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    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 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.

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  • Private Charter Booking Enquiry | Croatia & Turkey Sail | Koda Sail

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  • Tours for Young Professionals // Croatia, Turkey & the Maldives

    Book with Confidence with Risk Free Early-Bird Bookings . More info HERE this is KODA SAIL EXPERIENCE EUROPEAN SAILING WITH AWARD WINNING EXCELLENCE READ OUR REVIEWS OUR TOURS The Dalmatian Voyager Split to Split - return Cruise the crystal blue Adriatic sea along the Dalmatian coast Take in stunning sunsets, eating amazingly delicious food See Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Split, Mljet, Makarska and Omis SEE TOUR SPLIT TO SPLIT CROATIA The Southern Discovery Split to Dubrovnik - 1 way A week cruising one way along the beautiful Dalmatian Coastline Start in Split and end in Dubrovnik Perfect for those wanting to spend extra days in the amazing Dubrovnik See Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Split, Bol, Mljet, Makarska and Omis SEE TOUR SPLIT TO DUBROVNIK CROATIA The Northern Explorer Dubrovnik to Split - 1 way Start in Dubrovnik and end in Split Spend the week cruising one way on the beautiful Adriatic Sea Stay a few extra days before the tour in the amazing city of Dubrovnik See Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Split, Mljet, Makarska and Omis SEE TOUR DUBROVNIK TO SPLIT CROATIA Maldives Island Hopper Malé to Malé - return 7 Nights Hotel Accommodation on Local Islands Dive into the crystal blue Indian Ocean Get up close with the local Whale Sharks Join the search for Manta Rays and Green Sea Turtles Experience Night Fishing and catch your dinner! Scuba-dive in the clearest waters in the world SEE TOUR MALDIVES ISLAND HOPPER THE MALDIVES The Turquoise Delight Fethiye to Fethiye - return Return sail from the vibrant port of Fethiye, Turkey Sail the turquoise blue coast of the Turkish Riviera See the famous Sunken city of Kekova, the Caretta Turtles in Gokkaya Bay, and hike in the world famous Butterfly Valley Visit ancient historical sites Many inclusions such as snorkeling, Kayaking and a local authentic dinner SEE TOUR FETHIYE - SOUTH ROUTE TURKEY The Lycian Dream Fethiye to Fethiye - return Return sail from the vibrant port of Fethiye, Turkey Visit Marmaris, the yachting paradise marina town See the ruins of the ancient settlement of Amos Learn how to make some of Turkey's most delicious local treats with our cooking class on board. Add some adventure with our Paragliding or Scuba diving excursions Cruise the Dalyan Delta and enjoy a traditional Turkish bath SEE TOUR FETHIYE - WEST ROUTE TURKEY OUR BOATS MORE INFO Sail in style on our Premier A+ boats Check out our Premier A+ boats, with spacious air-conditioned cabins and private en-suites. Enjoy sailing Croatia and Turkey in style with our large sun-deck and dining areas. So much room for activities! Take in the sun, relax on deck or chill by the bar. #GETONBOARD today! WHERE WE GO The Dalmatian Coast, Turkish Riviera or the Indian Ocean, choose your adventure! ​ Explore the amazing Dalmatian coastline and sail Croatia in style , discover the unbelievably clear turquoise waters of the Turkish riviera or be wowed by the majestic Whale sharks in the crystal blue Indian Ocean . Be blown away with magical swim stops in hidden bays and visits to Hvar , Dubrovnik, Makarska, St Nicholas Island and The Blue Lagoon just to name a few. MORE INFO JOIN OUR MAILING LIST to receive exclusive member deals and updates SUBSCRIBE HERE Back to Top

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