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Visit Greece and Turkey: Gulet Getaway

If your ideal holiday is one where you have no responsibilities and everything is done for you, then you need to keep reading.

Imagine a holiday where you don’t have any decisions to make about what to eat, where to go or how to get there; you are simply served delicious meals, whisked to peaceful, picturesque places and left to your own devices. Sound heavenly? Then you’re going to love sailing the Greek islands and Turkish coastline on a private gulet yacht.

THE ESSENTIALS

MONEY

Turkish lira or euros

SAFETY

The political situation in Turkey has calmed down after the terrorist attacks in 2015 and it is very safe to travel in and around the country. If doing a gulet trip, it is recommended that you are able to swim.

TOURISM STATS

TURKEY 2014 – 42 million tourists (6th most popular destination in the world) 2016 – 25 milllion tourists (post terror attacks).

GREECE 2014 – 22 million tourists / 2016 – 28 million tourists.

HIRING A GULET

Visit guletyacht.net for Budget, Standard, Luxury and Super Luxury options and to book a charter.

The S Dogu is a Super Luxury Gulet that sleeps 12. (2 000 euros per day).

COSTS

From ±1 000 euros per day. Food from 45 euros per person per day.

BEST TIME TO GO

The cruising season is from April to October, with July/August being the peak.

COSTS

TURKEY

3-course meal for two: R155 / Cappuccino: R20 / Beer: R18 (from a store)

GREECE

3-course meal for two: R600 / Cappuccino: R46 / Beer: R25 (from a store)

FOOD

Turkish and Greek cuisine share many dishes, often with similar names – stuffed vine leaves in Greece are dolmades; in Turkey they’re dolma. Traditional meals include yoghurt, cheese, vegetables, herbs, meat and seafood dishes.

With around about 500 gulets plying the Turkish and Greek waters, you have lots of categories, sizes and combinations to choose from. A key fact to remember is you must tell the crew what you want to do. They will happily oblige but if you don’t tell them, they will just follow the route you requested. If you’d like to go ashore more, anchor further away from crowds, or visit archaeological sites, speak up.

FLY on SAA’s daily direct flights to Frankfurt or Munich. Connect to Greece and Turkey with SAA code-share partner and Star Alliance member, Lufthansa; or with Star Alliance members, Aegean or Turkish Airlines. Visit: http://www.flysaa.com.

Catch the full experience in the Sawubona October issue.

WORDS Lori Booth IMAGES Gallo Images/ Getty Images; Supplied

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