Turkish Gulets Offer You the Best Turkey Travelling Experience

Turkish Gulets refer to traditional Turkish broad-beamed wooden handcrafted motor sailing vessels with 1 or 2 masts, a raised bow, and flat stern. These gulets were formerly made and used by sponge divers and fishermen to transport their catch. But these days, Turkish Gulets are used luxuriously particularly for yachting holidays.

Most Turkish Gulets have 4-8 double or triple cabins and can accommodate 8-20 passengers, therefore, ideal for enjoying vacations with friends and family. But there are many different sizes and designs of gullets that have different features and capacities. Normally, a gulet is well equipped and nicely decorated to deliver its passengers the most pleasing experience. To avail utmost comfort for the passengers, nowadays, most gulets contain an indoor lounge, sundeck and ensuite bathrooms. Anyone without any sailing experience can hire a gulet and enjoy a vacation with his or her family and friends because these gulets have professional captains and chefs to look after the passengers.

A quick look into a gulet cabin
A quick look into a gulet cabin

Every cabin of Turkish Gulets has a double berth or single upper and double lower bunk-berths, a wardrobe for hanging clothes, an ensuite bathroom with modern toilet facilities and a pull-out shower hose fixed with the basin. Interior features of Turkish Gulets include indoor dining area, a bar, a saloon, and a completely outfitted gallery.  The back deck includes a fully covered lounging and dining area and the forward deck has different types of sun beds which can be shaded by a canopy when the gulet is not sailing.

Normally, electricity in Turkish Gulets runs at 12 V/24 V.  You can bring your portable PCs, phone or camera chargers, electric or battery-operated shavers etc.  Other electrical appliances can be connected normally while the gulets are tied to the harbour or land.

Gulets are especially perfect for yachting holidays because of broad beams that give passengers enough deck space and ample amount of rooms for spacious cabins under the decks.

Turkish Gulets can be of different sizes, from small 50 foot (15 meter) long craft with all the required equipments to luxuries, large 108-foot (33 meter) air-conditioned ones with utmost modern amenities.
The other things that may be included in the facilities of a gulet are fishing lines, board games, CD player, a fridge/freezer to keep drinks and food cold and snorkels & masks. One of the most pleasing experiences can be fishing your own dinner and getting that cooked by the chefs.

Hire a gulet today and enjoy your best Turkish vacation with your friends and family!

Is a blue cruise in Turkey for me?

We have to be totally honest; Blue Cruises in Turkey are not going to be for everyone. We could write a novel on great things about blue cruises in Turkey but at the end of the day, it’s your holiday. We want you to have realistic expectations and know what you are getting into.  Consequently, we have put together a list of factors you should consider before jumping on a blue cruise in Turkey.

  • Every day we cruise to different bays, beaches and small villages. All activities are optional and guests can choose to stay on the gulet. However it is important to note that you may be travelling with either more active guests partaking in lots of activities or may be the complete opposite


  • Travel without having to move anywhere. Your room, luggage and entire hotel travels with you. If you like to change rooms every few days, then this type of accommodation is not for you. Once your cabin has been allocated to you, this is the room you will stay in for the rest of your journey with us.


  • Cabins on gulets are smaller than hotel rooms. Not that you will be spending much time in there!


  • Swimming day and night is a big part of blue cruises in Turkey. If you do not know how to swim this may not be the best type of accommodation for you. However our crew have lifejackets and tubes to help you float if you wish to see the turquoise coast by boat.


  • Turkish food, on the gulets especially, is delicious. Self-service on blue cruises is not available and we highly recommend to let go of any reservations you may have about eating different kinds of food. We cater for all dietary requirements but if you do not like vegetables and salads that are served at every meal then we suggest you starting to eat them.
Guests waiting to feast on delicious Turkish food served on the gulet
Guests waiting to feast on delicious Turkish food served on the gulet


  • We promote a laid back, relaxing lifestyle on our blue cruises in Turkey. There is plenty of time to sit back, enjoy a good book and take everything in your stride. If you are more comfortable with energetic, active and non-stop hustle and bustle for your vacation, you would be more suited to a large cruise rather than a gulet cruise in Turkey.


  • Are you travelling with as a family with young children? If you have children under 3 years old you definitely can still join a blue cruise in Turkey however we do not recommend it. Unlike big cruise ships gulets do not have fully enclosed side rails making it very easy for children to gain access to the sea. For children over 3 years of age, we find that they have the time of their lives!


  • More often than not, blue cruises in Turkey offer great value and very competitive rates. It may actually work out cheaper for you and your party to travel on a gulet cruise than stay in a hotel. Plus all your meals are included!


These are just some of the things to factor into your decision to join a blue cruise in Turkey. You may also think about the time of year you are travelling, how much time you have in Turkey and what the rest of your travel group likes doing on their vacations.  In our experience there really are not many people that do not like blue cruises in Turkey, come along and give it a try!

Luxury Gulets in Turkey

Thinking of embarking on an adventurous holiday, a vacation which you can cherish for a lifetime? Come and enjoy the magnificent coastline, bask in the glory of nature subtly blended in the aura of history and indulge your taste buds in wonderful cuisine, as you make yourself cozy and comfortable on a luxury gulet in Turkey. These gulets are great for couples, families and friends or even groups who look forward to charter an entire boat as sole occupants. It’s indeed great to explore Turkey’s blue waters on board an air-conditioned luxury gulet, guided by a knowledgeable and skilled team having considerable years of experience in the field.

Gulet cruises indeed offer you spectacular views of the coastline of Turkey laden with a rich history. In fact, as you get going on a thrilling journey, unique rock tombs, ancient cities and historic sites are there to greet you on your way. Be ready to soothe your senses with the mesmerising panoramic sights of a sea which playfully presents numerous shades of green and blue. As the day’s chapter closes, look around from your gulet and be a hypnotized spectator of the stunning view that nature brings forth as the sun sets across the gigantic mountains.

While enjoying your journey on a luxury gulet in Turkey, take some time to bathe in the beauty of the crystal clear coastline, where you can indulge yourself in swimming, water sports or exploration of the exquisite marine world. There are in fact a number of deserted bays, hidden coves, sandy beaches bathed in the sun as well as isolated villages, to make your holiday exceptionally special.
Alaturka luxury gulets range in size and amenitites but most will include the following:

  • Air conditioned cabins
  • Larger gulet but less cabins
  • Professional staff speaking several different languages
  • A range of actitivies from watersports to indoor entertainment systems
  • Often a jacuzzi on board
  • Turkish and International deluxe menus and cuisine
  • Wifi and satellite


These are just some of the extras included to make your holiday luxurious and one to remember!

Sailing on a luxury gulet at sunset
Sailing on a luxury gulet at sunset

Alaturka offer different categories of tours on luxury gulets to suit the taste of every traveller. You will get fleets which are fully equipped with modern amenities. All you need to do is to lay back, relax, while experienced chefs, guides and crew will cater to you. As you drink in the beauty, gather a whole lot of information about the coastline as well as the surrounding areas. All our luxury gulet itineraries can be tailored to fit the needs and likes of your group or party.

Our cruises can take you to a number of places including the popular areas of Marmaris and Bodrum, Fethiye and Kekova. Book your tour with Alaturka and we guarantee it will be an experience of a lifetime and one that you will want to return to year on year. For more details please contact us at info@alaturkayachting.com

Olympos to Fethiye Blue Cruise

Turkey is famed for its blue cruises along the Mediterranean that takes one to famous vacation spots like islands, harbours, and even cities long gone.  The location of Turkey ensures its unique history and diverse culture, a meeting point between the East and the West, and one of the ways to explore this culture is to go aboard gulet cruises or charter private yachts and go sightseeing on the cerulean blue waters.

To many, neither gulet cruises nor Olympos and Fethiye are strange words to the ear. But for those who don’t know, Olympos was an ancient city of the Antalya province, founded during the Hellenistic period. Its ruins can be seen in the Kumluca district. And the great news is, Alaturka offers a four day blue cruise from Olympos to Fethiye, where one can ‘see’ the past amid the ruins of these majestic cities. On the first day there is an opportunity for snorkeling in the Pirates Cave, and view the greenery and fish population found in the Mediterranean.

Along the way, the gulet cruise stops at the sunken city of Kekova, a World Heritage site, and at Simena, where one can climb a castle and view the dazzling view of the underwater Lycian ruins, including the Roman Theater and a Lycian sarcophagus. After a stay at the Gokkaya bay the blue cruise heads off to Kas, a quaint town with opportunities for shopping. Afterwards, there is a one night stay at the Aquarium bay.  The next day is a trip to the Butterfly Valley which gets its name from the diverse species of butterflies found in that region, and then for the more daring ones, there is an opportunity to go paragliding over Oludeniz and soak up the wonders of this magical land from atop (if the weather permits). There is a stay at St. Nicholas Island from where the gulet cruise finally takes off to the final destination the next day, namely, Fethiye, but not before everyone on board has had the opportunity to swim at the Samanlik Bay amongst its thriving marine population.

Fethiye itself is the point where the Mediterranean meets the Aegean Sea. It is a well known place amongst the tourists, recognised for the views, the weather, and the hospitable people. Breakfast, lunch and dinners are included in the overall fares, and even the overnight stays are filled with an opportunity to either stroll around the ancient ruins (at St. Nicholas Island) or meet up with the people of different nationalities who arrived at these locations with the spirit of adventure in their hearts.

Even more good news is, Alaturka offers an Olympos to Fethiye gulet cruise that takes you through all these sites at the minimal cost of €185 and above, depending on the season. To those who want to gather up family and friends, private yacht charters are also available, depending upon the choice of the gulet. Alaturka also offer great specials throughout the season so be sure to ask for the latest discounts when booking!

And when the time is right and the holiday season is in full swing, one shouldn’t let go of the opportunity to explore these areas, rich not only for their beauty but also for history, not man-made charms but delights of nature. Don’t forget to visit Turkey this year!

Pirate Cave along the Olympos to Fethiye blue cruise route
Pirate Cave along the Olympos to Fethiye blue cruise route