No.1 Gulet Experts in The World
We make sure you are matched with the most suitable gulet and crew. We can tailor-make your cruise according to your preferences, and provide you with a 24/7 personal concierge service to assist with any requests, however big or small.
Our “sales team” will do their best to provide you with the most interesting cruise ideas – including details on the most appropriate boats and most appealing and relevant itineraries for your charter.
We hate to brag – so we let other people do it for us
"Goolets has proven over many years of working together that they are most reliable to work with, and I never have a hesitation putting a client on their yachts. The staffs knowledge of the yachts and crews is amazing. They have always made excellent recommendations based on the client’s needs and preferences, and provided detailed explanations for why the recommend these particular yachts. Their responsiveness and attention to detail is excellent. In addition to the great boats they recommend, the people of Goolets provide a high level of service and overall trustworthiness. Both the professionalism and work ethics of this group allows me to relax! We all strive to have happy – and repeat- clients, and with Goolets I am confident that will be the case."
“Working with Goolets was a very good business option full of challenges for our gulet. They put a lot of effort in trying to match a perfect gulet with a perfect client and this enables both sides to come out happy. Beside getting lots of groups and business, we also received lots of useful advice that helped us put more effort to details, that matter a lot and thus improving our services. Young but very experienced team of positive people that love what they do. !”
"We are extremely happy with the cooperation with Goolets. They are extremely well organized, and provide excellent support to us as a partner as well as to our client, by providing useful info about their fleet and knowledge about the crew and the sailing routes so we can find that perfect boat/route match for our clients. The support during the boat selection and after the booking is just amazing.Last but not the least, their constant ability to go above and beyond to make each client happy and have the best sailing holidays is the same as our goal."
“Goolets is one our best agency partners for the last 4 years since we are working together. They put incredible effort in organising every detail with the client with reservation and before clients embarkation, which really helps us as yacht owners to prepare for the client in the best possible way. In case of any problems, they solve them fast, smooth and in efficient way. In last years we became more friends then business partners, while our bookings continue to grow all the time also. They also work hard to grow every year and this also pushes us to grow with them also.”
"We work with Goolets agency for more than 6 years and we are really very happy with our cooperation. They are the best specialists in gullet cruises, they have the best deals with gullet owners and they really have all gullets our clients ever asked for.
Their staff is very kind and helpful, and most importantly, very quick in responding to our inquiries. They are also taking care that gullet owners follow high standards of services on board. We always receive very positive feedbacks from our clients, which is very important for us.
“Cooperation with Goolets for me personally and for my company means a trustworthy partner with who my business can grow. They are fantastic in web marketing, also every part of their team is expert in their field and like that make serious job. Until now in my cooperation with Goolets I learned lots of small secrets which help me to advance my part of job with gulets, specially in hospitality. They are our most important partner in bookings our boats and i believe that this cooperation with time will grow further. A company of young people dedicated to their work and goals, but in same time they have a good sense for humour and jokes which show that they really love their job.”
At Goolets I really appreciate how they are always willing to listen to the guests wishes, and in this way offering the best solutions. In last 7 years we have established a very strong Trust between each other, which I believe is the most important part of any business. As an agency they also have new ideas how to be better, and more interesting. Each year also I am happier every year with the number of bookings they send also. We are a real team, not just business partners.
The cooperation with Goolets Agency means professionalism, development, good service and an easy cooperation. They are really in bringing together the right services and the right guests regarding to their requests and they are really good at giving the right information, which avoids all disappointments from the clients. They really provided us with some really good ideas for new destinations and they also make our services better this way.
Which destinations do you cover? Where can I cruise?
Currently (2019) we offer gulet charters in Croatia, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Spain, The Canary Islands, The Maldives, and The Seychelles. We will soon be offering gulet charters in Indonesia and the Caribbean.
On this site, we have not yet provided a comprehensive destination guide to all our cruising destinations, as we are constantly upgrading our fleet and routes. To date, we have personally inspected well over 350 gulets in all the destinations where we offer charters, and our clients can, therefore, be assured that we will find the right boat for their unique cruising requirements.
We can provide you with approximately 50 different cruise routes – please contact us for itinerary suggestions at any particular destination.
How do you match me with a perfect gulet?
1 – First, our Goolets Sales Experts will listen closely to what experience you are looking for, to best understand your specific wishes, needs, and expectations.
2 – We will then perform an extensive personalized search of the entire market and compile up to 5 different cruise suggestions for your combination combining gulets, routes, and activities ashore), that could be of interest to your group.
3 – All these ideas – images, itinerary suggestions, etc, are then emailed to you in one concise message. We work closely with our clients to provide as much in-depth information as possible until we have found you the ideal solution for your charter – from the time you land (we can arrange transfers from the airport to your gulet); to your menu preferences on board; to your various stop-offs en route as you follow your chosen itinerary.
4 – We will spend as much time as is necessary and continue to refine our suggestions until you are completely happy with our recommendations for your charter, as we want it to be a total success!
Payment Terms and Conditions
After the client’s deposit payment for the selected gulet has been received by us, and contracts with the owner and the client have been signed and exchanged, the owner issues an invoice for the balance. Deposit payments vary from 30% – 50% of the weekly charter rate, which differs from one gulet to another.
The final charter payment is paid approximately one month prior to departure, or after our “finalization procedure” has been completed.
What is "finalisation stage" and why it is so important?
The finalisation stage is our standard operating procedure ahead of your charter booking, which fully debriefs and prepares the crew for your arrival.
This pre-charter planning starts six weeks before your arrival and ends once you have stepped off your gulet at the end of the cruise.
It consists of the following:
1 – ROUTE BUILDER – WHAT TO SEE: what are the client’s wishes and ideas. What are the places they are interested in seeing, and which places we would suggest, according to the configuration of the client’s charter group (whether couples, a family, or a group of friends). We help our clients become familiar with the best itinerary recommendations for your cruise. We believe that each anchorage, port, marina, village, bay or beach should have a “wow factor”. Our goal is to provide the “inside information” and insight for the captain of your gulet – which also helps make his job easier.
2 – ACTIVITY ORGANISER: this can range from all the yachting basics, such as anchoring away from crowds, enjoying water sports, or having a dinner in a nice little local tavern; to more complex, guided land excursions. Our “Activity Organiser” gives our clients some suggestions regarding what to do and where to go on arrival at each destination on the cruise itinerary.
3 – TASTE BUDS – FOOD OPTIMIZATION: Onboard dining is an important part of any itinerary, and therefore it is crucial for our clients to give us a clear idea of what they expect food- and drinks-wise, and then a personalised menu can be compiled accordingly.
4 – ARRIVAL TO AND DEPARTURE FROM THE GULET:first impressions count as does the post-voyage experience. At Goolets, we place a great deal of effort into planning the first and the last days of your charter, to make it as smooth, enjoyable, and comfortable as possible. Transfers from the airport to the gulet, check- in procedures, introducing the guests to the crew, first and last day plans, early arrivals or late departures…everything needs to be perfectly planned and prepared.
5 – GENERAL EXPECTATIONS OF THE CLIENT: what type of communication is expected from the crew, cleaning details, drinks list organisation, birthdays or anniversaries, cruising times, meal times, allergies, water sports usage, staying in ports or marinas… is important. When the expectations of the client are aligned with those of the crew, everything works well.
6 – DURING THE CRUISE OPTIMIZATION: 97% of complaints happen as a result of poor communication during the cruise. That is why constant communication with our clients is critical to our ongoing success. Any issues that arise can be resolved immediately.
We have created this “optimization procedure” for the past twelve years operating as Goolets it enables us to see which gulets deliver on their promises, improves our cooperation with the owners; and ensures client satisfaction.
Do you own any gulets?
Goolets is a yacht charter agency, and as such we do not own any gulets. We act as a charter broker between gulet owners and clients.
What is Goolets? What are your goals? Where are you from?
What is Goolets?
Goolets is a yacht brokerage agency. We specialise solely in providing gulet yacht charters, at various sailing destinations across the world. We do not charter motor yachts or bareboats. We do not sell villas or book flight tickets. We are 100% focussed on gulets.
What do you believe in?
We have a saying in our company and a motto, “Life is good“.
Our goal is that every single day, during your cruise, you utter, during your cruise you repeat these words”LIFE IS GOOD”!
Where are you from?
Our “booking” and “marketing” headquarters are located in the heart of Europe, in Slovenia, which is in between Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary; while in each of the destinations where our gulets are located, our team of quality control inspectors” and local Goolets representatives make sure:
1 – our vessels are carefully, reviewed and inspected
2 – our clients are taken care off before, during and after very cruise
How do I know it is safe to book with you?
As a renowned yacht charter agency, Goolets has more than 12 years of charter experience.
We do everything to make our clients feel secure in booking their gulet charters with us.
1 – Company insurance, needed to obtain the (globally recognized) “Travel Agency” license, which provides insurance cover for our clients
2 – Charter insurance that covers liability up to €500.000
3 – Credit card payment options: you can pay for your charter (both the deposit and the final installment) with AMEX, Mastercard, and VISA, all of which provide additional protection for our clients
4 – “Open Communication”, we can put you in direct contact with the gulet owner at any point if you would like to double check the status of your charter booking.
5 – Our past record: with thousands of successful gulet charters behind us, we can easily and directly connect you with people that have worked or booked with us before.
What is the first step I need to do?
If you would like to enjoy a gulet charter, please fill out the form on this page. You will be contacted immediately by one of our sales experts and together you will determine if a gulet charter would be an appropriate holiday for you.
Why and how it all started – Our Story
My name is Mitja and I’m the CEO and founder of the gulet charter agency, Goolets.
My wife and I started this company more than twelve years ago for one reason, and one reason alone: to provide you with the same experience we had, while enjoying our first-ever gulet cruise.
My family and I have an active lifestyle. We love to explore new, hidden places, experience new vistas and try local cuisine – but most of all, we love to spend our holidays traveling from place to place. And as we have found, gulets are a perfect way to do this.
We are not one of those families who can stay in the same apartment or hotel room for an entire vacation.
We’ve been hooked on gulet cruises ever since our first cruise vacation in 2004. The very next year we opened for business, and now, more than twelve years later, we are one of the biggest players in the industry.
We are proud of what we have managed to accomplish, and our entire family is looking forward to our future goals and plans.
We hope you will join us on this journey.
We have expanded our business by surrounding ourselves with like-minded individuals, others who also love the Mediterranean, and share our love for these types of holidays with people who share our passion for gulet cruises.
Each of them contributes their respective area of expertise that makes Goolets one of the best gulet charter companies in the world.
That’s why we spend every day putting all our efforts into providing our clients with the best possible vacations ever!
We know from personal experience that chartering a gulet could potentially be quite tiresome.
That’s simply due to the fact that can be difficult trying to decide which gulet best suits your individual needs.
There are just so many different vessels to choose from! We hope that we can also provide YOU with a pleasant experience and help you organise the most amazing holiday you’ve ever had.
Why Goolets? What’s with the name?
Do you know what goggles are? Do you know what googols are? Some smart company used this reference and came up with the name ’Google.’
We copied this idea from them (but this is on the quiet!)
We changed GULETS to GOOLETS and the rest is history.
If you select a GOOLET cruise with us, you can be assured that it will be thoroughly planned and professionally managed.
How do we organise a successful cruise?
Alenka is responsible that Goolets team functions on paper also.
All the payments, bureaucracy and safety go through her.
She is the glue that keeps everyone together.
Because of Alenka, you can be 100% sure your gulet will be waiting for you when you arrive at a destination.
Who is Alenka? Learn here.
Mitja makes sure Goolets company never runs out of new ideas and that all the people have enough work to do.
Company growth & networking are his main responsibilities while making gulet inspections is his favorite task.
Mitja makes sure it is never boring in the office.
Who is Mitja? Learn here.
Miha is in charge of searching for new destinations, organizing inspections, preparing amazing promotions and special deals, and creating fabulous itineraries that will take your breath away.
Miha makes sure you book a gulet that is flawless and safe, and that you understand where you will go and what you will see there.
Who is Miha? Learn here
Or via social media:
Feride has a keen eye in a proper selection of gulets in Turkey. It is not an easy task to select 100 best value gulets out of more than 2.000 options, where you know clients will be happiest.
She is in charge of inspections of gulets in Turkey as well as making sure all the promises our salespeople make to you during the booking process are fulfilled when you arrive on a gulet.
Who is Feride? Learn here
Or via social media:
Four years ago Goolets company set up a seemingly impossible goal:
to show “Goolets Cruises” as the best holidays in the world to 100 million people in next 5 years via Google, Facebook, Youtube, boat shows, famous journalists and influencers, associations, networking and with the help of other travel agency partners.
Four years IN – with the help of Aymen, we are getting there.
If it wasn’t for Aymen, you would probably not read this now. He is the reason you found us.
Who is Aymen? Learn here.
Due to the strong position of Goolets in the market, and our good connections with yacht owners and the crews, we will definitely negotiate, and offer you the best possible deal you’re happy with.
Simon will first find the perfect fit for your group that matches your expectations with professional hospitality, superb crew, top maintenance, and amazing cuisine. He will offer you only gulets that are inspected, meet the standards, and have amazing feedbacks and reviews from the clients every year. Through the sales process, he will record all your wishes and small details about your group and deliver in an elegantly and professionally way to the finalization experts.
“The Spider” from Game of Thrones has “nothing” on Simon. It could be that also because of Simon you got a better deal with us. He has connections everywhere.
Who is Simon? Learn here
Aljoša Rijavec – Gulet Expert
Imagine relaxing, eating great food, exploring beautiful places and enjoying clean warm turquoise waters while spending quality time with the people you care the most. Doesn’t it sound like a dream? Life is too short, so stop dreaming and contact Aljoša, he will do everything possible to make your dreams come true.
Aljoša is the person that will help create the best holiday on the right boat for you. He has traveled extensively and has lived in different Meditteranean countries, knowing all the destinations inside-out, he will be your perfect destination expert as well. He is a positive person and will always find solutions to the problems quickly.
Oğuz Karabayır, Assistant Destination Manager & Goolets Senior Host in Turkey
In 1994 Oğuz began his career in Turkey, working in the field of gulet cruises! He has more than 140 weeks of experience on board as the main responsible person and land as a travel guide.
He started as an assistant to the management of a company that was also involved in cruises in Turkey. And later he joined our team in 2019 and since then has been responsible for all types of ground services from A – Z which starts with the arrival of our guests and concludes with the return transfer!
He truly works hard 24/7 to provide the guests with the absolute best experience and ultimate satisfaction!
There’s another Simon in the office. The youngest in the Goolets crew.
His priority work is in the Commercial department, things that are taking place in the background. He also takes care of all web content, which you can see when browsing our website.
Simon makes sure that all the gulets, technical information and web content on the website are accurate and updated.