Teenage Multi Activity Fun in Lyica

Family holiday on the Turkey`s Lycian Turquoise Coast







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Holiday Overview


  • Enjoy a mudbath at ancient Kaunos and see the loggerhead turtles
  • Sea kayaking, mountain biking, boat trip and canyon fun
  • Snorkel and swim in the Mediterranean on this family holiday
  • Well located accommodation, and swimming available

Rich in history, the Mediterranean coast here provides a beautiful backdrop to this action-packed multi-activity adventure family holiday in Turkey. Flying to Dalaman on the Turkish coast opposite the Greek island of Rhodes we transfer to the small town of Dalyan a short drive away. We begin our family adventure with the ancient site of Kaunos, mud baths and a visit a famous beach for breeding endangered loggerhead turtles. Next, we explore the Saklient Canyon, a huge gorge cut out of the mountains high above Fethiye, before finishing off the day with a visit to the Ancient City of Xanthos and the chance of a swim at the amazing Patara Beach. After transferring to Kas, a former fishing village that still retains its charm, we enjoy some sea kayaking looking out for secret coves where we can stop to swim and have lunch. We then get a bird's eye view of the sea from the high mountain village of Gokceoren, as we spend the day walking from Saribelen to the village of Seyrat. The adventure continues with a day of easy mountain biking on the Kas peninsula - climbs and some big downhills, as we ride a mix of tracks through ancient forest. The grand finale of this exceptional itinerary is a boat trip - from the sea we can fully appreciate the dramatic coastline and reflect on the week's adventures. There'll be the chance to swim and snorkel from the boat and to enjoy a barbecue lunch, before returning to Kas for our farewell dinner in one its laid back restaurants.

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children from 12 yrs old

With a mix activities, this family holiday in Turkey is suitable for those with older children who want an action-packed week with the option for some downtime. Ideal for families who spend a lot of time outdoors. There will be the chance to 'opt out' of the day's activities to indulge in a bit of R&R should anyone wish. Accommodation will be in simple but comfortable 3 star hotels. If you wish to participate in the sea kayaking you must be able to swim unaided for 25m. All safety equipment, including buoyancy aids are provided. Our walk is around 10km on good trails and should take 4-5 hrs. The straightforward mountain biking is a 20km trail mostly on wide forest tracks and some tarmac. Professional guiding, specialist equipment and instruction is included for each of the activities on offer.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Dalyan. A single transfer from Dalaman Airport is provided.
  • Visit ancient town of Kaunos, thermal mud baths, afternoon boat trip to turtle beach.
  • Famous Saklikent Canyon limestone gorge walk. Drive to Kas, via Xanthos and a swim at Patara beach.
  • Sea kayaking. Kayak to Limanagzi beach to swim and picnic. Return to Kas.
  • Walk along a section of the 'Lycian Walk' from Saribelen to Gokceoren. Return to Kas.
  • Easy mountain biking trip through cedar forest, stopping for a picnic. Return to Kas.
  • Boat trip to Kekova Island, sunken city, BBQ lunch, swimming and snorkelling. Return to Kas
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Dalaman Airport is provided.
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Dalaman Airport which is close to Dalyan and Kas. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements and transfers' section of the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Dalaman. These include Easyjet who have flights from London & Manchester, Thomson Airways who have flights from London, Manchester and Glasgow and Thomas Cook who have flights from London, Leeds Bradford and Glasgow. Other airports maybe available. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Dalyan. A single transfer from Dalaman Airport is provided.

    KE Land only package services begin with a single timed 30 min transfer to the group hotel in Dalyan for the next 2 nights.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Visit ancient town of Kaunos, thermal mud baths, afternoon boat trip to turtle beach.

    After breakfast we visit the impressive ancient town of Kaunos. Founded in the 9th century BC Kaunos was an important ancient city and sea port. The most famous sight are the King’s Tombs which are cut into the rock of a cliff face overlooking the Dalyan River. The tombs were hewn by stonemasons 2300 years ago. There are also a well-preserved acropolis, Greek theatre and Roman baths to explore. We then head on to Sultaniye Thermal Waters in Dalyan and cover ourselves in healing mud. We enjoy lunch at one of the river side restaurants before climbing aboard our boat for the afternoon. We travel down the coastline to Iztuzu beach where we find one of the main breeding grounds for the endangered loggerhead turtle. As well as seeing the turtles there is a small museum and centre for us to learn more about this incredible species. We then return to our hotel in Dalyan. Swimming: Available in the sea

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Famous Saklikent Canyon limestone gorge walk. Drive to Kas, via Xanthos and a swim at Patara beach.

    After breakfast at our hotel, we travel to the nearby Saklikent Canyon, another spectacular limestone gorge that offers us the chance of a short walk with a difference. The walls of the gorge are up to 300 metres high and there is 18 kilometres of gorge to explore. We will make only a short (half hour) walk into one of the more accessible parts of the system, following the river bed, wading in places and sometimes making use of walkways. The canyon provides a cool haven on hot summer days and the water of the Esen River is rarely more than icy cold. Saklikent means 'hidden city' in Turkish and this whole system has only recently been opened up. With its cascading waterfalls and striking rock architecture, this is one of the most striking natural phenomena in the region. After our little adventure, we continue our journey to the ancient city of Xanthos, which was the capital city of the Lycian Federation and dates from as long ago as the 8th century BC. We will also spend some time at the amazing beach of Patara, before checking in at our hotel in Kas. Swimming: Available in the hotel pool & the sea

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

    • Time 1 hour

  • Sea kayaking. Kayak to Limanagzi beach to swim and picnic. Return to Kas.

    We meet the sea kayaking team at Big Pebble Beach and are given our equipment for the day on the water - double kayaks, paddles, spraydecks, buoyancy aids and drybags. After a session of instruction learning some paddling techniques and safety skills, we set out into the harbour to practice paddling. We then continue along the isolated Sebeda coast, which is only accessible by boat. From the water, we can get a really good perspective on this dramatic and beautiful coastline. As we kayak to Limanagzi Beach we have magnificent views of tombs that are carved into the rocks on steep hills. We stop at the beach and can swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters. If conditions and skills along in the afternoon we can kayak from Inceburun back to Kas through the open waters. On a lucky day, we can see Mediterranean Monk Seals and Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta). After our kayaking (4-5hrs) we can relax in Kas with its cafes and restaurants spilling out onto cobbled streets and a network of tiny back-alleys. Swimming: Available in the hotel pool & the sea

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Walk along a section of the 'Lycian Walk' from Saribelen to Gokceoren. Return to Kas.

    As a taste of the excellent walking of the 'Lycian Way' long distance footpath, we will walk the section from Saribelen to Gokceoren. Covering around 10 kilometres, this beautiful walk will take us on country roads and village paths, with the chance to meet local shepherds and their flocks. We will pass weirdly eroded rock formations and climb through wheat fields to a grassy plateau, with lots of wild flowers and occasional views down to the blue Mediterranean. There are also a number of ancient ruins on our walk, including rock-cut tombs. After 4 to 5 hours of walking, we reach Gokceoren and transfer back to the hotel in Kas. Swimming: Available in the hotel pool & the sea

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 hours

  • Easy mountain biking trip through cedar forest, stopping for a picnic. Return to Kas.

    A short transfer takes us back up into the mountains to ride the Seyret Trail. We will be fitted with suitable mountain bikes and helmets, before setting off on easy trails through forests of cedar of 3-4hrs. There are a few climbs in between the big downhills and our route provides us with lots of fine views of the Mediterranean and the Kas Peninsula. We will ride for around 20 kilometres, stopping off for a picnic lunch en route. Return to our hotel in Kas. Swimming: Available in the hotel pool & the sea

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Boat trip to Kekova Island, sunken city, BBQ lunch, swimming and snorkelling. Return to Kas

    TTaking a boat trip is a great way to round off this excellent family adventure. A short transfer to the pretty port of Ucagiz where we start our 3-4hr boat trip. We explore across the channel to Kekova Island and the sheltered bay at Tersane where we can stop for a swim. Heading eastwards along the island's coast, we find a sunken city, visible below us through the clear water. Returning to the mainland at the idyllic village of Simena (only accessible by boat) we have a short walk and then pass the famous sarcophagus that stands in the harbour on our way back to Ucagiz. There will be an opportunity for swimming and snorkelling from our boat, and we plan to enjoy a barbecue lunch before returning to Kas. This evening we have a celebratory final meal at the hotel. Swimming: Available in the hotel pool & the sea

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Departure day. A single transfer to Dalaman Airport is provided.

    A single timed transfer takes us back to Dalaman Airport, where KE Land Only package services end. Flight time permitting we have time for a last swim in the pool or at the beach.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • An experienced English speaking local guide
  • Single timed group transfers to/from Dalaman Airport
  • All transfers within the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals except dinner on day 1
  • All activities as in the itinerary including specialist equipment (bikes / helmets / kayaks / buoyancy aids etc)

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for local staff
  • Airport transfers (other than with the group)
  • Entrance fees for historical sites
  • Snorkel and mask
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

The group will rendezvous at Dalaman Airport. Within the Land Only cost of this holiday, we have arranged for a single timed group transfer from Dalaman Airport to the group's first night accommodation. This transfer will normally depart in the late evening of Day 1 of the trip itinerary and is timed to meet with the arrival of Easyjet flights from Gatwick and Manchester. The local guide or a representative of our local agent will assist with this transfer. On the last day of the itinerary there will be a single timed group transfer back to Dalaman Airport, timed to arrive for late afternoon/early evening Easyjet departures.

Please make sure the flights you choose enable you to meet these transfers, however, If necessary, independent transfers from Dalaman Airport can be arranged in advance, at extra cost, through the KE Office. All clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights.

During this holiday the group will spend 2 nights at a comfortable hotel in Dalyan at the beginning and 5 nights at a hotel in Kas in the second section of the week. The hotel in Dalyan is by the river and had lovely green gardens. Meals are served in the restaurant and terrace next to the river. All rooms are en-suite and have a balcony. The hotel in Kas is a 2 minute walk from the beach and has a swimming pool. All rooms are en-suite and have a balcony. Meals are taken on the terrace with views over the harbour and glistening Mediterranean Sea.

Please note that at Easter the temperatures can be a little cooler and swimming in the pools can be nippy! If the Easter weather is particularly bad then the swimming pools will not be filled yet for the season.

Children of 11yrs and under will share with parents in a triple for a family of 3 or a double with 2 extra beds for a family of 4. Children over 12 yrs will share with parents in a triple for a family of 3, or have 2 rooms for a family of 4. Larger family rooms are occasionally available. We will do everything to ensure that you are happy with your rooming allocation.

Additional hotel nights are available pre and post the holiday. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All meals for this trip are included in the trip price. Breakfasts in hotels will usually consist of fresh baked bread, butter, jam and/or honey, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, yogurt, preserved meat, fruit juice, eggs, and tea or coffee. This is most often set out as a buffet. Packed lunches are provided and main courses for dinner range from simple grilled meats to elaborately baked fish and meat casseroles. There are also plenty of delicious vegetarian options. Desserts are also important in Turkey, including the famous baklava, which is layered filo pastry, stuffed with almond paste or pistachios steeped in syrup.

All meals are included, from breakfast on day 2 to breakfast on day 8. Dinner on day 1 is not included - however most flights from the UK arrive into Dalaman in the late evening meaning that usually once you arrive at the hotel it'll be too late to have or desire dinner!

Approximately £300 (or equivalent in dollars of euros) per family (mum, dad and 2 kids) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses. This will easily cover your bar/soft drink bills and a reasonable tip for your guide. If you intend to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly (credit cards can be useful in this respect). Turkey’s unit of currency is the New Turkish Lira. ATM’s are available at Dalaman Airport and in Dalyan and in Kas. Credit cards can be used to purchase goods and services in some shops, hotels and restaurants in Turkey.

There will be an experienced, English-speaking local guide and one or more support vehicle drivers. Where needed you will have specialised guides for the activities / sightseeing tours.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides and other support staff. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local guides the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not something they should expect, but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. We recommend that you give a tip only if you have received satisfactory service. As a rough guide we suggest you allow a total of £100 per family for tipping.

There is no weight restriction as such on this holiday other than that imposed by your international carrier. However, travelling is always easier the lighter your luggage.

KE Trek Bag / Free Gift

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

A passport with a minimum of 2 months remaining validity from the date of entry is required (at least 6 months remaining validity is recommended). Visas are required by US, Canadian, UK and most European passport holders (but not by nationals of France, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Finland or Sweden).

All visitors to Turkey are required to purchase their entry visa via the Turkish Government website www.evisa.gov.tr prior to travel. You will need an email address and a printer connected to your computer in order to do this. After you have submitted your application you will be sent a verification email. Once you receive the “e-mail address verification message”, you will need to click the “approve” button and then proceed with the payment within 24 hours otherwise your application will time out and you will need to make a new application. Currently, the cost of the e-visa is 20 US Dollars. Payment can only be made with Visa or Mastercard (debit or credit cards). Once payment has been made you will receive a further email with a link to download the e-visa. Please print out and keep your e-Visa with you while entering and exiting Turkey.

Visas are valid for 180 days from the date of application for a stay of up to 90 days.

Note for Clients on Mount Ararat ONLY, we also require that you send us the following information by e-mail or by post at least 4 weeks prior to departure:

Your place of birth

Your Father’s full name

Your Mother’s full name

Please note that Mount Ararat permits will not be issued without these details.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.

Passport validity

You should ensure your passport satisfies the following criteria:

Valid for a minimum of six months from the date of entry into Turkey

Valid for at least three months from the date you leave Turkey

Valid for at least 60 days beyond the expiry date of your visa, e-visa or residence permit (visas and e-visas are often issued with 6 months validity so your passport may need to have eight months validity at the time your visa is issued).

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Lightweight hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes
  • Sandals (teva style), for getting wet when kayaking
  • Trainers / sneakers
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Walking trousers /pants
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirt with collar (for sun protection)
  • Light fleece jacket or jumper
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear – Sunglasses
  • Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves
  • Daypack c.30 litres (depending on how much of the kids' stuff you want to carry)
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles (approx 1 litre / quart per person)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Small towel
  • Swimwear
  • Headtorch/flashlight and spare batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit - You should bring your own personal first aid kit consisting of the following: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band aids) and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralite), glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea

The following items are optional:

  • Spare laces
  • Trekking poles
  • Travel clothes
  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers / pants
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Camera, media, spare batteries
  • Mask and snorkel – (not provided)
  • Kite / football / games etc
  • Notes:
  • All specialist equipment required for the activities on this holiday are provided (not snorkel and mask).
  • At Easter the weather can be cooler so you may wish to take an extra fleece or layer.

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Know before you go

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

This part of Turkey enjoys one of the most favourable climates in the Mediterranean with 300 sunshine days a year. April sees an average temperature of 16 ºC, rising to 28 ºC by July and August, 21 ºC in October and returning to a still pleasant 16 ºC in November. July and August can have periods of intense summer heat where temperatures can reach 40 ºC. Though these maximum temperatures are harsh, the Mediterranean sea breezes keep the temperature comfortable on the coast or when on the sea. Evenings are cooled by a soft westerly wind known locally as the ‘Dokkun’. While the Lycian summer is essentially 9 months long, short-lived storms (sometimes with thunder and heavy rain) can occur at any time of the year.

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