Gulet Charter Turkey
Gulet Charter Turkey
A luxury Turkish gulet charter could be the best sailing holiday you've had in years. Sailing on turquoise waters off the Turkish coast on the eastern Mediterranean, taking in the sights and sounds of this oriental sailing paradise, exploring ancient ruins and getting a taste of Turkish culture while a crew look after your every need. What could be more relaxing than that?
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What is a Gulet?
Gulet cruising is a luxury yacht charter where you let the crew do the sailing and navigation on your yacht charterholiday. Turkish gulet charters are also known as a Blue Cruise or Blue Voyage and are essentially private charter of mini cruise ships where you and your family and friends can have a personal service instead of being one of hundreds of passengers on a ship.
Mostly on the Mediterranean, gulet cruising tends to focus on Greek Island groups like the Dodecanese Islands, the Turkish coastline and Croatian coast - you can even choose the itinerary on your gulet rental holiday. A perfect guletholiday is largely about being free to choose where you wish to go.
Thanks to local knowledge of the crew, you may be able to get ashore to explore ancient ruins that those on a bareboat charter would not know about, as well as being able to moor in secluded anchorages with a beach all to yourself.
They range in cost from the smaller standard gulet charter to the high end luxury yacht charter. This is largely down to how much you can afford and what you want from your gulet holiday - a standard gulet holiday will cost much less than deluxe gulets that may come with things like jet ski and diving equipment to enjoy as part of your trip.
Crewed luxury yacht charter, gulet charters are one of the fastest growing type of charter yacht holiday at the moment and once you've sailed on one it's easy to see why. In terms of your ideal gulet charter think of Mediterranean, Aegean, Ionian and Adriatic countries like Greece, Croatia, and Turkey for your sailing holiday.
Gulet Sailing Destinations in Turkey
There are largely three sailing areas for a Turkey luxury gulet charter - the Lycian Coast, Turkish Riviera and Marmara Sea. You can enjoy the best of the eastern Mediterranean and explore inland from these main sailing areas.
With Gocek Island the main base for your Lycian Coast gulet charter, you can set sail east or west. To the west the waters are gentle and winds easy in Fethiye Bay with quiet one-restaurant bays and ancient ruins for you to explore. A Turkey luxury gulet charter on the Lycian coast is about serious relaxation, though in places like Fethiye you can have a good night ashore!
To the west, and with the holiday towns of Marmaris and Bodrum at either end, is the Turkish Riviera (also known as the Turquoise Coast) where you will find a bit more of a pulse ashore. Marmaris is the main holiday hub in the area with its own airport, while Bodrum is the favoured holiday resort of the Turkish elite. You can also sail to the nearby Greek Dodecanese Islands with Rhodes just off the Turkish coast.
Sitting between two great continents, the Marmara Sea has been used as a link between east and west for Millennia. You will see traces of great civlisations from the Persians, Greeks, Byzantines, Romans and Ottomans as you explore this fascinating link between Europe and Asia. Istanbul has watched many an age of humanity pass through but your gulet crew will show you far more besides!
Types of Gulet Available For Rent Or Charter In Turkey:
Consider Borrow a Boat a gulet expert! When searching a geographical area on Borrow A Boat you can filter by the below private gulet types. There is also the option to further filter your searches by price, the number of guests, cabins or bathrooms, what year the gulet was launched, the boat length and the boat manufacturer.
Types of Gulets Available:
Often with two masts, these luxury gulet charter sailing yacht will have a crew who will sail the vessel between ports and moorings. Though the rigging and sailing may look complicated, you don't have to worry about the effort of getting it from A-B, though the team aboard will generally be happy to let you play a part in sailing your gulet cruise should you wish.
Think of this as a super yacht cruise with the crew doing all the work in taking the vessel from A-B while looking after your needs aboard. The chief decisions you will have to make on your motor yacht gulet charter is where you want to go and what you want to do.
Popular Destinations For Hiring A Gulet
Below we've picked some of our favourite destinations worldwide for hiring catamarans with something to suit every type of sailor.
Gulet Charter in Greece: Enjoy the amazing culture and cuisine while island hopping in Greece.
Gulet Charter in Croatia: Take in the delights of the Adriatic sea along with the rich history of Croatia.
Gulet Charter in Turkey: A catamaran charter in Turkey is more of an adventure and a chance to explore a unique culture where East meets West on the cultural and geological border between Europe and Asia.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I consider when hiring a Gulet?
The main points to consider are what is your budget, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.
Do you have to pay a deposit when hiring a Gulet in Turkey?
You will typically pay 50% up front on booking the catamaran hire and the balance on arrival. You will either pay a security deposit with your credit card on departure or can get insurance covering damage in advance. In some cases (such as the recent Covid situation) charter companies may be more flexible but this depends on the individual chartercompanies themselves.
What should I think of before I hire a Gulet in Turkey?
Pack as for a holiday in your chosen location. Consider if there is somewhere you'd like to visit (perhaps Bodrum or Istanbul on a blue cruise or Split on the Croatian Coast). Bring warm weather and cool weather clothing if it looks like the weather can be cool as well as warm and remember at sea it can be cool in the evenings.