Cuisine and Culture Cruise: Bodrum to Fethiye - Jon Baines Tours

Cuisine and Culture Cruise: Bodrum to Fethiye

10 - 19 Sep 2020
  • Cultural Tours

About the tour

The southwest coast of Turkey, or the Turkish Riviera has been attracting visitors for thousands of years. Vivid blue waters and spectacular coastlines combine with ancient heritage and delicious local cuisine for an irresistible offering.

The cruise starts in Bodrum, a coastal town dominated by a Crusader castle and home to the ruins of the Mausoleum of Hallicarnassus, one of the ancient seven wonders of the world. From here you will cruise along the coast, south stopping at secluded bays, seaside towns like Marmaris and finishing in beautiful Fethiye. Along the way visit local food producers, eco farms and vineyards as well as farmers markets and harbourside restaurants, taking in the varied Turkish cuisine.

There is also the option to join the pre cruise extension to Istanbul that will show you the many depths of Turkish cuisine and how it has changed over the centuries. With specialist local guides explore the beautiful city of Istanbul through its history and its food.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, John and Kate Lethlean

John and Kate Lethlean

John Lethlean is a food writer, journalist and restaurant critic with The Australian. Prior to  News Ltd he plied his trade for Fairfax Media at The Age and as a Melbourne-based editor for Australian Gourmet Traveller. “Food is obviously something that’s very important to me, more as a conduit to joy and happiness than an intellectual pursuit,” says John, a Victorian based outside Melbourne in the foodie haven of Daylesford/Hepburn Springs. “I love travelling - who doesn’t? - but I travel to eat. To me there is little more exciting than listening to a society, a culture, through its food, both traditional and contemporary.”  

Kate Lethlean is a Cordon Bleu (Paris) trained cook who has lived a culinary life in Europe travelling, cooking and writing for 20 years. She has contributed to numerous leading publications and cookery books and worked on the Formula One and Moto GP circuits, for the British Royal Family, and Skibo Castle. She also spent five years in the UK as senior teacher and demonstrator at the prestigious Leith’s School of Food and Wine, London. These days she is a cookery book publicist and rare-breed chicken fancier and assists John with research and vital eating support. 

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 10 Sept (Thurs) Bodrum: arrive in Bodrum and check into the hotel. Welcome dinner
  • 11 Sept (Fri) Bodrum: Visit the farmers market with your guide and explore the local produce. Visit the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus that sits atop the city offering beautiful views
  • 12 Sept (Sat) Bodrum/ Black Island: Morning at leisure. In the afternoon board the gulet and set sail and stop at Black Island where there will be time for a swim before dinner. Dinner on board and dock at Ada Bogazi
  • 13 Sept (Sun) Ada Bogazi/Palamutbuku: Visit the ancient city of Knidos, which is still under excavation. Drive into the countryside to Knidia Eco Farm and see their local produce. Continue along the coast and re-join the gulet in Palamutbuku. Dinner in Palamutbuku
  • 14 Sept (Mon) Palamutbuku/Datca: Sail along the coast to the ancient city of Datca. Visit the historic town before heading to explore the area's produce and food culture. Stop at a honey farm and taste the local honey before continuing to an almond farm. Continue to Datca Vineyard and Winery, where you will taste local wines. Dinner that evening will be on the gulet
  • 15 Sept (Tues) Datca/Bozukalle: Today you can relax while you sail along the coast, stopping along the way to swim in beautiful bays and turquoise waters. Dinner on board the gulet
  • 16 Sept (Wed) Marmaris: Arrive into Marmaris and take a walking tour through the pretty tow and visit its medieval castle. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the seaside town or relax in a harbourside cafe. Dinner at a restaurant in the marina
  • 17 Sept (Thurs) Marmaris/ Ekincik: Sail from Marmaris to Ekincik. In the afternoon depart the gulet for Koycegiz and visit the evening market. Explore the market with your guide, tasting local produce along the way. Return to the gulet for dinner
  • 18 Sept (Fri) Ekincik/ Fethiye: Visit Cleopatra's Baths, where you can swim through the ruins of an ancient hammam. Continue to Fethiye. Afternoon walking tour of Fethiye including its Lycian rock tombs. Farewell dinner on the gulet
  • 19 Sept (Sat) Fethiye: Depart the gulet after breakfast. Transfer to the airport or extend your stay in Turkey

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