“If your family like to keep active outdoors then the beaches, canyons and characterful coastal communities of southern Turkey never fail to excite and relax in equal measures.”
Hotel with pool just 10 minutes' walk from the peaceful port town of Kas | laze on the beaches of Limanagzi | superb scenery within the Saklikent Canyon | discover the underwater world of Turkey's Turquoise Coast | observe or get involved at the local markets | swing out at the high ropes park | day spent sea kayaking | Loads more optional activities, excursions and cultural visits to be found nearby |
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Our top tip:
A pair of waterproof trainers/shoes with a good grip are always handy when exploring rocky beaches and the Saklikent Gorge.
Small group. Min age 5.
Leisurely/Moderate. Walking, watersports and boat trips.
2-star hotel with twin or triple en-suite rooms. Restaurant, bar and pool on-site.
Accommodation, transport and tour leader throughout as well as activities, including: canyon walk, diving day, market visit, rope park and sea kayaking.
All breakfasts and 3 lunches.
Single accommodation available.
Small group vacation
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.
We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!
Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.
Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.
Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.
“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.
“The accommodation will be basic” Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.
“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.
“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson
Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando
Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travelers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.
Responsible tourism: Family adventure vacation to Turkey
Activity: This trip is largely nature based with most of our activities having a very minimal impact on the environment- for example, sea kayaking, walking, rope climbing, scuba diving and swimming. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints and actively try to reduce our impact through attention to waste and energy reduction. However, having said this we do try to leave behind a positive impression through engaging with locals, visiting small cafes and restaurants and buying locally produces crafts and produce. Also in visiting Patara National Park, our fees contribute to the upkeep of this stunning area.
UK Office: It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
Accommodation & Meals: The hotel which we stay at hires staff locally and tries to make the most of the fresh, seasonal Mediterranean produce which grows in the area. There is also an option to spend a night camping under the stars or to eat and sleep in a tradional village house. This trip is on a bed and breakfast basis and the morning meal usually includes locally sourced eggs, cucumber, tomatoes, cheese, bread, honey and yoghurt. Where meals are not included, your local guide will be happy to recommend small restaurants in the area (lokantas) where traditional fare like Pide (Pizza) and fresh trout can be sampled. There is also a local market in Kas which sells fruit, veg and household goods, which we highlight. By using these smaller businesses, we are providing sometimes quite rural communities with a much appreciated income support.
Community & Environment Projects: We are working with the WWF and local marine biologists to keep to a minimum our impact on the environment. We also support and promote the work of the Dreams Academy – a local centre for underprivileged and disabled children. With continuous support, they have been able to transform what was originally a run down, abandoned school building into a play camp with library, music room, accommodation and playground. Our rope course is based in this centre, so there will be plenty of opportunity to talk about this work if you are interested.
Group Size: This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.
Reviews of Family adventure vacation to 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
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 08 Sep 2014 by Sally McEnallay
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Day spent gorge walking, then tubing followed by a quick tour of the ancient sites at Patara then a beer and a swim at Patara beach - it doesn't get much better!
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
You need water shoes to navigate the rocky beaches and particularly if you want to go to Saklikent gorge, which you should.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I think the vacation was as responsible as it could be given that any human contact with these ancient sites and natural environments are damaging. I liked the water cooler at the hotel where you were encouraged to fill your water bottles.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
It was a fantastic week, the guide was intelligent, attentive and just lovely even though for a couple of the days he was feeling far from well. It's a great trip for families with teenagers.