Bodrum mini gulet cruises are a way to explore the beautiful and historic coast of Turkey while sailing in the Aegean Sea. Although not as luxurious as traveling on Carnival Cruise Line or a Royal Caribbean Cruise, these traditional boats offer something very unique.
About the Gulet
The early history of the gulet or gullet, is largely unknown. The building of these hand crafted yachts in Turkey is a tradition unique to Bodrum.
The Blue Cruise
The Blue Cruise is an established Bodrum-based company under German-Turkish management. It offers cruises for individuals as well as for groups and has twenty boats to choose from.
All their yachts are between nineteen and twenty-five meters in length. They accommodate between twelve and sixteen guests in six to eight cabins. These are simple yachts, not large ships, so that the activities on board are limited to fishing, sunbathing, and snorkeling.
The yachts are equipped with a VHF radio, a GSM telephone, a dinghy with an outboard, and a stereo for music. Equipment for water sports such as windsurfing, canoeing, snorkeling and fishing are also readily available.
Along with double beds, the cabins are equipped with toilets, and showers with hot and cold water. There is no air conditioning.
The crew consists of a captain, a cook, and a deck hand. They are all eager to serve you and your guests, making your cruise a pleasant one.
The Food and Drink
On board you will enjoy three meals a day prepared in Greek and Turkish fashion.
- Your day will start with a traditional Turkish breakfast: white cheese, similar to the Greek feta, olives, eggs, slices of cucumber and tomato, honey and jam. At breakfast and throughout the day Turkish tea, cay, is served, as well as coffee.
- Lunch is light, starting with mezes, or starters. They include eggplant or zucchini salads, tomato salad, and yogurt with chopped cucumber and garlic. There is always plenty of freshly baked bread on the table.
- Dinner is centered around a main course such as lamb, beef, or chicken. Pork is not served since Turkey is a Muslim country. Dishes are spicy and rice and salads accompany dinner. Your gulet crew or local fishermen will be bringing in the catch of the day, sea bass, prawns, or red mullet, depending on the season.
- Dessert is usually seasonal fruit like peaches and cherries, and at times, the sweet and nutty baklava.
- Various beverages can accompany your meal or are served after dinner. Raki is an aniseed flavored alcoholic beverage, often mixed with water and ice. Local beer and wine are also available. Non-alcoholic juices such as peach, apricot, and cherry are refreshing after a long day in the sun.
What to Pack
- Comfortable, casual clothing is important for the yacht ride as well as for sightseeing in the ancient port cities. During the summer months, lightweight clothing such as t-shirts, shorts, cotton slacks, jeans, and shirts are appropriate. In April and May, and from mid-September through October, evenings and days may be cool, so a sweater or sweatshirt is needed.
- Bring towels and swimsuits for snorkeling and other water sports.
- When visiting mosques or churches, avoid wearing shorts or short sleeves - this type of very casual clothing can be disrespectful.
Booking Reservations on Bodrum Mini Gulet Cruises
Contact your travel agent for reservations on a gulet. Usually, prices are per person in double occupancy. Fifty percent of the total price must be paid up front and then the rest paid three weeks prior to setting sail. You can rent a gulet, or charter one, for you and your friends and family.Individual pricing on Bodrum mini gulet cruises vary, depending on how long you will be at sea. The Blue Cruise offers a three night, four day mini cruise along the Mediterranean for about $325 per person in July and August, and $285 if you sail in May or October. You will be on board a yacht with others, so of course, it will not be your private chartered cruise. The itinerary takes you around the coast to Fethiye, Marmaris, and Olympos with stops to tour the Hamam Ruins, the Sunken City of Kekova, and other scenic places. There are also seven-day cruises for those with more time.
Enjoy the Gulet
Your cruise on the gulet along the beautiful coast of Turkey will be a trip of a lifetime. Be sure to bring your camera!