Essential information

Fethiye

Location

Ancient Lycian tombs dug high into the cliffs gaze down on Fethiye’s natural harbour, nestled in the Gulf of Fethiye on the southwestern Turquoise coast. A port city on the site of ancient Telmessos, Fethiye is home to 4th-century sarcophagi and a medieval castle, and is an ideal base for exploring the blue water conditions north towards Marmaris and Bodrum, or south to Kas and Kekova Roads. The marina is located 17 miles from Göcek.

Contact details

YACHT CLASSIC Hotel & Marina:
1 Karagozler Mah. Fevzi Cakmak Cad.
No: 24 Fethiye/Mugla, Turkey

Open hours

Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm;

Friday & Saturday: 8:00 am to 6:00pm.

Sunday: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm in case of embarkation

Season: This charter destination is closed from mid November - mid April.

Base/shore facilities

Base Facilities

  • Private jetty with water, shore power and mooring lines.
  • Boutique hotel
  • Restaurant
  • 2 swimming pools
  • Outdoor Jacuzzi
  • Pool bar
  • Children’s pool
  • Spa Wellness Center: sauna, Turkish bath, massage
  • Laundry service
  • Toilets & showers
  • WI-FI Internet connection.
  • Market service
  • Car parking

Things to do around the Marina:

  • Picturesque daily market: 10-minute walk
  • Visit of the ruins of ancient Thelmessos: 15-minute walk
  • Lycian Tombs : 15-minute walk
  • Kaya Koy, Old Greek village : 8km
  • Ancient ruins of Tlos: 30km
  • Saklikent Gorges: 25km

Arrival and departure

Sailing requirements

See here for the Turkish government’s sailing requirements.

Turkish residents can only stay on Turkish flagged yachts in Turkey. Turkish residents wishing to charter out of Turkey must contact us in advance to secure a Turkish flagged yacht.

Passport and visas

From 10 April 2014, it will not be possible for passengers travelling to Turkey to buy/obtain a visa upon arrival at entry points in Turkey. Instead, you should buy an eVisa online in advance of travelling, valid for their stay.

From the EU member states, the following citizens (if they hold an ordinary passport) must have a visa independent of the length of their stay: Austria, Belgium,Croatia, Greek Cypriot Administration of Southern Cyprus, Hungary, Ireland, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the UK.

Please note: a visa is needed only for a stay longer than three months for citizens holding passports from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia (30 days), Lithuania, Luxemburg, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden. Please note ,conditions may apply to eVisas.

For more information about the Turkish eVisa please consult The Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs or The Republic of Turkey Electronic Visa Application System

eVisas have been operational in Turkey since 17 April 2013, therefore passengers can use this facility instead of today’s ‘paying at the border’.

If you require an eVisa, you can apply for one online through the Republic of Turkey Electronic Visa Application System by completing the application form and (after the application is approved) paying a fee. In order to apply you will need (i) a passport that is valid for at least six months longer than the expiry date of the requested visa, (ii) a flight (or any other possible means of transportation) reservation and (iii) a credit card (Mastercard or Visa). Each passenger must hold their own eVisa, including children and minors even if they are included on someone else’s passport.

Upon successful application, the eVisa is emailed to the passenger with 24 hours of successful completion of the application. Applicants must print out their eVisa, show it to airport officials and customs officers and carry it with them at all times during their travel. You should apply for your eVisa at least 24 hours before your departure. However you are advised to make an application at least one week before your departure. An eVisa is only valid for tourism or trade purposes. For other purposes such as work or study, an application must be submitted through the Turkish embassies or consulates.

If you have not applied for and hold a valid eVisa prior to/at the time of travel, you may be denied boarding or admission at the Turkish port of entry. Possession of an eVisa does not guarantee admission to Turkey as the Turkish authorities can deny entrance of a holder of an eVisa to Turkey in certain cases. If you are refused boarding or denied admission at the Turkish port of entry, you will still be subject to our cancellation charges in accordance with the terms of our contract with you. 

It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. We cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas. If you are in any doubt please contact your embassy for full details.

Please note, country entry/exit requirements are subject to change. Please check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for the latest information before you leave.

We are not responsible for any requirement changes.

Customs and immigration

Before leaving the airport you will have to clear customs and immigration. Customs and immigration do work on a spot check basis.

Turkish charter permits (transit log) do not allow you to enter Greek waters unless you have followed the legal clearance procedures.

Airport parking

Save up to 30 percent when you book your airport parking through us. Please call us for more details.

Airport hotels

We have preferential rates at many hotels at the UK’s major airports. Please call us for more details.

Time difference

Time difference between the UK and Turkey is GMT +2 hours.

Flights

Gatwick information: 0844 335 1802

Heathrow information: 0870 000 0123

Manchester information: 0871 271 0711

Luton information: 0158 240 5100

Glasgow information: 0870 040 0008

Luggage

Luggage allowance is 20kg per person. Only one item of hand luggage per person is allowed and this must not weigh more than 5kg. For storage aboard we recommend travelling light and using folding luggage.

Lost or damaged luggage whilst flying is the responsibility of the airline and is not covered by your travel insurance. Thomson Airways carries no liability for loss or damage to valuable or fragile items packed in hold baggage however caused. You must not include in Checked Baggage money, jewellery, precious metals, computers, personal electronic devices, negotiable papers, securities or other valuables, business documents, passports and other identification documents or samples.

Alcohol may be taken but only in checked luggage (well secured from breakages) not as hand luggage due to airport security restrictions.

Incidents

If an incident occurs, immediately report it to airport officials and ensure Property Irregularity Reports (PIR) are completed. Claims will not be considered once you have left the airport.

Pre-booking

If you are taking our Thomson Airways flights and wish to enquire about pre booking seats please call the airline direct on 0844 871 1603. Group seats are available for pre booking through us. Call us for more details. Please note: Thomson Airways are unable to provide a priority check-in service for your inbound flight. This service operates at London Gatwick outbound only.

Airport

The nearest airport to our base is Dalaman International Airport.

Dalaman International Airport facilities

Fast food outlets, duty free, bars, cafés, a 24-hour medical centre and two banks (Vakifbank and Denizbank). 

Bodrum airport & Antalya airport are about 3-4 hours from the base.

Transfers

Dalaman airport to Fethiye = approx. 50 minutes
•    Taxi:1-3 pax: 65 Euro
•    Minibus: 4-12 pax: 90 Euro
Bodrum airport to Fethiye = approx 3 hours 45 minutes 
•    Taxi: 1-3 pax: 190 Euro.
•    Minibus: 240 Euro.
Antalya airport to Fethiye = approx 3 hours
•    Taxi: 1-3 pax: 165 Euro.
•    Minibus: 4-12: 190 Euro

Transfers from the airport to the base are not included in a charter price.

Taxis:  The number of passengers is limited to 3. You can get a taxi at the airport, but we advise you to pre-arrange this transfer with us.  Not all drivers know where the base is located.

Minibus or van for groups:  For a group of 4 to 12 people, it is better to arrange a minibus transfer. Reservations are required in advance through your Holiday Planner.

Car Rental
Avis, Hertz and Europcar are located at the all 3 airports.

Ferry:
It is possible to get to Fethiye from Rhodes (Greece), via Marmaris. It takes approx. 1 hour by ferry (hydrofoil).  From April to September there are 2 or 3 connections per day for passengers.  For cars there are only 2 connections per week.  It takes approx. 2h from Marmaris to Fethiye by road.

Luggage

We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.

Please pack using soft-sided bags, as these are easier to store on your yacht.

On arrival

Your yacht will be ready at 6pm for boarding. Boat briefings will be scheduled. The chart briefing is Sunday at 9am at reception and describes the cruising area and any potential hazards.

The yacht briefing introduces you to your yacht, its systems and rigging. It is important that all systems and equipment are fully understood. Briefings are mandatory.

Out of hours arrival procedure

If you arrive outside our normal hours, we place a notice on a board outside the office informing you of yacht name and location. For those having organised a transfer through us, the driver will be aware of this and will drop you at your yacht.

On departure

At the end of your charter your yacht will need to be vacated at 9am so you need to return to the base the evening before by 5pm for the check-out procedure (diver, sails, check, refuel, holding tank pump out).

Before departing the boat please collect a debrief form from reception.

The debrief form is to let us know if you have encountered any problems with the boat or broken anything during the trip. This enables us to rectify problems for the next charter.

In addition to filling in forms we also require you to bag dirty laundry and leave in the cockpit, empty all cupboards and fridges of food and throw away, return snorkel gear and any lifejackets borrowed from reception and ensure that the boat is handed back to Sunsail in a clean and tidy state. We reserve the right to charge for boats left less than shipshape.

Sailing information

Sailing experience: Level 1-2

Experience levels are based on sailing conditions and the length of passages within your chosen sailing area.  

Get more information on sailing conditions in Fethiye.

Cruising permits

Transit logs are charged to bareboat and flotilla clients for sailing in Turkish waters and are approximately EUR 85 per yacht. This cost may change. 

Night time sailing

Night sailing is not permitted; you must be moored at least one hour before sunset at all of our locations.

Cruising area limits

You may cruise anywhere between the ports of Kusadasi in the northwest, and Antalya in the east.
Karaagac Limani : Yachts are not permitted to enter or moor in this bay, located to the east of Marmaris as it is a military zone
Olu Deniz : Yachts are not permitted to enter this bay. You can moor just before the entrance and visit the bay with your dinghy.

More details on cruising limitations will be provided during the mandatory charter briefing. 

Mooring fees and taxes

Mooring fees are charged in marinas and harbours, not in bays, and range from about EUR 8 to EUR 100 per boat. If you stop free of charge at a private jetty, it is expected that you will eat at that restaurant. Shower facilities are available at most restaurants for a small charge.

Charts and pilot book

Charts and pilot books for the sailing area are on board the yacht. 

Sailing outside Turkey

It is possible to sail in Greek waters and around the Greek Islands with a boat chartered in Turkey, if you respect the administrative formalities and taxes:

Turkey

Clearing out formality: EUR 75
Clearing in formality: EUR 75
Port tax (per person): EUR 14

Greece

Clearing in formality: EUR 115
Clearing out formality: EUR 60

These prices are estimates.

If you wish to sail between Greece and Turkey, please inform the base or the UK office in advance as original boat papers need to be obtained for the Greek authorities.

Leaving Turkey : Leaving from our base in Fethiye or from one of the following ports: Finiké, Kas,, Marmaris, Datcha or Bodrum, you will have to arrange the formalities with the port police, customs, health service and immigration service.

Entering Greece: You can enter Greece through one of the following ports : Kos, Rhodes Samos and Symi. You have to arrange the formalities with the port police, customs, health service and set up a transit log for the boat. You will have to pay a tax to the maritime police, which is 6€ per metre, and the customs tax, from 35€ to 43€, depending on the yacht’s length.

Leaving Greece : You will have to arrange the departure formalities from one of the following ports: Samos, Kos, Symi, Rhodes with the port police.

Return to Turkey : You can enter Turkey through the following ports Finiké, Kas, Fethiyé, Marmaris, Datcha, and Bodrum. You must purchase a new transit log for the boat.  Then you have to arrange the formalities with the port police, customs, health service and immigration service.

As the formalities might take time in Turkey and Greece, we advise you not to arrange any formalities on Saturday afternoon or on Sunday. We advise you to use an agent to arrange the formalities. The base can give you a list of agents.

Skippered charter information

The skipper’s time is booked from 12pm-12pm in 24-hour periods. If you have reserved a skipper for the first day of your charter and have a 6pm start, he or she will use this time to ensure they are happy with all aspects of the yacht and will be at the base to meet you upon your arrival. If you've reserved a skipper for a later date on your charter they will start at 12pm on that day.

The skipper is responsible for the safety of the yacht at all times. They are not permitted to dive with you, nor leave the vessel overnight. He or she must conduct a safety brief with you before leaving the dock regardless of the duration of the contract with you.

For “check out charters” (anything less than the full duration of the charter) the check out skipper’s time is booked from 6pm-6pm to allow for a meet and greet in the evening and go over basic systems, then a full day with you the next day.

The skipper is required to give you a thorough briefing on all aspects of the yacht and dinghy in addition to assisting you with planning an itinerary for the trip and advising you how to contact the base, the return to base procedures and the emergency assistance procedures. We suggest that you attend the scheduled chart brief that will be supplemented by the skipper during his or her time with you on the yacht. We also suggest that you make it clear exactly what you want to cover: anchoring, docking, etc.

The skipper fee does not include food or beverages for the skipper and this is your responsibility. We suggest that you discuss this on the first day with your skipper and establish whether you'll provide cash for meals, whether you've included him or her in your provisioning or whether you'll accommodate him or her as part of the group for meals ashore.

The skipper must have his or her own cabin. We prefer not to put the skipper in the bow due to the shared head and size of the cabin. If you expect your skipper to stay in the bow, please let us know well in advance so that we can choose the appropriate (small) skipper.

For one-day check out skippers, it's your responsibility to get the skipper back to the base. If you prefer not to come back to the base you must pay all expenses (ferry, taxi, etc.) to get him or her back to the base.

The average tip for a skipper is 15-20 percent of the skipper’s fee. This is, of course, at your discretion.

Fuel

Cost Guide: GBP 1.21 per litre

Fuel prices are subject to change. 

Cool boxes

Cool boxes are available at the base on a first come first served basis at no additional charge. 

Banks and money exchange

Currency

The local money is the Turkish Lira (TRY).

Banks

The banks are open Mon-Fri from 8.30am-12pm and from 2pm-5pm. Due to the constantly changing exchange rate, we recommend you wait to change currency until you are actually in Turkey.

There are plenty of banks and ATMs in town within 10 minute walking distance from the marina. However, as you may be arriving on Friday evening or Saturday, we recommend that you change currency at the airport.

There are no limits on the amounts you can take in and out of the country, but the exchange rates are often more favourable in Turkey. Please note there are very high charges applied when changing traveller’s cheques in Turkey. It is possible to change money at the airports.

Credit card information

Major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are accepted throughout Turkey for making transactions and payments, but may be subject to a surcharge. Credit cards can be used for cash withdrawals at ATM machines, but expect to incur a charge for this service. However, small retail outlets and private restaurants may not accept credit cards.

In addition, most ATM cards can be used at all Ziraat Bankasi and Common Point ATMs. The shared ATM network for all banks in Turkey is the Tel Nokta ATM network, which is similar to the Link Network in the UK.

Credit cards are not widely accepted in smaller villages and towns. Please be aware that Debit Cards are not accepted at the base for security deposits/deductible or any other transaction. Only credit cards can be used at the base. We accept MasterCard or Visa but do not accept American Express).

Please note: bases are unable to accept personal cheques and cannot give cash back on credit or debit (Switch/Delta) cards.  

Post Office

The post office is situated in the centre of Fethiye.  Open Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 am and 1:00 pm to 5:00pm.

General information

Language

The official language is Turkish, but you will also hear people speaking Kurdish, Armenian and Aramaic. In the tourist resorts you can usually get by with English and/or German.

Cost of living in Turkey

The cost of living in Turkey is slightly less than in the UK or US. Service charges in Turkey are generally not included, but check when paying your bill.

Restaurants

The town of Fethiye, only a short 10 minute walk from the marina, offers a large choice of shopping and restaurants.

Tipping

Tipping is standard and expected in all restaurants and bars and for other services undertaken during your holiday. The rule of thumb is generally 10-15 percent of the amount charged. Some establishments automatically add this onto the bill.

Shopping

When shopping in Turkey you may be offered receipts in shops far lower in value than the amount paid. Shops do this so that they can declare less tax. The customs officers at your home airports are well aware how much carpets, leather goods, and copperware are worth. If you declare a lower value, you may have the goods seized and a heavy fine imposed.

Fethiye Town is a 10-minute walk from the base.

Shopping in Turkey is great, with open-air markets, covered Turkish bazaars and chic boutiques everywhere. To name a few worthwhile purchases, brass, copper, ceramics, carpets, jewelery, kilims, leather apparel, meerschaum, silk and inlaid wooden items. Turkey produces a lot of wool and cotton, and manufactures excellent clothing from it.

Hotels

YACHT CLASSIC Hotel & Marina
1 Karagozler Mah. Fevzi Cakmak Cad.
No: 24 Fethiye/Mugla, Turkey
Phone: +90 252 612 50 67
Fax: +90 252 612 50 68
E-mail: info@yachtclassichotel.com
Web: www.yachtclassichotel.com

The superb Yacht Classic Hotel overlooks the marina, and is open throughout the year. The restaurant’s reputation for exceptional steak precedes it. Recently renovated, the Yacht Classic features three outdoor swimming pools and spectacular sea views, as well as a range of large rooms and suites, with air-con, TV, and wifi as standard. A great way to start or end your holiday in style. 

Electrical, phones and music

Electricity

The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. Electricity in Turkey is 220 volts, and uses the standard European 2-pin plug. In order to use electronic equipment that is 220 volts when sailing you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter.

Mobile phones

Mobile phone coverage is excellent on the Bozburun Peninsula but calling the UK from a UK mobile phone is very expensive. Three companies have GSM mobile phone networks in Turkey: Turkcell, Vodaphone and Avea. All three companies have nearly complete signal coverage of the country. You will need to activate international roaming on your contract.

Internet

Broadband ADSL (DSL) and wireless Internet access is available in  Fethiye. Most cafés and restaurants offer free wireless Internet access and there is also free wireless Internet access near the marina.

Music/iPods

All boats are fitted with a radio and CD player. If you wish to listen to your iPod whilst sailing you will need to bring along an I-trip or FM radio transmitter.

Activities

Car rental

For those wanting to explore the interior of Turkey, cars may be hired in some of the larger towns, namely Bodrum, Marmaris and Fethiye. If you wish to explore famous archaeological sites, cars can also be hired in Kalkan and Datca. Generally speaking, car hire is not cheap. Prices are similar to standard European prices.

Walking

There are some very popular trekking routes in the area with high plateaus, mountain ranges and spectacular views.

Provisioning

Provisioning is available in this location. Find out more about our provisioning options.

Water sports

Fishing

Fishing can be done without a license in non-prohibited and non-military areas as long as you’re an amateur using amateur equipment. There are no rental facilities in the area.

Scuba diving

The Lycian region has some splendid scuba diving due to its warm, calm, tide-free sea and clear waters with great visibility. This makes the area ideal for both beginners and more experienced divers. Ask at the base where the best place is to hire equipment.

Snorkelling

We have a range of snorkelling gear which you may wish to use. We are limited on children’s sizes so if you have your own you may wish to bring them with you. 

Health and safety

Illness or injury

If you get ill and visit the doctor or hospital during your trip contact a member our team as soon as possible on either a lead boat or at our base.

If you need to make a claim for curtailment due to illness, ask the base manager for assistance and contact your insurer’s emergency medical service immediately.

Your insurance company will assist with travel arrangements, advice and payment of bills. Obtain receipts for any medication, treatment or transport you have to pay for and submit with your claim

Safety

All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets and harnesses. We leave it up to you to decide when personal safety equipment should be worn.

We have a limited supply of children’s life jackets (age 4+ only). If you have your own children’s life jacket we would encourage you to bring it along.

We suggest that children who are not strong swimmers should not be allowed in a dinghy without a life jacket or buoyancy aid and that they should wear a buoyancy aid or harness when on deck.

Children under the age of 16 should not operate an outboard engine and should be supervised at all times when in the dinghy.

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