A Blue Voyage cruise is a special yachting tour that takes passengers on a journey along Turkeyâ€™s Aegean and Mediterranean coasts. Voyages typically take place aboard a traditional Turkish â€œgulet.â€? A traditional Turkish gulet offers an intimate environment consisting of a handful of people and an opportunity to get up close and personal with marine life, nature, and small coastal villages and towns. A gulet (also “goulette” or “gullet”) is a two-masted sailing vessel from the South West coast of Turkey. Modern gulet’s are typically anywhere from 45-115 feet long.
Some of the most popular types of gulet’s six to 8 double cabins, which can accommodate a maximum of 12 to 16 passengers. Most gulet’s feature an interior salon/bar area, a fully equipped galley, cabins have en-suite facilities with hot and cold running water and there are several spacious sundecks with comfy sunbeds, canopied aft deck and cushioned seating. You’ll also have freezers and a CD/cassette player. Believe it or not, these small vessels also feature facilities for outdoor dining and indoor dining, and of course, a crew/small staff.
Guletâ€™s are perfect for adventurous types as they can navigate secluded bays and coves with ease, allowing for many different types of activities such as swimming, snorkeling, fishing, skiing, surfing, sailing, diving, parasailing, and paragliding.
Just about any time of the year is a great time to take a Blue Voyage cruise to the Mediterranean and Aegean. But the absolute best time to go if you’re interested in getting a deep (deep) tan is the second half of the May and during the months of June, and September. It’s hot enough here during these times to enjoy the sand and sun without getting burned. For adventure and activity seekers that would like to enjoy the sea any time of the day (or night), July and August are perfect. During the months of May and October, crowds are at their thinnest and rates for Blue Voyage cruises are considerably lower than the hotter months.
Blue Voyage cruises can last anywhere from seven days up to two weeks or more and itineraries run the gamut. They may start from places such as Bodrum, Karacasogut, Datca, Marmaris, Gokova, Fethiye, Gocek, Kas, Kekova, Olympos, Kemer, or Antalya. Prices for Blue Voyage cruises depend on the time of the year, number of cabins, and type of gulet (in some cases this may mean with or without A/C). Rates range from roughly $730 (495.00 EU) up to $1,735 (1180.00 EU). Again, prices depend greatly on number of cabins and time of year. Prices typically include: accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner, coffee and tea with every breakfast, water with every meal, harbor taxes, crew and weekly fuel expenses, transfers from airport to gulet and gulet to airport. The price does not include drinks, and excursions. Package tours are readily available and they may offer a significant amount of savings.
To book a Blue Voyage cruise or to charter a Blue Voyage yacht, visit Blue Voyage Cruises or contact your local cruise travel agent.