Cruising the Turkish Coast on a Gulet
The people in Turkey are warm, helpful and customer friendly. Turkish people smile a lot; their aim is to please the visitor. They want YOU to visit their beautiful country and sail their unique Gulets. Turkey’s Aegean coast with Marmaris, Bodrum, Gocek and , Antalya provides a lower cost vacation than other Mediterranean locations.
The Weather is beautiful with the best times to visit being before July and August and September when you get the European families on vacation. Not to mention that July and August are very very hot. June is a great month to go and so is September and October when the water is still warm enough for swimming.
The Food is Wonderful. You can get everything from Burger King, Pizza Hut to English Eggs and Bacon Breakfasts and not to mention the wonderful Turkish food. All over the Mediterranean you will find fresh produce that is picked from the soil, cleaned and cooked (where necessary) and served at the table. The taste is so unbelievable. Fresh fish is in abundance.
For Sailors and Power Boaters the perfect Mediterranean place to be is the Turkish Coast with its beautiful and unspoiled coast lines. The water is calm and protected and you never have to worry about the famous Melteme Winds that blow through some of the Greek Islands . Here you are protected by the mountains.
All along the Coast there are wonderful places to visit such as Marmaris; Gocek; Bodrum and Gokova to name but a few. One of our favorite places is Gokova which has changed very little over the last 20 years. Development is controlled by the Government to prevent pollution of the pristine waters.
For those travelers who would prefer not to fly into Turkey you can fly into Rhodes (Greek Islands) and have your charter yacht pick you up there. It is a short trip from Rhodes to Marmaris and clearing customs is quick and easy – painless in fact. For those that do fly into Turkey the closest airport to the yachts will be at Dalaman. Dalaman airport is not more than 75 minutes away from any of the marinas. A very nice and friendly airport to fly into.
The cost to charter a crewed yacht is significantly lower than in Greece. The most comfortable way to cruise the Turkish Coast is on a Gulet. leaving you more money to spend on your vacation. Added to that the dollar is worth more in Turkey than in Greece and other Mediterranean countries. Simply put, you get more bang for the buck and that is always worth considering, without skimping on quality and service.
Children of all ages are welcome on most Turkish Charter Yachts.
Turkey offers much more than beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and sandy coves. It is a Country rich in history and has many archeological and historic sites to explore. It is a land that is a mix of cosmopolitan Europe with its sidewalk cafes and the exotic East with its bazaars and backstreets. East definitely meets West here.
You will never be bored. Your ports of call can vary from sleepy villages to bustling harbours and from deserted coves to large sandy bays with amazing backdrops. No two days will be the same – unless you choose them to be. Call us or email us for more info.
Turkish Delight Is Your Own Private Gulet
The word gulet comes from the French golette (schooner). A gulet is wide and spacious both below decks and on top with large aft cockpit areas (stern) for eating or playing games. Sunbathing is done at the front of the boat (foredeck or bow). The cabins below are large and airy with full A/C if required.
Traditionally these yachts sailed the Mediterranean waters but nowadays they use power and sail.
Gulets are very popular all over the Eastern Mediterranean for tourist charters. Sizes range from 50′ (15 meters) to 108′ (33 meters). Gulets are custom built for cruising in comfort. All you have to do is relax and enjoy!
For centuries the Turkish people have understood that to truly appreciate the beauty of Turkey it has to be seen from the sea. Now it is your turn to see and appreciate.
The aft deck area is under a canvas canopy to give shade at all times of the day. Around the aft deck will be padded seating and there is always a large table in the center. This area is large enough for a whole family to eat meals or to play games with their children. For the “sun worshippers” the bow area usually has padded sun mats and either very little or no shade.
The cabins usually have private bathrooms and are always cool. This is due in part to the fact that the boat is wooden and the wood does not absorb the heat the same way as the modern fiberglass boat. You may find that you do not need air conditioning at all.
Please click the links below for good examples of luxury Turkish motor sailing yachts: