Welcome On Board (Sailing Training in Mediterranean with Monthly Departures)

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Learn to Sail – Share the Adventure & Fun

Why Sailing?

  • Chance to explore the Turkish & Greek Coast from the sea
  • Explore your own limits
  • Have you ever cooked pasta in sea water? Slept under the stars? Used a fishline before?
  • This is not only a vacation in the nature, you will be working with and be a part of the nature. 
  • Everyday, every moment another breathtaking view.

We are welcoming you to a unique sailing adventure this year!

  Is it expensive?

Not anymore! Choose your date and join “Welcome on Board” group. You can be one person. Your cabin is ready. You will be a part of the teamwork, make new friends and have a great holiday!
Groups may be 6-8 people.

You may come by yourself or make your own group with friends/colleagues.

  Is it Difficult?

No! You don’t need previous experience to join this sailing adventure. During the 1-week trip, you will take sailing training from our experienced trainer. There is no physical limit to be a part of this experience. All you need is to be able to swim and an adventurous spirit. 

  Am I Going to Work on Vacation?

A little! This is a teamwork, so all work is shared; therefore, you won’t be working day and night. You will spend most of your time swimming, sunbathing, taking walks in nature and resting.

  What Else?

This year vacation comes along with adventure. Normally an expensive hobby, sailing, is now affordable for everyone.
Our routes cover Turkish and Greek Coastline.
You may choose one of our guaranteed departure dates and join a group, or you can make your own group and choose your own date.
At nighttime, you can sleep either in your cabin or out on the deck.

You can sail anytime of the year. The most adventurous time is winter, the most preferred times are spring and summer and the most relaxing time is summer.

What Shall I Learn?

    Introduction to Sailing

Safety and Preparation

Sailing Area

Parts of the Boat

Wind Sensing

How Sailboats Work : Beginner

Sailing Directions : Beginner

Starting the Boat

Stopping the and slowing the Boat

Navigational Rules of the Boat



    and TEAM WORK!!!


7 - 14 May 16

€ 950,00

11 - 18 Jun 16

€ 1100,00

8 - 15 Jul 16

€ 1100,00

6 - 13 Aug 16

€ 1250,00

17 - 24 Sep 16

€ 1100,00

8 - 15 Oct 16

€ 950,00

Single Supplement  € 650,00

Price Includes:

  • 7 Nights’ accommodation on board in DBL Cabin
  • 1 Week basic sailing training with captain/trainer
  • Training documents
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Attendance certificate
  • Welcome On Board t-shirt for each participant
  • Fuel, service charges, docking charges

Price Does Not Include:

  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks on board
  • Personal travel insurance (mandatory)


  • Dear Gursan & Nazan Thank you and Nazan for all you did for us well beyond the call of duty. I want you both to know how much your care was appreciated and all of the extras.
    Sara Williams - University of Saskatchewan
    I would like to thank you again Gursan, you truly made this a trip of a life time and opened so many doors. Take care my friend.
    David Tallentire
    Hi Burcu,
    At last I have a few minutes to write and tell you how very much we enjoyed our holiday in Turkey. We saw so many wonderful places, your country is so beautiful, and the people we met were all charming and welcoming. Most of all I loved the wildflowers which were everywhere, even unexpectedly at Gallipoli, Pergamum  and Ephesus! Turkey has so many layers to its history - we just loved every moment. Thank you so very much for all your care, and your professionalism.
    Libby Cameron
    Hi gorgeous.
    What can I say to someone who has just given us the most wonderful trip of our lives. Over the past 40 years we have been extremely lucky and travelled to most countries in the world through many travel agents and organisers but never before have we been looked after to the level that you showed us. You not only exceeded our expectations but you set a new standard for future travel, that I doubt anyone will even come close to. The tailored itinerary you, Frances and Gursan set for us, was perfect and fitted all our personal interests. The hotels you selected where all wonderful and always in the right position. The guides and drivers where sensational, especially Arzu and always turned up early for pickups. I was delighted when Marlie (not sure the spelling is correct) picked us up for our final trip to the airport. He was so good to us during our trip around and seeing him again was like greeting an old and very special friend and when we said good-by he gave me a gift that I will treasure always.
    During the flight home Elaine and I tried to decide on a highlight of our four weeks in your country and found it impossible to pick any one day or event. Every day was so diverse, the time we spent in the Taurus mountains with Gursan, the balloon flight in Cappadocia, having lunch with Frances and her friend in Heraklia, exploring Princes' Island with Gursan, sailing into a secluded bay in the Gulf of Gokoba, having dinner with you and Gursan on our final night where all mentioned and all wonderful experiences but for me the six days we spent laughing our way around a small part of Turkey with Frances and seeing her world was very special. She is wonderful and we had so much fun together that I think our time with Frances was my highlight.
    The personal attention you showed us was exceptional, checking up on our wellbeing every day and going above and beyond, such as arranging the wine for our sailing trip was wonderful. Thanks to you we saw a side of Turkey that most tourists don't see and it was wonderful. To say we loved your country and it's people is an understatement and we will be recommending a trip to Turkey and you to everyone we speak to for a long, long time. I hope you come to Australia one day and let us show you our world, we would just love to see you. In closing a big, big thank you. You are a very special, beautiful person, may success and happiness follow you for ever.
    Tony and Elaine  xx

  • Oriental Istanbul is a wonderful company. They are welcoming, helpful, knowledgeable and very accommodating. I would recommend them without hesitation! - Artemis Mourat / 2013, Teacher

    Wonderful and unforgettable experience, loved every moment! Will definitely return to Istanbul! hoping to see you all again! - Itsumi Suganuma / 2012, Student


    If you are a dancer at heart that appreciates beauty, history and colorful culture this is the perfect trip to embark on.  With knowledgeable and kind hosts that will take care of you and welcome you to their home town you will be delighted by what they have planned for you.  A beautiful trip to bring a friend along and to make new ones!  I would return in a heartbeat. - Bozenka / 2013, Teacher

    I always have a great time with Oriental Istanbul tours as guest teacher, knowing my students will be hosted very well in stunning parts of Turkey and its makes my work so easy and pleasureful.. One of the best and warmest  organizers I ever worked internationally. Strongly Recommended! - Ozgen / 2011, 2012, 2013 Teacher

    THE perfect tour: very rare & unique - detailed instruction by Ozgen, real roman by Reyhan + local festival in Edirne. How can be better than that! Really appreciate the flexibility about stay & activities. All people in the tour are nice, friendly and helpful - pleasurable all the time. Most of all Burcu and Yoko did such a great job organizing & leading us - easy going yet professional, they know tourism and dancing well. Plus, Ozgen is the great instructor as well as our travel buddy - fun & positive energy, multi tasking (waiter, guide, entertainer etc.. ;) ) Can't wait for the next year! - Akiko Tanikawa / 2012 & 2013, Student

  • Our last day in Turkey!  The trip has been fabulous. Thank you for everything you did to help make it wonderful! Take good care. Amy & Erika


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