The Turquoise Coast

Edits: Sports & Sundowners in Turkey Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
Turkey
Programmes:
Exodus Edits
Trip Code:
EVT
Activity Rating - Moderate
Moderate

You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.

8 Days Land only
Ages: 30s and 40s

Trip Overview

Spend a week exploring Turkey's Lycian scenery, designed with the ultimate rest/play balance in mind. The adventure ramps up as you explore deep canyons and discover lost cities at sea, before setting sail on a boat tour in search of tranquil bays and hidden coves around the Turkish and Greek islands.

Edits trips are for those in their 30s and 40s. We also have a range of trips for everyone, including our similar trip Walking the Turquoise Coast, or you can view our full range of Edits trips.

At a Glance

  • Seven nights at a boutique hotel
  • Scheduled airport transfers

Trip Highlights

• Brace yourself for exhilarating canyoning and cycling through the mountains of Turkey

• Join a thrilling jeep safari to the Saklikent Gorge

• Kick back on Turkey’s famous beaches, lapped with turquoise water

Is This Trip for You?

Activity Level: 3 (Moderate)

This trip gives you the chance to go sea kayaking, canyoning, and diving (optional) in addition to biking and exploration on foot. There is also the option to try paragliding. A perfect trip for those who enjoy plenty of adrenaline along with sun!
No experience of the activities is required for this holiday and those that have experience will not be bored. However, to enjoy this trip to the full, a good level of fitness, skills and physique are required. 
The itinerary is active and long periods of time are spent outdoors or in water. As so many of the activities are water-based, we do not recommend that non-swimmers book this trip. There is a certain amount of rough and tumble and a few minor cuts and bruises cannot be ruled out. 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Min group size:
6
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Kas
End City:
Kas

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Kas

    On arrival in Kas, you'll make your way (either via a scheduled group transfer or independently) to your boutique hotel, the Kas Artemis Hotel. The outdoor pool beckons to swim off any post-flight grogginess. Have a sundowner and wind down into holiday mode: the real adventure starts tomorrow.

  • Day 2

    Jeep safari to some of the region's best beaches and canyons

    You'll be collected at 9.30 am today; perhaps more of a lie-in than your average weekday. You'll be driven by jeep to Kaputas Beach to see the turquoise waters that epitomise this part of Turkey. As well as being ideal Instagram fodder, it's a real scene-setter for the trip ahead. Then it's on to a couple of traditional Greek villages where you'll stop for a late breakfast.

    Then, you head further inland to canyon country. On foot, you'll pass through Gizlikent Gorge to find its incredible waterfall. Then explore further into Saklikent National Park to see the deep canyon carved between two mountains, before stopping for lunch in these spectacular surroundings.

    A visit to Patara Beach follows, for another hit of that pure azure sea. There's time for a swim before the day wraps up around 6.00 pm and you return to the Kas Artemis Hotel.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 3

    Full day sea kayaking and discover a lost city

    It's an earlier start this morning, heading out around 8.00 am to Ucagiz. This is where you'll get a briefing before hitting the water in a sea kayak, bound for Kekova island. If you managed to squeeze in a few extra gym sessions before your trip, you'll be grateful for the extra stamina today. Kekova island is the site of a sunken city, and you'll be able to make out the layout of houses beneath the surface. Lunch is in an enviable spot - the village of Simena, which is inaccessible by road. A hilltop castle overlooks it, and you'll catch views of the whole bay.

    Rest up this evening. You'll need your energy for a challenging day tomorrow…

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 4

    Go canyoning! Abseil, swim and plunge into pools of cool water

    There's an adrenaline-charged day in store today, and you'll need a head for heights too. You're off to the mountains behind Kas, stopping at the Kibris Canyon. You'll be provided with all the gear and spend the day canyoning, swimming, abseiling and plunging into the cold river water.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 5

    Spend a day at sea exploring the beautiful Turkish and Greek islands

    After yesterday's antics, the tempo is dialled down. Ice cold drink in hand and soaking up the sunshine, you'll set sail from Kas Harbour to explore bays and coves around the Turkish and Greek islands. You'll get a sense of the region's ancient history as you meander around the rocky outcrops. Lunch on board is fresh and leisurely. Bliss.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 6

    Hit the road on two wheels and cycle through the forests

    Fuel up at breakfast, you'll need this morning's carbs to turbocharge an exhilarating day in the mountains. You'll spend the morning cycling along trails that ascend through the cedar forest, with the majestic Kibris Gorge within sight. A homemade lunch is served in a village house before you descend on fast roads back to Kas. Fitness not what it used to be? A guide and minibus are on hand to help out any stragglers!  

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 7

    Free day to choose from optional activities. A farewell dinner wraps things up

    Today is yours to spend as you like. Ramp things up with options to paraglide or SCUBA dive, visit the local market, or if you'd rather enjoy some R 'n' R before heading home, take a Turkish bath.

    In the early evening, we board the ferry for a 20-minute journey (plus customs checks) to the Greek island of Kastellorizo, also known as Megisti to the locals or Meis in Turkey. This is the most easterly of the Dodecanese Islands, and one of the most picturesque. After a stroll around the colourful harbour, enjoy a farewell dinner before returning to Kas.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 8

    A final breakfast, then home

    After a final breakfast at the hotel, the trip wraps up.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Artemis Hotel

Artemis Hotel, Kas

Artemis Hotel

A newly refurbished hotel in the centre of Kas. It has 38 modern and comfortable rooms, with en suite facilities and balconies.  There is an outdoor swimming pool (May to October) and a restaurant/bar where breakfast is served.

Where a solo room is available, paying for a solo room only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for solo occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a solo room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a solo room.

Solo supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfast, six lunches and one dinner included.

Joining Instructions

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Exodus Edits offers TWO set airport arrival and departure transfers for this trip, for both Land Only and Flight Inclusive clients. These transfers will be to the Exodus Edits start hotel and from the end hotel, and will be on the date on which the tour starts/ends; transfers to other hotels in the same city and/or on different dates may attract an extra charge. The arrival transfers will depart Dalaman Airport at 15:00 and 22:00. The departure transfers will depart the Exodus Edits end hotel at 08:00 and 14:00. Transfers may be shared with other Exodus Edits customers on the same flight, or on a flight with similar arrival times. All those taking advantage of the airport transfers must provide full flight details for both arrival and departure in advance. 

We know that the unexpected can happen. Your plane may get delayed, or things just don’t go to plan. If you miss your tour departure, check with the hotel to see if your tour leader has left you a message with details of how to catch up with your group. If not, call our emergency number (you will find it on the final joining instructions) and our team will help you. Don’t forget that you are responsible for any extra travelling expenses incurred if you miss your tour departure.

Flights

Remember, flights aren’t automatically included in your trip. If you’d like the Exodus Edits team to help you find some good options, give us a call on +44 020 8772 3837.

Location start:
Kas
Location end:
Kas

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Light summer walking shoes (or old trainers) for the canyoning (these will get wet, water needs to be able to drain away)
  • Comfortable walking boots or trekking trainers
  • Warm sweater and/or jacket for May, September and October departures
  • Swimwear
  • Sun cream
  • Lip protection
  • Sunhat
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses with neck string
  • Daypack (approx. 30 litres)
  • Clothes that you do not mind getting wet

Water Included

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. For your trip we provide an alternative to single-use plastic bottles in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe drinking water will be available throughout so all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list!

Practical Information

Passport

Turkey

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Turkey

From 2 March 2020, nationals of Great Britain, the European Union Schengen area, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Poland travelling to Turkey for tourist or business purposes will no longer need a visa for visits of up to 90 days in any 180-day period. If you’re travelling before 2 March, you will still need a visa.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

Turkey

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Exodus Edits

Local Time

Turkey's Timezone:
Europe/Istanbul +03 (GMT +03:00)

Electricity

Turkey's Electricity:

Standard European Adapter required.

Money

Turkey's Currency

The national currency of Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TRL), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (September 2019) of approximately 7.1 to the GBP, 5.7 to the USD, 4.3 to the CAD, 6.3 to the EUR, 3.9 to the AUD and 3.6 to the NZD.

There are no restrictions on the import of Turkish currency, though local exchange rates are invariably better than those in the UK. The exchange does fluctuate quite considerably, so it is best to check just before departure.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

You should allow about £160 (approximately US$210) for meals not included (excluding drinks).
Approx. drink prices in restaurants and lokantas: Beer £3.25, bottle of wine £14.50, water £1.25, soft drink £2, fresh orange juice £3.
Entrance to Patara National Park approx £2
Entrance to Saklikent Gorge approx £1.70

Tipping

Although optional, a tip for the leader at the end of the trip is greatly appreciated. As a guideline we would suggest that you budget around £45 in total on this itinerary to be broken down as follows:
Approximately £20 for your tour leader
Approximately £10 each for your driver and assistant leader
Approximately £5 for the hotel

Responsible Tourism

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

Learn more about what sustainable travel means to Exodus Edits here…

Live Adventure, Give Adventure.

Each time you book an adventure with Edits, we’ll contribute £15 to the Inspiration Project. That’s enough money to fund a day trip for a local child. Since 2017, our guides have been taking disadvantaged children to see their country’s famous sights and you’ll help us do this more in 2021.

Exodus Community

Join the Exodus online community

Don't forget to visit the Community area on our website. You can view the range of Exodus videos and podcasts, read trip write-ups which have featured in the national media and take advantage of some special deals on travel gear and equipment.

In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

To make full use of the Community you'll need to join My Exodus. It's free, registration is simple and easy, so what are you waiting for?

Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

 

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.