Gulet from Bodrum
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Apr 11, 2013 5:30 AM Last Post By: KB0806
Apr 10, 2013 5:29 AM
Gulet from BodrumHello,
I'm after any tips for my below plans, thanks in advance!
I will be arriving in Kos by ferry (from Santorini) and will make my way to Bodrum, Turkey. I will be travelling with 4 girls, so there will be 5 of us hoping to cruise on a gulet for 5 days and 4 nights from Bodrum. Due to our itinerary this is as long as we can go... I understand not doing 7days limits our options? We would probably prefer to have something booked with a reputable company before arriving rather than bargaining on the day at the port.
Does anyone have any suggestions of companies that will be able to provide 5 day 4 night gulet cruises for 5 people? Is it best to stick with us 5 and get a 6 person gulet, especially with our pre set dates... or should we hope to get others on the cruise to help with pricing?
Also, what routes/stop offs would you suggest looking for given the timeframe and the departure from bodrum. We will travel straight to Istanbul following our gulet... should we go in one direction towards antalya and then travel to Istanbul from there (this way getting to take in more of the coast line)? Or should we do a round trip in the 5 days to arrive back in Bodrum (as this is closer to Istanbul?)
Thanks again for any advice you can provide!!
Apr 10, 2013 8:14 AM
1Chartering a boat just for yourselves would be lovely and for a small boat it may not work out so very much than joining onto a larger boat,but a smaller boat wouldn't move as fast as a larger one so you wouldn't cover so much ground of course.I must also say that even in a larger boast you wouldn't get to Antalya :)
A 4 night cruise would take you around the Gulf of Gokova and partly along the coast of the Datça peninsula and returning to Bodrum.This is a truly lovely route btw,very scenic,clean clear water and some pretty little village stop offs too.
Now this depends on finding a small 6 pax boat.If you join onto another larger boat you would be on a pre fixed course you couldn't alter and you would be sharing with people you don't know and may not like.This is something to consider in a very enclosed space.....the upside being it may work out a bit cheaper than a private boat.
Maybe try to find others to share?You can get no guarantees on this and they may change their mind and thenif they do come... you may not like them either LOL.So I would scrap that idea personally.
Here are some companies you could try-
There are many gulet companies in Bodrum but these are just three that I happen to know about and know are trustworthy.
One last thing..as with anything you get what you pay for whether you choose a cabin charter or go private.If it seems amazingly cheap carefully check the small print to see what is included,the age of the craft etc.etc.A very cheap deal could mean a battered old tub where you'll get nickel and dimed for every last item.Be prepared to pay a little more to know you're getting a quality trip on a quality boat.
Apr 11, 2013 5:30 AM
2Thanks so much for your great advice Sarikanarya!
That was very useful information. I think we will probably do the gulet with just us 5, to and from Bodrum as you suggested and will look into those gulet options to try and find a reasonably priced but good quality/recommended boat!
If anyone else has any other suggestions that would also be helpful but I have plenty to run with now! Was reassuring to hear it is a pretty route!
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