Turkey small group family tour

“Take the family on an adventure that explores the four corners of Turkey, starting in Istanbul, zooming east to Cappadocia, south to the turquoise coves of Antalya and west to ruin-rife Selcuk. ”

Highlights

Istanbul | Goreme | Cappadocia | Kaymakli Underground City | Rose Valley and Love Valley | Cavusin | Konya | Selcuk | Pamukkale National Park | Kas | Istanbul | cycling, boat cruise and overnight train

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This trip is for families only (including any aunts, uncles or cousins who’d like to come along, of course). As long as you’re traveling with a child under the age of 18, you’re a family in our eyes. Plus, unlike other travel companies, children aged 17 years and younger receive a 10% discount off the price of their trip. Traveling our way is a bit like traveling with a group of friends. Made up of 3-5 like-minded families, the kids tend to hit it off on these trips straight away, allowing you to enjoy some well earned R&R. We often find the whole family ends up making friendships with people from all over the world, staying in touch long after the adventure ends.

Our family group sizes are small enough to avoid the crowds and reach some out-of-the-way places, but big enough for a good social mix. Our average group size of 10 allows us to hop aboard local boats, buses or trains, eat at friendly, family-run restaurants and kick back in traditional accommodation and homestays.

We know the biggest challenge on a family trip is keeping the kids entertained. So we’ve planned in advance. Nearly all of our hotels feature pools, and each day has a great mix of action-packed adventure and flexible free time. Your local leader can also suggest activities based on your kid’s hobbies or school curriculum.

Responsible tourism

Turkey small group family tour

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

The biggest contribution we make to managing the impact of our transportation on the local environment is to travel on public transport. On this trip we use the train, plane and some private vehicles. When using private transport, we will always ensure that it is an appropriate size to suit the group (i.e. no big tour buses for a small group of 16). We also make sure that our vehicles/fleets are well maintained and fuel efficient.

In an effort to reduce single-use plastic during this trip we provide reusable cloth bags to all of our travelers. It’s easy to use plastic excessively, especially during the warmer months. However, we encourage our travelers to buy large 5-10 litre bottles to refill their smaller water bottles. We have also introduced water refill stations in most of our hotels where you can pay to refill your existing water bottle. A reusable bottle is highly recommended on this trip.

Community

An important part of travel is mixing with the locals and experiencing “real life” in your chosen destination. On this trip, we visit small cafes and restaurants and buy locally produced crafts and fresh produce. This gives locals the opportunity to earn money directly and our travelers the chance to interact with them. We will also visit a local home in Göreme and take part in a cooking class with a local family using organic, local ingredients.
All aspects of this trip (on the ground) are operated by Turkish locals including all our leaders, vehicle drivers, local site guides and accommodation providers.

We encourage our travelers to shop from traditional artisans, helping keep traditional crafts alive, and favour local products over imported items. During this trip our families partake in a marbling workshop. They will learn how to create artwork using traditional materials such as earth dyes, horse hair and rose branch brushes. Understand the history and art of marbling, learning how to hold the brush, how to throw the paint and how to achieve the best results all with a local artisan. Likewise, in Göreme our groups have the opportunity to make ceramics during a pottery class with a local master.

We have a foundation which was set up to empower travelers to give back to the communities they visit. It now supports more than 50 local, grassroots projects around the world. Over the past 15 years, the foundation has distributed over AU $5 million to projects tackling areas such as sustainable development, human rights, child protection, environmental conservation, wildlife protection, education and healthcare.

On this trip we support Small Project Istanbul (SPI), a grassroots NGO operating in Istanbul. They offer 40+ programs a week that aim to improve the skills of women and their children, helping them toward a brighter future in which they will be the decision makers. Children participate in childcare, language and psychosocial support to better cope and integrate into mainstream Turkish schools. Meanwhile, their mothers take part in the Women's Skills Development Program which transfers entrepreneurial, leadership and technical handicraft skills in conjunction with their social enterprise.

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


Cappadocia Home Cooking, walking through travertines in Pamukkale, Kas cruise and swimming, learning Turkish Marbling.

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


The company haven't got planning and organising this tour quite right yet. Trip notes are inaccurate: advertised pottery class was blatant sales pitch by local
company, didn't get to try or learn anything; expected cycle ride had to be cancelled because didn't have bikes for kids even though ages were known well in advance; advertised 3.5 hour bus ride took 7 hours because used public bus which stopped at every opportunity to pick up passengers who paid driver direct.

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


Got to interact with local people esp. home cooking experience. Arrangement to refill bottles at hotels is good as it reduces usage of plastic bottles. Overnight
train journey was enjoyable and reduces environmental impact.

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


Turkey has a lot to offer families and this Family Tour has potential to be great but felt like we were guinea pigs helping the company learn about and resolve the problems. Tour leader struggled with lack of back office and operational management support.

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