Destinations:
Turkey
Programmes:
Culture, Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
TTD
8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

The Turquoise Coast offers an alluring combination of beautiful scenery and ancient sites with some fine coastal and inland walking on the many trails in the area, including sections of the famed Lycian Way. Highlights include the ruined city of Arycanda, the chance to walk over a Roman aqueduct and some fantastic coastal views. Those looking for more adventure can also take part in a number of optional activities including SCUBA diving, paragliding and mountain biking. Alternatively just sit back and enjoy the leisurely pace of life in Turkey from the comfort of a poolside lounger or harbour café.

At a Glance

  • 7 nights comfortable hotel, all rooms en suite
  • 4 days walking; 1 free day
  • Group normally 4 to 16. Min age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 1521m, average 110m
  • Travel by minibus
  • Countries visited: Turkey

Trip Highlights

  • Stunning mountain backdrop and blue lagoons
  • Glorious coastline and varied trails 
  • Historic and cultural landmarks
  • Water sport activities opportunities

Is This Trip for You?

This trip is Activity Level 2 (leisurely/moderate) with 4 days of walking.

Please note that although the walks run on established paths, they can be rocky underfoot with some exposed areas (no guard rails), so you will need to be steady on your feet. The itinerary on this trip remains flexible, to allow you to do as much or as little as you like. All in all this is a relaxing but active break where there is something to suit all tastes - stunning walks, impressive historical sites, excellent food, long sandy beaches and numerous optional activities including diving and paragliding. The walks last on average 4 hours (not including rest stops) and, to some extent, will be tailored to the abilities and interests of the group as well as the season. Kas is a lively town in the summer; out of season it can be quiet but is never deserted, as the town is not entirely dependent on tourism.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
4
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Kas.

    There are no activities planned today so you are free to arrive in Kas at any time. The group flight usually arrives into Dalaman in the early evening and will be met and transferred to Kas.

    Hotel Phellos or similar

  • Day 2

    Morning orientation tour of Kas followed by a walk through the olive groves to Limanagzi beach.

    We start our holiday with a gentle warm-up day. The morning is spent on an orientation walk discovering Kas, then we can enjoy coastal views through the olive groves on the way out to Limanagzi beach, where a historic shipwreck was once excavated. At Limanagzi there will be time to relax or have a swim before we head back to Kas by another route, where you may see some rock tombs. If you prefer there is also the option to take a water taxi back to Kas.

    Walk: Distance 6 km Ascent 205m Descent 208m Max Altitude 95m Time: 2.5 hours

    Hotel Phellos or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 6 km / 3 miles
  • Day 3

    Optional daywalk in the hills above the town or optional full day sea kayaking in the clear waters of Kekova Bay.

    Your leader will advise on things to do in and around Kas, including some self-guided hike options. A very popular excursion is sea kayaking at Kekova. Self-propelled by paddle, sea kayaking is the alternative way to explore the famous region of Kekova and Turkey's beautiful Turquoise Coast. Our optional guided tour departs from the small fishing port of Ucagiz (approx 45 min. transfer from Kas) to explore the island of Kekova and float over its sunken city. We will disembark at the charming hillside village of Simena and stroll up to a superb fortress where we can enjoy spectacular bird's eye views over the aquamarine blue bays, inlets and islands below. We will have a late lunch and then transfer back to Kas in the mid-afternoon.

    Hotel Phellos or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Cavdir to Usumlu village walk, following Roman aqueduct, still in use in places.

    The walk starts in the village, taking us past an Ottoman cemetery, then over open terrain with spectacular views of the Valley and Patara Beach in the distance. The walk continues by following an ancient aqueduct, still in use to this day. Along the way we can fill our water bottles with water fresh from the mountains. We then climb up through pine forests, finishing the walk at the bottom of a small stony track where our minibus waits for us. A short drive takes us to lunch at a local village, where you can sample Turkish pide (pizza) or fresh trout.

    Walk: Distance 7.5 km Ascent 407m Descent 275 m Max Altitude 360m Time: 3.5 hours

    Hotel Phellos or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 7 km / 4 miles
  • Day 5

    Explore ruined city of Arycanda; afternoon walk to mountain village of Yazir.

    Today we will travel inland for approximately 1 hour 45 minutes to visit Arycanda, a city renowned in Lycian times for its love of pleasure and merrymaking as well as its tendency to be in constant debt. Arycanda is the most impressive of the Lycian cities and its setting is one of the most outstanding in all of southern Turkey. After visiting the site and working up on our appetite, we will enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch with one of the local families in the village. In the afternoon we drive approximately 20 min. to Ordubek Plateau, and begin the 8km walk to Yazirbeli village. This is the highest point of the day, and from here it's a nice descent with fabulous views through nice shades of cedar and juniper trees.

    Walk: Distance 8 km Ascent 98m Descent 672 m Max Altitude 1542m Time: 4 hours

    Hotel Phellos or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 8 km / 4 miles
  • Day 6

    Daywalk in Patara National Park, including the recently excavated Roman port town, and the superb beach.

    We start the day with a short transfer (approx. 40 mins) to Yesil Koy village, where we start our varied walk along the route of an old aqueduct, which, in ancient times, supplied the water to the city of Patara. Patara was one of the most important cities of the Lycian Union and is also known as St. Nicholas' (aka Santa Claus) birth place. After 9 km we finish our walk at the impressive ruins of Patara National Park, where you have the option to explore the ancient city, visit the ancient theatre, bouleterion (Parliament building) and some other remains such as the necropolis. Time allowing, there is the option of going to the 18 kilometres long Patara Beach to swim. The beach has soft sand and shallow sea. It is one of the places that sea turtles lay their eggs and, for this reason, the beach is a protected area.

    Walk: Distance 9 km Ascent 218m Descent 378m Max Altitude 215m Time: 4 hours

    Hotel Phellos or similar

     

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 9 km / 5 miles
  • Day 7

    Free day; optional activities including diving and paragliding or local exploration.

    Today is free for relaxing and exploring Kas, a small charming coastal town with a pretty harbour. Although tourism has discovered Kas it has managed to retain much of its old charm. There are opportunities to walk to the ancient theatre on the peninsula as well as the nearby rock-cut tombs. For the more active, you can try your hand at diving or paragliding.

    Hotel Phellos or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Kas.

    Our adventure ends after breakfast today. Those on the group flights will be transferred back to Dalaman for the flight to London.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel Phellos

Kas is a lively town with a vibrant café culture. Our base is usually the Phellos Hotel, a well appointed hotel in the centre of Kas. It has 76 rooms which are modern, clean and comfortable, with en suite facilities, air conditioning and balconies. There is also an outdoor swimming pool (May to October) and a restaurant/bar where breakfast is served.
Please note: on occasion we might use the Artemis hotel which is of a similar standard.

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

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

This tour is on a bed and breakfast basis. Breakfasts normally include boiled eggs, cucumber, tomatoes, cheese, honey or jam and yoghurt, olives and bread. Lunches may be taken as picnics or in lokantas (small local restaurants). For dinners, Kas has plenty of excellent restaurants and cafés for you to choose from. Some specialise in locally caught fish dishes, others in various lamb dishes. There are also plenty of snack bars where 'Pide' (Turkish Pizza) is served. Most restaurants also offer selections of Meze (mixed starters). The Turks have a sweet tooth, so expect plenty of pastries covered in honey, as well as cakes and ice creams.

Transportation

Mini or midi-bus throughout the itinerary.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

The area enjoy a typical Mediterranean weather with mild winters and hot dry summers.

April, May and October: pleasant daytime temperatures 12-22º night time 5-13º, a chance of some rain.

June and September: daytime temperatures 20-35º, night time 15-20º; very dry.

Weather Charts

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.

Location start:
Kas
Location end:
Kas

What to Take

Essential Equipment

2/3 Seasons jacket for April and May departures
Light waterproof jacket (just in case)
Sunhat
Water bottle to refill
Lightweight but sturdy boots with ankle support
Rucksack (20‐30L capacity)
Swimwear
Sandals or old trainers for swimming
Comfortable shoes or trainers for sightseeing outside of the day walks

Optional Equipment

Walking poles

The temperatures can sometimes be very high during the day in the summer (June to September); comfortable light clothing, sunhats, sunglasses and a high factor sun cream are highly recommended at this time of the year.

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

Holders of UK, Austrian, Irish, Portuguese, Spanish and US passports require visas. Visa's must be obtained in advance, passengers need to obtain an e-visa prior to their arrival. This can be done online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ for approximately US$20. The visa is valid for a stay of up to three months (dependent on passport holder's nationality). For a longer stay a visa from a Turkish Embassy is required.

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.

The above information can change at short notice; 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

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

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 (October 2018) of approximately 7.31 to the GBP, 5.59 to the USD, 4.28 to the CAD, 6.42 to the EUR, 3.98 to the AUD and 3.66 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.

ATM Availability

We recommend that you do not bring travellers cheques. It is best to use a mixture of Sterling cash and ATMs. Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in shops for larger purchases. Turkey has a good network of cash machines, which can be used to get advances in lira. It should be noted that Scottish pound notes are not accepted in Turkey.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

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.

Tipping

This, of course, is in no way compulsory and depends on the service received. If you feel you would like to leave a tip, as a guide we would suggest that you budget around £35 in total on this itinerary to be broken down as follows: Approximately £20 for your tour leader. Approximately £10 for your driver Approximately £5 for the hotel.

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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.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

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 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

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

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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.