Expert-led Gulet Cruises
Gulet cruising: if you’re looking for a truly relaxing and invigorating holiday, discovering the ancient sites, bays, coves and harbours of Turkey, Greece and Italy, an expert-led gulet cruise will be perfect for you. Cruise in style on incredible journeys of discovery that have to be experienced to be believed.
For our full schedule of expert-led cultural trips see: Escorted tours.
Cruising on a Gulet
There’s plenty of choice when it comes to gulets, and our superb range of vessels has been carefully selected to ensure both comfort and the quality that you would expect. Every gulet is hand-crafted in Turkey. A gulet cruise can host groups from 2 to 24 people, with options for master, double or twin cabins.
Expert-led gulet holidays
We offer the finest escorted gulet tours with a cultural theme. Enjoy total relaxation, beautiful food, and superb swimming as well as archaeological adventures. We have a wide range of gulet cruise itineraries, from the Amalfi Coast to the Aeolian Islands in Italy, from the Dodecanese Islands to the Cyclades in Greece, and in Turkey from Kusadasi in the Aegean to Antalya on the Mediterranean coast.
Gulet Cruises in Turkey
We offer a variety of 1 and 2-week scheduled gulet trips in Turkey, along the ancient coasts of Ionia, Caria and Lycia, stretching from the Aegean to the Mediterranean, from Kusadasi in the north-west to Antalya in the east. Along the way you’ll visit some of the most beautiful and fascinating archaeological sites of these shores. Find out more.
Gulet Holidays in Greece
We offer a variety of 1 and 2-week scheduled gulet trips in Greece, through the beautiful Dodecanese Islands from Samos in the north to Rhodes in the south, or through the celebrated Cyclades including gorgeous Santorini. Find out more.
Gulet Vacations in Italy
In Italy, you can immerse yourself in the sumptuous beauty of the Bay of Naples and the Amalfi Coast, lined with some of the most evocative and famous sites in the Mediterranean, among them Pompeii and Capri. Alternatively, you can explore the natural beauty and authentic local culture of the Aeolian Islands. Find out more.
Life aboard a traditional Turkish gulet
On most of our gulet cruise itineraries we cruise for an average of three hours a day, generally by motor to keep to schedule, under glorious sail when weather and time permits. There are plenty of opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking as your gulet journeys along the coast of Turkey, Greece, or Italy. This wonderful way of travelling is sometimes known as a ‘blue cruise’.
Service on a gulet holiday is a prime consideration and we boast experienced captains and excellent cooks to make your adventure simply unforgettable. Mealtime panoramas range from secluded coves to picturesque old fishing villages. All food is prepared in the gulet’s galley by the onboard cook, who conjures up a variety of fresh local delicacies.
Breakfast on a gulet typically consists of bread, tomatoes, olives, cheese, eggs, yoghurt and honey. Lunch and dinner are usually one or two main courses, accompanied by salads and tasty side dishes, followed by fruit. Very drinkable local wines are stocked on board, along with a range of spirits, beers, soft drinks and fruit juices.
The history of gulets
The word ’gulet‘ (Turkish gulet - aka gulette or gullet) probably derives from the French goulette, or schooner. These two-masted wooden vessels, usually made from local pine, were long used for transport and fishing along the southern coasts of Turkey. Typically designed with a sharp bow, broad beam and rounded aft, these days they are designed and fitted with comfort and not trade in mind.
Private gulet charters
In addition to our historical tours and cruises, we also arrange fully crewed for private groups, large and small. We work with a range of gulets all hand crafted from wood in Turkey and manned by experienced local crews. We provide you with an expert guide and all logistical support, as per our scheduled cultural tours, and can tailor the itinerary to your wishes. What could be finer than discovering the coast of Turkey or Italy or the Greek Islands with your family or some friends. Many of our guest book a private charter with us year after year, exploring different regions escorted by one of our specialist guides. Treat yourself to a magnificent gulet cruise and charter a whole gulet - your personal, bespoke and private gulet holiday. We can customise a gulet charter just for you.
Getting In Touch
As many of our gulet based archaeological and cultural adventures fill up well in advance, we suggest that you talk to us about your itineraries and intentions as soon as possible.
Peter created and led his first ever cultural gulet cruise in Turkey in 1996. We will be delighted to use our experience and knowledge to help and create the perfect gulet vacation and blue voyage for you. If you’re interested in a cruise on one of our gulets, please get in touch.
“The gulet was sensational - much more than we ever expected and the crew excellent. Ben and I both agreed that this was our best most memorable vacation and we’ve had many in the last 50 years or so - both on and off sailboats.”
Joan Giordano, New York, USA