Your own group kayaking holiday in Turkey

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Departure information

You can create your own group with 2 (min) - 25 (max) people. Although there will be no local leader, a representative of the operator will be in the hotel in Kas and available throughout the week. Activities obviously have a guide / instructor in charge. The minimum age is 14
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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: Your own group kayaking holiday in Turkey

As a part of our continued commitment to responsible tourism, we operate this trip in a way that aims to reduce impacts and to give as much back as possible to the local communities. The area we visit on this trip is rich with ancient and historical ruins which are dotted about the coast line. The Kekova region in particular, was declared a specially protected area in 1990 by the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Forest so all activities, such as scuba diving and swimming are prohibited in the area. By traveling over the sunken city in our Kayaks, we are able to enjoy the ruins with minimal impact.

We stop at small settlements along the route, such as Ucagiz and Simena, and usually eat lunch in some of the excellent local restaurants. These are owned and run locally and source as many of their goods locally.

We have had an excellent long-term relationship with the local operator and this helps to stabilise their income generation and so helps to create a more sustainable future. All the leaders are employed and trained locally by our operator in Kas. The leaders, already committed to Responsible Tourism, have received training and get additional refresher training on a regular basis. The leaders will advise the group on responsible tourism during the trip.

On the hotel nights we use all locally owned and run accommodation. This we believe contributes directly to the local community as local staff are employed and locally produced and sourced goods are bought for the accommodation. Towels are not washed every day unless clients request it and there are signs in all of the bathrooms indicating the hotel policy. The hotel in Kas also has a water cooler which clients can use to top up their water bottles. This is run with an ‘honesty’ system whereby clients are advised on the cost of the water and a money box is left next to he cooler. This encourages clients to use their own water bottles and not to contribute to the pollution caused by discarded empty plastic water bottles.

The maximum number we take is limited to 16 on this trip. This we believe reduces the impact on the community and environment.

UK Office: We have at our offices worked to reduce our carbon footprint through a reduction of energy use and energy conservation measures. We also actively reduce the waste produced by having active reduction and recycling policies in place. We run annual staff workshops on Responsible Tourism.

Carbon balancing: Global warming is a reality and to help you make a difference by reducing the carbon dioxide that is produced when you travel we offer a chance to carbon balance your flights. We encourage all our clients to do this and do so for all our staff travel. Go on do your bit!

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