Turkish Gulet Cruising
7 nights. May 2019 - October 2019. From £899.00.
Step aboard for an unforgettable week of sunshine, turquoise seas, Turkish hospitality and balmy nights under the stars
Cruise the Aegean’s pristine blue waters aboard an exclusive Turkish gulet – a classic, twin-masted, hand-built vessel built to traditional designs, finished in gleaming hardwood and furnished with modern comforts. Stretch out on the forward sun deck, dine under awnings or in the plush saloon, swim and snorkel to your heart’s content. When days of hidden coves or delightful ports of call are done, enjoy a convivial drink with new-found friends under skies awash with stars.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsJoin your luxury gulet – a traditional Turkish wooden schooner – in vibrant Bodrum
Sail into the beautiful, unspoiled Gokova Gulf
Enjoy idyllic days at sea, with plenty of opportunities for swimming and snorkelling off the boat, and calls at a variety of idyllic coves and exquisite ports
Cruise to Alakisla Inlet and see the nearby Byzantine ruins
Spend a night in fishing village, Cokertme
Discover Tuzla Bay and famous English Harbour
Enjoy a choice of optional excursions from Karacasogut, including Iztutu beach’s sea turtles
Visit the beautiful Sedir Island
Stay overnight in Longoz’s forested bay
Swim in Orak Island’s sparkling waters
Return via Pabuc Burnu for a last night in Bodrum
Seven nights’ full-board accommodation, including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, on board Oguz-5 in a shared twin cabin
Free on-board Wi-Fi
Return flights to Bodrum
Return airport transfers
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly to Bodrum and upon arrival, transfer by coach to the quayside for embarkation. Meet your welcoming crew and fellow passengers and enjoy a first on-board dinner of traditional Turkish mezes, followed by a fish or meat dish and dessert. Perhaps step ashore to take in some of Bodrum’s famously lively nightlife, as your gulet moors in the port.
Day TwoAwaken in your comfortable cabin, and make your way on deck for the first delicious breakfast; a mix of Turkish and traditional continental fare, with special dishes prepared each morning by the chef. An informal but important pre-sailing briefing is given by the captain and on-board guide. Formalities completed, your vessel makes her way out of the harbour into the blue Gokova Gulf, away from Bodrum’s low-rise, whitewashed buildings, heading gently towards a first anchorage, in idyllic Alakisla Inlet. As every day, today there will be time to enjoy the warm sunshine and an opportunity for a swim or snorkel, a light lunch will be served with the ship at anchor. After a chance, to step ashore to wander through the ruins of a Byzantine village, and to enjoy afternoon tea and cake aboard, your ship makes her way in the early evening sun to the picturesque fishing village of Cokertme, where dinner is served. Step ashore, or simply enjoy a social hour or two under the stars aboard your gulet home.
Day ThreeAnother relaxing day of gentle sailing, – or motoring if winds are light – includes calls at sparkling Tuzla Bay and tiny English Harbour, so called for the refuge it provided during WW2 to a Royal Navy warship. Before dinner is served at anchor in this glorious setting, there will be time for swimming and snorkelling in the pine-fringed blue waters.
Day FourEnjoy an early morning dip before a breakfast cruise across the Gokova Gulf to the beautiful fishing port of Karacasogut, in its forested setting. While your crew replenishes the gulet’s supplies, you can step ashore to explore, or perhaps to join an excursion to bustling Mamaris, one of the Turkish Aegean’s most famous resorts. Alternatively, take the optional excursion (payable locally) by jeep to the little town of Dalyan, famed for nearby Iztuzu Beach, a refuge for the protected caretta caretta sea turtles, which lay their eggs in its soft sand. However you spend your enjoyable day, you’ll return to Karacasogut and dine on board this evening.
Day FiveA morning passage, returning westwards, brings you to Sedir Island, where the ancient ruins of Greco-Roman Cedrai are windows on the distant past. Legend has it that Mark Anthony wooed Cleopatra on the island, importing the beach sand from North Africa. The romance is continued with this afternoon’s call in exquisite Ballisu Cove and this evening’s overnight mooring in beautiful Longoz, where you might enjoy a stroll in the pine-scented surrounding forest before dinner is served on board.
Day SixThe idyllic voyage continues today with a leisurely passage, via Kargili Bay, to beautiful Orak Island. Its crystal-clear waters teeming with aquatic life make paradise for snorkellers. Step ashore for a stroll on the island, before spending the evening and night under the stars in this stunning location.
Day SevenA last morning is spent cruising towards Pabuc Burnu, a maquis-covered headland famed for its clear, calm waters, from which the remains of a 6th-century B.C. shipwreck were recovered only a few years ago. Swim in the turquoise sea and enjoy a last lunch and a final cruise back towards Bodrum. Tea is served in beautiful Haremten Bay, before your gulet returns to port. A last dinner is served on board, after which you can relax with your new-found friends aboard the vessel, or head into town for another taste of Bodrum’s famously lively nightlife.
Day EightBid farewell to your crew and fellow passengers and transfer to the airport and the return flight, at the end of a wonderful cruise. Please note: At the captain’s discretion, it may be necessary to alter the order of the itinerary on your holiday. Passages will be made under sail when winds allow, or under motor on calmer days. Back to top
AccommodationGulet Cruise Ship
Your traditional, wooden gulet is twin-masted, but with an inboard 440-horsepower engine for windless days. It offers luxurious accommodation for a maximum of just 16 passengers, in eight comfortable cabins. With fun-filled days and balmy nights spent aboard or ashore, the atmosphere is of relaxed informality coupled with the enjoyment of the stunning surroundings of the unspoiled Gokova Gulf.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your gulet is approximately 45 minutes.
Combining hotel transfers*This offer applies to new bookings on selected air-inclusive holidays to destinations within Europe, made between 17th July and 10th August 2018 (inclusive), only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (EARLYSH) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Exclusions apply.
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Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
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Passports and visasBritish Citizens require a visa for entry into Turkey. We recommend obtaining an e-Visa online prior to travel to avoid ques upon arrival in Turkey. The cost is 20 US Dollars – please visit www.evisa.gov.tr for more details. Alternatively a visa can currently be obtained upon arrival for a fee of £20 (please check if this facility is still available before you travel as it may be withdrawn). For full details please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey/entry-requirements. Back to top