Our take on Turkey
We love Turkey. It’s part Europe, part Asia, and it is a place of and apart from all of the cultures and countries that surround it. The region has been an important and complicated crossroads for thousands of years, and remains so today. Throughout these passages – of empires and individuals, Turkey and her people have been influenced and shaped and seasoned to become the rich and diverse culture we find here today. Turkey is a place you’ll feel safe and cared for everywhere you step foot – from the back alleys of Istanbul to the seaside towns of the west and south coasts. During our scouting trip, we were welcomed with warmth and a level of hospitality we have yet to find elsewhere. The sights, the sounds, the flavors, the history, the spirit, the offerings of Turkey made a deep and lasting impression on us. We have no doubts our guests will have a rich experience here.
Your Turkish Coast SwimVacation will include:
- 7 nights aboard Feraye, a luxurious traditional Turkish Gulet
- All meals and drinks, including fabulous Turkish wines
- Guided swims in stunningly clear water, usually 2 per day
- Video stroke analysis and mini-clinics throughout the week
- Hikes through ancient ruins and historical sites
Many of our guests will be entering Turkey via Istanbul. This is a City rich with history and culture, and we highly recommend spending some time there. We have teamed with Peten Travels, an excellent tour provider that is offering packages at special rates for SwimVacation guests, including airport transfers, hotel accommodations, and tours of the city. You can email them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All swims are guided, with at least two SwimVacation staff members swimming with the group, and a crew member watching over us from a kayak or dinghy. We do not race. We enjoy the exceptional underwater scenery and water clarity. You can go hard, or you can go easy. Elite swimmers will be offered longer swims. We change locations at least once a day for a variety of swimming conditions and scenery. Swims are tailored to meet the needs of swimmers with different abilities. With only seven to nine swimming guests per trip, two courses are often offered, a long and a shorter swim. Ocean swimming is our passion, and it’s the focus of activity on your SwimVacation.
Accommodations: The Gulet Feraye
Feraye is a 78-foot traditional Turkish gulet. Built in 1997, she has six guest cabins, each of which provide air conditioning, lots of headroom, and private bathrooms with shower cubicles. Four of the cabins have 2 beds, allowing for shared rooms for solo travelers. There is generous deck space with sun mattresses for stretching out or napping. Amenities include hot and cold running water, regular flush toilets, kayaks, dinghy, sound system, full galley for 12 guests, fishing and snorkeling equipment. There is a swim platform that makes for easy entrance and exit from the water. There is plenty of space for both indoor and outdoor dining, and Feraye’s captain and crew are very friendly and accommodating.
Upcoming Trip Dates
Due to recent instabilities in Turkey, we have regretfully and temporarily suspended our trips there. Please check back with us in the coming months for updates.
Prices are per person and include all meals and drinks. A 50% deposit is required at time of booking. The remaining 50% is due 12 weeks prior to trip departure date. Not included: optional gratuity for your guides (10-15% is customary). SwimVacation directly tips all of our wonderful vendors.
Included in the per-person prices below: all meals and drinks, accommodations on an upscale sailing Gulet, 2 amazing swims per day, all activities. Travel insurance is highly recommended.
All Staterooms, Double Occupancy – $3995
All Staterooms, Single Occupancy – $4995