Gemiler Island Tours

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Gemiler Island
Known in English as St Nicholas Island, Gemiler lies along the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, south from Fethiye and west of the sandy beach at Ölüdeniz. Separated from the mainland by a narrow sea channel, it is a tiny speck of an islet, just 400 meters (1,312 feet) wide and 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) long but is renowned for its wealth of Byzantine ruins, which date back more than 1,500 years.

Gemiler Island was once one of Christendom’s most popular pilgrimage points with devotees heading for Jerusalem in the Middle Ages. They came to honor the tomb of St Nicholas – the original Father Christmas, who was Bishop of Myra on the Turkish coast opposite – even though his remains were moved to the mainland in 650 AD. Also around this time, the little Byzantine settlement on Gemiler came under threat from pirates and was abandoned as the residents moved to the mainland for protection.

Today a chaotic jumble of ruins covers much of the island, comprising the scattered remains of four churches, evidence of Byzantine houses, a port, waterways, tombs and graveyards. Stores once stood along the shoreline, where traders would sell olive oil and grain to passing ships. The fragments of St Nicholas’s tomb that still stand today reveal faint vestiges of frescoes depicting scenes from his life; these are open to the elements and are slowly deteriorating in the sun.

Gemiler has plenty of rocky bays providing safe mooring for yachts and provides excellent snorkeling along its coastline; tumbledown ruins can occasionally be spotted just below the surface of the sea.

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Gemiler Island lies just off the Turkish coast between Ölüdeniz and Fethiye and is easily accessible by day trip boats from the mainland.
Address: Gemiler Island, Fethiye, Turkey
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Oludeniz Boat Trip to Butterfly Valley and St Nicholas Island with Lunch

Discover one of the gems of the Mediterranean as you set sail from Fethiye on this full-day tour around the islands, beaches and caves of Ölüdeniz. Swim in the glittering lagoon of the Blue Cave, take in the views from the hilltop monastery of St Nicholas Island or dive into the crystalline waters of Cold Spring Bay. Tuck into lunch on deck as you float around the bay, then hop off to explore the enchanting Butterfly Valley, a dramatic canyon filled with colorful butterflies.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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3-Night Gulet Cruise from Marmaris to Fethiye

Hop aboard a traditional wooden Turkish sail boat for a 3-night cruise from Marmais to Fethiye and experience the stunning coastline of Turkey’s Riviera. Sail in a ‘gulet’ along pristine shores and secluded coves in Oludeniz Bay, Gemiler Island, Ekincic Gulf and Turunç Pınarı. During your peaceful voyage savor meals on-board (included) and relax under the sun spending the day as you please. Plus, on request you can enjoy a voyage to the old village of Dalyan.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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4 Day Gulet Cruise Turkey: From Olympos to Fethiye

Olympos, Demre, St.Nicholas Church, Myra, Andriace, Gokkaya Bay, Simena, Sunken City, Kekova, Kas, Firnaz Bay, Butterfly Valley, St.Nicholas Island, Oludeniz, Fethiye is the places that you will see on this 3 night 4 day cruise. Olympos to Fethiye Cruise is the best choice if you would like to explore Turkey's Aegean and Mediterranean shores. You will also have the chance to see the Lycian way.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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