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- OUR TOP FOODS YOU MUST TRY IN TURKEY
Turkish food is definitely one of the highlights that you will remember long after your visit to this amazing country. From delicious local treats, to the smells of the street food, these are our top foods you must try when on tour with us next Summer. KEBAB Don’t leave Turkey without trying one of the most popular (and delicious) meat dishes in the Northwest. A play on the traditional Döner kebab, this dish consists of thinly sliced lamb served with a warm tomato sauce over pieces of traditional bread. Topped off with generous helpings of yogurt and butter, you’ll be left licking your plate clean. TURKISH DELIGHT Don’t be fooled by the pink, sugary imitations you may have sampled in the past – Turkish Delight in Turkey (or Lokum, as the locals call it) is like nothing you’ve ever tried before. Consisting of mouth-watering combinations of chopped dates, pistachios, walnuts or hazelnuts, you will find this treat comes in a range of colourful flavours to suit your tastebuds. TURKISH RAVIOLI (MANTI) Pasta-lovers, prepare yourselves. Turkey has its own version of Ravioli! Little handmade dumplings are filled with ground lamb or beef, and then topped with a creamy yogurt sauce. Manti takes a lot of time to prepare, but once you’ve tasted a bite, you’ll see that the hard work pays off. MEZZE Rest assured, you probably won’t leave Turkey without being served Mezze, which is a small selection of dishes commonly served with drinks or before a meal. Turkish Mezze often consists of yogurt with herbs, hummus, rice-stuffed vine leaves (dolmas), meatballs (kofte), eggplant salad, white cheese and of course, delicious, warm pide. Could there be a better way to start a meal? BAKLAVA It’s sweet, it’s rich, it’s almost too good to be true. Layers of flaky pastry are complemented by finely chopped nuts and held together by syrupy goodness. This dessert originates from the Ottoman Empire, and can now be found on virtually every street corner in Turkey. Order one for dessert in a restaurant or grab one on the go. No matter which way you eat it, it still tastes scrumptious. It’s a classic, and definitely one of the foods you must try in Turkey. SHISH KEBAB An absolute classic meal, you’ll find this on the menu at most restaurants. Chicken, beef or lamb is grilled and served on a skewer alongside sides such as rice, salad and fries. It may be simple, but it’s still a tasty meal. APPLE TEA Apple Tea is possibly the most delightful tea that will ever tickle your tastebuds. Luckily for you, there is no shortage of this warm, sweet nectar of the Gods. You will find it in virtually every café, restaurant and house you go to. Tea (or çay) is a very big part of Turkish hospitality. You will find that even shop owners sit down for a cup of tea with their customers. Now there’s a good sales technique. GöZLEME Possibly one of the easiest fast foods to find in Turkey, Gözleme is the perfect snack to eat on the go. Similar to a crepe, this savoury Turkish flatbread is made from hand-rolled dough and is filled with various toppings, such as cheese, meat, vegetables or potatoes. It’s then sealed and cooked over a griddle. Try one of the cheese and spinach variations – you won’t regret it. For sure one of the foods you must try in Turkey. KARNIYARIK (Stuffed Eggplant) Karniyarik is a big, warm eggplant stuffed with ground meat, onion, black pepper, tomatoes and parsley. Generally accompanied by Pilaf, this dish is hearty, full of flavour, and perfect for a filling meal. CORN ON THE COB You can’t walk far in Istanbul without seeing the billowing smoke of a roadside vendor and the scent of freshly cooked corn. A street food classic, these vendors really know how to perfectly grill corn on the cob. It’s a perfect snack to have on-the-go. Just remember your toothpick! SIMIT Another very popular street food, Simit lies somewhere between a pretzel and a bagel. The cheapest snack you’ll find on the streets, this circular bread is typically encrusted with sesame seeds and can be eaten plain or with preserves like jam, cream cheese or, for an extra special treat, Nutella. ETLI EKMEK Pizza-lovers, Turkey has got you sorted. Along with the classic Turkish Pide, Etli Ekmek is another pizza-like dish which originated from a town called Konya. An extremely long, thin piece of flat bread, normally over a meter in size, is topped with meat and cheese and then cut into smaller pieces. Yum. DONDURMA (Turkish Ice cream) It may look like normal ice cream, and it may even taste like normal ice cream, but Dondurma has a texture unlike any other ice cream in the world. The ingredients used make it resistant to melting and impart a sort of chewiness to the consistency. If these unique qualities don’t convince you to give it a try, then perhaps the sellers will lure you in. Dondurma vendors are known for putting on spectacular shows, spinning around giant masses of ice cream on long paddles and playfully flipping cones upside down. Hungry for more? Get on board our Turquoise Delight sailing tour and let our local chef take you on a Turkish food journey. #Food #turkey #Top5list #TopTips #Europe
- Top Tips for Solo Travel - Meeting new people
Regardless of if you're travelling solo, with friends or your partner, the best thing about travel is the people you meet along the way. But as a Solo traveller, sometimes taking that step out of your comfort zone is tough. You know it'll be worth it, but how do you go about starting a conversation to begin with? Break the ice Who cares what you say, just say something! Heck, talk about the weather! Put yourself out there that you are up for a conversation, and see what comes back. At home this might be strange to do on the packed train on the way to work, but you are not at home now, take that leap and strike up a convo! Most likely the other person is also happy to have a chat also, and if not, smile and try the next. No harm done. What to say Don't overthink it. All good conversation starters should feel natural, so just give it a go. Didn't go well, then mark that one down as a loss and try again with the next. Are you seeing a theme here? Don't get hung up on being the perfect charismatic traveller that everyone wants to be around, just be yourself and see what comes back. Here's some good conversation starters to get you going; Where are you from? Where have you been on this trip? Where to next? It's my first time travelling solo. Any good tips? Keep the questions travel related, because that is one thing you can guarantee that you have in common. All travellers love to share their travel stories. You as a solo traveller will surely have some great ones to share in no time! It's not a date! Just because you are chatting to someone from the opposite sex, it doesn't have to feel like a date. Let down your walls and be open to a chat. For guys this is a lot harder as unfortunately there's been plenty of bad eggs before you, so don't be offended if the girls have their guard up. Be friendly, without being creepy! Girls, give the guy a chance. Remember how hard it is as a solo traveller to strike up that conversation. Find the group As a solo traveller, it's going to be intimidating to bust in on a group having a chat, but more often than not, groups abroad are a mish-mash of solo travellers anyway. You're all in the same boat (so to speak), so they’ll likely be very receptive and welcoming. When all’s said and done, you just need to pluck up the courage and make the move when it comes to approaching new people while travelling. What’s the worst that could happen? Didn't go well? Don’t take it personally. It’s all in the practice, and the more you do it, the easier and more natural it'll get. Go for it!
- A Travel Guide To Croatia: Things To Know While Planning Your Trip
How's this sound? Waterfront views, rooftop balconies, fresh out of the water seafood, bang on weather, and just a general all round great time. Sounds good to us. If it does to you too, then Croatia is your perfect vacation destination. According to Lonely Planet, 18.5 million people took a trip here in 2019 and that's no surprise to us as Croatia has it all. To help with your planning, we've got some top tips for you to check out. From beautiful beaches to historical areas, where to stay, what activities you're going to do, and what time of year you want to book your travel plans for. Diocletian’s Palace Diocletian’s Palace is actually an area in Split: as Lonely Planet explains, "Don’t expect a palace, though, nor a museum – this is the city's living heart, its labyrinthine streets packed with people, bars, shops and restaurants." When you land in Split after a long flight, check in to your hotel and then finally get to take a stroll along the Riva waterfront while the sun sets on another perfect day, you'll be glad you made the decision to come to Croatia for the Summer! Plan a trip in the Summer Like many other destinations, the most appealing time of year to go to Croatia does depend upon the weather. As pleasant as the Winter may be, it's the Summer months of June through to September is when you need to get here to enjoy it at its best. Consistent warm temps, people on the beach, water-sports and of course sailing trips ;) Enjoy eating Seafood and drinking Wine! The local seafood is incredible in Croatia, so going to restaurants that feature that will be lovely. Kod Sfinge is operated by a local family and Trip Advisor reviews praise the Tiger Prawns, Octopus, Tuna steak and the pasta. The service by far is the best quality as the passion for food really shines through from the ladies that run it. The restaurant is in a great location tucked off the main square in Diocletian's Palace. Another restaurant pick is Bokeria kitchen & wine bar. You'll find delicious meat, fish, and desserts, plus a wonderful ambiance with wooden floors and live music. You can also find more casual food here such as burgers. Visit Plitvice Lakes National Park This national park MUST be on your bucket-list. About 3.5hrs from Split, the drive is definitely worth it. The park is about 300 sq/km and the lakes are bigger than eight kms, oh and it's a UNESCO World Heritage site too. The currency in Croatia is the Kuna The currency used in Croatia is the Croatian Kuna (kn) The Croatian Kuna has been the currency in use since 1994. Prior to then was the Croatian Dinar (only in use for just 3 years), which took over from several variations of the Yugoslavian Dinar introduced way back in 1918. As you can see, there's been a few changes in the past 100 years and with joining the EU in 2013 there was the expectations that there would be another change coming. However whilst there are no confirmed plans to adopt the Euro as the official currency just yet, you are still able to pay in Euros for certain items such as accommodation, transport and also in some restaurants. It is not a requirement for a business to have to accept the Euro, so make sure you check beforehand that it's OK if you only have Euros in your wallet. Converting your local money into Kuna is a lot more favourable on the exchange if doing in Croatia rather than in your home country. Download the XE.com app for up to date rates so you can confidently make your comparisons at the exchange booth. If you can get close to the official rate, then you know you've done well! Do a road trip and visit Sibenik for a local experience From Split you have many options to hire a car and explore the coastline. After a week on the seas, it's nice to get on the road and visit some of the smaller towns in the north, with Sibenik being the first major one you'll come across. It is one of Croatia’s oldest traditional oceanfront towns, full of medieval architecture, culture, friendly locals, town squares, and beaches. Want more? Check out our Southern Discovery tour to see the highlights of the Adriatic from Split to Dubrovnik.
- Adriatic Escape | 5 Days Croatia Sailing | Summer 2019 | Koda Sail
Enjoy this perfect little escape and discover some of Croatia's hidden gems You asked for it, so we've delivered! For those with only a short time to spend in Croatia but still want to enjoy the thrill of a Croatia sailing trip, then this is the one for you! Starting in Split , we head straight for Hvar and get the good times started before sailing on to the vibrant towns of Korcula and Makarska , discovering hidden bays and magical swim stops along the way. Take that mini break and escape with us! Not running in 2020. Click HERE for other tours THE ADRIATIC ESCAPE THE ITINERARY Perfect for that break within a break, or for anyone needing to get away from work for a few days to explore the stunning Adriatic coastline and it's famous sun soaked islands. Spend your mornings taking in the stunning scenary as we sail from one gem to another. Take a dip in the crystal blue Adriatic before enjoying our delicious lunches cooked by our on board chef. In the afternoons you'll have the chance to explore old historical seaside-towns before taking on the local Summer nightlife with your new travel buddies. This is the escape you're looking for! Day 1: Saturday SPLIT to HVAR After meeting up with your Koda Sail crew, we depart from Split harbour heading towards one of Croatia's most popular islands Hvar, the longest of the 1000 islands in the Adriatic. Cruise along the Dalmatian coast whilst enjoying lunch with your new friends. Then it's time to take a dip into the Adriatic for your first of many swim stops. You'll have the afternoon to take in some of Hvar's highlights such as the hilltop fortress with postcard views of the surrounding islands and the town's old square. Here you can enjoy our wine tasting excursion with views of the 16th Century cathedral and bell tower. Finish the night endulging in some of Europe's best nightlife entertainment. Experience the famous club Carpe Diem club, set on its very own island! Day 2: Sunday HVAR to KORCULA We wave goodbye to Hvar and depart for Korčula, the birthplace of famous explorer Marco Polo. Enjoy lunch on board in the Lumbarda bay near to Korčula. With a late afternoon arrival into the port, there is plenty of time to swim this afternoon. Once docked, you'll get an orientation of the Old Town where you can find more legends, tales and monuments than anywhere else. Listen to the story of the stone walls, which were built over two centuries ago. Meet the group for dinner and sunset cocktails in one of the numerous seafront restaurants looking out to sea. Stunning! Day 3: Monday KORCULA to MAKARSKA After breakfast we set sail for Makarska and freshen up with a swim stop in one of the many bays along the coastline. After another delicious lunch on board, we keep on crusing to the jewel of the riviera, Makarska. We dock in the late afternoon giving you plenty of time to check out the local markets, have fun with the water sports available or stroll through the old town taking in the local sites and admiring the Biokovo mountain range tucked in behind the town. Tonight you have the chance to taste some local dishes and experience the fun nightlife this town has on offer...cave bar anyone? . Day 4: Tuesday MAKARSKA to SPLIT We take it easy on our last sailing day making sure you have a chance to take one last jump off the boat and get that perfect shot to make all your friends at home jealous of your week long adventures here in Croatia. After lunch we will start our journey back to Split where the last overnight stay is planned. Enjoy the views of the Split Riviera as we come in to port for the final time. Once docked, join your Koda Sail guide for a walk through the world heritage listed city under UNESCO protection. Discover an abundance of Roman architecture within the charming Diocletian palace. Meet up for a final dinner with your new friends, celebrating this sweet little escape away from home. Can it get any better?! The tour finishes after breakfast on Day 5 What are you waiting for? It's time to get on board. Let's get sailing! SOLD OUT!
- Booking Conditions | Terms of Service | Koda Sail
KODA SAIL Booking Conditions NOTE : The booking conditions on this page refer to tours commencing in the 2021 season. For any bookings made up to, and including the 2020 season, please refer here. OUR DUTY 1. Your Tour Reservation On receipt of your deposit, subject to availability, Koda Sail will reserve your place on your selected tour. A contract is only made between you and us upon your booking being confirmed and accepted by us and our confirmation thereof to you. 2. If We Cancel or Change Your Tour Koda Sail reserves the right to change, modify, cancel or postpone any trip in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. Should change or cancellation prove necessary we will give you reasonable notice thereof, in the circumstances, and where available offer you a comparable alternative. Koda Sail is not responsible for other travel arrangements that you or your party have made outside of your Koda Sail trip and which are affected by our cancellations. If an alternative is not available or acceptable you will be offered one of the following; a) Refund of fare paid by you to us (less bank transaction fees), b) Transfer to another Koda Sail tour without payment of any transfer fee, or c) Travel Credit notice valid for 12 months. If the change or cancellation is due to Force Majeure (any event or circumstance beyond the control of Koda Sail) which may include but not limited to: Acts of God (such as earthquake, flood, fire, explosion, landslide, lightning, action of the elements, force of nature, washout, typhoon, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami, storm or storm warning, adverse weather conditions or natural and nuclear disasters), industrial disputes, work ban or other labour dispute or difficulty, acts of terrorism, political unrest, war or threat of war, riots or civil strife, failure or delays to scheduled transportation and the closure of airports or ports, pandemic, epidemic or health risk, governmental and administrative actions (including closure of borders and travel warnings and restrictions) or other similar events beyond Koda Sail’s control, you will be offered one of the following; a) Refund of fare paid by you to us less expenses (non-refundable deposit & bank transaction fees) incurred by us in respect of your booking with your non-refundable deposit converted to Travel Credit to be used on future trips with Koda Sail (valid for 24 months from date of issue) or, b) Travel Credit notice (see 2.7 for Flexible terms) to be used on future trips with Koda Sail (valid for 24 months from date of issue). In this instance, your travel insurance is responsible in covering any losses incurred. Koda Sail can provide documentation to assist with any claims if required. Koda Sail reserves the right in cancelling departures with less than minimum participants (Croatia minimum 20 participants. Turkey minimum 12 participants. Maldives minimum 10 participants), and changing ship name and configuration if need arises. Koda Sail is not responsible for the costs of any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations or rescheduling of any tour departure. Reasonable notice will be provided. All refunds can only be returned by the same method of payment made to Koda Sail through our online payment system. We can not refund to another card or via bank transfer. If your bank can not accept the refund, your fare will remain as Travel Credit for future trips and made fully flexible as per our flexible terms for use ( ) Koda Sail can not be held responsible for any additional fees your bank may charge to accept this refund Refund amounts are dependant on the bank’s currency conversion on the day. Koda Sail can not be held responsible for any gains or losses made by you in this transaction. clause 2.7 . Any bank transaction fees charged on the original payment are not eligible for refund. . Flexible terms for use of Future Travel Credit; • Your Travel Credit & Bonus Credit is fully transferable for any future tour date or destination. • Name on your Travel Credit is fully transferable (must transfer the entire Credit amount. No split bookings). • Your Travel Credit & Bonus Credit can be split amongst multiple bookings/tours (in the same name). • Travel Credit & Bonus Credit can be applied to any already discounted Sale fares. • Travel Credit & Bonus Credit can not be redeemed for cash. • No additional promo codes can be applied when using Travel Credit. • Any remaining Travel Credit can be used towards any future bookings (valid for an additional 24 months). • Any remaining Bonus Credit can be used towards any future bookings (valid for an additional 12 months). For Travel Credit given due to COVID-19 postponement on 2020 departures; • Travel Credit & Bonus Credit must be redeemed before December 31st 2021 (for travel in the 2022 season). • Any bookings with Deposit only remaining in Travel Credit, must be used in the 2021 season (any destination). Book with Confidence Policy; • Risk Free Early-Bird bookings for 2021 season. Fully refundable deposits in case of COVID-19 travel disturbances on all early-bird bookings made before May 15th 2021. You will be given the option to cancel your booking before making further payments. Further payments will be due on; Maldives tours February 28th 2021, Croatia & Turkey tours May 15th 2021. If you choose to cancel before our Covid update on May 15th 2021, you will forfeit your deposit. • Travel Credit & Refunds: If your tour gets postponed or you can't travel due to any COVID-19 restrictions, you may choose to keep your booking and receive bonus travel credit for future use on any tour in any destination, or cancel your spot entirely. If you choose to cancel your spot entirely, for any bookings made after July 1st 2020 your non-refundable deposit will no longer be forfeited, it will be converted to travel credit for use on any future tours, in any destination valid for 12 months. 3. Tour Details and Conditions Koda Sail will do their best, at their discretion, to select accommodation, optional excursions and transportation to give you good value for money. Koda Sail will endeavour to match you up with someone of the same sex when booked in a Twin-Share room configuration, but can not be guaranteed. Koda Sail constantly strives to improve tour itineraries and features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries. Koda Sail is not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations. We reserve the right to alter or substitute the type, the size of vessel, and/or the style of transport mentioned in the brochure, resulting in occasionally having to utilise transport without some of the features promoted. The Captain reserves the right in changing the route in case of bad weather conditions or on advice from local port authorities. 4. Liability Your travel agent shall, on the receipt of any monies, hold such monies for you until the booking is confirmed at which time those monies shall be remitted promptly by your travel agent to us. All such monies received by us will be deposited as required by law. All monies paid by you to us through your travel agent or otherwise, whether in respect of the deposit or full payment, may be disbursed by us as and when we see fit, in respect of the services to be provided and/or fees payable under the tour program. The payment of a deposit or any other monies in respect of your tour shall be deemed to be an authorisation for disbursement thereof as aforesaid. FOR YOUR INFORMATION 5. Booking Your Tour In order to reserve your tour, a non-refundable deposit of EURO €250 per person (Croatia & Turkey), or USD$250 (Maldives) per tour, or the full amount payable if the booking is made within 45 days of your departure, must be submitted to Koda Sail by you in respect of that tour. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent. The deposit is accepted as a first instalment of the tour price by Koda Sail only once the booking has been confirmed in writing by Koda Sail or your travel agent. EURO €250 per person (Croatia & Turkey), or USD$250 (Maldives) per tour Your reservation will be confirmed on receipt of a non-refundable deposit of which must be within 3 days of booking, or the reservation will automatically be cancelled. The remaining balance, full amount from which the deposited amount is deducted, is to be paid upon the date stated in the calculation/proforma invoice. Your successful payment of your deposit will also act as confirmation that you have read and agree with these Terms & Booking Conditions. Any special meal requirements will be made on a request basis only. Koda Sail cannot guarantee special meal requests nor will it assume any responsibility or liability if clients’ special meal requirements are not fulfilled. You may also request additional information via email in regards to transfer and general transportation information from your arrival point to your cruise/program departure point. Koda Sail will assist you with additional information and possible organisation if needed within its possibilities. However, Koda Sail does not include organised transfer from your arrival points to your departure points and back as part of the programs when the requested service is not clearly stated in the service descriptions. Please contact Koda Sail by email in case you would like to receive further offers on your pre and post tour needs. Koda Sail claim no liability on advice or information given for 3rd party programs. Making a reservation. Reserve your spot on any of our tour programs by selecting your desired tour and departure date via our Online Booking Form. Koda Sail will check availability and email through confirmation to proceed with your booking. Proceeding with Payment (Deposit or in Full) online by credit or debit card. Payment for Croatia & Turkey tours are accepted in Euro (€) only. Payment for Maldives in USD ($) only. 100% payment for the tour fare must be made in advance by credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Maestro) plus the standard processing fee (3.75% set by Payment gateway). Booking correspondence is made by email. Customer takes responsibility to set email filters to accept our email address. No extensions will be given for misplaced emails filtered into junk mail folders. 6. Paying the Balance Online Payments: Payment can be made securely via our Online Payment gateway (PinPayments). Koda Sail will not request your credit card numbers/details at time of booking, nor will we keep any of your credit card details on file. The standard processing fee (3.75% set by PinPayments) will be applied at the time of payment. The balance of the tour must be paid no later than 60 days prior to your departure date which shall be by the due date stated on the confirmation issued to you by Koda Sail. Failure to make payment by the due date may result in your place being offered to our waitlist and forfeiting your non-refundable deposit. Sale or Discounted fares: Full payment of these fares must be made by the due date issued for the Sale offer and will be outlined on the final invoice. If deposit issue date is within 60 days of your departure date, the full cost of the tour will be payable immediately. Any discount promo codes must be used during booking process. Discounts can not be applied after the booking is made, no exceptions. Payment Plans are available on all fares. Payments are split into 3 even instalments. A once-off €15 setup fee will be added onto the first instalment. Final instalment must be completed by due date stated on the final invoice. Secure payments are made via PinPayments with credit card only. Croatia Sail product: Port Taxes & Supplements of EURO €55 per person due in cash on arrival. This applies to all Croatia bookings and will be outlined on the final invoice. If payment is not complete by the specified due date issued, Koda Sail reserves the right to assume cancellation of your booking, and apply cancellation charges in accordance with below will be levied by Koda Sail. clause 7.3 Tickets and other documents will not be forwarded on until full payment has been received by us. The final Travel Documents will be sent approximately 31 days prior to your tour departure date. In the case of Late Bookings made within 45 days of your tour departure date, the full cost of the tour will be payable immediately on booking and we reserve the right to provide all travel documents at the tour departure point. USING YOUR TRAVEL CREDIT & Bonus Credit 9. For customers making a booking for the 2021 or 2022 season, with Travel Credit from the 2020 season: - If your new fare is lower than original 2020 fare paid, the difference in fare paid will remain on your file as Fully Flexible Travel Credit valid for an additional 24 months. - Any Bonus Travel Credit remaining after your new booking, will still be honoured and remain on your file as Fully Flexible Travel Credit valid for an additional 12 months. 7. If You Cancel Notice of cancellation must be made in writing (email) to Koda Sail. If you cancel more than 61 days before departure, you are entitled to a refund less your non-refundable deposit and bank transaction fees incurred on original payment. Your deposit payment can not be credited to any other booking. Upon cancellation you will be liable to pay a fee to cover the estimate of cost and expenses incurred by us in the terms of the schedule set out hereunder. This is expressed as a percentage of the tour price and is calculated as follows: More than 61 days notice: Non-refundable Deposit is forfeited. 60-46 days: 30% of tour fare is forfeited 45-31 days: 50% of tour fare is forfeited 30-16 days: 75% of tour fare is forfeited 15 or less: 100% of tour fare is forfeited Where the percentage cancellation fee is less than the tour deposit, the cancellation fee will equal loss of deposit. If the reason for cancellation falls within the terms of any tour insurance policy which you hold, then any such charges may, subject to the terms of your insurance policy, be refunded to you by the insurance company. Any cancellation of additional services within 14 days from date of service, such as pre and post accommodation and transfers, will incur a 100% cancellation fee. For cancellation of additional services outside of 14 days from date of service, please refer to the above cancellation policy. These cancellation fees are in addition to any cancellation fees that may be levied by your travel agent. All Cancellation policies valid as at 1st July, 2014, and are subject to change. Final policy will be confirmed at time of booking. All refunds can only be returned by the same method of payment made to Koda Sail through our online payment system We can not refund to another card or via bank transfer. If your bank can not accept the refund, your fare will remain as Travel Credit for future trips and made fully flexible as per our flexible terms for use ( ) . clause 2.7 Koda Sail can not be held responsible for any additional fees your bank may charge to accept this refund . Any bank transaction fees charged on the original payment are not eligible for refund. . Refund amounts are dependant on the bank’s currency conversion on the day. Koda Sail can not be held responsible for any gains or losses made by you in this transaction. 8. If You Change Your Booking If after your booking has been confirmed and more than 60 days prior to tour departure, you wish to change to an alternate departure date or you wish to change to a different Koda Sail tour, you may do so subject to availability and provided the new tour date is still currently advertised. A fee of EURO €50 per person will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed unless the change increases the value of the booking, in which case the difference must be paid. A change of tour date or tour itinerary booking within 60 days of tour departure will be treated as a cancellation, and normal cancellation fees will apply except when the change is to a different departure date of equivalent or greater value in which case a EURO €50 per person amendment fee will be charged. Flexible Changes policy for 2021: If your 2021 booking is effected due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) you are entitled to transfer your trip onto another trip in the 2021 season, subject to availability with no trip transfer fee. A difference in fare payment may apply if the departure you choose to change to is a higher fare. If you choose to amend your booking, you can select any new destination or departure date in the 2021 season. Contact Koda Sail directly to make changes to your booking. Alternatively, you have the right to move your booking into Travel Credit for use in the 2022 season with no fee. 9. Tour Details and Conditions Please read the tour details online for items included in the price. No allowance or refund can be made for meals, accommodation, excursions, etc. that you elect not to take, or when museums, shops, etc. are closed. Legislation in various states in Australia, USA, Canada and the UK has highlighted the issue of Age Discrimination. In terms of style and content, all of Koda Sail’s tours are specifically designed for a particular age group. This fact should be recognised when you book one of our tours. Koda Sail strives to provide a safe, enjoyable and memorable travel experience for all travellers. Koda Sail welcomes travellers with special needs or disabilities. However, please note the following: • Travellers are required to advise Koda Sail, in advance, of any physical, medical or other special needs that require accommodation. • All guests must ensure they are medically and physically fit for travel. Koda Sail may impose safety requirements necessary for the safe operation of the tour. Koda Sail may also exclude an individual from participating in a tour or an activity if that individual’s participation poses a direct threat to health or safety. • Koda Sail does not provide personal devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or prescription eye glasses) or services of a personal nature (such as pushing a wheelchair or assistance in eating, toileting or dressing). A companion capable of providing such assistance must accompany any passenger who requires services of a personal nature. • Koda Sail does not employ medical personnel. Any necessary medical attention will be provided by a local facility at the passenger’s expense. Koda Sail is not responsible or liable for any losses or costs incurred as a result of medical services obtained while on tour, or for the quality of the care or services received. Travellers should be aware some tours include rough terrain when on land, extensive walking over cobblestone streets, uneven pavement, steps and locations which may not be easily accessible or accessible by wheelchair. Access to the boats from the port require you to walk over a gangplank (gangway) and may not always be accessible by wheelchair. During the tour, Koda Sail may make arrangements with carriers and other independent suppliers to provide travel services. These parties are independent entities over which Koda Sail has no control. Koda Sail cannot guarantee disability access or accommodations for all travellers. Koda Sail may, at its sole discretion, decline the booking of any passenger or remove any passenger who cannot comply or refuses to comply with Koda Sail’s terms and conditions. Koda Sail is not responsible for any costs incurred in the event a passenger is removed from a tour. Passengers agree not to hold Koda Sail or any of its related entities liable for any actions taken under these booking conditions. Due to specific mooring conditions and requirements in some ports, Koda Sail ships are moored side by side, making it necessary for the clients to cross from one ship to another with gaps in between ships in order to get to the shore. In such cases clients need to take special care when crossing and do this at their own risk. Crew assistance will be given to those needing and requesting it. You are responsible for all travel arrangements and costs to/from the point of commencement/conclusion of the tour. There may be times when the Koda Sail Representative has to make a decision in your best interests or the best interests of their group. You agree to comply with the authority and decisions of the appointed Koda Sail Representative and the laws of the country in which you are travelling. If you do not so comply or if, in the Koda Sail Representative’s opinion, you are not compatible with the general enjoyment and well being of other members on the tour or smooth operation of the tour itself, we reserve the right to refuse to let you continue with the tour. We do not tolerate the possession or carriage of illegal or restricted substances (drugs). Furthermore, you agree that your fellow travellers and any Koda Sail Representative has the right to travel/work in a safe environment. Any threats to their safety, well being or inappropriate behaviour by you, whether verbal or physical, will be taken extremely seriously and may result in the immediate termination of your tour. In either event, you will be responsible for your own repatriation and related costs and have no claims against us. You are responsible for any costs incurred as a result of damage or excess cleaning fees related to your accommodation. You are advised to immediately report any pre-existing damage in your room to staff and/or a Koda Sail Representative as soon as it is discovered. Guests are obliged to follow ship rules (found in written form on the ship) especially with regards to bringing drinks (alcoholic and non alcoholic) on board. It is your responsibility to have a valid passport and all visas, permits and certificates required for your selected vacation as well as any necessary vaccinations and to comply with all applicable laws. Koda Sail is not responsible for any costs incurred as a result of failing to obtain necessary visas. Any costs whatsoever regarding obtaining, replacing or changing visas whilst on tour (including accommodation, meals, flights and transfers incurred due to associated delays) are at your own expense. Ensure you have at least 6 months validity remaining on your passport before you leave your home country. Many countries will not allow entry with anything less than 6 months remaining on your passport. Koda Sail are under no obligation to assist with any phone calls to embassy's or extra documentation other than your final travel documents, to obtain your entry visa. You agree that our Koda Sail Representatives may take photographs and films of you while you are on tour and that these may be used in our brochures and/or advertising or publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs and/or films. If any provision of this contract is held invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, that provision shall be deemed to be re-written to give effect to the same purpose within the permitted limits of the law. The validity and enforceability of the other provisions shall not be affected. If you are unsuccessful in any legal action instituted against us, you agree to pay all our costs, including but not limited to, attorney/client costs. Should you have a complaint in respect of the tour, you should inform the Koda Sail Representative during the course of the tour and if the matter cannot be resolved after the representative’s best endeavours to do so during the tour, your complaint should be certified by the ship, written in ships complaints book and sent to Koda Sail within 15 days from the customer’s departure. On the contrary, such complaints will not be taken in consideration. If you choose to write to Koda Sail via email, please provide your home address so that we are able to reply to you in writing. Should any dispute arise concerning this policy, the dispute will be determined in accordance with the law of Australia and the States and Territories thereof. In relation to any such dispute the parties agree to submit to the jurisdiction of any competent court in Victoria, Australia. COVID-19 (Coronavirus): In accordance with government issued warnings, anyone who has been to specific affected countries/regions in the 14 days prior to your tour start date, must self isolate. Therefore, any person who has been to a country/region listed as "high risk" in the 14 days prior to the start of their tour departure will not be permitted to join the tour. You may be asked to sign a waiver at time of check-in to confirm this. 10. Insurance It is compulsory that you take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, personal injury, death, medical expenses, repatriation expenses force majeure and evacuation expenses before you travel on a Koda Sail tour. As a minimum, you agree to having adequate insurance that covers cancellation, personal liability and loss of personal property. Please ensure your insurance covers all of the activities that you are going to be participating in. Some policies exclude certain adventure activities. We advise your Travel Insurance is arranged at the time of payment of the deposit as it will, in certain circumstances, cover you against loss of deposit or cancellation fees from the date of confirmation of your booking, as shown in the insurance policy. Koda Sail cannot be held responsible for your failure to take out appropriate insurance. You also agree to indemnify us against all third-party claims, actions, damages and remedies which may be brought against us in respect of your participation in the tour. You will be required to provide your Travel Insurance details to us prior to receiving your final travel documents. If your Travel Insurance is provided by your bank/credit card, we require details of that policy, including an emergency hotline number. Ensure this policy covers you for any excursions you may pay in cash, as some policies only cover you for items purchased on the card only. 11. Illness or Absenteeism In the event of your withdrawal from a tour after the commencement as a result of illness, we can assist you with finding a medical practitioner to obtain a medical certificate in support of any travel insurance claim you may want to process. No refunds will be made from Koda Sail for any absence from the trip. Any additional expenses are the guest’s responsibility. 12. What’s Not Included In The Tour Price Airfares to and from your tour destination, airport taxes, passport and visa fees, insurance, laundry, phone calls, beverages, personal expense money, medical fees, sightseeing, visits and entrance fees, meals not detailed in the itinerary, tips to Trip Managers, crew, representatives and local guides, items of a personal nature, excess baggage, optional excursions and anything else not listed in the ‘What’s Included’ section of the itinerary pages on the kodasail.com website 13. Weather Conditions The Captain and the Koda Sail team reserves the right to change the route in case of unsafe weather conditions. Under no circumstances can we be held responsible for snow or weather conditions, nor can any tour be cancelled or amended by you at any time on the basis of snow or weather conditions. 14. Special Note for All Travel by Sea Guests have to follow ship rules (to be found in written form on the ship) especially with regards to not bringing drinks on board and in case of inappropriate behaviour Koda Sail/captain reserves the right in asking clients to disembark. Koda Sail will not be responsible for any accidents that may occur onboard and insist that clients are informed of this and the need for extra observation and caution whilst being onboard or walking between ship(s) and mainland. Due to specific mooring conditions and requirements in some ports, Koda Sail ships are moored side by side, making it necessary for the clients to cross from one ship to another with gaps in between ships in order to get to the shore. In such cases clients need to take special care when crossing and do this at their own risk. Crew assistance will be given to those needing and requesting it. 15. Special Note for Hotels Guests have to follow all Hotel rules and in case of inappropriate behaviour Koda Sail and/or Hotel Management reserves the right in asking clients to leave the premises. Koda Sail will not be responsible for any accidents that may occur in the Hotel and insist that clients are informed of this. 16. Ship Rules Passengers on board are obliged to abide to the ship rules, as the Captain is responsible for the safety of all passengers and the crew. The Captain has the right to change the itinerary in case of unsafe weather or similar inappropriate conditions in ports to ensure safety on board. Passports are to be handed to the Captain for registration on the first day of the cruise and may be kept in possession by the Captain for use with documentation required by port authorities until the end of the tour. Jumping or diving from the boat during navigation is strictly forbidden. For safety reasons climbing on the masts is also forbidden. Jumping from the boat when anchored is done so at your own risk. Koda Sail holds no responsibility for any injuries incurred due to your decision to do so. During rough weather movement should be done with care and as little as possible. The floors can often be wet and slippery. Passengers should take extra care crossing between the boats when they are docked together in port. Do not hesitate to ask a crew member for assistance when crossing. Movement between the ships is at the individual’s responsibility. Safety jackets are placed either under the seats in the dining area or underneath the beds in each cabin. These are required to remain in their place for use in an emergency only and may not be removed for general use as a flotation device. As the ships are explicitly acoustic all passengers are asked to behave accordingly. Special attention must be given to night peace onboard, which officially is at 11pm (2300hrs). In National Parks even earlier night peace is required and guests will be notified of this. Clients are responsible for looking after their personal belongings whilst travelling. The Operator cannot be held responsible for any personal belongings left behind or damaged on any trip irrespective of the circumstances. It is recommended you have a lock on your suitcase/baggage for you to store away any valuables. Smoking in the restaurant area and in the cabins is forbidden. When smoking on the deck, passengers must not throw cigarette butts in the sea. Bed linens must not be taken out of the cabins. Passengers are not permitted to bring drinks and food on the boat. This includes all drinks and food products purchased on shore in ports of call. The only exceptions are: personal care products, liquid medicine, food products specifically for infants and food products for special diets. Typical regional products purchased during visits to the ports will be stored on board to be returned to passengers at the end of the cruise. Please take special attention not to throw anything into toilets except of toilette paper. Guests are obliged to respect meal times on board, which are placed on the board in the salon, as well as departure times to next port. Any damage must be compensated to the captain by the passenger. Lost cabin keys will be charged €50 per lost key. It is strictly forbidden to throw rubbish into the sea. Water is a problem on every boat, therefore please be very rational with it. The same applies to the electricity which runs on the generator. Guests must close the portholes in cabins under deck during navigation, to avoid their cabins getting wet by the sea water entering cabin through the porthole. The Captain and the crew will be available for any questions or queries and will do their best to make your stay on board a most pleasurable one. If the Captain and his crew are not providing satisfactory service, please contact our office for further help, as our aim is to make you satisfied during your stay onboard. Service charge is not included in the price and therefore please tip your Koda Sail Representative and crew at your own discretion. GENERAL 17. COVID-19 An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an e
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FAQS Want more information about your upcoming Koda Sail adventure? Our FAQ’s will walk you through every aspect of our tours in Croatia, Turkey or the Maldives. Use the 🔍 SEARCH BAR if you want to find anything specific. If you can't find what you’re looking for here, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll happily help! OUR TOURS What’s a normal day like on the tour? Your day always starts with a fresh continental breakfast being served from 9.00-10.00am. At this point the boat has already started setting sail for the next port (usually at 7am while you’re still asleep). Swim stops are scheduled in before lunch, which is served around 1.30pm each day. During lunch we set sail again either for the next port, or for another swim stop (depending on the distance for the day). Once docked you have free time in the town. Your Koda Sail Rep will give you an orientation tour, showing you the highlights and things to do for the afternoon/evening. There may be an excursion already organized which your Koda Sail Rep will co-ordinate with the group on the day. You then can meet back with the group for Dinner, which is usually around 7.30pm, followed by ‘Happy Hour’ on the boat before a night out on the town to enjoy the local nightlife. Our boat stays docked at port until the morning departure around 7.00am. What day/time does the tours start/finish? CROATIA: : Saturday morning. Check in from 1100am to 1200pm. Tour start time : The following Saturday after breakfast between 800am and 900am. You can depart earlier if you have an early flight as we are in port from the Friday afternoon. Tour end time TURKEY: : Saturday afternoon. Check in from 200pm to 245pm. Tour start time : The following Saturday after breakfast at 930am. You can depart earlier if you have an early flight as we are in port from the Friday afternoon. Tour end time What is the average age of passengers on tour? With our tours tailored towards the demographic (mid 20s to late 30's) our average age is 25-35. Young Professional No matter if you’re outside of that bracket, as most of our travellers are all like-minded and are here for the same reason, to relax, unwind and enjoy local experiences with new friends. Learn more about our guests HERE I'm a solo traveller, is this tour for me? Travelling solo, then what a great idea to book a group tour! Some things are just more fun when you’ve got company. It’s not rocket science, but we know that young adventurers want to travel with people their own age. For this reason alone, Koda Sail is specifically aimed at and designed for travellers in their 20’s and 30’s. Whether you want to get out and explore what each town has to offer, chill with a sunset cocktail or party the night away, there’s always a great mix of people on board to share it with. You may step on board as a solo traveller, but you defs will walk off with a family of life long friends. Learn more about our guests HERE I’m traveling solo, who will be I be sharing with? Our prices are based on two people sharing a twin cabin, so if you’re traveling solo, we’ll randomly pair you with a like-minded traveler (same sex). If you would like to upgrade to a single cabin, and we'll let you know the availability and single supplement fare. contact us How many passengers are on the tour? CROATIA: On average there are generally between 25-35 passengers per tour group. TURKEY: Our gullets in Turkey are a bit smaller, so our group size there is generally between 12-16 passengers per tour. MALDIVES: On most of our trips you’ll be part of a group of approx 15-20 people. What is included in the tour? For a full list of inclusions per tour, check out our Tour Inclusions page HERE As a genreal overview, the tour price and fees cover the following services (plus more). : 7 nights in a Twin or Double room on our A+ (don’t forget the PLUS!) Koda Sail vessels. This means you get to be on board a boat with a bit more luxury than the norm. Accommodation Each cabin is specially fitted out with it’s own private en-suite, so there’s no sharing facilities between 8-10 cabins like the lesser class boats other companies use. All our cabins and common areas have Air Condition facilities included in the price. When comparing you need to know that some of the lesser class boats charge a fee for this luxury once you are there, in addition to the cost of your tour. Sometimes this is an unexpected cost that you haven’t prepared for. With Koda Sail there’s no hidden cost here. Our 3 course Lunch and Dinners are freshly cooked and prepared by our on board local chef. Authenticity & quality is what it’s all about as they cater your meals throughout the week. Meals: Having our very own personal chef also means we can cater to special dietary requirements. We also include an authentic Captain's dinner experience where we welcome you to the Koda Sail family and let you experience dinner with us as a local. : You get the services of English speaking experienced tour leader. Note that your Koda Sail Rep is just for your group. You don’t have to share them with the 6 or so other boats sailing alongside you. They sleep on board and are there whenever you need them. Koda Sail Rep : Your Koda Sail crew is made up of a local captain, a chef and a team of sailors making sure we’re all well looked after. Captain and Crew Orientation tours: As per the itinerary your Koda Sail rep will provide orientation walking tours of each of the destinations pointing out the highlights and giving you a better insight to the places we visit. : No need to pack a big beach towel, we’ll have them on board for you to use along with our Sun Lounges on the top deck for you to enjoy your tanning time on. (Beach towels included on Turkey product) Beach Towels and sun lounges not All entry fees for historical sites in the itinerary on our tours. Entry Fees: Turkey sail Free WiFi available on board all week so you can easily update/gloat to your friends and family back home about the awesome week you're having on the cruise. WiFi: During the week our housekeeping team will freshen up your room with new linen and towels. Housekeeping: What is not included in the tour price? Travel insurance, airport Transfers, meals not stated in the itinerary, tips for local guides and sailing crew, entrance fees to the sights and museums not stated in the itinerary, optional excursions, Visas (if applicable) other services not stated in the itinerary. : A local port tax of €55 or 415 Kuna is to be paid locally direct to your Koda Sail rep. Croatia How much free time will I get on my tour? How much free time is up to you, it’s your vacation! If you want things to do, then your Koda Sail rep is there offer insights to the towns we visit, organize your land excursions or nights out with the group. There are plenty of opportunities each day for you to swim in the sea or chill on the sun deck. In the evenings you have the option to join your new friends out on the land or have the night to yourself for a quiet night in. Whatever you want to get out of your vacation, we are here to help make it happen. Are there extra excursions on offer? Yes, for those that want to get even more out of your week on the seas, we have some fun optional local excursions on offer. Ranging from white water rafting to a leisurely bike ride around the National park. The costs for these are not included in your tour cost & are payable to your Koda Sail Rep during the tour. Once you make your booking, you will get a list of the upcoming excursions to choose from so that you can start getting excited! If there's any additional excursions you may want to do that aren't on our list, let us know and we'll do our best to ensure you get the chance to tick it off your bucket-list. Do you cater for dietary requirements on board? Having our very own personal chef means we can cater to special dietary requirements. Just let your Koda Sail rep know of your dietary requirement at check-in on day 1. If you think you’re requirement is unique and want to check with our team beforehand, you can drop us an email at email@example.com How much should I budget for the tour? Depending on your taste, a sailing tour in Europe can be cheap once you are there and not too much money needs to be spent during the week if you didn’t want to. The restaurants we recommend are in the price range of €7-20 per meal. If you decide to join the group on the nights out, our Koda Sail reps organize free entries to clubs and nightly drink specials, helping you to save money to be spent elsewhere. There is also a bar on board the boat that has a Happy Hour every night with different specials, allowing you to enjoy a cheaper drink if you wish. A bar tab is run on the boat for the week allowing you to pay in cash at the end. It is visible all week and you can keep track as you go. As a rough guide for your bar tab on board, €100 Euro for the week would get you a beer/wine at lunch and dinner, some drinks in the afternoon on the sun deck and then pre-drinks before heading out, for the 7 days while on the boat. If you choose to do any extra excursions we have on offer, you will need to budget for these. To do everything, it generally is around €130-160 per person. These prices are just a guide as excursions change from season to season. : Tipping is not compulsory and it’s entirely up to you if you decide to give extra to your Koda Sail crew. It’s defs not expected but is very much appreciated. You will see the Koda Sail team always goes above and beyond to ensure you have the best week of your life on our tours. It’s something we pride ourselves on. Tipping You will have the opportunity to show your gratitude to your crew at the end of the tour. The amount you tip is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €10 per crew member can be used. What should I pack? You can pack light for this week long tour on the seas. The weather during the summer is on average 24-30 C (77-85 F), so you can rely on not having to wear jeans or a sweater to keep you warm. The dress code for the nightlife here is very relaxed. Casual Summer wear is acceptable in most places as the bars and clubs can get very warm inside. Girls: We know this is an important one. We do have a basic hair dryer in each room (Croatia tours), however you may want to BYO Hair dryer and/or GHD if you live by it. Or, you can rock the mermaid beach hair look all week ☺ Check out our for some handy tips. Packing Guide Do I need travel Insurance? We strongly advise that you take out comprehensive travel insurance before final payment has been made. Ideally you should get a policy that covers you for; Emergency travel arrangements and accommodation expenses, cancellations, overseas medical and hospital expenses, personal accidents, personal baggage and public liability. If you need assistance in choosing an insurance company, feel free to contact us for our recommendations and . discounted rates Can I connect with fellow travelers before the trip? Yes :) On your final documents email, you will be invited to join the Facebook Group for your trip. Here you can introduce yourself, find out who is getting in early and plan a mini catchup before your Koda Sail adventure starts. We'll connect you roughly 6 weeks before your departure date. Learn more about our guests HERE BOATS What are the boats like? : Our A+ Premium Category boats in Croatia are newly built, with spacious air-conditioned cabins and private en-suites, so there’s no sharing between 8 cabins like the lesser class boats of the competition. CROATIA Enjoy the large sun deck and dining area. There’s plenty of room to take in the sun, relax on deck or chill by the bar. Check out some pics of our A+ Premium boats HERE : Our traditional Turkish gulets are are fully equipped with . The large spacious cabins are at least twice as large as our competitors gulets. The rooms are 2 to a room unlike others that place 3 in a room. Our gulets are larger than the standard boat, with an average length of 31 meters. TURKEY Air Condition Main Deck or Lower Deck? If you're deciding whether you should choose going with a Main Deck or Lower deck cabin, here's some info to help you out: • Same Same - To start with, all rooms are twin share, have air-condition and private en-suites. • Lighting - This is the main difference between the rooms. The Main deck rooms have a normal size window whereas the Lower deck rooms have a port hole for a window, thus letting in less natural light. • Space - The Main deck rooms are slightly larger. • Twin/Double - The twin beds in the Main Deck rooms can be pushed together to make a double. This is not an option below deck as they are fixed. • Stairs - The obvious difference is that if you are Lower deck, you will need to take on the stairs each time you want to come and go from your room. A positive spin on this is you get that leg workout you've been skipping out on :) • Wifi - The boat's wifi works better in the Main deck rooms due to less interference. • Location - By being in the Main deck rooms, you have the luxury of stepping out of your door straight into daylight then into the water for that morning dip in the Adriatic. Winning! Lower deck cabin doors are on the inside and open into the hallway. What power sockets are available on the boat? As we are in Europe, our boats use European sockets (2 hole prongs), so you will need to bring an international conversion adapter to use your electronics. What should I pack? You can pack light for this week long tour on the seas. The weather during the summer is on average 24-30 C (77-85 F), so you can rely on not having to wear jeans or a sweater to keep you warm. The dress code for the nightlife here is very relaxed. Casual Summer wear is acceptable in most places as the bars and clubs can get very warm inside. Girls: We know this is an important one. We do have a basic hair dryer in each room, however you may want to BYO Hair dryer and/or GHD if you live by it. Or, you can rock the mermaid beach hair look all week ☺ Check out our for some handy tips Packing Guide How many hours a day will we be cruising? Not including our daily swim stops, we cruise the seas for approx 3-4hrs each day. Where do we dock? CROATIA: We dock in the main ports, close to all the action. A short walk in with your Koda Sail Rep to get an orientation tour of the city when we dock will get you familiar with all that you need to know for your time on the land. We are quite often docked up next to some super yachts so it’s a good chance to do some celeb spotting when in port. TURKEY: After a day of exploring the sights along the coast, most nights we anchor up in secluded bays for sunset swims and dinner under the stars. Will I get seasick? First thing to note is that in general, coastline in the Mediterranean (Including the Adriatic Sea and Turkish coast) is relatively calm. Most of the time it's like sailing on a large lake, because most of our routes will have you sailing between the islands and the mainland, shielding you from the open sea. And for this reason, very rarely does anyone get seasick on our tours. If you do usually get seasick, we recommend you get yourself some seasick or ginger tablets before you get on board. We also recommend purchasing a set of those if you’re really concerned. seasick pressure point wrist-bands It might even be worth consulting your GP as they know your medical history and will be able to advise accordingly. What if I can’t swim very well? Life jackets and floatie devices are available on all our boats and there will be plenty of other activities to keep you busy. Or, if you prefer, you can stick to lounging around, soaking up the rays on deck! Is there free WiFi on the boat? There sure is! All of our boats have free WiFi for you to log into while on board. We more than anyone know how important it is to show off on how awesome a week on a boat is with us! social media Is there a hair dryer on board? Yes! Our boats in Croatia come with a basic hair dryer in each bathroom. What if we get bad weather? As we sail in the peak of the Summer, it's very rare that we have bad weather. However, if the seas are too rough on any given day, our Captain carefully plans out an alternate route to avoid them. We may change up the itinerary slightly to ensure the most pleasurable experience on board by avoiding any bad weather. Is there a licensed bar on the boat? Yes, all of our boats have a licensed bar on board. A visable bar tab is run thoughout the week for convenience, with payment of the tab due at the end of tour. Payment of the bar tab is to be made direct to the boat's bar staff and to be paid in cash. See the FAQ section on 'budgeting' to see how much is recommended to allocate to the bar tab. Being a licensed bar means that BYO alcohol is not allowed to be brought on board with you. What are the rooms like? Have a sneak peak into the rooms with our 360 degree view. Click on the links here to see the and rooms available on our Croatia tours. Twin Double How many passengers are on the boat? CROATIA: On average there are generally between 25-35 passengers per tour group. TURKEY: Our gullets in Turkey are a bit smaller, so our group size there is generally between 12-16 passengers per tour. BOOKING How do I make a Booking Enquiry? Once you’ve had a look at our page all you need to do now is let us know that you are keen to find out more. dates and availability This is easily done by simply clicking on the button in the Header of each page which will take you to our form for you to make contact with us. Enquire Now Booking Enquiry One of our friendly Koda Sail team will get back to you ASAP with our availability, fares and inform you of any discounts we have on offer. How do I lock in my spot on tour? After making contact with our Koda Sail team, they will fill you in on all your options available with us. Once you are ready to #GETONBOARD with us, simply reply back to that initial enquiry and we’ll get the ball rolling. We’ll send you out a link to pay your deposit and that’ll lock in the spot and any sale discounts away for you. Easy! How do I pay for my tour? Payment for your Koda Sail tour can be made easily by credit card through our secure online payment link. This will be emailed through to you along with your invoice. Our Croatia and Turkey invoices are in Euro currency. Our Maldives invoices are in USD currency What payment options do you have available? : A Non refundable deposit of €250 per person must be paid to secure your spot. Then you just need to pay the balance as outlined in your final payment email before the due date. Failure to meet your payment deadlines may result in your booking being cancelled or price increase. Any additional costs incurred due to late payment are the responsibility of the passenger (you). Deposit now, pay later : Want to get the payment out of the way? You can request to pay in full at time of booking. Pay in full : Split payments are available. These payments incur a one off €15 fee that will be added to your final invoice. For more info on our Payment Plans click Payment plan HERE : Want your friends and family to pay for your trip? They can purchase travel credit to go towards your trip. For more info click Gift Registery/Vouchers HERE I'm a solo traveller, is this tour for me? Travelling solo, then what a great idea to book a group tour! Some things are just more fun when you’ve got company. It’s not rocket science, but we know that young adventurers want to travel with people their own age. For this reason alone, Koda Sail is specifically aimed at and designed for travellers in their 20’s and 30’s. Whether you want to get out and explore what each town has to offer, chill with a sunset cocktail or party the night away, there’s always a great mix of people on board to share it with. You may step on board as a solo traveller, but you defs will walk off with a family of life long friends. CROATIA What currency do they use in Croatia? Croatia’s official currency is the (HRK) however, in some locations, the use of Euro is accepted at a rate stated by the shop owner, usually with change given in Croatian Kuna. Croatian Kuna Currency exchange booths are located in the main square of all the destinations we visit. Generally speaking, the exchange booths at the airport don’t give the best rate, so just exchange a small amount to get you into Split and then exchange your money in town. Alternatively, ATM machines are readily available throughout Croatia to use your own Cash Card. Do I need a Visa for Croatia? Not many passports these days require a visa for their visit to Croatia, however it is recommended that you follow this up with your passport country of issue to see if a visa is required. It is then your responsibilty to obtain any tourist visa’s you may require to visit Croatia. You can check on this website to get you started: https://croatia.visahq.com/ Koda Sail does not take any responsibilty or have any obligation to assist with you obtaining your Visa. My passport is almost expired, will this be ok? To comply with most immigration regulations, ensure that your passport has a minimum of six months validity from your intended return date back to your home country. Your booking with Koda Sail should be made using your full name exactly as it appears on your current valid passport. What language do they speak in Croatia? In Croatia the locals speak Croatian, however with tourism booming in the past 7-10 years, English is very widely spoken, especially by the younger community. Croatia is considered to be among the better English speaking European countries. How do I get from Split Airport to the Port? Local bus from the Airport to Split port takes approx 45min (30kuna / 4 Euro). A Taxi will take approx 30min (350-400 kuna / 40-50 Euro) Where should I stay in Split? The growth of tourism over the past few years has led to many rooms being let from local families. Of course you can choose hotels within Split if you wish, however the trend has been to use sites such as and rather than stay at the larger hotel franchises. Not only will you get a cheaper deal, but usually a friendly local host who will happily show you around their town and give you tips for things to do before your tour with us. See our info sheet to see a map of where we recommend. Airbnb.com Booking.com HERE What is the weather like in Croatia over the Summer? The best time to travel to Croatia is June, July and August as the Summer months bring the most sunny days in all of Europe. Over the Summer in Croatia, the temperature ranges from 24-30C (77-85F), with water temps of 23-27C (77-80F). Bliss! Is it standard to tip in Croatia? Tipping is not expected but very much apprecaited in Croatia. Leaving a 10-15% tip on your bill in a restaurant is generally an acceptable amount. When it comes to other areas of the service industry, (such as taxis), rounding up the fare is a nice gesture but not obligatory. Tour guides and crew should also be tipped the equivalent of around EUR €10-15 per person, per week. What sort of plugs do I need for Croatia and what is the voltage? Standard voltage is 230 - 240 volts. Primary sockets generally require the 2 round-pin variety, similar to most European sockets. We recommend that you pack a universal travel adaptor. You will need a voltage converter and plug adaptor in order to use U.S. appliances. Is WiFi widely available in Croatia? We have free WiFi available on our boats to keep you connected and to keep your friends at home jealous of your trip! In the main cities and ports, WiFi is mostly available in hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars and many public places. In more rural areas connections can still be found but they are slightly more scarce and less reliable. What should I pack? You can pack light for this week long tour on the seas. The weather during the summer is on average 24-30 C (77-85 F), so you can rely on not having to wear jeans or a sweater to keep you warm. The dress code for the nightlife here is very relaxed. Casual Summer wear is acceptable in most places as the bars and clubs can get very warm inside. Girls: We know this is an important one. We do have a basic hair dryer in each room (Croatia tours), however you may want to BYO Hair dryer and/or GHD if you live by it. Or, you can rock the mermaid beach hair look all week ☺ Check out our for some handy tips. Packing Guide TURKEY What currency do they use in Turkey? Croatia’s official currency is the (TRY) however, in some locations, the use of Euro and USD is accepted at a rate stated by the shop owner, usually with change given in Turkish Lira. Turkish Lira Currency exchange can be found at the airport and at the main port in Fethiye. Generally speaking, the exchange booths at the airport don’t give the best rate, so just exchange a small amount to get you to Fethiye and then exchange your money in town. Alternatively, ATM machines are available throughout Turkey to use your own Cash Card. It's advisable to request bank notes in smaller denominations, as it can sometimes be hard to get change from large notes and smaller notes are handy for smaller purchases and gratuities. Do I need a visa to visit Turkey? The Electronic Visa (e-Visa) Application System was launched on 17 April 2013 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey. This system allows visitors travelling to Turkey to easily obtain their e-Visas online ( , in just 5 minutes Applicants can obtain their visa after they fill in the necessary information concerning their identity, passport and travel dates and pay visa fee online. www.evisa.gov.tr) Tourist visa's are for 90 days and vary in cost. Some countries passports do not require a Visa and can enter for free. Check if your country is on the list here. You can also obtain a Visa at the airport, however the cost is generally a bit higher. Koda Sail does not take any responsibilty or have any obligation to assist with you obtaining your Visa. Passport validity for travel to Turkey The Turkish government advise that your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Turkey. You can find more detail about the requirements for entry into Turkey on the website of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. What vaccinations do I need for Turkey? You should seek medical advice before travelling to Turkey from your local health practitioner and ensure that you receive all of the appropriate vaccinations. As a guide Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and Tetanus are strongly recommended. For more health information for Turkey visit the . CDC Traveler's Health page Is it safe to drink tap water in Turkey? Tap water in Turkey is generally considered safe to drink, but as a precaution against stomach upsets you may want to drink bottled water, which is readily available from shops, hotels and restaurants throughout Turkey. Is it standard to tip in Turkey? Tipping is expected in Turkey and leaving a 10-15% tip on your bill in a restaurant is generally an acceptable amount. When it comes to other areas of the service industry, (such as taxis), rounding up the fare is a nice gesture but not obligatory. Tour guides and crew should also be tipped the equivalent of around USD $5-10 per person, per day. Is it safe for a single woman to travel in Turkey? Despite fears that the country’s location in the Middle East makes it unsafe for female travellers, Turkey is remarkably progressive and cosmopolitan and much easier for women than it appears from the outside. The country is predominantly Muslim and therefore women generally dress conservatively but in the big cities and main tourist areas and beach resorts, foreign women showing a little skin won’t attract too much attention. However, if you're feeling some uncomfortable stares, covering your arms and legs should nip this in the bud. Of course, women should take care not to end up on their own at night, keep an eye on their drinks and be wary of seeming too forward with any men who might misinterpret your friendliness. What do things cost in Turkey? Although Turkey is a popular tourist destination, major cities and ports have remained pretty cheap for the average traveller. Snacks from street vendors can normally be purchased for just a few dollars while a meal in a restaurant with a drink won’t amount to much more than USD $10. Taxis tend to have a base fare of USD $1 and then cost one extra dollar per kilometre. What sort of plugs do I need for Turkey and what is the voltage? Standard voltage is 230 - 240 volts. Primary sockets generally require the 2 round-pin variety, similar to most European sockets. We recommend that you pack a universal travel adaptor. You will need a voltage converter and plug adaptor in order to use U.S. appliances. Is WiFi widely available in Turkey? We have free WiFi available on our boats to keep you connected and to keep your friends at home jealous of your trip! In the main cities and ports, WiFi is mostly available in hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars and many public places. In more rural areas connections can still be found but they are slightly more scarce and less reliable. What language do they speak in Turkey? In Turkey the locals speak Turkish, however with tourism on the rise in the past 5-10 years, English is very widely spoken in the tourist hot spots, especially by the younger community. Some basic phrases will go a long way to breaking the ice and always gain you an extra smile from the locals :) How do I get from Dalaman Airport to the Port? You have a few options to get you between Dalaman Airport and the Fethiye marina port. : Koda Sail can organise private transfers to/from Dalaman Airport with a modern air-conditioned van. It requires pre-booking. The price for a private transfer for 1-4 guests will be 35€ total for the transfer. Price is charged per vehicle. (apx.45 minutes) Private Airport Transfer : Official yellow taxis operate to/from International Dalaman airport. The taxi rank is located just outside the arrival lounges. Taxi fares are fixed and posted on a board by taxi rank. Please check the board before you get on the taxi (apx. 130 TL) (apx. 45 minutes) Dalaman Airport Taxi : There are 2 Shuttle bus companies ( and ) operating shuttles. The Bus station is located just outside of arrival lounge at the airport. Dalaman Airport Shuttle Buses HAVAŞ MUTTAŞ The ticket price is 17.5 Turkish Lira, however it may be increased up to 20 Lira in high season. Please check the Schedule of shuttle buses on their websites ( and ). HAVAŞ MUTTAŞ When you take one of these shuttles, the final stop is Fethiye bus terminal. From there you are can make your way to the Office located in the marina either a short taxi ride (apx.20 Turkish Lira) or by catching a public mini bus to the marina (apx.3.5 Lira) Do the boats have Air Condition? Yes, all of our premium gulets have air-condition available in the rooms. Turkish sailing laws prevent all boats (not just ours) from having the generator running in the bays from the hours of 1am through to 6am, which means the AC can not run during these hours. For the most part, the room is still cool enough to sleep in, but we do have many lounge areas on the boat to enjoy a sleep under the stars on a balmy Summer's night. MALDIVES What currency do they use in the Maldives? The Maldives official currency is the , however $USD is widely used and accepted. Most restaurants and shops will accept $USD for payment and provide change in local currency. Maldivian Ruffya Although Credit Cards are accepted on the islands, it's recommeded that you have some cash to convert also as there are no ATMs outside of Malé. Slightly torn notes, notes that have been heavily marked or are faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than 100USD (or equivalent). Do I need a Visa for the Maldives? Not many passports these days require a visa for their visit to the Maldives, however it is recommended that you follow this up with your passport country of issue to see if a visa is required. It is then your responsibilty to obtain any tourist visa’s you may require to visit the Maldives. FYI: The Maldives offer a Visa Free 30 day entry to the country for Citizens of countries such as Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Canada along with most other EU countries. Koda Sail does not take any responsibilty or have any obligation to assist with you obtaining your Visa. My passport is almos