Turkish Aegean
Yacht Charter & Sailing Vacations

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“The Cradle of Civilization”

A Turkish Aegean yacht charter and sailing vacation promises an immersive experience combining the allure of ancient history, the charm of island exploration, the exuberance of coastal culture, and the serenity of sailing amid breathtaking coastal landscapes. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or seeking an unforgettable escape, the Aegean Coast is a destination that caters to a wide range of interests, ensuring a memorable and enriching sailing journey.

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Bucket List!

We have not yet been to the Aegean Coast but it is highly recommended by locals and sailors alike. Why? Who can resist sailing through cerulean waters, exploring hidden coves and pristine beaches framed by lush landscapes.  Or you can immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of history by visiting ancient ruins and charming coastal towns.

Sailing Requirements

Turkish Aegean Bareboat charter requirements:

✔ Sailing Resume

✖ Certification

✔ License

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Sailing Skill Level

Knowledge – Skills – Experience:

✔ Intermediate Plus

**In general, sailors should possess intermediate plus skills, given the region’s occasional challenging weather patterns, including gusty winds, especially the Meltemi which blows during summer months, and complex coastlines with numerous bays and anchorages.
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When to go?

The best time to go on a sailing vacation in Aegean Turkey is during early summer (June) or early fall (September). These months offer pleasant weather, with milder temperatures, less crowded anchorages, and reliable winds, creating ideal conditions for an enjoyable and comfortable sailing experience along the picturesque Aegean Coast.


From May through September the Aegean region of Turkey offers a wonderful sailing experience with warm temperatures, clear waters, and a mix of gentle and invigorating winds, providing a memorable and enjoyable adventure on the water. The water temperature in early summer or early fall is ideal for swimming and water activities (72-75F).  From June through August, the Meltemi winds become more prominent especially in the afternoons and can blow from the northwest at moderate to strong speeds.  By September/October these winds decrease resulting in more moderate wind conditions for sailing. 


Historical cultural traditions are prominent in the Aegean Coast of Turkey.  Traditional folk dances such as the “Horon” and “Zeybek,” are an integral part of the region’s cultural heritage that can be witnessed during local festivals.  The Turkish bath, known as ‘hamam’ is also a time-honored tradition that combines relaxation, cleansing, socializing, and rejuvenation.  The traditional art of carpet weaving remains a significant cultural tradition in this region and Turkish kilims are renowned for their intricate design and vibrant colors.  Finally, the Aegean region has a strong connection to the Yörük nomadic culture. Yörük people were nomadic tribes who migrated with their livestock to find suitable pastures and shelter. Their cultural influence can still be seen in the rural areas of the Aegean Coast of Turkey.  

Must See & Do

Sailing the Aegean Coast of Turkey allows you to immerse yourself in the cultural richness, natural beauty, and historical wonders of Turkey. 

  • Sail to and discover the Greek isles of Kos, Rhodes, Symi, or Pserimos.  
  • Discover quaint coastal towns such as Datca, Knidos, Cesme, and Kusadasi each offering a mix of history, activities, markets, and beaches
  • Explore ancient ruins in ancient cities like Ephesus, Pergamon, and Troy. 
  • Visit the Castle of St. Peter in Bodrum which houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology.  
  • Discover ancient Ephesus to see the well-preserved ruins including the Great Theatre and the Library of Celsus. 
  • Swim at Cleopatra’s Island (Sedir Island) famous for its golden sand beach supposedly brought by Mark Anthony as a gift for Cleopatra. 
  • Anchor in the picturesque Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz) near Fethiye
  • Sail to the ancient city of Knidos on the Datça Peninsula. Explore the well-preserved ruins, including the ancient theater and the Temple of Aphrodite, while enjoying the breathtaking coastal scenery.
  • Savor Turkish Cuisine: Sample delicious Turkish dishes, such as fresh seafood, mezes (appetizers), kebabs, and baklava. 
  • Treat yourself to a traditional Turkish bath (hamam) for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. 

How to get there?

Sailing the Aegean Coast of Turkey starts off in Bodrum and heads north towards Izmir.  You can fly into Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV) which is well connected to major cities in Turkey and other international cities.  Bodrum is also accessible by bus from other Turkish cities; while this is a great way to see the Turkish landscape the journey make take several hours.  Alternatively, if you are in a nearby Greek island, you can take a ferry to Bodrum from several isles including Kos, Rhodes, and Symi.  

Turkish Aegean Yacht Charter Sample Itineraries

Where to go on an Turkish Aegean yacht charter and sailing vacation?

Scroll below for sample itineraries or use the map to explore.

Sample Itineraries:

In the interactive map above, click the left top box. This gives you options to visit other itineraries and turn them on and off. Enjoy!

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Additional Notes

Sailing Skill Levels

Local Knowledge + Education: as Sailing Vacation Experts, NauticEd’s team has chartered and sailed in almost all these locations – providing you with the “local knowledge” you need when planning a sailing vacation. And, as the leader in sailing education, NauticEd assigns different skill levels based on the knowledge-theory and practical/experience needed for chartering in different sailing locations.

Recommended Knowledge-Theory Courses for chartering: Bareboat Charter Master Bundle (six bareboat and near coastal courses), Catamaran Sailing Confidence (if chartering a Cat), Yacht Charter Crew Course (for your crew).

Skill Levels notably emphasize the overall practical experience and competency that is required to sail in certain areas. Of course, the “devil’s in the details” on specifics, and we recommend you contact us when planning a sailing vacation. We’ll save you money on your vacation – which is great – but being prepared to have safe fun experiences that will last a lifetime is priceless!

• Intermediate = Near Coastal <5nm within sight of land, some navigation hazards (always be aware), and generally mild weather conditions. Good seapersonship (i.e., “seamanship”) skills, knowledge, and experience apply.

• Intermediate +Plus = Near Coastal <15nm, within sight of land in clear atmospheric conditions, moderate navigation hazards, and/or challenging weather. Good seapersonship skills, knowledge, and experience apply.

• Advanced = Near Coastal <20nm, within sight of land in clear atmospheric conditions, many navigation hazards, and/or potentially difficult weather. Expert seapersonship skills, knowledge, and experience apply.

*Atmospheric conditions: from the deck of a sailboat, your “visible horizon” is about 12nm on a clear day (considering typical freeboard + your height). Visibility is decreased by haze, fog, rain, smoke, and similar atmospheric considerations. Navigating by line of sight is obviously greater if your destination has features such as mountains, lighthouses, tall buildings, etc…

*Navigational hazards may include features such as rocks, shoals, rough inlets or anchorages, challenging tides and currents, lee shores, commercial traffic, etc…

*Weather: examples of challenging or difficult weather include thunder/lightning storms, areas prone to high winds, or even seasonal risks such as excessive heat.


Last updated on October 9th, 2023