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It’s the season for holidays – summer vacation that is. After scouting various choices in holiday styles as well as regions available to you, you may have decided on a Turkish style holiday called a gulet charter! While the whole process is quite straightforward and simple; here are few tips that may make the whole planning and the booking process much easier for you and your family and friends.
First off, the best starting point is deciding on the right boat for your group and the price. With knowing approximately how much you can spend for your Turkish boat charter, helps to narrow down the hundreds of gulets that are available at Albatros Yachting. However, if you are unsure and just seeking some ideas (i.e. what can I charter for how much), one of our agents can send you a few options in various price categories.
Baring in mind the number of people that will be joining you on your gulet charter holiday. Determine the guest count, we can assist you in shortlisting for boats. Again, if you aren’t sure, and say it could range from 12 – 16 persons, then look for gulets which can accommodate up to 16 (using your possible maximum guest count). Another good way to shortlist.
What level of quality are you seeking? While most gulets will be of comfortable and decent quality, there are ones that do fit into the lower economic, less than 1-star rating – be careful. The reason in most cases is dues to the age of the gulet and the fact that it does not have any air conditioning and also not very well looked after. If you plan on travelling during the months of June through to the end of September – you may prefer to have air conditioning since it gets very hot (30 – 50+ Celcius). Gulets rate according to either custom created “terminology” or stars.
- Economic Gulets – 1 Star rating (Mirya rarely, if at all, offers this standard)
- Luxury Gulets – 2 Star rating
- Deluxe Gulets – 3 Star rating (most popular standard)
- Ultra Deluxe Gulets – 4 Star rating
- VIP Gulets – 5 Star rating
If you refer to the standards using the stars as you do in hotels, it should give you a bit of an idea of the degree in quality levels for accommodation and services on a gulet. Something to keep in mind is that gulets rated 2 stars (luxury class), are not only affordable but also most are quite comfortable and clean – plenty enough to enjoy a blue cruise private charter vacation.
After shortlisting your gulet choices. Other features to combine with your holidays at sea are water toys! Yes, you can’t be at sea, on a boat, and not play in the water. Most gulets will have the standard toys such as noodles, amateur fishing gear and snorkelling gear (masks, snorkels and sometimes flippers). But then there are gulet charters with much more. For guests who love being in the water, enjoy a variety of water sports, such as wakeboards, kayaks, windsurf, kneeboards can be available on the boat. A notch up in toys would include jet skis, water skis, a tender with horse-power for ringos, bananas and other inflatable toys. If this is important to you and your family and friends, ask for boats that have the water toys you prefer. If it’s not on the board as part of the inventory, then the next option is to rent from water sports providers during your travels – where available. Albatros yachting can assist and in some cases provide these for you.
Ok so now the boat is all set, the toys you like are planned. It’s time to figure out where to go and places to see. This is the fun part. There are literally dozens and dozens of itinerary combinations. So you need to determine where or what type of places interest you and your guests. When it comes to Turkey, there are two sides. The Mediterranean and the Aegean. If peace and quiet are what you’re after, low traffic, and privacy; then the Aegean can be ideal such as the Gulf of Hisaronu and Gulf of Gokova. But no, you want to have lots of ruins to see, don’t mind the traffic (since everyone else is doing the same in the same waters), plus be at the closest harbor to the airport for transfers, then the Mediterranean side is ideal – that’s not to say that there aren’t any quiet spots on the Mediterranean side too. Sure there is! The best way to plan out your itinerary, in the beginning, is with your agent. During your trip, speak to your captain as well – since they’ve travelled these waters hundreds and thousands of times. Captains enjoy discussing the route with guests to make sure they see the best possible places on their blue voyage travels.
NOTE: whatever itinerary is planned during your booking, may not be exact when you are actually travelling. This is due to weather conditions, and the captain does have the final say for everyone’s safety and comfort.
Now if you prefer to spice up your gulet route with a few Greek Islands, then embarking from the Aegean is better due to Turkey’s close proximity to the Dodecanese islands, and a few of the islands in the Cyclades and North Aegean regions. Please read more about sailing in the Cyclades here.
NOTE: 90% of Gulets will Travel in the Dodecanese islands. 95% of Gulets and those less than Deluxe category may NOT travel in the Cyclades – especially during June, July, August and September because of the Meltemi Winds. Please check with your agent regarding your interest in the Cyclades.