Sing with Dee Jarlett and Rebecca Knight
3 – 10 October 2020

Once again, Dee has chartered gulet East Meets West to sing and hike around the Turquoise coast. Usually accompanied by Ali Orbaum, this year she is teaming up with Rebecca Knight. They will take you on a singing journey everyday in this peaceful environment, sometimes on a boat in a pretty cove; sometimes amongst the ruins of ancient Greeks and Romans or in the garden of a once nomadic family.

 

Known for its history, culture and natural beauty, there’s no better way to explore the Aegean coastline than on a handcrafted gulet.

We’ll get off the traditional tourist path as we head for the pine clad mountains and clear blue seas. We’ll take optional short hikes on trails often only accessible from the sea, explore ancient ruins, feast on healthy, fresh food prepared by the onboard chef. Relax at night under the stars to the sound of waves gently lapping the hull of the boat.

What you need to know

 Type of boat:Cabin with ensuite bathroom on comfort plus gulet East Meets West 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 or Fethiye depending upon actual itinerary
 Disembarkation:Marmaris or Fethiye depending upon actual itinerary
 Optional excursionsTurkish Hamam

Availability & Price 2020 

3 – 10 October  2020£745 per person
(based on two people sharing)
Deposit£200 pp due at the time of booking
Interim Payment£200 due 1 May 2020
Balance1 September 2020
Single OccupancyLimited availability. Supplement applies
What's
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Flights &
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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 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.

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

Diesel: 3-4 hours cruising per day

Harbour Fees

Crew: food and wages

Flights: Please book your own flights. Dalaman is the local airport.

Turkish Bath: book onboard.

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. Tips are optional and discretionary – but if you have enjoyed your holiday a suggested recommendation is £40 per traveller for the week

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

The Headlines!

  1. This privately owned gulet has been chartered for your private trip by the Singing Leader.
  2. 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.
  3. To remove any admin duties from the Singing Leader, Meridian Travels & Yachting will process all bookings for this private charter. All payments you make to Meridian Travels & Yachting are non-refundable.
  4. After paying your deposit, if the departure is not guaranteed your deposit will be refunded by Meridian Travels & Yachting.
  5. 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.
  6. For full terms and conditions click here
  7. If you have any questions about the holiday please email 

Flights

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. 

Transfers

There will be one free group transfer between the airport and the gulet. The time for the transfer will be arranged to meet flights carrying the highest number of our passengers.

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

If your flights arrive outside the time of the free group transfer we recommend that travellers book their transfers directly with us because occasionally the start/finish ports can change at the last minute due to weather conditions. If transfers are booked with us it is easy for us to ensure travellers are delivered to the correct port.

Itinerary at a glanceAccommodationSinging & Hiking

Overview Marmaris – Fethiye*

Our flexible itnerary will allow for at least one singing session each day, often more; with the opportunity to hike on at least 3 days if you want.

Day 1 Arrive in Marmaris. Join the gulet and settle into your cabin before dinner. The Turkish kitchen is very diverse and these meal choices are described to give you an idea of the variety of foods prepared for you 

Day 2  After having your Turkish breakfast onboard we take a short cruise across the bay for your first opportunity to sing. Dinner of Sea Bass, Aubergine meze, Purslane and Yoghurt salad, Green salad 

Day 3  A wonderful day of cruising amongst reedbeds to the village of Candir where we can sing amongst Nomadic artefacts in the garden of a local family; see the ancient ruins of Kaunos and Lycian tombs. 

Day 4  An early cruise sees us in another turquoise bay where you can sing overlooked by the sunken ruins of Cleopatra’s Bath. Delicious lunch of Green Peppers stuffed with rice and tomatoes, Courgette and Aubergine Salad served with yoghurt 

Day 5 Overlooked by Lycian tombs, sing in the atmospheric bay of Bedri Rahmi; hike along a coastal path with fabulous views of the Gocek Islands (2-3 hours) Delicious lunch of Green Beans in Tomato Sauce 

Day 6  Plenty of opportunity to swim and snorkel or just relax as we cruise from one bay to another; singing when the mood takes us. Dinner of Dalyan Kofte , Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic Yoghurt, Broad Bean Salad 

Day 7 A day of cruising, singing and relaxation. Healthy lunch of Chickpeas and Lamb in a fresh Tomato sauce, bulgur wheat and salad 

Day 8 Say your goodbyes to the Captain and crew after breakfast. 

Note :
*This itinerary is flexible and open to change.
*Tour could operate in reverse.
*Air-conditioning can be available for 3 to 4 hours daily in summer months. 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.

Cabins on are smaller than you’d expect in a hotel but larger than on a sailing yacht. They are handcrafted from mahogany, iroko, teak and pine so are rustic but are clean and have a small wardrobe with storage under the bed for luggage. 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.

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.

 

Singing

Ali and Dee have been working together since 1995 teaching harmonies by ear to choirs, workshops and crowds, mainly in the Bristol area but all over England.

As a duo they have directed the hugely popular 160 strong Gasworks choir and legendary acappella group Naked Voices, and used to perform together in the Sweet Soul Ladies and The Tea Ladies.

They are known for their fabulous arrangements of pop and folk songs, working quickly and intuitively to create fun, funky, soulful and uplifting sounds.

 

Low to Intermediate Hiking is optional.
The walks won’t exceed 4 or 5 miles and may be shorter, but the terrain is rocky, stony and uneven. There are some steep sections over loose trails; some narrow coastal paths and such sections require care. You will need a reasonable level of fitness to participate in the optional hikes. Appropriate footwear must be worn (trainers are not enough). If you like to hike and want to join the optional walks you need to bring a rucksack, hiking boots/shoes (with/without ankle support), hiking poles are very useful. Bring a refillable, reusable container for water.

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