Before diving into the charming details of the Blue Cruise tour – a tour starting fro Fethiye to Olympos, let’s spotlight a few key insights about the both regions.
Fethiye was previously Telmessos, a confederation of independent city-states in ancient Lycia. The Lycians were noted for their unusual burial customs, and they have left behind 2,500-year-old sarcophagi in Fethiye’s streets, as well as magnificent rock tombs outside the town. Fethiye is now a popular tourist destination and a gateway to the isolated ruins of ancient Lycian cities, the 18-kilometer Saklkent Canyon, and Lüdeniz’s spectacular beach and lagoon. However, the resort itself has a lot to offer, from its traditional weekly market to its first-rate museum and the cool, shaded alleys of its old town.
It’s undoubtedly one of the first stops for young Turkish tourists wishing to sever their ties. You may get a taste of the flame of endless youth (on top of the eternal flame of the Chimera) at this boho Antalya crossroads, with its hippy vibe, tree house lodgings, and beaches amid ancient ruins. It is a bohemian refuge full of tree house bungalows and Lycian ruins nestled among the natural backdrop of Antalya province’s Mediterranean coast.
Blue Cruise Turkey (Fethiye to Olympos)
The Blue Cruise to Olympos, which departs from Fethiye, is the most popular. This cruise, which lasts 4 days and 3 nights, is the highlight of most people’s trip to Turkey. No one will be disappointed by the voyage, whether it is the old ruins or the stunning turquoise waters for swimming and snorkeling.
At 10 a.m., you will be picked up from your Fethiye hotel and driven to Fethiye harbor, where your cruise will begin. The boat will arrive in Samanlik Bay around 12 p.m. for swimming and lunch. Depending on the sea conditions, you may have lunch at Butterfly Valley. You can swim or visit the nature center while you’re here. If the season is good, you can observe 136 different types of butterflies and moths. After that, you’ll take a boat to Oludeniz (The Blue Lagoon), where you can go paragliding. The last stop of the day will be on St.Nicholas Island. You’ll have lots of opportunities to swim during the numerous pauses.
You will be in Frnaz Bay when you wake up. Before the boat leaves for Kas, you will have free time to swim after breakfast. You’ll have lunch in Kas harbor and tour the lovely fishing community. Only Lycian rock tombs, sarcophagi, and the Roman theater remain of the ancient city Antiphellos, as Kas was formerly known; yet, the town’s beauty survives! You’ll stop in a bay near Kekova for swimming and dinner after leaving Kas.
On the 3rd day of the blue cruise, the boat will leave early in the morning towards the Sunken City of Kekova. The only way to see this Lycian-Roman archaeological site is from above the river because it is protected. You will eat lunch after viewing the site. From there, you’ll travel to Simena, a historic Turkish fishing village that isn’t accessible by automobile. A Byzantine and Ottoman castle once stood here. Optional water sports are offered in Gokkaya Bay. Dinner and leisure at the pirates’ haven, or a night of partying in the Smugglers’ Inn.
After breakfast of the last day of the blue cruise, we’ll take a peek at the Pirates Cave (if the weather permits) before sailing to Andriace. A bus will take you to Myra’s archeological site and to Demre’s St. Nicholas Church from there. When your organization requests it, shopping and banking are also available. The blue Cruise program comes to a close here. You will be transferred back to Olympos Tree Houses or left off at the bus terminal, depending on your schedule.
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