Yacht Charter in Bodrum
Yacht Cruise Guides to Destinations around the Bodrum
Bodrum is one of the top departure points for a luxury yacht charter. It sits on a peninsula in South West Turkey that juts out westwards into the Aegean Sea; even before you head out into the open sea there are plenty of places to see close to the city itself, smaller villages and resorts as well as quiet coves and beaches where you are away from any crowds.
Bodrum Castle dominates the harbour, just as the Mausoleum of Mausolus did centuries ago before it was destroyed by an earthquake though no one is certain about when that happened. The City’s rich history is evidence of how important the region was to successive civilisations from the Persians to the Greeks, Romans and Byzantines. The Castle was built by the Crusaders in the 15th Century and not very far across the sea to Kos, the harbour’s entrance is dominated by more Crusader architecture, the Fortress.
Ariva Yachting offers yacht charters that begin in Bodrum and head in each direction, due west to Kos initially, south and east towards Rhodes or north up the Aegean Coast.
Kos is a popular resort island with the Town of the same name having numerous bars and restaurants. You can certainly find plenty of quiet stretches of coastline here as well. Kos is part of the Dodecanese Islands, the second largest in fact, but far smaller than Rhodes, another Island rich in history. At one time, the Island was dominated by another of the Ancient Wonders of the World, the Colossus of Rhodes which was destroyed by an earthquake back in ancient times. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and worth some of your time during a yacht charter vacation because you can then sail on for some peace and quiet. Rhodes has 200 kilometres of coastline so you don’t have to worry about crowds. En route to Rhodes, you may like to drop into another in the Island Group, Symi which lies off the Datca Peninsula of Turkey.
North from Datca, there are islands such as Santorini which has a volcanic caldera, a major attraction where the sunsets are spectacular. Talking of sunsets, when you are sailing in these seas as the sun goes down, you can simply relax with a drink and enjoy the views as dinner is being prepared by the crew. Every meal involves fresh produce; locally grown fruit and vegetables, olive oil and wild herbs with the fresh fish a real delight. You may even catch some yourself. The seas are rich in red mullet, sea bream and sea bass though you won’t go hungry if you don’t catch anything.
The season starts in the spring and continues for several months until the end of October. You will be able to get flights into Bodrum-Milas Airport from most regions of Europe during this time. If you are flying from further afield, there are domestic flights from Istanbul every day as well. We are happy to arrange for your collection from the airport if you wish. Potentially you can leave home anywhere in Europe in the morning and be on your yacht later the same day. After your charter, we can arrange for your transfer back to the airport if you wish.
When you take a luxury yacht charter, you have the freedom to explore a specific region. You can join an established itinerary, while if you make a booking as a group to take the whole yacht, you can discuss a bespoke itinerary out of Bodrum to head any direction you want. The only real limiting factor is to strike the right balance between the duration of your charter and the total distance you will be able to sail.
Ariva Yachting has built a good reputation for providing yacht charter holidays because we understand how important your holiday is to you. It means that we are happy to answer your questions and provide advice on the alternatives available to you. As soon as you first make contact with us, you are guaranteed excellent service. You are not obligated in the slightest while you think about the information we provide.
The Castle of St. Peter was built by the Knights Hospitaller in the early 15th Century and is certainly the defining landmark in Bodrum. It is now the Museum of Underwater Archaeology and remains in excellent condition. It sits on the site where the Mausoleum of Mausolus once dominated the harbour.
The Amphitheatre in Bodrum was begun by King Mausolus but finished by the Romans. The 4th Century BC was the beginning though the Romans did not finish it until 2nd Century AD by enlarging it. It could set 13,000 and some of the seats have their owners’ names inscribed on them. It is in excellent condition and located on the road to Gumbet.
The White Windmills on the Bodrum Peninsula, made of stone and wooden planks were made in the middle of the 18th Century and used to grind flour right up until the 1970s. There are a few on the hill between Gumbet and Bodrum and others around Yalikavak, formerly just a small fishing village.
REASONS TO VISIT BODRUM
- Long Hours of Sunshine
- 15th Century Bodrum Castle
- Lovely Turkish Cuisine
- Beaches on the Bodrum Peninsula
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The weather in South West Turkey is predictable; it will be warm as the yachting season starts and hot through the many weeks of summer. It cools a little in the autumn but is still pleasantly warm. Night time temperatures are still good enough for T shirt and shorts throughout the yachting season.
The local language is Turkish which may initially be confusing but if you learn a few commonly used phrases such as greetings, locals will appreciate your efforts. You will find English spoken in many tourist places and restaurants will have English as well as Turkish.
The local currency is the Turkish Lira (TL). You will find many places where exchange rates are clearly shown and can get Lira from ATMs which are common. Travellers cheques are not advisable.
Turkish time is 2 hours ahead of the UK from the end of March until UK clocks change in October. For a period of 5 months, the winter, clocks will currently be 3 hours ahead though that policy is not necessarily permanent.
Fly to: Milas - Bodrum International Airport with flights throughout Europe and the Middle East. It is less than half an hour from Bodrum City Centre. Flight times from the UK average 4.5 hours.
E – visas are available online before visiting Turkey. See https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/apply
Milta Bodrum Marina can hold 450 boats, all close to the attractions of the City; restaurants, bars, shopping and live music. A limited number (20) of boats up to 70 metres can be berthed.
D-Marin Turgutreis on the Peninsula a short drive out of the City has 550 berths with the ability to hold a single 70 metre yacht and 30 between 30 and 40 metres. There are beaches, shops and restaurants.
Palmarina Yalikavak can hold large yachts, 70 over 45 metres, 140 up to 45 metres and 710 in all. There is fine dining and fashion shopping.