Lycian activity holiday

“The southern stretch of Turkey's coast is teeming with activities to be had both on land and at sea with a good level of fitness definitely advisable as well as a healthy appetite.”

Highlights

Hotel with pool close to Kas | Patara National Park | Saklikent Canyon | beginners' Scuba session or 2 guided explorations for certified divers | Roman ruins and gorgeous beaches | full day spent abseiling, canyoning and climbing | free day to explore, relax or get active | full day sea kayaking along the Turquoise Coast | Optional activities include: paragliding, tubing or boat trips to dive sites |

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06 May 2017
£ 699
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Our top tip:
Waterproof cameras or at least a sealable bag will allow you to get some great shots on kayaking days or during Scuba sessions. Also, check out the smaller kebab shops and restaurants filled with locals for some of the tastiest options after activities.
Trip type:
Small group. Min age 16.
Activity level:
Moderate. No experience necessary but a reasonable level of fitness required.
Accomm:
2-star hotel with en-suite rooms. Restaurant, bar and pool on-site.
Included:
Accommodation, transport and tour leader throughout. Canyon walk, Scuba session, mountain biking and sea kayaking.
Meals:
All breakfasts and 3 lunches.
Solos:
Single room supps available.
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: Lycian activity holiday

Environment

Activity:
This trip is largely nature based with most of our activities having a very minimal impact on the environment- for example, sea kayaking, walking, rope climbing, scuba diving and swimming. 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, our fees contribute to the upkeep of this stunning area.

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. There is also an option to spend a night camping under the stars or to eat and sleep in a tradional village house. 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 like Pide (Pizza) and fresh trout can be sampled. There is also a local market in Kas which sells fruit, veg and household goods, which we highlight. 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 Lycian activity holiday

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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 Jun 2014 by

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


I loved most of the holiday and all of the activities. I thought the guide was
spot on and attuned to the groups needs and level of fitness. Everybody enjoyed
it, even though we were all so different. The activity that I particularly
enjoyed was the canyoning. It was amazing! We walked through some amazing
fields full of wild flowers and through some forests that were so quiet but
full of bird song and turtles! We were shown how to jump without hurting
ourselves and we were off! Following as the river flowed, jumping into pools,
abseiling, swimming in beautifully blue water and just having fun. Some of the
group really enjoyed pushing their boundaries and jumped of some big rocks only to come up smiling. A great holiday!

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


The hotel we stayed in is really great. They have a lovely pool and a great
view from the balcony. I had an hour or two where I just sat in the sun looking
over Kas reading my book. A good book is important to just relax and enjoy
the sun. I would also suggest some good saddles with straps for the water
adventures and a water proof bag to carry your camera. I missed out on some
good shots.

Try the kebabs in the little shops, they are amazing and look for restaurants
full of local people, they are usually the best!

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


Of course! The guides were all Turkish, we only ate in Turkish restaurants (by
the way, the food is amazing) and the accommodation is locally owned. There was also these little things that I spotted, for example the hotel had a big bottle
of water and they encouraged guests to re-use the ones they had to reduce on
plastic wastage. Also the guide obviously cared about the environment he was
working on to the extent he was saving insects from the water. He also made
sure we didn't pick up turtles because they lose track of where they are going.

We visited a former guide's family and we ate lunch at their house which was just a perfect break.

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


Fantastic! The down hill cycling was a lot of fun and they allowed you to
go as fast as you liked and I like to go fast! They created a nice atmosphere
within the group and we soon all gelled and had a lot of fun!

Reviewed on 05 Jun 2011 by

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


Every thing was amazing. I had one of the best holidays ever. The different activities showed different sides of Turkey you wouldn't normally see on a 'normal' holiday!

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


Take more than 1 pair of shoes, and bike pants... trust me!

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


Definitely. The guides are all from that area, and so know all the good bars to go to!

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


10/10

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2011 by

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


We had a day of canyoning in the mountains of Kas and it was amazing - huge adrenaline rushes and great bonding with the rest of the group.

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


Bring a good appetite; the food is amazing!

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


Yes; all the activities were run by locals and they were within close proximity
of where we stayed.

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


It was great - not perfect, but would definitely recommend.

Reviewed on 05 Jul 2011 by

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


Without a doubt the canyoning with the abseiling and pool jumping - quite a challenge :-)

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


Take a thermal t-shirt for the canyoning day - it's quite cold at times. If I did it again I would ask to go further up the gorge and not bother with the walk to the beach which wasn't hugely inspiring - but that's just me.

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


Yes but it would have been nice to have been taken to some of the smaller restaurants on the side streets instead of just the large touristy ones. Food was great though!

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


Exactly what I hoped it would be - both my son aged 16 and myself were kept fully occupied and looked after very well by our guides without over the top health and safety stuff.

Reviewed on 08 Jun 2010 by

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


I loved the canyoning and white water rafting - lots of laughs and challenges to get your heart racing. The mountain biking day was one of the best days as the scenery was gorgeous and the village lunch a fantastic experience.

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


It does get chilly in the evenings (and in the canyon) so take plenty of warm clothes along with your summer stuff.

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?


Fantastic week - guide and driver were brilliant; fun, experienced and organised. The activities were all fun and the group was brilliant - wonderful week overall.

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2010 by

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


White water rafting was excellent, very well organised with extremely good guides.

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


Be aware of the time spent travelling to destinations. 3 hours to rafting site and length day spent at activity. Very full days and quite exhausting. Canoying was 9.00 start back at 8.30 in evening. Also quality of accommodation was poor. OK if you are expecting back packing or hostel type but rooms are very basic and have to pay for airconditioning in first hotel when temps were 45 degrees in the shade! Hotel Oreo looked like in had shut down for the winter. Furniture and communal areas very tired. Breakfast was basic and tables not cleaned after other guests.

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


Obviously tourists benefited the local economy (shops, eating places etc)

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


Having been on other activity holidays this was not the best. Would rather have paid more money for better accommodation. People were very friendly and caring. Not enough information was available beforehand on accommodation and travelling times to various activities.

Read the operator's response here:

We are sorry that Mr Hills did not find the information in the trip notes accurately reflected the trip and the travelling times between the various activities. This has been rectified this year and we appreciate his feedback. This accommodation has been used by us for many seasons with positive feedback.

Reviewed on 30 May 2005 by

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


Several things made this trip memorable.
1)The people I met - a real mix of different ages and backgrounds that you wouldn't necessarily meet at home within your normal social circles. We all got on really well and I felt it was definitely a "group" holiday where we all socialised together even in our spare time.
2)Experiencing new activities like canyonning which was both exciting and challenging.
3) Doing things you wouldn't be able to do as a tourist visiting the country on your own, like having an authentic Turkish lunch at the house of a Turkish family in the middle of the mountains.

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


Don't be worried about going on your own. I was one of 6 people in our group that was travelling alone and within a few minutes of arriving you knew everybody and it was like you were there with a group of your friends.

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


Yes. Our tour guide and bus driver were Turkish and the place we stayed and ate at were run by locals.

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2005 by

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


Canyoning. Absolutely brilliant and I want to do it again, soon!

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


Ignore the trip notes. Apart from a sturdy pair of boots and a little bag for water you don't need anything special.

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


It certainly benefited some locals. We ate in local houses or restaurants and all the staff were local. I'm not sure it is possible to travel by aeroplane and feel that you are not destroying the environment!

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