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From the Turkish Riviera Magazine Gumusluk is a traditional fishing village on the Bodrum peninsula in the south west end of the Aegean part in the Turkish riviera. Bodrum or the ancient city of Halicarnassus of Caria is a well known center of tourism and yachting. Bodrum peninsula is also well known for the lovely bays and coves with the suitable and very clean waters for sailing and swimming. Gumusluk, some 25 km away of Bodrum is a peaceful village to relax and is also a place offering opportunities for walking.  The shore-line of the village have sandy beaches and plenty of fish restaurants to make your holiday a memorable one. To reach Gumusluk you can take a mini bus, dolmus in Turkish, from Bodrum and it takes about 50 minutes to get to Gumusluk. If you have your own car or if you have chosen to rent a car, it is a 40 minutes drive from Bodrum. Drive toward... (more)

Sacks Yachts Magazine Launched on Ulitzer

The Sacks Group Magazine The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals Magazine was launched today on Ulitzer.com. The magazine will be featured on Ulitzer's Travel and Hospitality section and currently accepting applications for its site editor position who will be in charge of the magazine's editorial direction. Previously Ulitzer became home for notable yachting magazines such as Absolute Yachting Magazine, OCEAN Independence Magazine, and the Yacht Charter Blog. About Ulitzer.com Initiating news coverage on any topic or launching a magazine at Ulitzer.com, which is currently in pre-beta, is designed to be as easy as boiling an egg and doesn't take much longer. For details on how to become a Ulitzer user, please contact editorial (at) sys-con.com. Once you've been handed the keys, you will be able to associate your future Web presence to whichever topic or topics suit... (more)

Citron of Naxos, a Taste Not to Be Found Elsewhere

From "Greek Isles in the Summer" Magazine The Citron fruit is from the citrus family, it looks like a giant lemon, which has a very small and very sour juicy part in the middle so it is not worth to be eaten raw as a fruit. It has been known in antiquity as the median apples or in latin Citrus Medica. Today it is grown partly in the Middle East. In Arab countries it used as a replacement for vinegar because it is very acid, also in Persia it is used to flavor fruit salads and for marinating meat. In some places the leaves are used for tea and the fruit is used to make citron oil and citric acid. In Greece (and in the south of Turkey) the fruit is preserved and made into spoon-sweets, marmalades and candies.  In Greece today the Citrus trees are grown mainly in Naxos island which is a member and the largest islands of the Cyclades group just in the center of the A... (more)

June 30th Deadline For Mayor Mehmet Kocadon To Clean Up Bodrum

International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine This week I posted two blog entries about the much needed clean up in tourist destinations of Bodrum and its surroundings. My blog posts must have touched a nerve among the residents and business owners of Bodrum, some supporting and others criticizing my comments. Please note, I added my  answers inline. Mr. Salvatore Genovese Founder, Publisher & CEO International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine http://www.yachtchartersmagazine.com Mr. Genovese, Thank you for informing the local authorities of Bodrum with your deadline  of June 30,  2009 in order to clean up the aquarium region of the town via your blog post. You are quite welcome! Did you have a chance to inform the municipality or the other associations directly about your problem and your threatening style? 1) My blog posts were my notification to all responsible pa... (more)

Croatia Yacht Charter Presents Magnum Nautica

Magnum Nautica, the first luxury yacht charter Croatia company has announced that it has added a new luxury charter yacht to its existing fleet of 10 other luxury and charter yachts. This foremost Croatia yacht charter company has added Sunseeker Manhattan 60 to its fleet, making it an ideal choice as a luxury charter yacht for family vacations in the Adriatic waters. Announcing the addition of this mid-sized luxury yacht to the fleet of Magnum Nautica, its spokesperson, Dragica Gadzo, said, “The Sunseeker Manhattan 60, named Rej, is a luxury charter yacht in these areas which comes with three fully furnished luxury cabins.” Adding further, she said, “The yacht can carry a guest load of six people who will be accommodated in three double cabins. The master stateroom offers wardrobes and a generous en suite with a large shower.” The other two equally luxurious cabin... (more)

Chartering Enables Yacht Owners to Upgrade Their Boats

The principals of Trinity Yachts, John Dane, CEO, and Bill Smith, VP, sat down with YV & C publisher Fuat Kircaali to speak about the growth of the charter industry and how it affects them as yacht builders. Trinity Yachts, founded in 1988, is already known as the number one American shipyard. Since 1990, their 38-acre Louisiana facility - including 10 roofed acres - has turned out 33 hulls. Seven yachts are currently under construction. How did this dynamic company grow so rapidly? John Dane, CEO of Trinity Yachts, was running Trinity Industries' marine group in 1988, with 22 shipyards around the country building mostly commercial and military boats. Bill Smith, who was doing sales and marketing for the company, foresaw the rise of the yacht business and the two decided to diversify.   Their first yacht commission was fortuitous. It was designed by the leading Ge... (more)

M/Y Starfire: Seven-Day Charter From Palermo to Catania

We invite you to spend seven days of luxurious relaxation aboard the magnificent Starfire. From the historic bay of Palermo, we will leisurely explore the enchantment of Sicily’s dramatic northern coastline. We will sail on to experience more remote Mediterranean islands, such as Ustica, Lipari, and Stromboli, as we make our way to the northeastern coast of Sicily, visiting the chic destinations of Portorosa, Taormino, and Messina.  Keep in mind that itineraries are only guidelines, and they are not etched in stone!  The following outline for your journey is subject to change, as we are dependant on favorable winds and seas. However, we know the area very well and will have a contingency plan! Our Starfire crew will ensure you see all the highlights while offering the ultimate in personal service and guest care.  Welcome aboard! Day 1: Pick-up Palermo On arrival at the ... (more)

Afroudakis Yachting for Your Yacht Charter Vacations in Greece

Afroudakis Yachting is a licensed company by GNTO (Greek National Organization of Tourism) based in Athens, Greece, and was in founded in 1978 by Christos Afroudakis, a Naval Architect - Marine Engineer and respected member of the following Associations: •      The  Hellenic Yacht Brokers Association (HYBA) •      The  Hellenic Professional Yacht Charters Association (HYPOA) •      SETE (Hellenic  Tourism Enterpreises) •      ASTA  (Association of American Travel Agents) In 1983, Christos returned to Athens after living abroad for many years and established the naval architecture company AlphaMarine Ltd., associating a fine team of yacht designers, naval architects, product managers and engineers to provide services to the yachting industry with new builds and impressive refits to a wide range of mega yachts over 100ft. Alphamarine, firmly established... (more)

Divan Palmira Hotel in Bodrum, Turkey: The End of an Era?

This 4th of July marked my sixth consecutive visit to the Divan Palmira Hotel in Bodrum, Turkey. My visit this year prompted me to write this review. The Divan Palmira Hotel is located in the Golturkbuku region of Bodrum. Two recent cover stories published last year in The New York Times Travel Section called this Aegien Sea summer destination The St. Tropez of Turkey. For those readers who would like to know more about Bodrum, especially the village of Golturkbuku, there is plenty of well written reading material (including these two 2006 New York Times travel write-ups). In this review, I will try to stay focused specifically on my most recent trip, the hotel, the changes which took place at this hotel this year and the highlights of my trip. The New York Times - Jan / 2006 The New York Times - Aug / 2006 Our Arrival on Saturday, June 30, 2007 When I emailed the hotel... (more)

M/Y ELLINIA: The Ideal Yacht to Cruise the Turkish Riviera and the Greek Islands

Absolute Yachting is pleased to present you the luxury M/Y ELLINIA, the ideal yacht for your clients that wish to cruise the Greek islands. Her length is 80 ft, and she can accommodate 8/9 quests in one Master, one VIP,  and in two Twin Cabins (one twin with a pullman berth), all with en suite facilities. Many recreations facilities are offered including: snorkeling, fishing, water skiing equipment and a wave runner.   Charter rate is: High season 15th of June to the 15th of September was euro 33.600   per week plus expenses, but now is EURO 30.100 for August and for the rest of the months EURO 28.000. Included in the above rates: crew, crew’s food, harbor and public marina fees within Greece. Not included: 4,5% VAT (Value added tax), fuel (unless stated), meals (unless stated), bar and beverages for the guests (unless stated), gasoline for the tender and water toys... (more)

Tinos, An Island Certainly Not to Be Missed

From "Greek Isles in the Summer" Magazine If you ever have been at Mykonos, the heart of the Cyclades islands, you probably have noticed the two neighbouring islands, Syros and Tinos. But I am sure you haven't been interested in them at all. They are both half an hour away from Mykonos but let's leave Syros for now, and talk about Tinos, the one at the right. Tinos is actually the ideal place for lovers of nature, architecture, art and traditions. It is one of the largest in Cyclades islands, a place for pilgrimage, unspoiled and unaffected from tourism. The island houses some 600 chapels and thousands of dovecotes all elaborately decorated. The dovecotes are two storey towers decorated with geometric designs, which are mainly built on land slopes at an angle to protect the entrances from wind to help takeoffs and landings of the doves. The decorating patterns are ... (more)