A Client’s Remark Touched Our Hearts
The 2016 summer season has been a challenging one for Turkey’s tourism.
Traveller’s and lovers of Turkey looked forward to enjoying their annual vacation on the Southern coast and many other areas of this amazing country.
The blue cruise season has also taken a toll on gulet owners and agents. Gulet charter sales have declined on routes in Turkey and have swayed into the nearby Greek islands such as the Dodecanese and Cyclades. It is fortunate the Turkish gulets were able to accommodate travellers into the Greek Aegean. However it has been with restrictions surfaced due to the cabotage laws in Greece. Gulets picking up their passengers in islands such as Rhodes and Kos have had to abide by the laws and make entry into Turkey’s nearest customs port and then exit the next day to continue with the cruise. This situation seemed to make it slightly disturbing for some blue cruise travellers having to go into Turkish waters. But the law is the law and there is no choice. Besides that it really was fine to be travelling in Turkish waters. Gulet guests have been enjoying their Turkish coast routes without reservations.
Here are two excellent videos by Turkey.Home and Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Both videos are magnificent and reminds everyone what they are missing out on by keeping away from serene and picturesque treasure destinations of the Turkish coastline.
While some have chosen the Greek islands for gulet holidays, it is good to know that private gulet charters are cheaper overall whether 5, 4, 3 or 2 star standard when your route is in Turkey. This is not only because of the gulet prices, but also there are no Greek island fees to pay. The municipal ports are always included in the gulet charter prices. Also the gulet selection is impressive in Turkey (the choices is very limited when you opt for Greece only – particularly if you are a group over 12).
The only places really that are commercial, and really not as commercial as the large Greek ports, are Bodrum, Marmaris and Fethiye. All else is so virgin and breathtaking, rather than volcanic and barren.
We received many comments from guests who choose to stick with their original booking and travel on their charter gulet in Turkey. This is commendable we might add. Again, very pleased that they did.
From one guest group who boarded in Rhodes, one guest from the group remarked at their choice in ports. When they arrived in the town of Bozburun for customs clearance, the one guest said “I can’t believe we booked it from Rhodes. It is so much more beautiful on this side.” Hearing this truly touched our hearts. We felt that everyone should think this way and that it is ok to enjoy your gulet holidays in Turkey. They did not have to book their gulet for a Greek itinerary. They could have peacefully enjoyed their gulet cruise holiday in Southern Turkey as well.
I guess this is what she was referring to:
So if you are thinking about a gulet holiday, and Turkey is in your minds. Reconsider between Turkey and Greece. Hundreds and thousands of travellers sailed along the Turkish coast this year. There are those who still are. Travellers are soaking up the Turkish Mediterranean and Aegean sun and sea at a substantially lower cost in amazing locations.
We hope that you will reconsider for your 2017 blue cruise holidays and choose Turkey. ?
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