After morning pickup from your central Istanbul hotel, travel by private, air-conditioned minivan to Kalamis Marina on the city’s Asian side, where your private yacht is moored.
Meet your expert skipper and step aboard your gleaming, modern yacht. Find a comfortable spot on deck, listen to a safety briefing and introduction to the essentials of sailing, and then enjoy the views as your yacht slips its moorings.
Cut through the water and admire the beautiful skyline of Sultanahmet, the historical peninsula dominated by the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia, as you begin your journey. Then, relax to the sound of the lapping waves as you sail further out on to the Sea of Marmara toward the Princes’ Islands.
As you sail, watch for dolphins and bask in the cool breezes and setting. If you’re experienced in sailing and want to do your bit, take the opportunity to help out on deck under the guidance of your skipper.
After a while, arrive at the famous archipelago, a cluster of nine islands set close to each other and known for their lush gardens and greenery. Then, spend several hours hopping from one to another, with the opportunity to go ashore for guided strolls, take photos and explore as you wish.
Perhaps savor lunch (own expense) at one of the waterfront restaurants, or amble around the shady parks and elegant villas. If you wish, enjoy refreshing swims when the opportunity arises, or just absorb the peaceful vibe and sights from deck.
When the time comes, sail back to the marina, perhaps witnessing a magnificent sunset along the way. Your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.