This handsome fore-and-aft rigged schooner
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Dear Homo Sapiens, There is no need to continue reading this page. What follows is intended for search engine robots and spiders and not necessarily for human beings. Further information concerning gulets holiday cruising Turkey and Greece may be obtained by clicking on the maroon links immediately above. Thank You. You may be searching for a long-lost acquaintance by the name of Arif, perhaps a sea captain, kaptan in Turkish. If so, you are out of luck even though the subject of this page is named for an Arif Kaptan. But you are likely searching for something to do with Turkey or Greece, probably for some kind of holiday in Turkey or Greece, and just maybe for a holiday cruising Turkey or Greece. If so, you're in luck! This web page deals with all three of those eventualities and more specifically with holiday cruising the coast of Turkey and among Aegean islands of Greece aboard a handsome fore-and-aft rigged wooden schooner ducking into pine-encircled clear-water coves and parking stern to seaside promenades. You may have read about such holidays in the travel section of your on-line newspaper. Or you may be seeking to reprise a holiday experience of some years past. If neither, and if new to the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean, how about joining us at Bodrum, ancient Halikarnassus, located at the southwestern extremity of Turkey ten nautical miles from the island of Kos in Greece. Bodrum has its own international airport (BJV) and so, too, does Kos (KGS) should you prefer to join us there. Bodrum is the site of the Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It is also the location of the perfectly-preserved St. Peter's Castle built in the fifteenth century by the Hospitaller Knights of St. John of Jerusalem and depicted at left. Kos is host to the Asklepeion, a third century BC school of medicine and hospital founded in honor of native-son Hippocrates, and Kos, too, has a Hospitaller fortress still standing in good repair. How about beginning your holiday with a cruise down wind from Bodrum or Kos into the Ceramic Gulf of Herodotus, he who wrote at Halikarnassus the first history text still available from your on-line bookstore, Kindle edition, as well. A cruise into the Ceramic Gulf pausing at Cleopatra's imported-sand beach. Or how about beginning your holiday by sailing Uluc (Uluch) Ali's 1571 track across the Ceramic Gulf down the coasts of Turkish Caria and Lycia. While you holiday. Luca Galeni by birth in 1519, Uluc Ali was a Dominican novice kidnapped from his native Calabria at the age of 16. Sold into slavery he was bought by one of Kheir-ed-Din Barbarossa's sea captains and sent to a galley oar. As lead oarsman or boatswain he was present at Barbarossa's 1538 victory over Andrea Doria at Preveza. Soon succeeding to command of his own galliots, he boarded and seized a Hospitaller galley off Sardinia in 1554. Sailing under the orders of Bodrum's Turgut Reis, called Dragut in the west, he participated in 1551's wresting of Tripoli from the Hospitallers, in 1560's re-taking of Djerba from the Spanish, and in 1565's unsuccessful siege of Hospitaller Malta. In July of 1570 his galleys took three more Hospitaller galleys off the coast of Sicily. It was the following year that he cruised the Ceramic Gulf and the coasts of Turkish Caria and Lycia en route to and from the successful siege of Venetian Cyprus. Later the same year his left wing achieved the only Ottoman success at the Battle of Lepanto, turning the Christian right of Gian Andrea Doria, great-nephew of Andrea Doria. One month after Lepanto Uluc Ali was made Grand Admiral of the Ottoman Fleet. Said to have been a leader in all respects, clever, decisive, full of energy and initiative, his mind throwing off sparks of imagination, he was to successfully patrol the Aegean for the next 16 years until his death at the age of 68 in the arms of a young woman. That's him depicted at right, not a bad looking sort. Why not embark on a cruise meandering along his track among Aegean islands of Greece! Cruising the crossroads of history! Cruising in the wake of an Ottoman fleet admiral! How about chartering Arif Kaptan to cruise Turkey's ancient Lycia, home of Homer's erstwhile Trojan heroes. While you holiday. While you holiday with family or friends cruising the Greek and Turkish Aegean in relative isolation. While you holiday aboard a charter yacht proceeding leisurely from enchanting locale to historical crossroads. While you sail in Uluc Ali's 1571 wake back from Lepanto to Constantinople among Cyclades and Sporades islands of Greece and along the Ionian coast of Turkey. Does that sound like holiday cruising in Greece and Turkey! At the crossroads of history! Or what! And what happened at Lepanto, anyway? Lepanto sometimes called Navpaktos? Lepanto was one of the largest and by far the most deadly naval battle in history. On one side were arrayed 208 Holy League galleys, galleasses, and additional vessels, and on the other side there were 251 Ottoman galleys and smaller vessels, including 42 belonging to Uluc Ali's left wing. These 459 vessels were manned by 141,000 sailors, marines, and oarsmen. Forty thousand of them lost their lives, the single most deadly toll in the history of naval warfare. Why not charter a crewed sailing yacht in which to enhance your children's awareness of history? And of geography? And of the consequences of war? Where is Lepanto, anyway? What egocentrics were responsible? And why was one of the battle's tens of thousands of wounded associated with the Man of La Mancha? Could it be because Uluc Ali was once a Dominican novice from Calabria? Not likely! And why was Uluc Ali's name changed by Ottoman Sultan Selim, after the battle, to Kilic Ali, meaning The Sword? And of what significance were those Holy League galleasses? Come sail with us in Greece and Turkey and learn the answers. Starting in Istanbul where you will find the magnificent Kilic Ali Pasa Hamam, baths depicted above a part of Uluc Ali's estate. Then join us at Bodrum or Kos. Are you searching for Bodrum in Turkey? For Kos in Greece? Well, try Google Maps. As noted, they may be found at the western end of the large gulf at the southwestern corner of Anatolia. There we can arrange charter holidays cruising Turkey and Greece. We can put you aboard a crewed motor-sailer and show you Cleopatra's route up the coasts of Lycia and Caria to the Ceramic Gulf, show you Uluc Ali's paths along the coasts of Lycia and Ionia, show you Kilic Ali's 1571 route down the coast of Turkey and among Aegean islands of Greece en route to besiege Venetian Crete. Come see for yourself. Come holiday cruising in Turkey or Greece. Come holiday cruising in Greece and Turkey aboard the schooner Arif Kaptan offering an unforgettable motor-sailing gulet holiday cruising Turkey and Greece. Contact Charter Yachts Turkey today at firstname.lastname@example.org