We went on a blue cruise last year with our family. It was difficult to choose the right boat to charter because there were so many options. Finally we decided to go ahead with Trippin Charters (the boat is called M/S Trippin) since we have heard good reviews from our friends. The boat was superb; the cabins were all air-conditioned, the bathrooms were modern and the boat itself was very spacious. The boat's owner, Ali Perret was also the captain. (He is also an accomplished jazz pianist!). He was our perfect guide, he took us to places where we could hardly see any other boats. My husband is interested in ancient history and due to our request, we followed the Carian coast and visited several classical sites, it was perfect! Our children (aged 9, 13 and 15) were never bored because they could always find something to do on their own (swimming, canoeing, water-skiing, fishing etc.) Dining on the deck was one of our most memorable experiences. The food was delicious and healthy (which was also important for us). The boat was an environmentally friendly boat as the captain himself is very conscious about traveling responsibly.
We would highly recommend Trippin Charters (M/S Trippin) for a relaxing, luxury blue voyage. It was the perfect holiday for the whole family!
I highly recommend to do a Blue Cruise, but please save yourself some money and do not book through Blue Cruise Bodrum (www.bluecruise.org/). They do not own any fleets and will only charge you a hefty fee to put you on a substandard boat that if you book direct is half the price. From what I understand it is a german man called Karlheinz living in Bodrum and operating from his house with a glitzy website promising tours filled with siteseeing and customer service. Not the case!!! The cruise advertised is nowhere near the standard and cleanliness and level of siteseeing advertised. Our cabin was hot, dirty and smelled like sewerage so we slept on deck, and there were cockroaches in the kitchen. If you book through V-Go, book direct but do not go on Seline, it really is luck of the draw! We did the Fethiye-Olympos cruise, extremely beautiful, shame about the conditions that we were paying top dollar for :(
Bodrum was a small harbor of fishers and spongers until 1960. This most popular of sea adventures began quite by mistake when a few years after the foundation of the Turkish Republic, a political writer, Cevat Sakir Kabaagacli, also known popularly as Fisherman of Halikarnas, was exiled to Bodrum for publishing a story about army fugitives. Bodrum and its neighborhoods acquired fame and became a holiday town attracting much attention with the “Blue Cruises” which Fisherman of Halikarnas discovered and introduced to his artist friends such as Sabahattin Eyuboglu and Azra Erhat. Traditionally made by master craftsmen from Bodrum, gulets were once used by fisherman and sponge divers to transport their catch. Typically designed with a sharp bow, broad beam and rounded aft, they are now designed and fitted with comfort, not trade in mind. Built of pine wood and styled with a pointed fore and rounded aft, gulets differ from the western boats with their design to allow passengers more space on deck, in order to take as much advantage as one can from the pleasant climate of the Aegean.An aft deck for dining and lounging in the shade of a sun awning, and a forward deck with numerous sunbeds accentuate the lavish experience of cruising a coast where magic reigns without interruption. All passengers have to do is lie back, gaze at the horizon, and relax.
If you wish to spend your time away from the crowd hire a boat.
You do not know how to sail ? No problem... I am talking about crewed yachts. You can either get a private boat for your group or share the boat with strangers (this is cabin charter)...
For private yacht charters
The boats are ranged from 14 m up to 50 m length with 2 cabins up to 8 guest cabins. Crew has separate quarters.
For cabin charters
Starting from Friday or Saturday one week trips around Gulf of Gokova. Best way to relax & explore the Gokova gulf. See the different itinaries for departures from Bodrum.The yachts are around 20 - 24 m with 6 guest cabins. You share the yacht with other people but you have your own cabin & private bathroom.Cabins are double. There is a captain, a cook & a deckhand on board. Prices are starting from 235 Euros (off season) up to 400 € per week per person full board (including breakfast, lunch, dinner). Local dishes are served & always very tasty.See the photos for the available itineraries.
Tum Tour Yacht Charter&Shipyard are the biggest and the most professional company group in Turkey since 1980 with own 10 Yachts,capasity working with 70 yachtes in high season,departures from all ports between Bodrum and Antalya.Tum Tour Shipyards with 5000 square metre dockyard,provide the construction of wooden and steel yachtes,brokerage,second hand yacht selling and yacht maintenance&repairment.
it's incomparably CHEAP and CLEAN... you may find whatever you are expecting from a travel... sun, sea, sailing, diving, snorkeling, sports, dining-vining fresh and healty, swimming, visiting cultural, historical places (not 300 years old as in europe/america, but 3.000-years!!!) , shopping!!! what else???
I bet there is no any other place in Europe to have rest with these prices, quality and facilities...
You will have an enchanting experience aboard a traditional wooden built Turkish gulet. Experience spectacular cruising exploring the breathtaking Aegean coastline. Spend your days cruising the coastline, mooring at little known retreats, swimming in crystal clear turquoise waters, snorkelling in beautiful bays, relaxing and lazing about on the sundeck with a drink from the on-board bar. Paradise route of the Blue Cruise starts from Bodrum.
It really was a must see! if you enjoy swimming in the sea this is for you! I dont! but the fella said the fish were amazing and he had a great time swimming in the diffrent coves, i had a great time looking at the stunning scenery and got sunburnt !! Even though i topped up on lotion everytime we stopped! the food was great, just one saftey tip! when you go to Karaada island and all the guys get off to do the 9metre dive.... remind them that theres sea urchins on the rocks and not to stand on them or you'll spend all nite picking dozens of stingers out of their toes, just remind them! there were english signs everywhere but they all did it!!
A truley brilliant day.
One of best reasons being in Bodrum is boat trip. Peninsula is unique with turquoise water and beautiful bays. along the seaside you can find many boats ready to depart in the morning. If you look for more than a daily trip you can join "mavi yolculuk" or "blue voyage". It is a nice travel for exploring beauties of Turkish shores from bodrum to southern destinations.
The Blue Cruise - or the Blue Voyage is called "Mavi Yolculuk" in Turkey!
The Blue Cruise is the ultimate vacation as you sail along the beautiful coast of Turkey while getting way from routines and exploring the many coves. It is a great option to add on to any tour for a few days to a week.
Gulets=Yachts have cabins with private bathrooms and showers with hot water, full galleys, and all have additional water sports equipment. You will be surprised at how reasonably priced the Blue Cruises are.
You can spend all of your time on board of the gulet if you like. The captain and the crew are continuously at your disposal in an effort to provide you with all your needs. The cook pampers you during the whole voyage with specialties and samples of the delicious Turkish cuisine, of which you surely will be a fan at the end of the voyage. The delicate Turkish wine and "RAKI" contribute to this delight.
1 week Blue Cruise from Germany with flight 500,- to 650,- $.
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