|Gulet & Motor yachting in Turkey

TURKEY, the Land of Eternal Blue


Turkey is located between Europe and Asia continents and displays the view of a rectangle generally. The region with the size of 790 thousand and 200 km2 are located at the Anatolia Peninsula which could be called as Little Asia, and the remaining region with size of 24 thousand and 378 km2 is located Thrace, which is located at the east of Balkan peninsula. The total surface area covered is 814 thousand and 578 km2.With its shores, which are at the lenght of 8 thousand and 272 kilometers, Turkey is a naval country located at the middle of the most ancient main continents of the world.
Because of the location, Turkey is not only a passageway from which the ancient Asian Turkish culture is transmitted to the Europe, but also counted us a window of Western Culture opening to meet the Eastern Culture. Turkey is surrounded by Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Aegean Sea brings the country to the neighborhood of the whole world, not only to the neighborhood of the nearby regions. Because of these long coastal borders and being a bridge between the contienents of Asia and Europe, Turkey had been the center of the major commerce and immigration roads.
The First Geography Summit gathered in Ankara at 1941 has separated Turkey into seven major geographic regions after a long and hard study. The first four of this seven pre-determined regions are named by the neighboring seas (Black Sea region, Marmara region, Aegean region and Mediterranean region).The remaining three regions are named in accordance with their geographic locations inside the total Anatolia (Central Anatolia region, Eastern Anatolia region and Southeastern Anatolia region).

Blue Cruise

The Blue Voyage is one of uniqueness. The Aegean is renowned for having the most amazing historical and ancient sites in the world. Originaly called the “Blue Road” by the many fishing, cargo and tradesmen of the sea that used it. It is now dominated by pleasure cruises and renamed the “Blue Voyage” for its turquoise coast. The Blue Voyage is the most popular holiday to be had in Turkey because it covers so many places on one trip.

The Blue Voyage covers such a large area that we split them into two because the average holiday of one or two weeks would not cover such a distance. At one end lies Kusadasi in the Aegean Sea and the other is Antalya in the Mediterranean Sea with some 350 nautical miles in between.

History of the Blue Cruise

The Blue Cruise, this most popular "Mavi Yolculuk" (as it is called in Turkish) began quite by mistake when a few years after the foundation of the Turkish Republic, a political writer, Cevat Sakir Kabaagacli, was exiled to Bodrum for publishing a story about army fugitives.

The judges who sentenced Cevat Sakir to a number of years in the remote port knew nothing of its lifestyle, which as Cevat Sakir found out, was something like paradise. He settled down and found himself in a haven of natural beauties and archeaological riches, he adopted the name, "Fisherman of Halicarnassus", writing stories about the town and its locals - in particular, the fishermen.

On his regular outings with fishermen, he gradually got to know the various coves and bays in the Gulf of Gokova. When visiting intellectuals from Istanbul dropped in, he took the opportunity to introduce them to the fisherman’s way of life. Together they constructed a theory of culture which embraced the cultures of all the people who lived in Asia Minor. Sakir’s trips based on simple life with a load of watermelons, some blocks of ice and a bait to catch fish. So the Gulf of Gokova became famous and this journey were given the name, "Mavi Yolculuk" means "Blue Cruise".

Bodrum paid his honour by a monument to the man who inspired this voyage of exploration - the source of enjoyment for many thousands of people for almost 60 years. In fact Cevat Sakir has made Bodrum popular as a tourism center.

Yacht Charter Turkey

About Gulet

The classic “Gulet” blends practicality and tradition in a relaxed style that embodies the Blue Voyage. Bets known for its rounded aft, low-to-the-water profile and roomy hull, was once used by fisherman and sponge divers to transport their catch. Over the years Gulets have evolved from traditional fishing and cargo vessels into their present profile of a broad beam and wide deck. These days, Gulets are associated primarily with charter and various designs have emerged, all of which come under the collective description of wooden Gulet.
The original Gulet has the rounded aft, but as design limits the number of cabins which can be built in, the “Ayna Kic” (flat-backed) style of Gulet is becoming increasingly popular as a charter vessel. Constructed mainly in the shipyards of Bodrum, Marmaris and Istanbul, and along the Black Sea Coast, these boats are equipped with motors as well as fully functional rigging.
These 14 – 35 meters gulets,5-7 meters wide have 4 – 12 private wooden cabins with bath rooms for up to 24 guests. Gulet cabins are popular as they are all about the same size, and each one has either a double berth, or a double berth lower and single upper (bunk-berths).Every cabin has a wardrobe for hanging clothes and a number of drawers. There is also room for stowing bags bulky items. All cabins have their own ensuite bathroom with pull-out shower hose attached at the basin.In the cabin you are provided with bath and hand towels, linen and blanket. Cabins have 12 volt electricity. The electricity on most Gulets runs at 12 V / 24 V. Please consider this if you wish to bring battery-operated or electrical shavers, videos, portable Pcs, etc. You are welcome to bring your hair-dryer too, but the best way to dry hair in these parts is the natural way – under the sun. Electricity at the ports is 220 V.
The living areas of a Gulet consist of an indoors saloon (some have an enclosable aft area instead),and aft deck for dining and lounging in the shade of a sun awning and a forward deck with numeroes sunbeds which can be shaded by a canopy when the yacht is not sailing.

All gulets have a bar where you will buy all your alcoholic and soft drinks for reasonable prices, lounge/dining area, music system, sun deck and sun beds.
The rear deck of the Gulet is the lounge and dining area where you will be served freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner meals, including grilled meats, fish dishes, salads and fruits and Turkish specialities. All meals are suprisingly good, healthy and nutritous. Dinner on the aft deck is usually the highlight of the day : a long leisury meal sitting under the stars and listening to the water lapping at the hull of the Gulet.
Gulets are excellent water sports platforms with wind surfer, fishing and snorkeling equipment, canoe fro your pleasure. If snorkeling is one of your favouritte pastimes, we suggest you pack your own set of gear, then you won't need to adjust the mask size every time you wish to explore the depths.
All gulets have a tender with either oars on an outboard engine. Those gulets that offer optional waterskiing have a powerful outboard engine, while the outboards of others are designed purely for getting to shore and back.
All gulets are equipped for safety, have a VHF radio, a stereo casette player and a selection of casettes. Many of the newer vessels have a cellular phone, TV, videoplayer and CD player.

Life on Board

Good sailing, good food and friendly company in a healthy and happy environment – that is what Blue Voyage is all about. Wherever you come from, and how old you may be, after a week or two aflot in this scenic wonderland, you will become one heart with the beauty and serenity of nature.
On a crewed yacht, your every need is attended to by a professional crew and your days are filled with panoramas of coast and sea, fascinating ancient ruins and quaint fishing villages.
During the day, it cruise for a few hours and sail if the wind allows. Closer to lunch or dinner, it approach the land or drop anchor in a solitary bay, alongside a small village or off an island. At every stop, and there will be at least two per day, there is opportunity to swim, fish, snorkel, windsurf, sunbath, take a trip a shore or just read under the shade of the sun awning. The focus of this holiday is on relaxation and recreation. It can be as relaxing or as energetic experience as desired.

Turkey is also a dream for the avid shopper with many places to sanp up beautiful hand made rugs and carpets, stunning jewellery and traditional herbs that help make Turkish cuisine mouth-wateringly delicious. Your friendly, attentive crew will consist of a captain, a cook and either one or two seaman. Their job is to ensure that you are comfortable, well fed and entertained.
A crewed yacht charter holiday gives you the opportunity to see the best of the Turkish coast and at the same time enjoy the lifestyle once reserved for the very wealthy alone.

  The Crew

For the type of the Blue Voyage it offers, you don't have to hold a skipper's license no do you need to have previous sailing experience. It provides you with a traditional wooden yacht which you charter with crew. Modern gulets are comfortably equipped with most home comforts, and encourages a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere for all the passengers with a friendly relationship with the crew.
Your captain and crew are experienced seafarers, usually local Turkish people, who know cruising grounds in and out and will share their knowledge, skills and local lore with you.
The crew of 3 – 4 serve you on board as a captain, cook and general assistant. The captain and the crew will do all the cooking and cleaning for you , relaxing, swimming and sunbathing are your responsibility!
Gulet's galley is always well equipped and the cook takes pride in creating tempting dishes of Turkish and international origin. You will be expected to fill in a “preference sheet” to list what types of food you like to eat, wheter you have any allergies and if you have any special dietary requirements. The cook will then try to fulfill your requirements as far as possible; althought in Turkey some ingredients are just not available.
Just as you will let your cook know what appeals to you in the way of food, you are wise to let your captain know what interests you ashore. He expert advice will enable you with satisfying itinerary with all the right ingredients.
Your captain will see to it that your cruise moves along at a good pace. He desides on departure times and meal times according to the composition of the group, the day of the week and weather conditions. The captain is responsible for the safety of the vessel and its passengers and has the right to alter the itinerary when necessary.
The crew aboard Gulets and yachts often do not have a foreign language mastered, but they almost always know a few “every – day” phrases and are able to understand almost all requests. If you are planning to charter a Turkish vessel and require a member of your crew to speak good english, you might be advised to hire the services of a local tour guide for the duration of your cruise. Apart from giving you a better insight as to the Turkish way of life, any shore excursions to archeological sites are sure to be more rewarding with a guide along.

Meals on Board

Cruising embodies the best in all aspects of life, rolling waves, clear sea air, sunshine, exotic ports, excellent service, exciting entertainment, and gourmet food! The food aboard gulets is legendary, for its abondance, presentation and palatability. The rear deck of the Gulet is the lounge and dining area will be served freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner meals, included grilled meats, fish dishes a variet of fresh salads and fruits and Turkish specialities.
You will never go hungry aboard a gulet! In most of the private charters it offers, meals are fully included (except soft and alcoholic beverages),served three times at the day.
If you plan to celebrate an anniversary or birthday during your voyage special arrangements may be made in advance. A special dessert, or a bottle of vintage wine or champagne ,will help you create the perfect special occasion memory.
Many charters will accommodate guests special dietary needs, such as vegeterian, diabetic, low – fat, low – sodium, low – cholestrol, or kosher diets. In addition, experienced cruisers will reconfirm their special diet requests soon after boarding the gulet.

 Enjoy on Board

Crystal clear waters, gentle breezes rippling through Virgin white sails, and the soothing sound of lapping waves. Discovering beautiful beaches inaccessible by land, swimming in little known coves and snorkeling amongst the brightly coloured fish. Now you’re getting the idea of what Gulet cruising in Turkey is all about.
If you want to really escape from the pressures of life this is the way to do it. Those of you that have been to Turkey will no doubt know all about Gulets, but for those who haven’t here’s a brief explanation: traditional wooden, hand built, twin masted boats, around 60 foot in length. They have 3 or 4 crew including a captain and cook/deck hand.
Although they are fully equipped with sails, a lot of the time they rely on motorised power. Meals are served on the shaded rear deck, with the front used as a sun deck with sun beds provided. What’s the regulation gulet uniform then? Well not a lot basically! You won’t need your sailor suit! Just plenty of swimwear, t-shirts, shorts, a hat, and a beach towel.
It’s best to keep luggage to a minimum because of the limited storage space on board (we will arrange somewhere on shore to keep additional luggage if you chose a two-centre option).
Buffet style breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided, as well as regular snacks throughout the day. Locally produced soft drinks are available from 8am until midnight. Passengers who don't want to buy bottled water that is sold on board are advised to bring their own water.

 Private Gulet Cruise

Book your private Gulet to share the remerkable experience of Blue Voyage with your family or close friends. Incentive gulet tours with no fixed itinerary, generally following classical routes with modifications to accommodate individual schedules or desires. Venture through time to paradise that emraces the mysticism of the east, timeless treasures of nature and history and inspring culture. This paradise has to be experienced to be believed!
There are literally hundreds of classic and modern sailing yachts based in the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. A luxurious, well-appointed yacht offers the disceming traveler a holiday that is guaranteed to satisfy in every respect.
The choice of yacht is only limited to your imagination, as is to some degree, to the choice of itinerary and your budget. When you hire a yacht, you are free to make up your itinerary as you go along. Your skipper acts as a valuable advisory source and can guide you to some of the area's lesser-known treasures. If you prefer you are welcome to use on of our “tried and true” charter plans, or have us create an original itinerary based on your expectations for the voyage.
Blue Voyage Gulets accommodate 6 – 8 – 12 – 16 people. Hire your gulet, according to the size of your group and special desires. In some private Gulet voyages full board provision for your group is included, as well as crew services, and harbor fees. While in other private voyage arrangements you hire a specific yacht, including crew services and harbor fees.
Meals on board are especially good and freshly prepared, including a variety of fresh salads, fruits, grilled meats, local fish and Turkish specialities. Afternoon tea is served with biscuits or cakes.
 It is possible to board or leave the yacht in Marmaris, Göcek or Bodrum ports. Custom cruises to special destinations. For these tours there is a selection of vessels for any budget.

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