ARYA YACHTING & TOURS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We have complied a list of our most frequently asked questions, if you cannot find an answer for what you are looking for please feel free to contact us with any query you have.
What day do your cruises start?
Generally on Saturdays but in the early or later part of the season it is sometimes possible to start on a different day.
What time can we board the gulet?
It is possible to board the gulet from around 16.00, if you arrive earlier than this it may be possible for you to leave your luggage on the boat while the preparations are completed.
What time do we have to depart/disembark from the gulet?
On your departure day you will need to disembark the gulet after breakfast, at around 10.00am.
Can we choose our own cruising route?
Yes you can choose your own route, although there should still be some flexibility incase of overcrowding or bad weather / wind. You also have the option of starting in one port and finishing in another. By booking early you get more choice of starting and finishing ports.
Can we cruise for more or less than 7 days?
We can sometimes offer short charters of 3 or 4 days but usually in early or late season. 8, 10 and 14 day cruises are also possible, please ask us about possibilities
Can we cruise in the Greek islands?
You can visit the islands near to the coast of Turkey such as Kos, Rhodes, Symi, Kalymnos, Patmos and Leros. We would ask you to pay the expenses for a Turkish yacht cruising in Greek Waters. These itineraries can be found under 'Sailing routes, Greek islands'
What places will we see on our cabin charter cruise?
With reference to the cabin charter tours, maybe you could consider our speciality: "Greek Islands" tours. These routes are shown under, Sailing Routes, cabin charter. We can also send you our itineraries for the cabin charter cruising routes with descriptions of towns, villages and bays.
How often will we stop? How many hours will we cruise each day?
We cruise daily for a couple of hours, every day two to three bays will be visited
Does the captain and crew speak English?
Our Captains and crew have some knowledge of English
Will we be able to sail?
Our cruises are normally done with the motor and only when there is favourable wind can the sails be raised. Please let us know if you are a keen sailor at the time of your enquiry, this will then enable us to suggest a more suitable gulet for you
Will we be able to get off the boat?
It is possible in some bays to go ashore with the dinghy, and some nights may be spent in harbours where you can get off the boat to explore the area on foot.
Can we take tours to places of interest on land while on our gulet cruise?
Yes it is possible , there are many places of interest to see, you may do this independently or on inquiry we can help with arranging vehicles for land tours, local guides or if you would prefer a tour guide (for various languages) for your whole trip on board.
What boat is used for the cabin charters? Can you tell us the name of the gulet?
All tours are made with traditional wooden gulets, built mostly in the regions of Bodrum and Marmaris. The boat's name will not be made available prior to the day of embarkation, as numbers will dictate which boat is best allocated.
Is there a single supplement?
Yes the single supplement on cabin charters is 70%.
Are there drinks on board?
There are a selection of drinks on board. Soft drinks and alcohol are sold and must be paid for at the end of your cruise. You pay directly to the Captain/crew in cash.
Can we bring our own drinks on board?
On a private charter you may bring your own drinks on board.
Can we bring our own food on board?
Yes you may bring your own food on board, if you choose not to take our full board then we can also assist with your own shopping on your arrival.
We can send you a provisions list for the basics that you may need and we can do this shopping and put it on the boat for your arrival. Leaving you more time to shop for the meat, fish and delicacies etc... All shopping can be paid for on your arrival.
Can you cater to special diets – vegetarian, gluten free etc?
Our cooks are very experienced in catering for special diets, if you are vegetarian or have food allergies you just have to let us know in advance.
How do you get in and out of the sea/water?
The ladder for getting in and out of the water can be a steps that lead to a small platform in the water or on smaller yachts, a straight ladder which descends under the surface of the water. Some yachts have a swimming platform at the stern.
Are there towels/bed linen on board?
On all our boats we supply hand towels and towels for showers . You will need to bring your own beach/swimming towels. Bedding is also provided by us. (On standard boats once a week there is a change of bedding & towels)
Is there music on the gulet?
All our gulets have a CD and/or MP3 player with a selection of music. You are very welcome to bring your own CDs.
How much money will we need on board?
You will need money on board for any road excursions you may wish to take, the occasional meal ashore (optional), for personal shopping and for settling your bar bill at the end of your cruise.
What currency can we use to pay our bar bill?
Your bar bill can be paid in USD, €, YTL, or GBP
How do we get from the airport to the gulet/boat?
We offer a private transfer service for our guests, please ask for our prices at the time of booking.
All our transfer vehicles are air conditioned.
What should I/we bring?
Remember that you will probably spend most of the time in your bathing suit! For land trips a pair of long and light trousers and a shirt or T-shirt is advisable. You will also need shoes that can stand stony paths. Evenings especially in the early and late seasons are cooler, so you may also need a pullover.
Other necessary items are a beach towel, a sun cream against sunburn, snorkels, flippers and goggles and a sleeping bag in case you want to sleep on deck Bring your belongings in a bag rather than a suitcase, because it is easier to store bags in the cabins.
What type of electricity supply do the boats have?
The electricity on most of the ships run over 12 or 24 Volt. Please consider this if you want to take battery-run or electric shavers, videos etc. And be sure to leave your hair dryer back home, as it is better to dry your hair under the sun
On most of the traditional yachts (and on all luxury boats) are generators for 220 V which runs a few hours during the day-time and on the evening for charging the batteries, refrigerators, deep freezers, and also for air-condition
Is a gulet holiday in Turkey suitable for small children?
Accompanied by adults, children of any age are welcome and will positively thrive in the warm waters of the Turkish Aegean and Mediterranean seas
Which season is best?
The months of May and October offer excellent sailing conditions and the opportunity to go trekking or fishing.
July and August days are long and hot and the nights are warm. June, the beginning of July and all of September offer a better combination, with warm days and cool evenings. The water in September can be especially warm in certain places.
Between the end of July and the beginning of September, Turkey is extra busy with the peak of summer bringing thousands to the coastal regions.
What are the typical living areas on a Gulet?
An indoors saloon, a quarterdeck for dining and lounging in the shade of a sun awning and a foredeck with numerous sun beds which can be shaded by a canopy when the yacht is not sailing.
Do all cabins have private or en suite bathrooms?
All cabins have their own en suite bathroom (shower & WC) showers vary in style, some have a pullout shower hoses from the hand basin and some gulets have shower cubicles.
The luxury gulets have shower cubicles, some bathrooms have hair dryers, Jacuzzi massage shower and / or hydro-massage and steam bath.
Are there Water sport facilities on every boat?
On most of the traditional yachts there are canoes, snorkeling and fishing equipment on board
Our Luxury gulets offer many varieties of water sports like kayaks, wind surfers, water skiing, canoes, wake boarding, mono skiing, knee-boarding and scuba diving.
Water sport activities requiring the use of fuel and the Zodiac tender are extra, cost can be paid to the crew. Please ask for special requests
Are there any Games/ Tv on board?
There are a small selection of board games and cards on the boats and on most of the traditional yachts there is a TV and CD/DVD player in the saloon.
On luxury yachts there is normally: satellite TV, HD televisions/DVD players/CD players in the saloon and in the cabins.