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10 Issues to Know When Reserving a Gulet Yacht Cruise in Turkey

Crusing on a conventional gulet yacht across the southwestern coast of Turkey is a vacation expertise for the books! Solar, Aegean sea breeze, spectacular surroundings, nice meals, skilled hospitality, and a style of native tradition are issues you possibly can count on. If these sound interesting to you, listed below are 10 issues we expect you would possibly need to know when reserving a gulet yacht cruise in Turkey.

1. How to decide on the correct gulet yacht firm

Choosing the proper gulet yacht firm is the primary and most essential step when reserving a gulet yacht cruise vacation in Turkey. One of the simplest ways to decide on is basically to hunt out dependable critiques from individuals who have used particular corporations or sailed with particular crews previously.

Our Turkish gulet yacht firm of selection is ScicSailing. We’ve got sailed with them across the Bodrum peninsula (aka the ‘Turkish Riviera’) a number of occasions and each journey has been a memorable expertise for all the correct causes. We are able to vouch for his or her excessive degree of professionalism – from visitor reserving to pre-boarding and off-boarding to their expert and hospitable crews.

ScicSailing yachts are maintained to a excessive commonplace and totally cleaned earlier than, throughout, and after journeys. Gulet yachts we now have sailed on have been effectively stocked with meals, drinks, and security gear.

2. Is Turkey secure?

Turkey is a large nation that spans a number of time zones and cultures. She additionally shares borders with a number of international locations. Turkey’s distinctive geopolitical scenario introduces its personal set of complexities. Nevertheless, in our expertise, the southwestern coast of Turkey the place we sometimes go gulet yacht crusing is thought to be peaceable and customarily secure. Nevertheless, see the newest FCO journey recommendation (UK).

Picture: @TheTravellingSensei on the ScicSailing gulet yacht Nemesis

3. What itineraries can be found?

ScicSailing gulet yacht cruises provide totally different itineraries across the Aegean Sea. When selecting an itinerary, you possibly can work along with your liaison particular person to request particular stops within the area you’re exploring.

Over a 7-day cruise, you possibly can count on round two to 3 organised land-based excursions. Excursions are constructed across the pursuits of the company. They vary from picturesque mountain climbing, 4×4 jeep safariing, touring native villages and historic websites, to fantastically crafted meals experiences. In case your group needs to spend extra time at sea and fewer time on land, that may be organized as effectively.

4. Cabin dimension and privateness on a gulet yacht cruise

Cabins on a gulet yacht are actually on the cosy facet. Nevertheless, there are a number of room varieties and configurations out there. These embrace double beds that could possibly be a more sensible choice for {couples} and plus-size travellers. When reserving your cabin, converse along with your liaison about your explicit wants. Our expertise with ScicSailing is that they’ll often discover one thing that fits every visitor.

Cabins share shut proximity and whereas your visible privateness is assured, the partitions are skinny. Additionally, remember the fact that sounds can journey a lot additional if you’re on a yacht on a quiet sea and in a distant space with none noise air pollution.

5. What dimension of baggage is appropriate for a gulet yacht cruise?

Hold it easy. Gulet yachts are extra suited to smaller items of baggage i.e., carry-on-sized baggage. Add a backpack to that and you need to have all you want for round one week of crusing.

6. Do I get my very own toilet

Compact is the operative phrase right here. In our expertise of gulet yacht cruises with ScicSailing, every room has its personal small toilet, containing a bathe and WC. Nevertheless, you’ll must handle your expectations relating to the quantity of house out there. 

ScicSailing gulet yachts come geared up with bidets and powered vacuum flushing. In our expertise, their crews do a wonderful job of maintaining all the things clear and cozy.

7. Is there Wi-Fi on board?

In case you are not the sort to make use of the chance to change off and do a digital detox, don’t count on to have a dependable web connection if you’re on a gulet yacht cruise in Turkey. 

In 2022, we realized that Wi-Fi on ScicSailing gulet yachts had been upgraded. Nevertheless, the truth that you’re out at sea could make it troublesome for telco alerts to hold any important energy.

Personally, every time we arrive in Turkey, earlier than the beginning of our gulet yacht cruise, we purchase SIM playing cards from any of the native phone corporations. In 2022, a 20GB information plan value between £15 (Türk Telekom) and £45 (Vodafone). Alerts are in fact strongest when nearer to metropolitan areas. The extra remotely you sail, the weaker the telco alerts are prone to be.

8. Can I make my very own foods and drinks selections?

In some instances, sure you may make particular requests (pre-trip ideally) to have sure forms of foods and drinks out there on board. As a part of their registration and reserving course of, ScicSailing will ask you to supply dietary info. This permits them to preplan the onboard meals stock and to additionally instruct onboard cooks about particular dietary necessities.

In our expertise, the top-class cooks onboard ScicSailing gulet yachts are versatile and accommodating relating to altering menus in response to particular person or group requests. 

Do take into account nevertheless that due to the constraints in dimension, gulet yachts can not carry massive meals inventories the identical means cruise ships would. If cooks have to alter menus throughout the journey at brief discover, this might influence the itinerary as they might want to acquire objects at totally different stops.

9. Is seasickness widespread?

In our expertise of gulet yacht holidays in Turkey with ScicSailing, sea illness (aka movement illness) is uncommon. With our final group – all of whom (other than us) have been crusing for the primary time – nobody in our group skilled seasickness. 

Nevertheless, ScicSailing yachts are geared up with sea bands and if any company do expertise seasickness, the crew will give them one. When you’re liable to seasickness however can not resist the attract of a gulet cruise vacation, we additionally advise that you simply convey your personal sea illness treatment in case you want it.

Martina and Leslie Johnson aboard ScicSailing gulet yacht Nemesis – @thatcouplewhotravels

10. What’s it like travelling with strangers on a gulet yacht?

The easy reply is that you simply gained’t know till you attempt it 🙂

When you’re not reserving the gulet yacht as a non-public constitution to your personal group of family and friends, you’re greater than prone to be travelling with folks you’ve got by no means met earlier than. Our expertise with ScicSailing is that they’re extraordinarily useful in making company really feel snug with their shipmates.

There are professionals and cons to all the things, particularly relating to folks dynamics. Nevertheless, you may be positive of 1 factor, virtually everybody comes on a gulet yacht cruise with the only real intention to have a great time and luxuriate in their vacation. Nobody needs to damage issues for everybody else so we discover that most individuals are keen to compromise and accommodate others on journeys.

Our suggestion? Hold an open thoughts. You by no means know what recollections and experiences you possibly can create. Additionally, observe that YOU additionally contribute to the general group expertise instantly or not directly.

Reserving info

The crusing season in Bodrum, Turkey runs from April to October. ScicSailing affords departures from Göcek, Bodrum or Marmaris. 

For details about reserving a gulet yacht cruise in Bodrum, Turkey together with pricing, go to the ScicSailing web site

Disclaimer: We’ve got sailed with ScicSailing on press journeys for the aim of reviewing their seven-night Southwest Turkey gulet cruise. Nevertheless, all photographs and opinions are ours.

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