Yachts & Crew
What is a yacht charter?
A yacht charter with Alaturka Yachting is a unique holiday renting a whole yacht for your friends, family or colleagues. The group that is travelling will have the yacht to themselves and also get to select an itinerary, the type of yacht they sail or cruise on and any added amenities that they would like to add to their journey.
What is a cabin cruise?
A cabin cruise (often referred to as a blue cruise) is a more affordable pre-planned cruise by Alaturka. The yacht is sold on a per person or per cabin option and visiting many of the popular destinations in the Mediterranean. This is different to the yacht charter as individuals, couples and small groups can join other people on the one cruise.
Which type of charter is suitable for us?
Private charter: Chartering a private gulet is a fantastic option for those looking for further comforts, privacy, flexibility on the itinerary and destinations. The yacht and crew are dedicated only to your party. From our fleet, you can choose a yacht starting at a minimum of 2 cabins to 16 cabins for your group.
Cabin cruises: If you are travelling as an individual, have difficulties to put together a group for a yacht charter or simply like meeting new people there is the option to join of our cabin cruise tours and charter one or more cabin. You will have a chance to meet people from all around the world while enjoying one of the most unique and relaxing holidays in the Mediterranean or Aegean. On a cabin cruise, the itineraries, menus and ports of embarkation and disembarkation for the Cabin Charters are fixed and cannot be altered.
Cabin cruises vary in length, the standard of yacht and destinations to suit all tastes. For those travelling as an individual, there are also options to share a cabin on some routes to avoid single supplement fees.
What's a bareboat charter?
A bareboat is simply a boat that is rented without a crew or a skipper. A member of the group will need to skipper the boat and depending on the country you are planning to depart from and where you will travel, you will need to show some type of certification and previous boating experience. This option is only available for small sailing vessels, catamarans and motor yachts.
What's a crewed charter?
A crewed charter is a charter on a yacht where a permanent crew navigates the yacht and takes care of the passengers and their needs. The crew is made up of a captain and additional highly trained crew who can be anyone from stewardesses, deckhands, engineers, even masseuses and beauticians depending on what yacht you travel on.
What are the differences between standard, A/C Standard, mid-range, luxury, deluxe and VIP?
Standard: Perfect for groups travelling on a budget, these yachts can accommodate from 6 to 22 passengers. The yachts are basic and do not include extra amenities.
A/C Standard: A standard gulet that includes air conditioning. This yacht is often used for a higher standard of cabin charters.
Mid-range: Similar to a standard yacht, these yachts have all the features of a standard yacht but include extra and newer facilities. Interiors will be more modern and the yacht may also include air conditioning.
Luxury: Luxury class yachts are beautifully designed yachts with modern interiors and include many of the comforts of home. They are equipped with TVs, DVD Players, air conditioning and many water sport activities including canoes/kayaks and snorkelling equipment. Luxury class yachts house up to 12 guests, with approximately five to six cabins and four to six crew members.
Deluxe: Deluxe class yachts boast large and luxurious cabins with all the amenities including Plasma TVs, DVD Players, minibars, and stunning private bathrooms. All cabins are fully air-conditioned and feature modern and stylish décor. The deck is large and spacious for guests to enjoy their blue cruise, and more often than not features a jacuzzi. Guests will also have access to many water sports and toys. Deluxe yachts can usually accommodate up to 12 guests with access to six to eight crew.
VIP: VIP yachts can match any of the finest hotels around the globe; providing crew and five-star service, lots of onboard activities and luxurious cabins pampering to your every need. Most of our VIP gulets cater up to 12 people in 5 to 6 stylish cabins
Do I have to tip the captain/crew, and if so what's the standard amount?
At Alaturka Yachting tipping is purely voluntary, we try to promote tipping on the event that you have received quality and exceptional service.
If you do decide that you want to tip the captain or crew - if they've been professional, helpful, gracious, etc - then it's customary to pay 5% to 15% of the total charter amount before you leave the boat on the last day. When there are multiple crew members – passengers are encouraged to give the tip to the captain who will then distribute the amount equally between the crew.
Do the yachts have air conditioning?
Yes, some yachts do have air conditioning. Please take note when searching for your yacht charter or cabin charter if air conditioning is listed in the specifications if it is required.
Why are only 12 people allowed on some boats?
International Marine regulation generally states that once a vessel carries more than 12 passengers, even if it is being used as a private yacht, it is considered to be a passenger ship and has to comply with the SOLAS Convention (Safety of Life at Sea) set out by the IMO (International Maritime Organization). This is most commonly used with travel from Turkey to Greece and vice versa. If your yacht charter is only travelling in Turkish waters your yacht can carry additional passengers.
SOLAS involves adhering to a comprehensive list of stringent safety restrictions that are expensive to implement and this is reflected in the chartering cost increase between boats licensed for up to 12 passengers and boats licensed for more than 12 passengers.
Alaturka Yachting has a good selection of yachts that can travel in international waters with large groups. For more information please get in touch.
Destination & Itineraries
In which countries can I cruise/sail?
Alaturka Yachting currently cruises/sails primarily between Turkey and Greece. The list of countries our yachts will visit will be extended in the near future. If you do have a request for a particular country please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will do our best to arrange.
Can I embark and disembark from different harbours?
Depending on your travel dates and the yacht you would like to travel on, embarking and disembarking from different harbours is possible. When enquiring about your private yacht charter please ask and we will do our best to accommodate.
For cabin charters, the ports are set and passengers cannot embark from different harbours.
Can I visit some Greek Islands?
We can design an itinerary that includes one or more of the Greek ıslands. Please note that Greek port duties are not included in the prices. Those fees must be paid by the charterer when entering Greek harbours.
Can I plan my own itinerary?
It is possible to plan your itinerary for private yacht charters but not cabin charters. When planning your itinerary we will help you decide on destinations and provide our expertise to help your planning.
What places do I get to see on a yacht charter/cabin cruise?
From sunshine to scenery, history and culture our charters and cruises provide a mix of activities and relaxing for all passengers tastes. For private charters we can cater an itinerary specifically to your preferences whether you want extreme activities and hikes, relaxing or want to step back in history and visit all the magical ruins and castles.
Preparing for your charter
What is included in charter fees?
Yacht Charter: Harbour taxes and mooring fees in Turkish waters, diesel, yacht insurance, yachts laundry, water, 24-hour crew service, transit log, crew wages, use of equipment on board, bath towels and linen
Cabin Cruise: All cabin cruises are different with what they include, for inclusions on a specific cabin cruise please visit the cruise itinerary page. On most cabin cruises full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea) are included. As is the use of equipment on board including snorkels and boardgames, diesel, crew service, yacht insurance, yacht laundry, harbour taxes and mooring expenses in Turkish water and the transit log.
What is not included in charter fees?
Yacht Charter: Harbour taxes and mooring fees in Greek waters, meals, all drinks including water, alcoholic beverages, land excursions and airport transfers
Cabin cruises: All drinks including water, alcoholic beverages, land excursions, towels (both beach and bath), entrance fees to sites and airport transfers.
When do the private and cabin charters depart?
Private charters depart mainly on Saturdays but on occasions, we can depart on alternative days. Cabin charters depart every second day in low season and every day in high season.
Does my charter need to be a week-long?
The simple answer is no however in high season (July, August and September) in the Mediterranean many yacht operators have a rigid schedule of Saturday to Saturday charters. All charters must be a week. For requests less than a week in this time period, it is possible but charterers may need to be flexible with departure ports, dates and yachts.
Do I need to buy insurance for our charter?
Your charter agreement includes yacht insurance in case of damage to your yacht. However, we advise all passengers to consider cancellation and curtailment insurance. Passengers should also consider personal accident or medical insurance, as well as personal effects insurance which are not included in the charter fee.
What should I bring with me?
Passengers should pack like they are going on any other holiday. We highly recommend bringing at least two swimming suits, as you will be in and out of the water a lot. Passengers should also bring high protection sunscreen, hat, camera, beach towels and appropriate clothing for hot and warm weather.
Guests should also bring along good walking shoes for any excursions on land.
What type of activities will there be to do on my yacht chartering vacation?
A few of the more common activities which yacht charter guests can enjoy includes scuba diving (this may be onboard or rendezvous diving depending on the yacht), kayaking, jet skiing water skiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, snorkelling, paragliding, hiking, historical sightseeing, swimming, sunbathing, dining, nightclubbing, tramping, shopping, fishing, sailing - the list goes on depending on your charter location and itinerary.
Can I bring snorkelling equipment?
Yes. If you are a keen snorkeller we suggest bringing along your own mask and fins on cabin cruises so you do not have to share and continually adjust the straps.
What type of food and drinks will be served onboard?
Private charters: We serve a mix of Turkish and international cuisine from fish and chicken bbq to beef stews with all the extra trimmings. All meals are served with the freshest of ingredients and a variety of dishes. Charters will have the choice between standard and luxury menus.
Once you have booked, we will also send out a preference drink list to be filled in and sent back to us before your charter. This is so we can stock the bar appropriately to your choice of drinks.
Cabin charters: Unless specified, our cabin charters serve a standard menu with Turkish cuisine. Guests can enjoy a large Turkish breakfast with tomato, cucumber, eggs, bread and fresh fruit. Lunch on our yachts is always vegetarian and dinner is a mix of barbequed dishes and large hearty meals. We also eat plenty of seafood while on board. Bars on our cabin charters are always stocked with a mix of juices, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and water. Tea and coffee are served in the afternoon.
Can you cater for special diets?
For both private yacht charters and cabin cruises, we can cater for all dietary needs. It is advised to advise Alaturka at the time of booking of your dietary requirement so we can adequately prepare for your journey.
Can I bring drinks on board?
It is possible to bring your drinks from outside to the yacht only for Private Yacht Charters. Charterers will need to notify our team at the time of booking that they would like to bring along their own drinks as all yachts differ with their drink regulations. Some may charge an extra or corking fee where others may not allow it at all.
Passengers are not allowed to bring their own drinks to the boat for Cabin Cruise unless specified. Drinks are to be purchased from the yacht bar.
Can I arrange land excursions during the charter?
For our private yacht charters, we can include land excursions in your itinerary which can include with or without a tour guide. On our cabin cruises, passengers can join our regular excursions included in the pre-planned itinerary.
Can you arrange transfers to and from the yacht?
Yes, we most certainly can. Just let us know what airport you are flying in and out of and we can send you a quote.
Please note for some private charters your transfers to and from the airport is included.
I'm travelling alone. Can I share a cabin with someone else?
If you’re travelling alone and would like to share a cabin with another passenger, we have a selection of cabin cruise itineraries available for you. On these cruises, you can share a cabin and can avoid the single supplement fee. Passengers may be roomed in twin, triple or quad rooms dependent on the cabin layout and other bookings.
Booking, payment & cancellations
How do I book a private/cabin charter?
Private charter: The best way to book a private charter is to contact us with a detailed description of what you are looking for your holiday at sea. The things we need to know to get you started are how many people are travelling, the destination you would like to visit and departure dates. If you have a yacht in mind too, that would be great. From there we can give you a detailed response of availability and get down to the smaller details of your cruise. Once you are happy with all the details, we will be happy to book your trip in. Please be aware that a 50% deposit is required at time of booking to confirm your yacht. For most packages, final payment is due 30 days before your departure date. In some cases, the balance can be made on arrival.
Cabin cruise: Once you have decided on which cabin cruise you would like to take and your departure dates please just follow the ‘book’ button from the itinerary overview page of the cruise you would like. This will take you through to our booking manager. Alternatively, you can visit https://booking.alaturkaturkey.com
How far in advance should I book my Alaturka Yachting charter?
Private charters: To book a private yacht charter we recommend booking at least three months in advance. If you are looking to rent a particular yacht (especially luxury or deluxe classes) please try and book six months in advance. For high season these yachts are often booked a year before the departure date.
Cabin Cruises: In low season cabin cruises can be booked anywhere up to 1 day before the departure date. We, however, recommend that you book your cruise as soon as you know your dates thus not to miss out on your preferred travel dates.
In high season our cabin cruises can book up 3 -4 weeks before the departure date. Please book as soon as possible.
For both private charter and cabin cruises popular departure dates coincide with bank holidays, Turkish holidays and European ‘high summer’ months of July and August, so book early to guarantee your place.
Once I book a charter how do I pay?
Payments can be made via money transfer, cash to our Fethiye office, Paypal or credit card.
What if I want to cancel my charter?
Our terms and conditions document states what happens in various circumstances if the charter is cancelled. We recommend travel insurance to all our clients. Travel insurance covers your group in case of cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. This insurance will protect you from any loss of cancellation fees. For more information regarding cancellation terms and fees please visit our terms and conditions page.
What is the "APA"?
APA is the Advance Provisioning Allowance. When renting motor yachts we require an APA. The APA essentially creates a bank account for the Captain of the Boat to provision on your behalf. Your APA represents the operating expenses that you will incur during your stay on board. Deductions from the APA include fuel for the yacht, berthing fees, custom charges, harbour fees, divers’ fees where required, shore-side electricity and water where required, food and beverages.
For sailing yachts expect 20 to 25% to be added on and for motor yachts 30 to 35%. You will pay this with your final charter payment. The Captain is obligated to keep all receipts and balance the account for you, and you can check the expenditure level at any time during the charter.
At the end of the charter, the Captain will give you a full account of your expenses, and any amounts not used will be refunded to you. There are no mark-ups on the APA - all of the funds go directly to buying fuel, food, etc. The APA is a simple and efficient way of getting the boat provisioned properly, with minimal hassle and straightforward record keeping.
Why should I book with Alaturka Yachting?
If you book a trip with Alaturka Yachting, then you can be safe in the knowledge that you've chosen to travel on an industry-leading yachting company with a proven track record of delivering memorable holidays at sea. Over the past 10 years, we've given many satisfied clients trips that they'll never forget with many returning year on year.
The multi-cultural team at Alaturka Yachting have grown up, lived and travelled the Mediterranean and Aegean extensively providing you with an inside knowledge of the places and destinations you want to visit. There is nothing more we love to do than provide a quality, value for money, and unique travel experience in the country we all call home.
Can I take babies on board?
For private yacht charters babies are allowed on board. For cabin cruises the rules differ. Many require children to be over the ages of 12, others to be over the age of 3. Please check the itinerary specifications and notes for more information.
Can I bring along my pet?
Passengers are not permitted to bring their pets aboard the yachts for several reasons. Our crew is required to maintain rigid cleanliness standards for all their guests and there is a potential of allergens from animal remaining on board.
Pets are typically not accustomed to the strict confinement of a yacht and active cruising can be quite uncomfortable for pets. Just like humans, animals can also be sensitive to the effects of motion and may become disoriented or lethargic.
Are there any dos and don'ts with yacht chartering?
As with any travelling it is important to remember you are visitor in another country or culture. A smile or pleasant greeting will get great results in most areas. Try to avoid being too casually dressed when in town or away from the beach. In most places it is clearly sign posted when you need to be covered in religious and spiritual places.
For your journey with Alaturka Yachting You must have a valid passport and the necessary visas and charter agreement forms before leaving on your charter.
Do I need qualifications for sailing on board?
No qualifications are required when on a crewed yacht. If you are interested in having a drive of the yacht please ask your captain and dependent on weather conditions they will be happy to oblige and let you handle the yacht under their instructions.
Is smoking permitted on board?
Smoking is permitted on deck but we ask all smoking passengers to be mindful of guests that are non-smokers. Smoking is strictly forbidden below deck and in cabins.
What will the weather be like?
April, May and October are our cooler months to charter a yacht or cabin. Temperatures range from 20 and 26 degrees during the day and get cooler in the night. During this time of the year, it is recommended to bring along some warmer clothing for the night time.
Our high season (June, July, August and September) are much hotter. The average temperature in this time ranges from 30 to 38 degrees usually without any rain for the whole period.
Will I experience seasickness?
The Mediterranean and Aegean and reasonably calm seas and we do not have many instances of seasickness. If however you are concerned about being sick or have been previously on a boat it is advisable to pick up some medication to leave home.
While travelling please do not be afraid to let the crew know you are feeling sick, they will try to make your journey as comfortable as possible.
Can I charge my laptop, camera and mobile phone on board?
To charge any of your appliances you will need 220w power and most of our yachts can provide. Our standard yachts can only charge when the generator is on. For specific yachts please ask us if this service is provided.
Is wifi or internet available on board?
On many of the private charter yachts wifi or internet can be made available. On most of the cabin cruises internet will not be available however there will be stops along the way where you can access wifi or internet on land.