I was going through my posts this past weekend and realized I never wrote about the finale to our Turkey vacation back in June–our private yacht! Here’s the final post about that trip…although now that I’ve looked through all the pictures again, I really, really want to plan another trip like this! For now I guess I’ll settle for reliving the memories.
We chartered the boat directly from the hotel we stayed at for the wedding, but there were many, many other places that rent these boats, called gulets, in Turkey. In fact, this seems to be a pretty common and popular vacation choice there and the boats came in all sizes and levels of luxury.
Our boat was pretty sweet.
There were ten of us aboard, plus a 4-man crew. For three days, we sailed, swam, read, relaxed, played games, snorkeled, jet skied, kayaked, drank wine, ate delicious meals prepared fresh by the chef on the boat, and were generally pampered and spoiled.
When we boarded the boat, the captain showed us a map of the coastline and basically asked us where we wanted to go. We discussed our options and made a plan, he offered advice and suggestions, and we set sail. While underway, this was how we spent our time:
The first day we sailed for a few hours and dropped anchor in this cove so the chef could cook dinner.
After we ate, we set sail again for another few hours. We woke up to this:
We had asked the captain to bring us to a place where there were ruins we could explore. He brought us to Knidos, where Greek ruins were excavated by an archaeological dig in the late 90s. Waking up, we gazed at the crumbling walls of a 2000-year old city. It was breathtakingly gorgeous. And it certainly puts our 250-year old historical sites in the US in a very different perspective.
When we got to the top of the hill, we looked over the crest and saw this cove:
So of course, some of us climbed to the top of the very large rock.
The next day we spent in another dreamy, unbelievably gorgeous cove.
We were SO pampered on this trip. The crew was amazing and attentive–you’d dive off the boat for a swim, and when you climbed the ladder back onto to the deck, one of the crew members would be waiting with a towel. Our meals were delicious and fresh and gorgeous–the chef worked some miracles in the small kitchen below deck.
The whole experience was just insane. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the gorgeous wedding we’d all been privileged to attend, to reconnect with friends who I don’t see enough, and to relax and disconnect from our crazy, responsibility-filled lives for a few days.
On the last day, we sailed back into gorgeous Bodrum harbor and went to the airport, where we flew back to Istanbul for one more, very low-key night before heading home.
It was the perfect ending to an amazing trip. Seriously, add this to your bucket list.