Family sailing holiday in Turkey

“Everyone can join in the fun on this relaxing small group family cruise in Turkey. You’ve got one week to discover all the different ways you can jump off the boat. ”

Highlights

Fethiye | Dalyan mudbaths | Yassica Island | Iztuzu Beach | Tersane | Batik Hammam | Xanthos | Saklikent Gorge | Kekova | Kas | Cruising on a Turkish gulet | Daily swimming opportunities | Optional activities include: Sea kayaking

Description of Family sailing holiday in Turkey

Join a small group of other families on board a traditional Turkish gulet. This roomy boat, built of teak and pine, has plenty of lounging areas for relaxing whilst the kids get bolder and bolder, diving off the side into the sea. Convene for a breakfast on the shady aft deck, lunch on the hoof as you cruise to the next swimming spot, and sit chatting after dinner as the children sleep up on deck under the stars.

This area of Turkey is known as the Turquoise Coast. Not only is it famous for crystal clear water, it was all once part of the kingdom of Lycia – an impressive ancient civilisation, the ruins of which still stand along the shore.

Kids will love the Dalyan mudbaths, where you can experience the healing properties and delightful stickiness of mineral-rich mud. Kekova Bay is renowned for its glassy water, and for ancient Lycian ruins partially sunken and only reached by boat. And what would this holiday be without a good beach? Iztuzu Beach is sandy and undeveloped, the perfect swimming spot.

A small ship cruise like this is very social and you’ll all make lots of friends. Thanks to the gulet’s small size, you’ll be able to anchor in secluded spots close to the shore. This trip is suitable for children aged eight and upwards, and the average age of children on the cruise is 13.

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Small group family holiday

This is a 'small group family adventure' - typically you will join several other families and travel in a group of approx. 16 people. The trips are great value and a great way for you and your children to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of time to yourselves. Please check with the operator to confirm the minimum age for this trip

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.

Environment
As we charter the gulet for the entire season the owners rely on us for the majority of their living. Activities on this trip tend to be ‘people-powered’ – kayaking and walking – with very little vehicle use. Where we do use a vehicle it tends to be smaller, and consequently less polluting than large coaches. With many people coming together to provide the holiday our money is spread far and wide - suppliers benefiting from our visit include café owners and equipment suppliers, along with the gulet owners, crew, drivers and our local agent staff.

Our Tour Leaders are all trained by us in the importance of responsible tourism with guidance given on how they can make a difference. This then percolates down through those they deal with.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators. As a company we support Cool Earth. Protecting rainforest is one of the most effective actions to tackle climate breakdown. CoolEarth work with indigenous communities empowering them to conserve their forest; keeping CO2 locked in.
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1 Reviews of Family sailing holiday in Turkey

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


Swimming and snorkelling in the Mediterranean. Lovely food on the boat.

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


Bring sea sickness pills, ear plugs, portable batteries for charging devices and plenty of sunscreen.

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


A little perhaps

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


Good.
To improve it, leader should learn people's names, and engage with the group better. We had a large cockroach in our cabin one day. Even before that I was not sure when the bedding had been washed last. Better to moor in quiet bays rather than noisy light-filled towns. While the food was very good for the adults, on several days it would have been better to have had a child friendly alternative, eg without the sauce, and an alternative to fish. An honesty system would be nicer for the cold drinks. Availability of snacks would have been good, perhaps some of the leftovers could have been used instead of being instantly thrown away. A shame that water glasses and water were cleared away so fast after meals. Cabin would have been better with adequate (led) lighting, and many more hooks (hard to keep stuff tidy). And the window had no
catches and only a broken snorkel to hold it open. But bathroom better than expected. Would have liked to be allowed much more time in the Saklikent Gorge.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Dr Swale

Re Trip – Family Cruising the Turquoise Coast

Thank you for your feedback regarding the above holiday, forwarded to us by Responsible Travel.

We are sorry that you were disappointed with a few aspects of the cruise, although you found the overall experience enjoyable, and we really appreciate your suggestions for improvement. We have passed these on to our local agent, who will discuss them with the crew to see if the changes you’ve recommended can be implemented, especially in regards to the food and drink.

We haven’t had any issues with noise before, but we have also reminded the crew to be more mindful of this, and to moor somewhere quieter if possible. Please let us assure you that all the bedding is changed prior to each departure.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact us and I do hope we can welcome you and your family on another tour in the near future.

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