Sing with Su Lewis
12 – 19 September 2020

Our new cruising route with Su Lewis takes you to the ancient city of Xanthos, the submerged ruins of Kekova and much more.Known for its history, culture and natural beauty, there’s no better way to explore the Mediterranean 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.

Onec again, Su has rented our privately owned gulet East Meets West for your private charter. The trip is only open to singers – to make the admin easier for Su you can book your place directly with us, just press the Book Now button.

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
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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

Visit to Xanthos & Patara   including entrance fees to historic sites

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 Fethiye – Kalkan*

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 Fethiye. 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 cruise out of Fethiye bay and moor alongside Gemiler Island so you can have your first swim and singing session of the holiday. Take a short, rocky hike to the lighthouse for spectacular sunset views overlooking Babadağ. Dinner of Sea Bass, aubergine and green pepper meze, Purslane and yoghurt salad, green salad                                         

Day 3 –   An early start at sunrise sees us cruise for around 3 hours before arriving at Yeşilköy for breakfast. We’ll visit the ancient site of Xanthos and the beautiful sandy beach of Patara with ruins from the Hellenistic period.  

Day 4 –  Watch the sunrise and have an early morning swim before breakfast; or stay asleep on deck if you prefer. A morning of singing and relaxation before we cruise on to another bay for the evening.   Delicious lunch of green peppers stuffed with rice and tomatoes, courgette and aubergine salad served with yoghurt          

Day 5 –   A day of relaxation starting with singing after breakfast. We’ll also visit the old town of Kaş and still find time for swimming and canoeing too.    Flavourful lunch of fresh green beans in tomato sauce            

Day 6 –  Kalekoy is a wonderful mix of an old village and its ruins on the hillside, surrounded by Lycian sarcophagi partly submerged in the sea. We’ll have a chance to walk through here and make our way to Üçağız.   Dinner of Dalyan Kofte with hard boiled eggs and tomato sauce, 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 crew after breakfast in Kalkan.  

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
Su first came with a group to East Meets West in 2017 and we’re very happy to welcome her back for her fourth cruise.  A member of the Natural Voice Network, Su has been teaching and leading singing workshops since 2003; runs regular singing groups and community choirs as well as working as a freelance workshop leader, community music event organiser ,songwriter and performer.

Her teaching style is very relaxed and  informal and she quickly gets you singing in gorgeous harmony. You don’t need to be able to read music – all of the songs are taught by ear.  Just bring energy and enthusiasm!

Low to Intermediate Hiking
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.

This is your holiday – all activities are optional; please feel free to find some quiet time to read, meditate or just watch the world go by.

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