Active Turkey - Family Holiday Trip Notes

At Imaginative Traveller we always aim to provide accurate information for our travellers. Unfortunately information such as the price of optional activities is occasionally subject to change, and this means that we are constantly revising our trip notes. In order to ensure that you have the most up to date information for your trip we suggest that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure.

Trip code : FERFT
Trip length : 8

highlights

  • Two night relaxing gulet cruise on the Mediterranean Sea
  • Relax in Kas, one of Turkey's best spots for adventure
  • Enjoy a thrilling week of varied activities

This Turkey family holiday is in the coastal town of Kas, which has developed a reputation as one of Turkey’s best spots for action and adventure. During your week here on one of the finest Turkey tours, 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 whilst on your family holidays in Turkey. 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.What’s more it’s a great value destination. Within this year’s Post Office Worldwide Holiday Cost Report Turkey has returned to the top 10 best value countries after a 16% in fall in prices in the last year. On top of this we’ve reduced the price by £100pp (29 April 2013). 

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Day
1

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

Linda Hotel (AA) - 2 nights – Swimming Pool (B)

Day
2

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.

Day
3-4

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.

Day
5

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).

Linda Hotel (AA) - 3 nights - Swimming Pool (B)

Day
6-7

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.

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)

Day
8

Trip Ends

The trip ends in today you will transfer with the group to Dalaman airport and your arrangements end here. (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.

 

 

trip-grade

Standard

Ideal for those that enjoy the quirkier side of a destination without roughing it. Join inquisitive travellers of all ages for a fun, informative experience.

  • A number of included activities
  • Tourist class, family-run hotels
  • Various meals included throughout
  • Public & private transportation

 This tour is operated by our partners The Adventure Company

included

Transport - Minibus, gulet, (kayak), (bike).

Accommodation - Hotel (5nts), gulet (2nts).

Meals - 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 2 dinners.

overview

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!

fitness

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.

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Baggage

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.

Accommodation

Rooming arrangements

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.

money

Local Costs - Turkey

Approximate average costs are given for guidance only and may vary widely according to location and type of establishment.

  • Coffee/tea UK£0.85
  • 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

visa-information

Visas & Permits - Turkey

Holders of UK & IRL passports do require a visa which is issued on arrival. Holders of UK & IRL passports may pay their visa fee in GBP (fee is currently UK£10.00 and must be paid in cash). Passports must be valid for at least six months after the end date of the trip. Nationals of all other countries should contact their local embassy or consulate. Information can also be found at ww.travcour.com. This information is given in good faith, but may be subject to change without warning. Please note that, where appropriate, obtaining a valid visa is ultimately your responsibility. Please consult a visa agency or the consular authorities 4-6 weeks before departure for the most up-to-date information.

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Vaccinations - Turkey

The following are recommended:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Tetanus
  • Polio
  • Diphtheria

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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A single supplement is available for this trip priced from 165 GBP. This does not guarantee a single room for all accommodation. please contact us to discuss this.

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At Imaginative Traveller we love helping our clients experience the beauty and cultures of the destinations we visit. However, hand in hand with this we have always been aware that we have a responsibility to minimise any negative impacts that tourism can bring.

Responsible Travel is twofold. It's about taking people to the places they want to go in a safe and responsible manner but also about respecting and maintaining the natural and often delicate balance of the destination. Economic gain from tourism is often fundamental to a country, but should never be at the expense of its culture or the environment.

Our Aims

  • It is our aim to provide journeys that have minimal negative and maximum positive impact on the places we visit.
  • We do not believe that, as visitors, we should impose our own cultures on others; rather that we should experience foreign cultures and appreciate them for what they are.
  • Whilst it is our aim to show destinations and cultures in a positive light, we do not believe in papering over the cracks or shielding visitors from the realities of life. This does not mean, however, that we condone or endorse certain situations or regimes that may be in place.

Our guidelines are meant not as rigid instructions but rather as suggestions to make our holidays more enjoyable – for everybody. As cultural and environmental sensitivities vary from country to country more specific guidelines can be found in our individual country and trip dossiers.

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