Private Yacht Charter Turkey

Why should you go on a sailing trip?
That’s a question most people who have not experienced sailing have in mind. For one, there are many places that cannot be reached by land or air travel and the only feasible option is to go by sea. Sailing appeals to most adventurous individuals- imagine all the new places that you can explore, the people that you will meet once you are moored on the bay, as well as the food and the culture that you will sample and see in your destination. You can find the fun in sailing not only when you reach your destination but in the journey as well. You can go swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, or just lounge in the sundeck aboard en route to your next stop.  Also, compared to a long land trip where you will be cramped inside a vehicle for hours, a sailing trip is relaxing and leisurely. Think of sailing as a way of taking luxury to the outdoors – like bringing your big screen TV on a camping trip.

Chartering a private yacht is perfect for sharing good times with people you love. AlaTurka’s biggest gulet, the Pinar 111, can accommodate up to 32 people. The size is great for celebrations with family, friends, or colleagues. Everyone can hang out and relax on deck while cruising. There are also smaller gulets that suit honeymoon or anniversary trips for couples or for small families. Couples can spend the night having a wonderful dinner under the stars.

Turkey is bounded by the Black Sea in the north, the Aegean Sea in the west, and the Mediterranean Sea in the south. This makes southwestern Turkey, as well as Greece, an ideal destination for a sailing holiday. There are plenty of impressive bays and coastlines in Turkey and deciding on a sailing route is not an easy thing to do. Some of the things that you need to consider are the sailing duration and the activities that you want to do. Do you want to go swimming in beaches or to anchor in secluded bays? Do you want to have sailing stops in historical sites? Do you want to spend the night onboard or checkout the nightlife? You can come up with your own customised route but if you need help in choosing, AlaTurka has suggested itineraries for Turkey and Greece ranging from 4 days to 1 week to help you get started. AlaTurka has many years of sailing experience in this region and will be able to guide you in identifying the suitable route for you.

In selecting the yacht, you can choose the yacht class – the budget-friendly Standard class with all the basic amenities, the Mid-Range class, the Deluxe class, the Luxury class, and the VIP class with its five-star service. Depending on your preference, the yachts can come equipped with board games, a jacuzzi, a kayak, diving equipment, as well as snorkelling and fishing gear. If you can sail and can manage the boat without a skipper or crew members, you can go for the bareboat option with smaller sailing yachts.

The choices are endless when it comes to a private yacht charter in Turkey. Visit AlaTurka Yachting to learn more about the chartered yachts or email us at to discuss your options with one of our experienced staff.

Fethiye to Olympos blue cruise – a truly amazing cruise!

Fethiye, a small city and district of Mugla Province in the Aegean region of Turkey, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey, like a magnet attracting more and more visitors each year. While discovering Turkey as a mix of old and new, take into account the possibility of booking a blue cruise from Fethiye to Olympos. Olympos was an ancient city in Lycia and today its ruins are located in the Kumluca district of Antalya Province, as well as being one of top must visit attractions in Olympos.

Olympos, probably dating from 167-168 B.C, is a popular place for visits, best known for its sandy beaches and forests. One of greatest ways to reach Olympos is a blue cruise leaving from Fethiye harbour around 10:00-11:00 am. The blue cruise is an unforgettable cruise for 4 days; each day you will be enjoying new experiences and attractions. During this amazing cruise you will:


  • Swim in the Butterfly Valley, the gorgeous valley, regarded as one of the most picturesque and amazing places in Turkey.
  • Visit Oludeniz, considered as one of Europe’s most stunning beaches and one of the best places in the world for paragliding. You will also visit Kas, a small Turkish town, known for its shopping. Activities such as fishing, diving, yachting make it an even more attractive holiday destination. The Sunken City of Simena, probably one of the most charming Fethiye to Olympos blue cruise stops, is a combination of ancient, medieval and modern history, making it incredibly charming and it an attractive destination. Today it is the location of the charming fishing village of Kaleköy, which hosts a well-preserved castle built on the site of ancient Lycian foundations.
  • Spend a night on St. Nicholas Island, also known as Gemiler Islands, boasting ancient ruins of a palace decorated with mosaics and the Byzantine ruins of several ancient churches, built between the fourth and sixth centuries AD.
  • “Taste” Kalkan (Aquarium Bay), featuring crystal clear waters and splendid mountains. Kalkan hasn’t been touched by mass tourism, leaving it upmarket and very charming to this day, with spectacular views at every turn.
  • Party down at Smuggler’s Inn. It‘s party time at one of the discos where you can dance under the stars, chat with other tourists or simply relax while tasting a glass of fresh juice or beer.

Our blue cruise from Fethiye to Olympos will bring you so far away from your daily life, responsibilities and thoughts – it will be just an experience you will never forget. Fethiye to Olympos 4-day blue cruise has everything to offer curious visitors.


Let’s take a blue cruise and visit some of the most charming Turkish sites and try some of the most exciting activities, such as swimming, paragliding, diving, snorkelling, and others. For a more authentic take on Turkey and its beautiful landscape, the blue cruise is a perfect choice to get to know more about Turkey, its small fishing villages, boasting rich and long history.

All you need to do now is to wave goodbye to grey skies and rainy days and cruise away to sandy beaches with warm crystal clear water, where you will discover the beauty of Turkey landscape and its small islands.

For the full itinerary see the Fethiye to Olympos blue cruise page


Jumping off the gulet
Jumping off the gulet

Luxury yacht charter in Turkey

Everyone deserves a vacation every now and then. If you are looking for a comfortable and luxurious holiday, a floating vacation on a  luxury yacht charter in Turkey is one of the best options. A yearly vacation is really important to avoid the stress brought by hectic work schedules and the much needed respite from a busy lifestyle can be achieved with a relaxing vacation.

Sea Travelling on Luxury Yacht Charter in Turkey
Spending your well-deserved vacation onboard a luxury yacht allows you to see different places in one holiday package. A chartered cruise offers exclusivity that you may not be able to experience if you opted for a land vacation or a big holiday cruise.

Land holidays limit your destination to a specific location and going on a cruise ship means you have to share your holiday with a lot of people. Charter cruises though can provide you and your family with personalised service, variety and be more private and exclusive.

Total exclusivity with first-class floating services is yours for the taking. The services can be comparable to that provided by cruise ships and five-star hotel accommodations. This only means that all you will ever need will be right there for you.

One special benefit of opting for a luxury yacht charter in Turkey is that you get the privilege to choose your destinations. You can either cruise to a few islands spending your time relaxing or jam pack your cruise with islands, historical sites, small villages and beach towns.  You get to be the master of your holiday cruise.
With a private luxury charter, you enjoy a vacation that is full of new and exciting adventures while enjoying complete privacy because there will be less crowds, and plenty of secluded bays to moor in during the stops along the way. The best thing about choosing a luxury yacht charter is that you get to take your family to exotic places that are a once in a lifetime experience and also more often than not cannot be reached by land.

Chartered luxury yachts are leisure boats designed specifically for water holidays and relaxation. These luxury boats are manned by the captain and his additional crew. The kind of tour package and yacht you choose will determine the number of staff that will be of service, as well as extra amenities available while you are on your holiday in Turkey.

Since a Turkish luxury yacht charter defines comfort and leisure while on the water, you can only expect to have access to all amenities that you could ever need. In simple words, you can expect your floating holiday to be one that you will surely remember for a long time – if not for the rest of your life.

For more information on luxury yacht charters in Turkey please email us at

Inside a luxury gulet
Inside a luxury gulet

Best beaches in Turkey

There are countless beaches in Turkey, each one vying for attention, each one surpassing the other in beauty and history. Turkey is a land richly bestowed with tourist destinations, thanks to its magnificent and vast coast of the Mediterranean, populated with beaches, bays, quaint towns and busy cities, coupled with its unique history of the Carian, and Lycian periods, dating back to many centuries ago. Many of these are still un-spoilt and crowd free, with very little human population, places that specialise in and thrive mainly because of tourism.

These beaches are easily accessible via gulet cruises and private yacht charters that are arranged during the peak tourism season along the Turkish Riviera.

Butterfly Valley is one such spot located amid two gigantic cliffs on two sides, rounded up on the third side by pristine waters. Camping is allowed in the valley but there is no electricity or roads, adding to its serene charm. Gulet cruises are available from Fethiye and Olympos. As the name suggests, it is known for its vast varieties of butterflies in the region, adding to the rich flora and fauna.

Butterfly Valley, one of the best beaches in Turkey
Butterfly Valley, one of the best beaches in Turkey

Then there is Marmaris, surrounded by pine forests and a view of two sets of mountains. Add to it the plus point of a history that dates back to the 4th century, with influences of Persian, Roman, Ottoman eras, and a thriving night life. Closely situated is the Daylan area near Iztuzu Beach, where turtles lay eggs and jasmine gardens are abundantly situated.

Oludeniz beach is simply breathtaking, with a long sandy and pebble beach opening to a blue lagoon at the base of the Taurus Mountains. No doubt people want to have a bird’s eye view from atop, by paragliding over this famously photographed spot. Its beauty can simply not be put in words; but for those who want to experience it, gulet cruises are available as well as road access or a beautiful walk from Kaka Koy.

Antalya is yet another tourist destination along the Mediterranean, a highly visited spot for those who want to immerse in culture, history and beauty all at once. Its history has moulded the area in Hellenistic, Byzantine, Roman and Selcuk colours, and given it such quaint locations as the Kaleiçi area with Ottoman era houses, Hadrian’s Gate constructed in the 2nd century by Romans, Iskele Mosque and the Clock Tower. The population is also varied and ranges from Greeks, Muslims, Jews and Christians who give this place a diverse cultural ambience.
Another popular beach is in Bodrum on the Turquoise Coast; in the Aegean Sea with its many resorts, the home town of Greek historian Herodotus, and the place housing one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the mausoleum of Mausolus. It is esteemed for its many luxurious hotels, cafes and boutiques, where the rich come and enjoy the natural beauty coupled with manmade opulence and charm to relax and refresh.

Other beaches include Patara, Kabak, Pamucak, Kleopatra and the Black Sea coastline to name a few. This list does not cover them all. No need to say, there are so many choices as to befuddle a traveller, and all these are made easily accessible thanks to gulet cruises and private yacht charters for tourists. When the options are so inviting and hassle free, and the marvels to visit so great, one should simply not miss the chance. So gear up for the next visit; let the next destination be Turkey, at the beach of your choice, and let it be sooner rather than later.

Gulet cruises in Turkey – An experience to last a lifetime

Those searching for an enthralling way of experiencing Turkey would be pleased to know that Gulet cruises in Turkey rank among the very best sailing tours in the world. Each of these tours allows tourists to explore the various ancient islands and archeological wonders as well as enjoy the breathtaking beauty offered by the gorgeous Turkish harbours. These sailing vessels known as gulets are unique and make sure that you make the fullest of your tour by exploring the various sights and sceneries that the tour has to offer.

A Wide Range of Gulet Cruises in Turkey to Choose From
Tourists are offered an excellent choice when it comes to these gulets. Each sailing vessel has been superbly handcrafted in teak, mahogany and pine and offers travellers with the very best in terms of quality and comfort, technology and service. A typical gulet normally holds up to a total of 12-16 passengers with most offering double or twin cabin options.  The word gulet has been derived from the French word ‘goulette’ that refers to a schooner. These Turkish gulets are normally made from local pine and have a sharp bow, rounded aft and broad beams. Service is something that sets gulets apart as all Gulet cruises in Turkey offer some of the very best captains and finest chefs of the country. What makes a gulet cruise even more special is that each mealtime is greeted with a new panorama that varies from picturesque fishing villages to exotic coves.

Gulet Cruises in Turkey Offer the Best Way of Exploring the Country
Those choosing to explore the sights and surroundings of Turkey in these gulet cruises are practically guaranteed with unending swimming opportunities, romantic sunsets, majestic sunrise views, mouthwatering dishes and world class service. Local wines and a range of international spirits have also been stocked for those long nights of fun and frolic. Apart from the on-board activities, tourists can also enjoy a range of offshore and onshore activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, sightseeing and exploring the various ancient archaeological wonders.

Gulet Cruises in Turkey Places to Visit
Most gulet cruises sail around the old world coasts of Lycia, Ionia and Caria. Tourists are offered with some of the most fascinating historical sites such as Aspendos (one of the oldest theatres in the world), Knidos (famous for its old world temples and terraces), Kaunos (a majestic rock-cut temple of tombs) and Ephesus (famous for its stunning theatre and library). What makes gulet cruises in Turkey so special is that they manage to perfectly combine the country’s history to its breathtaking natural beauty in order to offer passengers a perfect combination of a sea based and a land based adventure.

The exceptional site of the Ancient City of Kaunos
The exceptional site of the Ancient City of Kaunos