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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 about charter sailing in Turkey and Greece aboard a wooden yacht may be obtained by clicking on the maroon links immediately above. Thank You. Should you be searching for a yacht on which to charter sail Turkey, or for a yacht on which to charter sail Greece, or for a yacht on which to charter sail both Turkey and Greece, or should you be dreaming of a yacht charter in the eastern Mediterranean at the crossroads of history, or of a charter sail along the coast of Turkey from one delightful clear-water cove to the next, or of a sail among remote Aegean islands of Greece chasing grilled octopus and tzatziki, then you may stop searching. Realize your dreams aboard a crewed motor-sailer with accommodations for eight guests in four finely appointed cabins. How about chartering such a yacht to, well, to cruise Saint Paul's route along the Turkish coast of ancient Lycia. Or to sail Julius Caesar's track along the Turkish coast of ancient Caria and among Greek Dodecanese islands. While you holiday. That's right, have a family-and-friends holiday aboard a crewed sailing yacht cruising the Turquoise Coast of Turkey and the Dodecanese Islands of Greece, proceeding leisurely from one historic locale to another. And doing it under a warm sun reflecting on an azure sea. Or charter such a yacht, in Turkish a gulet, to sail the Cyclades in mid-Aegean Greece. Starting in Turkey's Bodrum. Or Greece's Kos. Or alternatively sail along the Mediterranean coast of Turkey to Antalya and Cilicia. Starting in Gocek. Are you searching for Gocek in Turkey? Well, Gocek is located at the NW corner of its own gulf 42 nautical miles ENE of Rhodes Town and a bit northwest of center on the map to the left, 25 minutes by road from the international airport at Dalaman. There or elsewhere we can put you aboard a crewed sailing gulet for the holiday of a lifetime. We can put you aboard a charter yacht with an experienced crew able to show you Saint Paul's track along the coasts of Ionia, Caria, and Lycia from Assos, able to show you his later track through Greece's Forgotten Islands as a prisoner en route to Rome, and able to show you Julius Caesar's tracks along the coast of Turkey from the Black Sea's Bithynia to Antakya, then known as Antioch and one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire. It was at Antioch that Caesar launched his 47 BC campaign to unseat the Mithridatic King Pharnaces of Bosphorus. A Roman patrician said to be descended from Aeneus, leader of Trojan exiles settling in Italy after the fall of Troy, Caius Julius Caesar was born in the month of Quinctilis 100 BC. That month was subsequently renamed in his honor and we know it as July. His surname, of course, subsequently became synonymous with Roman emperor. As a youth he spent considerable time in the Province of Asia where his father was governor, resident at both Nicomedia (Izmit) and Pergamum (Bergama). At the age of 19 Caesar returned to Asia. As a staff officer to one of his father's successors he participated in the siege of Mithridatic Mytilene on the island of Lesbos. It was at Mytilene that Caesar received the Corona Civica, Rome's highest award for gallantry. It came in the nick of time because only weeks earlier Caesar's reputation had been defined by carousing at the Bithynian court of King Nicomedes. Forever afterward known as a lady's man, Caesar next came to the attention of history on the staff of Publius Servilius Vatia, governor of Cilicia in the south of modern Turkey. It was there while serving at sea he is said to have slain Zeniketes of Olympos, the Robin Hood of Lycian piracy. Seized in turn not long afterward by Greek pirates from the island of Pharmakousa, he was held captive for forty days pending a ransom of, according to Suetonius, 12,000 pieces of gold. That amount turned out to be far too little as shortly afterward Caesar reappeared at Pharmakousa and crucified his former captors. Following a spell improving his oratorical skills at Rhodes Town's School of Rhetoric, Caesar returned to the mainland to rout troops of King Mithridates (source of the aforementioned adjective Mithridatic) of Pontus then terrorizing Rome's Asian province. Much later in 47 BC he and 3,000 other Romans were besieged at Alexandria by hostile Egyptians. Without sufficient manpower to turn the tide, and running out of provisions, it was then that Caesar demonstrated his naval skills. With oared galleys he made rendezvous with a relief force under his Rhodian admiral Euphranor unable to make port because of contrary winds. Caesar promptly took the sailing transports in tow with his war galleys. The enemy, also promptly, put to sea with a force said to number 100 vessels. Seeking to avoid combat because of the odds and immobile transports, Caesar was forced to engage when one of his galleys was taken by the enemy. The consequence was a rout of the numerically superior Egyptian force. While Caesar's exploits are too numerous to even abbreviate on a single web page, it is well to remember he both developed his character and got his military start in the eastern Mediterranean. Come learn more aboard Cobra III, a proper gulet charter sailing Turkey and Greece. Contact Charter Yachts Turkey today at firstname.lastname@example.org