What is a Blue Cruise? And Is It the Best Vacation for Me?

All About Blue Cruise Gulet Holidays in the Mediterranean

Aerial view of a gulet anchored on a small island during a Blue Cruise near Gocek

Blue Cruise Heaven!

The term Blue Cruise (also called Blue Voyage or Blue Tour) originated in a Turkish book entitled "Mavi Yolculuk", written by historian, translator, academic and archaeologist, Azra Erhat. Published in 1957, the book describes the author's wonderful experiences sailing along the southwestern coast of Turkey, especially between Çeşme and Antalya. The term Blue Cruise is now used to describe recreational yachting trips aboard classic gulets which take visitors to ancient cities, harbours, tombs, mausolea, and intimate beaches along Turkey's Turquoise Coast bordering the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas.

Gulet on a Blue Cruise anchored in a peaceful cove in Kekova region

So Relaxing!

The concept of the Blue Cruise entered the Turkish imagination even earlier though, through the writing of Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı (aka, The Fisherman of Halicarnassus). Exiled to Bodrum in 1925, he eventually chose to make the small seaside town his permanent home, taking his friends on boat trips and introducing them to this beautiful part of the world.

Prior to the 1980s, cruises were available only to the privileged few with access to private boats. Nowadays, Blue Cruises are a popular tourist activity, with people from all walks of life chartering boats for enchanting sailing holidays on the Mediterranean.

Gulet sailing from the harbour at Fethiye

Sailing the Med!

The gulet acts as both transportation and accommodation during your Blue Cruise holiday, sailing between anchorages that are often inaccessible by motor vehicle. Some liken the experience to staying at a floating seaside resort - with crew taking care of your every need, access to the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean any time day or night, and the chance to explore the Mediterranean shoreline at a leisurely pace.

Like a cruise on a much larger cruise liner, you don't need to have any sailing experience or credentials to enjoy a Blue Cruise.

Blue cruises offer the perfect opportunity for visitors to leisurely explore the spectacular coastlines of the Mediterranean, and spend time in the tranquil coves and inlets. Depending on the itinerary, they also offer guests the opportunity to visit cities along the Mediterranean coast - like Rhodes, Kaş, Bodrum, and Symi. Guests who thrill at sailing, love the sea, enjoy exploring historic and cultural sites, and appreciate nature will enjoy the uniquely relaxing experience of a Blue Cruise yachting holiday.

Does a Blue Cruise sailing holiday sound like the vacation of your dreams? Contact us today if you'd like to start planning an exclusive yachting vacation on the classic Turkish gulet Arkadaslik. We promise - you won't be disappointed!

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Turkish gulet anchored in a peaceful cove during a Blue Cruise