What to pay and when to pay it:
Please note that your booking is provisional until we confirm we have received your deposit payment.
Provisional and Guaranteed Bookings
Your gulet cruise will only become a guaranteed departure once enough people have booked to enable the trip to go ahead. The booking page will clearly show whether the trip is PROVISIONAL or GUARANTEED.
If you make a booking before the trip has been guaranteed, you will need to pay your deposit to reserve your place on the trip. After some time, if the trip is not guaranteed your deposit will be returned to you.
Once the trip has been guaranteed your deposit is non-refundable for any reason.
You should not book flights before the trip has been guaranteed.
What happens if you cancel your place
As this is a Special Interest Holiday for a small group, if you cancel your place you will still be liable to pay for your place in full. Otherwise, the others in the trip would need to pay extra which we do not consider to be equitable. You should then claim from your travel insurance.
What happens if your place is transferred to someone else
If the trip is full and someone is able to take your place, once they have paid the full amount to Meridian Travels & Yachting, the full amount that you have paid will be refunded to you by Meridian Travels &Yachting.
If the trip is not full and you find someone to take your place, once they have paid the full amount to Meridian Travels & Yachting, the amount that you have paid less the deposit will be refunded to you by Meridian Travels &Yachting.
What happens in the event of Force Majeure or similar
If your trip is cancelled through no fault of Meridian Travels & Yachting (for example, but not limited to, acts of God, Coronavirus, SARS, MERS, war, acts of terrorism, ash cloud, adverse weather conditions, trade disputes, fire, government or political action bans etc) then Meridian Travels & Yachting will be under no liability whatsoever to you and may, at its option, by written notice to you cancel the tour. You will not be entitled to a refund by Meridian Travels & Yachting or the Group Leader.
What happens in the event of cancellation by Meridian Travels & Yachting
If the trip is cancelled by Meridian Travels & Yachting any monies paid by you will be refunded in full. Meridian Travels & Yachting will not be liable for any other expenses you may have incurred (such as, but not limited to, flights, transfers, accommodation etc).
Other Significant Events
Cancellation by Massage Therapist
In the unlikely event that the massage therapist is unable to attend at short notice, your gulet cruise will not be cancelled. We will endeavour to find an alternative massage therapist for you. In the event that a replacement cannot be found, Meridian Travels & Yachting will not be liable to reimburse any part of your holiday cost. Meridian Travels & Yachting will be liable should you choose to cancel your place.
Non-availability of East Meets West or Breakdown
Meridian Travels & Yachting reserves the right to provide a gulet other than East Meets West if necessary. The alternative gulet will be to a similar standard but the cabin accommodation may require some of you to be flexible regarding cabin type; for example if there aren’t as many twin cabins.In the event that your specified cabin type is not available, Meridian Travels & Yachting will not be liable to reimburse any part of your holiday cost.
In the event of a breakdown during your trip, if the gulet cannot be repaired within 48 hours you will be transferred to an alternative gulet for the remainder of your trip.
It is a condition of booking that you have Travel Insurance. You are strongly recommended to book your travel insurance as soon as you have booked your holiday.
It is your responsibility to check your travel insurance covers you for illness, injury, death, pre-existing medical conditions, loss of baggage and personal items, cancellation, trip disruption, curtailment, emergency rescue and repatriation. Should you not be able to get cover for any of these (or other) situations then you agree it is your responsibility to cover any costs associated with repatriation or emergency health care.
You must provide evidence of your insurance upon arrival at your destination.
Passports and Visas
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of your return.
To check whether you need to apply for a visa to travel to Turkey please go to this official government website https://evisa.gov.tr/en/
As of February 2020 it is no longer necessary for holders of British passports to have a visa for entry into Turkey. It is your responsibility to check the latest requirements which could be changed by the Turkish government at any time.
Health & Fitness
General Health – if you have limited mobility or have specific needs relating to your health (for example a CPAP machine) please advise us no less than 14 days before you arrive.
Regardless of your age, if you have a pre-existing medical condition which is not well controlled and has required medical intervention in the past 24 months, you must complete a medical questionnaire.
Assumption of Risk
You acknowledge and agree that by the very nature of gulet cruising there is a higher level of risk compared with conventional holidays. The additional dangers and risks include (but not limited to) a certain level of mobility is required to embark, disembark and move around the gulet, remoteness from normal medical services; and evacuation difficulties in the event of illness or injury;
Errors & Omissions
We have endeavoured to ensure that the contents of this website are correct. However, we reserve the right to make changes to holiday details or our terms and conditions.