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Moore, Juckes, Bauer & Wilson Families

Our thanks to Serhan for organising our trip, our skilful captain Yusuf, excellent chef and amazing seamen, they were a superb crew and could not have looked after us better.

We had a wonderful week and would not have swapped the lovely Amazon Solo for any other boat we saw.


Moore, Juckes, Bauer & Wilson Families

May, 2015

Honorary Alexander Smith

Dear Serhan , our summer holidays have finally come to end and the children are heading back to school and university. I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful time that we all had on the (gulet) Kaptan Yilmaz. Really it was beyond our expectations in every way. The Captain and crew looked after us with brilliantly and with kindness and the food was excellent and just what we wanted. And of course your recommendation for the rose was, of course, fantastic! Your help and advice before the trip was hugely appreciated and made a big difference in terms of our enjoyment.
All the children said that it was the best holiday they have ever experienced and the adults agreed!!

I am extremely grateful to you for all you help and patience and do hope that we will back very soon,

With my best wishes,

Honorary Alexander Smith

July, 2015

Maria Coffey and Dag Goering

We charter yachts all over the world for our Hidden Places trips, and Amazon Solo,owned and operated by Vela Dare Yachts is without a doubt one of the very best! The boat is beautifully built and appointed; above and below decks she is spacious and extremely comfortable. The crew is superb – highly experienced, absolutely safety conscious in all regards and always attentive to our guests’ needs. Kayaking is an integral part of our itineraries, and the crew go the ‘extra mile’ to put our boats in and out of the water, and to help us as we depart from and return to our lovely ‘mothership.’ Nothing is ever too much trouble for them. Oh, and did we mention the food?! Fresh, plentiful, delicious and tailored to our individual needs. Who could ask for more – we will be returning to Amazon Solo for our Hidden Places Turkish adventures for many years to come.

We're already looking forward to our next trip with you. :)

Maria Coffey and Dag Goering , owners of Hidden Places Travel, Canada.

"Hidden Places" Award winning worldwide adventures:
National Geographic Traveller's 50 Tours of a Lifetime, 2013, 2014 & 2015. 

Santiago Durán

Estuve con mi familia una semana embarcado en la goleta Sebahat Sultan navegando por la costa turca. Una fantástica experiencia, destacando la profesionalidad de la tripulación, la calidad de las comidas, y la maravilla de navegar por esas aguas. Altamente recomendable, nosotros repetimos…

Serhan & Vela Dare team, gracias por la organización, un abrazo

Santiago Durán , Madrid July 2014

Peter Lynch

The crew was fantastic, the gulet was wonderful. We all really enjoyed the food. All the spots we visited and the places we moored were outstanding. It was a relaxing and great vacation. Very well organized trip to Istanbul, Cappadocia ,Ephesus and the 6 day sail from Bodrum to Rhodes. Thank you for all our family.

Peter Lynch, Boston MA May-June 2013