Mic & Dawn's Big Adventure travel blog

The cove at Butterfly Valley.

Even at sea a tasty gozleme pancake is never far away!

The ruins of Byzantine Churches on St Nicholas Island.

Contemplating our boat from the top of St Nicholas Island.

Ooh its tough!

Sailing through the ruins of the sunken city of Kekova.

Dawn and Britte enjoying the sun on deck.

Approaching Simena harbour

Approaching Simena harbour.

Modern Kalekoy, ancient Simena. No access by road.

The harbour at Kalekoy (Simena).

View over Kalekoy (Simena) from the castle.

Kalekoy (Simena) castle from the Lycian Necropolis.

Travel buddies. From L Peter, Jim, Maureen, Dawn, Britte, Mic & Adrian.

So where did I get up with travel tales.... oh yes in Fethiye considering the four day cruise.

We met a really lovely Australian couple Peter & Britt (from Sydney) who were staying at the same pension as us, hit it off instantly, and all decided that the four day cruise would be a good idea to do together. Now it seems that everyone has a cruise to Olympos that they can sell you. Its just about finding the right one at the right price. Our pension had one, but further investigation led us all to the conclusion that it would be one huge party with very little sleep and not for us at all. Again, getting old :). Shopped around for a while, but in the end struck gold. V-GO cruises, and they were excellant. We were all getting the spiel about the cruise and the tour operator was checking his diary for availability when I noticed that another Aussiıe couple we met in Thailand, Jim and Maureen, were on his list! So that was the clincher really. Left the very next morning for Olympos. Three nights, four days. Bliss.

At around 10am we made our way to the boat and all climbed aboard. The cabins, whilst not the most roomy or luxurious, were perfectly comfortable and clean. We even had our own private bathroom with porthole views! And the bathroom on the boat was bigger than some of the ones we have had in hostels!

We spent four of the best days we have ever had cruising the med. Each day we would be presented with new and glorious bays to swim in. The water was turquoise, clear, and for the most part, warm. Stops were made at lovely towns. Kas and Simena being particular faves. Simena you can only get to by boat. No roads in. Sooo beautiful. We explored ruins and feasted every day like kings. The chef on the boat was a gem and he turned out yummy meal after yummy meal. Even got afternoon tea with a biccie! Yum! We took our own wine on board and sat each night on the roof of the kitchen watching the sunset, chatting with friends and nibbling on figs and drinking wine. When we werent swimming or exploring we lazed in the sun and read our books. Didnt get seasick once. Slept soundly too. Didnt want it to end. The end stop however couldnt have been any better. Olympos.

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