Family Lycian activity holiday in Turkey

“The southern stretch of Turkey's coast is ideal for families (min age 9) looking for a balance of activities, beach and socialising as part of a small group.”


Hotel with pool in central Kas | Limanagzi beach | Saklikent Canyon | Patara beach | Roman ruins and market day | 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, Scuba diving or boat trips |

Description of Family Lycian activity holiday in Turkey

This eight day family holiday (suitable for 9yrs+) in southern Turkey is a wonderful, small group trip (max 20 people) with fully guided adventures taking place along the coast and inland within the Taurus Mountains. This is definitely a trip for families keen on the water, and although beginners in kayaking and scuba diving (min age 14), for example, are welcome, this isn’t really the right trip for non swimmers.

For the entire week you’ll be based in the stunning town of Kas located right on the famously and aptly named Turquoise Coast. Your locally-owned 3-star hotel is comfortable and centrally located; it also boasts a swimming pool that’s open during the summer months. Breakfasts and three picnic lunches are included but dinners are up to you; so be brave and duck into a typical Turkish restaurant armed with phrasebook, smile and a very healthy appetite.

Most of the activities take place in the gorges and river canyons of the Taurus Mountains which are situated just behind Kas. Mornings spent canyoning, abseiling and leaping into waterfalls combine wonderfully well with strolls to ancient Roman ruins or downtime at the nearby beaches of Patara and Limanagzi.

All activities are fully guided, with wetsuits, harnesses and helmets all included. You’ll also experience a full day sea kayaking in the sheltered bay near Kekova Island. This is a great opportunity to get out on the sea and explore in the secret coves and beaches that our expert guides know so well.

There's also a free day for optional Scuba diving sessions as well as a day to shop for locally made souvenirs at Kas’ regular Friday market. It’s this sort of balance between activities and relaxation, group time and family time, that ensures this adventure is one you’ll never forget.

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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 9.
Activity level:
Moderate. No experience necessary but a reasonable level of fitness required.
3-star hotel with en-suite rooms. Restaurant, bar and pool on-site.
Accommodation, transport and tour leader throughout. Canyoning, sea kayaking and abseiling instruction and full safety gear.
All breakfasts and 3 lunches.
Single room supplement available.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

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.

The Impacts of this Trip

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.


2 Reviews of Family Lycian activity holiday in Turkey

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 09 Sep 2018 by

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

All of the week was memorable in so many ways, a great week !

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

Just book it if you want a busy week you will not be disappointed.

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

yes we had the services of a local tour guide who arranged meals out in various local restaurants for us and happily sorted any additional trips on our day off.

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


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!

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