- What is a Gulet Yacht?
- What is gulet holidays?
- Does Turkish Gulets have crew ?
- What is there to do on board all day?
- When should I plan my blue cruise?
- Which itinerary is the best ?
- Is it possible to go to the Greek Islands?
- What are the advantages of renting a private yacht?
- Do you arrange airport transfers?
- Can I bring children under 12 ?
- Is smoking permitted onboard?
- Can I bring pets?
- Will my family and office be able to reach me on charter?
- Will my privacy be respected?
- What should I pack?
- Which currency I can use in Turkey?
- How much money should I have on me?
- Do I need Insurance?
- What are the safety measures of each boat?
- How can we arrange excursions?
- Do you have diving courses?
- May I take a yacht tour during my stay in a resort hotel?
- What will the weather be like?
- What about sea-sickness?
- Are there any sharks attacks in Turkey?
- Why Charter a Private Gulet?
- How do I select a yacht that is right for me?
- How do I book a gulet?
- What includes the gulet charter prices?
- What are the charter departure days?
- Who plans my itinerary?
- Shall we embark or disembark from different harbours?
- Shall we visit some Greek Islands?
- Starting Your Cruise
- What about the food an drinks on board?
- What does Cabin Charter exactly mean?
- How many guest and crew are on board?
- How big are the cabins?
- What is cabin charter prices & children discounts?
- Price Included
- Price do not Included
- How we can make reservation and payments?
- Are we allowed to bring our own drinks if we book cabin charter?
- What time do the boats leave the harbour?
- Where do I find the boat I've booked?
What is a Gulet Yacht ?
The Turkish gulet is very similar to the working boats of old times and, equipped with engines and modern facilities, they allow you to explore the beautiful Turkish & Greek coast in comfort and style and relive the spirit an age long past. Imagine wooden sailing boats thousands of years ago carrying cargos of wine and copper across the Aegean to trade with ancient civilizations, or fishing boats earning a living from the Mediterranean teeming with fish.Such boats were built along the Aegean coast of Turkey and many of the skills and designs used then have been passed down to today's boat builders. Our gulets, from 14-35 metres long. They have: beamy wooden hulls, very spacious and airy; high headroom which improves air circulation in a warm climate; high booms and bulwarks, very safe, especially for children; very spacious cabins, almost hotel comfort; spacious uncluttered sundecks, fully covered with sunmattresses; sheltered aft deck with coach roof; outside dining area covered with sun awnings; powerful engines for safe cruising and accurate itinerary planning; large water capacity; fully equipped professional galleys; pressurised hot and cold water system; adequate space and facilities for recreational equipment. What could be more romantic than cruising on a traditional wooden boat with all the sails up under blue cloudless skies ?
What is gulet holidays ?
The first tourists came to Bodrum at the 60's and 70's. They wish to go out on sea. At that time, there was only small fishermans boats without wc and cabins. They rent this boats for 3-4 days and went to the untouched bays of Gökova. They liked it so much and kept coming back. After that, in all that years, boat builders built bigger and luxurious gulets. Today the gulets have sails and all kind of comfort and equipment, and they are beeing exported to all arround the world.
Does Turkish Gulets have crew ?
Yes, all traditional Turkish Gulets are crewed, consisting of a captain; cook and a deckhand(s). VIP yachts and gulets has extra crew, including hostesses.
What is there to do on board all day ?
If you are with your family and children on board, you may prefer to swim quieter bays. You can do some snorkelling and see the beautiful underwater, even try out other water-sports if they are available when you are at anchor, such as banana boat or doughnut rides. Some of the boats also carry a canoe or a even a surf board.. Maybe you want to take a walk in the forrest or you may read a book to relax, or work on your computer. You may prefer to have a glass of raki, listen to some music and join the barbecue party on the upper deck with your friends. At night, you can decide to stay in a quite bay, or to stay at the harbour for do some shopping or go out at night. Your captain will choose the best itinerary that is most suitable for you and do everything to make sure that you have a fantastic holiday. The boats travel about 3-4 hours on the way and then stop at 3-4 diferent places every day. They may put up the sails depending on the wind.
When should I plan my blue cruise ?
The reservations for the blue cruise start at December. The peak season can be busy. We recommend you to book in advance.Please first you plan how many people will join you on holiday and then we can help you decide what kind of boat or trip you need. At this time you can choose the route and the exact time you want to do the trip. We are always ready to help and give you some advices.
Which itinerary is the best ?
It is hard to say. Many people do the cruise once every year. So they change itinerary and scenery. For a first timer Bodrum-Bodrum has a lot of nature to offer. The area around Gocek is beautiful. Marmaris-Fethiye-Marmaris as well Fethiye-Kekova-Fethiye cruise is a good mix of nature and history. Antalya-Kekova-Antalya cruise covers many ruins. Please clik for see all suggested itineraries.
Is it possible to go to the Greek Islands ?
Most boats are official certificated to go to the Greek islands. The Turkish citizens need a valid passport and a schengen visa. The western citizens must bring their passport or ID card. On private charters, the guests or yacht owners (upon agreement) are paying for the harbour taxes in Greece. Also we have guaranteed departure full board Greek Islands Cabin Charter Programmes.
What are the advantages of renting a private yacht ?
On a private charter you are going to be only with your friends or family. For sure the crew will do the best to make you feel privilege. You may decide your itinerary and food menu. Also we'll take great care of your private wishes.
Do you arrange airport transfers ?
We provide airport tranfer services upon agreement.
Can I bring children under 12 ?
Yes, most yachts are child-friendly, however, the crew are busy with their assigned duties and usually are not at liberty to offer childcare service, hence a nanny might be appropriate in certain cases.
Is smoking permitted onboard ?
Smoking is rarely permitted inside the yachts due to fabric damage and lingering odours, however, most allow you to smoke on the outside deck areas. Substances that are illegal on land are also illegal on the yacht.
Can I bring pets ?
Most yachts will not permit guests to bring pets on board in order to maintain rigid cleanliness standards. Please check with us prior to your arrival.
Will my family and office be able to reach me on charter ?
Most charter yachts are equipped with some of the latest communications equipment including cellular phones, global satellite communications and radio telephones.
Will my privacy be respected ?
Charter yachts are accustomed to entertaining prominent guests and celebrities onboard. The professional crew are discreet and will maintain a low profile waiting on you from the moment you board appearing when needed, disappearing when you want privacy. Confidentiality is an important part of the service we offer.
What should I pack ?
First of all do not forget to bring your camera! Comfortable, informal clothing and equally comfortable shoes are a must for sightseeing in cities as well as ancient sites. Soft or rubber soled footwear or boat shoes on the boat. Wear standard shoes and sandals for on-shore use only. During the summer months, you'll need lightweight clothing, T-shirts, shorts and lightweight cotton slacks, jeans and shirts. In April and May and from mid-September through October, evenings and even days may be cool, so please bring a sweater or sweatshirt. And keep in mind that when you visit mosques or churches, you should avoid wearing either shorts or short sleeves. Life on a boat will generally be informal, so keep in mind - don't come with suitcases - they are difficult to store on a boat. And you'll probably want to bring at least two swimsuits along with some beach towels - as these are not supplied on all of the boats.
Which currency I can use in Turkey ?
During the payments you can use Turkish Lira, US.Dollars, Euro or English pounds.The exchange rates for foreign currencies are published daily. Eurochecks can be cashed immediately as can traveller's checks upon producing identification.The most widely accepted credit cards are Visa, Master Card, American Express, Eurocard and Diner's Club.
How much money should I have on me ?
After you have done your payment for the boat, you don't need to have to much cash with you. Some change for visiting the ancient sites and museums, for souveniers and your private needs. Most of the shops and restaurants do accept credit cards and foreign currency. The guests joining a cabin charter, need some cash to pay the drinks on the boat. At the harbours there are banks for exchange all currencys and travellers cheques.
Do I need Insurance ?
Travel insurance is always recommended while traveling in case of unforeseen circumstances. Your charter agreement will detail insurance provisions onboard: the yacht remains insured by the owner during your charter, however it is recommend that you purchase additional liability coverage to protect you and your guests from any unforeseen mishap.
What are the safety measures of each boat ?
Our boats are beeing inspected by the harbour masters every year. The life jackets, life raft, fire extinguishers and all technical equipment are checked and only after that authorization the boat is allowed on sea.The upper deck surrounded with hand-rails. For emergencys there is a dinghy with a outboard engine.
How can we arrange excursions ?
Just tell us what you would like to do and where you would like to go & we will put you in touch with the right people, we will even arrange it on your behalf if you wish. Places worth visiting are Ephesus and Pamukkale, Myra, Arykanda, Batik Hamam, Kekova, Simena Castle, Dalyan and Caunos, Termessos, Olu Deniz...the list is endless.
Do you have diving courses ?
We have the daily/weekly guaranteed departure diving tours and CMAS and PADI certificate courses are made under the supervision of our experienced diving instructors who have PADI or CMAS licenses endorsed by the Turkish and international authorities in Turkish waters. During the diving tours or courses we use Turkish Gulets with special equipments.
May I take a yacht tour during my stay in a resort hotel ?
Yes you may.And especially we can advise you to take a yacht charter trip or a land tour to the very famous archeological sites under the supervision of a professional guide.Mini cruises for 1, 2,3 or 4 days or weekly tours always possible.
What will the weather be like ?
April, May and October's temperature range between 20 and 26 Degrees Centigrade and are much cooler than at the height of the season. Temperatures for June, July and August are hot, ranging form 30 to 38 Degrees Centigrade. It is not humid and you are very unlikely to see rain at the height of summer.
What about sea-sickness ?
Buy Dramamine, an inexpensive sea sickness remedy available at Turkish Pharmacies. It deadens stomach muscles and is highly recommended if you are prone to sea-sickness. Take it before you feel bad... not after! Before boarding even. Jump for a few minutes a couple of times a day. You will condition your vestibular system to the motion and reduce your susceptibility to seasickness significantly. Your neighbors will also think you're crazy, but this is just an added benefit and should not enter into justifying the purchase to your spouse. You might want to try taking some ginger root with you while at sea and also eating some ginger root prior to leaving port. Talk to your doctor about this option.
Are there any sharks attacks in Turkey ?
There is no reported case of shark attack in the entire history of the country and this will make your swimming experience in the warm Turquoise waters, a safe one too.
Why Charter a Private Gulet ?
Chartering a private gulet offers you ultimate in comfort, privacy and flexbility on the menu , itinenary, provisioning. The Gulet and crew are dedicated only to your party. On our fleet you can choose a gulet starting at minimum 3 cabins to 16 cabins for your party.
How do I select a yacht that is right for me ?
The more you can tell us about your interests, period and duration of travel, number of people participating, budget, and even about your dreams, the better we will be able to guide you to the perfect selection. We personally inspect all the yachts we offer, know the crew and itineraries well, and try to find the perfect match.
How do I book a gulet ?
Take some time to view the different choices available for yachts and itineraries. Before finally making your decision, it is often helpful to discuss your charter plans with us. Once you have decided which yacht is the most suitable, ports you wish to embark and disembark, and the dates of your cruise, and we negotiate the scheduling with the yacht owner, we will draw up the appropriate contract for you to sign. This is a legal contract and stipulates the responsibilities of the Owner to the Charterer and vice - versa. The conditions concerning the yacht's readiness for sea and the financial agreements are itemized so that both parties understand their commitment. Typically, a fifty percent deposit is payable to our Client Account to confirm the booking with the balance fee due prior to embarkation. The conditions are standard yacht charter practice throughout the world.
What includes the gulet charter prices ?
Harbour taxes, mooring expenses, crew service, ship water, fuel, benzine, bed linen equipments, towels, transitlog, official permissions, yacht insurance.
What are the charter departure days ?
Departures on Saturday and Sunday throughout the season. Minimum charter period is one week.However you can charter a private yacht even for one day if the yacht is available at your request date.
Who plans my itinerary ?
Once your captain has received your "Preference Sheets", he will be very happy to suggest an itinerary that suits your interests. However, you are free to change this route at any time, weather permitting, and provided that the charter contract is not violated.
Shall we embark or disembark from different harbours ?
You can embark or disembark from different harbours. But we kindly charge an addational cost. The cost varies according to the distance between the two harbours. Please ask for the one way supplements.
Shall we visit some Greek Islands ?
We can design an itinerary that includes one or more of the following Greek islands: Samos, Patmos, Leros, Kalymnos, Kos, Rhodes and Symi. Please be aware that Greek port duties not included in the prices. Those fees must paid by charterer when entering Greek harbours.
Starting Your Cruise
When you arrive at the nearest airport to your yacht, our staff can arrange for you to be met on arrival and escorted to your yacht. Before you arrive, your captain will have received an information sheet giving the names and the approximate ages of your party, when, where and which flights you arrive on and also the details of any food, drink or special dietary requirements you may have, so that your yacht is fully stocked and you can commence your cruise with the minimum of fuss.
What about the food an drinks on board ?
The cook on board will prepare some of the best Turkish and international cuisine. Breakfast, meat and vegetable dishes, fish and other sea food, Turkish mezes and böreks, pastrys and cakes in the afternoon are some of them. A few times in a week you will have a barbecue. If there are some vejetarian guests, the cook will consider this. Please advice while booking your holiday if you are a vegerterian or if you need special arrangements for food. The meals are beeing served at the upper deck, at open air and a nice view. If you prefer to do the shopping for food and drinks, you can do it at the supermarket. In this case we will start our first day later. If you prefer us to organise that for you, we charge 25 EUR per day/per person. This will include breakfast, lunch, tea, coffee, biscuits at afternoon and diner. This way, you will not lose any time, and you can start your trip immidiately after you arrive. We can buy drinks for you also you may bring your own drinks too and we can serve them for you.
What does Cabin Charter exactly mean ?
An alternative to chartering an entire boat is to join one of our regular departures and charter one cabin. You will have a chance to meet people from around the world while enjoying one of the most unique and relaxing holidays in the Aegean. Cabin charter is the ideal way for a single person or a couple to enjoy a cruise of the Aegean or Mediterranean, a much cheaper option than whole gullet charter. The itineraries and ports of embarkation and disembarkation are fixed and cannot be altered. This is a great holiday for meeting new people.
How many guest and crew are on board ?
Most cabins are for 2 persons. The gulets we use for cabin charter are usualy 6-8 cabin boats. That means 12-16 guests are on board. On a cabin charter, we don't know the people until they arrive on board. On private charters the number of persons depends on the group, however we must consider the legal capasity of the boat. The gulets crew is usualy 3 persons. A captain, a cook and a sailor. Depending on the size and type of the boat, there might be a hostes, technician and other crew on board. All crew members are qualified and skilled.
How big are the cabins ?
Usually the cabins must be big enough to accomdate you and your luggage comfortably.
What is cabin charter prices & children discounts ?
Cabin charter prices are per person per week (or 4 days mini curise) on full board basis.Cabin charter tours are designed for the small group/families who do not charter(rent) a whole yacht privately.Single supplement is 60% who doesn't share the cabin.Children discount is 50% for the children aged between 06-12, if cabin is shared with parents.
Full board accommodation; breakfast, lunch - afternoon tea - coffee & cookies, dinner. Diesel & Benzine. Crew Services. Transitlog & Related Formalities. All Charter & Berth Taxes. Harbour & Port Procedures. Mooring Expenses. Use of Equipment on Board. Bed Linen and Bath Towels. Ship Water. Yacht Insurance V.A.T.
Price do not Included
Alcoholic & nonalcoholic beverages, botteled water are extra and could be bought from the bar on board. Optional land tours and entrance fees of historical places. Airport Transfers.
How we can make reservation and payments ?
In order to make a reservation; a down payment (pre-payment) of the 40% of the total to be paid as early as possible.The rest is to be paid upon arrival to the gulet.
Are we allowed to bring our own drinks if we book cabin charter ?
No, you are not allowed to bring your own drink on a cabin charter programme. You need to buy your drinks from on board bar.
What time do the boats leave the harbour ?
As many of you do organize their flights and are afraid not coming in time, we have this information for all cabin charter: the first day is the arriving day with evening meal on board, so you may come to the boat from early afternoon on, then the next morning after breakfast the boat leaves the harbor. The late afternoon on the day 6th the boats coming back to the harbor or anchoring in a close by secluded bay, on the seventh day after breakfast you say good bye to the crew. Altogether full 7nights week on the boat.
Where do I find the boat I've booked ?
If you have not booked a special boat which we also offer, you will get exact information on what boat you will stay and where to find your boat, a day or two before the cruise starts.