A gulet cruise is a unique way to spend your holiday and to explore the beautiful Turkish coastline. Gulets are traditional Turkish motor yachts, which are beautifully crafted from wood. They have a spacious sundeck, perfect for soaking up the sun and admiring the views as you cruise the clear waters of the Aegean and Mediterranean. Anatolian Sky Holidays only works with good quality gulets, all of which are exclusive to us. This not only gives us more control over their operation, but also means that you are likely to be surrounded by like-minded people, one of the most important elements of a holiday of this type.
Our Cruise Itineraries
A gulet cruise allows you to reach secluded bays not accessible by land and to swim in the clearest of water, away from the shore. From time to time you will stop off to visit places of interest along your route, the perfect way to explore the remains of the ancient civilizations, which once inhabited this part of the world. Details of the itineraries followed by our gulets are available here. (Please note that these itineraries are published for guidance only). The final itinerary is decided by the captain according to the weather and other prevailing conditions - if he sees that a favoured bay is already in use by other gulets, for example, he may choose to moor elsewhere. You will not usually be moored in harbour overnight, which means that you will not have the opportunity to go ashore in the evenings, but will rather enjoy evenings at sea under the stars.
Our Luxury Gulets
We are working with five different gulets, these range from 26-39.35 metres in length and have from 7-10 guest cabins. All cabins are equipped with air conditioning and en suite facilities including WC, hand basin and shower. Air conditioning cannot be operated whilst gulets are in harbour and will usually be on for 3 hours per day. This is usually timed so that it is on for 2 hours whilst guests shower and change for dinner and 1 hour to cool the cabin before guests retire for bed. Please note that the vast majority of cabins have double beds, so if you really want twin beds you must make this clear at the time of booking, and it may not be possible to guarantee.
Gulets don’t usually allow children on board and our gulets have age limits varying between 14 and 16 years of age, for how they classify a child. Of course, you always have the option of renting the whole gulet, for your own private group - fill it with friends and family for a fun-packed holiday. Semercioglu III and IV will accept children in a private hire group, providing there are no more than 3 children in the group in total. If you have any queries about this please ask our reservations team for advice.
All of our gulet prices are on a Full Board basis and include Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Breakfast on board will usually be a traditional Turkish breakfast which is the perfect start to a lazy day in the sun. This usually consists of fresh white bread, butter, jam, honey, crumbly ‘white’ cheese, similar to feta, ‘yellow’ cheese, which is a hard cheese, together with egg, tomato and cucumber. The chefs have carefully prepared a seven day menu from the best of Turkish cuisine, serving a different mouth-watering delicacy each day. Lunch is usually a light meal, which most people prefer in the heat of the day. It includes Turkish meze type dishes, which are mostly vegetarian, usually accompanied by pasta, rice or chips. The evening meal is the main meal of the day and will be based around fish or meat dishes. There is no problem in catering for vegetarians, although it does help if you can let us know in advance so that the chef can make sure that they have the necessary provisions to cater for you. Other dietary requirements are difficult to cater for due to the lack of facilities and the size of the galley. Therefore, please bear in mind that there is a limit to the number of different dishes which can be prepared. Due to restricted space gulets are unable to provide items for special diets or medical conditions such as gluten free or diabetic products. However guests are welcome to bring their own provisions and the captain will gladly store any insulin for his passengers.
Complimentary Soft Drinks
Water and soft drinks (plus tea and coffee at breakfast and afternoon tea only) are included in the price of your holiday. Alcoholic drinks can be purchased from the bar on board and the captain will always make you aware of prices at the beginning of your holiday. Alternatively, you can choose to purchase a limited package including a specified amount of alcoholic drinks which is available at an additional cost of £160 per person* per week or an unlimited package at £200 per person per week* and can be paid to the captain in either Sterling or Turkish Lira. Please note that you are not allowed to consume your own drinks on board including duty free purchases.
What To Bring
Swimwear, casual wear and bare feet are the order of the day - shoes may not be worn on board, although you will, of course, need to bring some with you for when you go ashore. By nature of the design, space is limited so it is best not to bring too much with you and a holdall is recommended instead of a rigid suitcase. Sheets are provided as is one towel for your cabin although not swimming towels
Fourteen Night Holidays
Those staying for fourteen nights will be asked to leave the gulets for a few hours on the changeover day so that the crew can clean and restock the gulet - please note that there is no lunch served on this day.
Please note that those who arrive on evening flights on the first day, may arrive too late to be served dinner on board. Also, lunch is not served on the last day of your holiday, even if you are departing on an evening flight as the crew will be busy preparing the boat to welcome new guests. For this reason guests cannot stay on the gulet until their transfer time as the crew have to clean and restock the gulet for that day’s arrivals. *Please Note: This price is subject to change from any Government Tax increases, which is beyond the Captain’s control.
What could be better than to explore the beautiful coastline in the company of friends and family. For the ultimate gulet holiday, hire an entire gulet for your own private cruise. It may well work out to be more costeffective than you think. There is nothing more relaxing than a gulet holiday. You can simply lie back, soak up the sun and enjoy the views, knowing that the captain and crew are taking care of all your needs. Now imagine that the gulet is full of your friends and family, giving you an opportunity to slow down and catch up, making the most of lazy days and leisurely lunches and dinners. We are all familiar with that feeling of not having enough time to spend with our loved ones, so what could be better than having a whole gulet to yourselves, and plenty of time to enjoy each other’s company. Our gulet holidays are so popular that many people return year after year. Although for lots of our guests, making new friends is all part of the fun, we find that others are drawn to the concept of private hire. What this means is that you decide to book the entire gulet, and all of the cabins on it for your friends and family. Of course, the captain and crew will still be there to take care of the running of the gulet and the catering, but there will be no other paying guests on board. Our gulets range from 7-10 cabins, so simply by combining a few families or getting together with a group of friends, you may well find that it is not only more fun but also better value for money if you hire the entire gulet for the week. The only other people on board will be the captain and crew, so you will have more freedom and flexibility. Most people prefer to stick to the itineraries we have described in the brochure, but it should be perfectly possible to make small changes in discussion with the captain. It is always best to discuss with us at the time of booking to ensure that what you have in mind is feasible