Gulet cruising holidays in Turkey, Greece and Italy
If you’re looking for a truly relaxing and invigorating holiday, discovering the ancient sites, bays, coves and harbours of Turkey, Greece and Italy, then our gulet cruises 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 gulet cruises visit our Escorted Tours webpage.
Cruising on a Gulet
There’s plenty of choice when it comes to gulets, and our superb range of vessels have been carefully selected to ensure both comfort and the quality that you would expect. Every gulet is hand-crafted in Turkey. Gulet cruises can host groups from 2 to 24 people, with options for master, double or twin cabins.
Life aboard a traditional Turkish gulet
On most itineraries gulets 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 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 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.
History of the gulet
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.
Expert-led gulet cruises
We offer the finest escorted Turkey gulet tours and sailing vacations with an historical, archaeological and 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.
See the full schedule of all our escorted tours and gulet cruises in Turkey, Greece and Italy.
Private gulet charters
In addition to our historical tours and cruises, we also arrange fully crewed Turkish gulet charters 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.
Getting In Touch
The gulet cruise calendar runs from spring until autumn – for more specific dates, why not take a look at our expert led gulet cruises?
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.
We have been working as a gulet cruise tour operator for well over a decade. 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 one of our gulet cruises, why not get in touch with us now?