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Gulet Cruises in Turkey

  • Gulet Cruises in Turkey

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Cruising along Turkey’s spectacular Turquoise Coast on a traditional style wooden gulet is one of the best ways to explore this stunning coastline. Originally fishing boats, these hand-built vessels have evolved into the gulets that we see today offering holiday cruises. Many have overnight en suite accommodation on board. 

Typically gulets are found, although not exclusively, between Bodrum and Antalya. Much of this coastline is uninhabited and coves, bays and off-shore islands provide quiet mooring spots, often only overlooked by forested hills and mountains. Relaxing, swimming and snorkelling are the main activities on-board. However there are also many opportunities to explore: the area is scattered with ancient sites, panoramic view points and harbour towns which can be visited, often on foot. There may also be opportunities to try watersports such as sea kayaking.

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Another main feature of a gulet cruise is the food. Usually cruises are fully catered, with delicious fresh food being provided by the cook from a tiny galley kitchen. Typical main meals are fish or grilled meat with a local salad. Drinks, with some exceptions for tea, coffee and water, are generally served from an honesty bar.

In addition to the cook there are usually at least two other crew members: the boat captain and a crewman. Between them the crew look after all aspects of your cruise. The itinerary is usually pre-set but the captain may vary this depending on local factors, including the weather. Because of the distances travelled, even fully rigged gulets generally travel under motor.

Gulet cruises are a wonderfully informal style of holiday: life on board is relaxed and there are generally few rules apart from those that ensure that the holiday runs smoothly. These holidays can be enjoyed from early May through to the beginning of November, and although July and August can be particularly hot, you are never far from a cooling swim.  A good itinerary will have a balance between relaxing, swimming and exploring as much of this impressive coastline as possible.

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