Turkey Yacht Charter Guide

Caught between the east and west, Turkey’s captivating coastline is enticing, enchanting, and mystifying.

Promising more history, culture and scenic anchorages than one could hope for, this is the Mediterranean at its most exotic. Between the Bodrum peninsula and the Gulf of Fethiye, the Aegean Sea reflects every shade of green and blue, justifying its nickname of the “Turquoise Coast.” Sailing the clear turquoise waters is a pure delight, while venturing inland will reward you with an enormous wealth of archaeological and historical sites and a contemporary Turkey with colorful bazaars, fabulous cuisine and chic bars – all just waiting to be enjoyed and explored.

You’ll never experience another cruising ground quite like Turkey. Its coastlines and landscapes echo the memory of ancient civilizations. A bridge between east and west, it is genuinely laden with natural and man-made treasures waiting for you to find them. Bodrum is one of the most popular yachting hubs on the western shore on a Turkey yacht charter. Boasting a cosmopolitan character with a trendy bohemian vibe, its nightlife now gives St. Tropez and Ibiza a run for their money. Added to this is its strategic coastal position and Bodrum is the ideal place to begin or end a yacht charter.

Cruising south and east along this profoundly indented coastline, the landscape is more and more verdant the further you go. You’ll be in awe- as the towering Taurus Mountains rise behind the bays and pine-forest inlets crowd down to the shoreline providing perfect sheltered anchorages. East of Göcek, the striking Turquoise Coast will enchant you on your Turkey yacht rental. From the stunning lagoon of Ölü Deniz (closed to yachts but accessible by kayak) to the twelve islands with their bays and inlets, the whole coast is dotted with gem-like anchorages and sleepy villages. But it’s not all peaceful; the bustling ports of Fethiye, Kalkan and Kas have plenty of bars and restaurants with something for every taste.

Promising more history, culture and scenic anchorages than any yachtsman could hope for, the Turquoise Coast is a magical destination for a superyacht charter.

Charter Highlights Turkey

  • Step ashore to the rose gardens and citrus groves at the Mehmet Ali Aga Mansion, Datça
  • Dine at Kurochan by Ioki at the Mandarin Oriental Bodrum
  • Book a treatment at the Mytha Spa located in the stunning D Maris Bay, Marmaris
  • Steal away on an evening trip to the ancient site of Olympus
  • Visit the picturesque lagoon of Ölüdeniz
  • Embrace Bodrum’s bohemian lifestyle
  • Shop for genuine Turkish rugs in the traditional bazaars of Marmaris
  • Experience a real Turkish Hamman bath
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Yacht Charter in Turkey FAQ

Why charter a yacht in Turkey?

You should charter a yacht in Turkey for many reasons. Not only will you enjoy all the benefits of a luxury yacht charter, including enhanced levels of privacy, exclusivity, and world-class service, but you will also benefit from cruising one of the most incredible destinations in the Mediterranean.

Enjoy an exotic adventure fused with unique cultural experiences, wonderful sites and attractions, and world-class service providers. Explore picturesque towns, bustling bazaars, private beaches, exclusive resorts, and ancient ruins.

Cruise Turkey’s coastline spanning the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Black Sea, and enjoy an incredible charter experience that marries the best of East and West. 

What to do on a Turkey yacht charter?

There is a fantastic selection of things to do on a Turkish yacht charter, offering sites, attractions, and experiences that will suit everyone. Some highlights of a private yacht charter in Turkey include:

  • Experience the epic nightlife in Bodrum, then, by day, sink beneath the waves and discover vibrant marine life. A yacht charter in Bodrum is unmissable!
  • The picturesque Bay of Ekncik, surrounded by spectacular cliffs and soaring pine trees, is ideal for enjoying multiple outdoor activities, including kayaking and hiking.
  • Explore the old town of Marmaris during a superyacht charter in Turkey, filled with fantastic local eateries, boutiques, and a bustling bazaar.
  • See and be seen in Turkbuku, known as the St Tropez of Turkey. Enjoy the many bars, restaurants, and exclusive beach clubs, and make the most of the beautiful azure blue waters.
  • Visit the uninhabited Gemiler Island, considered the birthplace of St. Nicholas. The island is full of ancient ruins, including several Byzantine churches.
  • Enjoy a day trip and visit the Kaunos Tombs of the Kings, which are chiseled into the rocky cliffs.
  • Discover the city of Letoon, Fethiye, a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site and an ancient Lycian settlement.

How is Turkey for diving?

Turkey is fantastic for diving enthusiasts, with diving hotspots including Kas and Bodrum. The Mediterranean and the Black Sea offer a wealth of diving opportunities, including colorful reefs, walls, caverns, canyons, and fascinating shipwrecks, at various depths to suit all levels. Expect to see a fantastic array of marine life, including whales, dolphins, and rare monk seals.

  • Kas
    Kas is considered Turkey’s diving capital and is one of the world’s top 100 dive sites thanks to its abundant marine life and ancient relics. Divers can choose from more than 30 dive sites to explore on a luxury yacht charter.
  • Bodrum
    Another fantastic dive site in Turkey is Bodrum, known for its wreck diving, including a huge aircraft carrier and propellor plane.

Your dedicated yacht crew will know the best dive sites in Turkey to drop anchor at and can work with your charter specialists to incorporate them into your itinerary.

Is Turkey good for sailing?

Yes, Turkey is known for its beautiful coastlines and favorable sailing conditions, making it a great destination for a sailing yacht charter. The country offers multiple sailing experiences along the Aegean, Mediterranean, and Black Sea coastlines. Sailing enthusiasts will enjoy clear waters, sun-drenched days, and beautiful bays, coves, and islands to explore. Turkey has a long seafaring history and therefore boasts many well-equipped marinas and sailing clubs.

What are the best spots for sailing in Turkey?

Turkey has many beautiful spots for sailing. Popular hotspots include Bodrum, Marmaris, Fethiye, Antalya, and Goceck.

  • Bodrum is one of Turkey’s most popular sailing destinations, known for its crystal-clear waters, picturesque bays, and rich history. The area is also home to many marinas and sailing clubs.
  • Marmaris is another refined destination for sailing in Turkey, offering beautiful coves, bays, and islands to explore, many accessible only by boat. The area is also known for its vibrant nightlife and shopping.
  • Fethiye is a charming coastal town on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. The area is known for its calm waters, secluded bays, and stunning scenery.
  • Antalya is a large city along the Turkish Riviera. The area offers a variety of sailing opportunities, including multiple nearby islands to explore – many uninhabited – and longer voyages along the coast.
  • Göcek: this small town is in the Gulf of Fethiye, known for its tranquil bays and pristine beaches. The area is also home to several marinas providing world-class service providers.

If you want to enjoy a sailing vacation in Turkey on a luxury sailing yacht, contact the team at Northrop & Johnson. As a leading global yacht brokerage, we boast access to the finest sailing boats in Turkey.

What is a Turkish gulet yacht?

A Turkish gulet yacht is a traditional wooden two-masted or three-masted sailing yacht, typically built in Bodrum or Marmaris, along Turkey’s southwestern coast. Gulets are usually around 20 to 30 meters. Northrop & Johnson has a selection of elegant gulet yachts for charter, boasting luxury interiors and a dedicated crew ready to cater to your every need. If you want to enjoy a luxury gulet charter in Turkey, contact our team of charter yacht brokers.

Sailing or motor yacht charter in Turkey?

Whether you choose a sailing yacht or a motor boat during a charter experience in Turkey depends on your preference. Sailing yachts offer a sustainable and romantic way to explore the coastline; for many, they foster a greater connection with the ocean. Indeed, nothing quite matches the thrill of harnessing the power of Mother Nature. On the other hand, motor boats typically offer more volume, amenities, and enhanced comfort levels when compared to a comparatively sized sailing vessel. Additionally, motor yachts are an excellent choice for those seeking an accessible boat, with some boasting elevators, wide gangways, and strategically placed handrails for those with limited mobility. Whether you want to sail Turkey’s coastline on a traditional gulet, motor boat, or multi-hull vessel, our charter specialists can connect you with the most exclusive yachts. Contact our team today.

Where to embark on a Turkey yacht charter?

You can embark on your Turkey yacht charter at any destination; however, many yacht charters in Turkey start and end in Bodrum.

What airports in Turkey to fly to for a yacht charter?

There are several airports where you can fly to Turkey, accommodating commercial airlines and private jets. Popular airports include:

  • Milas–Bodrum Airport.
  • Antalya Airport.
  • Dalaman Airport.
  • Gazipaşa-Alanya Airport.
  • International Airport Izmir Adnan Menderes.

Northrop & Johnson can help arrange travel to and from your Turkey yacht rental, offering a flawless door-to-deck service that is second to none. Contact our specialists today.

How much is a yacht charter in Turkey?

The cost of a yacht charter in Turkey will depend on various factors, including the size of the charter vessel, its onboard amenities, year of build, cruising itinerary, and the time of year, with yachts costing more during the peak charter season. Expect to pay a minimum of around US$50,000 per week and up to more than $1 million for the world’s most luxurious superyachts. On top of the base charter rate, there is also an additional fee called the Advanced Provisioning Allowance, or APA, which typically adds an extra 10% to the charter base rate. Northrop & Johnson’s charter specialists can accurately predict your total charter cost and handpick a selection of boats in line with your budget. Contact our team today and discover why the world’s most discerning yachting enthusiasts trust us.

What is the VAT for a Turkey yacht rental?

There is no VAT – or Value Added Tax – for foreign-flagged charter yachts charter cruising in Turkey. This, coupled with its stunning scenery, amazing food, and welcoming people, makes Turkey a truly fantastic charter destination.

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