Gulet is a traditional wooden Turkish yacht built to cruise the calm waters of the Mediterranean. The old fishing and transport boats were modified in the course of time, so their inner part, wide beam and large deck are now comfortable enough for cruising.
Boats are usually equipped with fully functional rigging, used when weather conditions allow cruising under sail, though most run on engine. A spacious deck and a large aft are the main activity areas. The number of cabins depends on a gulet’s size, though most are made to accommodate 6 to 14 people in one to three-berth cabins. The cabins are usually for two and many have private WC and shower. The cabins of the crew are completely separated from those of passengers.
A modern gulet is equipped with all the amenities, which is tempting for all water sport enthusiasts and for all who love romantic cruising. The whole atmosphere is relaxed and casual starting from the friendly crew and passengers sharing the same activity areas on board.
The crew usually consists of a captain, a cook and one or two deckhands. The number of crew members depends on a gulet’s size and passengers’ preferences as well. All the crew members are friendly and professional, well experienced and familiar with cruising areas. The cooks are well trained in culinary skills. Though their own private area is separated, they will always be at disposal whenever needed. Besides, they’ll give some tips and advice on local attractions and curiosities, historical sites and cruising spots. A good captain, a well trained cook and a spacious boat with comfortable cabins and a large deck are very important features. A gulet cruising provides an unforgettable vacation while exploring secluded bays and coves of the coastline.
Share the experience with your family and friends in the happy environment. Tours and itineraries may be scheduled in advance according to your desire. However, the captain is responsible for the safety of the vessel and its passengers and has the right to change the itinerary when necessary.
Spending vacation on a gulet is the perfect solution for those who love adventures, lounging on a deck, exploring the turquoise waters of the coast of Turkey, having dinner on a large deck under the sky, meeting new people and enjoying each moment of the cruise.
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The best seasons to visit Turkey would probably be spring and autumn, because of the perfect climate during that time in Istanbul and on the Aegean and Mediterranean coast, when the daily temperatures are pleasant. However, summer is the most popular season for sailing and water sport enthusiasts.
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There are numerous ports of entry all along the coast of Turkey one can choose during his registration in Turkey; Trabzon, Samsun, Sinop, Bartin, Eregli, Istanbul, Tekirdag, Derince, Gemlik, Çanakkale, Akçay, Ayvalik, Dikili, Izmir, Kusadasi, Bodrum, Datça, Marmaris, Fethiye, Kas, Finike, Kemer, Antalya and many others.