Massage Cruise
16 – 23 September 2023

If you’re looking for a holiday where you can be pampered, relax and have great conversation in a beautiful part of the world then look no further than this unique wellness cruise.

Massage Cruise Sept 2017

If you’ve been on a gulet cruise before you’ll already know that it’s such a relaxing experience. All of your senses repairing themselves as you listen to the sound of waves gently lapping the side of the boat, or laughter from your travel companions; feel the sun on your face or a gentle breeze over your body as you have an afternoon nap; see the beauty of the mountains, forests, wildlife and turquoise sea; smell the pine forest and essential massage oils; as for taste, well that would be the wonderful food we provide using recipes from the Ottoman kitchen.

What you need to know

 Type of boat: Cabin with ensuite bathroom on comfort plus gulet  for 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

Availability & Price 2023 per person

16 – 23 Sept 2023


£945   – based on 2 sharing a double cabin
£1245 – based on 2 sharing a twin cabin
£1445 – single – limited availability
Early Booking Discount £50 until 28 February 2023
Deposit £300 due at time of booking
Interim Payment £300 due 31 May 2023
Balance due 31 July 2023
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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
  • 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 at the me of booking to help us with our provisioning. We may not be able to provide your food choices if you advise us on arrival.

Massages: You will have 3 or 4 massage treatments during the course of the week. 

Cabin: 7 nights in a twin or double 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. 

Massage Therapist:  

Diesel: 3-4 hours cruising per day

Harbour Fees at Marmaris and Fethiye

Crew: food and wages

Transfer: Travel to/from Marmaris or Fethiye. Transfers can be arranged.

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 and Guide. Recommend £45 per traveller for the crew and £25 per traveller for the massage therapist.

Travel Insurance: please remember to arrange your own travel insurance and provide a copy to the Captainon arrival.

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

Fethiye Village Tour: including entrance fees to TLOS, Saklikent and Kayakoy; BBQ lunch and coach

Turkish Bath Still in need of a massage? Take a traditional Turkish Bath and massage

The Headlines!

  1. All payments you make to Meridian Travels & Yachting are non-refundable.
  2. After paying your deposit, if the departure doesn’t go ahead because insufficient people have booked, your deposit will be refunded by Meridian Travels & Yachting.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. For full terms and conditions click here
  6. If you have any questions about the holiday please email 


You will need to book your own flights to/from Dalaman airport. Please check that your booking is ATOL protected and that you pay by credit card.

If you wanted to island hop you could take an hour long ferry journey between Rhodes and Marmaris or Fethiye. 


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 £35 per person

We recommend that travellers book their 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 travelers are delivered to the correct port.


Itinerary at a glanceWhat's a massage cruise?Accommodation

We enjoy a varied itinerary on the Massage Cruise; seeking out quieter bays wherever possible. Our experienced female Massage Therapist will  co-ordinate the massage programme.

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 port.

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 perhaps have the first massage of your holiday 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.

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.  

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.

We anchor amongst the Gocek Islands, where the James Bond film Skyfall was shot.

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.

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.

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, Fethiye or Bozburun

*Local airport is Dalaman 

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.

As if laying on the deck under the awnings and blue skies  wasn’t enough, a qualified Massage Therapist joins us onboard to give the ultimate week of indulgence.

You’ll be wonderfully spoilt with 3 or 4 massage treatments including a Full Body Massage. She will consult with you to see whether you have any specific areas that need some attention or whether you simply need massages for rest and relaxation.

Treatments will generally take place on a massage bed on deck, so you can lie back, relax and listen to the sound of waves gently lapping the side of the boat as all the stresses and strains of daily life dissolve away.

In between cruising, the boat will be moored in small coves and bays so you can enjoy swimming, snorkelling or just floating in the warm, clear turquoise Aegean sea. Or just spend time relaxing with a good book and interesting conversation.

Cabins on a gulet are smaller than you’d expect in a hotel but larger than a sailing yacht. They are handcrafted from mahogany, oak, pine and teak, clean and have a small wardrobe with a little storage for luggage. 

Every cabin has a private en-suite bathroom with toilet,  shower and hot water in the evenings. One bath towel and one hand towel are provided, please bring your own beach towel.

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. Meals are usually taken on the aft deck where you have a different view for almost every meal.

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

*NOTE: Air-conditioning can be in use up to 4 hours daily, the use of A/C in harbours is strictly forbidden. 

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