Ocean Independence tells me the 118-foot Yener sailing yacht Queen of Datca is giving 10 days for the price of seven for the charter dates May 16-26. The itinerary that is available can begin in either Marmaris, Turkey, or Rhodes, Greece, and will finish in Athens.
Queen of Datca is a 2009 build that accommodates 10 guests in five staterooms. The layout is ideal for families, with three doubles and two twin-bed staterooms.
As you can see in the photograph at right, Queen of Datca is a traditional Turkish gulet. I’ve been on quite a few gulets over the years in Turkey, and while I know they’re not for everyone, I am a big fan. They’re slow and steady, they’re wide-bodied and stable, and they’re usually built with fantastic sunbeds and outdoor dining spaces that I pretty much never want to leave from the minute I step aboard.
And did I mention the food? It is traditional aboard Turkish gulets for the chefs to prepare huge buffets of tiny sample plates, so guests can taste whatever combination they want of traditional East Mediterranean fare and international-caliber cuisine. I somehow go on these gulets and feel like I eat constantly, but then I always come home having lost a few pounds. No idea why. Just gives me one more reason to love gulets.
The base rate is €29,000 to charter Queen of Datca for the 10-day incentive itinerary this month. Any reputable charter broker can tell you more or help you book a week onboard.