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Turkey Activity Holiday

Minimum age 10yrs

This Turkey family holiday is located in the coastal town of Fethiye, which has developed a reputation as one of Turkey’s best spots for action and adventure. During our week here on our family tour,  there’s plenty of time to make the most of the many activities available. Snorkel warm waters, sail around the Lycian Coast in a traditional gulet and stay in adventure-filled Fethiye on this Turkish family adventure.

Fabulous Fethiye – In 1958 an earthquake levelled the seaside city of Fethiye (feh-tee-yeh), sparing only the remains of the ancient city of Telmessos. More than half a century on and it is once again a prosperous hub of the western Mediterranean. Despite its booming growth, Fethiye is incredibly low-key for its size, due mostly to the restrictions on high-rise buildings and the transitory nature of the gület (Turkish yacht) business, which brings travellers flocking here April through to October.Fethiye’s natural harbour is perhaps the region’s finest, tucked away in the southern reaches of a broad bay scattered with pretty islands, in particular Şövalye Adası, glimpsed briefly in the James Bond film Skyfall.

Gulet Cruise – Included on your family holiday in Turkey is a trip for two nights spent aboard a gulet, a traditional wooden sailing boat, cruising the turquoise coast. This is the perfect way to explore the coast and a real highlight of the trip. There’s plenty of time for swimming in quiet bays along the way and, for those who enjoy snorkelling, the water is clear and warm with fantastic visibility.

Saklikent Gorge – One of the highlights of the region is Saklikent Gorge, one of the deepest canyons in the world. Splash around in the water and scramble over rocks as you explore the area, and then drive back to Fethiye after lunch. In the afternoon, perhaps race each other up the steps up to the ancient Lycian stone temples, each carved directly from the rock.

Xanthous, Pataca and Lethoon – Have a hearty breakfast before setting off to visit one of the most spectacular ancient spots in Lycian history: Xanthos. Everyone in the family will enjoy wandering around this ruined city. Cool off with a dip at nearby Patara Beach and have a picnic lunch before heading on to the sixth century BC religious centre of Letoon.

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We share this holiday with another company, which is not a dedicated single parent company and so the group is likely to consist of one and two parent families.

Included activities:

  • Saklikent – Saklikent Gorge
  • Oludeniz – Waterworld Aquapark
  • Xanthos – Archaeological site
  • Patara – Ancient Site & Beach
  • Letoon – Archaeological site
  • Fethiye – Blue Cruise
  • Fethiye – Turkish Bath
  • Fethiye – Facial Treatment

Turkey Activity

Day 1 Fethiye – Welcome to Turkey. This adventure kicks off in the coastal city of Fethiye. You can arrive at any time during the day, as there are no activities planned until a Welcome Meeting at 6pm today – see reception for more details. If you arrive early, get out and explore the town – with Lycian rock tombs carved into cliffs, a beautiful coastline and a renowned market, Fethiye is a laidback, friendly town full of wonderful Turkish cuisine and culture. Accommodation: Rebin Beach Hotel or Similar (1 night)

Day 2 Saklikent Gorge – This morning after breakfast, drive for approximately 30 minutes to Saklikent Gorge. You’ll spend the whole morning here, and the gorge is a spectacular place where steep sculpted walls soar high above. The whole canyon is around 18 kilometres long, with 4 kilometres accessible, and the vertical walls can reach up to 300 metres in height. In the summer, its shaded areas and water pools are a great way to cool off from the heat.You can make your way along a suspended walkway though shaded cliffs, scramble over rocks as you explore the area, splash about in the water that’s rushed down in the valley after the snow from the Taurus Mountains has melted, and cool your feet near a waterfall. There are cafes and restaurants setup on pontoons over the water, and it’s a lovely place to enjoy. After lunch, head back to Fethiye in the afternoon to explore the town or relax by the pool. Perhaps race each other up the steps to the ancient Lycian stone temples, each carved directly from the rock. Accommodation: Rebin Beach Hotel or Similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 Oludeniz – Today you’ll discover another great way to cool off from the Turkish heat – head to a nearby water park for a day of family fun and frolics in nearby Oludeniz. The park has nine slides, a kid’s pool, wave pool, the main swimming pool, and a ‘lazy river’ that can be floated down on a rubber ring. Spend a blissful day slipping down water slides and scampering between pools. There are restaurants and cafes with cold drinks, ice-creams as well as Turkish national food ‘gozleme’ and pancakes. There are also lockers and safety deposit boxes. Cash is not used in the water park to save you having to carry it about or take money in the pool or slides. To make things easy you can load your money to your Oludeniz Water World Aquapark card and then buy drinks and food via this card. Tonight, perhaps get stuck into some of the great seafood on offer in Fethiye. Accommodation: Rebin Beach Hotel or Similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 Fethiye – Enjoy a free day to discover more of the charming town of Fethiye or, if you prefer, just soak up the sun by the pool or the beach. You can enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and stroll the impressive harbour, filled with traditional gulet, fishing boats and cruise boats that day-trip the pretty harbour islands. Tuck into Turkish cuisine, or treat yourself to some delicious homemade Turkish lemonade – a speciality of the area. The town has shops to browse and the weekly market offers an interesting diversion. Wander around the stalls packed with textiles, clothing, heaps of fresh food, and pretty much anything else you can think of. You could take a break at one of the refreshment stalls serving pancakes or kebab and people watch as the locals go about their shopping. If you want to get more active then maybe head out on the water, with an optional sea kayaking adventure helping you discover the beautiful coast. Accommodation: Rebin Beach Hotel or Similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 Lycia – It’s a full and exciting day today. After a hearty breakfast, depart early and drive for just over an hour to one of the greatest and most spectacular ancient spots in Lycian history – Xanthos (approximately 1 hour). The city dates back to 8th century BC and has a pretty horrible (but interesting) history of murder and suicide. The city was the centre of culture and commerce for the Lycians, but as it sat on the lines between Europe and the Eastern World it was regularly in the path of conquerors – the Persian Empire, Alexander the Great, and the Romans all took over the city. There’s a great amphitheatre, as well as a necropolis, mosaic floors, and temples to explore.Afterwards, head the short distance to Patara Beach, rightly considered one of the best beaches in Turkey. This protected natural area is home to a long stretch of soft sand, shallow blue water and gentle waves ideal for a bit of body-surfing. After a swim and picnic lunch here, continue back towards Fethiye, stopping at Letoon – the sacred cult centre of Lycia – en route. Here there was a temple dedicated to the goddess Leto, and her children, Artemis and Apollo, and the inscriptions were key in deciphering of the Lycian language. Accommodation: Rebin Beach Hotel or Similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 – Gulet Cruise This morning you’ll climb aboard a gulet for two days of idyllic relaxation on the sea. There’s no firm plan – much depends on the tides and local conditions. Your days are usually spent cruising between the little coves and islands that dot this beautiful part of southwest Turkey. Naturally, there are plenty of opportunities to take a dip in the inviting waters of the Aegean. Parents can sit back, relax and watch the world go by while the kids can emulate their favourite sea-faring heroes. Leaving Fethiye, first visit Samanlik – where the green pine forests come down to meet the blue sea – before heading onto Butterfly Valley. The word ‘paradise’ is often thrown around a lot, but in this amazing place it’s the only one that fits. This hidden gem of the Turquoise Coast is only accessible by boat or via the Lycian Way walking trail. The Valley is one of the most beautiful places in Turkey. It’s only been visited in the last twenty or so years, so before that it was relatively untouched and unknown, and it remains intact and pure. Accommodation: Overnight Gulet Accommodation (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 Gulet Cruise – Wake up aboard your gulet and get into the rhythm of life along the Turkish seas. Continue your cruise around the stunning coast, and spend your time on the beautiful azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea swimming, relaxing, and exploring the natural and historical sites along the way. You’ll have the opportunity to go on land, hike and explore hidden coves, as well as go for plenty of swims in crystal clear waters. Watch a memorable Turkish sunset as you bob on the ocean, then, at night, indulge in unforgettable feasts before being lulled to sleep by sultry Mediterranean breezes. Accommodation: Overnight Gulet Accommodation (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Fethiye – As your cruise comes to an end, enjoy a final breakfast on-board before disembarking. To continue the relaxing theme of the day, head to a local Turkish bath where you can relax, experience some traditional treatments, and enjoy some fun family bonding in a leisurely environment. Have a scrub, a foam massage, visit the hamam (Turkish sauna), and enjoy a facial treatment. Your luggage will be stored here while you indulge, then later in the afternoon you will head to the airport (approximately 1 hour), where this Turkish adventure comes to an end. Meals Included: Breakfast

What’s included in this holiday:

Meals:
7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport:
Private minibus
Accommodation:
Gulet Cabin (2 nights), Hotel (5 nights)

Activities

Day 2 Included Activities

  • Saklikent – Saklikent Gorge

Day 3 Included Activities

  • Oludeniz – Waterworld Aquapark

Day 4 Optional Activities

  • Fethiye – Tuesday Market – Free

Day 5 Included Activities

  • Xanthos – Archaeological site
  • Patara – Ancient Site & Beach
  • Letoon – Archaeological site

Day 6 Included Activities

  • Fethiye – Blue Cruise

Day 8 Included activities

  • Saklikent – Saklikent Gorge
  • Oludeniz – Waterworld Aquapark
  • Xanthos – Archaeological site
  • Patara – Ancient Site & Beach
  • Letoon – Archaeological site
  • Fethiye – Blue Cruise
  • Fethiye – Turkish Bath
  • Fethiye – Facial Treatment

Turkey Activity Holiday Dates and Prices

Travel Dates Nights Adult Child 5-14 Notes
Sun 01 July – Sun 08 July 2018 7 £540 £490 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices

Single parent with 13 year old daughter booked

Couple with 18 year old son and 15 year old daughter booked

Sun 29 July – Sun 5 Aug 2018 7 FULLY BOOKED
Sun 12 Aug – Sun 19 Aug 2018 7 FULLY BOOKED

Single dad with 9 year old daughter

Couple booked with 15 year old son and daughter

Sun 14 Oct – Sun 21 Oct 2018 7 £540 £490 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 14 July – Sun 21 July 2019 7 £540 £490 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 28 July – Sun 4 Aug 2019 7 £540 £490 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sun 20 Oct – Sun 27 Oct 2019 7 £540 £490 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices

Land only

The prices shown above exclude flights. Since flight availability and airfares change constantly, these prices are subject to availability at the time of booking so please enquire for a full quotation including flight. You may choose to buy your own flight, in which case you may want to also check out the price of a private transfer to the start of the holiday and returning to the airport at the end of your stay or information regarding shuttle buses. In many cases there will be a complementary transfer, and we can confirm the time of these transfers, where applicable. We will always endeavour to find the best available flights at the time of booking and confirm your flight inclusive price at that time. We advise that you book early to secure the best prices.

 

Wonderful holiday for a teenager

A wonderful way to take a holiday with a teenager and know that they will be happily occupied with like minded individuals. A good balance of chilling, culture and nature.

Loved the gulet especially as we slept under the stars and it so peaceful. Our guides were extremely friendly and helpful.
Everyone really gelled on our trip.
Noah’s bag turned up Saturday afternoon.
I suppose the only negative comment would be that some of the equipment in the rooms was not in nick and the staff were a bit of a mix some friendly some less so but the pool was clean and the hotel was well located.

Katie Banfield, August 2015

Great time!!

We had a great time!! Guven was great with kids. Memmet was eager to help on the Gulet and Ali was a fantastic cook. Morac was very knowledgeable, again great with the kids.

August 2014

Fantastic time

We had a fantastic time. The selection of activities for our family (2 teenage children 13 and 15) was perfect. The activities had an element of risk, which once completed resulted in a fabulous sense of self satisfaction! i.e. just outside comfort zone but not dangerous!

We were very lucky to have been grouped with another family who had similarly aged children. We all got on very well!!

August 2014

Turkey was fantastic
Absolutely loved the boat, food was very good, enjoyed all the other holidaymakers company and Anne & the crew were great. Watersports were brilliant. I would definitely do a sailing holiday again.

Liz

It really was a great and memorable trip
something really different.

Melanie

Had the best time ever..
Thanks.

Nik and Jak

I would like to take the opportunity to say..
that we all had an amazing holiday which we will remember for a long time. It was the best holiday I have had with the kids! Thank you to you, the captain and all the crew for making it so special!

Regards,

Danny

Just to say a huge thank you…
For organising this holiday. Kiel and I had a fantastic time. Anne was the perfect host! Seriously considering doing it all again next year.

Best regards,

Tracy

Thanks, had a fantastic holiday…
Great crowd and Anne was fantastic.

Regards

Heather and Joe

Brilliant trip

This was a brilliant trip for me and my son. The trip worked really well combining the teen activities with the single parent departure. Our Tour Leader was also probably the best I have had on any tour and worked extremely hard to ensure that everything went well, and that everybody enjoyed their holiday.

Mr W – August 2012

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