Turkish Delight - Family Adventures
This Turkey family holiday is in the coastal town of Kas, which has developed a reputation as one of Turkey’s best spots for action and adventure. During your week here on one of the finest Turkey tours, there’s plenty of time to make the most of the many activities available. You can take part in a sea kayaking trip to visit a sunken city, explore inland by mountain bike or try SCUBA diving in crystal clear waters – with options for both novices and experienced divers. Of course, there’s always the option to simply relax on one of the fine beaches along the coast whilst on your family holidays in Turkey. After a couple of days in Kas you’ll board your gulet, a traditional wooden sailing boat, for two nights cruising on the Aegean Sea. Your meals are cooked for you by the friendly crew and there’s no pressure to do anything other than lay back and relax. However there’s plenty of time for swimming in quiet bays along the way.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Kas
- You will meet your group at the specified hotel in Kas.
- Kas is built among the ruins of the ancient city of Antiphellos, one of the most important cities in the region during the Roman era. Unfortunately all that remains today is a theatre and numerous tombs, notably one on the harbour front and one near the town centre (remarkable for its size and excellent state of preservation).
- It takes its name from the 'Lion Sarcophagus' because of the two lion'sheads jutting out on the side of the lid with their heads resting on their paws.
- The backstreets of Kas are a warren of older buildings; there's even a sarcophagus in the main street! Local men sit in the shade of trees, and climbers rest in teahouses off the main square, where the rattle of dice can be heard as they play backgammon.
- You can join them for some tea and relaxation.
Day 2: Kas
Meals included: 1 breakfast
- Today, in addition to Day 6, will be set aside for you to either explore independently or join in on optional activities organised by your leader.
- The final decision as to which activities will be offered and on which das will be determined by local weather conditions and availability. You can choose to relax in Kas today, or take part in an optional sea kayaking excursion.
- A few kilometres to the east of Kas is Kekova Island. Off its northern shore, you will find the fascinating remains of an ancient settlement - known locally as Batik Sehir (the sunken city) - which lies submerged in a few metres of translucent, turquoise water.
- Consigned to the sea as the result of an earthquake, the ruined walls and stairs of houses, along with the outline of its jetty are still clearly visible.
- As this is a protected archaeological site, swimming and snorkelling are prohibited; you can take sea-kayaks to get a really close look at the atmospheric ruins.
- Your group leader will organise a meal for the group or alternatively recommend some local restaurants for you to try in the evening.
Day 3-4: Sailing The Turquoise Coast
Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
- This morning you'll step aboard your gule for two days of idyllic relaxation.
- There's no firm plan for this component of the trip, most of it depends on the tides and local conditions.
- Your days will usually be spent cruising between the little coves and islands that dot this beautiful part of south-west Turkey.
- There will be 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 emulate their favourite sea-faring heroes.
- Below is an outline of a typical sailing route:
- Leaving Kas you will first visit the unspoiled Ufakdere Bay where you'll have lunch and no doubt take the opportunity to swim or snorkel in the beautiful blue waters. Yet more swimming is in order as you sail on to Yaglica Bay, before mooring in a picturesque bay near to Kekova for your first night sea-borne. Awakening to the seemingly infinite crystal clear waters, you can take an early morning dip near to the excitingly named Pirate Cave. The intended course then takes you on to Tersane (Shipyard) Bay, where you'll go ashore for lunch to explore medieval castles, continuing to Inonu Bay for your second night on board the gulet.
Day 5: Return to Kas
Meals included: 1 breakfast
- You'll arrive back in Kas today after a final breakfast on board your gulet.
- After returning to your hotel the remainder of the day will be left free for you to relax (by the hotel pool or on the beach).
Day 6-7: Kas
Meals included: 1 breakfast
- The whole of today and the following day will be left free for you to either relax or take part in further optional activities. These optional activities can be arranged by your leader or will be available locally.
- One of the most popular optional activities is scuba diving. With some of the best dive sites along Turkey's Mediterranean coast, this area boasts excellent visibility and a variety of sea-life.
- If you're already a qualified and certificated diver, there are two popular optional dives on local sites.
- If you haven't yet learned to dive, you can choose to take a fully supervised introductory course, specifically designed for beginners.
- Please note that due to Turkish law children under 14 years old are now not allowed to take part in scuba diving.
- NB: If you are already qualified and wish to dive (other than the introductory course), you must produce a valid PADI, NAUI, CMAS or BSAC diving certificate or equivalent.
- Another popular optional activity is mountain bike riding. The back roads of Lycia are ideal for exploration by mountain bike.
- One popular, full-day, 25 kilometre route offers exhilarating riding, albeit mostly downhill, following both rough tracks and asphalt roads. The views from the numerous high vantage points span across the mountains on one side, and out to the sea to the other - they are simply stunning. These views offer a different perspective of the Lycian coast, revealing just how pretty it is.
- If you choose to go mountain bike riding, after lunch you'll continue your descent, heading towards Dirgenler, before returning to Kas for a well-earned cold drink.
- On your last evening in Kas, your leader will doubtless help to get everyone together for a final night celebration meal.
Day 8: Dalaman - trip ends
Meals included: 1 breakfast
- You will be transferred with the group to Dalaman airport today, where your trip will come to an end.
- Please note: Most activities take place outside the port of Kas - your base for the greater part of the trip – and involve short bus journeys to and from the various activities. The order of the activities may change depending on weather conditions or other operational factors.
What to know
Minimum age for children on this trip is 12 years.
- Transport - Minibus, gulet, (kayak), (bike), (4WD).
- Accommodation - Hotel (5nts), gulet (2nts).
- Meals - 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 2 dinners.
Most meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.
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What to know
The itinerary on this trip has been specifically designed with the needs of teenagers in mind. It features more adventurous activities that are only suitable for older children and adults. As with our other Family Adventures,
under 18's must be accompanied by at least one adult. The minimum age requirement of children on this trip is 12 years.
Anyone in good health who enjoys being active should be able to take part in this trip. It can be hot and humid in Turkey, especially in the summer months and so active pursuits will feel more tiring. An ability to swim is
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.
Visas and Permits
It is your responsibility to ensure you have all required visas for your trip. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
Australians, Americans, British and Canadians require a visa for Turkey. New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for Turkey. For all other nationalities, please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent of the nearest Turkish Consulate or Embassy.
Both Single and Multiple entry visas are available on arrival and are payable in cash in either US dollars, Euros, or Pounds Sterling in exact change (travellers’ cheques and credit cards are not accepted).
Some travellers may be eligible to apply for an electronic visa (e-visa) prior to travel. E-visas are payable online by credit card (Visa or Mastercard). Once processed your e-visa will be emailed to you and you will be required to print it off and have it with you when you enter Turkey and during your travel through Turkey. For more information about applying for an e-visa visit https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
At the time of writing, the cost of a single-entry visa is EUR 45 or US$60 for Australians and Canadians and EUR 15, $20 or GBP 10 for British and US Citizens. Please note that these amounts may change without notice.
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.
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12 November 2013
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