore seems to suffer mixed fortunes though it was open when I was last there, albeit without a jetty. This is surprising as it’s a popular spot, though many of the visitors during the day are trip ... Read more
    3: Mon5
    • Sarsala Tucked in amongst the pine trees, this is another one restaurant bay. The speciality here is pide, traditional Turkish pizza which is served as a starter. The restaurant also offers home made pine honey which makes a better souvenir than some of the tat available in the souvenir shops in many of the larger towns. Those feeling ... Read more
    4: Tue15
    • Karacaören Tucked behind some rocks on the west side of Gemiler Bay, this is a great spot for some snorkelling and swimming and the family run restaurant is a friendly place. There’s often a better choice of fish here than many other places nearby and unlike many of the Gocek Bay restaurants they have showers! Read more
    5: Wed20
    • Boynuz Buku / Laundry Bay A classic Turkish one restaurant bay, containing nothing more than a jetty and a small restaurant. The reed beds at the head of the bay make for slightly different surroundings to the other bays in the areas. Apparently the bay was often known as Laundry Bay as boats from Gocek used to come here to wash ... Read more
    6: Thu5
    • Tomb Bay So called because of the tombs cut in the hillside overlooking the bay. You can take a walk up the hill to see the tombs at close quarter, an experience you may find yourself sharing with the local goats. The bays’s other claim to fame is the excellent barber who also provides first rate massages without ... Read more
    7: Fri15
    • Fethiye This popular tourist town is something of a contrast to the many one restaurant bays in the area. As well as the obligatory souvenir shops, you’ll also find local artists and cartoonists who set up their stalls on the front near the town centre. To sooth your aching muscles, there’s also a Turkish bath. Culture vultures will find ... Read more
    8: Sat0Check out and depart
    All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week. Flotilla names may differ from those used by the operator..

    More About The Fethiye Flotilla

    Embarkation is on Saturdays with the sailing starting next day. There’s a varied range of yachts on offer from 32 to 50 feet. These include a couple of catamarans. There’s a good supply of yachts but the newer ones tend to be in high demand. Book early if you want one of these.

    The nearest airport is Dalaman. The transfer time to the base is around 45 minutes. The operator offers optional transfers.

    My flotilla prices include the Transit Log, Comfort pack (including a starter pack of water, beer, soft drinks, crisps, tea & coffee, end cleaning, and bed linen), Flotilla Participation Fee, a comprehensive inventory including navigation equipment, and the services of the Lead Crew.

    You can choose between lodging a traditional refundable type security deposit or paying an insurance waiver. Optional extras include outboard engine (included on catamarans), wi-fi, stand up paddle board and extra towels.

    Some of the bays don’t have mains water or electricity. So later in the evening, when the generator is turned off, you may finish your meal by candlelight. You will sometimes need to shower on board due to limited water ashore.

    The restaurants will provide you with fresh bread. For additional sustenance, a couple of the supermarkets now provide floating stores. These circulate around the bays so you can shop whilst at sea.

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View the Gocek Bay flotilla - 1 week
  • Gocek Bay flotilla – 1 week

    About The Gocek Bay Flotilla

    The Gocek Bay flotilla cruises the Fethiye and Gocek bays, including a trip out to Cold Water Bay. It’s an easy flotilla.

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    Difficulty:EasyBase: FethiyeAirport: Dalaman
    Flights from:Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast
    Qualifications: (to self sail)Minimum RYA Day Skipper Practical or ICC. Those without qualifications may be accepted
    Other options:Skippers available for hire
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    The flotilla gets you away from tourist Turkey, to secluded bays, a number of which can only be reached by boat.

    The bays each have their own character. Twenty Two Fathom Cove is home to one of the area’s great characters, Ragip. In the old days he used to run a restaurant in Cleopatras Bay. He was eventually imprisoned for operating without the correct paperwork (which he still denies).

    Kapi Creek offers some stunning views and the chance to visit a traditional Turkish village. Cold Water Bay is so called because of the cold water springs which make for a refreshing dip. You can walk from there to an abandoned Greek village. It’s quite a moving sight.

    FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober
    Gocek Bay18th1st 15th 19th13th 27th10th 24th7th 21st5th 19th
    View the Gocek Bay flotilla on a map

    See About the maps for Key and more information. You can see photos of the area in the Lycian (west) gallery and the Lycian (east) gallery.

    Gocek Bay Flotilla Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination
    Average15Note: you will do more miles than this!
    1: Sat0Check in.
    • Fethiye This popular tourist town is something of a contrast to the many one restaurant bays in the area. As well as the obligatory souvenir shops, you’ll also find local artists and cartoonists who set up their stalls on the front near the town centre. To sooth your aching muscles, there’s also a Turkish bath. Culture vultures will find ... Read more
    2: Sun14
    • Kapi Creek A small bay now completely filled by the restaurant and its moorings. A short walk up the hill behind the restaurant offers panoramic views of the approaches to Gocek Bay. For those with a little more energy, the local village is a little further away – ask the staff for directions. When I first visited, you ... Read more
    3: Mon2
    • 22 Fathom Cove And now for something completely different! A restaurant afloat, run by Gocek Bay’s local eccentric, Ragip and his long suffering wife. You’ll spot him immediately in his bearskin hat and if he really likes you he’ll show you his extensive gun collection! Ragip used to run the excellent restaurant at Cleopatra’s Bay, until the authorities deemed ... Read more
    4: Tue17
    • Cold Water Bay / Bestas Limani / Kalevezi Koyu The bay is named after the fresh water springs that make for a cooling swim. There’s a single restaurant offering some provisions set on the hill overlooking the bay. Highly recommended is a walk to the abandoned Greek village of Kayakoy, last inhabited in the 1920’s but still remarkably intact. The family run restaurant offers similar fare ... Read more
    5: Wed20
    • Tomb Bay So called because of the tombs cut in the hillside overlooking the bay. You can take a walk up the hill to see the tombs at close quarter, an experience you may find yourself sharing with the local goats. The bays’s other claim to fame is the excellent barber who also provides first rate massages without ... Read more
    6: Thu3
    • Wall Bay In the far south west corner of Gocek Bay is the Wall bay restaurant, run by the family that some years ago used to run the now demolished restaurant round the corner in Deep Bay. Set amongst the trees, it’s a shady spot. Food is cooked on a traditional open fire. As is usual around Gocek ... Read more
    7: Fri15
    • Fethiye This popular tourist town is something of a contrast to the many one restaurant bays in the area. As well as the obligatory souvenir shops, you’ll also find local artists and cartoonists who set up their stalls on the front near the town centre. To sooth your aching muscles, there’s also a Turkish bath. Culture vultures will find ... Read more
    8: Sat0Check out and depart
    All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week. Route names may differ from those used by the operator.

    More About The Gocek Bay Flotilla

    Joining day is Saturday. Yachts available vary from 32 to 50 feet, including catamarans. There’s a good choice but the newer boats are always in heavy demand so book early if you want one of these.

    The nearest airport is Dalaman. The transfer time to the base is about 45 minutes. The operator offers optional transfers.

    My flotilla prices include the Transit Log, Flotilla Participation Fee, Comfort pack (including a starter pack of water, beer, soft drinks, crisps, tea & coffee, end cleaning, and bed linen), a comprehensive inventory including navigation equipment, and the services of the Lead Crew.

    There’s a choice of lodging a traditional refundable type security deposit or paying an insurance waiver. Optional extras include outboard engine (included on catamarans), wi-fi, stand up paddle board and extra towels.

    Some of the bays lack mains electricity or water. So you may need to shower on board due to limited water ashore. Later in the evening, when the generator is turned off, you may finish your meal by candlelight.

    The restaurants will supply you with fresh bread each day. For additional provisions, a couple of the supermarkets now offer floating stores. These circulate around the bays so you can shop whilst at sea.

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View the Fethiye flotilla - 2 weeks
  • Fethiye flotilla – 2 weeks

    Route

    Difficulty: Easy                   Departs: Saturdays from Fethiye                     Nearest airport: Dalaman

    Flights from: Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast

    Operates: Alternate Saturdays from May to September.

    FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober
    Fethiye - 2 weeks11th 25th8th 22nd6th 20th3rd 17th 31st14th 28th12th

    This 2 week flotilla consists of two 1 week flotillas back to back, with a couple of nights free sailing over the middle weekend instead of returning to Fethiye.

    See About the maps for Key and more information. You can see photos of the area in the Lycian (west) gallery and the Lycian (east) gallery. For details of what’s included see Flotilla inclusions and options.

    Fethiye flotilla (2 weeks): Itinerary week 1

    DayMilesDestination
    Average12Note: you will do more miles than this!
    1: Sat0Check in.
    • Fethiye This popular tourist town is something of a contrast to the many one restaurant bays in the area. As well as the obligatory souvenir shops, you’ll also find local artists and cartoonists who set up their stalls on the front near the town centre. To sooth your aching muscles, there’s also a Turkish bath. Culture vultures will find ... Read more
    2: Sun13
    • Tersane A delightful spot with the shallow waters at the edge giving the air of a blue lagoon. The restaurant ashore seems to suffer mixed fortunes though it was open when I was last there, albeit without a jetty. This is surprising as it’s a popular spot, though many of the visitors during the day are trip ... Read more
    3: Mon5
    • Sarsala Tucked in amongst the pine trees, this is another one restaurant bay. The speciality here is pide, traditional Turkish pizza which is served as a starter. The restaurant also offers home made pine honey which makes a better souvenir than some of the tat available in the souvenir shops in many of the larger towns. Those feeling ... Read more
    4: Tue15
    • Karacaören Tucked behind some rocks on the west side of Gemiler Bay, this is a great spot for some snorkelling and swimming and the family run restaurant is a friendly place. There’s often a better choice of fish here than many other places nearby and unlike many of the Gocek Bay restaurants they have showers! Read more
    5: Wed20
    • Boynuz Buku / Laundry Bay A classic Turkish one restaurant bay, containing nothing more than a jetty and a small restaurant. The reed beds at the head of the bay make for slightly different surroundings to the other bays in the areas. Apparently the bay was often known as Laundry Bay as boats from Gocek used to come here to wash ... Read more
    6: Thu5
    • Tomb Bay So called because of the tombs cut in the hillside overlooking the bay. You can take a walk up the hill to see the tombs at close quarter, an experience you may find yourself sharing with the local goats. The bays’s other claim to fame is the excellent barber who also provides first rate massages without ... Read more
    7: Fri15
    • Fethiye This popular tourist town is something of a contrast to the many one restaurant bays in the area. As well as the obligatory souvenir shops, you’ll also find local artists and cartoonists who set up their stalls on the front near the town centre. To sooth your aching muscles, there’s also a Turkish bath. Culture vultures will find ... Read more
    8: Sat0Check out and depart
    Unless you wish to return to Fethiye on Friday, you are free to sail where you will and meet up with the flotilla on Sunday afternoon. The Lead Crew will be able to advise on possible destinations.

    Fethiye flotilla (2 Weeks): Itinerary week 2

    DayMilesDestination
    Average15Note: you will do more miles than this!
    1: Sat0Check in.
    • Fethiye This popular tourist town is something of a contrast to the many one restaurant bays in the area. As well as the obligatory souvenir shops, you’ll also find local artists and cartoonists who set up their stalls on the front near the town centre. To sooth your aching muscles, there’s also a Turkish bath. Culture vultures will find ... Read more
    2: Sun14
    • Kapi Creek A small bay now completely filled by the restaurant and its moorings. A short walk up the hill behind the restaurant offers panoramic views of the approaches to Gocek Bay. For those with a little more energy, the local village is a little further away – ask the staff for directions. When I first visited, you ... Read more
    3: Mon2
    • 22 Fathom Cove And now for something completely different! A restaurant afloat, run by Gocek Bay’s local eccentric, Ragip and his long suffering wife. You’ll spot him immediately in his bearskin hat and if he really likes you he’ll show you his extensive gun collection! Ragip used to run the excellent restaurant at Cleopatra’s Bay, until the authorities deemed ... Read more
    4: Tue17
    • Cold Water Bay / Bestas Limani / Kalevezi Koyu The bay is named after the fresh water springs that make for a cooling swim. There’s a single restaurant offering some provisions set on the hill overlooking the bay. Highly recommended is a walk to the abandoned Greek village of Kayakoy, last inhabited in the 1920’s but still remarkably intact. The family run restaurant offers similar fare ... Read more
    5: Wed20
    • Tomb Bay So called because of the tombs cut in the hillside overlooking the bay. You can take a walk up the hill to see the tombs at close quarter, an experience you may find yourself sharing with the local goats. The bays’s other claim to fame is the excellent barber who also provides first rate massages without ... Read more
    6: Thu3
    • Wall Bay In the far south west corner of Gocek Bay is the Wall bay restaurant, run by the family that some years ago used to run the now demolished restaurant round the corner in Deep Bay. Set amongst the trees, it’s a shady spot. Food is cooked on a traditional open fire. As is usual around Gocek ... Read more
    7: Fri15
    • Fethiye This popular tourist town is something of a contrast to the many one restaurant bays in the area. As well as the obligatory souvenir shops, you’ll also find local artists and cartoonists who set up their stalls on the front near the town centre. To sooth your aching muscles, there’s also a Turkish bath. Culture vultures will find ... Read more
    8: Sat0Check out and depart
    All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week. Route names may differ from those used by the operators

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View the Gocek Bay flotilla - 2 weeks
  • Gocek Bay flotilla – 2 weeks

    Route

    Difficulty: Easy                   Departs: Saturdays from Fethiye                     Nearest airport: Dalaman

    Flights from: Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast

    Operates: Alternate Saturdays from May to September.

    FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober
    Gocek Bay - 2 weeks18th1st 15th 19th13th 27th10th 24th7th 21st5th

    This 2 week flotilla consists of two 1 week flotillas back to back, with a couple of nights free sailing over the middle weekend instead of returning to Fethiye.

    See About the maps for Key and more information. You can see photos of the area in the Lycian (west) gallery and the Lycian (east) gallery. For details of what’s included see Flotilla inclusions and options.

    Fethiye flotilla: Itinerary week 1

    DayMilesDestination
    Average15Note: you will do more miles than this!
    1: Sat0Check in.
    • Fethiye This popular tourist town is something of a contrast to the many one restaurant bays in the area. As well as the obligatory souvenir shops, you’ll also find local artists and cartoonists who set up their stalls on the front near the town centre. To sooth your aching muscles, there’s also a Turkish bath. Culture vultures will find ... Read more
    2: Sun14
    • Kapi Creek A small bay now completely filled by the restaurant and its moorings. A short walk up the hill behind the restaurant offers panoramic views of the approaches to Gocek Bay. For those with a little more energy, the local village is a little further away – ask the staff for directions. When I first visited, you ... Read more
    3: Mon2
    • 22 Fathom Cove And now for something completely different! A restaurant afloat, run by Gocek Bay’s local eccentric, Ragip and his long suffering wife. You’ll spot him immediately in his bearskin hat and if he really likes you he’ll show you his extensive gun collection! Ragip used to run the excellent restaurant at Cleopatra’s Bay, until the authorities deemed ... Read more
    4: Tue17
    • Cold Water Bay / Bestas Limani / Kalevezi Koyu The bay is named after the fresh water springs that make for a cooling swim. There’s a single restaurant offering some provisions set on the hill overlooking the bay. Highly recommended is a walk to the abandoned Greek village of Kayakoy, last inhabited in the 1920’s but still remarkably intact. The family run restaurant offers similar fare ... Read more
    5: Wed20
    • Tomb Bay So called because of the tombs cut in the hillside overlooking the bay. You can take a walk up the hill to see the tombs at close quarter, an experience you may find yourself sharing with the local goats. The bays’s other claim to fame is the excellent barber who also provides first rate massages without ... Read more
    6: Thu3
    • Wall Bay In the far south west corner of Gocek Bay is the Wall bay restaurant, run by the family that some years ago used to run the now demolished restaurant round the corner in Deep Bay. Set amongst the trees, it’s a shady spot. Food is cooked on a traditional open fire. As is usual around Gocek ... Read more
    7: Fri15
    • Fethiye This popular tourist town is something of a contrast to the many one restaurant bays in the area. As well as the obligatory souvenir shops, you’ll also find local artists and cartoonists who set up their stalls on the front near the town centre. To sooth your aching muscles, there’s also a Turkish bath. Culture vultures will find ... Read more
    8: Sat0Check out and depart
    Unless you wish to return to Fethiye on Friday, you are free to sail where you will and meet up with the flotilla on Sunday afternoon. Thee Lead Crew will be able to advise on possible destinations.

    Fethiye flotilla: Itinerary week 2

    DayMilesDestination
    Average12Note: you will do more miles than this!
    1: Sat0Check in.
    • Fethiye This popular tourist town is something of a contrast to the many one restaurant bays in the area. As well as the obligatory souvenir shops, you’ll also find local artists and cartoonists who set up their stalls on the front near the town centre. To sooth your aching muscles, there’s also a Turkish bath. Culture vultures will find ... Read more
    2: Sun13
    • Tersane A delightful spot with the shallow waters at the edge giving the air of a blue lagoon. The restaurant ashore seems to suffer mixed fortunes though it was open when I was last there, albeit without a jetty. This is surprising as it’s a popular spot, though many of the visitors during the day are trip ... Read more
    3: Mon5
    • Sarsala Tucked in amongst the pine trees, this is another one restaurant bay. The speciality here is pide, traditional Turkish pizza which is served as a starter. The restaurant also offers home made pine honey which makes a better souvenir than some of the tat available in the souvenir shops in many of the larger towns. Those feeling ... Read more
    4: Tue15
    • Karacaören Tucked behind some rocks on the west side of Gemiler Bay, this is a great spot for some snorkelling and swimming and the family run restaurant is a friendly place. There’s often a better choice of fish here than many other places nearby and unlike many of the Gocek Bay restaurants they have showers! Read more
    5: Wed20
    • Boynuz Buku / Laundry Bay A classic Turkish one restaurant bay, containing nothing more than a jetty and a small restaurant. The reed beds at the head of the bay make for slightly different surroundings to the other bays in the areas. Apparently the bay was often known as Laundry Bay as boats from Gocek used to come here to wash ... Read more
    6: Thu5
    • Tomb Bay So called because of the tombs cut in the hillside overlooking the bay. You can take a walk up the hill to see the tombs at close quarter, an experience you may find yourself sharing with the local goats. The bays’s other claim to fame is the excellent barber who also provides first rate massages without ... Read more
    7: Fri15
    • Fethiye This popular tourist town is something of a contrast to the many one restaurant bays in the area. As well as the obligatory souvenir shops, you’ll also find local artists and cartoonists who set up their stalls on the front near the town centre. To sooth your aching muscles, there’s also a Turkish bath. Culture vultures will find ... Read more
    8: Sat0Check out and depart
    All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week. Route names may differ from those used by the operators

Close the flotilla above