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  • 2022 Summer wrap up

    We made it! After finishing our final tour of the Summer in 2019, we had no idea it would be close to 3 years until we'd be back in the water running our tours again. 2020 & 2021 were hell for everyone, and let's not speak of them years again. But they did make the return in 2022 so much sweeter. Our guests were hungrier for travel than we've ever seen and just up for a good time! Tears of happiness were flowing all Summer long. Our first tour back was very emotional, not only for us and the crew, but a lot of our guests booked our tours as far back as late 2019, so to finally get on this trip they had been booked 3 years ago, it was a real sense of achievement. Was it worth the wait? HECK YES!! Both Croatia and Turkey were buzzing, and the dirty C word was a thing of the past. We acknowledged that it was still around, but with the mandate to be vaccinated in place all the way up until the Summer, everyone was as healthy as they could be and felt confident we could get on with life as we knew it prior to March 2020. Summer in Europe is like no other. With 99% of our time spent outdoors in the sun, it was the perfect place to be and just remind ourselves that this is what our life used to be like. For the guests who took the plunge to come this year and not wait any longer, they were able to enjoy one of the best Summers we've ever experienced. Fantastic weather, less crowds and just an overall joyful spirit that travel has brought back into our lives. When something is taken away from you, you really appreciate it 100 times more when you get it back. So now we look forward. The expectation for 2023 is that it will be fully back to normal, but a LOT more busier. With most of the world getting back on with life, all those travel credits are being cashed in and we're going to see some record numbers. The biggest problem we're going to face next Summer is the disappointment of those that can't get onto a trip with us as we'll be booked out! Our 2023 season has been on sale for a month already and we're seeing a record number of bookings already. We're excited to get back into it all again in 2023! Book your spot with us in 2023 HERE

  • To Jab or not to Jab, that is the question

    Right now it seems as though we can divide everyone in the world with this one question "Have you been vaccinated?" For some, the answer is easy. You have your reasons as to why you are or aren't getting vaccinated, but for a good majority of the world's population there is still some indecision. Now, for those that love to travel and have been missing that part of our lives, there may only be one answer to this question. The reality is that you are going to have to get vaccinated to suffice the entry requirements of a lot of countries around the world in 2022. As we are starting to get a good hold on the pandemic, mostly through the vast amount of vaccines that are being distributed around the world, many countries have had a glimpse of what life is going to look like post-covid. And with this view, they do not want to go backwards. Many countries rely heavily on the tourism industry, and are desperately hanging on for the pre-covid tourism visitors to come back. For this to happen, they can not afford to have any further breakouts that would put them on the 'red' list as a destination that can't be travelled to. The simple solution for them is to get their own population vaccinated, and allow only vaccinated visitors to enter. This will tick a lot of boxes, allowing them to operate their tourism sector and bring in many valuable dollars to help prop up their economy. Is it fair? Probably not. Is it discrimination? Most likely yes. But the worldwide pressure to get a hold on this virus that has crippled the tourism industry like nothing else we've seen since the tragic events of September 11th 2001, is at an all time high and most economies can not survive another year of these travel restrictions. We need to get on with life, and for many the enjoyment of life for them is to travel, explore and visit family around the world. If the jab allows us this freedom to do so, then you know what has to be done. One thing that we do need to remember is that before this pandemic, many countries already had these sort of vaccination entry requirements in place (eg: Yellow fever Vaccination Certificate), so adding the Covid vaccination to this list may just be the reality of free travel between countries. Sadly the propaganda around getting the jab is high, and in a way, this blog is adding to it, which is putting a lot of people off. No one wants to be told what to do, and when it's being forced down your throat 24/7, for many the natural reaction is to rebel. But for those of you that love to travel, it may be time to switch your mindset and understand that the reality of travel in the future is that many countries will not allow you to enter without a Covid vaccination and put their people and economy at risk. If you want to enter their country, you have to respect their customs, culture and rules. If a vaccination against a virus that crippled the world for almost 2 years allows us to enter, then that's the least we can do. Just to be clear, we're not choosing sides and saying that you have to get the jab, but have a think about where you would like to go on vacation next year and what it would feel like when the customs officer doesn't allow you to board the plane because you haven't been vaccinated. This sadly might be the reality for some, and enough of a reason to get vaccinated. If this has been enough motivation to get the jab, our advice is to get it done ASAP before this becomes an official entry requirement for many countries in 2022, and the waitlist to get vaccinated goes beyond your desired travel dates, forcing you have to wait another year for that dream vacation you've been dreaming about since March 2020. We want to see you on our tours in 2022. Do what you need to do to get there. xx

  • 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

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

    TRAVEL CREDIT EXTENSION through to 2024. More info HERE NEW TOUR ADDED! YOU ASKED FOR IT. HERE IT IS YOGA WEEK TURKEY SEE TOUR DETAILS HERE awards 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

  • Travel Guide Turkey | Koda Sail Turkey

    TURKEY travel guide Where East meets West, Turkey shows you why it's best! To much surprise due to it's long history, Turkey is quite a modern country with a captivating blend of antiquity and contemporary, juxtaposing the West and the East. Life in Turkey is a rich variety of cultures and traditions, some dating back centuries. Anyone visiting Turkey will find a great deal that is exotic, and much that is reassuringly familiar. The surprising blend of East and West makes up the Turkish lifestyle. ​ You will find the coastline of Turkey to be some of the most beautiful in the world. It is along these long shores where there are so many great beaches to choose from, all with the scenery of the Aegean, Mediterranean, or Black Sea Coast. Each has something to offer and are a unique blend of history, natural wonder and culinary variety. ​ Located just outside of the typical tourist trail in Western Europe, it has been able to maintain a great deal of it’s charm as an off the beaten path destination, especially in the south. It is a lot cheaper than most touristy European destinations, yet it’s one that offers amazing experiences and exceeds all it's expectations from the moment you arrive. ​ It’s very easy to find yourself saying ‘this is the life’ when the warm Mediterranean summer climate kicks in, and the sun is shining day in and day out! The best time to sail the Turkish coastline is June through to September as the weather is just bliss! ​ These are just some of the draws that are making a Turkey sailing experience, such an increasingly popular vacation. Sailing in Turkey is on the bucket-list of every traveller passing through Europe. Make sure it's on yours! ​ Want to know more about Turkey? Check out our FAQ's page for all those little extra bits you need to know. NEED TO KNOW WHERE Turkey is a country that straddles both Europe and Asia, bordering Bulgaria and Greece in the west and Armenia, Georgia, and Iran in the Middle East. From New York, a non-stop flight is 9h 45m and from London, it is just 3h 50m. THE CAPITAL To the confusion of some, Although the largest city, Istanbul is NOT the capital, it is in fact Ankara. Nestled in the heart of Turkey it is a good waypoint when going to tourist destinations like Cappadocia. LANGUAGE The official language of Turkey is Turkish. Amongst the younger population and the tourist areas, English is widely spoken but it would be best to learn some basic Turkish phrases before your trip. CURRENCY Turkey uses the Turkish Lira (YTL). US dollars are also unofficially accepted throughout the country, especially in the tourist areas. ATMs are widely available but it's advisable to have some cash with you, especially for the markets! VISAS Australian, Canadian, UK and US citizens must purchase an e-Visa ahead of departure for stays of up to 60 or 90 days, depending on the country. Make sure you check visa requirements before you travel. VACCINATIONS Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B vaccinations are advised, but not compulsory. Consult your doctor 4 to 6 weeks before you depart. ​ COVID Requirements: Unvaccinated visitors must have a printed or electronic negative COVID-19 test result. The test must be a PCR test taken a maximum of 72 hours before arrival or an antigen test taken a maximum of 48 hours before arrival in Turkey. ELECTRICITY Standard voltage is 230-240 volts. Primary sockets generally require the 2 round-pin variety, similar to most EU sockets. You will need a voltage converter and plug adaptor in order to use U.S. appliances. EMERGENCY Keep these phone numbers handy in case of emergency: Police 155 Ambulance 112 Fire 110 THE HIGHlights FETHIYE TURKEY The largest seaside town along the Turquoise Coast, Fethiye is home to close to 200,000 people. During the Summer months, the marina is bustling with holiday-makers here to soak up the unlimited sunshine. The average temp over the Summer is a perfect 32c / 90f! ​ Just 2 miles south of the marina is the famous Blue Lagoon (pictured). The view from the top is amazing and you have the opportunity to see it from above on a tandem paraglide. Voted as one of the worlds top places to paraglide, you'll no doubt agree as you soar like an eagle above this beautiful coastline. St Nicks TURKEY St Nicholas island (also known as Gemiler Island) is said to be home to the original tomb of St Nicholas. Yes, that St Nick (Ho Ho Ho!). ​ This island is visited by many, not only because of it's rich Byzantine history, but also because this island has one of the most beautiful sunset spots in the world. ​ Take a mini hike up to the top of St Nicholas Island after an afternoon of swimming in the bay for the most magical sunset you will ever see! KAS TURKEY ​ The lively harbour town of Kaş has a lot of charm to it with it's old cobbled streets and colorful local markets, full of intricate jewellery. Within a short walking distance is the still-visible ruins site of ancient Antiphellos, including an amphitheatre. ​ The lively summer night life in Kaş is one not to miss. Start the night off slow with a shisha and some rooftop cocktails befre dancing the night away. It's quite common to see the streets full of life after midnight as a stroll back to the boat will definitely swing by the late night kebab shop! #Goodtimes KEKOVA TURKEY ​ A small Turkish island famous for its Sunken City. An ancient town which was destroyed by an earthquake during the 2nd century is preserved under the seas surface and is now a UNESCO Heritage site. The best way to see the sunken city is by kayak. Hover over it and easily see the ruins below through the crystal blue water. Across the bay is the impressive Simena Castle, with centuries of history and a glimpse into the country’s Ottoman past. Some of the best ice cream on the Mediterranean can be found here. Enough said! CAPPADOCIA TURKEY ​ Although storybook visions of colourful hot air balloons are what come to mind when you name drop Cappadocia, there’s more to it than Instagram suggests. Temples cut into rocks and an underground city is more of what’s on offer, whilst its valleys host hiking trails that are as scenic as the views from above. ​ Add it onto your Sailing tour or see it on our ANZAC Footsteps tour PAMUKKALE TURKEY ​ Though Cappadocia has reached an almost impossible level of popularity, Turkey boasts other sights that are equally picturesque. Take Pamukkale, for example. Its travertine terraces of hot springs have drawn weary, pamper-seeking travellers through the ages. Dip your feet in the Pamukkale Antique Pool in the nearby Hierapolis. ​ Add it onto your Sailing tour or see it on our ANZAC Footsteps tour EPHESUS TURKEY ​ Three kilometres from the town of Selçuk is the ancient city of Ephesus. It was once one of the most important Greek cities in Asia Minor, and its ruins are now famous world over. There’s much to see here but the most beautiful remnants might just be