Family Lycian activity holiday in Turkey
From £1199 - £1275 per child.
Optional single supplement from £210 - £250.
Minimum age 9.
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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3 Reviews of Family Lycian activity holiday in Turkey
Reviewed on 31 Jul 2022 by Anna WilliamsonToo many memorable parts to mention. Canyoning, scuba diving, a beautiful day in the mountains, a fantastic guide who held the group together for meals in off-the-beat restaurants for a really special week. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Sep 2018 by Ian PeckittAll of the week was memorable in so many ways, a great week ! Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Jun 2014 by Saul GreenlandFantastic! 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! Read full review
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.
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.
PeopleAccommodation & 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.
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.