Know The Basics
Gulet tourism has seen high interest in the last decade. There are approximately 1000 known gulets in Turkey alone that serve both Southern Turkey and the Greece islands (Dodecanese, Cyclades, Ionians). There are private gulet charter style boats also found in Greece, Croatia, Montenegro, Italy, and Spainhowever the portfolio selection is few and prices are known to be higher and chartering terms are different than Turkey.
Generally the best deals can be obtained in Turkey as it is the origin of where private gulets (Turkish yachts) were first manufactured; namely Bodrum. Later the manufacturing spread to seaside cities such as Bozburun, located on the Bozburun peninsula in the Marmaris region, Fethiye and Antalya in the Eastern Mediterranean of Turkeys and Istanbul. Turkey offers the largest selection of gulet charter than any other country in the world.
The blue cruise region includes Bodrum over east all the way to Kas, Kalkan and sometimes Demre in Antalya province. Then south and back to the west into the lower and upper Dodecanese and Cyclades islands of Greece. Other areas included in Turkey are Marmaris, Gocek, Fethiye. In Croatia gulet tours it begins from Dubrovnik all the way to Zadar. Some gulet charter can also begin from Montenegro.
Turkey and Greece is different in gulet charter terms than it is in Croatia. Please ask us about the different options.
Gulet charters are quite unique, not only in vessel design, but also in overall concept. Many are considered quite traditional, custom to Turkey and referred to as classic gulets. However in the last couple of years, with the advancement in new wooden boat building technology, there are now gulets slightly more modern in design while retaining that authentic appearance.
The gulets offer much for choice. They are always built custom to the owner’s requirements. Therefore it is rare that one gulet will be exactly the same as the next one, unlike bareboats and catamarans and motor yachts. There are no brand names in gulet charter. There are also no legal classifications in gulets. But there are 4 established classifications based on size, age, condition, quality and interior design and features that come with the boats. You will find Economic/Standard, Luxury, Deluxe and VIP or High Deluxe or Ultra Deluxe gulet classes used by many agents. While other companies classify the gulets on a star system where 5 star is equivalent to a VIP class gulet.
Gulet cabin types are based on the class of gulet. It is also up to the owner of the boat in how they design or furnish the cabins. Most luxury gulets will either have 1 or 2 master cabins (fore and aft).
There are single, double, triple, twin, child, master, king master, and VIP double cabins available in all different types of private gulets. Some cabins are designed quite luxurious while others are simple yet comfortable. However all cabins offer en suites with showers and WC. The more luxury style gulet cabins have enclosed showers; while others have a jacuzzi in cabin.
Charter gulets also include daily linen and towel changes as well as cleaning.
Entertainment can be found in premium standard cabins. This can include a plasma TV with satellite, DVD / CD players, and iPOD docking. Other standard gulets will either not have a TV or just a basic small sized television it is never really used. Most gulets from the luxury class and higher will nearly always have an LCD or LED TV with or without satellite in the saloon as well as a CD/DVD player.
The boat charter itineraries that you will see are designed with the most popular destinations in mind. Itineraries can be altered to suit your pleasure. It is best discussed with either us or the captain with whom you are cruising with as they know the regions very well.
The costs in renting a gulet for your Mediterranean blue cruise travels in Turkey, Greece, Croatia, Montenegro are based on the daily price of the gulet itself. The distance generally does not affect the price for common routes. The minimum rental period is a week. But sometimes special arrangements can be made where shorter rentals can be available. This depends on the time of year and the availability of gulets. Gulet charters start and end on Saturdays. Again, in some cases, depending on availability and time of year, this too can be discussed.
Food and Beverages are not included in the charter prices. Each boat or agent has a different rate for food and beverage options. You will be informed at the time a quote is sent to you.