As Turkey becomes an ever-hotter tourism destination, the list of intrepid travelers wanting to sail the crystal waters of the Aegean Sea is getting longer, and the demand for Turkish gulet charters is growing. Custom-built from local woods ranging from pine and mulberry to more exotic ones like mahogany and teak, these handcrafted seafaring vessels, whose name is likely derived from the French goélette, for schooner, are ideal for al fresco dining (and cocktailing) as you cruise, wind in your hair, between Turkish ports like red-hot Bodrum, Europe’s largest shipyard for wooden yachts, and Datca, Loryma and the picturesque Greek island of Symi, just to name a few. A burgeoning number of world-class gulets, complete with captain and crew (including top-shelf chefs), are available from leading travel operators like Red Savannah, which has recently tripled its collection in response to requests for flexible itineraries with premier accommodations. If a luxury gulet charter on the Aegean is in your sights this summer, Red Savannah’s resident gulet specialist, Ed Granville, knows the fleet inside and out and will help to steer you in the right direction. Below are a few of the best, which are available for a range of intriguing itineraries lasting less than a week to 14 days. Bon voyage!
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