What is a Gulet?
Gulets are ancient trade vessels, built mainly in Bodrum & Marmaris, which sailed the coast of Turkey for thousands of years. They carried amphoras filled with olive oil & wine. Today's modern Gulets, still made from wood, have changed a lot compared with ancient ones & feature all modern comfort & technical standards up to fax & i nternet. We inspect personally every year, hundreds of Gulet's in order to provide the best service for our clients. All gulets have very friendly crews & an experienced captain (3 - 5 crew members). Compared with the plastic body of usual yachts you'll love the warmth & atmosphere of their wooden hull. The singular design of the gulets, Turkeys indigenous sea-going vessel, blends practicality & tradition in a relaxed style that embodies a "Blue Voyage". A gulet is a traditional Turkish style motor sailing yacht built for cruising ashore in the calm warm waters of the Mediterranean & the Aegean.
What does Cabin Charter exactly mean?
An alternative to chartering an entire boat is to join one of our regular departures & charter one cabin. You will have a chance to meet people from around the world while enjoying one of the most unique & 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 & ports of embarkation & disembarkation are fixed & cannot be altered. This is a great holiday for meeting new people.
How many will we be on the boat?
The gulets used for Cabin Charter are 6 - 8 cabin boats, which means you will be with a max. of 12 or 16 persons together. Often you ask as well who will be with you, as we ourself do not know up to the last day who has booked, we can not give any information about that.
What time do the boats leave the harbour?
As many of you do organize their flights & 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 7day week on the boat.
How do I book a charter?
Take some time to view the different choices available for gulets & 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 & disembark, & the dates of your cruise, & we negotiate the scheduling with the yacht owner, we will draw up the appropriate contract for you to sign. This is a legal contract & stipulates the responsibilities of the Owner to the Charterer & vice - versa. The conditions concerning the yacht's readiness for sea & 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. In certain cases, i.e. motor-yacht charters, your agreement will also include an advance provisioning allowance to the yacht, & this is usually sent to us at the same time as the charter balance. The conditions are standard yacht charter practice throughout the world.
What information is needed to for arrival transfers?
When you arrive at the nearest airport to your gulet, our staff can arrange for you to be met on arrival & escorted to your yacht. Before you arrive, your captain will have received an information sheet giving the names & the approximate ages of your party, when, where & which flights you arrive on & also the details of any food, drink or special dietary requirements you may have, so that your yacht is fully stocked & you can commence your cruise with the minimum of fuss.
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 & where to find your boat, a day or two before the cruise starts. With cabin charter we all work like a cooperative group of agencies with Bpdrum & Marmaris & when not specially arranged the cabins are arranged & given due to availability. That may sound a bit strange to you but I like to use the compare to a bus station, you book a trip to Istanbul & they can not give you the numberplate of the coach until that same day. But to give you a safe feeling: all our cabin charters are with 6 to 8 cabin standard gulets & all cabins have en-suite WC/shower.
What should I pack?
Comfortable, informal clothing & 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 & sandals for on-shore use only. During the summer months, you'll need lightweight clothing, T-shirts, shorts & lightweight cotton slacks, jeans & shirts. In April & May & from mid-September through October, evenings & even days may be cool, so please bring a sweater or sweatshirt. 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. 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.
Do I need a visa?
Usually, British & US citizens need an entry visa, these can be purchased at the airport on arrival. For citizens of other countries, it is advisable to contact the Turkish Consulate in your own country before traveling.
What should I do about money?
It's best to wait until you arrive to change into local currency. In Turkey, US dollars, Euros & travelers checks are easily changed in to Turkish Liras everywhere, although you can save a bit of money by changing your cash at currency exchange offices. The 'Doviz' offices obtain an excellent rate of exchange.
Will my hairdryer/electric shaver work on the boat?
The boats have a 220V electric system. Plugs are European style round pin. Buy an adapter & transformer before arrival. Deluxe boats generally have a hairdryer as standard. Please note, it is also possible to charge mobile phone batteries.
What will the weather be like?
April, May & October's temperature range between 20 & 26 Degrees Centigrade & are much cooler than at the height of the season. Temperatures for June, July & August are hot, ranging form 30 to 38 Degrees Centigrade. It is not humid & you are very unlikely to see rain at the height of summer. more here.
What is there to do on board all day?
You can swim, snorkel, or 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. During the day, we cruise for a few hours & sail if the wind allows. Closer to lunch or dinner, we approach the land & drop anchor in a solitary bay, alongside a small village or off an island. At every stop& there will be at least two per day, there is the opportunity to swim, fish, snorkel, windsurf, sunbath, take a trip ashore or just read under the shade of the sun awning. The accent is on relaxation & recreation. Your friendly, attentive crew will consist of a captain, a cook & either one or two seamen. Their job is to ensure that you are comfortable, well fed & entertained.
Can we bring snorkelling equipment?
Certainly! It is actually advisable to bring your own snorkel. There are usually masks on board, however, you can never be sure how many people have used the snorkel before you. Scuba diving equipment is not advisable unless you have booked a scuba holiday. There are areas in the Aegean & Mediterranean where scuba is prohibited.
What type of food will be served?
Unless otherwise arranged beforehand, a typical Turkish menu will be served daily. Breakfasts are a delight with mainly 2 types of cheese, olives, tomatoes, cucumber, salami, eggs, jam, honey, butter, & fresh bread. Lunches are usually a light, cooked vegetable dish served with rice or pasta or bulgur wheat & large salads, followed by fresh fruit. The evening meal is either chicken, meat or fish, two or three meze (starters), salads & a rice, pasta or bulgur wheat dish, once again followed by fresh seasonal fruit. The menus are fixed, however, the cook will endeavor to meet special requests or dietary needs.
How can we arrange excursions?
Just tell us what you would like to do & 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 & Pamukkale, Myra, Arykanda, Batik Hamam, Kekova, Simena Castle, Dalyan & Caunos, Termessos, Oludeniz...the list is endless.
What about flights?
Airfare is not included in any of our Blue Cruise arrangement, nor are domestic flights within Turkey. When you've settled on a tour & departure date, make certain you provide us with your right arrival information, so that we can arrange either to meet you or arrange a transfer to your boat.
Please note, that unfortunately we do not arrange flights.
What about sea-sickness?
Buy Dramamine, an inexpensive sea sickness remedy available at pharmacies & even harbour kiosks. It deadens stomach muscles & is highly recommended if you are prone to sea-sickness. Take it before you feel bad... not after! Before boarding even. You might want to try taking some ginger root with you while at sea & also eating some ginger root prior to leaving port. Talk to your doctor about this option.