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Exploring Turkey

Gulets

A truly unique way to explore Turkey’s remarkable coastline is sailing aboard a beautiful, luxury gulet.

Whether a few days or longer – it’s our absolute favourite way to start or end a tour of Turkey. We’ve created a small portfolio of beautiful gulets and yachts for sole charter that you can browse below, ranging from 2-5 cabins.

These magnificent vessels are incredibly comfortable, offer plenty of space and come complete with a friendly and professional captain and crew – so no previous sailing experience required! The on-board chef will prepare mouth-watering Turkish dishes throughout your stay, so you don’t need to lift a finger. Bliss!  There are various board options, you can choose whether you want to dine on board, on land, or both.

Simply lie back, relax and marvel at the lush, verdant scenery, azure waters and soak up the glorious Turkish sunshine. With various routes to experience, each pausing at unspoilt beaches and coves, many of which can only accessible by boat.

The vessels all include tenders and water sports gear such as canoes, paddleboards, snorkelling and fishing equipment.  Snorkel in the clear warm waters around semi-submerged ruins, canoe over to deserted coves or try your hand at fishing. There will not be a dull moment and there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained!

Turkey’s charter season runs from April to November. You’ll begin and end your journey in a modern marina in the town of Fethiye, Göcek, Marmaris or Bodrum.  Why not combine some time cruising with a break on land and stay at one of our hand-picked properties.  This will give you an even deeper insight into Turkey’s culture, breath-taking scenery and of course, superb cuisine.

For more information on our luxury gulet cruising in Turkey, call 020 7112 0019 to chat to the team, or email turkey@fleewinter.com

Live-aboard Gulet Holidays

Istanbul
An intoxicating city and the only one in the world to sit across 2 continents. Enjoy breakfast in Europe and lunch in Asia, then back again for the evening.

Most of the popular sights, history and activity are centred on the European side in an area called Sultanahmet. But we recommend you explore further - taking in the Bazaars, cruising along the Bosphorous, and visiting the rooftop bars of Sultanahmet.
Cappadocia
The unique natural caves and ‘fairy chimneys’ in Cappadocia would be beautiful on their own, but they’ve been rendered even more interesting by their history as a refuge for Christians looking to escape Islamic armies. The result is fascinating carvings, frescoes and churches deep in caves.It’s easy to see why drifting over this region on a hot air balloon has become popular.

It’s probably the best region for serious hikers as well, offering challenging mountains and valleys for those who seek them, with rich scenic rewards.
Kalkan
Kalkan is, without a doubt, one of the prettiest holiday beach towns along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. It calls visitors back again and again.

The charming cobbled-stone town is packed with excellent restaurants, and sits staggered down the hillside to the ocean, with dramatic mountains in the backdrop.
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Thrace Wine Region
A beautiful region producing wine since ancient times. Guided tours of vineyards are open from April to the October harvest.
Fethiye
The Fethiye region is beautiful, with its verdant valleys and dramatic mountains covered in sweet-scented pine forests, ancient tombs carved into the rock faces and simply magnificent beaches. The most famous are the blue lagoon at Ölüdeniz, and the neighbouring Butterfly Valley, aptly named due to the diverse species of butterflies that have made it their home.

For history and nature lovers this region ticks all the boxes, with its many ancient sites to visit including the ruined temples of Tlos Letoon, and the derelict old Greek houses in the ‘ghost village’ of Kaya Valley. Spring is a wonderful time to visit; with its unique flora and fauna, it is simply bursting with rare wild flowers.
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Göcek
Göcek, in the Fethiye region, is a chic, harbour-side town surrounded by 12 islands – stunning just to look at, and even more spectacular to explore onboard a gulet. More
Datça & Bozburun Peninsulas
For a real taste of unspoilt Turkey, visit the gorgeous peninsulas of Datça and Bozburun with their mountain hamlets, forests of pine and a myriad of fishing villages, beaches and secluded coves, just waiting to be discovered.

The southernmost of the two peninsulas is Bozburun, where the main village is renowned for building traditional gulets, splendid wooden Turkish yachts that are seen along the whole coastline.

The Datça Peninsula is home to ancient Knidos which lies at its tip, where the remains of this Dorian port city overlook 2 stunning bays.
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Bodrum Peninsula
Despite Bodrum being a bustling, cosmopolitan town, the old part is incredibly pretty and has remained unchanged for many years, with old white and blue stone houses in the backstreets covered in colourful Mediterranean flowers.

The area is also packed with ancient history. You can see Bodrum Castle from pretty much everywhere, and the Mausoleum at Halicarnussus (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) is tucked away here too.
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