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Busabout Sail Turkey Photo Essay

Our photos from our Busabout Sail Turkey cruise and what was arguably the most relaxing 8 days/7 nights of all of our adventure travels to date.

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We just returned from what can only be described as the most relaxing 8 days of our lives on the first ever Busabout Sail Turkey adventure cruise. Hopefully you can get a sense of what we were up to from our photo essay below. Enjoy…

Busabout Sail Turkey Photo Essay

Sunset on our Busabout Sail Turkey Cruise

Not only was it Busabout’s first ever Sail Turkey cruise but it was also our first travel adventure to Turkey as well. So after being emotionally drained during the ANZAC Day commemorations around Gallipoli we needed a holiday. And what better way to relax than on a traditional Turkish Sailing Gulet?

Busabout Sail Turkey Photo Essay

For 8 days and 7 nights we cruised the beautiful and refreshing crystal clear waters in the Mediterranean Sea off the southern shores with Busabout Sail Turkey with 18 other lucky passengers.

Busabout Sail Turkey Photo Essay

We swam everyday on our Busabout Sail Turkey cruise

By day we swam and snorkelled. Or jumped off the towering cliffs into the plunging waters. And even though it was only the end of April the water was warm enough that we could spend at least 30 minutes cooling off under the hot Turkish sun.

Busabout Sail Turkey Photo Essay

If we were not sunning ourselves on the deck of the boats then we would be exploring the cultural offerings that Turkey has in abundance. Whether it was the ruins of the sunken villages, ancient Kings Tombs and the old Castle overlooking the small village of Kaleköy (Simena in ancient Lycian).

Busabout Sail Turkey Photo Essay

One of the many beautiful scenes on Simena Island

Busabout Sail Turkey Photo Essay

Our Busabout Sail Turkey boat moored at Simena Island

Or hiking and climbing up to the ice cold glacial waterfalls carving through the quiet and serene Butterfly Valley in Turkey.

Busabout Sail Turkey Photo Essay

Pulling into Butterfly Valley on the Busabout Sail Turkey cruise

Busabout Sail Turkey Photo Essay

Our days could not be better.

Luckily the evenings were just as good, if not better. Hours were spent sitting onboard the Busabout Sail Turkey Gulets with a beer (Efes is delicious) or a wine in hand. Our only cares were watching as the sky changed from royal blue into amazing reds, oranges and yellows as the sun set on each glorious day.

Busabout Sail Turkey Photo Essay

The nights would either be spent playing copious amounts of backgammon and card games on the decks. Or we would consume a few too many Efes and end up partying the night away with the other Sail Turkey boats in remote bars like in Smugglers Cove below.

Busabout Sail Turkey Photo Essay

Unfortunately like all good things, our Busabout Sail Turkey cruise had to come to an end.

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Disclaimer: We were provided with a discount for the Busabout 8 Day Sail Turkey trip, however, as always our thoughts here our own.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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46 Comments

  1. Natalie

    May 7, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Brilliant. Can not believe you climbed up to the castle at Simena – I took one look at the height and bottled it!! You had a great view from there though

    • Cole Burmester

      May 7, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      It was beautiful up there! Make sure next time you visit you head up Natalie 🙂

  2. Raymond @ Man On The Lam

    May 7, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Looks awesome! I did a 3-day cruise there years ago with another company and loved it as well. Although 8-days would have been so much better.

  3. Anne Mackle

    May 7, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Gorgeous photos. I have made this the headline news of my Paper li. Cassam’s is anyone there news.

  4. bronwen burmester

    May 7, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    MMMMmm looks so fabulous, any crays? Are the sunken cities actually below the water and you snorkel them? How deep?

    • Cole Burmester

      May 8, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      Most of the time we were parked in 10m – 20m of water and actually not even that much fish life around let alone crays! And nope not allowed to snorkel the ruins just spot them as we drove past.

  5. Sophie

    May 7, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Sounds like a wonderful experience. You really captured the beautiful landscape, too.

    • Cole Burmester

      May 8, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      It wasn’t hard to capture the beauty when it looks like that Sophie 😉

  6. Jeff Dobbins

    May 7, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Wow. This is very high on my travel list, and this post makes it hard not to head for the airport. Thanks for the vicarious escape.

    • Cole Burmester

      May 8, 2012 at 9:19 AM

      No problem Jeff! If you want to do Sail Turkey then definitely cannot fault Busabout 🙂

  7. dtravelsround

    May 7, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Oh, Effes!! Yum!!

    • Cole Burmester

      May 8, 2012 at 9:19 AM

      They have quickly become one of my favourite beers. Although that could be because of where we were drinking them every day haha

  8. Ali

    May 8, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Gorgeous photos! I loved Turkey when I was there last month, would be great to see more of the beautiful country. Glad you had a good time on the sailing trip!

    • Cole Burmester

      May 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      Where did you go on your trip Ali? We need to go explore more mainland Turkey now!

      • Ali

        May 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM

        Istanbul, Cappadocia, Izmir, Selcuk/Ephesus, Pamukkale. My favorites were Istanbul and Selcuk/Ephesus. Izmir was cool too, we just weren’t there long.

        • Cole Burmester

          May 10, 2012 at 10:24 AM

          We really missed out on seeing so many places! Definitely locking in another trip there sometime next summer I think 🙂 Thanks!

  9. Ayngelina

    May 8, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    If I didn’t want to go badly enough to Turkey before, this definitely tips the scale.

    • Cole Burmester

      May 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      Haha sorry Ayngelina 🙂 We are definitely going to go back and explore mainland Turkey next time so hopefully see you there!

  10. Angela

    May 9, 2012 at 6:47 AM

    Great photo essay, the first shot is stunning!

    • Cole Burmester

      May 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      I am glad we managed to do the scenery just a little bit of justice! Was one of the best weeks we have had so far on our travels.

  11. A Montrealer Abroad

    May 9, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Wow, it must have been an amazing experience! Not sure my sea-sickness would have enjoyed it, but it sure looks like you made the best out of it 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      May 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      Fortunately they stick to all the coves and you don’t really get too far out to sea so I am sure your sea-sickness would be fine 🙂

  12. Jarmo

    May 9, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Cruises on such small boats are awesome, and spending a week on one! You guys are so lucky!

    • Cole Burmester

      May 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      Highly recommend it Jarmo! And WAY cheaper than Sail Croatia.

  13. Christy @ Technosyncratic

    May 11, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    So many boats! Kali has a love affair with boats so I sent him this post, and he freaked out a little. =P

    • Cole Burmester

      May 11, 2012 at 8:48 AM

      Haha awesome. You guys should really do it. It is so much fun!

  14. AlexBerger

    May 14, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Ahhh! Turkey! Brings back great memories. Looks like you had fantastic weather.

    • Cole Burmester

      May 15, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      It was brilliant weather. I think only one day was overcast which was a bit of a blessing so we could get some respite from the sun!

  15. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    May 17, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    This looks amazing. I would love to hike up to the waterfalls — or, I’d also be content to just sit and relax on the beach for once. Glad you guys seem to be having fun and also getting to relax as well.

    • Cole Burmester

      May 17, 2012 at 10:04 AM

      Heading up the Butterfly Valley was definitely one of the highlights and we need to write up a whole post on it soon! Was definitely one of the best holidays we have ever done too 🙂

  16. Amanda

    May 26, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Looks like an awesome trip!

  17. Traveltime

    June 12, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Hey there,
    what type of crowd was on board the busabout adventure, and was it a bit less of a party trip than say Greece and Croatia, or a whole lot less?
    As a 19 year old, just curious because the scenery aspect looks incredible from your photo journal!

    • Cole Burmester

      June 12, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      Thanks for getting in touch mate. There was a range on our boat from 20 right through to 29. But everyone got on really well and although we enjoyed a fair few drinks we didn’t get as out of control as I think Greece and Croatia are. In saying that, the other boat travelling with us partied harder than we did so there is always a few that do!

      • Traveltime

        June 20, 2012 at 12:18 PM

        Cheers mate,
        Ended up choosing Croatia simply because the flights to/from Split and Dubrovnik were alot cheaper than Istanbul, making the overall costs around the same.
        Will certainly look at the Turkey Sail on my next visit to Europe though, I just can’t get over how good your photos look!

        • Cole Burmester

          June 23, 2012 at 7:03 AM

          Fair enough choosing the cheap option! Loved Sail Turkey but heard good things about Sail Croatia as well. Hope you enjoy it and let us know how you get on 🙂

  18. Chrystal McKay

    June 21, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    This looks incredible – I want to take this cruise! Great photos!

    • Cole Burmester

      June 23, 2012 at 7:08 AM

      Cheers Chrystal! Are you visiting Turkey any time soon? Loved your Venice post by the way. Headed there in another week 🙂

      • Chrystal McKay

        June 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        I have no immediate plans to visit Turkey – but Hopefully I can get there sometime later this year while en route to Australia for next February. Its cheaper for me to connect through Istanbul from Canada so I might as well lay over for 2 months right? haha

        • Cole Burmester

          June 24, 2012 at 3:39 PM

          Definitely stay for 2 months! You could see so much of Turkey in that time! Do it 🙂

  19. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    June 26, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    We love small sailing trips like this one and had a great experience on a 20 passenger boat in the Galapagos. The water in Turkey looks a lot warmer though!

    • Cole Burmester

      June 30, 2012 at 8:05 AM

      Water was warm but the Galapagos Islands would be something else!

  20. Daisy de Plume

    July 11, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    We were just in Turkey in May as well and were struck with how incredibly sweet they were with our 18 month old baby. In Greece they were sweet with Storsh because they wanted to sell us something, but in Turkey they didn’t necessarily care about us, but they adored the baby. An added plus to a gorgeous country!

    Thanks for your photo essay – you have some really lovely shots!

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Tips Before Sending Christmas Photo Cards

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Finally, it is that time of the year! You are excited that you can gift shop for your family and friends, and maybe even spend time with them. Sending them a Mixbook Christmas photocard is a unique way of letting them know how much you value and care for them, especially with the Christmas spirit.

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Top of Cappadocia day trek – with Middle Earth Travel

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Trekking through the valleys of Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys with Middle Earth Travel feels more like the set of a Star Wars movie than a historical region once carved out and lived in by humans. Churches, homes and pigeon houses are scattered throughout the valleys, all waiting to be explored. The best part is, Middle Earth Travel know all the hidden secrets.

Standing at the top of Cappadocia

Top of Cappadocia day trek – with Middle Earth Travel

On the 26th of July (which just so happens to be my birthday!) Middle Earth Travel took us on their private and guided Top of Cappadocia day trek. From Pasabag, along the top of Cappadocia and down through the Gulludere Rose Valley to Goreme, we trekked 15kms in one day! (We recommend getting your bearings with this map)

Upon arrival to the Middle Earth Offices, we were warmly greeted by our new friend Atil whom we had met a few days earlier while mountain biking through the Kizilcukur Red Valley. We were then introduced to our guide and given a briefing regarding the day. Normally, the Top of Cappadocia tour would start from Çavuşin, however, since we had already explored Çavuşin Castle, they adapted our tour to compensate ensuring we would explore new terrain!

With charged cameras, plenty of water and our running shoes on, we were driven to our starting point of Pasabag. We wandered through the fairy chimneys, coming across camels and markets – then the true hike began.

Pasabag in Cappadocia

The police station in Pasabag, Cappadocia

Camel in Pasabag, Cappadocia

Camel in Pasabag, Cappadocia

It was a slow and gentle incline. With no trees to provide shade, I quickly realised why our tour guide had chosen to wear fully covered clothing! As the sweat quickly set in (a waterfall in Moss’s case) we snapped away with our cameras and enjoyed the entertaining shapes of Imagine Valley and the amazing view. We also passed a lot of rock piles, which according to our guide mean ‘father’ and are built to help lead the way.

Animal shaped formations in Imagine Valley

Animal shaped formations in Imagine Valley

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Making our way to the top of Cappadocia

Father leading the way (rock pile)

Father leading the way (rock pile)

The higher we trekked, the more breath taking the views became! As we walked along the summit of Bozdag mountain (the Top of Cappadocia) we could see EVERTHING – Pasabag, Çavuşin Castle, Kizilcukur Red Valley, Gulludere Rose Valley and Goreme. We were on the Father of Valleys! After a quick nod of agreement to the guide, we pushed ourselves the extra distance and made our way to the flag, as this HAD to be the highest point and was definitely worth a photo and a selfie or two!

View from the top of Cappadocia

View from the top of Cappadocia

Flag at top of Cappadocia

From the flag we looked down upon Aktepe Hill which is known as a popular destination for watching the sun set and could spot Kizilvadi Restaurant, our destination for lunch! Kizilvadi Restaurant is an attraction of its own. With its own historic winery and Grape church, plus some Middle Earth Travel treks even stay there for the night! After having a massive feed of soup, salad and pasta plus a surprise birthday cake, we made our way down into Gulludere Rose Valley.

Kizilvadi Restaurant

Kizilvadi Restaurant

The scenery is amazing, with strong colours visible in perfect layers on the chimneys, you would wonder what an artist was thinking, had it been a painting. Also, hidden to the side of the track we walked across a little bridge and not expecting anything to be there we were wowed by the massive church carved. It was absolutely huge and hard to believe that its most recent use has been as a pigeon house!

Coloured chimneys in Cappadocia

Coloured chimneys in Cappadocia

Pigeon houses in Cappadocia

Pigeon houses in Cappadocia

Church in Gulludere Rose Valley

Hard to believe this Church is carved inside a fairy chimney!

Middle Earth Travel Review

  • The team at Middle Earth Travel were extremely knowledgeable and certainly know Cappadocia’s hidden secrets. They have friendships with local tea garden owners which is also of benefit as it gained us entry to locked churches and hidden rooms that we would not have otherwise seen.
  • We covered a lot of ground, however we did not feel rushed. The whole day focused on showing us the region, therefore we had as much time as we needed to explore each church and to take ‘just one more photo’.
  • It wasn’t all about trekking. With a whole day and 15kms to cover, there were a few silly poses (especially in Imagine Valley), and we learnt a lot about the myths, legends and way of life in Cappadocia.
  • In conclusion I highly recommend Middle Earth Travel if you wish to go trekking or mountain biking in Cappadocia.
  • Cost: Day treks with Middle Earth Travel range from 50-90 euro, depending on the number of people taking part. This includes lunch, guide, vehicle transfers and entrance fees to historical sites, but excludes alcoholic and soft drinks.
  • Middle Earth Travel are outdoor enthusiasts and offer multi-day over night treks, mountain biking, abseiling, or custom made itineraries, in multiple regions throughout Turkey.
  • www.middleearthtravel.com

Disclaimer: We were provided with a discount for the trek with Middle Earth Travel, however, as always our thoughts on our adventure travel blog our own.

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