The Guitar Gulet with Thomas Binns
8 – 15 July 2023

After another fantastic week of singing and music making, Thomas Binns has decided to run another gulet cruise in 2023.

The Guitar Social is London’s number one place to learn some guitar, meet some people and go on some adventures and nothing quite encapsulates the spirit of The Guitar Social quite like this popular voyage across the Mediterranean in a beautiful boat. 

On board we have guitar players of all levels taking the time to get some practice in assisted by lead tutor at The Guitar Social, Thomas Binns. The hours are spent swimming, talking, eating, jamming. It’s simple, splendid living. 

On an evening when the sun goes to rest we gather for songs, played solo, played as a group, with the stars as our audience and the gentle lapping of the ocean as the backing chorus.

We can’t wait to get on board.

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What you need to know

 Type of boat: Cabin with ensuite bathroom on comfort plus gulet  7 nights/8 days.
 Full Board: Turkish Breakfast, Cooked Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Biscuits, Cooked Dinner starting with dinner on day 1; finishing with breakfast on day 8.
 Embarkation: Marmaris, Fethiye or Bozburun  depending upon actual itinerary
 Disembarkation: Marmaris, Fethiye or Bozburun depending upon actual itinerary
 Optional excursions Turkish Hamam, Beach Party

Availability & Price 2023

July 8 – 15 Details coming soon
Deposit
Interim Payment
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Single Occupancy
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Full Board

  • Breakfast: Turkish breakfast cheese, eggs, olives, jams, local honey, bread, tea, coffee
  • Lunch: Cooked lunch with salad
  • Afternoon tea & biscuits
  • Dinner: includes Mezes, main course, salad and dessert of fruit
  • Water for singing provided in your refillable bottle
  • Juice and filter coffee available as extra

We have a very good reputation for our food which is cooked using fresh, locally grown vegetables; our olives, honey, fish and meat are locally sourced from truly organic smallholders.

Vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free are available but please advise via your personal login to help us with our provisioning. We may not be able to provide your food choices if you advise us on arrival.

Cabin: 7 nights in a single or twin share cabin with ensuite private bathroom

Air-conditioning: Air-conditioning can be in use up to 4 hours daily during hotter months, generally in the evening so you can shower in comfort. Please note the use of A/C in port is strictly forbidden. 

Transfer: There will be one group transfer each way. Price £10 pp each way

Diesel: 3-4 hours cruising per day

Crew: food and wages

Drinks: there is a reasonably priced bar onboard stocked with water, soft and alcoholic drinks including beer, wine and spirits. Please do not bring your own drinks onboard.

Tips for the Crew. Recommend £45 per traveller .

Travel Insurance: please remember to arrange your own travel insurance and provide a copy to the Guide on arrival. See additional notes relating to travel insurance.

Riverboat Trip: including entrance fees to Kaunos, mudbaths, riverboat hire and Captain

Turkish Bath Take a traditional Turkish Bath and massage in Marmaris

Port Charges £45pp payable on arrival onboard

The Headlines!

  1. This privately owned gulet has been chartered for your private trip by The Guitar Social.
  2. The Guitar Social will process all bookings and payments.
  3. If the trip is cancelled because government restrictions prevent travel (currently defined as red list travel) your deposit and any payments made will not be refunded. See The Guitar Social’s terms and conditions.
  4. After paying your deposit, if the departure doesn’t go ahead because insufficient people have booked, your deposit will be refunded by The Guitar Social.
  5. If you cancel for any reason, you will still be liable to pay for your place, otherwise the others on the trip would need to pay extra to cover the cost of your place.
  6. It is a condition of booking that you have Travel Insurance. You are recommended to book your travel insurance when you have paid your deposit.
  7. If you have any questions about the holiday please email 

Flights

You will need to book your own flights to/from Dalaman airport.

Transfers

Dalaman to/from Marmaris one-way £65
Dalaman to/from Fethiye one-way £55
Price is for the vehicle
Private Transfer (5-14 pax)
Dalaman to/from Marmaris one way £105
Price is for the vehicle
Shuttle service:
Dalaman to/from Marmaris one-way £16 per person

There will be one group transfer each way to/from Dalaman airport, time to be confirmed. Price £10pp each way.

We recommend that travellers book any additional transfers directly with us because occasionally the start/finish ports can change at the last minute. If transfers are booked with us it is easy for us to ensure travellers are delivered to the correct port.

 

Itinerary at a glanceAccommodationGuitar Sessions

Cabins are ready from 4pm although luggage can be dropped off earlier if needed. Service starts with Dinner onboard followed by an overnight stay in Marmaris port.

We enjoy a varied itinerary ; seeking out quieter bays wherever possible. 

DAY 1 MARMARIS
With its vibrant nightlife and shopping there’s plenty to see in Marmaris. Cabins are ready from 4pm although luggage can be dropped off earlier if needed. Service starts with Dinner onboard followed by an overnight stay in Marmaris port.

DAY 2 MARMARIS—EKINCIK GULF—DALYAN
After breakfast, you’ll be given information about the cruise and onboard safety before cruising for a couple of hours to take lunch, swim and of course play in a small bay in the Ekincik Gulf.  Join the optional Dalyan Tour for the afternoon. Take a riverboat up the beautiful Dalyan River past the ancient burial tombs high in the rocks and onto the mudbaths, stop off at the village of Dalyan before spending time on Iztuzu beach, home of Loggerhead Turtles before returning to the gulet for the evening. Dinner and overnight stay in Ekincik Gulf.

DAY 3 ADALI BAY—MANASTIR—TERSANE
See the sunrise as we leave for our early start, cruising for around 3 hours towards the Fethiye Gulf. We will anchor at Adali Bay for breakfast. Later in the morning we will move on to Manastir (Monastery) Bay, also known as Cleopatra’s Bay and see the beautiful underwater ruins.  

DAY 4 SARSALA—KIZIL ADA
After breakfast we will cruise to Bedri Rami named after a Turkish artist who took inspiration for his art from this area. Plenty of time for swimming, massages and relaxation before moving on to Kizil Ada (Red Island) for the evening.

DAY 5 KATRANCI – GOCEK ISLAND
We anchor amongst the Gocek Islands, where the James Bond film Skyfall was shot.

DAY 6 YASSICA ISLAND—DOMUZ ISLAND—AGA LIMANI
While cruising through these beautiful islands we anchor at Yassica Island. Afterwards we will go to Domuz Island then onto Aga Limani for our overnight stay.

DAY 7 KUMLUBUK—CENNET ISLAND—MARMARIS
An early morning start sees us taking breakfast in Kumlubuk Bay. We’ll then go to Cennet Island for lunch before returning to Marmaris around 4pm. There will be an opportunity to go to the Turkish Baths before dinner and enjoying the nightlife in Marmaris.

DAY 8 MARMARIS
Our last breakfast in port and then it is time to say goodbye until we meet you again.

Our itinerary is flexible and open to change but we hope this example describes a little glimpse of our beautiful coastline.

*Cruise will start/finish in Marmaris or Fethiye; could operate one way or start and finish in the same port.

*Both Fethiye and Marmaris use Dalaman airport

 

Traditionally built wooden boats, our gulets have double and sometimes twin cabins. They have sails although operate under motor for most of the trip to ensure we can keep to our schedule.

New oak handrails and sidings hand crafted during the pandemic means that the aft deck is more spacious and comfortable for eating and socialising

Each cabin has a private en-suite bathroom with home style toilet, shower cubicle and hairdryer. Cabins have a small wardrobe, underbed storage, window and bedside light. Electricity is available in cabins for charging mobile phones and cameras every evening. Cabins are smaller than a hotel room but larger than you’d find on a typical sailing yacht. A bath towel, hand towel and beach towel are provided.

The bar, galley and salon are located in the wheelhouse where there are stunning 360° views. With plenty of sunbeds on the fore and aft decks choose how to relax; sunbathing, reading, chatting or perhaps you’ll even sleep here under the stars. There’s plenty of time to swim and snorkel too.

Meals are taken on the aft deck where you’ll enjoy a different view with every meal.

All other departures are on other carefully selected gulets.

There’s a well-stocked bar with reasonably priced soft and alcoholic drinks. Please do not bring your own drinks onboard.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Air-conditioning can be in use up to 8 hours daily, the use of A/C in harbours is strictly forbidden. Depending on sea and weather conditions, Meridian Travels & Yachting reserves the right to make necessary changes to the tour itinerary to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests. The Captain’s decision is final.

Traditionally built and recently refitted, our luxury gulet East Meets West has 4 double and 4 twin cabins for West has sails although operates under motor for most of the trip to ensure we can keep to our schedule.

Cabins on are smaller than you’d expect in a hotel but larger than on a sailing yacht. They have a small wardrobe with storage under the bed for luggage, window and a bedside light. Every cabin has a private en-suite bathroom with toilet,  hand basin and shower; hot water is available in the evenings. One bath towel and one hand towel are provided; a beach towel is also provided.

The bar, galley and salon are located in the wheelhouse where there are stunning 360° views. With plenty of sunbeds on the fore and aft decks choose how to relax; sunbathing, reading, chatting or perhaps you’ll even sleep here under the stars. There’s plenty of time to swim and snorkel too.

Meals are taken on the aft deck where you’ll enjoy a different view with every meal.

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