Have you ever dreamt of sailing the Mediterranean on your own private yacht?
If you thought this type of holiday was only within reach of the rich and famous – Think again!
Recently we were invited on the maiden voyage of MedSea ES Canada, a Turkish Gulet sailing the calm, unspoilt waters of the southwest Turkish coast and the Greek Dodecanese Islands. For seven glorious days, we indulged in the beauty of the Mediterranean. Soaking up the luxury on board MedSea ES Canada whilst being treated to secluded coves and bays and the coastal and island villages of The Med.
Take a moment to see what one luxurious week sailing in the Mediterranean looks like and I challenge you not to rethink your next holiday.
We started our voyage in the Turkish coastal town of Marmaris. An area, along with neighbouring Bodrum, well known for the two or three masted wooden yachts known as Gulets. This is where we met MedSea ES Canada, our home for the next seven days.
Gulets are a very popular style of yacht for charter and you can see why, they are spacious and quite luxurious. MedSea’s fleet of three vessels, including the newest in the fleet, MedSea ES Canada lived up to expectations and then some.
Your Home Away from Home.
Much like a floating hotel, vessels are very well appointed with spacious cabins and ensuites. MedSea ES Canada has 8 cabins with ensuites including a very large Master cabin.
There is loads of deck space and plenty of lounging areas for sunbathing and relaxing, in or out of the sun. The top deck has comfortable sunbeds for 16 as well as large shaded daybeds on the aft deck and undercover couch areas on the foredeck.
Large dining areas on both the aft and fore decks allow for a different dining outlook when the mood takes you.
With a professional crew of four on board, expect that you will be well catered to. Each day our chef prepared incredible Mediterranean feasts using fresh local produce. Some so fresh it was procured from the local villages we stopped at along the way or from local vendors that would come along side in quiet bays.
The crew purchased some fresh figs and almonds from this gentleman of which we have never tasted the like. Since, we have not been able to appreciate even the best figs, as they do not come close in flavour or texture.
And there is always a crew member at the ready if you want to go snorkelling, need a lilo blown up so you can float your afternoon away or if you wish to try your hand at waterskiing, that too can be arranged. So if complete relaxation isn’t your thing, there are plenty of activities to keep the adventurous and active entertained.
Discover Charming Local Villages And Picturesque Islands Loaded With History.
While we were not indulging our bellies, floating our cares away in the crystal clear waters or succumbing to total relaxation on the aft daybeds (AKA snoozing!), we were exploring a new village or island. From the small coastal towns of Turkey, some well off the tourist trail, to the Dodecanese Islands of Greece, each day was open for a new local experience.
Nights spent between quiet anchorages or alongside in quaint little island ports gave us a wonderful mix of tranquil evenings under the stars and the lively Mediterranean village nightlife of waterfront promenades lined with traditional tavernas.
Now, pause for a moment and picture yourself sitting here. Sailing in the Mediterranean on a beautiful yacht is no longer a lifestyle reserved for the rich and famous.
As an all inclusive price, sailing The Med is now probably more affordable than parking up at a hotel or resort for a week and a whole lot nicer.
MedSea Yachts has three vessels in its fleet ranging from 14 metres in length with 2 cabins – perfect for families or couples, up to the 30 metre, 8 cabin MedSea ES Canada.
Vessels may be booked privately or on a per cabin basis depending on availability.
Prices start at €500 per person per week including meals.
Itineraries for each voyage will vary according to weather and season to ensure the best experiences. Itineraries can also be customised for private charters to suit your holiday.
Charters depart from Marmaris, Turkey which is serviced by Dalaman International Airport. There are direct flights from most international ports with a transfer in Istanbul.
A tourist visa is required for Turkey which can be obtained easily online or now, at arrival in Istanbul Immigration. However, it is advisable to have your visa complete before arrival in Turkey.
Contact MedSea Yachts for up to date rates to suit your Mediterranean holiday needs.
As always, all opinions expressed are our own and have not been influenced in any way.