Frequently Asked Questions for Private Gulet Charters
What day of the week do your cruises start?
Generally on Saturdays but in the early or later part of the season it is sometimes possible to start on a different day.
Can we choose our own cruising route?
Yes you can choose your own route. By booking early you get more choice of starting and finishing ports. You can even start in one port and finish in another.
Can we cruise for more or less than 7 days?
We can sometimes offer short charters of 3 or 4 days but usually in early or late season. 8, 10 and 14 day cruises are also possible, please ask us about possibilities.
What time can we board the gulet?
It is possible to board the gulet as from 15.00, if you arrive earlier than it may be possible for you to leave your luggage on the boat while the preparations are completed.
What time do we have to disembark the gulet?
On your departure day you will need to disembark the gulet after breakfast, at 10.00am.
Can we cruise in the Greek islands?
You can visit the islands near to the coast of Turkey such as Kos, Rhodes, Symi, Kalymnos, Patmos and Leros. We would ask you to pay the expenses for a Turkish yacht cruising in Greek Waters.
Is a gulet holiday in Turkey suitable for small children?
Accompanied by adults, children of any age are welcome.
How often will we stop? How many hours will we cruise each day?
We cruise daily for a couple of hours, every day two to three bays will be visited.
Does the captain and crew speak English?
On all our gulets there are crew members who speak English.
How many crew members are there?
Depending on the size of the gulet there can be between 2 and 8 crew members. captain, cook and sailors, who share the duties of serving guests, cleaning cabins and work on deck.
What is the best time to cruise in Turkey?
Our season runs from May until the end of October. July and August are the hottest months with temperatures of 30 - 38 degrees C. May is warm and nights are cool, the same for October but with warmer water for swimming. June and September can be warm to hot during the day with balmy evening breezes.
What currency can we use in Turkey?
Turkish Lira is the national currency but most shops and restaurants also accept Euros, Sterling and Dollars.
What is the electricity supply onboard?
Electricity in Turkey is 220 volts. The electricity on most of the boats run over 12 or 24 Volt. On board your gulet 220 V is available from shore or generator power. Plugs in Turkey are 2 pin.
Are there towels/bed linen on board?
On all our boats we supply bed linen, hand towels and towels for showers. You will need to bring your own beach/swimming towels.
What should we bring?
Swimwear, shorts and T-shirt and something warm for cooler evenings. A hat to protect your head from the sun, a sun cream against sunburn, sport shoes for on shore, sleeping bag in case you want to sleep on deck, mosquito repellent, your own beach towels. If you would like to wear shoes on deck you should bring a separate pair for use on board only. Soft bags are easier to store than hard suitcases.
Will we be able to sail?
Our cruises are normally done with the engine and only when there is favourable wind ,the sails can be raised. Please let us know if you are a keen sailor at the time of your enquiry, this will then enable us to suggest a more suitable gulet.
Can we take tours to places of interest on land while on our gulet cruise?
Yes it is possible, there are many places of interest to see, you may do this independently or on inquiry we can help with arranging vehicles for land tours, local guides or if you would prefer a tour guide (for various languages) for your whole trip on board.
Do all cabins have private or en suite bathrooms?
All cabins have their own en suite bathroom (shower & WC) showers vary in style, some have a pullout shower hoses from the hand basin and some gulets have shower cubicles. The luxury gulets have shower cubicles, some bathrooms have hair dryers, Jacuzzi massage shower and / or hydro-massage and steam bath.
Are there Water sport facilities on every boat?
On most of boats there are canoes, snorkeling and fishing equipment on board. Our Luxury gulets offer many varieties of water sports like kayaks, wind surfers, water skiing, canoes, wake boarding, mono skiing, knee-boarding and scuba diving. Water sport activities requiring the use of fuel and the Zodiac tender are extra, cost can be paid to the crew. Please ask for special requests.
How do we get to Turkey?
There are charter flights direct from some European countries to coastal airports such as Bodrum-Milas, Dalaman and Antalya. please ask your own travel agent. You can fly scheduled airlines to Istanbul and then with Turkish Airlines to Bodrum, Dalaman and Antalya airports. From the Greek islands of Kos and Rhodes there are daily ferries to Bodrum and Marmaris.
How do we get from the airport to the gulet?
We offer a private transfer service for our guests, please ask for our prices at the time of booking. All our transfer vehicles are air conditioned.
Will the gulet cruise at night?
Our gulets do not cruise with guests on board at night. You will always be in a sheltered place by dinner time.
Are there lifejackets on board?
All gulets must pass a strict seaworthiness and safety inspection which includes the provision of lifejackets in each cabin (enough for guests and crew). We also have lifejackets for children on board.
Should we tip the crew?
Tipping as appreciation for good service is customary in Turkey. This is entirely at your discretion. As a rough guideline between 5% and 10% of your charter fee would be appropriate if you feel your crew has provided good service.
Is there music on the gulet?
All our gulets have a CD player with a selection of music. You are very welcome to bring your own CDs.
Are there any Games / Tv on board?
There are a small selection of board games and cards on the boats and on most of the gulets there is a TV and CD/DVD player in the saloon. On luxury gulets there is normally: satellite TV, HD televisions/DVD players/CD players in the saloon and in the cabins.
How can we book a gulet?
Once you have decided which yacht is the most suitable, ports you wish to embark and disembark, and the dates of your cruise, we will then send you a yacht charter contract signed by us, request that you sign it returning one copy to us along with 50% of the charter fee as down payment.Upon receipt of the contract and down payment, the charter is considered confirmed. The balance is payable on embarkation day in cash.
Is smoking permitted onboard?
No, it is not permitted to smoke inside the yachts. But you can smoke on the outside deck areas.