Gulet cruising has quite a long history that originated from Turkey. To go back to the beginning, it all really started centuries ago when the Turks realized that the best way to explore coastline is by sea. Once potential was seen the Blue cruise concept was born, and of course, with that the growth of gulet type ships too. Read further and discover answers to all the main things you should know and why Turkey is the best destination in the world for a gulet cruise!
What is a Blue Cruise Turkey?
This concept is truly nothing more than pleasurable sailing along the gorgeous Turkish coast and it can expand its ways to close Greek islands. This type of holidays offers a unique and special experience which many love, and it allows you to see Turkish coast that is full of preserved bays, inlets, and beaches. Their scenic beauty of the coast is undeniable and it offers a rich legacy of archaeological ruins and historic sites. To conclude the best way to visit Turkey and explore the most of it in the shortest amount of time is by going on a luxury gulet cruise with a crew that will pamper you, and makes your holidays even better.
What is a gulet?
Generally, gulet is a traditional mostly wooden sailing vessel that originated from Turkey and developed from its primitive usage to beautiful luxury vessels. His average size can vary from 20 – 55 meters in size, coming with well-equipped 4 to 8 comfortable cabins. These cabins can accommodate between 6-16 people (sometimes more on special gulets). All gulets also come with a professional English speaking crew on board that will make sure you have an amazing holiday.
Since Turkey is the origin country of gulets market that continued to develop to this day got really big, so there really are many gulets to choose from. So many that nobody is quite sure how many gulets are there actually are. Some will say 500 ships, and some 1.000 or even more! But in our fleet, you will only find special luxury gulets that we personally would recommend and some of them truly could be the perfect option for you and your group.
What to expect and what are the best historical sights worth visiting?
Once you decide that Turkey will be your next cruise destination, you will soon realize that this was one of your best decisions ever. You will be amazed by the variety of Turkish archipelago that features so many tiny shore islands, most beautiful beaches in the world, and sleepy charming villages! You can find easily areas that are peaceful and enjoyable; or towns that are full of life and culture, either was you will be able to say you had the best time of your life! There are many stunning lively historic towns to visit such as Bodrum, Gocek, Antalya, Marmaris, Fethiye… But we created a list of historical sights you must visit.
1.) Bodrum Castle and the Underwater Archaeology Museum
This Castle is a true treasure trove! But it’s not any old museum, though. The monumental facade and structure of the caste dominates in the horizon from any viewpoint along the waterfront and is the main navigational point. The structure and building complex itself could be a museum but on the inside, you can find more than ten shipwrecks along the Turkish coast. The most recent vessel is about 400 years old. Besides that, you can see coins, weapons, jewelry, glass bowls, and much more everyday stuff retrieved from the depths of the ocean.
2.) Ghost Village of Kayakoy in Fethiye
Ghost Village of Kayakoy is situated near the bustling popular city of Fethiye which might come as a slight surprise. All the people who love to explore hidden gems and enjoy a bit of mystery will love to visit these deserted houses, chapels, and schools are eerie relics of the time when Greeks and Turks lived together in this region.
Everything can be reached by foot and all you need except a bottle of water and a hat to protect you from the sun is a little bit of imagination and you will transport yourself to roughly 100 years ago, to the times before the village lived before it turned into a ghost town.
3.) Lycian Rock Tombs
This is a stunning and very interesting sight that should be on everyone’s “must visit list”. These tombs are gloriously and proudly placed right alongside the harbor of Fethiye and they will take your attention right away while your boat is entering the harbor. Lycian Rock Tombs got their name because they were literally built into the side of a mountain so that, according to beliefs, ancient angels could reach the dead. This beautiful monument is carved into the side of a Turkish mountain and facade can be seen from the outside. The earliest examples of these are said to have been carved in the 5th century BC and can be found in places such as Myra and Amasia.
Food on board
While enjoying your cruise and traveling to a new location each day, you even have your own chef and crew who is there to be at your service. The crew will do their ultimate best to make sure you have everything you need and that you feel completely relaxed and stress-free. Personal chef on board will prepare you and your group delicious dishes according to the pre-planned menu that will be completely personalized. The benefit of eating on luxury gulets is exactly in the fact that:
- The whole food menu can be personalized according to your wishes
- Your personal chef will prepare delicious meals that will be pleasing to the eye and tasty
- There is no waiting for dinner to be served like in restaurants, you are the one getting the full attention and special treatment
- Turkish food is full of varieties and different regional influences, so it will easily please even the toughest critics.
- Our destination manager and gulet expert will hand-pick all the food from Turkish markets and well trusted suplliers