A Turkish gulet is reminiscent of a pirate ship, which means there is no shortage of treasures to be found when partaking in a blue cruise charter Turkey along the Aegean and Mediterranean coastlines. The wooden yachts are an iconic image cruising through the open waters or anchored in small bays along the Turquoise Coast in Turkey. Choose a private charter or join a group of fellow travellers on a special Turkish yacht.
Alaturka Cruises offers gulets for all budgets so you will certainly find what you want. From standard to luxury vessels, amenities included all suffice to make your holiday unforgettable.
Standard gulets have everything to make your blue cruise comfortable including cabins with private bathrooms, sunbeds on the front deck, a shaded lounge, community fridge/freezer and bar area, and plenty of onboard games and sea activity equipment, such as snorkeling gear, fishing poles, and swimming noodles.
For larger parties that desire more, the mid-range gulets offer spacious bathrooms, stylish interiors and air conditioning in the sleeping cabins.
If you want to enjoy your blue cruise with extravagance, then luxury and deluxe yachts are the perfect vessels to take you to your chosen destinations. All the luxury and deluxe gulets have TVs and DVD players so you can feel like you are at home. Some of these gulets have a Jacuzzi on the upper deck to relax your tired bodies while staring at the stars.
Time to Set Sail
Once onboard your boat charter of choice, it’s time to explore all the Turkish Riviera has to offer.
You can, of course, spend a few days without ever leaving the gulet. The fridge will be stocked with beer, wine and the national spirit of Turkey, Raki. Local food is prepared by the experienced crew to accompany your drink of choice.
Bring card and board games with you, or learn how to play tavla– backgammon- with one of the crew members. If reading a good book or sleeping under the sunrays is your idea of a perfect holiday, then grab a lounge chair on the front deck and enjoy.
In the evenings, the crew will grill meat, fish and veggies obtained at coastal villages along the way. You can go shopping at local markets and open air bazaars to select your own flavors of seasonal items and cook by yourself or with your friends and family.
Treasures You Will Find
The beaches along the coastline vary from soft white sand to medium sized stones.
Alanya and Antalya have the best sandy beaches, though the shores in Oludeniz in Fethiye are also a pleasant welcome for your feet.
Olympos, Kas and Bodrum have more pebbled beaches, which is a rock hunting heaven for anyone wishing to spend the day searching for unique and beautiful stones.
There is an abundance of ancient ruins in this region, many of them remaining for thousands of years.
Stunning views of Fethiye bay and marina are seen from the Lycian tomb of Amyntas. It is a short hike up the hill, but the tomb dating back to 350 BC allows you to walk inside a full-sized temple built into the rock cliff.
Bodrum Castle is home to the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, which has items on display from marine accidents in the area. The glass, bronze, and iron artifacts are from shipwrecks from times as far back as the late-Bronze Age to the more modern 16th century AD.
In Demre, you can see the partially sunken city of Kekova and Simena castle, which was built by the Byzantines in the 4th century BC. A Lycian rock tomb on the north side of the island gives insight into city that exists under the sea.
The Aquatic World Below
If you are a professional diver, then Kas is the perfect place to explore. The Uluburun shipwreck from the 14th century BC is a scene that will take you far back in time. For those more than professional, there this a WW II bomber plane near Flying Fish Reef, however the depths of the plane range from 58 to 71 meters.
Discovery divers and snorkelers will revel in the beauty of Aquarium Bay, which is located between Bitez and Gumbet in the Bodrum area. Bright damselfish, red mullet, oranges sponges and giant groupers can be seen swimming along many other marine creatures.
Whatever direction you sail and wherever the gulet drops anchor, it is definite that every blue cruise along the Turkish Riviera will provide you with unforgettable memories.