Whether youâ€™re looking to spend five days, seven days, or several weeks cruising the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, there are numerous Bodrum charter cruises available for you and your group.
Located on the South West coast of Turkey, Bodrum features roughly 300 days of sunshine a year making it the perfect place to explore while you are in Turkey. While bigger cruise ships do travel the coast of Turkey, the best way to pamper yourself and get up close and personal with nature is on a Bodrum charter cruise. Most Bodrum charter cruises take place aboard a gulet (also “goulette” or “gullet”) or a yacht. A gulet is a two-masted sailing vessel from the South West coast of Turkey. Modern gulet’s are typically anywhere from 45-115 feet long and they are popular for various types of cruises. A gulet is a great option for those interested in exploring the Aegean coast (secluded and many deserted bays and coves of the coastline), while engaging in activities such as sunbathing, snorkeling, windsurfing, canoeing, and fishing â€“ all from the deck of a handmade gulet.
When youâ€™re not enjoying water activities or relaxing on the deck of your yacht or gulet, you will have the opportunity to visit famous fishing harbors, popular villages, and even the remains of ancient civilizations. Not to mention that Bodrum is not only a famous Turkish Holiday center, it also housed one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World — The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.
Bodrum charter cruises are anywhere from three days up to several weeks aboard a gulet or yacht that accommodates roughly 4-20 guests in six to eight cabins. Keep in keep in mind that the guletâ€™s are not large ships â€“ so they do not have the modern amenities like most other ships. This is not to say that the ships are not comfortable â€“ but they are more for nature lovers and those who love to sail than those looking for onboard entertainment, spas, and elegant dining options. What you will find on most guletâ€™s are very comfortable cabins with en-suite facilities, showers, and hot and cold water. In some cases, the gulet wonâ€™t have air conditioning, but every cabin offers a perfect view of the sea. Most yachts will have air conditioning, however, and air conditioned gullets do exist â€“ just ask!
To book a Bodrum charter cruise, check out Bluecruise.org or Sea Gull Yacht Charters. A Blue Cruise or Blue Voyage is the term used to describe taking a yacht on the Aegean and Mediterranean coast of Turkey. During your cruise, you will spend several hours cruising daily, and the other time is spent exploring or engaging in numerous water activities. When itâ€™s time to dine, in some cases you will eat at a large table, outdoors on deck or in the dining area of the vesselâ€™s â€œmain saloon.â€? The meals are typically Greek and Turkish-inspired, and the cook prepares them. Besides the cook, the other crewmembers on a Bodrum charter cruise include the captain and maybe 1-2 deck hands.
There are several itineraries to choose from and prices vary slightly depending on the type of vessel, number of guests, length of cruise, and the time of year. Prices are typically lower in May and October, and higher in July and August. June and September are slightly lower than the months of July and August.