Walking the Turquoise coast vacation in Turkey

“Low altitude, good paths and no further than 8 miles spent walking per day makes this an ideal chance to discover the natural and ancient delights of Turkey's Turquoise Coast. ”

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4 days walking | optional kayaking day | 1 free day | Kas | Limanagzi | ruined city of Arycanda | Roman aqueducts and ancient sites | Cavdir to Usumlu village | mountain village of Yazir | Patara National Park | Optional activities include: kayaking, Scuba diving, paragliding and boat trips |

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Our top tip:
Accommodation is great value so expect affordable drinks by the pool but no complimentary bathroom amenities. Also, the early morning call to the prayer is at 5am so pack your ear plugs if you'd prefer a lie in.
Trip type:
Small group. Min age 16.
Activity level:
Leisurely/Moderate. 4 days spent walking max 7.5 miles at low altitude.
Accomm:
2-star hotel with twin or triple en-suite rooms. Restaurant, bar and pool on-site.
Included:
Accommodation, transport and tour leader throughout as well as listed activities.
Meals:
All breakfasts. More restaurants, cafes and bars 10 mins away.
Solos:
Single accommodation available at a supplement.
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Accepted

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Activity & Environment
Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants and to purchase traditional gifts and crafts. Also in visiting landmarks, cultural sites and National Parks, our fees contribute to the maintenance of these important places.

Projects:
We are working with the WWF and local marine biologists to keep to a minimum our impact on the environment.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with trekking trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. It would be a shame to pollute such a lovely environment, so we suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. There are mountain springs on the journey which offer clean, natural water, or you can fill up at the hotel.

Group Size
Since this is a small group tour, we will 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, small family-run accommodations that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

UK Office:
It all starts at home where we work towards reducing our carbon footprint in our offices through energy conservation measures, recycling policies and the promotion of cycling and walking as a means for our staff to commute. Our head office has become a plastic-free zone with the use of plastic bottles being banned in our head office and we distributed reusable water bottles and tote bags to every staff member. We also support a large number of community and environmental projects in different parts of the world and try to give something back to the places we visit.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Accommodation & Community:
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. 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 can be sampled. We stop at a local village where they sell regional specialties like Pide (Pizza) and fresh trout and there is even the chance to have a home-cooked Turkish meal with a local family. By using these smaller businesses, we are providing quite rural communities with income support.

A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. The leaders will give a briefing on Responsible Tourism issues to help you understand how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from your visit

Projects:
We also support and promote the work of the Dream s Academy a local center 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.

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


Eating with family in hills, at their home.
Lovely beach.
Kayaking for first time.

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


If booking your own transfer, don't book with tour operator. We were quoted 110 for one way transfer before leaving uk but managed to get mini bus to airport from Kas for 60 lira, about 25 for both os us. A taxi was only 150 lira.
Check out size of group, we had 12 which was great but the following group size was only 5, which seemed a bit on small side.

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


Yes, we were able to refill water bottles at hotel from large bottle for small sum. We ate with family in hills and we all used the local restuarants.

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


Very good, most enjoyable, fab weather.

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