|Are you deaf or hard of hearing? Do you want to go on holiday with people you can communicate with? Do you enjoy hiking
and swimming and good food? Try this trip for a really relaxing and unique holiday, endorsed by Sarah Playforth, who
enjoyed it so much, she’s been four times!
You will stay onboard a traditional Turkish gulet which will cruise from bay to bay as you hike along the coast., stopping
overnight in bays and hiking by day from one small cove to another along tracks still used by shepherds today, most of
which are so remote they can only be accessed from the sea. There will be plenty of time to relax on board and swim too.
The trip is operated by the owners of East Meets West, Captain Adil, his wife Anne and their friendly crew who are a sailor
and fabulous cook. Between them they take care of everything onboard, from seamanship to cooking to housekeeping and
of course hospitality. Anne will also be joining us for the tours of Istanbul and Ephesus.
Sarah says: “I’ve been on the gulet cruise and hiking trip four times now and highly recommend it to all who like the idea of
hiking, swimming and relaxing in beautiful surroundings with wonderful food, glorious landscapes and seascapes and all
with a crew who have great deaf awareness.
Anne is now very experienced in communicating with deaf people after learning a lot from previous trips! This time, there is
an optional extra, walking tours of Ephesus and Istanbul so you can absorb more history of this fascinating country. The
trips before have been women only but lots of couples have asked about them so this time it is open to both men and
women. If you want to know more about my previous trips, do email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or read my blog at srhplfrth.
The trip is designed for the active traveller who enjoys finding out about other cultures and enjoys the company of other
deaf and hard of hearing people. You don’t have to be deaf yourself to come, just be prepared to put a bit of effort into
communicating with other people. Previous trips have included hearing, deaf and hard of hearing people who lip read, use
hearing aids and/or sign and there have been interpreters joining us for the holiday who have been kind enough to help out
when necessary—usually just to relay important information about the itinerary and we’ve all managed very well.
The pace on this trip is relaxed and allows you to decide how active you want to be; you might join the walks or stay
onboard and relax. Grade: Low-Intermediate—Paths will be rocky with ups and downs and the lengths of the walks vary
from 2—5 hours. The walks are too short to be classed as intermediate, but the terrain is correctly graded as intermediate.
Note: the itinerary is very flexible and open to change. For all walks you need hiking boots (with or without ankle support)
as the paths are littered with loose rocks and stones.
Intermediate walks are suited to people with hiking experience and walking poles are recommended.
|NEW Gulet Cruise
* International flights to and from Turkey
* Internal flights; Izmir to Istanbul will be booked on your behalf but the price
is not included. (Currently just £40 per person, price subject to change)
* Gratuities for ships crew
* Gratuities in restaurants on the tour
* Visa to Turkey
* Travel Insurance: please remember to arrange your own travel insurance
* Twin share cabin onboard gulet East Meets West (Limited availability for
single occupancy, supplement applies)
* Gulet - full board; breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
* Twin share hotels in Sirince (for Ephesus) and Istanbul (single
* Full Board on Ephesus and Istanbul tours (see itinerary)
* Local guide in Istanbul, Ephesus and gulet cruise
* All activities on the itinerary including tours, excursions, entrance fees and
a Turkish Bath
* Group transfer from Dalaman airport for arrival flights* (to meet specified
* Coach transport for the Ephesus tour
* Group transfer from Istanbul airport to hotel
* Group transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport (to meet specified flight times)
|What's not included
|Gulet Cruise & Hiking onboard East Meets West 7 nights
Ephesus & Istanbul (optional) 4 nights
* Hiking ancient paths and seeing ruins that date back to
10 BC with glorious sea views
* Swimming and snorkelling in the azure seas of the
Mediterranean and Aegean
* Experiencing Turkish hospitality and a rich variety of
fresh food cooked by our own onboard chef
* Learning about ancient civilisations in Ephesus,
complete with amphitheatre, library , ancient toilets and
so much more
* Breathe in the vibrancy of Istanbul and its architecture
which spans civilisations whilst eating sesame bread on
the street or hand caught fish at the side of the Bosphorus
To check availability and have all of your questions answered please email
You will be asked for your name and contact details so a booking form can
be completed and your deposit invoice issued.
Your place isn't guaranteed until you have paid your deposit. The balance
is due 6 weeks before departure.
Cancellation: The whole gulet has been chartered for your private holiday;
so if you cancel you will still be liable to pay the full amount unless your
place is filled. A refund can be made for hotels up to 42 days prior to
departure. After this period the full amount is due.
|How to Book
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT £40—£80 PER PERSON
£640 pp sharing. Early booking Price £600
£750 pp single occupancy. Early booking Price £710
There are a very limited number of single places
available on the gulet
Ephesus, Istanbul Tour
£600 pp sharing. Early booking Price £560
£690 pp single occupancy. Early booking Price £650
(minimum numbers required)
Gulet Deposit: £150 per person, non-refundable
Ephesus, Istanbul Tour Deposit: £50 per person; non-
Early Bird Discount:
applies for bookings made before 31 July
|Download pdf brochure here
|© Adil Bektas Yat Isletmesi
|Who is this trip for?
Turkey is renowned for its ancient history and we'll see
Lycian, Roman and Byzantine ruins when we hike from
Also, for the first time we will be exploring the ancient
Metropolis of Ephesus before moving on to the vibrant
city of Istanbul; where East really does meet West; the
crossroads of many civilisations it is bursting at the
seams with places to see.
Take a look at the full itinerary here
We’ll spend seven nights onboard the gulet East Meets West.
As is typical on a gulet, cabins are small but larger than you’ll find on
a sailing yacht, there is a wardrobe, underbed storage for luggage
and a power point (limited availability). All cabins have their own
ensuite bathroom with hairdryer, shower cubicle and home style
All meals are eaten on a mahogany table on the back deck where
we have a different view for every meal.
We’ll then spend one night in an Ottoman style hotel in Sirince
(Kirkinca House Hotel or similar). followed by three nights in a
centrally located, tourist class but charming hotel in Istanbul (Divalis
Hotel or similar)
|3 nights Istanbul, 1 night Sirince, 7 nights gulet