Richmond, United Kingdom, February 10, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Be the envy of your friends on a fully crewed, short jaunt at sea on either a traditional Turkish gulet or a sleek catamaran. Sail the Lycian Coast over 1-4 days in the capable hands of a friendly crew, who will ensure guests onboard want for little. Charter an entire boat for two or more, or reserve a luxury cabin on a mini gulet trip.
Stop-off at hidden coves and inlets only accessible by sea and enjoy swimming, snorkeling and a variety of water sports directly from the boat. Those with suitable qualifications can take the helm if they wish, while the captain stays on board in line with local regulations. Each vessel is fully staffed, so guests need to do little more than sit back and enjoy the ride. Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea are served each day, and evenings are spent either dining onboard under the stars, or at a variety of waterside restaurants. There is a complimentary bar on all cruises.
Most mini adventures will be combined with longer stays in one of Exclusive Escapes’ onshore properties, although not necessarily so, and guests can choose from:
Ocean-Going catamaran - Named after the Greek God, Adonis, a 1-3 night sail on this sleek, ocean-going Catamaran reveals a boat that lives up to its name. The well-equipped Lagoon 440 can cover considerable distances and is ideal for exploring the renowned sailing region between Kaş and Kekova, where the submerged ancient city is still largely intact. The 14 metre boat sleeps up to 6 in 3 air-conditioned double cabins, and a huge master cabin makes her ideal for couples and honeymooners. By nightfall, Adonis moors in a peaceful harbour town and guests dine ashore at one of the myriad of local restaurants. Price: A 3 day / 3 night private charter of Adonis costs from £2,300 for the entire boat, including the services of the crew, on a half board basis.
Weekend Water Babes - Explore the wonderfully remote Bozburun and Datҫa Peninsula on a 1-2 night mini cruise onboard a traditional gulet, Faralya. Moored in the coastal town of Selimye, guests can experience a weekend at sea exploring the coastline where the Mediterranean and Aegean seas meet, and which is renowned for its crystal clear seas and wonderful marine life – spot porpoise, dolphins and loggerhead turtles. Faralya is 20 metres long, with 3 cabins (2 doubles and 1 master). Nights are spent moored in the peaceful harbours of Bencik and Koca Bahce bay, as guests dine aboard under twinkling lights and a myriad of stars. Price: A 2 day / 2 night private charter of Faralya costs from £1,100 for the entire boat, including the services of the crew, on a full board basis.
Traditional Gulet mini cruise - One of Exclusive Escapes’ most popular Turkish gulets, Aleyna, is for the first-time available for 3 and 4 night mini cruises in the Kaş, Kekova, Kalkan, Fethiye and Göcek regions, on a variety of dates throughout the season. Departing on either a Saturday (4 nights) or a Wednesday (3 nights), guests may either charter the entire vessel or simply book one of the 4 luxury cabins. This longer mini cruise offers a perfect way to discover whether sailing the Lycian Coast is for you, in the company of the gregarious Captain Ahmet and his crew. Price: A 4 night mini cruise onboard Aleyna costs £650pp based on two sharing a cabin, including the services of the crew, on a full board basis.
Turkey specialist, Exclusive Escapes (T: 020 8605 3500 or www.exclusiveescapes.co.uk ) offers week-long gulet sailing on 3 high spec vessels on various itineraries throughout the Lycian Coast, with bespoke itineraries and services according to guests’ needs. Day gulet cruises are provided for all hotel guests and cruises on a gentleman’s boat (a re-conditioned lifeboat) for those at the Dionysos Estate. It is also possible to charter a film-star style motor cruiser for the day from Kalkan, from £125pp, or enjoy an exhilarating day’s sailing on the catamaran from Kaş, from £100pp.
Sample price: A seven night onshore-offshore adventure costs from £1,282pp, based on 4 nights’ B&B at the Kalkan Regency and 3 nights full board on the gulet Aleyna. Price includes return flights from the private terminal at Stansted to Dalaman, transfers, a Turkish bath and 3-day’s at sea.