Gulet Cruises in Turkey
Cruise in style along the spectacular coastline of Turkey on incredible journeys of discovery that have to be experienced to be believed. If you’re looking for a truly relaxing and invigorating holiday, discovering the ancient sites and the welcoming ports of Turkey, then our Turkish Gulet Cruises will be perfect for you.
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 of up to 16 guests (our new gulet cruise to the Cyclades Islands in Greece hosts up to 22 guests), with options for double or twin cabins.
Service is a prime consideration and we boast some of the most skilled captains and finest chefs to make your adventure simply unforgettable. Mealtime panoramas range from secluded coves to picturesque old fishing villages. All food is prepared on board in the gulet’s galley by our chef, who conjures up a variety of fresh local delicacies.
The word ‘gulet’ (Turkish gulet - aka gulette or gullet) probably derives from the French goulette, or schooner. These two-masted wooden vessels, traditionally made from local pine, were long used for transport and fishing along the southern coasts of Turkey. Gulet cruises with us feature a selection of the best constructed and equipped yachts you can find in Turkey. Handmade using mahogany, pine and teak, the gulets follow a design developed for these waters in Byzantine times, with a sharp bow, broad beam and rounded aft. They are stylish, graceful, fitted with comfort and bursting with character.
On our Turkish gulet cruises, you’re practically guaranteed to enjoy glorious swimming in the clear blue seas, the wonderful panoramas of the Turkey coastline, and delicious meals prepared by your chef in the well-stocked galley. For those long, hot, lazy days on holiday, local wines are stocked onboard, along with a range of spirits, beers, soft drinks and fruit juices.
Beyond the pleasures onboard, there are a range of options for swimming, snorkelling, and kayaking, as well as expeditions onshore for those eager to explore the ancient sites of Turkey. Gulet cruises typically involve a leisurely journey along the coast for about three hours a day on most itineraries, generally by motor to keep to the cruise schedule, but under glorious sail when time and the weather permits!
We offer a variety of 1 and 2- week scheduled gulet cruises 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, such as Aspendos, with the best preserved ancient theatre in the world; Kaunos, with its extraordinary rock cut temple tombs; Knidos, with terraces of temples, streets and shops arranged around a double harbour; and Ephesus, with its gigantic theatre, magnificent private houses and stunning library.
As well as these escorted small group tours we also create bespoke gulet cruises and private gulet charters. We work with a selection of high quality boats with 2-12 cabins.
Getting In Touch
The Turkish gulet cruise calendar runs from spring until autumn – for more specific dates, please take a look at our schedule of escorted gulet tours in Turkey.
If you have any questions about any of our Turkish gulet cruises or you’d like to enquire about creating a bespoke gulet holiday in Turkey just for you please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We will be delighted to help.
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