This is a great trip to experience the wide range of outdoor activities that Turkey has to offer - and in a place of pretty amazing beauty at that! Most of the activities are achievable by anyone - if anything, the canyoning I found to be challenging if you are a little out of fitness, but the guides will get you through safely. Kas is an excellent base as it is far enough away from the airports to avoid the average tourist, and it is a beautiful (if hilly) little town where the locals are truly friendly. You see a bit of the countryside which varies greatly.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Canyoning without a doubt! A good solid physical day with challenges for absolutely everybody if they wish. I was also surprised by the paragliding - rather than focussing on the town below, I was touched by the peace, and the sensation of hovering closer to the cliffs - a great Imax sensation. The tubing was heaps of fun, with the mud fight included - it was a great way to get everyone bonding.
I also loved Kas - having travelled to other Brit-dominated tourist towns, it has retained a feeling of self and hasn't so far succumbed to the loud trashy bars at street level. I took my own time out now and then to explore, which of course everyone has the option (even if they don't take that up) to do, rather than just following the leader all the time, and found some truly beautiful spots for contemplation. :-)
- What did you think of your group leader?
Maho's an old hand at this tour, and that clearly sits behind him as he changes the itinerary to suit the weather and safety conditions, and the way he does his briefings. I (being Aussie) liked his dry humour and didn't mind the longer descriptions - we're on holidays, what's the rush? I always applaud the tour leaders who take the effort to show a new herd around week-in, week-out. As the less fit of the group, I always felt that the leader and the guides were taking attention of my safety, and they seriously deserve a medal for getting me up some of the canyoning rocks! If you want more information about what's going on, just ask. I don't always like being herded around, so I found his approach to be sufficiently hands-on without claustrophobic. If you don't like his choice of restaurant, he doesn't get offended if you go somewhere else and join later at the bar. :-)
The team was also expanded as required with staff, and they were great at getting us around in comfort and safety (if you know Turkish roads, you understand this completely!).
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Definitely take good boots for the canyoning. Otherwise, as stated elsewhere, just some good quick drying clothes but don't go crazy on the nice stuff for evening. I really appreciated having the camelbak for the canyoning and riding, and you'll go through quite a bit of water in the hotter weather. May was surprisingly chilly in the evenings so a long sleeve is good. If it rains, you just get wet! You may also wish to take earplugs for the mosque morning call to prayer if you are a light sleeper and not a muslim of course.
Frankly, I think that the moderate tag is justified for the canyoning, but the rest of the activities can be taken at your own pace. I also had my bike adjusted on the day which made it more comfortable (I already had my saddle and pedals as had done MTK before) but don't expect super bikes so take appropriate clothing/gel seat.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
We had a larger group than normal due to UK long weekend, so I think most of the activities would generally be all done together (the scuba was split for us). Food for breakfast and lunches is pretty standard for Turkey, so you will have lots of cheese, olives, tomatoes, bread, etc. If you're picky, take your own food or buy in town. Kas is pretty laid back for a town in a muslim country, but you will go out into the village areas so be aware of modesty if the situation calls for it.
I found the itinerary was well balanced, although due to weather the rest day after canyoning was deferred in favour of the kayaking day. The tubing at Saklikent should just be automatically included and not listed as optional - it's a great activity which everyone should do and also includes the famous mud fights! There are some small expenses for entry fees which I think should be included in the overall price, but this was one tour which we didn't arrange a kitty for at the beginning which would have probably looked after this aspect normally.