Kayaking in Turkey, Turquoise coast

“Sea kayak for 20kms daily past Turkey's Turquoise Coast and discover Gocek, Patara and Kalkan en-route with a free day in Kas offering well-deserved hot baths or cool beers.”

Highlights

Dalaman | Dalyan | Koycegiz | Sultaniye thermal springs | Dalyan River | Gocek | Boynuzbuku Cove | Zeytin Island | Tersane Bay | Kas | Esen River | Patara | Kalkan | Kaputas beach | Blue Cave | Uzum | Iskelesi | Uluburun | Siçak Peninsula | ancient city of Aperlae | Optional activities, include: paragliding, canyoning and diving in Kas |

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08 Oct 2016
£ 969
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Our top tip:
Don't underestimate fitness levels required for sea kayaking 20kms. Also, sunblock, hat, waterproof gloves and long shorts will all provide protection.
Trip type:
Small group. Avg 12. Min age 16.
Activity level:
Moderate. Kayaking approx 20kms for between 4-6hrs.
Accomm:
2/3-star en-suite hotel rooms.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, listed activities, equipment and tour leader throughout.
Meals:
All breakfasts and 5 lunches.
Solos:
Individuals welcome. Single rooms available on request.
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type

Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Kayaking in Turkey, Turquoise coast

Environment

Activity:
This trip is largely nature based with most of our activities having a very minimal impact on the environment, like walking and kayaking. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints and actively try to reduce our impact through attention to waste and energy reduction. However, having said this we do try to leave behind a positive impression through engaging with locals, visiting small cafes and restaurants and buying locally produces crafts and produce. Also in visiting Patara National Park, Sultinaye springs and bath ruins and the ancient city of Aperlae, our fees contribute to the upkeep of these stunning sites.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with active trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. It would be a shame to pullte such a lovely environment, so we suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. There are mountain springs on the journey which offer clean, natural water, or you can fill up at the hotel.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Accommodation & Meals:
The hotel which we stay at hires staff locally and tries to make the most of the fresh, seasonal Mediterranean produce which grows in the area. This trip is on a bed and breakfast basis and the morning meal usually includes locally sourced eggs, cucumber, tomatoes, cheese, bread, honey and yoghurt. Where meals are not included, your local guide will be happy to recommend small restaurants in the area (lokantas) where traditional fare can be sampled. We stop at a local village where they sell regional specialties like Pide (Pizza) and fresh trout and there is even the chance to have a home-cooked Turkish meal with a local family. By using these smaller businesses, we are providing sometimes quite rural communities with a much appreciated income support.

Community & Environment Projects:
We are working with the WWF and local marine biologists to keep to a minimum our impact on the environment. We also support and promote the work of the Dreams Academy – a local centre for underprivileged and disabled children. With continuous support, they have been able to transform what was originally a run down, abandoned school building into a play camp with library, music room, accommodation and playground.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

Reviews of Kayaking in Turkey, Turquoise coast

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I have so many fantastic memories to take away from this holiday! Waking up at first light after a night sleeping under the stars on the boat and jumping straight in to the clear blue sea to watch the sun rise from behind the mountains; spotting huge turtles from the boat; kayaking into deserted bays to stop for cooling swim breaks; eating amazing Turkish food everyday and just generally having a really good time getting to know the other people in our group who were all lovely!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't be deterred by the first day of kayaking! It is long, very hot and quite challenging, but the sense of achievement you will feel at the end of it when you are relaxing back at the hotel pool with a beer is so worth it! The rest of the kayaking will feel really enjoyable and quite easy in comparison. Don't pack too much; you will be moving on from day to day so it is much better if you don't have lots of unnecessary clothes to lug around. On your free day, go to the Turkish baths! It is an amazing experience and you will emerge feeling absolutely incredible and really refreshed! Be prepared to be living in quite close quarters with your group on the boat and embrace the shipwrecked feeling of being completely out of touch with the outside world for a few days.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I was really impressed with the first hotel; there was a water cooler where you could refill your water bottles and make a donation to the honesty box. I think this is a brilliant idea because there are so many times when you go on holiday that you are just buying countless water bottles and there is no where to recycle them. We also stayed at a lovely pension in Ucagiz - it was great to stay in places which were completely locally run and not part of any chains. As a group we sampled lots of small, local restaurants which no doubt brought revenue to them.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This was a fabulous holiday with amazing people. As my first small group holiday, I was a bit unsure about what to expect but as soon as I arrived I felt comfortable and started having fun! Turkey is simply beautiful - the scenery, sunshine, food and people all combine to make it a wonderful place to visit. You will return feeling relaxed and healthy from all the fresh air and exercise!

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Jumping in the sea as soon as you wake up.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


try a full 5hrs kayaking first

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


8-10

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Spending the night wild camping on a small island with Byzantine ruins, watching the sun go down, looking at the stars and sitting around the camp fire. You wouldn't be allowed anywhere near a place like that in the UK, let alone, camp there and light a fire! Great experience.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Use something as a cushion in the kayak.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent. Each day seem to get better and better. The guide was brilliant and we also had a good bunch of people which helped.

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Too many to say, although the first night, in a secluded bay, when a leatherback turtle turned up and caused a bit of excitement, was pretty good.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


I never had any problem with a single kayak like the previous reviewer. I did take way too many clothes, next time I'll be travelling a lot lighter. I would also make sure that if you agree to any extras, then you know up front the cost. We agreed to stay with the boat for an extra day, and this caused a little bit of ill feeling, as it was more expensive than we first thought.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Definitely minimized the impact on the local environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This was a fantastic week. The other people were just brilliant, as were the guides. I would not hesitate to recommend this holiday, and I can't wait until next year to go again.

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2006 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I think one of the most memorable nights was camping in a beautiful secluded cove, which our Guide had taken us to as it was so quiet, we went over the other side of the island for a wonderful meal and came back to rocking house music , an 18 - 30 Thomas Cook Party Boat had anchored in our lovely bay.. grim! So not a lot of sleep that night. I loved the fact we were kayaking along in the middle of the ocean, roasting hot and out of nowhere an Ice Cream Van speed boat used to appear, perfect. There are so many highlights as it really was a wonderful holiday, we had an usually small group so we really got to know our guide and it was like we were all on holiday together, rather than a barrier. The amount of Kayaking we did each day was spot on, you were never too shattered or too reluctant to go in.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Double check if you do request a single Kayak that it gets through to the local office. If you are on your own, make sure you are easy going enough to share a tent with other holiday makers you don't know.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, we did both wild camping and camping by family run Restaurants.. For example one family would live on an island being paid by the government to look after it and we would eat and camp there.

4. Any other comments?


4 Stars - It was fab.

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