The capital of three former empires – Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman – Istanbul characterizes Turkey’s well preserved past legacy in an endless variety of natural beauty, museums, palaces, grand mosques and bazaars. An amaranthine collection of bays and coves, perfect for anchoring, span from ancient Troy (Canakkale) south and east through Izmir, Bodrum, Marmaris to Fethiye. ‘Asia meets Europe’ best describes the cultural fusion found in Turkey; mosques and minarets call out the daily prayer over the raucous din of markets where you can haggle for the best price on a Kilim or a coffee. Submerged cities, tombs carved into the living cliffs, ancient fortresses and wonders of the world are at your gangway waiting to be explored. Azure waters and sunny beaches await you – come discover them!
Along with amazing artifacts and history, friendly people and anchorages with clear blue water, a yacht charter in Turkey runs at a price much less than in other parts of the Mediterranean Sea. This mean that both the charter rate and the operating expenses which a client pays will be at least 20% less than in neighboring countries.
Turkey has some impressive shipyards that have always built the traditional motorsailor gulets that are still available for charter, but now the Turkish fleet includes stylish motor yachts from 70 to 150 feet (22 to 50m), often with a very modern design aesthetic.
Turkey has gained popularity for those that are looking for a holiday that is away from crowds, and travels to unspoiled areas, yet has plenty of interesting places to explore ashore. Luxury yachts, often called super yachts or mega yachts, are now traveling east to explore the Turkish coastline. Sailing yachts, gulets and the occasional catamaran are available in Turkey where the weather can be mild in early spring and well into fall.
Motor yachts allow one to travel greater distances so that you can take in more of the highlights: Istanbul, Marmaris, Bodrum, Goeck; all are further apart than one would see in a one week charter, but on a power yacht, you may range far along this winding coast and the small islands offshore if you have time for a two week (or longer) charter.
Luxury was the byword of the Ottoman Empire, you can experience that level of luxury and service on a yacht charter.