Before we get into the delightful specifics of the Blue Cruise excursion, which runs from Fethiye to Olympos, let’s have a look at some crucial facts about these places.
It is, without a doubt, one of the first places for young Turkish visitors looking to cut links with their homeland. With its hippy ambiance, tree house lodgings, and beaches amid ancient ruins, this boho Antalya junction may give you a taste of the eternal flame of youth (on top of the eternal flame of the Chimera). It’s a bohemian haven with treehouse bungalows and Lycian ruins set against the natural background of Antalya’s Mediterranean coast.
Telmessos, a confederation of independent city-states in ancient Lycia, was formerly Fethiye. The Lycians were known for their peculiar burial practices, and they left behind 2,500-year-old sarcophagi in Fethiye’s streets, as well as stunning rock tombs outside the city. Fethiye is today a major tourist attraction, serving as a gateway to the secluded ruins of ancient Lycian cities, the 18-kilometer Saklkent Canyon, and Lüdeniz’s breathtaking beach and lagoon. The resort, on the other hand, has a lot to offer, from its weekly market to its excellent museum and the cool, shaded streets of its ancient town.
Blue Cruise Turkey (Fethiye to Olympos)
The most popular cruise is the Blue Cruise to Olympos, which sails from Fethiye. This four-day, three-night cruise is the highlight of most people’s trip to Turkey. Whether it’s the ancient ruins or the magnificent turquoise waters for swimming and snorkeling, no one will be disappointed by the journey.
Your cruise will begin at 10 a.m., when you will be picked up from your Fethiye hotel and driven to Fethiye harbor. Around 12 p.m., the boat will arrive in Samanlik Bay for swimming and lunch. Lunch may be served at Butterfly Valley, depending on the sea conditions. While you’re here, go swimming or visit the nature center. You can see 136 different types of butterflies and moths if the season is right. You’ll then board a boat to Oludeniz (The Blue Lagoon), where you can go paragliding. The day will end with a visit to St.Nicholas Island. During the various pauses, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to swim.
When you wake up, you’ll be in Frnaz Bay. After breakfast, you will have free time to swim before the boat departs for Kas. You’ll enjoy lunch in Kas harbor and take a tour of the charming fishing village. The ancient city Antiphellos, as Kas was originally known, is now only renowned for its Lycian rock tombs, sarcophagi, and the Roman theater; yet, the town’s beauty has survived! After departing Kas, you’ll stop in a bay near Kekova for swimming and dinner.
The boat will leave early in the morning on the third day of the blue cruise towards the Sunken City of Kekova. Because it is protected, the only way to observe this Lycian-Roman archaeological site is from above the river. After viewing the site, you will eat lunch. You’ll then go to Simena, a historic Turkish fishing village that isn’t reachable by car. Here was previously a Byzantine and Ottoman castle. In Gokkaya Bay, you can participate in optional water activities. Dinner and relaxation in the pirates’ haven, or a night of revelry at the Smugglers’ Inn.
After breakfast on the final day of the blue cruise, we’ll head to Andriace and take a look at the Pirates Cave (if the weather permits). A bus will transport you to the archeological site in Myra and then to Demre’s St. Nicholas Church. Shopping and banking are also available if your company needs it. Here is where the blue Cruise program comes to an end. Depending on your schedule, you will be transferred back to Olympos Tree Houses or dropped off at the bus terminal.
Things Offered in the Blue Cruise
- All meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Afternoon Tea, Coffee, Biscuits/Dinner). Vegetarian meals available upon request
- Standard yacht equipment, board games, snorkels & masks, fishing lines. Passengers may bring snacks, such as fruit, nuts, muesli, yoghurt, chocolate and other
- Transfer from the hotel in Fethiye to the boat
- Transfer from the boat to Olympos
- Travel Insurance
- Harbour fees