Date printed: 31 January 2015
Active Turkey - Family Holiday
The coastal town of Kas has developed a reputation as one of Turkey’s best spots for action and adventure. During your week here there’s plenty of time to make the most of the many activities available. You can take part in a sea kayaking trip to visit a sunken city, explore inland by mountain bike or try SCUBA diving in crystal clear waters – with options for both novices and experienced divers. Of course, there’s always the option to simply relax on one of the fine beaches along the coast. After a couple of days in Kas you’ll board your gulet, a traditional wooden sailing boat, for two nights cruising on the Aegean Sea. Your meals are cooked for you by the friendly crew and there’s no pressure to do anything other than lay back and relax. However there’s plenty of time for swimming in quiet bays along the way.
The water is clear and warm with fantastic visibility – great for snorkelling. This trip has been specially designed with teenagers in mind – so there’s plenty of time available for both active adventure and laid-back relaxation!
Itinerary (Without Flights)
Arrive in Kas
Your joining for this trip is at your hotel in Kas. Kas is built among the ruins of the ancient city of Antiphellos, one of the most important cities in the region during the Roman era. Unfortunately all that remains today is a theatre and numerous tombs, notably one on the harbour front and one near the town centre (remarkable for its size and excellent state of preservation). It takes the name of the 'Lion Sarcophagus' because of the two lion's heads jutting out on the side of the lid with their heads resting on their paws.
The backstreets of Kas are a warren of older buildings; there's even a sarcophagus in the main street! Local men sit in the shade of trees and climbers in the teahouses of the main square and the rattle of dice can be heard as they play backgammon. Join them and these friendly guys will be only too happy to show you the ropes. Hotel (AA) - 2 nights – Swimming Pool (B)
Optional Sea Kayaking (additional charge)
This day, in addition to day six, is set aside for you to either explore independently or to join in optional activities organised by your leader. The final decision as to which activities will be offered on which days, will be determined by local weather conditions and availability. We aim to provide a sea kayaking excursion today and SCUBA diving options on day six. Your Group Leader will organise a meal for the group or alternatively recommend some local restaurants for you to try. (B)
Optional Kayaking to Kekova Island - Half Day (Additional charge)
A few kilometres to the east of Kas is Kekova Island. Off its northern shore, the fascinating remains of an ancient settlement - known locally as Batik Sehir (the sunken city) - lie submerged in a few metres of translucent, turquoise water. Consigned to the sea as the result of an earthquake, the ruined walls and stairs of houses and the outline of its jetty are still clearly visible. As this is a protected archaeological site, swimming and snorkelling are prohibited; you take sea-kayaks to get a really close look at the atmospheric ruins. (B)
Sailing The Turquoise Coast
This morning you'll step aboard your gulet, for two days of idyllic relaxation. There’s no firm plan – much depends on the tides and local conditions. Your days are usually spent cruising between the little coves and islands that dot this beautiful part of south-west Turkey. Naturally there are plenty of opportunities to take a dip in the inviting waters of the Aegean. Parents can sit back, relax and watch the world go by while the kids can emulate their favourite sea-faring heroes.
Below is an outline of a typical sailing route:
Leaving Kas you will first visit the unspoiled Ufakdere Bay where you’ll have lunch and no doubt take the opportunity to swim or snorkel in the beautiful blue waters. Yet more swimming is in order as you sail on to Yaglica Bay, before mooring in a picturesque bay near to Kekova for your first night sea-borne. Awakening to the seemingly infinite crystal clear waters, you can take an early morning dip near to the excitingly named Pirate Cave. The intended course then takes you on to Tersane (Shipyard) Bay, where you’ll go ashore for lunch to explore medieval castles, continuing to Inonu Bay for your second night on board the gulet.
Shared cabin on gulet (2 nights) - (Bx2, Lx2 Dx2)
Please note: The route may vary depending on conditions and is at the captain’s discretion. For logistical reasons your 2 nights on the gulet may take place later during your trip.
Return To Kas
You’ll arrive back in Kas, after a final breakfast on board your gulet. After returning to your hotel the remainder of the day is left free for you to relax (by the hotel pool or on the beach). Hotel (AA) - 3 nights – Swimming Pool (B)
Activities Around Kas
The whole of today and the following day are left free for you to either relax or to take part in further optional activities either arranged by your leader or available locally. See optional activities section in the Trip Notes section for prices. Hotel with swimming pool – 2 nights (Bx2).
Optional Scuba Diving - Half Day (additional charge)
With some of the best dive sites along Turkey's Mediterranean coast boasting good visibility and a variety of sea-life, Kas is a great place to try SCUBA diving. If you're already a qualified and certificated diver, there are two popular dives on local sites. If you haven't yet learned to dive, you can take a fully supervised introductory course, specifically designed for beginners. Please note that due to Turkish law children under 14 years old are now not allowed to take part in SCUBA diving.
NB: If you are already qualified and wish to dive (other than the introductory course), you must produce a valid PADI, NAUI, CMAS or BSAC diving certificate or equivalent.
Optional Mountain Biking – Full Day (additional charge)
The back roads of Lycia are ideal for exploration by mountain bike. One popular, full-day, 25 kilometre route offers exhilarating riding, albeit mostly downhill, following both rough tracks and asphalt roads. The views from the numerous high vantage points towards the mountains on one side and sea to the other are simply stunning, and show a different perspective of the Lycian coast, revealing just how pretty it is. After lunch you'll continue your descent, heading towards Dirgenler, before returning to Kas for a well-earned cold drink.
Optional Jeep Excursion – Full Day (additional charge)
The countryside around Kas is scattered with isolated farmsteads and undiscovered villages - the kinds of places package tourists never even dream about, let alone reach. 4WD vehicles are the best way to explore this hinterland and gain a real insight into traditional Turkish life and agriculture. Heading up toward the yayla (highland plateau), you may well meet nomadic shepherds who leave their lowland villages to bring their goats and sheep up to graze. There’ll also be fabulous views over the Greek Island of Kastellorizo and the entire Kas peninsula. Lunch in a local village is included on this excursion and you'll eat delicious home-cooked food in a traditional setting, before driving back to Kas through the citrus groves of Turuncova.
On your last evening in Kas, your leader will doubtless help to get everyone together for a final night celebration meal. (B)
The trip ends in Kas. (B)
Please note: Most activities take place outside the port of Kas - your base for the greater part of the trip - and involve short bus journeys to and from the various activities. The order of the activities may change depending on weather conditions or other operational factors.
The itinerary on this trip has been specifically designed with the needs of teenagers in mind. It features more adventurous activities that are only suitable for older children and adults. As with our other Family Adventures, under 18’s must be accompanied by at least one adult. You may also like to have a look at our other Family Adventures which have ‘Teenage Departures’ – dates set aside for families with older children. Minimum age: 11 years.
Anyone in good health who enjoys being active should be able to take part in this trip. It can be hot and humid in Turkey, especially in the summer months and so active pursuits will feel more tiring. An ability to swim is essential.
The decision to partake in any activity not listed as an optional activity is entirely at your own discretion and risk. If you do have any complaint about or problem with, any such optional activity your claim should be directed to the activity provider and not to The Adventure Company.
Family First Accommodation
As the leader in providing Family Adventure holidays, we fully understand the importance to you of clean, comfortable, family friendly accommodation. Our families team hand-pick all of our accommodation to provide you with the best value and best experience possible. We are so confident in our accommodation selections, that we name every property that you will stay in on all our Family Adventures, so that you can be fully confident in your holiday choice.
We use a variety of accommodation around the world. Wherever possible we try to ensure that this is in keeping with the itinerary and the region that you are visiting. To give you a feel for the standard, we have provided an accommodation grading for each night. However please bear in mind that these are intended as a guide and are not based on 'star' ratings, so there will be variations within each grade: AA - Hotels, lodges or guesthouses, usually with en suite facilities. These are generally simple hotels with adequate amenities. Whilst comfort levels are perfectly acceptable, there are generally no added facilities
Rooming in Hotels
When arranging rooming for our trips, we try to meet the needs of all families. As families come in all sizes, we do not offer a set formula regarding rooming arrangements, and we ask you to be as flexible as possible. Our trips are based on a twin share basis, but we try to accommodate families in triple or family rooms if available. Full details of our rooming procedure can be found here. Very occasionally rooming is in communal or dorm style rooms where you'll share with other families. Where relevant this is indicated in the itinerary.
On occasion late hotel changes are unavoidable and you will get final confirmation of the particular hotels for your trip when you receive your joining instructions.
Some or all of the excursions detailed below may be available. Approximate costs are given for guidance only and may depend on the number of participants. Most optional excursions can be paid for in GBP. Your Group Leader should be able to assist you in arranging them. Note: Additional insurance is required for the more extreme sports.
Sea kayaking - Turkish lira 70 UK £29.00 approximately.
SCUBA diving - Turkish lira 60 UK £25.00 approximately (minimum age 15).
Mountain biking (full day inc. lunch) - Turkish lira 100 UK £42.00 approximately
Sunset Barbecue - Turkish lira 75 UK £31.00 approximately
Coasteering - Turkish lira 100 UK £42.00 approximately (minimum age 16)
Night snorkelling - Turkish lira 80 UK £33.00 approximately
Below is a suggestion of what you might find useful to take on this trip. It is not an exhaustive packing list. If you need further advice, please call us or consult your nearest specialist outdoor clothing and equipment store.
- Comfortable lightweight clothing
- Windproof/ waterproof outer shell (i.e. lightweight jacket/kagoul)
- Trainers/trekking-style sandals for relaxing and kayaking
- Water bottle
- Sunglasses, high-factor sunscreen and lipsalve
- Personal first aid kit and insect repellent
- A laundry service may be available, but we recommend you take biodegradable travel detergent so you can wash clothes as you choose.
For your comfort we recommend you travel as light as possible; many airlines impose a maximum weight limit of 20kg – we advise you to take 10kg as you will be on the move a good deal! For domestic flights using light aircraft the usual weight limit is 15 kg.
One main piece (a soft bag or rucksack, not a hard suitcase).
A daypack (25-30 litres), large enough to carry what you need for the day including camera, water, etc.
We stay in locally owned hotels and pensions, use resident leaders and guides and use locally owned transport; this helps distribute amongst a wide number of people the money we spend. Because our groups are small, it is easier to monitor and control the impact on the environment through the areas we travel.
For better or worse, tipping is an accepted part of everyday life and - although it is always at your discretion - you will be expected to tip to reward service. Your Group Leader will be able to give you an indication of when and how much is appropriate. This can vary, but please calculate on the basis of £25 per person for this trip. Also, if you wish to tip your Group Leader (in recognition of their contribution towards your overall enjoyment of the holiday) a suggested guideline would be approximately £1 to £2 per person, per day.
For most trips prices are based on sharing a twin room. Therefore, if you’re a solo traveller you’ll be paired with someone from the group of the same sex, unless you decide to pay a single room supplement. Details of this supplement can be found on the Extensions & Extras tab on our website. Occasionally we use multiple-share or dormitory accommodation – particularly when stating in remote places.
Rooming arrangements – Family trips
If you’re a family of 2 you’ll be accommodated in a twin room. If you’re a family of three you will usually be accommodated in a triple room. If you’re a family of four you’ll probably be accommodated in two twin rooms and we’ll do our best to ensure they’re as near as possible. We cannot always guarantee a triple room. If a triple room is not available, an adult from your family will automatically be roomed with a fellow adult member of the group of the same sex. If you prefer to have a room of your own we can sometimes offer a single room for the entire trip or on selected nights within a trip. However a single room supplement applies, look on the Extensions & Extras tab on our website or ask our Travel Consultants for details.
Currency - Turkey
The New Turkish Lira. There are approximately 2.8 New Turkish Lira to one British Pound (as at August 2012). Take some Turkish lira in cash if arrival is relatively late. ATM’s in Kas are convenient and accept bankcards with the Cirrus and VISA logo. Credit cards are only accepted in major hotels and expensive restaurants. You are better off taking Bank of England notes rather than Scottish notes if you want to change money in Turkey or for paying the local payment as Scottish notes are not widely accepted. Don't take travellers cheques as banks will no longer change them.
Local Costs - Turkey
Approximate average costs are given for guidance only and may vary widely according to location and type of establishment.
Soft drink £2.20
Medium beer £3.20
Bottle of water £0.85
Local snack lunch £15.00
Bottle of wine £20.00
3-course dinner £25.00
*reasonable mid-range tourist class restaurant
Visas & Permits - Turkey
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.
We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.
TURKEY (ALL TRIPS):
Please note that many nationalities require a visit to enter Turkey, and the process for obtaining a visa is due to change on 10 April, 2014.
Those planning to arrive in Turkey on or before 9 April 2014 will be able to obtain a visa on arrival. Costs vary depending on your nationality:
Australian & Canadian: US$60
US & UK : US$20
Other nationalities should check the cost via your local consulate or embassy.
For those planning to arrive in Turkey on or after 10 April, 2014, the following will apply:
Australia: Yes - apply for an e-visa before you go
Belgium: Yes - apply for an e-visa before you go
Canada: Yes - apply for an e-visa before you go
Germany: No - not required
Ireland: Yes - apply for an e-visa before you go
Netherlands: Yes - apply for an e-visa before you go
New Zealand: No - not required
South Africa: Yes - apply for an e-visa before you go
Switzerland: No - not required
United Kingdom: Yes - apply for an e-visa before you go
USA: Yes - apply for an e-visa before you go
To apply for an e-visa, please go to https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ at least a few weeks before you go.
The visa costs can change at any time and with little notice depending on the political climate of the region.
A valid passport is sufficient for citizens of most other countries including New Zealand, Argentina, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland for stays up to 3 months. All other nationalities please check with your nearest Turkish embassy.
Vaccinations - Turkey
The following are recommended:
- Hepatitis A
For detailed information and advice concerning vaccinations go to:www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk
Vaccination requirements change periodically so we advise that you check with your nearest specialist travel clinic 4-6 weeks before departure to get up-to-date information.
International rules for carrying medicines vary. Some countries do not allow certain medicines to be imported, or require official documents, such as a doctor’s letter, to prove drugs have been prescribed by a doctor and obtained legally. It is sensible to contact the relevant embassy or high commission of your destination to check what their drug transportation rules are before you travel.
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