Sitting at the nexus of East and West, Turkey inspires yacht charterers with its dreamy Turquoise Coast, magnificent ancient ruins, and vibrant, labyrinthine cities.

A crewed motor yacht charter in Turkey might take in the wonders of Istanbul, where colourful spice bazaars sit beneath a breathtaking skyline of slender minarets and mosque domes. Ancient Constantinople is a stunning melting pot of architecture and culture, and it’s impossible not to be enchanted as you gaze up at the exquisite blue-tiled interior of the Blue Mosque, or explore the superb museum of Hagia Sophia, its dome and minarets perhaps the finest example of Byzantine architecture in the world. 

In Istanbul, the ancient and modern, rustic and glamorous collide in beautiful ways, with medieval laneways leading to luxury spas, and swanky rooftop bars overlooking the city. On a sailing yacht charter in Turkey, you’ll relax in a steamy hammam, drink Turkish iced tea in exotic garden courtyards, and dine in elegant terrace restaurants with views of the Bosporus Strait. 

The great yachting playground of Turkey is found further south along the magnificent Turquoise Coast, once gifted to Cleopatra by Mark Antony as a wedding present. Guests on a superyacht charter in Turkey might begin their charter in Kuşadası, where the nearby Greco-Roman ruins of Ephesus stand as one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. Then it’s down the coast to glamorous Bodrum, where the jet-set party in sophisticated beach clubs and on moonlit sea terraces beneath the crusader castle. 

The Datça Peninsula offers unspoilt perfection in its secluded coves edged by pines, while bustling Göcek attracts the yachting crowd to its seafront promenade and lively nightlife. One of the highlights of a crewed motor yacht charter in Turkey is found in Fethiye Bay, where pine forested mountains and cliffs meet dazzling turquoise water, and the lagoon of Ölüdeniz is straight out of a dream. 

A trip up the Dalyan River to see the Lycian cliff tombs carved into the banks is a must on a Turquoise Coast yacht charter, while loggerhead turtles breed on the breathtaking İztuzu Beach, where Rhodes and the Lycian mountain range are both visible in the distance. 

The port towns of Kalkan and Kas charm with their Greek and Ottoman architecture and bougainvillaea laneways, while offshore, charter guests will find tranquil pine-covered islands and superb diving, with Ottoman shipwrecks, bomber planes, underwater caves and ancient amphorae on the sea floor. For underwater discoveries, little can beat the submerged ancient city of Simena, located just off Kekova to the south, while nearby Kaleköy impresses with its Crusader fortress and Lycian tombs in the countryside.

At the bridge between Europe and Asia, yacht charter guests in Turkey will find dazzling natural beauty and cultural treasures beyond counting. The charter brokers at Engels & Völkers Yachting have extensive expertise at organising crewed motor yacht charters in Turkey and sailing yacht charters in Turkey, creating unforgettable Turkish yachting itineraries expressly tailored to your tastes. 

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