Saman is a medicine professional, she visited Turkey with her husband last year. Saman said she chose Turkey for vacations because its a paradise of sun, sea, rivers, mountains and lakes. A land of historic treasures from the world’s ten greatest civilizations. The Mediterranean, Aegean, and the Black Seas, as well as the Sea of Marmara, surround Turkey to the north, west and south. With over 8333 kilometers of coastline and four seas, Turkey is a treasure chest of coves, inlets, bays and beaches from which yachtsmen can choose a different and always private anchorage each night. The sailing paradise of Turkey is home to the Blue Voyage. This idyllic cruise means sailing with the winds, into coves and over the seas and becoming one with nature. It is also an experience of the history of man from the perspective of the sea rather than from the land, a journey which carries you to the private beach of Cleopatra, the eternal fires of Mt. Olympos and the myriad archaeological remains of ancient civilizations. For lovers of the active life, sailing in the clear waters provides the opportunity for swimming, fishing, skiing, surfing and diving. Sailing in Turkey also allows you to experience a truly enriching cultural exchange with the hospitable and gracious people of the coastal villages and towns. The tempered winds which generally blow from the west and northwest make the long summers ideal for yachting and seem to encourage an appreciation of nature. From some of the turquoise coast’s unspoiled and sheltered bays you can see mountain peaks rising to almost 3000 meters above sea level. Yachting remains a popular activity for residents as well as visitors to Turkey. Over the past 40 years the industry has grown, and today a large number of marinas dot the coastline between Istanbul and Antalya. These provide supplies, easy access to the shore at major resorts, and safe harbors as well as often becoming local entertainment venues in themselves. Turkey’s most established marinas lie on the southern Aegean and Mediterranean coasts at Izmir, Çesme, Kusadasi, Bodrum, Datça, Bozburun, Marmaris, Göcek, Fethiye, Kalkan, Kas, Finike, Kemer and Antalya. In these well equipped harbours, yachters can find the services and provisions they require. Antalya, Dalaman, Izmir, and Istanbul airports provide quick links to all of Turkey’s marinas; after an easy flight you can board your yacht and sail off all within a day.