Gulet Experiences

UNIQUE FOR TURKEY

Every beautiful product starts with passion, luck and sometimes an accident. Just a few years after the new Turkish Republic was founded the author Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı aka Halikarnas Balıkçısı (pen-name, "Fisherman of Halicarnassus") was exiled to Bodrum. A very small village in those days turned out to be an early passage to heaven. Then the most unique travel product of Turkey was born “Mavi Yolculuk'' or “Blue Cruise.” Yup, a cruise along the turquoise shores of Turkey. It’s an escape from the drabness of the hectic lives we live. Here is a picture for you: on the Blue Cruise one sails along the southwestern Turkish coastline into solitary bays, crystal clear and virgin waters, picturesque small villages and places of antiquity.

Well it's not that simple. Imagine a wooden gullet with your private crew ready to deliver all your needs for 24/7 for a week. If you want, you can also jump in on the chores -from doing the cooking or washing-up to pulling together to lift the anchor- become your own Sinbad. How about sparkling some Greek Islands in your Blue Voyage? Interested…

At the beginning of the cruise, an experienced IZE Travel representative will welcome you onboard accompanied with fruit and champagne. You will be introduced to your home (the gulet) and her crew that will accommodate you for the next few days. You will be lectured about the life on the gulet and places to explore along the cruise. Our guests travel as if they are on their own private yachts. We will turn everything upside down to make your cruise an unforgettable journey.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS GULET EXPERIENCES

CAN WE COMBINE OUR GULET EXPERIENCE WITH A LAND TOUR/HOLIDAY?
Yes, of course. IZE Travel is an A Class travel agency. We can organize land tours, guided tours, hotel bookings, etc. tailored to your needs either. You can combine a land tour before or after your gulet experience. All will be arranged according to your needs.

CAN WE DECIDE OUR OWN ROUTE?
The itinerary which would be more suitable for your expectations can be decided together. Also, upon your arrival to your gulet, IZE Travel representative meets you on board and welcome you with a fruit-champagne service followed by a full briefing upon the gulet and the itinerary. You can always decide your daily program within your itinerary with the captain every day.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO CRUISE AT NIGHT?
We don't cruise during the night, unless there is an emergency situation.

HOW OFTEN DO WE SAIL?
Sailing performance of our gulets is good under convenient winds. They are equipped with all sailing gears, dacron sails, etc. As long as the route, wind direction and force are suitable, you will be sailing.

CAN YOU PROVIDE SPECIAL DIET, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN FREE FOODS ONBOARD?
Our food is based on Mediterranean type and Turkish home cooking. Our cooks are very experienced and they are capable of preparing food for special needed diets, vegetarian food, etc.

CAN WE BRING OUR OWN DRINKS?
Yes of course, you are welcome to bring your own drinks and alcohol with you or they can be purchased according to your wishes from supermarkets and you just pay at cost price only. The crew will be happy to serve you. We do not run a bar system on our gulets.

IS WIFI INTERNET ACCESS AVAILABLE ON BOARD?
WiFi internet access is available on most of our gulets. Please note, it is available in Turkish waters only.

IS THERE LAUNDRY ON BOARD?
Some of our gulets have a washing machine on board. Crew are happy to wash your items if necessary. However, you can always wash by hand if washing machine is not available. Depending how long you stay at a port, crew can also organize a laundry service too.

IS THERE PLENTY TO DO FOR KIDS ONBOARD THE GULET?
Yes, Gulet holidays is a perfect way to enjoy by all families. Our gulets are very large and have spacious deck areas with plenty of space to play for children. Snorkeling, canoeing, fishing is just some of the activities for them to do.

WILL MY PRIVACY BE RESPECTED ON BOARD?
You can be sure to cruise with your own privacy. Our crew are all well trained and they have been working on our gulets for many years, so they are very experienced. They know how to be respectful.

WHERE DO THE CREW SLEEP ON THE GULET?
Crew members have their own separate crew quarters. They do not use the cabins. All of the cabins aboard our gulets are just for the use of our guests.

WHAT ARE THE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS? ARE WE SAFE DURING THE VOYAGE?
All of our gulets are equipped with safety equipments such as inflatable life rafts with enough capacity for crew and guests, service boats, fire extinguishers (in the salon, in every cabin, in the engine room), life jackets to Solas standards, lifesaving rings on deck, signal flares and first aid kit. The engine rooms are entirely covered with fireproof material for fire insulation. The life rafts, life jackets, firefighting equipment and signal flares are obligatory on every single commercial yacht. No yacht can get permission to leave the harbor without these equipments anyway. All these equipment are tested and serviced by officially licensed service stations every year and then they are approved and certified by the harbor master every year. They are also checked by the Coast Guard. Our gulets have high bulwarks. A safety net can also be put on the railings around the bulwarks, if necessary. We have at least two life jackets for children on all of our gulets too. Our crew are very accustomed with parties with children. They provide a complete service to the guests with traditional Turkish hospitality. All our crew are specially chosen for their experience and their personality. They are all internationally licensed.

WHAT IF WE NEED A DOCTOR OR HOSPITAL IN EMERGENCY?
There are many well equipped hospitals and clinics in the cruising area which can be easily and quickly accessed. Some of these hospitals provide helicopter or boat ambulance service too.

WHAT ABOUT TIPPING THE CREW?
It is not obligatory, but it is a custom to tip the crew. If you are satisfied with the service provided, you can tip the crew. It is totally up to your discretion. As a rough guideline, an amount between 5- 10% of your charter fee would be appropriate.

ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN COSTS OR SURCHARGES?
No, there are no any hidden costs or surcharges with our prices.

ABOUT US

What most people are interested in is who are we? Well, we are a trio with a love for travel, simple as that. Actually, one of us is more concentrated on the technological side. But in our small universe, our core revolves around detail and service. We are curious about our geography and where we live, the wonders that we are surrounded in. Combining our passion, encouraging our curiosity and creativity, we reach out to our sole purpose which is a tailor-made travel for your off time.

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