They differ in size, standard and passenger capacity. There are basically three types of gulets available in Turkey. The Standard Gulet, the Ayna Ketch type and the Tirhandil type. All three types are essentially motor sailing boats which raise their sails when the weather and wind conditions are suitable. Of the three types, Tirhandil is the most suited to cruising under sail and this is actually the original vessel from which the Gulet and Ayna Ketch are considered to have evolved. Originally, Tirhandils used to serve as sailing cargo boats collecting and delivering goods around the Eastern Mediterranean since Roman times.
The number of passengers a gulet carries depends on the boat’s size. These vessels offer passengers separate accommodations, and chartering one includes services and entertainment.
The closeness of the entourage on board promotes an atmosphere of friendship and sharing; relations between passengers and crew tend to be relaxed and casual.
Another specific feature of the gulets is that they are completely hand-made. As mentioned above, these precious handicrafts are made out of pine, chestnut, mahogany timber and teak. They regained their importance in 1960’s thanks to “The Fisherman of Halicarnassus” Cevat Sakir Kabaagacli and his close friends, a group of famous writers and scientists like Azra Erhat, Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu. They were the ones to first discover the great pleasure of blue cruising along the shores of Caria ve Lykia. Their experiences during the cruise introduced to the world the “gullets” and the concept of “Blue Voyaging”. The life style on board, the beauties of nature turned their blue cruise experience into a philosophic activity and inspired today’s charter trips.
Gulets are fitted out with all kinds of comfort and equipment and provide relaxing and memorable vacations for all guests.
We can arrange charters and fixed tours for a specific group or for you individually. Unlike cruises on large ocean liners, on a gulet you can explore the secluded and often deserted bays and coves of the coastline. The small harbours and settlements offer an intimate view of coastal life which large ships simply cannot. In many ways a gulet is like a full-service hotel where every room has a sea view and the scenery changes constantly.
Please give further information on blue cruising in Turkey.
Blue cruising on board a gullet is done along the southwestern coasts of Turkey which we also name the “Turquoise Coast”. The coastline is really famous with the beauty of its numerous hidden bays and gulfs. Actually Bodrum, the resort town on the southwestern coast, is where the whole idea of blue cruising started but all the other resort towns along the shore, Fethiye, Finike, Marmaris, Gocek, Ekincik are now as famous as Bodrum…
This idyllic cruise gives the guests the opportunity of exploring many beautiful bays along the coastline. They can also do some optional, short hikes at the bays to explore some very interesting ancient ruins. As mentioned above, the cruise offers great opportunities for relaxing, becoming one with nature, swimming, fishing, snorkeling. Fishing tackle and nets are available on board. During the tour, as long as the weather and cruising conditions allow, you would often be provided with fresh fish. Sailing in Turkey also allows you to experience a truly enriching cultural exchange with the hospitable people of the coastal villages and towns. The pleasure of yachting in Turkey will tempt you to come back again and again, to explore yet another stretch of coast and to relive the luxurious ease of life on the sea.
How can we book a gullet cruise or how can we charter a gulet?
There would be two options while chartering a gulet in Turkey. Cabin only charters or private gulet charters.
Cabin only charters are for those who do not want to charter a whole gullet privately. Only cabins are chartered while onboard. These charters depart only on fixed days of the week, with fixed itineraries. You travel on those standard gulets with other people of mixed nationalities and ages.
The latter, private charters are mostly recommended for customized traveling, as they give the clients the opportunity of deciding on their own itinerary, meal options and gulet details and allow them to have the boat for their own disposal. We always look into this option if private arrangements are required and if the clients value their privacy. In this option, the boat is solely chartered for the client(s).
Where can we travel when we decide to book a blue cruising trip in Turkey?
The blue cruising on board a gullet is done along the southwestern coasts of Turkey which we also name Turquoise Coast. The coastline is really famous with the beauty of its numerous hidden bays and gulfs. Actually Bodrum, the resort town on the southwestern coast, is where the whole idea of blue cruising started but all the other resort towns along the shore, Fethiye, Finike, Marmaris, Gocek, Ekincik are now as famous as Bodrum. Mainly blue cruising in Turkey covers the southern Aegean and western Mediterranean coastline.
Please tell us more about the facilities on board the gulets.
Modern gulets are comfortably equipped with all of the amenities of home and encourage an environment in which you are expected to do nothing but enjoy yourself. Gulets include comfortable cabins, shower, WC, mainly air-condition (some cabin charters do not offer airco), living room and sun terrace. They are designed to fulfill the needs of a comfortable daily life and are equipped with engine and sail power. As they are heavily built, sail power can only be used under convenient weather and sea conditions. Even though these boats still reflect their traditional design of the fishery and transportation periods, the expanded areas of the contemporary planned boats, are nowadays fitted out with modern accessories, equipment and offer larger space.
By our family owned gulet “Imrenim”, we invite you to share this true experience with us. Our aim is to welcome and comfort you in our warm family atmosphere with the best services possible and make you leave our country with unforgettable memories in mind.
Our captain and crew are distinguished for their skill and experience on water, yacht handling and navigation and for their ability to provide high quality service, comfort and guest satisfaction.
Please contact us for availability and prices. We look forward to getting the chance to serve you on board Imrenim for a unique and memorable experience…