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Destinations News: Gulet Bound Offers Turkish Blue Cruise

Destination & Tourism | James Ruggia | December 23, 2013

Destinations News: Gulet Bound Offers Turkish Blue Cruise

PHOTO: Gulet Bound represents a broad inventory of gullet yachts for charter. (courtesy Gulet Bound)

Gulet Bound, a U.K.-based luxury gulet (Turkish yacht) chartering company, is offering Turkey’s classic Blue Voyage, as well as other journeys in Greece and Croatia. The company represents an inventory of more than 250 gulets in three different classes: standard, luxury and VIP.

The gulet is the traditional style of yacht built along the Turkish coast. Blue Cruises are the traditional routes that run along Turkey’s Mediterranean or “Turquoise Coast.” Gulet Bound also offers the Aegean Coast, which is even richer in archeology.

The pricing of a gulet depends on season and the level of gulet being hired. They come with crews and cooks. In low season the cost ranges from €295 to €10,000 per day depending on the yacht. Gulets usually sleep 12 passengers making them more economical than they appear at first glance.

Hot Cars and a Historic Estate in Sussex

Goodwood Estate, located in the sumptuous countryside of Sussex (about 90 minutes southeast of London), would make an ideal area to tour in a fine car.

The Goodwood Estate, home to the Dukes of Richmond for more than three centuries, pays homage to the ninth Duke’s love of motor racing, by offering guests a chance to hire a classic sports car, including an E-Type Jag or an Austin Healey (both James Bond favorites) or maybe a Rolls Royce.

The ninth Duke built a motor racing track on the grounds and guests can also opt to try out cars on a professional track. Prices begin at £55 to test cars on the track.

SpiceRoads to Explore Bulgarian Countryside

SpiceRoads, a cycling specialist more known for Southeast Asia than Eastern Europe, is taking to the roads of Bulgaria on a 10-day exploration of the country’s antiquities, its mountains and valleys, churches and mosques. Bulgaria is a treasure trove of historic monuments and hot water spas.

Beginning in Sofia, the tour then heads to the countryside. Priced from $2,200, land only, the inaugural departure on May 25 comes with a 10 percent discount. Other departures are scheduled for June 29, Aug. 24 and Sept. 28.

Australian Operator Offers Tour of French Vineyards

Australia has become a prominent wine country in recent decades and one of its tour operators, Grand Tourist is offering a 10-night package led by Greg Bondar, a Sydney Royal Wine Judge, through the vineyards of France.

The package, priced from €5,400 per person land only, uses historic hotels, a Loire Valley chateau and goes wine tasting and visiting cellars in wine’s top country. The journey moves from the sparkling whites of Vouvray to the rich full-bodied reds of Bordeaux. Then the tour moves on to Burgundy to sample both reds and whites and finally the Champagne region.

The package also includes gourmet dining, grand dinners and informal lunches, tours of Versailles and Paris and more.

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