Family vacation for teenagers to Turkey

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29 Jul 2017
US $ 851
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12 Aug 2017
US $ 851
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Small group family vacation

This is a 'small group family adventure' - typically you will join several other families traveling in a group of up to 20 people (3-5 families). The trips are great value, often with lots of included activities or sightseeing and some meals (dependent on the itinerary). They are created by people with families, for people with families, and are a great way for you and your children to meet new people and discover the world together! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of time to yourselves.

On these Family Adventures, families of two will be roomed in a twin room, parties of three will be roomed in a triple room, fours will be roomed in two twins and families of five will have a triple and a twin, etc. This operator tends to use small, locally owned properties throughout their trips and accommodation will be en suite unless specified otherwise. It will be clean, functional, well located for your adventures and most importantly, family friendly. There will be swimming opportunities nearby where ever possible, either in pools or the sea. Some trips contain more adventurous overnights such as jungle stays, camping in the desert, sleeping on deck of traditional style boats or a night in a local homestay – please be aware that facilities will be basic on these occasions if your trip contains these aspects. All accommodation is named prior to travel.

Please check with the operator to confirm the minimum age for this trip.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Family vacation for teenagers to Turkey

Responsible mission: As adventure travelers we relish and celebrate the diversity of the world. We also recognise our obligation to protect the environments that we explore. Our aim is to tread lightly, whilst contributing to maintain the world’s culture and nature, and most importantly to engage the help of all our customers to utilise the potential of tourism as a tool to aid sustainable development. We believe that responsible travelers are welcome in the places that they visit.

Lots of people benefit from our stay - our Turkish local agents, the hotel we use, restaurants we eat in along with our Turkish group leader, drivers, gulet crew etc. This spreads the money we spend amongst many different people and provides vital employment. Our interest in the sea life (scuba diving) reinforces amongst local people the need to protect and preserve these environments.

Responsible code: Being Responsible is at the heart of everything our company does - full details of our code can be found on our website. The local supplier for this trip will promote our responsible travel code throughout your adventure. You will also receive specific information on this trip’s responsibility in your trip notes.

Helping to minimise negative impact:
All of our customers are invited to offset their international flight emissions. Contributions go to the Blue Ventures Carbon Offset program, a non-profit organisation which provides solar stoves for subsistence communities in Madagascar, benefiting the people and protecting the environment. We also contribute £2 per person towards offsetting of your in-country travel. We fully offset all emissions from our staff travel and run an energy efficient office.

Giving something back: We have a foundation that collects the funds that you donate to us to support our projects. All our customers are invited to make a £1 per person contribution to the foundation at the time of booking. We will match every contribution that you make with our own £1. You as a customer choose where these funds are used from a shortlist of nominated projects – so it really is YOUR foundation.

Partnerships: As a company we support The Travel Foundation, a UK charity that has been established to promote responsible travel practises throughout the whole of the travel industry. We also work with a number of charity partners who work in the destinations that we visit; including Friends of Conservation and Born Free Foundation.

Reviews of Family vacation for teenagers to Turkey

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.

I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 05 Aug 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Two nights on the gullet.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't forget the mosquito spray, sun cream and be aware of how hot it is in turkey at this time of year.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Nice and laid back as everything was organised for us, great selection of activities and a superb guide with excellent local knowledge.

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The time on the gullet, stopping in bays, snorkelling, join meals. Loved the sea kayaking as well.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Enjoy!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Local companies were used to provide activities,

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


The trip was well organised. Staff were helpful at booking stage. We enjoyed all activities (scuba diving, jeep drive to gorge and sea kayaking) and loved our time on the gullet. The trips were well thought through, planned and staffed and great fun (with the exception of the night dive which was not well staffed and we did not see much).

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The whole vacation was wonderful

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take mosquito repellent on the gullet boat part of the vacation

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


5 star - fantastic

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It was a great week. Both the adults and children enjoyed it tremendously. There was no pressure to do anything you didn't want to do, but there was encouragement to try things. It was well organised with opportunities to be part of the group, but you could do your own thing too. A great success.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be very aware of what you are paying for. It was not clear to me (or I found out later, other families) that none of the activities are included in the price of the vacation. The cost includes the hotel and the 2 day gulet trip only. I think it's written ambiguously in their brochure and in their Trip Notes, and even when I phoned the company to find out more, I wasn't categorically told that all the adventures were optional and therefore to be paid for separately.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


We benefited local people because all the activities we did were led by Turkish people - and many (scuba diving and mountain biking) were led by experienced professionals who did a great job. I'm not sure about impact on the environment - but I guess traveling in a mini bus is better than individual families traveling in their own cars.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Great.

Read the operator's response here:

The brochure provides an ‘overview’ as it’s not possible for us to provide as much detail on the brochure page and our trip notes list the price of the optional extras, but we could have been clearer about the definition of an optional extra. Our aim is to make this trip as flexible as possible so families can pick and choose how much activity they want – but it was not our intention to imply that they were all included in the price. We apologise if this caused disappointment and will adjust future wording in the light of your concerns.

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The gulet trip.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Expect to spend quite a lot extra on the activities not included in the price.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


It clearly benefited local people. Not so sure about minimizing impacts on the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was a great vacation. The tour guide was lovely and enthusiastic and Kas is a great place - seems to have escaped the worst of mass tourism.

Reviewed on 06 Sep 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Memorable - 2 days on a Gulet (boat) - sleeping on the deck then waking up in the morning to a perfectly calm sea and going for a swim in the warm water before breakfast. Snorkelling around our own small island to see swarms of tiny fish parting before your very eyes.

Exciting - Body Surfing (or Canyoning) down a rapidly flowing and very very cold river. Getting the nerve up to actually launch yourself into this torrent only to have your breath taken away. Finally dragging yourself out of the water with numb fingers and toes but with a big grin on your face.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take a Snorkel and Mask, plus possibly Flippers (if you can fit them in) as the boat does not always provide them. Also, take an underwater camera if you can - even if it is only a cheap disposable on. It can be used while swimming and on the Sea Kayaking, plus a sun hat. Have a go at everything and relax and enjoy yourself. Try to travel light. I know I always seem to end up at the end of the vacation with several items that I never had a chance to wear.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I guess the main benefit for local people was to provide employment and income from the money we spent at the hotel, local shops and restaurants. Since the hotel we stayed at was a small locally run property rather than the massive multinational eyesores you get at some resorts, I would like to feel our presence had a minimum impact.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very highly. We made some wonderful friends and took parts in some incredible new experiences. My daughter usually complains that she never makes friends and gets bored. Well this vacation I hardly ever saw her as she was off mixing with her new found friends. Even when she capsized during the sea kayaking with her friend, they were in a fit of giggles.

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Couldn't choose between the freezing cold mountain river swim, the gulet cruise or the sea kayaking.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Pack light - and don't bother booking your usual quota of books! I normally get through 10 on vacation - I just managed 2!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes and yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


As my son reported - 11/10. Both adults and teenagers alike will have an absolute blast. We were in a group with two other families with kids the same age and they got on extremely well - the kids entertained themselves when we weren't participating in one of the numerous activities. All the activities were great. The time absolutely flew by and we will MOST definitely be coming on another vacation with you. Big thanks from us all. Special mention to our guide Kamal - just the right mix of knowledge and attention, a great guide.

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The gulet cruise was great (other than the rather expensive drinks, I thought they were meant to be "at cost" on gulets)

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you've got teenagers, go for it!
If you want to do the biking and the kayaking you have to be pretty fit! Be ready to give out some sizeable tips to guides & gulet crew.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Not really, didn’t really notice this aspect of the vacation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A really good family vacation - good company for both kids and adults.

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The two nights on the boat, which was a great bonding experience for the teenagers and the adults. To be able to swim in the wonderful blue sea was great. The crew and guide were great, and the food was very good. Even the morning when several succumbed to sea sickness added to the shared experience! Two nights was enough though, I was glad to get back to the hotel and have a proper shower.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't feel obliged to do all the activities on offer - I didn't do the mountain biking or the sea kayaking but my children did and enjoyed themselves even though the mountain biking was too strenuous, and the weather too hot for them to finish.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Local companies were used for the activities, and a family run hotel in Kas benefited local people. I can't comment on the environmental impact of the vacation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A wonderful vacation which ticked all the boxes for the teenagers. If they are happy then I'm happy.

Reviewed on 04 Aug 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Getting on with the other families.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Relax. The activities are fairly sedate and the timings are lax.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Benefiting the locals; a little; on the bike ride when we stopped to enjoy some refreshments and the meal after. Minimising impact on the environment; no; in fact I was under the impression that the Gulet was going to be sailing but motored all the time. I doubt if they had sailed it for a number of years.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


8/10

Read the operator's response here:

Although the gulets we use do sail from time to time, unfortunately the breezes are not always strong enough to be able to do this and keep to a regular itinerary. The advantage of having small groups like this is that there is a greater degree of flexibility with timings and arrangements. Our Group Leaders tend to adapt to the pace of the group, relaxation and enjoying the activities is paramount.

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


On the jeep safari, the cold waters and magnificently huge Saklikent Gorge, and the mud baths for the teenagers. The scuba diving tester, and the gulet cruise.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take the right clothing with you - it was very hot in Turkey in August and the activities required certain clothing. You need at least one good sun hat, with a brim if possible, trainers and socks, plenty of T shirts with sleeves and/or lightweight cover ups and shorts which you don't mind getting wet and dirty (ie ruining!), sunglasses, sun cream. Proper beach shoes would also be useful, ie with grippy soles and designed to get wet.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, we used local hotels, boats, family restaurants, local tour guide, local excursion companies

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Brilliant, exciting, challenging, very friendly, teenagers loved it

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