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Magnificent coastlines, turquoise waters full of marine life, watersport fun, delicious meals eaten on deck and ancient coastal ruins are just part of what makes a holiday memorable when you charter a gulet in Turkey. Your boat holiday in Turkey will take in the stunning Mediterranean or Aegean coastlines on well-established Blue Cruise routes that include leisurely cruises from Fethiye to Olympus.
When you hire a gulet in Bodrum or elsewhere you're taking part in a centuries-old tradition. Wooden gulets feature sweeping lines and two or three masts and were originally used for fishing and sponge diving. In recent decades they have evolved into floating hotels with many being purpose-built following traditional designs.
Gulets are between 20 and 30 metres in length with each one having a unique layout created to provide anything from two to eight or more cabins. While you can hire a boat in Turkey and crew it yourself, most holiday-makers prefer having the services of at least an experienced skipper and a professional chef.
By hiring the services of a captain, you have someone who knows the sea routes well and can provide a personal perspective on the sights you see. When you charter a gulet in Gocek, Marmaris or Bodrum it will be air-conditioned and have onboard wifi.
With refreshing sea breezes and sea temperatures of around 25°C the dry months of May to October are the best time to charter a gulet in Marmaris or other Mediterranean and Aegean coastal towns.
⚓Bodrum is the ideal place for starting and finishing a holiday when you hire a gulet in Turkey. Before sailing out of the marina enjoy Bodrum's beaches and Turkish cuisine. Bodrum Marina is within sailing of the Gulfs of Gokova or Hirasonu.
⚓Marmaris has plenty of family-friendly beaches and activities to enjoy before setting sail. Gulet trips from the marina should take in Marmaris's cave. It can only be entered from the sea. Window shop for luxurious ocean-going yachts or browse designer outlets in Marmaris Marina.
⚓Gocek sits on a peninsula and is considered to be one of Turkey's most beautiful sailing regions. From Gocek marinas, it's easy to sail around the islands that make up Oniki Adalar or 'Twelve Islands'.
A sailing trip in Turkey is a time to indulge in pre-breakfast swims, delicious food and evening cocktails as the sun sets. If, however, you feel like being more energetic then you can enjoy:
⚓Watersports from snorkelling and windsurfing to power-boating and scuba-diving.
⚓Mooring to enjoy historic attractions such as Knidos. In 360 B.C. an earthquake sent this ancient city crashing into the sea.
⚓Places that are unreachable by land such as the sunken ruins at Kekova.
⚓Watching the endangered Caretta turtles in the Simena are.
When you hire a yacht in Turkey you really get a taste of traditional life on the water. If you need help or advice, our Zizoo team is always on hand to assist you.