LIFE ON & OFF BOARD

Swimming off from or just dreamily floating around the yacht is certainly one of the most enjoyable experiences of your voyage. Additionally, you can sail, water ski, snorkel, kayak, fish, play board games, cards, or even go on moderate to challenging hikes with the captain. Other activities can also be arranged, such as parasailing, jet skiing, scuba diving, paragliding, plus numerous additional water sports.

 

Naturally, relaxation is the key part of your voyage, and we offer a library of magazines and books to pursue. A DVD library and DVD player is also on board stacked with many options from classics to children's and foreign movies. The stereo system has indoors and outdoors speakers and iPod connections for even more personalized listening pleasures.

Shore excursions along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts are fantastic opportunities to experience scenery as well as the sites hence the accessibility could be difficult otherwise. Combining Turkey’s Turquoise Coast and the nearby Greek Dodecanese Islands offer two different cultures and extensive outings choices that easily meet individual or group interests. Both have lively resorts, traditional sleepy villages, authentic local cuisine, sightseeing, shopping, nightlife, and ancient site explorations. Some trips require vehicles, while others are walking or hiking distance away. Tour guides can also be booked or the captain will guide you to explore on your own. Of course, you may also decide to stay on board and just relax. One of the best sides to luxury yacht (gulet) voyages is the freedom to enjoy your own preferences.

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CUISINE

All meals are prepared and served on board by our chefs and crew using locally bought fresh produce. Turkish and Mediterranean Cuisines are one of the finest in the world and the chefs are specifically recruited for their knowledge of local recipes, awareness of a modern twist and range of culinary skills. A typical breakfast consists of egg, bread, olives, cheese varieties, preserves, yoghurt and Turkish tea or coffee. Lunch is usually meat or fish served with salad and other side dishes. Dinner is generally meat or fish served with salad, rice or pasta and couple more vegetable side dish options. Fruit is always available. Lunch and dinner are followed by coffee. Bottled water is also always available.

Since all the meals are freshly prepared, menus can be adjusted to suit the group's special diets, particular likings or allergies. Please inform us in advance accordingly.

 

When in port, the group is free to eat ashore, though meals are always provided on the vessels.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Visa Requirements

Check the governments e-visa web site (http://www.mfa.gov.tr/visa-information-for-foreigners.en.mfa) for information about visa requirements to enter Turkey. If your country is listed and if you are traveling to Turkey within 90 days, you can apply for e-visa which will be granted within 24-hours of your application.


 

How do I get to the boat?

Below is a list of airports that are close to your port of Blue Voyage departure. We can arrange airport transfers for you to and from our boat. Airport transfer is not included in the price.

Departing port Airports

Bodrum Bodrum-Milas International Airport (~ 30 minutes)
Gocek Dalaman International Airport (~ 20 minutes)
Fethiye Dalaman International Airport (~ 45 minutes)
Marmaris Dalaman International Airport ((~ 2 hours)

What should I bring with me?

There is no dress code on the boat. Bring your most comfortable clothes. Pack light since you will not need many changes of clothes. During day time you will be in your swimwear with a t-shirt to protect you from the sun. Bring at least two swimming suits, t-shirts, shorts, sandals, high protection sun lotion, sun protection cap, protection lipstick, sun glasses, camera, books, personal hygiene items. In case of cooler evenings, bring a sweater, jacket, and long pants/jeans. No shoes are allowed on board, just bring your sneakers or walking shoes for land cruising.

 

Can I bring snorkeling equipment?

Although our boats have snorkeling equipment, you might want to bring your own.


What is the schedule for embarkation and disembarkation?

Our Blue Voyages start on Saturday and end on Saturday. Embarkation starts around 16:00 and disembarkation ends at 10:00 on Saturday after breakfast on the boat. We usually stay on the port of departure on the embarkation day to let you have time to explore the town and its surroundings. We spend the night before disembarkation either on the port of departure or a secluded cove near the port of departure.

Is smoking permitted on boat?

Smoking is not permitted inside the boat for safety reasons and for the comfort of future charter guests. Smoking is only permitted on the deck, not in cabins.


 

Important !!!

Please do not put toilet paper in the toilet, only natural waste can be flushed down the toilet. You can put your soiled toilet paper in the bins provided in the bathrooms.

Make sure to secure your belongings on the deck when the wind is high or the boat is in motion. Use clothes pins to secure your swimwear and towels drying on the clothes line.

Safety is first so please do not dive or jump off the boat when the engine is running.
Please turn off the air conditioning and lights off when not in use to save the boat’s batteries. Please check with us about the air conditioners use and hours of use since air conditioners run on batteries and it varies from boat to boat. It is against the law to run air conditioners on ports because the noise could disturb other gulets nearby.

 

Worth to Remember

Hand, bath, and beach towels are provided.
The cabins and bathrooms are cleaned and the bins are emptied daily by the crew in the morning. Towels and bed linens are replaced twice a week.

 

What is included in the prices?
The price includes the rental of the boat and its equipment, accommodation in cabins, services of the crew, water for general usage, fuel up to 4 hours cruising a day, all harbor fees and related formalities in Turkish waters, cleaning of bed linens, bath and beach towels, and final cleaning. All cabins have their own private bathroom with showers and toilets.

 

What is excluded in the prices?
The price does not include the airport transfers, land excursions, harbor taxes and mooring fees in Greek waters, personal expenses, and optional gratuities.
The price also does not include the meals, soft drinks, drinking water, and alcoholic beverages. We have a meal plan that you can purchase or you can provide us with a list of food and we can purchase and cook for you.
You can purchase your own water, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages. Or, let us know, and we can purchase them for you.

 

What is the suggested tipping amount for the crew?
Gratuitiesare not included in the boat fee. We recommend tipping the crew for their hard work to make you happy and comfortable during your trip. The suggested amount is about 5-10% of the base charter rate. It is usually given to the captain at the end of the charter and divided equally among the crew members. You do not have to give a tip, it depends on you.

Do I need insurance while on board?
Our boats have insurance during your Blue Voyage. You might consider getting trip cancellation insurance, personal medical insurance for international traveling, and personal belongings insurance for your travels.

 

What are the voltage requirements and plug types on the boat?
The gulets have 220 V electric current. The outlets are European style. Your laptops, mobile phones can charge without a transformer. But, you need a plug adaptor.

 

What will the weather be like?
July and August can get very hot, between 30 and 40°C. April and October can be cool, with temperatures ranging between 18-22°C. June and September is more balmy weather, between 21-30°C. The change of rain between May and September is almost zero. April and October can bring a few showers. Don’t forget to bring a light jacket or cotton sweater in case the evenings get cold.

 

Can I arrange land excursions?
Certainly. We know the locals and the area well so we can arrange any kind of land excursion for you throughout Turkey.

Any other questions?
Please call us: +90 252 316 52 43 or send us an email: info@apaktours.com. We’ll be delighted to answer any questions you have.