About Yacht Charter
Yacht chartering is an excellent choice for a truly customized & private vacation.
We represent over one hundred hand-picked traditional Turkish Gulet yachts. Our yachts range from 50 to over 100 feet in length and have from 3 to 9 cabins. Yacht Charters are typically for a full week from Saturday to Saturday. Charters of less than a full week are on request. Cost of a yacht varies mainly by quality and seasonally. Please contact us for a customized quotation and advice on choosing the best yacht for your group.
About Blue Voyage
The original "Blue Voyage" was born out of the curiosity and imagination of novelist and short story writer Cevat Sakir Kabaagacli (1886 - 1973) who was exiled to the Turkish south-west for three years in 1925.
The writer led a simple life and spent his days exploring coastline by boat, the best and only form of transport available to him. Interested in nature, history and archaeology, the writer so enjoyed his new life that he decided to stay there after his period of exile was over.
During the years that followed, Kabaagacli invited friends from Istanbul and Izmir to join him on his floating excursions along what is known today as the "Turquoise Coast". Companions included one of his closest confidants, art historian Sabahattin Eyuboglu (1908 - 1973), who helped him create this priceless tradition and who first coined the term "Blue Voyage".
The true concept of the "Blue Voyage" as enjoyed by Kabaagacli and Eyuboglu is now available to our guests and through-out your "Blue Voyage" you will have the same opportunities to discover this fascinating region - to slip over the side of your Gulet for a cooling swim in the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Turkish Mediterranean or to go ashore with your Guide to visit historical and archaeological sites, walk off-the-beaten-track through the hills and mountains that line this spectacular coastline or to mingle with villagers as they go about their daily lives. The choice will always be yours to make.
Indeed it is an occasion to leave the worries of the world behind, to discover the historical and cultural wealth of an ancient land and to enjoy its nature. Most of all, it is a rare opportunity to observe and partake of the unique blend of traditional and modern life that is the "real" Turkey... a chance very few visitors ever really get to experience.
The Blue Voyage Dining: Widely regarded as one of the three great kitchens of the world, Turkish cuisine impresses visitors with its meticulous preparation, the use of fresh ingredients, its surprising contrasts and its unerring balance of composition.
Famous for its rich variety of dishes and superb blending of spices and herbs, Turkish cuisine offers an even greater gastronomic pleasure because it has evolved from the different civilizations and cultures that have inhabited its land during its 10,000-year history. At the start of a meal it is customary to say to your fellow-diners "Afiyet Olsun" which means "May that you eat bring you well-being". To compliment the cook for a delicious meal, one says "Elinize saglik" or "Bless your hands".
On your Blue Voyage, your personal yacht cook will prepare for you each day a full Turkish breakfast; this will include eggs of the day, cereals and yogurt, bread or toast, jam and marmalade, fruit juice, fresh fruit, tea and coffee. A typical Turkish lunch or dinner will usually begin with a soup or a selection of "meze" (hors d'oeuvres), followed by the main course with seasonal vegetables, dessert and fresh fruit. And of course, no meal would be complete without the chance to savor at leisure a "Turkish coffee"! Lunch and dinner will be taken on board or ashore (seldom) according to the itinerary.
A traditional Turkish Gulet is a hand-crafted wooden boat originally built for fishermen and sponge divers. Constructed mainly in the shipyards of Bodrum, Bozburun and Marmaris, a Gulet takes more than a year to build.
Gulets are motor-cruisers, but they are equipped with full rigging and sails that can be used when the weather and itinerary permit. Many of these broad-beamed, wide-decked boats have been transformed into floating hotels, designed to blend tradition with practicality and to provide those who stay on board with an enjoyable and relaxed "Blue Voyage" experience where guests are expected to do nothing except enjoy themselves on land or in the sea.
The Gulets we operate vary in size from 50' feet to over 100' feet and from two to ten cabins and can comfortably accommodate up to 20 people. Cabins are either twin or double bedded, have private facilities, are fitted with electrical 220 volt power points, a wardrobe and a porthole or window. Most Gulets have dining areas both inside and out and, comfortable cushions add to the pleasure of lounging and sun bathing on deck. For water sports enthusiasts a wind-surfer, a canoe, some snorkeling gear and fishing lines (without the rods!) are all provided on board. A Gulet allows exploration of secluded bays and deserted coves and the small harbors and coastal villages that are visited offer intimate views of life larger cruise ships simply can not intrude upon.
Crew & Guide
The professional crew of the gulet will ensure the maximum comfort during your Blue Voyage and a guide on the board with his/her knowledge and expertise will give you an insider's historical view of Turquoise Coast.
Crew: Each of our crewed yachts is under control of professional crew including a highly experienced Captain, a cook, and either one or two shipmates depending on the size of the yacht. Crewmembers are experts in their fields and take great pride in providing a first class, friendly and hospitable service to their guests in the hope that their "Blue Voyage" with you becomes a long-held and treasured memory.
Crew accommodations and their private facilities are separate from those of their guests. Guide: A seasoned tour guide provides innumerable benefits. Our expert guides travel on board to advise the crew and conduct your itinerary. In addition, they guide you along coastal pathways; at the tour sites, they share their vast archeological and historical knowledge, adding to the richness of your experience.
Guides are chosen for their great knowledge and organizational ability, for their relaxed and flexible attitude and above all for their good humor. With such an informed companion on board we know your "Blue Voyage" will be everything you dreamed it would be and perhaps much more!
Popular ItinerariesThe coast line between Bodrum and Antalya is the most popular crusing area of Turkey. Following are sample itineraries you can choose for your yacht charter holiday along the Turquoise coast of Turkey.
Suggested one week long cruising itineraries along the Turquoise coast:
Bodrum - Gulf of Gokova
Bodrum yacht harbor • Cokertme • Akbuk • Sogut • Cleopatra’s island • English Harbour • Longoz • Ballisu • Balikasiran • Orak island • Black Island • Bodrum yacht harbor * Greek island ''Kos'' can be added.
Gulf of Hisaronu - Marmaris
Hisaronu yacht harbour • Sucagiz coves • Tavsan buku • Bencik cove • Gönlücek buku • Datca • Bozburun • Sig liman • Selimiye cove • Orhaniye cove • Marmaris yacht harbor * Greek island ''Symi'' can be added.
Marmaris - Gulf of Fethiye
Marmaris yacht harbor • Ekincik • Gulf of Fethiye: Gocek • Sarsala • Sunken Bath cove • Tersane cove • Gemiler cove • Turunc pinari cove • Fethiye yacht harbour * Dalyan, Caunus visits can be added after Ekincik cove by a river boat.
Gocek - Gulf of Fethiye
Gocek yacht harbor • Gocek island • Yassica islands • Sarsala • Sunken Bath cove • Göbün cove • Tersane cove • Gemiler cove • Oludeniz • Turunc pinari cove Fethiye yacht harbour
Gocek - Gulf of Kekova
Gocek yacht harbor • Yassıca Adalar • Tersane • Manastir • Bedri Rahmi • Turunc Buku • Gemiler • Olu Deniz • Blue lagoon • Kalkan • Kaş • Kekova • Ucagiz
Antalya - Gulf of Kekova
Kemer harbour • Phaselis • Porto Genovese • Olympos • Adrasan • Finike • Myra • Kekova • Gokkaya • Simena• Aperlai • Ucagiz