4-DAY BODRUM TO MARMARIS PRE-DEPARTURE

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THANK YOU!

Thank you for booking your Turkey cruise with us!

This document has all the useful pre-departure information you will need including how to find your boat, what to bring, what to expect, the boat rules, excursions and contact details for your Onboard Representative.

We look forward to sharing our love for Turkey with you and making your trip a real adventure that combines culture, fun and relaxation!

VISAS FOR TURKEY

Some passport holders (such as Australian and South African citizens) require an E-Visa for entry to Turkey. Please check to see the requirements for your nationality here: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/

If you require an E-Visa, the process only takes 5 mins online.

ARRIVALS

If coming from BODRUM airport early in the morning or the day before then you can either take a taxi (quite pricey – around the equivalent of 60-65 Euros) or the shuttle buses, which are waiting very close to the arrivals area.

You can choose either a HAVAS or a MUTTAS bus (see photo) and pay onboard (around 10 Euros). The bus will take you to the main Bodrum bus station, where you can take a taxi to our check-in location (or your accommodation if you are staying the night before).

If you are staying in Bodrum for a night or two, then we can recommend the PASHA MOTEL (budget option) or the NOA SUITE HOTEL (more upmarket).

CHECK-IN BODRUM

Please check in with our local representative, who will be wearing a RED GO SAIL TURKEY T-SHIRT and waiting outside at the OTTOMAN NARGILE BAR (also known as OTTOMAN NARGILE ATOLYESI).

See location here: https://maps.app.goo.gl/wARDA6m4cU64CYWz9

Check-in time:
We meet our Go Sail Turkey representative at 11.00am at the Ottoman Bar near the Bodrum to Datca ferry port,
say hello to our other shipmates, and then take the12.00pm ferry over to Datca (ferry included, takes around 55 min).

After a short mini-bus transfer from Datca ferry port to Datca town, we arrive at our boat around 1.30pm, ready for welcome speeches and an introduction to Captain and crew.

WHAT IS A GULET?

A gulet is a traditional wooden cruising vessel, which comes from the southwest coast of Turkey.

Similar boats can be found across the Mediterranean region. Gulets vary in length, height, depth and breadth and it is believed that no two gulets are identical. They range in size from 14 to 35 metres and can sleep between 4 to 32 people. Our boats mostly sleep 16 to 20 people.

Nowadays, most gulets are not rigged for sailing and use diesel engines instead. Our boats are ideal for cabin cruises as they have large sun decks, comfortable communal areas and a variety of cabin layouts.

THE SCHEDULE

Cruising the Turkish coast is by far the best way to explore this country – it’s fun, convenient and very sociable! However, sometimes we may need to alter the schedule depending on sea/weather conditions. This will be at the Captain’s discretion. We cannot issue any form of refund if the schedule has to be altered to due to such safety considerations.

ON THE BOAT

ACCOMMODATION

Your cabin will have a private bathroom (shower and WC), and space to store your baggage. With the Premier boats, we also include overnight air-conditioning as part of the package (no other company offers this!)
This can slightly vary on the timings but we work to ensure the overnight air-con is running from midnight to 7am.
As cabin layouts are different on every boat, cabin types (doubles, triples, twins etc) cannot be guaranteed at time of booking. However, we always ensure couples share a private cabin (double or twin), and are prioritised for double cabins.

IMPORTANT: It is important to remember that on these cruises some people like to sleep a night or two on deck on the deck mattresses to experience the wonderful “sleeping under the stars” nights that Turkish gulet cruises are famous for!
Bed linen in the cabins can be used to sleep on these deck mattresses outside on the upper deck.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

The following is not included on your cruise:

Drinks from the onboard bar.

No towels are included (beach or bath towels, please bring your own). 

Entrance fees to sites such as Knidos ruins (costs around 5 Euros, although prices change regularly in Turkey due to inflation) and taxis to Old Datca.

Visitor tax of 10 Euros per person (can be paid in Euros or Turkish Lira along with bar tab on last day)

Tips (Tipping is not compulsory but very welcome if you feel you have received good service). Tip amounts are totally up to you but as a guide approx. 10% of the cost of your cruise is a decent tip.

When laying on our sunbeds, we ask that you use a sarong or beach towel to protect them.

CREW

Our gulets come with 3-4 crew members on board: a captain, 1 or 2 deckhands and a chef. The captain is entirely responsible for the gulet and his passengers while at sea, and it is important you heed his advice at all times.

Our captains are all local to the area and have been cruising this region for most of their lives. They are there to help make your trip a special one!

FOOD

If you love food, you will love Turkey! Filling our bellies isn’t just a need to survive on a Go Sail Turkey cruise – it’s an event! All your meals on board are made from fresh, locally grown ingredients.

Breakfasts are traditional Turkish fare, which includes eggs, tomatoes, cucumber, cheeses, fresh bread, olives, spreads, fruit, and often Turkish specialities such as sigara borek.

We serve vegetarian dishes for lunch with a mix of salads, vegetables, rice and pasta dishes.

For dinner there is a large buffet spread with lots of salad and Turkish dishes. Each night a different type of meat is also served up including chicken, fish and kofte.

Afternoon tea and biscuits are also provided.

DRINKS

Some drinks are included: tea/coffee/juice at breakfast, afternoon tea/coffee and unlimited bottled drinking water is all included. All other soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are not included.

It is not allowed to bring your own drinks on board, and you won’t need to as there is a stocked bar on the boat! We try to keep prices the same as a typical
bar on the mainland, which means prices are the equivalent of around 5 Euros for an Efes beer (500ml), 7 Euros for a glass of wine, or 3 Euros for a soft drink (Coca-cola, Sprite etc).

WHAT TO BRING?

Please try to pack as light as you can! Space is limited on a gulet so where possible it is better to have backpacks and smaller cases, not 30kg suitcases. The rule is simple: the bigger the suitcase you bring, the less space there will be in your cabin. You will not need much on the cruise, here is a list of essentials:

A pair of comfortable walking shoes (highly recommended) for the sites you will visit and pair of thongs/jandals/flip-flops

A couple of pairs of shorts, skirts, dresses

A couple of t-shirts, singlets, vests

A jumper/fleece for cooler nights in May/June/Sep/Oct

Swimsuit, hat and sunscreen

Please pack your own towels (bath and beach towels)

Toiletries, aspirin/paracetamol and seasickness tablets

Conversion plug

Bug spray, as in the evenings you can sometimes get unwelcome visits from mosquitoes!

If you are planning to visit any religious sites or mosques please bring something to cover your knees and shoulders.

You could also prepare a good music playlist to plug into the boat’s sound system (through Bluetooth or a jack) and bring a good book/e-reader. Even though most of our gulets have a few snorkel/mask sets onboard, it might be a good idea to bring/buy your own if you are a keen snorkeller!

BOAT RULES AND SAFETY

It is everyone’s responsibility onboard to help protect Turkey’s environment and traditions. All passengers should respect the Captain and crew and have consideration for his boat – it represents the security and livelihood of his family.

The Boat Rules are there to protect everyone on board and we would like all clients to have consideration for other people. If we deem that any passenger is behaving, or has behaved, in a way that caused or is likely to cause danger or distress to any third party we reserve the right to terminate the travel of the person(s) concerned without any refund.

The Captain is responsible for the safety of all passengers and the crew. As such, the Captain has the right to change the itinerary in case of adverse weather or issues in ports to ensure safety on board.

During rough weather, movement should be kept to a minimum. The floors can be wet and slippery. Passengers should take extra care crossing between the boats when they are docked together in port. Do not hesitate to ask a crew member for assistance when crossing. Movement between ships is the individual’s responsibility.

Life-jackets are stored under the beds in the cabins.

Jumping or diving from the ship while it is cruising is strictly forbidden. Climbing on the masts is also forbidden.

Sound travels easily and loudly on the boats and between ships. All passengers are asked to keep noise to a minimum in the late evenings, especially when returning to the boat after a night out. Special attention must be given to the designated quiet time onboard, which usually starts at midnight, depending on the port. In National Park areas an earlier time is sometimes required and guests will be notified of this.

Smoking in the salon area and in the cabins is not allowed and when smoking on deck, passengers must not throw cigarette butts into the sea.

Please do not throw anything into the toilets. There is a bin next to the toilet for toilet paper, sanitary items etc.

Passengers are not permitted to bring food and drink (including alcohol) on the boat. This includes all drinks and food products purchased on shore in ports of call. The only exceptions are: personal care products, liquid medicine, and food products for special diets.

Damage must be compensated to the Captain by the passenger.

It is strictly forbidden to throw rubbish into the sea.

Please do not wear shoes when on board the boat.

ELECTRICITY

Turkey uses the same plug as most European countries which is a two-pronged round pinned plug. On the boats, you are able to charge your devices in your cabin when the generator or engine is on. This is at breakfast time, while cruising and around both afternoon tea and dinner time. There are plenty of sockets in the salon/bar area to charge devices when the generator is off.

IMPORTANT: Please do not use hair straighteners, hair dryers or any other appliance that cannot take less than 220V. Your appliance may get damaged if you do so.

RESOLVING PROBLEMS ONBOARD

We only wish to have happy customers onboard our boats and it is in our best interests to ensure you are satisfied. Most problems can be resolved quickly and there is no reason to endure ongoing problems on your trip.

We present this simple step-by-step guide to help you through this problem-solving process:

Step 1: Please communicate problems to the Onboard Representative and Crew immediately so they are able to address any problems you may have.

Step 2: On very rare occasions it may not be possible to resolve a problem on board. However, we should be given every opportunity during your trip to do this for you. If you still wish to make a formal complaint this can be emailed to info@gosailturkey.com with information on the issue and the steps you took to resolve it. In any critical situations please contact the Go Sail Turkey UK emergency line listed below.

CONTACT LIST

Local (Turkish) 24hr line: +90 532 773 0916

UK Sales Office: +44 20 3290 3209 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

Go Sail Turkey Emergency line: +387 (0) 66 670 055 (WhatsApp calls and messages only)

PERSONAL SAFETY

Crime rates are low in Turkey, but you should still take precautions as anywhere else. Previous years have seen spates of petty theft in tourist areas so be alert and ensure your belongings remain secure with these rules:

 If you like to sleep at night with the cabin door open then ensure all valuables are stowed away securely.
 Do not leave valuables on the beach, on boat tables or decks.
 Beware of pickpockets in crowded markets and on buses.
 Be respectful of other people’s property, feelings and any cultural differences.

If something is stolen, you must report it to the Police and obtain a crime report for your insurance company.

OTHER

A few extra things that you need to know:

Please do NOT bring your own drinks on board.
Please ensure you visit an ATM prior to boarding the boat. You will need to have enough money for entrance fees and any optional activities. You will also need to pay the bar tab at the end of your cruise.
There is one ATM stop during your cruise in Kas (pronounced CASH, which makes it easy to remember!)
We will email you 4 weeks prior to your cruise to get your passport details for the boat transit log.

Wi-Fi – Although there is limited wi-fi onboard the boat, it can often cut out when the boat is anchored or cruising through areas with no reception.

ITINERARY

DAY 1: BODRUM TO DATCA TO PALAMATBUKU

Lunch and dinner included today.

We meet our Go Sail Turkey representative at 11.00am near the Bodrum to Datca ferry port (location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/zEqFwW12aXsvbCit9, say hello to our other shipmates, and then take the 12.00pm ferry over to Datca (ferry included, takes around 55 min).

After a short mini-bus transfer from Datca ferry port to Datca town, we arrive at our boat around 10.30am, ready for welcome speeches and an introduction to Captain and crew. We have lunch and depart Datca harbour (don’t worry, we’ll be back to explore!), heading for Palamatbuku, a lovely bay and beach area for a long swim-stop. We have dinner on the boat and anchor down for the night.

Overnight – Palamatbuku

DAY 2: PALAMATBUKU TO KNIDOS TO DATCA

Breakfast and lunch included today.

This morning after breakfast we cruise onto Knidos. Even though it is still under excavation, this ancient city has some impressive ruins to visit and the short climb up to the top of the hill to see the city’s two ancient, back-to-back harbours from above is well worth it!

We head back over to Datca afterwards, having lunch on the way and dock into, or near, the harbour. There are lots of options for the late afternoon and evening: we can take taxis for the 8km trip from the harbour to Datca old town (Eski Datca) if desired, where there is a old village to explore. We have time to wander around the town, pick up some bargains and sample the cafes. Or you can stay in the Datca harbour area to try a few bars and find a good restaurant for the evening meal.

Overnight – Datca

DAY 3: DATCA TO BOZUKKALE

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included today.

Today is all about the swimming in the amazing bays between Datca and Bozukkale. As we approach Bozukkale, there is the opportunity to climb up the peninsula’s ancient citadel for some impressive views.

Overnight – Bozukkale

DAY 4: BOZUKKALE TO MARMARIS

After breakfast we head to Kadirga for swim-stops and lunch, and then Marmaris, one of the biggest harbours in Turkey. We anchor down at the harbourside in the afternoon after lunch (by 2pm) and it’s time to check out and say goodbye to your crew and shipmates!

You have plenty of options for this last day – you can head to Dalaman airport if you have a flight to Istanbul or international destination, or stay a night or two in Marmaris.

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