Istanbul to Kusadasi. Fly into Izmir and transfer by coach to your four star hotel in Kusadasi. Coach transfer from Izmir to Kusadasi, hotel accommodation and welcome cocktail party in Kusadasi.
Group tour of the ancient city of Ephesus (including lunch and guide) followed by yacht embarkation in the afternoon.
Lay Day Cruise Kusadasi to Samos. Today’s cruise will take us to the Greek Island of Samos and the port of Pythagorion, birthplace of Pythagoras.
Lay Day. Samos is a mountainous, furtile and wooded island well worth exploring by car. Visit Vathi, Kokari and the mountain village of Manolatis before returning to Pythagorion via the town of Karlovassi, famous for its wooden boat building.
Race 1 - Samos to Arki. Sail across the breeze to the tiny island of Arki, famous for the fetta produced there. Dinner in the evening is at the world famous Tripas Taverna, where Manolis will introduce you to his extensive music collection from “around of the world”. In the morning wake to a symphony of goat bells.
Lay Day Cruise Arki to Patmos. Cruise ten miles across to the distinctive island of Patmos, spiritual headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Church and site of the imposing hilltop monastery. Moor to the town quay. Patmos has excellent tavernas and when the sun goes down there is plenty of action in the waterfront bars.
Lay Day. Spend the day exploring the “hora” and monastery or hire a car and head off to one of the tiny pebble beaches for a long lunch in a seaside taverna. In the evening cruise to Lipsos for the night or spend another evening on the quay in Patmos.
Race 2 - Lipsos to Pendeli. After the race from Lipsos to Pendeli we will cruise to Vathi on Kalimnos. The taverna lies at the head of a spectacular steep-sided fjord where suicidal goats prance. Dinner at Poppy’s Taverna is invariably followed by riotous dancing so be ready to party tonight.
Race 3 - Pserimos to Bodrum. After a morning cruise to Pserimos for lunch and a swim race 10 miles to Bodrum and re-enter Turkey.
Lay Day. There are more than 200 boom-boom bars here, for those who want action, but there is also an intact Crusader castle standing sentinel over the harbour, an excellent bazaar and some great restaurants.
Race 4 - Knidos to Palamut. Cruise to Knidos on the of the Dorian Peninsular, site of the ancient Greek city of the same name. Famous for the statue of Diana, thought to be the first nude statue of a woman, was found here. Afternoon race to Palamut.
Lay Day. Cruise nine miles into the Hisaronou Gulf to Datca. There is plenty of action and you will be made very welcome by the owners of restaurants and shops. This is where you find shops full of anything and everything Turkish.
Race 5 - Dirsek to Sogut. Cruise during the morning to Atabol Bay for a lunch and swim stop before setting off in race five to Sogut on the Marmaris Peninsula.
Lay Day. Cruise to Bozuk Buku, site of the ancient city of Loryma. The surroundings are stark and grand and in the hills about one hours walk above the bay are the ruins of the ancient city. A ruined citadel guards the entrance to the bay.
Harbour Race in Marmaris. Final race around the Marmaris Harbour before berthing at the Offshore marina. After dinner explore Marmaris by night
Lay Day. Departure from the base this morning for transfer to Marmaris hotel. Explore Marmaris at your leisure. Coach transfer from Izmir to Kusadasi.
An early departure from the Hotel this morning for transfer to Dalaman domestic airport and return flight to Istanbul. Transfer to airport.