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, some of the best Bodrum cruises take place aboard a gulet. A gulet (also “goulette” or “gullet”) is actually 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, you will have the opportunity to visit fishing harbors, popular villages, and 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 mini cruises are typically 3-4 day cruises aboard a gulet that accommodates roughly 4-20 guests in six to eight cabins. Keep in keep in mind that the guletâ€™s are not large ships or even yachts 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 many cases, the gulet wonâ€™t have air conditioning, but every cabin offers a perfect view of the sea.
During your cruise, you will spend roughly 3-4 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 mini cruise include the captain and 1-2 deck hands.
There are several itineraries to choose from and prices vary slightly depending on whether you choose a 3 or 4-day Bodrum mini cruise, the time of year, and number of guests. Prices are per person and may range from $285-$325 or more. Prices are lower in May and October, and higher in July and August. June and September are slightly lower than the months of July and August.
To book a Bodrum mini cruise, check out Bluecruise.org. A Blue Cruise or Blue Voyage is the term used to describe taking a yacht on the Aegean and Mediterranean coast of Turkey.