Turkey Activity Holiday
Minimum age 5yrs
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.
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.
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.
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.
Xanthos, Patara 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.
Transport – Minibus, Gulet
Accommodation – Hotel (5nts), Gulet (2nts).
Meals – 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 2 dinners.
Land only – Flights and transfers are not included. If you prefer for us to book your flight or require further information, please enquire. We can quote for a private transfer or shuttle buses are available to the resort.
Day 1 Fethiye
Today is arrival day and you are free to arrive at any time and get to know Fethiye. There will be a welcome meeting at 6 pm. 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. Rebin Beach Hotel – Swimming pool (5 nights)
Day 2 Saklikent Gorge
This morning after breakfast we drive for about half an hour to Saklikent Gorge where we spend the morning. The gorge is a spectacular place and in the summer you can walk in between the steep sculpted walls soaring high above with your feet cooled by the water and the walls shielding you from the sun. There are cafes and restaurants setup on pontoons over the water and it is a lovely place to enjoy. After lunch we head back to Fethiye to explore the town or relax by the pool. – Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 3 Water park
Today we head to a nearby water park for a day of family fun and frolics in nearby Oludeniz. It has 9 slides, a kid’s pool, wave pool and the main swimming pool. 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 – you can load your money to your Oludeniz Water World Aquapark card and then you can buy drinks and food via this card. Therefore, you do not have to take money in the pool or slides. Breakfast included
Day 4 Fethiye – Free day
Enjoy the laidback atmosphere of Fethiye and stroll the impressive harbour filled with traditional gulet, fishing boats and cruise boats that day-trip the pretty harbour islands.
Today we have left free so that you can discover more of this charming town or if you prefer just soak up the sun by the pool. The town has much to offer and the market offers a great distraction for an hour or three. Breakfast included
Day 5 Xanthos, Patara and Letoon
Today is an exciting and full day. After a hearty breakfast we depart early and drive for just over one hour to the site of the greatest city in Lycian history, Xanthos. The city dates back to 8th century and has a pretty horrible history. After exploration of the city we head to Patara Beach, rightfully considered one of the most beaches in Turkey. After a swim here and a picnic lunch we will continue on to Letoon, the sacred cult centre of Lycia. Breakfast included
Days 6-7 Gulet Cruise
This morning we’ll step aboard our gulet, for two days of idyllic relaxation. There’s no firm plan – much depends on the tides and local conditions. Our days are usually spent cruising between the little coves and islands that dot this beautiful part of south-west 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 we will first visit Samanlik where the green pine forests come down to meet the blue sea before heading onto Butterfly Valley. It is a hidden gem of Turkeys Turquoise Coast and is accessible only by boat or via the Lycian Way walking trail.The Valley has only been visited in the last twenty or so years before that it was reletively untouched and unknown. Luckily due to the valley being inaccessable it has kept intact and pure.
Overnight on Gulet – 2 Breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners included.
Day 8 Departure day
As our cruise comes to an end we eat our final breakfast onboard before disembarking. We head to a local Turkish bath where we can relax and enjoy some traditional treatments and some fun family bonding. Have a scrub, a foam massage , visit the hamam ( Turkish sauna) and enjoy a facial treatment. Our luggage will be stored here and later in the afternoon we will head to the airport for the end of the trip.
Your price does not include:
Flights and transfers are not included. Please enquire for further information.
The weather in July and August will be be very hot. When on the gulet there is a lovely sea breeze. This can be deceiving so we recommend that you use a high factor sun tan lotion but don`t forget that airlines only allow you to carry a maximum volume of 100ml in your hand luggage this must be kept in a transparent plastic bag. Anything over this will be confiscated. You should put it in your suitcase to travel in the hold. Also be prepared for the occasional rain.
Visas and Permits
British passport holders need a visa to enter Turkey. This can be purchased on arrival at the airport or border post rather than in advance. Make sure to join the queue to buy your visa before the queueing for immigration. How much you pay for your visa (essentially a tourist tax) varies. You must pay in hard-currency cash. The customs officers expect to be paid in euro, US dollars or UK pounds and may not accept lira; they also don’t give any change. No photos are required. The standard visa is valid for three months and, depending on your nationality, usually allows for multiple entries. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from entry into Turkey. If you are not a British citizen you must check with the Turkish embassy as to whetehr you require a visa.
You should seek medical advice before travelling to Turkey and ensure that all appropriate vaccinations are up-to-date. For further information on vaccination requirements, health outbreaks and general disease protection and prevention you should visit the websites of the NaTHNaC www.nathnac.org/travel/index.htmand NHS Scotland’s Fit For Travel www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.
The New Turkish Lira. There are approximately 2.8 New Turkish Lira to one British Pound (as at September 2011). Take some Turkish lira in cash if arrival is relatively late. ATM’s in Kas are convenient and accept bankcards with the Cirrus and VISA logo. Credit cards are only accepted in major hotels and expensive restaurants. You are better off taking Bank of England notes rather than Scottish notes if you want to change money in Turkey or for paying the local payment as Scottish notes are not widely accepted. Don’t take travellers cheques as banks will no longer change them.
The easiest and most efficient way to apply for an EHIC is online.www.ehic.org.uk/Internet/home.do
Apply now for your EHIC and go abroad knowing you are prepared for all eventualities.
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Turkey Activity Holiday Dates and Prices
|Travel Dates||Nights||Adult||Child 5-17||Notes|
|Sun 01 July – Sun 08 July 2018||7||£485||£440||Land only|
|Sun 29 July – Sun 05 Aug 2018||7||£485||£440||Land only|
|Sun 12 Aug – Sun 19 Aug 2018||7||£485||£440||Land only|
|Sun 14 Oct – Sun 21 Aug 2018||7||£485||£440||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.
Your holiday includes;
Transport – minibus, gulet, (kayak)*, (bike)*.
Accommodation – Hotel (5nts), Gulet (2nts)
Meals – 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
* extra charge
Highlights of the trip:
- Two night relaxing gulet cruise on the Mediterranean Sea;
- Time in Kas, one of Turkey’s best spots for adventure;
- Enjoy a thrilling week of varied activities. (See Guide/Itinerary)
Optional Activities – approximately costs
Sea Kayaking -70 Turkish Lira (approx £29)
SCUBA diving -60 Turkish Lira (approx £25)
Mountain Biking -100 Turkish Lira (approx £42)
Sunset BBQ -75 Turkish Lira (approx £31)
Coasteering -100 Turkish Lira (approx £42)
Night snorkelling -80 Turkish Lira (approx £33)
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
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.
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!!
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.
It really was a great and memorable trip
something really different.
Had the best time ever..
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!
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.
Thanks, had a fantastic holiday…
Great crowd and Anne was fantastic.
Heather and Joe
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