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Turkey & Greece
AVAILABLE 1 APRIL TO 15 OCTOBER
Izmir is one of Turkey’s most beautiful and unspoilt historical cities, home to the remarkable Ephesus ruins, the honey-coloured stone bearing witness to thousands of years of civilisation. Set sail from Hidden Bay Teos to explore the azure waters along the Turkish coastline. Under sail, head for the less explored Greek islands. The cobbled streets and stark white and blue structures offer traditional cuisine and crafts, golden beaches and warm, calm water. Here, people live much as they have done for hundreds of years.
Expect peace and tranquility on the pocket-sized lesser known Cyclades islands. Steeped in traditional architecture, they offer many sacred places, both ancient and modern. The gin-clear waters are perfect for snorkelling – look out for octopus, seahorse and the extremely rare Mediterranean monk seal. There is much for the intrepid explorer, and the beaches, too, beguile the senses. The region is large and diverse, and our exact itinerary can be chosen with you. Learn more about some of the islands and sights we might explore:
Authentic, off the beaten track, unspoiled, gold & azure – all these words are true of the Izmir coast.
Its amazing beaches, bright, clear waters and traditional architecture, is spared the mass tourism of many other Aegean islands.
Anafi, too, has not known much tourism. Take some shelter of your own on its secluded beaches.
Believed to be the site of Plato’s Atlantis, blue skies meet white buildings, rocky red earth and aquamarine waters.
turquoise waters of
the Aegean ocean.
Taking in the world from the deck of a yacht is an experience unlike any other. Under sail, you glide almost soundlessly across the waves, leaving you space to appreciate the small sounds of nature. Visit coves and beaches only accessible by boat. Jump off the deck to swim the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea, and truly experience the wonder and magic of the ocean.
Each stop along the way is unique, with every village and island offering its own hidden gems, friendly people, architecture and traditional crafts and cuisine. The Aegean is perhaps most famous for its beaches, but its ancient sights are the most intriguing.
Although there’s so much to see from the water, there’s just as much on land. Explore the unearthed ruins of majestic Ephesus, and learn about the ancient city of Izmir, known as Smyrna in ancient times. Each stop features cultural, historical, and beautiful sights to satisfy all your senses.
Snorkelling in the Aegean is a gentle activity. Explore underwater caves and forests of kelp hiding tiny seahorses and intelligent octopuses. Coral and sponges are in abundance, as are fish. The unusually colourful rocks are a result of the volcanic subsoil.
Small natural pools and sea caves are some of the many things that make the Izmir coast and Aegean islands destinations a treasure. On land, go hiking and wander the old villages, where you can buy traditional arts and crafts. Of course, no trip to this blue paradise is complete without immersing yourself in the cuisine. Expect an abundance of seafood and fresh, locally grown vegetables and locally made goats’ milk cheeses.
Walks through the rugged landscape give rise to many small adventures, with myriad sacred places dotted around the islands, from ancient temples to the resting places of many of the gods of yore. A fitting afternoon after an energetic morning spent exploring and discovering is a few lazy hours spent on a secluded beach along emerald-green waters, before a meal in a traditional restaurant and an almost surreally beautiful sunset.
The turquoise waters surrounding the islands hold a riot of colour just below the surface, from the volcanic rocks to the many corals. Here, you encounter an intricate tapestry of marine life. The calm waters, too, are a playground for the energetic – swim, snorkel, paddleboard, Fliteboard, and for the adrenaline-driven, there are Seabobs for surface and underwater fun. Raise the heart rate on an otherwise tranquil afternoon.
On land, traditional restaurants serve the food for which the Aegean is famous – the kofta and kebabs of Turkey and the olives, feta, fish and baklava of Greece. You’ll need fuel for all the playing, after all. Gentle lapping of sea on yacht, and soft folk songs on the wind is the soundtrack of the evening.
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