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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!


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.


If coming from DALAMAN airport early in the morning or the day before then you can either take a taxi (quite pricey – around the equivalent of 65-70 Euros) or the shuttle buses, which are waiting very close to the arrivals area and outdoor café.

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 Marmaris bus terminal, where you can take a taxi to the check-in point (or your accommodation if you are staying the night before).

If you are staying in Marmaris for a night or two, then we can recommend the MUSTAFA TOKALAC CASTLE HOUSE (a guesthouse, more budget-friendly option) or either the SUNSET BOUTIQUE or the METS BOUTIQUE hotels (more upmarket).

Check in: Marmaris

Please meet the GO SAIL TURKEY representative at the famous FENER landmark (it is a stone lighthouse right on the main harbourside) at 4pm.
Location is here: https://goo.gl/maps/rC9q4gMg74fHi14Z6

Our representative will be wearing a RED GO SAIL TURKEY t-shirt and will take you to your boat, which will be docked nearby. You will have your welcome speech and introduction to Captain and crew. Please note, your cabin may not be ready to enter (as it will be cleaned that afternoon) for an hour or two. The boat will be overnighting in Marmaris anyway and your cabin should be ready by around 6pm, with your welcome dinner onboard from around 6pm onwards.


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.


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.



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.



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.

Optional excursions such as Dalyan Mud Baths and Turtle Beach tour. 

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.


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!


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.


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).


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!


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.


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.


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.


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)


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.


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.



No meals included today but everyone can enjoy dinner together in Marmaris city tonight!
Check in from 4pm onwards. Meet your crew and shipmates, get a welcome speech and explanation of ship rules.

We can then wander around the old town, which is still littered with historical houses that line the cobbled streets in the old city and check out the seaside markets. There are plenty of waterside cafes and bars to sample as well and time to hunt for a good place for dinner in the evening. After dinner we are free to experience the nightlife of Marmaris!

Overnight – Marmaris Harbour.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included today.

This morning we cruise over to Ekincik. Here there is the chance for an optional excursion into Dalyan. This excursion will take us into the lake lands of the Dalyan area, past ancient rock tombs, for a visit to the mud baths and the famous Turtle Beach. You can either choose to take this excursion (extra payment applies – 60 Euros) or stay on board to swim, relax or try some of the local water sports activities on offer.

Overnight – Ekincik


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included today.

After breakfast, we head over to Cleopatra’s Baths, an ancient hamam dating back to Roman times. Here we have the chance to swim through the ruins before having another swim stop at Flat Island.

Overnight – Cleopatra’s Baths or Flat Island.


Breakfast and lunch included today.

This morning is all about making our way over to Fethiye via the 12 islands area near the city.We reach Fethiye harbour in the afternoon – around 2.00 to 2.30pm (after lunch) and say goodbye to our shipmates.

You have plenty of options for your last day – you can head to Dalaman airport if you have a flight to Istanbul or international destination, take a ferry over to Rhodes, or stay a night or two in Fethiye!
In addition, you can go paragliding – see below!

Optional excursion: Paragliding over the famous beach in Oludeniz. Pick up from near the boat at 3.30pm to transfer to the mountain by around 4pm. 150 EUROS


On our cruises there are optional excursions that we think will enhance your travel experience in Turkey. It is totally up to you whether you decide to participate in these activities. In high season it is advisable to book these activities in advance to secure your place.

You can book by emailing: info@gosailturkey.com

Dalyan Mud Baths and Turtle Beach - 60 Euros

This excursion will take you into the lake lands of the Dalyan area, past ancient rock tombs, for a visit to the mud baths and the famous Turtle Beach. It is advisable to book this excursion in advance to secure your places.

Dalyan is a beautiful and unique destination that offers a truly rejuvenating experience. The town’s thermal mud baths are famous for their therapeutic properties, and many visitors rave about how the mud leaves their skin feeling soft and smooth.

The warm mud and hot springs are a perfect combination for relaxing and unwinding. After your mud bath, you can take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the river or explore the town’s many historical sites.


Paragliding Over Oludeniz - 150 Euros

Pick-up time is 3.30pm on Fridays.
Tour Schedule:

Transfer from the boat to Oludeniz Beach
Check in with paragliding office
Minibus transfer to the top of Babadag Mountain
Tandem paragliding flight with a professional pilot
Transfer back to your boat to collect luggage

What’s included (150 Euro):

Transfers from and back to boat
All equipment
30 min Tandem Paragliding flight

What’s not included:

Photos and videos of your experience. Due to Health and Safety reasons, you cannot use your own camera. However, if you wish the tandem pilot to take GoPro pics and video of your flight then this can be added on and paid for at the paragliding office. Please let the paragliding office know before the flight begins. Unfortunately prices can vary for this service but usually costs around 30-45 Euros per person. We strongly recommend negotiating this price!


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