Charter & Cruise Guide

Kemer to Kekova: Best bays to visit on gulets 23 August 2019

It was not until the middle of the last century that a road was constructed to provide access to Kemer on land. All its visitors came by boat and today those that choose the option of the sea are unlikely to forget the wonderful setting and the warm blue sea. Kemer was once just a tiny fishing village; its population now approaches 20,000 and it has developed a tourist infrastructure to cater for everything a holidaymaker might want; accommodation, bars and restaurants as well as shopping. As a starting point for a holiday on the seas, there are few better choices.Launch at KemerKemer is just under an hour from Antalya International Airport with the road rising out of the city and hugging the coastline. Setting sail on Read more

Why Kos is a popular island to visit from Bodrum 23 August 2019

South West Turkey and the neighbouring Greek Islands have become increasingly popular with tourists since air travel became commonplace. There are plenty of flights coming from regional airports within Europe and the Middle East direct to Bodrum’s Airport in Milas and not surprisingly the result has been the development of a tourist infrastructure to cater for holidaymakers keen to enjoy the wonderful climate and warm seas. The cuisine in this fertile part of the Eastern Mediterranean is exquisite. Fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs and olive oil all ensure that those on board a gulet will enjoy excellent meals prepared by an experienced crew. If you want to catch dinner yourself put a line into the sea though there will still be food even if you catch nothing.Bodru Read more

Top 7 Books to Read before Taking a Bodrum to Greek Islands Tour 23 August 2019

If you want to have a truly enjoyable Bodrum to Greek Islands tour, it would be best to learn more about it through books that are readily available; both as ebooks and paperback.1. Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide: Turkey’s Aegean GemYour Bodrum to Greek Islands tour is going to be a great one if you read this travel guide. It tells of how beautiful the Bodrum Peninsula is and how it is considered as the summer paradise for hundreds of thousands of holiday-makers. This is a definitive book for anyone who wishes to get the best of Turkey and the Greek Islands as it is packed with carefully researched facts about the best sites and scenes, as well as the best places for on and off the well-beaten track.2. Lonely Planet Turkey (Travel Guide)Another perfect choic Read more

Learn more About Luxury Cruises from Antalya 23 August 2019

Luxury cruises from Antalya is a popular vacation tour option for many Turkish visitors. There are many reasons why this is so. First, this cruise allows you to learn more about the rich history of Turkey by visiting landmarks and ruins in Xanthos, Letoon, Kekova Island, Demre, Olympus, Phaselis, and more.Day OneDay one of luxury cruises from Antalya starts by boarding the yacht in Antalya. The Captain and the crew will make sure that you and your party is well acquainted with everyone as well as with the yacht. This is very important especially if you are going to spend a whole week on the cruise. Once settled, you are all going to be treated with a gourmet dinner before staying overnight at either the Kemer or Antalya Yacht Marina. Read more

Learn More About Turkish Yachts and Cruises 23 August 2019

One of the best ways to enjoy Turkey is to take a cruise through its magnificent turquoise waters. This is where Turkish yachts and cruises come in. There are several Turkish yachts that you can choose from, as well as a variety of Turkish and cruises you can book for.Destinations and Cruise PackagesIf you are decided to enjoy your holiday onboard one of the best Turkish yachts, then you need to know what your choices are. The most ideal cruising line in Turkey is the expanse of coastline starting from Izmir (through Kusadasi), to Bodrum, to Marmaris, to Fethiye/Kas and then to Antalya.There are basically four yacht charter locations in Turkey; the Iconian Coast, Carian Coast, West Lycian Coast, and the East Lycian Coast.The Iconian Coast is Read more

Benefits of a Luxury Cruise from Fethiye 23 August 2019

A luxury cruise Fethiye offers a lot of advantages than shared cruises. With a luxury cruise you can expect quality of service and accommodations. Alaturka Yachting & Travel, a Fethiye based company offering these kinds of cruise packages understand the personal needs of their clients and they know exactly how to provide for the needs tourists are accustomed to.Unique or Simple ExperiencesWith a luxury cruise Fethiye you can also expect unique experiences because it can show you the Turkish peninsula in a very distinctive way. There are a lot of choices open for you and you can opt for the most unique or the simplest, whatever suits your needs. Whether you are just wanting to relax and see the sights or you want to include extras like watersports, Read more

Fethiye to Kas Gulet Cruise 23 August 2019

Travelling to Turkey usually means taking a gulet cruise. A gulet is a traditional Turkish sailing boat, commonly designed with two masts (though there are three-masted gullets too). Today, gullets can measure from 14 to 30 meters and are being more commonly used for charter cruises, and one of the most commonly booked is the Fethiye to Kas gulet cruise package.Fethiye to Kas Gulet Cruise PackagesIf you are thinking of booking for the Fethiye to Kas gulet cruise, you should learn more about the packages that you can choose from.There is the one-night Fethiye to Butterfly Valley gulet cruise, which is a good option for people who are just passing through and have other agendas in their vacation. This completes the first day of the 3-day tour and retur Read more

Experience the Magic of East Turkey Tours 23 August 2019

With East Turkey tours, you will get the chance to experience the true magic of Turkey. There is no doubt that Istanbul is the country’s most popular city and the western Turkish side is equally popular for its beautiful coast, but the real cultural thrill is happening on the east side.From Ankara, the country’s capital and second-largest city, you can take a bus to take you to some of the east’s most fascinating places. Upon entering the east, you will be instantly transported into a region that is totally different from the rest of Turkey.East Turkey tours are becoming popular because eastern Turkey is full of friendly and welcoming locals, dramatic sceneries, broad vistas, and old-fashioned way of life.ErzurumErzurum is more Read more

5 things you may not know about a luxury yacht charter 23 August 2019

We all can imagine what a luxury yacht charter consists of; blue pristine water, luxurious cabins, delicious meals and lots of relaxing. Yes, these are all part of yacht chartering a luxury gulet in Turkey but there are plenty of things that you may not know about luxury yacht charters that make them the best type of holidays.So without further ado, here are 5 things you may not know about a luxury yacht charter.1) Crew speak lots of different languagesWith Alaturka depending on where you are from and what language you speak, we often recommend yachts that have staff that speak the sam Read more

From Turkey to Greece – Kusadasi to Samos Ferry 23 August 2019

There are Ferry lines that offer boat trips between Kusadasi (Turkey) and Samos (Greece) and they operate daily. If you are planning an extended European vacation, a day on the beautiful island of Samos is highly recommended.  And the easiest way to get there is by taking a Kusadasi to Samos ferry. But, before doing so, you should make sure that you have your passport in your possession. Keep in mind that you will not be just crossing between islands, but you will also be crossing from one country to another.Day Trip Kusadasi to Samos FerryFor a day trip from Kusadasi to Samos, you should be on the 8:30 am ferry so that you get to enjoy a full day’s island-hopping adventure. Of course, you may also choose to stay a day or two in Samos.In case Read more

Enjoy Turkey Beach Holidays 23 August 2019

Turkey beach holidays are synonymous with tourists occupying rows after rows of beach loungers, boisterous nightclubs and posh all-inclusive beach resorts. However, if you want something out of the ordinary, yet still as enjoyable, you can opt to find the best Turkey beaches and stay away from the crowd.Cirali BeachOn this laidback resort, you get the chance to meet the loggerhead turtles as they lovingly bury their eggs in the sands. This site is covered in a citrus grove and located on a tapered plain between a long shingle beach and the mountains. The ancient city of Olympos is also located here and by just walking along the beach, you can get a glimpse of the famous ruins. Read more

Journey the Mediterranean on the Alaturka gulet 23 August 2019

Nothing beats cruising the Turquoise coast when it comes to exploring Turkey and Greece. And this is where the Alaturka gulet comes in. Totally renovated in the winter of 2013/2014 – the Alaturka gulet is the preferred choice when it comes to booking a private cruise for 2015 and beyond!Popular Tourist DestinationsThe Alaturka gulet can take you to some of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey. In Turkey, you will be able to explore Fethiye, Bodrum, Antalya, Marmaris, Demre, Datca, Kas and Bodrum to name a few destinations. The most popular itineraries when travelling on the Alaturka gulet include the Fethiye Kekova one week cruise or the Fethiye to Marmaris and return 1-week cruise. Due to the size of this gulet at just 23 meters, this yacht Read more

Turkey Gulet Cruise for Families 23 August 2019

For families who like spending their holidays on the water, a Turkey gulet cruise for families is the best choice. This kind of holiday will give the family the chance to get away from the stress of their daily lives, while they also get to catch up with what’s going on with each member of the family.Swim, Kayak and SnorkelWith Turkey gulet cruise for families, you will, of course, have the best time of your life enjoying the blue waters. You and your children will have ample time for swimming, kayaking or snorkelling.Relax and Be PamperedA holiday wouldn’t be complete if you wouldn’t have the chance to be spoiled. With Turkey gulet cruise for families, your group will surely be served like royalty. All you nee Read more

Learn about Gulet Cruises for Single Travellers 23 August 2019

If you are travelling on your own to Turkey and you are a little apprehensive about the whole thing, you should understand that there are options available for you. Single travelling is becoming very popular these days and tour companies like Alaturka are offering packages that are specially designed for solo adventurers. With gulet cruises for single travellers, you can be assured that you will have the best Turkish holiday ever.Cabin Charter OptionOne of the options for gulet cruises for single travellers is to choose cabin chartering. With this option, you get to book for a cabin and travel with different people from different parts of the world. With Alaturka they have designed several tours where single travellers can share a cabin with another single t Read more

Alaturka 2 Gulet 23 August 2019

Discover the greatness and the magnificence of Southern Turkey and Greece with the Alaturka 2 Gulet. Booking a private charter on the Alaturka 2 gulet you will be assured a truly wonderful and memorable vacation.Boat and cabin layoutAlaturka 2 is one of the largest gulets based out of Fethiye harbour. It is 25 meters in length and is made from teak, cashew and pine wood. This yacht has a capacity of 18 people, with 9 spacious cabins including ensuite bathrooms. An indoor bar, saloon and large sundeck complement this boat. A kayak, noodles, floatation devices and snorkels are all provided.Experienced CrewThe Alaturka 2 gulet has a crew that has been sailing the Mediterranean Sea for the majority of their lives. Most of the crew al Read more

What to Expect from the Kemer to Kekova Cruise 23 August 2019

For tourists who want a different kind of adventure, charter cruises are a recommended holiday alternative. This kind of vacation allows you to enjoy the different offerings that different locations can offer while giving you the time to relax and take pleasure in being pampered while on the cruise. If you are planning to visit Turkey, you should try the Kemer to Kekova cruise.A Kemer to Kekova cruise can take you and your company to some of the Mediterranean’s most exciting ancient destinations. It also allows you to have fun while on the sea with the friendly and accommodating staff ready to do as your bidding.Private Charter or Group Kemer to Kekova CruiseThere are two options open for tourists who would like to enjoy a Kemer to Kekova cruise; c Read more

Enjoy an 8 day Fethiye to Kekova Blue Cruise 23 August 2019

Are you planning to have a vacation in Turkey? Do you want it to be a truly memorable one? If your answer is yes to both questions then you should book for an eight-day Fethiye to Kekova blue cruise.During the entire Fethiye to Kekova blue cruise, you can expect to visit different islands and bays aside from Fethiye and Kekova, like Kas, Kalkan, Simena, the Gocek bays and Yesilkoy Bay. Now it is important to note that the itinerary for a private charter from Fethiye to Kekova is slightly different to the cabin cruise from Fethiye to Kekova. Today we are going to speak about the private charter.Day OneDay one of your Fethiye to Kekova blue cruise is the assembly at the Fe Read more

Enjoy the 12 Island Region Fethiye Tour 23 August 2019

If you are visiting Turkey, the 12 island region Fethiye day tour should be included in your list of activities to do. There are hundreds of boats docked in Fethiye harbour and one of them can take you on this wonderful and memorable tour.Each boat can usually accommodate 50 to 150 persons and all has stocked bars and toilets. A 12 island region Fethiye tour usually leaves in the mid-morning and returns in the early evening. The tour includes lunch, which is commonly composed of meatballs, fish or chicken, pasta, salad and fresh fruit.Main Island Stops of the 12 Island Region Fethiye TourThough the tour says 12-island, there are about six major stops and the other islands are just to Read more

Enjoy a Luxury Cruise aboard the Vivere Yacht 23 August 2019

Vivere yacht is considered as one of the greatest luxury gulets in Turkey. It is adorned with high-quality mahogany and wood that give the gulet its magnificent look befitting a luxury yacht.Great AccommodationIf you are considering taking a luxury cruise while having your Turkish holiday, opting for the Vivere yacht is a good decision. The reason is that this yacht is built magnificently with double and twin cabins that can provide comfortable accommodation for up to 12 people. Each of the cabins are air-conditioned and have smoke detectors, wardrobes and en-suite toilets and bathrooms. There are roomy deck areas as well, with awnings and sunbeds. The lounge area has a bar (well-stocked), lounges, TV and hi-tech entertainment system.Onboard the Vive Read more

Alaturka 81 Gulet 23 August 2019

Blue cruising along one of the sundry tourist spots located on the coast of Turkey, and Greece, is a holiday activity that is renowned world over. The Turkish Riviera is not home to just one, or two, but to many islands and cities located along the coast, each one famous for a variety of reasons, be it serene blue waters, ancient ruins, unique culture and cuisine, or a combination of rare wildlife and weather.Several yacht charters provide people with an opportunity to explore these possibilities on a myriad of routes along the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. Many gulets take people from a variety of nationalities but private charters are also an option for those wishing to travel with family and friends. Read more

Diving in Kas 23 August 2019

The entire area around Kas is full of world famous dive sites that offer visitors to Turkey and diving enthusiasts with a countless number of diving spots to choose from. Diving is by far the most popular activity in Kas, as well as one of the most popular activities to do while on your Fethiye to Olympos cruise or Olympos to Fethiye cruise. Scuba diving in Kas is also in the top 100 places to dive in the world.Some of the main draws of diving in Kasinclude a choice of more than 30 dive sites, access to an extremely attractive underwater landscape, crystal clear waters with maximum visibility and exotic marine life.Some of the most popular dive sites in and around Kas in Read more

Meals on-board an Alaturka cruise 23 August 2019

On an Alaturka cruise is an ideal place to enjoy exotic cuisines, authentic Turkish food, and a variety of dishes while also spending time amid a soothing and calming atmosphere. Alaturka is a gulet that is famous for the level of care that is offered. It is one of the most luxurious and maintained gulets in Turkey and is home to a range of facilities such as a bar, a dining room and 16 sun-beds, a large bench and an equally large deck for on-board activities. The meals on-board Alaturka are one of the best things to look forward to.The staff ensures that you’re never left wanting for food. All dishes are famous for being made with the freshest ingredients and tasting absolutely delicious. If you have dietary requirements, the chef would be more than happy to make special Read more

From Fethiye to Olympos: a dream gulet cruise holiday 23 August 2019

Gulet, which origin still remains controversial, is a traditional wooden Turkish vessel, with two or three masts usually. Today hand-crafted gulet cruises are very popular for tourist charters. They have been modernised and re-designed many times during their long history to offer a relaxing cruising along the blue Aegean waters. It is why nowadays gulets are very comfortable and well technically equipped, making gulet cruises easy, comfortable and a more attractive way of exploring Turkey’s beautiful coast.The Fethiye to Olympos gulet cruise is a truly immersing cruise which gives you an opportunity to explore and discover some of the most beautiful Turkish towns in between Fethiye and Olympos, and a number of fishing villages, islands, and beautiful honey-coloured beache Read more

Private Yacht Charters on the Mediterranean 23 August 2019

If you want to avoid booking a room in a hotel and you desire to enjoy total relaxation, delicious food and superb swimming, combined with archaeological sightseeing, then renting a Private Yacht Charter in Turkey could be the perfect decision when planning your holidays.Alaturka Cruises offers a variety of yachts, from traditional Turkish gulets and motor yachts to small and large sailing yachts. Carefully selected vessels will ensure that your family holidays in Turkey, will be an unforgettable experience of the best in class, quality and comfort.Professional private gulet tourYou don’t have to worry about sailing because the crew of Alaturka Cruises will make sure that your worries will remain forgotten on the coastline and you will leave yo Read more

Four day cruise Olympos to Fethiye 23 August 2019

A unique way to explore the Mediterranean’s extraordinary coastline is to spend your holidays on a Turkey gulet cruise. Beautifully crafted from wood, the gulets are traditional Turkish motor yachts, which enable perfect adventure holidays whether you are a single traveller, family, a couple or a group of friends. To be able to discover different beaches and lagoons in few days, sailing Turkey is definitely a good way to start your journey. Blue cruises are recommended to those curious travellers, who want to experience southern Turkey and the Mediterranean from a different point of view. Usually, gulets are used for standard cabin cruises and most cabins are equipped with a private bathroom with shower, space for bags, but the size of a cabin varies from boat to boat.Amon Read more

Discover the Hidden Bays and Beaches of Fethiye 23 August 2019

Fethiye is undoubtedly famous for its bays and beaches, and visitors always think that the best way to enjoy this destination is to head to popular spots like Calis and Oludeniz. But there are other bays and beaches of Fethiye that have often been overlooked because they are not as advertised as the ones mentioned.These local bays and beaches of Fethiye have beauty and charm of their own and they too deserve equal recognition.Aksazlar BayIf you want to bask in the sun while watching the mesmerising Fethiye scenery, you should try visiting Aksazlar Bay. This is the ideal location for people who do not like to mingle with the beach crowd, as it is never crowded with tourists. Here, you Read more

Bodrum Gulet Cruise 23 August 2019

Vacation planning should be fun, but it causes distress to some. What to choose, where to go? To opt for a historic site, or a port town for languid days at the beach, or a luxurious yacht trip around enchanting sights to marvel, to opt for the rustic towns or go for modern comforts and five-star hotels. I say, why not go for a place that offers it all. The place is called Bodrum, Turkey, and the time is now.Bodrum, known historically by its more magical name, Halicarnassus of Caria, holds one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Mausoleum of Mausolus. Sounds intriguing, right? Well even though the mausoleum was subsequently destroyed, the foundations and ruins are still a source of attraction, and its volcanic stones, columns, reliefs and sculptures, the same which ga Read more

Enjoy your Holiday with a Fethiye to Marmaris Blue Cruise 23 August 2019

If you want to experience and enjoy the beauty of the Turkish and Mediterranean coasts without having to pay sky-high prices, you may want to try booking a Fethiye to Marmaris blue cruise. This is a holiday option that will give you the chance to really experience a real Turkish adventure.Booking for a Blue Cruise is a must-do for people who are going to visit Turkey. Particularly if you want to see and experience the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea. In most cases, a Fethiye to Marmaris blue cruise is the highlight for many tourists who have visited Turkey.Highlights of Fethiye to Marmaris Blue CruiseThe foll Read more

Kas to Fethiye gulet cruise: Tips for booking 22 August 2019

If you want to experience a different kind of Turkish adventure, it is highly recommended to look into the travel packages that include a Kas to Fethiye gulet cruise. This cruise route will take you to some of the best locations this side of Turkey.Know the ItineraryIt is highly recommended to make sure that the route being offered for the Kas to Fethiye gulet cruise includes the places that you really want to see and visit and also takes into factors like your onward travel. On the Kas to Fethiye gulet cruise, it is a great mix of site-seeing, adventure activities and relaxing in secluded bays. However, if you are looking for a historical adventure and delving into cultures long since passed, then your party should also consider the Kas to Olympos cruise. B Read more

Most Popular and Exciting Things to Do In Fethiye 22 August 2019

If you are planning to visit Turkey and contemplating the things to do in Fethiye, you should prepare yourself to be amazed with what’s in store for you. Fethiye is simply a tourist paradise. It boasts of numerous attractions and breathtaking sights that will surely keep every visitor wanting to coming back. With all the many things to do in Fethiye, the top things have been chosen and listed down to help leisure travellers in planning their Turkey holiday vacations. In no particular order, here are the top things to do in Fethiye:Strolling in the Fethiye Old TownOne of the most important things to do in Fethiye – and probably the most natural – is to visit the Read more