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Main Harbor in Symi, Greece

We are on board the 44 meter Gulet, Mare Nostrum cruising from Marmaris, Turkey to Bodrum, Turkey. Last night we anchored in the lovely cove of Serce Limani, with our view, looking directly out of the cove, of the Greek island of Rhodes. Today, we are cruising along the coast of Turkey to the village of Datca, Turkey, and are actually closer to the Greek island of Symi. Once we approach Bodrum, we will skim right by the Greek island of Kos, which is only 9 miles from Bodrum. This cruising area is truly a cruising area of two countries.

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Spice Bazaar, Turkey

Take advantage of visiting both countries on a yacht charter between Turkey and Greece as both are delightful cruising areas and very welcoming. Shop in a Turkish bazaar in the morning, and have grilled octopus and ouzo in a Greek Taverna in the evening. It is the best of both worlds.

The best of both worlds does require clearance for customs and so the itinerary does need to be coordinated between entrance ports. For instance, there is a clearance port in Marmaris, Fethiye, Datca, and Bodrum, Turkey. And a clearance port on the islands of Rhodes, Symi, and Kos. There are costs for clearance into and out of the two countries, which you should be aware of, and most nationalities must buy a Visa for entry into Turkey for each person. However, in our opinion, spending a little time in the best of both worlds is worth the additional clearance costs.