Necmi, I can’t thank you enough for all the time and effort you spent making our sailing holiday unforgettable. I had a million questions about sailing in Turkey and sent you numerous emails. You always responding back to each and every email right away and provided clear instructions, information and details. In addition, I spent some time researching other brokers and charter companies operating in Turkey and your rates were by far the most competitive. Our trip turned out perfect in every way. Our airport transfers, pre & post hotel recommendations were brilliant! The sailboat was beautiful and well equipped and we appreciated your sailing route recommendations. Sailing in Turkey is so easy – compared to the San Francisco Bay were we are from. If was such a pleasant and relaxing experience. Fantastic seaside restaurants you can eat at every night – only accessible by boat. All the markets catering to the sailing community made shopping for supplies a piece of cake – they all deliver right to the boat! Best of all was the natural beauty of the Turkish cost. This is unlike any place in the world. Our vacation exceeded all our expectations and we already decided we will be back next summer. We couldn’t have done this without you and your help. Thanks again for being part of this amazing experience – we will be in touch when we start to book our 2014 vacation!
All the best,
A few weeks ago, I told my wife I wanted to visit family in the Netherlands. She agreed but wanted to go to another country for half the visit just to see something new. She was thinking Belgium or Germany or? The first thing I did was start looking for a last minute catamaran to charter. We have never done this before and did not know what to expect. I read lots of warnings on the internet about booking from smaller companies, but this was the only boat available in our price range. We were also a little unsure about travel in Turkey, with all the world news lately etc. We are back on the docks after an absolutely amazing time on the water and totally enjoyed the hospitality of the Turkish people we have met on our travels. The people at Aura Charters are excellent to work with and full of smiles and quick to help. I just wanted to send you this message of thanks and appreciation for everything you have done for us.
I wish you fair winds and following seas
Our recent two week holiday with Captain Cevat, Hassan & Bulent onboard Yildizhanlar 11 with 3 other couples from Australia, I would describe as a wonderful life experience that was thoroughly enjoyable with lovely memories!
Where to start? The scenery from Bodrum to Gocek was incredible, the swimming in such clear tranqual waters amazing.
The food Bulent cooked was absolutely devine, always varied and obviously lots of preparation and thought put into each meal, we ate like kings and queens! The chips in the morning omelette, the fresh fish and chicken dishes were a real hit!
Captain Cevat was a delight, his knowledge of the areas we travelled, his expertise sailing and handling his gulet was obvious and reassuring, we felt very safe and looked after. We appreciated that Captain Cevat took the time to accompany us on some of our excursions, we obviously learnt more about the surroundings by having him with us to ask any questions and knowing where to go to get the best view.
But the real hidden treasure onboard Yildizhanlar 11 was Hassan, his gentle, obliging manner to our every whim was just amazing. Hassan made a point to remember what each of us liked to drink upon waking, he would have a lovely cup of turkish tea, coffee or apple tea ready for us. All throughout the day, Hassan made sure we were comfortable, well fed and watered (including the best “knock your socks off” gin and tonics!) he took care of “all” our domestic duties. Hassan did this in a very unobtrusive and professional manner, it was an absolute delight to of met him. (His smile is priceless!)
I could not fault our trip, it was just what we were looking for, lots of relaxing, reading, eating, relaxing, sleeping, eating, drinking, sleeping!
I hope other Australians take advantage of this wonderful adventure and have a wonderful trip on a gulet like us.
It has been a pleasure doing business right from the beginning of our contact with you.
Throughout our communication, your prompt replies to our queries, negotiation of the correct boat to charter, resolving the bank hurdles encountered, arrangements for transport transfers and readiness of the boat have all been much appreciated. Our travelling companions have complimented us on the smoothness of the entire holiday arrangement. We would like to relay this compliment to both you and your staff.
We had an awesome holiday in Turkey and were very pleased with both the appointment and performance of the Dufour 445 Lisa is a lovely boat which we enjoyed sailing. If we may make a small suggestion? A few extra cushions for the cockpit for back support and/or lounging on the deck would have been appreciated.
The service received was excellent. They were helpful and attentive to our needs. We were also very impressed by the attention to detail upon embarkation and disembarkation. You have a slick and thorough operation which gives us much confidence for future chartering in that one can be reasonably reassured that the boats are in a good sea worthy condition.
Thank you to you and your staff for making our sailing visit to Turkey a memorable one!
Cheryl and Jeff Montjoie