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ODS TURKEY is a leading Destination Management Company based in Istanbul, serving all destinations in Turkey. It is privately owned, limited company founded in 1999 by Sadik Caglar and Hasan Din?. At the root of ODS Turkey?s successful and exciting 18-year journey lie 30 years of industry experience, a great team of people and wonderful local and international partners they are proud to call friends.

ODS is an entity continuously striving for excellence, leading them to act and reflect, to execute and improve, to inspire and be inspired in order to serve clients best. How they get things done is as important to them as getting things done. Following their long-term orientation, they avoid the quick win and prefer to attain their goals in a solid pace, always keeping in mind the soundness of their company and quality of their services.


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Turkey... A Yachting Paradise!

August 2003

Turkey... A Yachting Paradise!

Turkey has historically always been a country uniquely suited for travel by boat. The Homeric hero, Odysseus, began his sea voyage from Troy to his home in Greece through the Aegean and Mediterranean seas.

The western coast of Turkey, particularly the Turkish Aegean, is dotted with famous port towns that have existed since antiquity. From those ports scientific knowledge, religious beliefs and rare goods from the orient were spread throughout the ancient world.

Turkey is almost completely surrounded by water, thus forming a very large peninsula. On its southern border lies the Mediterranean Sea, to the west the Marmara and Aegean Seas and to the north the Black Sea. The four seas form a continuous waterway around the coast with the help of the Bosphorus, which connects the Marmara and the Black Sea.

Turkey possesses over 8,333 kilometers (5,208 miles) of coastline and is a treasure-trove of coves, inlets, bays and beaches. This geography ? and a long history of boats and boat building ? makes Turkey into a sailing, cruising and yachting paradise.
Turkey? s waterways have become the home of the \"Blue Cruise\" or the \"Blue Voyage\". Groups of people get together on gullets, small schooners that were once used by Turkish fishermen on longer fishing trips. These beautiful boats have now been renovated and can comfortably accommodate passengers for chartered cruises of up to two weeks.

The Blue Cruise, how it all came about...

It all began with a mistake: a few years after the foundation of the Turkish Republic in 1923, the Turkish writer Cevat Sakir Kabaagacli published a story on deserters from the Army, for which he was exiled to Bodrum by a special military court. The judges, as well as Cevat Sakir, had no idea what Bodrum was like ? except that traditionally it was an isolated little village known in the capital as a place for exile. The purgatory, which was to purge the writer of his unhealthy mentality, turned out to be a paradise.

He settled down Bodrum for good and chose the pen name \"Fisherman of Halicarnassus\" for himself.
He made friends with the local fishermen and sponge divers and got to know the various bays and coves in the Gulf of Gokova. Later on, a handful of intellectuals from Istanbul came to visit him and joined his trips. Together they constructed a theory of culture, which embraced the cultures of all the people who once lived in Asia Minor. This is how the \"Blue Cruise\" originated.

What actually is a Blue Cruise?

A \"Blue Cruise\" is a lovely escape from daily life. On the Blue Cruise one sails along the southwestern Turkish coastline, into solitary bays, crystal clear and virgin waters, picturesque small villages and places of antiquity. For our Blue Cruises, you don\'t necessarily need to have sailing experience; we provide you with traditional wooden yachts, which you can charter with crew.

During the day, we cruise for a few hours and sail if the wind allows. Closer to lunch or dinner, we approach the land and drop anchor in a solitary bay, alongside a small village or off an island. At every stop, and there will be at least two per day, you?ll have the opportunity to swim, fish, snorkel, windsurf, sunbath, take a trip ashore or just read your book in the shade. The accent is on relaxation and recreation. Your friendly, attentive crew consists of a captain, a cook and one or two seamen.

After lunch you usually sail for a couple more hours and then the Captain will pick a secluded cove for the night or perhaps dock in one of the coastal resorts for a night out and a chance to stock up on supplies and souvenirs.

A Blue Cruise as part of an Incentive Program?

A Blue Cruise is for (almost) everybody. It may not be the first thing that springs to mind, but a trip on a gullet for a few days, spiced up with shore excursions to archaeological sites, scuba diving lessons, windsurfing competitions and the like, can be a great alternative to the more usual incentive program.
Upon your request, we can combine a shorter trip on board of one of the gullets with land excursions and a stay in one of the port towns or the resorts along the coast.

Please feel welcome to contact Mr. Sadik Caglar or Mr. Hasan Din


Cevat Sakir


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