If you’re looking for a truly relaxing and invigorating holiday, discovering the ancient sites, bays, coves and harbours of a range of countries in the Mediterranean, an expert-led gulet cruise will be perfect for you.
You can see our full schedule of gulet cruises by clicking on the country listings below.
Expert-led Gulet Holidays
There’s plenty of choice when it comes to our gulet cruises, 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 and can host groups from 2 to 22 people, with options for master, double or twin cabins.
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 itineraries, from the Amalfi Coast to the Aeolian Islands in Italy, the Dodecanese Islands to the Cyclades in Greece, from Split to Dubrovnik along the Dalmatian Coast and in Turkey from Kuşadasi in the Aegean to Antalya on the Mediterranean coast.
We offer a variety of 1 and 2-week scheduled gulet trips, along the ancient coasts of Ionia, Caria and Lycia, stretching from the Aegean to the Mediterranean, from Kuşadasi 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.
In Croatia, you can cruise along the spectacular coast of Dalmatia, with soaring mountains and a chain of beautiful and fascinating islands such as Hvar and Vis. Discover a wealth of archaeological and historical sites including the medieval fortified town of Dubrovnik and the Roman palace in Split.
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. Please note that if a gulet is Turkish flagged it must start and finish any charter in Turkey, in order to comply with international cabotage regulations.
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 Greece, Italy, Croatia and Turkey. 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 on-board cook, who conjures up a variety of fresh local delicacies.
Breakfast on a gulet typically consists of bread, tomatoes, olives, cheese, eggs, yoghurt, cereals, fruit and honey. Lunch and dinner are usually one or two main courses, accompanied by salads and tasty side dishes, followed by fruit. 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) is said to derive 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 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? 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. Please get in touch.
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