WELCOME TO A SAILING PARADISE

With over 8.333 kilometres (5.177 miles) of coastline along the four seas, our country, Turkey is a veritable treasure reputed for its coves, inlets, bays and beaches. The sailing paradise of Turkey is also home to the Blue Voyage.

This idyllic cruise means sailing with the winds, into coves and over the seas and becoming one with nature. It is also an experience of the history of man, a journey which carries you to the private beaches and the remains of ancient civilizations. For lovers of the active life, sailing in clear waters provides great opportunities for swimming, fishing, waterskiing, surfing and diving.

TURKEY WILL BE ON YOUR ROUTE…

You can hire a yacht, with or without crew, in Turkey or you can sail to Turkey in your own yacht.

You can also cruise along the beautiful coastline on board a traditional wooden boat called “gulet”. If you love to be on the water and if you would like to explore the secluded, unspoilt bays, don’t hesitate to go for this unique experience! 

You do not have any information about how to do? Don’t worry! To have a general idea about this experience, please read below some general details regarding the gulets and blue cruising in Turkey. For any further questions and for more detailed information, please contact us by e-mail.

First of all, what is a gulet?

The design of Turkey’s indigenous sea-going vessel, the gulet, blends practicality and tradition in a relaxed style. This is mainly the type of boat we use for the blue cruising portions of the trips we put together.  

Constructed mainly in the shipyards of Bodrum, Bozburun, Marmaris and Istanbul, gulets are typical wooden sailing boats, equipped with motors as well as fully functional rigging. Gullets typically feature one, two or three masts with sails, though most often, they motor-cruise at a leisurely speed of 8–10 knots. Built of pine, chestnut, mahogany timber or teak with generally a pointed fore and rounded aft, both spacious decks are ideal for lounging and sunbathing.

Over the years, gulets have evolved from traditional fishing and cargo vessels into their present profile of a broad beam and wide deck. These traditional wooden sailing vessels were once used by fishermen in these bountiful waters. Master craftsmen, working primarily out of Bodrum, have adapted these vessels for luxury motor-sailing, while preserving their charm and redesigned them in accordance with today’s contemporary needs. Today’s gullets offer  superior seagoing qualities and a unique opportunity to explore the hidden harbors of Turkey while preserving the authentic charm of another era.