What should I bring?
Pack your bags with everything you think you might need, and then eliminate most of it. Gulet life is so laid back and as informal as you like that you may well be happy bringing only carry-on luggage. Our suggestions are comfortable walking shoes if you like to hike, deck shoes, extra swimwear, sunglasses, sunscreen, toiletries, a light sweater or jacket for cooler evenings, shorts, t-shirts, and prescription medicines. On board you will find reading material, beach and bath towels and hair dryer.
What is included in the cost?
- Local taxes in Turkey
- Commercial harbor expenses in Turkey
- Yacht insurance
- Usage of water
- 24 hour crew service
- Use of equipment on board
Additional costs are:
- Port and harbor fees for Greek destinations
- Entry-exit customs formalities in Turkey and Greece
- Food and beverages onboard
- Land excursions and entry fees to antique sites
- Transfers – these can be arranged at an additional cost
- Fuel for onboard toys
- Private marina fees in Turkey
- Crew gratuities
- Other special requests
Do I need insurance?
Your charter agreement will detail insurance provisions: the yacht remains insured by the owner during your charter; however we advise all guests to consider Cancellation and Curtailment Insurance. You may also wish to consider Personal Accident or Medical Insurance plus Personal Effects Insurance, which is generally not included in the charter fee.
Is it possible to embark and disembark from different locations?
This is possible, but it depends on the availability of the boat. However in some cases, you may be charged an additional fee for relocation of the boat. The cost of this fee varies and is based on the distance between the two harbors.
Do you offer Cabin Charters?
No. Zephyria Yachting provide exclusive private charters and we feel that cabin charters do not match with the service and quality standards of our company.
Can I combine my Yacht Charter with a land tour visiting Istanbul, Cappadocia or Ankara for example?
Our guests travel from all over the world visiting Turkey from Europe as well as the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Brazil. Many of them are touring Europe on extended trips and include a Blue Cruise into their program. We are happy to advise you on the best ways of combining land and sea experiences making your trip as easy and smooth as possible with advice on flights, transfers and accommodation.
Can I combine daily land excursions with my Gulet Charter?
We work with several well-established travel agents in Turkey who provide a range of high quality and stimulating land tours, excursions and activities along in the Aegean and Mediterranean regions. Please contact us for further details.
Can our route include the Greek Islands?
Yes, we can design an itinerary that includes a selection of one or more Greek islands, depending on your interests. Please be aware that all the relevant entry-exit formalities, custom fees and Greek port duties are not reflected in our charter rates and these must be paid directly to the authorities during your cruise.
Is it possible to plan our own itinerary/ route?
Yes, it is possible to plan your own itinerary. This is our specialty and following your booking we establish with you exactly what you want from your cruise and make it happen. Please keep in mind that we will do our utmost to accommodate your requirements, provided the weather and other conditions permit.
What is the weather like?
In general, temperatures at sea are comfortable throughout the summer- in fact being on a yacht at this time of year is the best option! Ample shade is always available on board. Zephyria offers a wide selection of both air-conditioned and non-air conditioned Gulets.
Do you cater for special diets?
Zephyria will ask for the exact food and beverage preferences of your group prior to your arrival and will arrange menus to suit accordingly. Gluten free diets, dairy intolerance, vegetarian diets and allergies will be strictly taken into account. Just let us know in advance. In any case, with the abundance of fresh local and seasonal Mediterranean produce, our excellent chefs make each meal one to remember.
How big are your beds?
Standard double beds on most of our gulets are 140 x 200 cm and single beds are either 80 x 200 or 90 x 200 cm. Master cabins often have larger double beds.
How often will we sail with no engine power?
While most of Zephyria's itineraries are based upon approximately three-four hours of motoring daily, our crew will raise the sails as the weather conditions and routes allow. If you are a sailing enthusiast, we are happy to design an itinerary with optimal sailing opportunities.
What is the tipping policy for crew?
Gratuity is a very individual decision. As a guideline, we suggest tipping the crew either individually or via the captain similarly to what you would tip in a good hotel or restaurant (between 5 and 10% of the charter fee not including extras) for the services rendered.
How far ahead of time do I need to book?
We suggest that you enquire as early as possible to arrange for the Gulet and dates that best suit you.
Do you arrange airport transfers?
Yes. Just inform us of your arrival and departure details in advance.
Can you arrange hotel bookings for us?
No, but with our local knowledge, we can suggest a selection of hotels that may be suitable for your party.
What is your cancellation policy?
No refunds shall be payable in the event of cancellation by the charterers after the agreement is signed unless the charter week is resold, in which case a refund of the deposit can be made. If the cancellation is due to exceptional circumstances, you have the option of rescheduling your trip for the following season based on availability.