Sixty years ago a group of Turkish artists - two writers, a poet and a painter - made the first so-called ‘Blue Cruise’ on a small fishing boat, known as a gulet, this was the first ever Sailing Holiday on a gulet in Turkey, along the Turkish coast. They were the first to explore the idyllic coast and crystal clear waters of the Turkish Mediterranean. Since then the Blue Cruise has become a uniquely Turkish way of enjoying coastal sailing with gulets.
This first gulet had bunk beds and a toilet fitted in its hold,
(where fish used to be stored), and a fresh water tank on deck.
Since then, the singular design of gulets has undergone a face-lift as comfort-conscious guests seek bigger and better accommodation. Today, Turkey’s indigenous sea-going vessels blend practicality and tradition in a relaxed style for sailing holiday makers.
Vela Dare offers world class high quality, all inclusive gulets and other yachts for groups of six to sixteen for a memorable sailing holiday in Turkey. Based in the exclusive Turkish yachting centre of Gocek, Vela Dare has access to a wide range of top quality yachts.
Please click on the menu in the left to find about the highlights of the coast, selected yachts, testimonials of our guests and about their experience on a sailing holiday in Turkey.