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Catamaran sailing in Turkey’s Gulf of Gulluk

23rd March 2012 Print

A catamaran, complete with skipper and hostess, is the recipe for a memorable holiday in the Med with Journey Anatolia’s luxurious charters out of Bitez, on the Bodrum peninsula.

“Catamarans are better equipped than gulets, more stable than yachts and ideal for families or a group of friends,” says the company’s founder Serkan Cetin.  “And our boats, guided by a local skipper, take you a million miles away, metaphorically speaking, from the popular resorts.”

Each catamaran charts its own course – no flotilla sailing – and can choose where to drop anchor for a morning swim, a lunchtime market visit and the overnight stay in a friendly harbour.  Turquoise seas where dolphins swim, sandy coves accessible only from the water and predictable winds in the Gulf of Gulluk make this an idyllic and relaxing holiday, even for sailing virgins.

The on-board hostess can suggest menus, shop for fresh fish and vegetables at the market (though this is a joy you may not want to relinquish) and generally ‘house-keep’.  The cost of food is not included, providing flexibility to picnic, BBQ or seek out a more upmarket harbour-side restaurant for dinner one evening.

A week’s charter of a family catamaran sleeping up to six costs from £4,180 this summer, including the services of a skipper and hostess (not included in ‘sleeping up to’ number).  Flights are not included.  Journey Anatolia can arrange meet and greet and return airport transfers from Bodrum at a total cost of £120 in a private air-conditioned vehicle.

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