10 stars from Booking.com

Awards for our Gulet yacht for all the successful charters

Awards for our Gulet yacht for all the successful charters

WE ARE REALLY PROUD AND HONOURED TO RECEIVE A GUEST REVIEW AWARD 2017 FROM BOOKING.COM!
We are delighted that the world’s leading online accommodation booking website Booking.com has awarded us a Guest Review Award for 2017, thanks to the excellent feedback from guests who have sailed with us. Many thanks to every one who sailed with us in 2017 and indeed many thanks to all those who have helped us on our way with their very kind reviews of us.

As you can see, we achieved a whopping 10 out of 10 rating, based on guest reviews received for the past year.
The Award is given out by Booking.com to properties annually, in honour of their achievements over the past year as measured by their overall guest review score.

It’s always great to see positive results from our attempts to offer the best blue cruise in the Mediterranean Sea and while the wording of the accompanying letter made us smile (in a very cheesy way) the meaning behind the award means a great deal to us.

London Boat Show 2018

The London Boat Show 2018 takes place at ExCeL between 10th – 14th January 2018. Once again, Boat Trip Turkey Yachting Co. will be attending this year’s London Boat Show. With more than 15 years at the helm, we’d love to share all our knowledge and experience on chartering a yacht in Turkey. To find out more about blue cruise, chartering a gulet or hiring a sailing yacht in Turkish Coast come by our stand at WB002

There is so much to do at the show including interactive experiences and water sports as well as visiting the many companies who are exhibiting. For more information on the show, including ticket prices and opening times visit: https://www.londonboatshow.com

Meet us at the Dusseldorf boat show 2018

Winter season means preparations for the ultimate maritime experience in Dusseldorf, Germany, the BOOT Trade Fair!

This year a total of 250.000 visitors from over 90 countries worldwide are anticipated to visit the trade fair which will host more than 1.800 exhibitors in a span of over 18 themed areas.

From the 20th-28th January, Boat Trip Turkey Yachting will be present at the world’s biggest boat and water sports trade fair and welcomes all friends to come visit our Stand A49 in Hall 13 (view location here). https://www.boat-duesseldorf.com/cgi-bin/md_boot/lib/pub/tt.cgi/Interactive_hall_plan.html?oid=62969&lang=2&ticket=g_u_e_s_t&src=floorplan&action=showExhibitor&actionItem=2568708&_event=boot2018

Whether you would like to learn about our new travel agent in Kas , activities & news or discuss a new business opportunity, we will be happy to see you there!

Visit our showroom by following this LINK. https://www.boat-duesseldorf.com/vis/v1/en/exhibitors/boot2018.2568708?oid=58804&lang=2&_query=ergun%20dundar

The Evocative Ruins of Ancient Lycia: Part 1: Aperlae

The sunken city of Kekova is perhaps the most famous of the ancient 1000-year (and older) Lycian ruins in the Kas region. They are a commonly regarded as a must-see on most cruising and sailing itineraries and indeed, they make for a great excursion. However, what few people know is that the ruins of Aperlae in Asar Bay, a few hours’ sail from Kas, are as fascinating and have an equally rich history.

If weather conditions and lack of crowds permit, it is a very worthwhile stop over on a west bound cruise with us. It is also a particularly enticing offer for history and culture buffs, as Aperlae is currently accessible only by boat. (There is no land access.) Even for sailors, the site is fairly inaccessible except during certain hours of the day, when the tide permits our entry and exit into narrow Asar Bay where the ruins are located. Aperlae is usually far less crowded during the busy summer season than other nearby attractions and swimming spots because of these factors. Its tranquillity and beauty will appeal to one and all.

Perhaps the biggest draw card of this ancient site is that, unlike Kekova which is strictly protected, one has the privilege of being allowed to swim and snorkel around the submerged ruins – a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to get up close and personal with centuries old ruins from a bygone era.

Aperlae has a truly fascinating history. Most likely established around the 4th Century BC/BCE, as minted coins from that era suggest, the city was built due to the plenitude of a certain shellfish in its coastal waters.

This mollusc is the Murex Trunculus or “Banded Murex” from which the ancient Cretans and Phoenicians were the first to extract a highly prized purple dye used to colour the clothes worn by emperors, rulers and noblemen of the time. The dye, known as “Tyrean Purple” (after the city in Phoenicia) was so expensive and hard to manufacture (it took 12,000 shellfish to produce a mere 1.4 grams or 0.05 fluid ounces) that it was worth 20 times the value of gold! This made it one of the most expensive products of the ancient world.

It was two archaeologists called Robert and Cynthia Carter (a husband and wife team) who in the early 1970s identified the secret to Aperlae’s wealth when they noticed the large middens (piles) of crushed murex shells located to the west of the main town site, and made the connection!

This industry was worth enough revenue to keep Aperlae going for 1300 years, until around 700 AD/ACE. This is when the city began to decline. It eventually fell into ruin due to the influx of pirates and Arab raiders into the region.

As with most ancient Lycian sites, you can expect a mix of ruins, spanning from the Hellenistic (pre-Christian) era to Byzantine times.

When we visit, our crew will point out the ancient sarcophagi of Lycia’s once proud rulers, now partially submerged under water, as well as the storage tanks used to keep the shellfish alive before processing. You may also see the remains of an old church, an ancient hammam (that is thought to have used seawater, as fresh water was in short supply on the arid coast) and rain cisterns (tanks) used to store fresh water for drinking purposes. Gaze at the ancient city walls up on the hill and imagine the pride that was once a thriving commercial centre, or simply frolic in the turquoise waters chasing schools of fish as they dart between ancient stones.

 

Caretta Caretta (Loggerhead) Turtles

See Caretta Caretta (Loggerhead) Turtles while cruising with captain Ergun

Few sights are as majestic as encountering a magnificent Caretta Caretta sea turtle swimming in the turquoise waters of the Turkish Mediterranean when snorkelling on a boat cruise with us. The coastal region where we travel is located exactly in the middle of two of the most important Turkish nesting grounds for the endangered marine species: Iztuzu Beach in Dalyan (about 170 km from Kas) and Cirali Beach in Antalya (about 100 km from Kas).

While there is of course no 100% guarantee that you will see these turtles on a boat cruise, it is good to know that one’s chances of doing so increase dramatically during their nesting season from May to July. That means late spring and summer are the perfect time for this once in a lifetime experience!

 

What to look for:

With years of experience sailing and diving in these waters, your captain is a turtle spotter par excellence! He will be sure to point them out to you while cruising. Should you be snorkelling, and happen to see something, here is a description of what to expect:

 

  • The loggerhead turtle is one of the largest cheloniid turtles. It got its nickname because it has a particularly large head and very strong jaws.
  • The carapace (shell) of a loggerhead turtle is a reddish brown and the plastron (underbelly) is pale yellow. The skin ranges from yellow to brown in colour. No external differences in gender are seen until the turtle becomes an adult, the most obvious difference being the adult males have thicker tails and shorter plastrons than the females.
  • The average loggerhead measures around 90 cm (35 in) long when fully grown, though in some instances they can grow even larger. Their heavy shells can reach a diameter of as much as one meter!
  • The adult loggerhead sea turtle weighs approximately 135 kg (298 lb), with the largest specimens weighing in at more than 450 kg (1,000 lb).
  • Interestingly enough, it also carries more encrusting organisms such as barnacles on its shell than other marine turtle species.
  • Baby turtles tend to hatch and make for the sea waters from mid-July onwards until end September. They are obviously far more difficult to spot, but who knows, you might get lucky!

 

It is a sad fact that these amazing creatures are currently on the on the IUCN Red list of endangered animals. In Turkey the main reason for this is habitat destruction of traditional nesting areas caused by the development of beach hotel complexes. Luckily, there is a strong conservation movement to protect them. When you have the privilege of encountering a sea turtle, please be respectful of this fact!

 

Seeing these amazing animals in the wild is just another of the many reasons to travel with us. It is an unforgettable experience.

 

Where to see baby turtles near Kas

From Kas, your best chance to encounter Caretta Caretta turtle hatchlings is to take a journey to Olympos/Cirali. Turtles have been nesting on the Cirali Beach between Olympos and Cirali for millions of years between the months of May and September. This beautiful beach, located in the Olympos National Park, is one of the most beautiful nature reserves in Turkey and is a protected nature reserve.

We will be happy to assist you in arranging transport and accommodation, should you wish to visit and experience the amazing sight of seeing newly hatched babies make their ways into the sea.

Visitors can see baby turtles if they visit the beach early in the morning during hatching season (from July to September).

Members of the Ulupinar Nature Conservation, Development and Management Cooperation will be on the beach, checking the white cages over the nests (placed there to protect them).

These people can help you observe baby turtles leaving their nests.

In order to protect the sea turtles, visitors to Cirali should stay mindful of these rules:

  • Don’t touch the baby sea turtles. It is very important that the turtles are able to travel on their own all the way to the sea in order to find the beach again.
  • Please do not walk or drive on the beach late at night during nesting and hatching season. People and bright lights frighten the turtles or cause them to be disoriented. For this reason, one should also not light fires on the beach.

 

Breeding Facts

Females nest an average of 3 to 5 times per season. Between 40 and 190 eggs are laid per clutch.

Eggs are always laid at night.

The mother turtle comes ashore to dig half a metre deep holes, into which the eggs are deposited. The eggs remain in the holes for approximately 50 days and are warmed by the sun. Then the young turtles hatch and make their way back to the sea. In Cirali, this pilgrimage usually starts some time in July.

On this short journey, many do not make it, as they are hunted by birds. Once in the water, they can also be eaten by other marine animals and fish and few make it to adulthood.

For parents who want to teach their children a responsible approach to nature, a stay in the Olympos National Park is ideal.

 

 

Top 4 Tips for Cooking On A Boat

Have you planned a boat trip with your friends on your birthday? Truly, it is a great idea. But the thought of turning out good meals aboard is quite overwhelming. You might think, cooking is cooking, but it will not work. The limited stock, appliances, constant movement and heat on the boat determines the cooking process on the boat.

To make this overwhelming task easier, there are certain tips and tricks that make cooking on a boat simpler. The below mentioned four tips will make the cooking on a boat experience easier:

 1. Limited stock: Cooking on a boat is considered to be a difficult task as what is on board is all what you have got. As once you have left the dock, you will not return back if you suddenly realize that an ingredient is missing. Be it is tools, pans, provisions or recipe, you have to make a dish with whatever resources you have, until the next time you go to the store. To deal with this stress, the mantra is to:

  • Plan and make a list so that you don’t miss anything
  • Creativity is the key to success. Just remember, substitutes need not be perfect to cook a good meal.

2. Limited Space: Space is a big issue as there is limited space for stowing provisions, food preparations and for utensils and pans. This is not all, the burners are limited, smaller sink and small oven further makes cooking difficult. The best ways to deal with the space crunch are:

  • It is best to have multifunction things to save on space. Consider using the wine bottle instead of rolling pin or buy a can opener that can be used as a bottle opener or buy basic ingredients instead of specific food ingredients.
  • Don’t carry things that take too much of space for example, discard the cereal box and save the bag inside. But before you throw away anything, think about its purpose.

3. Limited water: There is a big chance that you don’t have as much as water as you will like to have aboard. So, manage with whatever water you have for cooking, drinking and washing dishes, produces and hands.

  • The key to success is to don’t waste water. Don’t run the faucet for long or don’t make extra tea or coffee as it means wastage of water.
  • If possible reuse the water. It is a great idea to use the water of canned mushrooms to make the spaghetti sauce.

4. Cooking from scratch and without electrical appliances: If you rely on packaged food or prepared food, preparing the food from the scratch on the boat might seem intimidating. The other concern might be to cook without the electrical appliances on the boat. To deal with these problems, some tips are:

  • Prepare simple dishes using basic ingredients that can be made by hand without requiring too many appliances.
  • Use the kitchen tools such as sharp knives instead of food processor and mixing spoon instead of potato masher.

The last but not the least, remember that the motion of boat also affects the cooking process. You need to consider that the boat will move erratically and the cutlery, pots and utensils might slide.

Why to choose us

WHY CHOOSE US:

Simple we get the recipe just right. We listen. We give you that experience you’ve been dreaming of while sitting at your desk at work. It’s a custom made holiday according to your tastes. While there are myriad charter companies plying their trade along the famed Turquoise Coast, our team distinguishes itself in a number of ways:

 

  1. WE SPEAK FLUENT ENGLISH

With us, there’s not stress of ‘getting lost in translation.’ We are also travellers and know the hassles involved when someone doesn’t completely ‘get’ what you want. Not only is Captain Ergun a completely fluent English speaker, he’s also great company and a good conversationalist who will make you and your family feel completely at ease and answer all your questions and queries in an informative manner. Having someone who ‘speaks your language’ in every sense of the word is worth its weight in gold when one is planning a cruising holiday or day trip.

 

  1. TOYS R US!

We have a great range of aquatic toys and gear on board to really enhance your experience with us. Depending on your tastes and weather permitting, you can choose from a range of awesome activities, most of which are all included in your charter fee! How about a spot of scenic snorkelling, some leisurely paddling with our kayaks or stand up paddle board? A trip on our speed boat? A spot of adrenaline inducing waterskiing? (The only activity you pay an extra fee for). Or, experience the thrill of being pulled through the water by our underwater sea scooter while fish and coral gazing? You name it, we have it. All our gear is new, in top condition and impeccably maintained. Come and enjoy.

 

  1. FREE VIDEOS & PHOTOS

Captain Ergun loves nothing better than putting his new Go Pro Hero 3 to good use documenting the highlights of your trip! As a special service, you will be gifted with the footage/aerial photos as a token to remember the experience. It’s a great way to show friends and family back home what you’ve been up to and can be shared on social media in real time! The footage taken with Captain Ergun’s drone is the perfect memento and a great way to re-live your dream holiday!

 

  1. CONNECTIVITY

Captain Ergun is a true gadget fundi! For those of us addicted to social media and the web we have wireless services, iPods and all manner of toys to keep you connected with your network. There’s nothing worse than being on holiday but worrying about some emergency situation at work. With us, that is not cause for concern. That said we do encourage you to pack away that smart phone and laptop and unwind properly. After all, that is why you’re here, right? Grab a chilled glass of (really decent, we promise) Turkish Sauvignon Blanc or a chilly Efes Lager and enjoy the fresh sea air, amazing sights and soothing rhythm of on board life!

We pride ourselves on our delicious array of signature Turkish dishes. Everything is fresh as can be, lovingly prepared, served with style and takes your tastes and preferences completely into account. Our team are highly knowledgeable when it comes to local cuisine and use only seasonal produce. We conjure up an array of delectable treats for all three meals of the day, so prepare to feast! We love good food and can’t wait to share our local specialities with you.

We can’t wait to meet you and help you create some fantastic memories.

Perfect Mediterranean Holidays: Luxury Gulet Cruise Turkey

Seasoned luxury yacht charter travelers know that in all the Mediterranean, the southern coast of Turkey offers the most opportunities for gorgeous expanses of sun & sea, picturesque bays and adventure-filled diving destinations. Why do romantics who have done it all keep coming back to southern Turkey for more? Let’s take a closer look.

What Is a Gulet Cruise?

A gulet is a traditional design two- or three-masted wooden sailing vessel common to Turkey and the Eastern Mediterranean. The stylings are romantic, graceful and invite you to journey back in time to a gentler age of nautical indulgence. However these vessels also feature a host of modern amenities that optimize day cruises and multi-day charters for comfort, safety and privilege.

Gulet holidays in Turkey are an unforgettable blend of romance, adventure and opulence, a chance to truly vacation like royalty.

 

Luxury Gulet Day Cruises and Multi-Day Yacht Charters in Turkey

The warm, clear turquoise waters of Turkey offer an abundance of attractions, adventures and opportunities to simply relax without a care amid the sun & sea. Local highlights you can enjoy on a luxury gulet cruise in Turkey include:

  • Kas is one of Turkey’s most gorgeous fishing, diving and yachting towns. In the vicinity of Kas are more than 50 appealing dive locations, including several sunken wrecks to explore, a gorgeous undersea canyon and the famed underwater shark sculpture by renowned artist Kemal Tufan.
  • Kekova is a small island of unrivaled natural beauty. Unspoilt coves and bays are almost too numerous to count, perfect places for you to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the sea. Activities for the more adventurous include exploring ancient sunken ruins, fishing & diving, and kayak, paddleboard and underwater jet ski excursions.
  • Kalkan is another small, exquisite fishing town that hosts numerous historic sites, splendid beaches and attractive diving locations. A luxury gulet cruise to Kalkan offers you the opportunity to visit ancient locations and explore firsthand the cradle of history.

The key to enjoying your luxury gulet cruise in Turkey is to choose the best day cruise and yacht charter operator. Boat Trip Turkey is ranked on Trip Advisor as the #1 Activity in Kas. Enjoy the tranquility of the azure seas, romance amid scenic bays and coves, underwater adventures and thrilling glimpses of ancient historical sites. Boat Trip Turkey is your gateway to the splendors that luxury boating has to offer.

 

5 good reasons Gulet Cruise in Turkey

No one needs a reason to go on holiday. However, people do ask questions, and in case you are stuck for words, here are five good reasons why you might take the gulet cruise in Turkey of a lifetime.

1.      The beauty of it all

The coastline of the Antalya province of Turkey is one of the most beautiful in the world. The only way to see it is to go on a gulet cruise in Turkey, making use of our gulet or private boat rental. This way, you will experience the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea, the glory of the sun rising and setting, the loveliness of moonlight upon water at night and the waft of soft, sea breezes.

Of importance is the climate, with temperatures in June, July and August averaging between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius. Be aware that it can get as hot as 40 degrees on certain summer days.

 

2.      Daytime recreation and relaxation

On a gulet holiday in Turkey, you can undertake a wonderful range of physical activities and sports. Whether making use of crewed yacht rental or private boat rental, you will have endless opportunity for swimming and snorkelling in the clear, blue waters of Aquarium Cove and off of the wonderful Kaputaş Beach

When you fancy a break from water sports, you can take one of the many walks that the islands have to offer. Gemiler Adasi or Ships Island is the place to do just this; its special feature being a hill that you can climb and enjoy a bottle of wine as the sun is setting.

Of course, many people find that sunbathing is quite taxing enough while on holiday. Opportunities abound for this, what with lying on a boat deck in the sun or laying on one of the many golden beaches, such as Cleopatra Bay.

 

3.      Sail into history

The Antalya coast, site of the ancient Lycian culture, is steeped in history. And a gulet holiday in Turkey allows you access to marvels that you would otherwise only see on television. Perhaps the most historical of our trips is the Kaş – Kekova voyage. On day two of this trip, we spend the evening and night in Aperlai Cove, where you can explore Byzantine and post-Byzantine ruins.

On day four of the trip, we visit the sunken city of Kekova, another site that is rich in historical ruins. Day five brings a visit to the pirates’ cave off of Pineforest Bay, where the lucky among you may stumble upon hidden treasure. Needless to say, you can access these and many other historical sites on board a crewed yacht rental or by private boat rental. The Kaş-Fethiye-Göcek Voyage is also heavy in history. On day three, we visit Hamam Bay; a place where the divers among you can explore the ruins of an ancient Roman bath.

 

4.      Fabulous food and nightlife

A holiday is nothing if not an opportunity to enjoy fantastic local cuisine. One highlight of a gulet cruise in Turkey is access to a continual supply of fresh fish and other seafood. The price you pay for a gulet rental does include three superb meals each day, prepared by an on-board chef. Appetising lunches are served on every private boat rental, relished by hungry swimming and snorkelling parties.

In addition to food, there is also the nightlife to enjoy when you join us on one of our voyages. One spot to watch for is the Pirate’s Bar on Pineforest Bay, which we visit on our Kaş – Kekova voyage.

If you really want to make the most of your sea-induced appetite, then join the Dinner Dining Tour, for an unforgettable evening supper. As you enjoy fresh fish and traditional Turkish food under a starlit sky, you have the option of being entertained by an Udi or Turkish violin player.

 

5.      Our gulet cruise and gulet holidays are just the best

Overall, people go on holiday to have a good time. Given the attention we pay to your comfort and safety on board our boats, taking a sailing holiday in Turkey is one way to feel very special, indeed.

Customers also need to know that there is nothing intrusive about our gulet cruise, since we leave the craft at night for your privacy and rejoin it using our tender boat the next morning; just another great reason why you should take a sailing holiday in Turkey.

 

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