Activity vacations in Turkey

“Bored of beach vacations? Want to get your gang outdoors and active? This flexible activity week in Turkey will have you hiking, biking, kayaking and scrambling for more.”

Highlights

Canyoning, hiking, rock scrambling and rock pooling in Toparlar Canyon | Mountain biking through amber groves | Hiking from Dalyan to Ekincik Beach | Kayaking in Asikoy Bay and Köycegiz Lake | Optional excursions include: visits to ancient Caunos ruins and natural hot springs

Departure information

This trip runs between April & October. Flexible dates for groups of 4 or more people.
Our top tip:
Shoes with grips are a must for pretty much all the activities. Sun tan cream is well worth taking with you as it can be expensive in-resort. Finally, this is an active vacation so getting your body in shape before hand is definitely advisable.
Trip type:
Tailor made family vacation. Min age 10, 4-12 people.
Activity level:
Moderate. Hiking, kayaking, canyoning and mountain biking.
Accomm:
7 nights en-suite room with balcony. Hotel has swimming pool and spacious garden.
Included:
Accomm., choice of activities, experienced guides, transfers.
Meals:
All breakfasts.
Vouchers
Accepted
Vacation type

Traveling with a local operator

This vacation is operated by a company based in the vacation destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your vacation to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Activity vacations in Turkey

Environment

We accept a maximum number of 12 people on this trip, because we believe that small groups minimise the impact of tourism on the environment. In addition, a small group size enables local people and visitors to interact in a more meaningful way, benefiting both sides; and for the same reason we ensure that the group is accompanied by a guide who speaks both English and Turkish.

One way that we minimise the impact on the environment is by using vehicles as little as possible and by using group transport. All the activities in this tour are environmentally friendly, using non-polluting muscle-power to explore the beautiful outdoors in this part of the world.

In addition to minimising any negative impact, we aim to create a positive impact on the environment by introducing visitors to the great variety of flora and fauna found here, much of it rare and endangered. To this end we provide participants on this tour with illustrated notes about the natural heritage of the area, including information about Turkish environmental organisations. If you would like to offer your support to any of these organisations, we provide contact details. Our aim is to raise the consciousness of both visitors and local people about local conservation issues.

Community

We are a locally-based and locally-owned tour operator. We are fully committed to running our tours in a way that reduces the impact on our environment and contributes as much as possible to the local community.

For this tour we use a small, friendly hotel in Dalyan, owned and run by a local family.

All the services that we use, such as transport and restaurants, are locally owned and operated, and as much as possible we buy supplies for our trips from village markets and shops.

This tour is arranged on a bed and breakfast basis, with lunch provided on activity days which means that in the evenings you have the opportunity to eat out in different restaurants and try various local dishes, enhancing your vacation experience and supporting the local economy.

Our staff is made up mainly of Turkish people as we feel this benefits all involved, and is the best way for our guests to gain an insight into Turkish culture. We are committed to training our guides to a high standard, and to this end we arrange our own training activities for our staff - our director is an experienced and internationally qualified outdoor instructor.

We support the local community in their efforts to preserve their environment, for example the campaign of villagers in the Yuvarlak River area to protect their river against a proposed dam construction project.

We work to promote good relationships between tourists and the people who live in our area by promoting interaction with the local community, for example by faciliating conversations with villagers when we meet them during our tours and by buying their produce.

Reviews of Activity vacations in Turkey

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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 17 Aug 2014 by

Booked a one week package of hiking, mountain biking, canyoning and sea and lake kayaking for two adults and two children (10 and 12 year old boys). We all loved it. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Aug 2014 by

Excellent!!!! One of the best!! Hotels staff fab and the tour guides were fantastic too. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jul 2014 by

Totally wonderful. Would definitely do another vacation again with this op in Turkey....Organisation behind the scenes exemplary - Julie was always at hand on the end of emails answering our questions promptly. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2014 by

Excellent. We have done a couple of outdoor activity vacations before but this was the best yet - varied, fun, challenging and tremendous value. Especially good for families with active teenagers. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Aug 2014 by

The activities were great, especially Canyoning and kayaking,all the more so as the team in charge was fantastic ; the hotel was perfect, friendly atmosphere and beautiful surroundings. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2014 by

It was my first visit to Turkey and I was really impressed. There is so much beautiful countryside in the Dalyan region. Our guides gave us opportunities to see places and do things which were extraordinary. I would recommend this vacation. The experience I had was wonderful and I will definitely return to Turkey. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2012 by

One of the best- excellent. A local Turkish guide who is knowledgeable, spoke excellent english and was passionate about you enjoying yourself really made it. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2011 by

This was, according to our children, the best vacation that they have ever been on and they can't wait to go back. They loved the varied culture, the friendliness of all of the people they met, the range of activities that they took part in as well as the additional ones that were arranged for them - parascending and scuba diving. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2011 by

All activities were fantastic and very well planned. Rafting and Canyoning were amazing! This vacation was fabulous. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 May 2011 by

This is by far one of the most fun and most well-organized trips I have ever taken. Everything was explained from start to finish and all of our questions were answered, and as a bonus, all of the people we interacted with were extremely nice! Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2010 by

The activities were well organised. Each day was different - kayaking mountain biking hiking canyoning and rafting. All had plenty of swimming breaks so even though it was hot we had opportunity to cool down. Fantastic fearless experienced guide. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2010 by

One of the best vacation we have been on in the last few years. The operator were very well organised and provided very good guides, They also provided lunch and our guide Nurden always had some cakes or drinks and stopped at some lovely spots when we needed a rest. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2010 by

Fantastic. A really enjoyable experience. Great to be outdoors most of the time, off the beaten track. Our guide was brilliant too. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Sep 2009 by

Most memorable parts were white water rafting along a river with spectacular scenery, leaping into rock pools on a hot day canyoning, swimming in the Mediterranean after an invigorating hike, eating trout at an idyllic "tree house" type restaurant after biking through little villages... Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2009 by

We loved this vacation. My husband and I really felt we reconnected with our 2 teenage children during the activities. We did things as a family again and the activities were both taxing but great fun. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Jun 2008 by

White water rafting, down a clear cold river was the most exciting part. The scenery was fantastic and the ride was very thrilling. Our guide was very competent and we felt very safe and well looked after. Read full review

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