Gulet Cruise in Turkey

We awoke to bright sunshine and a good Turkish breakfast – olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, cheese, little thin pancakes, toasted bread, jam and fresh fruit.  Our Turkish guide, Serdar Akerdem, tells us “If you want to know people, you should eat with the people and you should eat what they eat!”  And I believe that is true, and that one of the ways to access a country’s culture and history is through its cuisine. Afterwards we went swimming.  …

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Sunworld IX – Aboard the Peter Sommer Travels’ gulet for a gastronomic cruise of Turkey’s Carian coast

The Sunworld proves to be larger than I had expected. Our cabin is at the front, with a double berth, good closet space and a good sized bathroom. There is a dining, lounging and bar area below decks, enclosed for cooler weather, and a perfect seating spot at the front of the boat for watching the sun rise or set, and another protected one midships. Along the middle of the boat are rows of low sunbeds that …

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Last day in Bodrum, first night on our Peter Sommer Travels gulet cruise

We aren’t scheduled to meet the boat until four, so there’s almost a full day to explore more of the history of Bodrum. A brisk uphill walk brings me to the ancient Amphitheatre above the city. The theatre itself is architecturally beautiful, but it also provides gorgeous views of the city, its castle and the Harbor.  Another short walk, this time downhill, brings me to the ancient Myndos Gates that were damaged during a siege by Alexander …

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Bodrum and the Su Hotel

Today we moved from the luxury of the Kempinski to the rustic charm of the Su Hotel, the accommodation recommended by Peter Sommers Travels.  The Kempinski has been a delight from start to finish- they transferred us to our new hotel in a lovely Porsche Cayenne!   This is a hotel I would certainly return to. The Su is a very different place, but charming in its own way. The car dropped us at the entrance to a …

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Bodrum

One of the real pluses of traveling in Turkey is the well-developed system of public buses that are affordable and efficient.  We caught a minibus into Bodrum from the front of our hotel and were deposited near the center of town about twenty minutes later.  It cost about five Turkish lira, or $2.50 each. This is a busy town, an attractive destination for people from Istanbul looking for a seaside getaway and for Europeans, and to a …

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Gastronomic Gulet Cruise of the Carian Coast, Turkey

The history of a people is often closely tied to its cuisine, so the combination of gastronomy and archeology on this cruise itinerary had strong appeal.  Run by Peter Sommer Travels, this expedition has been earning rave reviews.  It is a unique experience and adds a few new layers to cruising.  Sailing on an ancient form of boat, the Turkish gulet (rhymes with ‘you bet’), re-invented for modern cruising, we will be experiencing the authentic flavours and …

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Windstar Cruises partners with SAVEUR to offer premier culinary and wine cruise

Windstar Cruises, a leader in yacht-style cruising, partners with SAVEUR, a leading epicurean brand for culinary travel content, to offer food and wine enthusiasts its first culinary focused voyage exploring the local wine, culture, and regional cuisine of Spain. This eight-day Culinary & Wine Delights of Spain sailing will take place onboard Wind Surf departing from Lisbon, Spain on April 19, 2014, visiting Cádiz, Málaga, Almería, Cartagena, Valencia, Sóller and culminating in Barcelona. Guests who book by August …

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