What to Expect And What to Bring on Your Sailing Week in Turkey With Ava Sail
What to Expect And What to Bring on Your Sailing Week in Turkey With Ava Sail.
So, you’ve done it! You’ve made the decision to spend a week with us in Turkey on a traditional yet luxurious Turkish Gullet sailing the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean.
This is going to be one seriously memorable week so let’s get you prepared to make it the best week of your life.
We suggest flying into Dalaman Airport. It’s a 45-minute journey from there to AvaSail HQ in Fethiye. There are buses and affordable taxis departing each time a planeload of punters arrive.
Fethiye is a vibrant seaside port town with lots of accommodation to suit all budgets, plenty of restaurants and cafes, fabulous nightlife and more shops than you can imagine. Don’t worry if you forget something, you will be able to pick it up in the market or one of the many stores available in town. There are also 2 large western-style supermarkets close to the marina.
Ava Sail sailing tours depart at 3.00 pm on departure day so make sure you have enough time to get to the meeting point.
From there you will get your first glimpse of your fellow boat buddies and we will start with a welcome meeting to ensure you know exactly what to expect over the coming week. After this meeting, you will still have a chance to get any last-minute supplies and some cash. There are ATMs aplenty in town and we suggest having some Turkish Lira on you for anything extra you may want to buy.
The gulets run a bar tab system so any drinks you purchase onboard can be paid for at the end of the week. We have plenty of checks and balances in place to make sure this system works perfectly so don’t worry about that. You may want cash for optional activities, entry fees into some of the sites that aren’t included, or souvenirs at some of the local villages we stop at along our journey.
All meals are included with AvaSail but at some point, you may like to purchase a Turkish coffee ashore, a delicious gozleme snack, an ice cream or indulge in some water sports if the boats track us down so although you don’t actually need any cash, it’s always good to have some on you. ATMs and exchange offices are plentiful in Fethiye but not so easy to find once we depart. It’s not so common in the smaller Turkish towns to pay with credit cards so cash always works best. Foreign currencies are accepted but we recommend converting to Lira to get the best value. The exchange offices give a fair rate and we can point you in the right direction.
You don’t need to bring much on board, to be honest as you will likely spend most of the week in your swimwear. We recommend at least 2 pairs so when one is wet and drying out you can put your fresh pair on.
Bath towels are provided on board but you can never have too many towels during the sailing week so we recommend bringing a Turkish towel on board to sunbathe on, to dry off, or just to wrap around you after a dip.
We have clotheslines for you to dry things on but it’s always useful to have spares.
We don’t wear shoes on the boat but bring some shoes that can get wet like flips flops (jandals, thongs) and possibly a pair of walking shoes as there are lots of hikes available and if you’re walking around the ancient ruins you’ll want something comfy. Dinners onboard are a casual affair and you can wear what you like but if you decide to head ashore on one of our available nights out you might want a pair of shoes to wear then too. Victoria the co-founder just lives in wet wear Birkenstock’s as they meet the brief in her eyes for all occasions.
Pack any medication you might need for the week and any of those just in case items like bandaids and panadol. Always easier to have this on hand on a boat. We recommend some sunscreen and some after sun just in case. Lip balm and moisturizer are also useful as the sun and wind can dry us all out.
Other than that just bring your toiletries and clothes you want to wear. The temperature is easily going to be mid -20s to late 30s while we sail so you won’t really need anything warm but be prepared for cooler evenings under the stars on the back of a boat just in case. You likely won’t need this but you never know. I always take a jumper and a light wind jacket but spend most of the week in my swimsuit and light breezy dresses. Guys, you’ll probably end up topless and in shorts for most of the week too.
We do have some air conditioning on board but due to Turkish laws and where we will be moored up for the night, this can’t be on 24/7 so be prepared to be nice and warm in your cabin. We make it as comfortable as possible for everyone and we have tips and tricks for those really hot nights. Jumping in the water solves everything as does a night on the deck sleeping under the stars.
All our rooms have en-suites and you can shower as often as you need.
When you book your tour, make sure you tell Ava Sail or any dietary requirements and any real likes or dislikes so our onboard chefs can make sure you enjoy a mouthful of the delicious foods that will be served to you over the week onboard.
You can spend your time on the boat how you like, it’s your holiday after all but we generally find it’s a great mix of relaxing, swimming, sleeping, mingling, socializing and getting to know your fellow ava sailors along with sightseeing and experiencing the local culture. Bring a book to read and playlists as we can play different music as we sail along. Sometimes we want to listen to some relaxing chillout, some oriental beats, or some upbeat party tunes and we have time for it all. So prepare some playlists before you leave if you fancy yourself as a bit of an amateur DJ. Don’t worry our boats are big enough that you can get away for some downtime if you need a nap.
Once we set sail for the week, you just sit back relax and enjoy the views and conversations with like-minded people from all over the world who are sure to become your best mates by the end of the tour.
If you have more questions about preparing for your sailing week please check our frequently asked questions section or send us an email to email@example.com