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Bodrum Castle

The Story of the Blue Journey

An Extraordinary Mediterranean Adventure Lasting since 1945

"The nights in the Mediterranean are darker and more profound than other nights. The stars are close enough to touch when your hand is outstretched."

THE FISHERMAN OF HALICARNASSUS [Author - Researcher, 1945]

"On the Mediterranean, the sea that Homer describes as violet or wine-colored reveals an indigo blue, where deep blue intertwines with shades of purple."

AZRA ERHAT [Author - Archaeologist, 1962]

The Story of the Blue Journey

In the spring of 1945, Sabahattin Eyuboglu, the Director of the Translation Department at the Ministry of National Education in Ankara, received a historic letter—an invitation to the inaugural Blue Journey.

Cevat Sakir, a Turkish author and researcher, extended this invitation to his friends, inviting them to Bodrum, the ancient Halicarnassus, home to the Tomb of Mausolus-one of the Seven Wonders of the World, where he lived in exile. The purpose of this gathering was to unveil the beauty, historical significance, and archaeological marvels of the region, and to share the local legends that embody the ancient heritage.

However, the journey to Bodrum, a small town nestled at the end of the southwest coastline of Turkey with no direct connection to the mainland, presented a challenge. To overcome this hurdle, Cevat Sakir's friend, Paluko, a sponger and octopus hunter, devised a solution. They utilized the Gulet boat named Macera (Adventure), formerly employed for cargo and sponge fishing, to transport the guests from Izmir. Onboard were the first Blue Journey passengers—Turkish intellectuals Sabahattin Eyuboglu, Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu, Erol Guney, Fuad Omer Keskinoglu, and Necati Cumali. Together, they embarked on their voyage from Izmir to Bodrum.

What initially began as an extraordinary expedition in 1945 gradually evolved into a cherished tradition, transcending geographical confines and immersing Turkish intellectuals in marine culture. It sparked deep contemplation of Anatolia's rich historical and archaeological tapestry.

This remarkable journey became known as The Blue Journey, with Cevat Sakir earning the revered title of The Fisherman of Halicarnassus.

Today, in the footsteps of The Fisherman of Halicarnassus, we have perfected the art of curating your ideal All-inclusive Blue Journey vacation.

 

Simply reach out to us and allow us to handle the rest. 

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Cevat Sakir, Exil Years in Bodrum

The first adventure | Cevat Sakir & Captain Paluko

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Azra Erhat and Cevat Sakir in Bodrum

Introducing the Turkish Gulet Yacht

The Turkish Gulet, a masterpiece born from Turkey's maritime heritage, seamlessly merges practicality and tradition with a laid-back elegance that defines the essence of the Blue Journey. Evolving from its roots as a humble fishing and cargo vessel, the Gulet now boasts a distinct profile characterized by its generous beam and expansive deck space.

Crafted primarily in renowned shipyards located in Bodrum, Bozburun, Marmaris, and Istanbul, these vessels feature both motor and traditional rigging, offering a unique blend of modern convenience and classic charm. Passenger capacity varies based on size, with most accommodating between four to twelve passengers. 

Gulets offer separate accommodations for passengers, complete with a range of amenities and entertainment options. Modern comforts onboard ensure a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere for all, fostering a warm rapport between passengers and crew. 

BATTINI CHARTERS | Journey-into-Blue specializes in organizing charter vacations and fixed routes for private groups or individuals, offering All-inclusive, Full-board, and Yacht+Crew+Fuel+Housekeeping Only packages. Unlike traditional cruises aboard large ocean liners, Gulets provide access to secluded and often untouched bays and coves along the coastline. These intimate harbors and settlements offer a glimpse into coastal life that larger vessels simply cannot match. In many ways, a Gulet embodies the experience of a full-service hotel, where every room offers a stunning sea view, and the scenery changes with each passing moment. 

Our guests consistently rave about the overall Gulet experience, describing it as positive, addictive, and unforgettable. Onboard cuisine ranges from simple to gourmet, with freshly prepared meals served daily. Turkish crews are known for their attentiveness and efficiency. However, it's important for charterers to note that various types of Gulets are available, each departing from the main yachting ports of Marmaris, Gocek, and Bodrum, catering to different preferences and requirements.

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