Family activity holiday in Turkey

“This trip is all about getting out with your family and trying something new. All activities are organised for you, extremely safe, and optional; what you do and when is up to you.”


Dalyan | Ekincik | Ruins of Caunos | Beach swimming | Sea kayaking at Asikoy Bay | Canyoning in Topariar Canyon | Mounain biking | Wild swimming | Natural hot springs at Koycegiz Lake

Description of Family activity holiday in Turkey

An adventure holiday for families that takes you sea kayaking, canyoning, swimming, cycling and trekking along this stunning area of SW Turkey. We recommend this for families with children over ten years old, who are keen to take on exciting adventures through our much loved terrain, be it on land or water which, as a family run company, we know like the back of our hands.

Our base is the small resort of Dalyan, just 20 minutes from Dalaman Airport. There are lots of family-friendly restaurants and cafes, and just a short boat ride away is one of the best beaches of the Med, the famous ‘Turtle Beach’ at Iztuzu – 10 km of unspoilt sandy shore, the nesting ground of the endangered Caretta Caretta turtle.

The region is full of history, in particular the ancient city and rock tombs of Caunos at Dalyan. There are also lots of opportunities for wildlife spotting - storks, sea turtles, tortoises, crabs and kingfishers are just a few of the many species you may come across.

The standard itinerary includes seven nights bed and breakfast accommodation at the Yunus Hotel, located right on the riverbank about 10 minutes walk from the village centre. The hotel has a large pool perfect for fun and relaxation, a good sized garden, and all rooms have en suite facilities, AC and a balcony.

This holiday is flexible and can be tailored to the requirements of individual families – for example we can include more or less of any activity, we can include one or more nights camping, or the activities can be spread over 10 days or 2 weeks to give you more rest days in between.

Suitable for adults and children aged 10+.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made at a time to suit you between April and October for a minimum of four people
Our top tip:
Proper footwear – waterproof with some serious grip – is key to enjoying this trip’s activities.
Trip type:
Tailor made. Min. age 10
Activity level:
Moderate/challenging. The fitter you are, the more you’ll get out of it.
Comfortable hotel with a pool.
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available.
All breakfasts.
Accommodation, transport, listed activities, airport transfers.
Holiday type

Travelling with a local operator

This holiday is operated by a company based in the holiday destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your holiday to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Family activity holiday in Turkey


We accept a maximum number of 12 people on this trip, because we believe that small groups minimise the impact of tourism on the environment. In addition, a small group size enables local people and visitors to interact in a more meaningful way, benefiting both sides; and for the same reason we ensure that the group is accompanied by a guide who speaks both English and Turkish.

One way that we minimise the impact on the environment is by using vehicles as little as possible and by using group transport. All the activities in this tour are environmentally friendly, using non-polluting muscle-power to explore the beautiful outdoors in this part of the world.

In addition to minimising any negative impact, we aim to create a positive impact on the environment by introducing visitors to the great variety of flora and fauna found here, much of it rare and endangered. To this end we provide participants on this tour with illustrated notes about the natural heritage of the area, including information about Turkish environmental organisations. If you would like to offer your support to any of these organisations, we provide contact details. Our aim is to raise the consciousness of both visitors and local people about local conservation issues.


We are a locally-based and locally-owned tour operator. We are fully committed to running our tours in a way that reduces the impact on our environment and contributes as much as possible to the local community.

For this tour we use a small, friendly hotel in Dalyan, owned and run by a local family.

All the services that we use, such as transport and restaurants, are locally owned and operated, and as much as possible we buy supplies for our trips from village markets and shops.

This tour is arranged on a bed and breakfast basis, with lunch provided on activity days which means that in the evenings you have the opportunity to eat out in different restaurants and try various local dishes, enhancing your holiday experience and supporting the local economy.

Our staff is made up mainly of Turkish people as we feel this benefits all involved, and is the best way for our guests to gain an insight into Turkish culture. We are committed to training our guides to a high standard, and to this end we arrange our own training activities for our staff - our director is an experienced and internationally qualified outdoor instructor.

We support the local community in their efforts to preserve their environment, for example the campaign of villagers in the Yuvarlak River area to protect their river against a proposed dam construction project.

We work to promote good relationships between tourists and the people who live in our area by promoting interaction with the local community, for example by faciliating conversations with villagers when we meet them during our tours and by buying their produce.

Reviews of Family activity holiday in Turkey

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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 23 Aug 2015 by

9.5/10 - an absolutely wonderful holiday. We cannot recommend it highly enough. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2014 by

Fantastic. A wonderful life-affirming experience, thoroughly enjoyed by our whole family (rare, given wide-ranging abilities). I would highly recommend this company and holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 May 2014 by

Excellent! Probably the best family holiday we have had. Try it for your self! Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Sep 2013 by

Excellent...the guides could not have been more helpful or accommodating. We had a wonderful time. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2013 by

It was good to go with a local travel company rather than a group one. We have recommended it to lots of friends. So many good memories and hard to pinpoint anything. The accommodation was lovely and felt like we were staying with an extended family rather than employees. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Aug 2013 by

A rewarding and life affirming experience...Canyoning was particularly memorable as it provided a wonderful opportunity to explore the landscape, scenery and wildlife, as well as a balance of challenge through rock scrambling and chill time plunging in refreshing rock pools. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Aug 2012 by

Difficult to say one thing as the most memorable - the hotel, guide, activities, country - just perfect!...Fantastic. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2011 by

Excellent. Can't praise the hotel, place or holiday operator highly enough. We took an active 13 year old boy and he loved it. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Apr 2011 by

The activities were brilliant particularly for me the white water rafting and for the teenagers the gorge walking day... Book it!! Brilliant value and the best holiday we have ever had. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Nov 2011 by

I went with the assumption that the hiking day would be my favourite, as it is something I always enjoy. However, that probably came in as second from bottom (cycling has never been my thing - although the day was well organised), with the kayaking, canyoning and rafting all vying for top place. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2011 by

Absolutely fabulous: excellent guides, great selection of activities, lovely hotel, yummy food. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Sep 2011 by

Super. We are very glad that we choose to do the activities over two weeks rather than one, which meant that we had time to relax and take in the vibe of Dalyan, and we were able, had time, to add the second canyoning trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2010 by

Excellent holiday - very enjoyable and the staff were extremely accommodating, helpful, professional and fun. We loved the location of the hotel right on the river and it's spacious grounds, but the best part was the activities... Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2010 by

All the activities were excellent. Well planned and tailored to our ability. Guide was also excellent... The operator is clearly passionate about the environment. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2010 by

Overall it was one of the most enjoyable holidays I have had for many years.... Our guides, Engin and Nurdan, were brilliant - very friendly, fun, professional and patient. We went to remote areas where we didn't see anyone else and enjoyed some amazing scenery. We had a laugh and enjoyed their companionship. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2010 by

Exceeded our expectations... the operator guides communicated well with locals who enjoyed our cycling though villages. They collected litter whenever possible. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Sep 2009 by

The countryside around Dalyan is beautiful, lush and green, and we would never have seen and experienced the local habitat without our guides. Each activity gave us a new slant...the canyoning was exhilarating; the cycling allowed us to see the wider area and find a magical restaurant; the kayaking took us to the mud baths and the rafting was great fun... Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2009 by

Brilliant - met, and exceeded expectations - plenty of time most late afternoon/early evening to relax by the pool, meet new friends, as well as having an active time in the day - would recommend this holiday to others. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2007 by

We had a fantastic time, the activities enabled us to see parts of the countryside that we probably wouldn't have seen on our own. Our two teenagers were happy and occupied and we made some great friends with our fellow adventurers. Read full review

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