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8 Days / 7 Nights Trip to Turkey

Family Turkey Coastal Active Adventure

Watching sunrises in otherworldly landscapes, dancing, shopping and plenty of good times make this getaway a real Turkish delight.
Sultan’s palaces gilded in gold and jewels. Surreal lunar landscapes. Bazaars of glittering treasures. Come discover the treasures of Turkey! 

This nation is unique in every way; an exciting blend of the modern and traditional; quiet and vibrant. Stroll through it capital that hugs two continents, one end in Asia and the other in Europe.  Learn about delectable Turkish cuisine, eat, explore, dance, laugh and have fun with new friends throughout!


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  • Duration
    8 Days
  • Starting From
    $828
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Explore
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

 Go local, learn local
Highlight #1
 Go local, learn local
Turkish food is delicious! Learn how to make it at a cooking class taught by a local family and then enjoy a homemade dinner with them.
Turkish Carpets
Highlight #2
Turkish Carpets
 Watch and observe the tricks and secrets that go into weaving Turkish Carpets, a tradition spanning hundreds of years. 
The ultimate oriental shopping experience
Highlight #3
The ultimate oriental shopping experience
When in the Grand Bazaar, feel like Aladdin in a glittering cave of treasures. There's so much to discover and buy!
Video

 6 things about Turkey that you'll find hard to believe

This country’s whirlwind of colour, innovation, revolution and chaos will surprise you at every turn. Here are 6 things about Turkey that will definitely surprise you

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Itinerary

Join trip in Kas

Arriving in Dalaman Airport, we transfer to Kas and check into our hotel. Kas is one of the most beautiful ports on the Turkish riviera and our hotel, the Club Phellos, is conveniently based right in the centre which allows you to enjoy the atmosphere of this vibrant town, both on land and at sea.

Please note that the journey time from Dalaman Airport to Kas is around two and a half hours. Where flights arrive around the same time we will group transfers together.

Full day boat trip from Kas, swimming and snorkelling from the boat

Our first day here is spent on the sea, as we take a boat trip from Kas across the surrounding calm and clear waters. From the sea we can appreciate fully this dramatic and beautiful coastline. There will be ample opportunity for swimming and snorkeling from our boat, and we plan to enjoy a barbecue lunch before returning to Kas later in the afternoon. Kas is a great place to relax, with cafes and restaurants spilling out onto cobbled streets and a network of tiny backalleys to explore.



 Walks in the foothills of the Taurus Mountains, stopping for a traditional Turkish lunch

Today we head for the hills to explore where we find cedar forests, streams, shady glades and tiny charming villages where the pattern of life has remained almost untouched for centuries. We plan to walk between these mountain villages and take lunch with a local family in a typical village house, before returning to Kas via the silver sand beach of Kapitas. Located just west of Kas, Kapitas is an idyllic spot for a swim at the end of our day in the mountains. Finally we make our way back to Kas.

Free day; optional boat trip to the Greek island of Kastellorizo

Today is left free for you to do some exploring of your own. For those with a hankering for culture, Kas is built around the remains of a number of ancient sites including; Kas Theatre which was built during the third century BC and is now used for theatrical performances and music concerts, the monumental Lion Tomb and a number of hillside rock tombs. Alternatively you may like to visit the isolated and ruggedly beautiful Greek island of Meis (optional), to give its Turkish name, Kastellorizo. The island is just one mile from the Turkish coast and yet more than 100km from Rhodes, its nearest Greek neighbour.

 Visit the ancient Lycian site of Xanthos; canoe trip down Xanthos River to a beach at Patara

We visit Xanthos this morning which was the capital of ancient Lycia and at one time was the largest centre of commerce and religion in the region. The town has had a turbulent past, falling to both the Persians and the Romans and on both occasions, this resulted in the mass suicides of the entire population!. During the Roman civil wars of the 1st century BC, the Lycians sided with Caesar against Pompeius but after Caesar's assassination in Rome, Brutus attacked Xanthos and demolished the acropolis. Marc Antony rebuilt their city and today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We travel by canoe in the afternoon as we travel down the Xanthos River to Patara. Passing through tranquil and unspoilt rural backwaters along the way, we stop for a picnic lunch before eventually emerging at Patara Beach which is a protected nesting area for giant loggerhead turtles. We have the opportunity to swim on the return to Kas.

In Kas; optional trip to Myra, the home of Father Christmas

There is an opportunity this morning to visit the Church of St Nicholas at Demre (Myra) which is where the 4th century Bishop Nicholas is said to have anonymously given money to the poor thus spawning the legend of Father Christmas! Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of two countries; Greece and Russia, and is also the protector of children, merchants, scholars and sailors - a busy man! The origin of Saint Nicholas's gift giving is believed to have arisen from a legend in which a shopkeeper was too poor to supply his daughters with dowries. When Saint Nicholas heard of their plight, he threw three bags of coins into the shopkeeper's yard, saving the daughters from a life of hardship. The Church of Saint Nicholas was built after his death and Noel Baba's remains were placed in a rock sarcophagus. A modern statue of Saint Nicholas, complete with beard, bag of toys, and children has been placed outside the church. But Myra isn't just the home of Santa. A mile north of the church is the impressive ruins of the ancient town, where dozens of Lycian tombs are carved out of the cliff above a Roman amphitheatre. We plan to make an early start today (to beat the crowds and heat) but on returning to Kas there is a free afternoon either to relax or perhaps try snorkelling.

Sea-kayaking over sunken ruins to Kekova Island, visit Simena Castle.

We depart in the early morning to try our hand at sea kayaking in the calm, protected waters of the bay of Kekova. We'll enjoy a packed sandwich breakfast with coffee en route and enjoy paddling in the tranquil waters before any other boats or kayakers take to the water. It's one of the most scenic areas in Lycia with picturesque islands, bays and small ancient cities surrounding the famous sunken city of Kekova. The results of various earthquakes, there are partly submerged streets and buildings visible in the crystal clear waters and even steps leading down into the depths of the bay. Later we paddle to the picturesque whitewashed village of Simena, whose harbour is dotted with ancient sarcophagi (tombs), Roman baths, houses that cling to a hillside and a castle where we find an ancient theatre. Carved from the solid rock, it is a wonderful place to sit and soak up the beautiful surroundings. Taking to the waters again, we head back to Ucagiz from where we transfer back to Kas.

Trip ends after Breakfast in Kas

The trip ends after breakfast in Kas.

Please note that the journey time from Kas to Dalaman Airport is around two and a half hours. Where flights adepart around the same time we will group transfers together.



Inclusions

 10 meals -7 breakfast, 3 lunch.

 Trip staff - guide,driver,boat crew.

 On trip Transportation

 Accomodation

Not Included

 Additional 5% GST

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24 Oct 2020

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