What is a gulet?

So you’re planning a trip to Turkey and have read reviews online, heard through friends or met fellow travellers who have recommended a gulet cruise while visiting Turkey. But what is a gulet? Here is a helpful guide to teach you about Turkish gulets and why it’s the best tour on the water!

A Turkish gulet, pronounced goo-let is a traditional design of a two-masted or three-masted wooden sailing vessel. Similar boats can be found in the Mediterranean, as well as the Aegean and Croatian sailing waters. Made on the south-western coast of Turkey, particularly in the coastal towns of Bodrum, Fethiye and Marmaris it is extremely unique way to spend your holiday.

Gulets vary in length, height, depth and breadth and it is believed that no two gulets are identical. They range in size typically from 14 to 35 metres and can comfortably carry/sleep between 4 to 32 people. Cabin layouts vary; Alaturka have gulets that boast double, twin, triple and even quad rooms for families. Nowadays, most gulets are not rigged for sailing, instead use diesel engines however our crew try to do most of the long cruising in the early hours so guests can make the most of their time swimming, exploring on land and relaxing.

All our gulets are equipped with every luxury and amenity to create a magical holiday at sea. Turkish Gulets have a spacious sundeck, perfect for soaking up the sun and appreciating the views as you cruise the blue waters of the Mediterranean and Aegean. They also feature wide corridors, comfortable below deck cabins with en suite bathrooms, spacious indoor saloon, a bar (below or above deck) and plenty of outdoor cushioned lounging areas, where guests spend most of their time. On Alaturka gulets we enjoy delicious meals alfresco at a large table and provide plenty of shaded areas, allowing our guests to spend the majority of their time on the deck.

Alaturka offer private charters on Turkish gulets which have all been used for a variety of functions including:

  • Weddings and honeymoons

  • Birthday parties

  • Group & family holidays

  • Bucks and Hens getaways

  • Work breakups and team building

  • Corporate functions and meetings

We also have many couples, families and individual travellers choosing to travel on a cabin cruise with a pre-planned itinerary and like-minded travellers. Whatever your party size we can cater for you. Our Turkish gulets come in several different classes; standard, mid-range, luxury and deluxe.

For more information on our Turkish gulets please visit our fleet page or email us on info@alaturkacruises.com