Family Lycian Activity Week

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£699
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Family
Suitable for:
Age 9+
Activity level:
Moderate
Trip code: 
FET
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Culture
Group size:
6–20
Designed for:
Ages 13-16
Also for:
Ages 9-12

The endless coastline, canyons and rivers of southern Turkey are the playground for adventures on land and sea. On this trip there are days of canyoning and sea kayaking, plus visits to the impressive Saklikent Gorge and Patara National Park, with its Roman ruins and glorious beach. There is also a free day to enjoy more of the local delights or, for the more adventurous, optional paragliding. The beautiful scenery and laid-back atmosphere in Kas make it a fantastic base for a week of family fun.

Highlights

  • Enjoy an action-packed week of adrenaline-filled activities in stunning Lycian scenery
  • Sea kayak over a sunken city in the Mediterranean Sea
  • Canyoning - abseil, clamber and jump down a spectacular gorge, through waterfalls and pools
  • Explore ancient ruins
  • Relax on the beach at Patara
  • Enjoy a scenic coastal walk past Roman ruins

Key information

  • 7 nights at a 3-star hotel with en suite facilities, air-conditioning and a pool
  • 8 days land only/flight inclusive
  • 5 days activities, 1 free day
  • Travel by private air-conditioned minibus
  • Group normally 6 to 20
  • No experience necessary
  • Reasonable level of fitness required
  • Countries visited: Turkey

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 3 lunches
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

 

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
Call for tailor made trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Itinerary

Kas
to
Kas
  • Day 1

    Start Kas.

    There are no activities planned today so you are free to arrive in Kas at any time.

    Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    Limanagzi day walk

    We start our holiday with a gentle warm-up day. The morning is spent on an orientation walk discovering Kas, then enjoy coastal views through the olive groves on the way out to Limanagzi beach (approx 90 mins walk). At Limanagzi there will be time to relax and have a swim. We return to Kas by water taxi.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Explore Saklikent Canyon, head to Patara

    Explore dramatic Saklikent Canyon by wet walking up the river on wooden platforms over the river; we can enjoy the towering canyon walls, dip our feet in the water and explore this spectacular environment. In the afternoon we take a walk to the famously long Patara beach. On the way we can stop at the ruins of the ancient Roman city, a great deal of which has only recently been revealed from under the shifting sands of the area.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Full day canyoning; abseil, swim, climb and jump into pools of cool water in one of the various canyons around Kas.

    The mountains behind Kas are riddled with deep canyons. We normally visit the Kibris Canyon, which offers some of the most impressive natural phenomena in the Taurus Mountains; a spectacular gorge, where springs and waterfalls cascade into the rapidly flowing cold river. It is ideal for canyoning - swimming, abseiling and leaping into pools of mountain water. You will be provided with a wetsuit, harness and a helmet. You must be able to swim, and light summer walking shoes (or old trainers) are essential. The day is long and can be strenuous at times - please make sure you and your children are happy to have a go, and have the courage to jump a few metres into pools of water. You'll be in very safe hands, and should revel in the adventure!

    Please note: At no point is jumping obligatory; there is always the option to climb, abseil or walk down at these points.

     

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Free day in Kas: optional paragliding, SCUBA diving or relaxation.

    Today has been left free to do as little or as much as you like. Options include SCUBA diving, though this has a minimum age of 14, imposed by the Turkish authorities. You can also take a walk, a Turkish bath or just a stroll around the cafés and little shops of Kas. For the more adventurous and adrenaline-seeking, there is the opportunity to take a paragliding flight (this also has a minimum age of 14). The start point is 600 metres above sea level and the flight takes us out over Kas and the surrounding islands.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Full day sea kayaking; find out how the Turquoise Coast earnt its name.

    Today we spend a full day sea kayaking in the sheltered bay near Kekova Island. The day's activities start early in the morning; we will depart at 7:30 for a 50 min (approximately) transfer to Ucagiz village. After preparations and a technical briefing, we will paddle towards the island and the site of the famous sunken city. Although it is no Atlantis, you can clearly make out the harbour walls and see the layout of rooms and houses below the water. Kayaking is an excellent low-impact way of exploring the site. Later, we paddle to the village of Simena to have our lunch. This spectacular spot is located on a peninsula and is inaccessible by road. The village is overlooked by a hilltop Ottoman castle with excellent views of the whole bay. To participate you must be able to swim and have the physique necessary to fit in the kayak.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Town market visit and village lunch

    Every Friday morning in Kas, a colourful local market takes place with a wonderful variety of fruit and vegetables along with clothes and household goods. Many villagers from the mountains also attend and you will have the option to travel into the area they inhabit this afternoon. The scenery is dramatic, with extensive pine and cedar forests framing the Ak Dag mountain range, which is snow-capped until July.


    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • 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
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Essential Info

Visas

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.

Vaccinations

Turkey

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 3 picnic lunches are included.
Food in Turkey is generally very good and varied, making use of fresh local ingredients. Breakfasts normally include boiled eggs, cucumber, tomatoes, cheese, honey or jam and yoghurt, olives and bread. Picnic lunches are provided on specified days.
For dinners, there are plenty of excellent lokantas (cafés) and restaurants in Kas for you to choose from. Some specialise in locally caught fish dishes, others in various lamb dishes. There are also plenty of cafes and snack bars where 'pide' (Turkish pizza) is served. Most restaurants also offer selections of meze (mixed small dishes). The Turks have a sweet tooth, so expect plenty of pastries covered in honey, as well as cakes and ice creams. Your group leader will normally assist in organising group meals. Vegetarians are well catered for.

Weather

If travelling in July and August you must be prepared for high temperatures up to 38 deg C and it is not always possible to avoid the heat of the midday sun. Rain is unlikely in the summer months although the occasional storm can't be ruled out. Protracted spells of bad weather are unlikely at any time of the year.

Kas

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 3 (Moderate)
This trip gives you the chance to go sea kayaking, canyoning and walking, with a good dose of relaxation thrown in. There is also the option to try SCUBA diving (minimum age 14 yrs)
No experience of the activities is required for this holiday and you and your family will be in good hands with the local team. 
The itinerary is fairly 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.
We have built in free time to enjoy the sun and sand of the Turquoise Coast. The hotel has a pool and there is ample opportunity to relax.

Our local partner may ask you to sign an 'acknowledgement of risk' form before undertaking some of the more adventurous activities included as part of the tour. In signing this you will not be limiting your legal rights, as these are governed by our booking conditions and your contract remains with Exodus.

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.

Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
Call for tailor made trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Phellos Hotel

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 some with balcony. There is also an outdoor swimming pool (open May to October) and a restaurant/bar where breakfast is served.
Please note: on occasion we might use a different hotel of a similar standard.

Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
Call for tailor made trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

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