Lycian Activity Week
Try a host of different activities in glorious Turkish surroundings
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
The endless coastline, canyons and rivers of southern Turkey are the playground for adventures on land and sea. On this trip there are days of canyoning, cycling, SCUBA diving and sea kayaking, plus visits to the impressive Saklikent Gorge and Patara National Park, with its Roman ruins and glorious beach. There is also a free day to enjoy more of the local delights or, for the more adventurous, optional paragliding. The beautiful scenery and laid-back atmosphere in Kas make it a fantastic base for the week.
* All breakfasts and 3 lunches
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Airport transfers (at designated times)
- Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
- Enjoy an action-packed week of adrenaline-filled activities in stunning Lycian scenery
- Sea kayak over a sunken city in the Mediterranean Sea
- Mountain bike through wooded hills and on coastal roads
- Canyoning – abseil, clamber and jump down a spectacular gorge, through waterfalls and pools
- Try SCUBA diving
- Enjoy a scenic coastal walk past Roman ruins
- 7 nights at a 3-star hotel with en suite facilities, air-conditioning and a pool
- Travel by private air-conditioned minibus
- No experience necessary
- Reasonable level of fitness required
There are no activities planned today so you are free to arrive in Kas at any time.*Standard Hotel*
Explore dramatic Saklikent Canyon with optional tubing; afternoon walk and relaxation on Patara beach.
Saklikent Canyon is one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the Taurus Mountains. Over the millennia, the rapid flowing and extremely cold Esen River has cut a deep canyon through the ancient rocks. Using a walkway, we explore the mouth of the canyon (entrance to Saklikent Canyon is payable locally; see extra expenses) and, depending on seasonality, can progress further in by getting our feet wet! Waterproof sandals may come in handy here (or plastic shoes can be rented locally at nominal cost). There is also the opportunity to go tubing depending on the season. Tubing is a fun activity in which you sit in a circular rubber tube with a paddle and head off down river.After a relaxing lunch near the mouth of the canyon, we take a short transfer to the start of our walk. The route offers a combination of great views and Roman ruins before arriving at Patara beach (entrance to Patara National Park is payable locally; see extra expenses) one of the most beautiful in Turkey, where we can relax and swim in the turquoise sea.*Standard Hotel*
SCUBA diving day; beginners get a 'Try Dive' while certified divers have 2 guided dives.
Today we have the chance to try scuba diving. We use a highly recommended PADI registered dive school for this activity. They have top-quality European equipment and have a purpose-built dive boat. For beginners, we offer a ’Try Dive’ course, which includes a one-on-one dive with an instructor or Dive Master. Qualified divers can take a couple of boat dives. Kas boasts some of the best diving sites in the whole of the Mediterranean and it is possible to see turtles and Triggerfish if you’re lucky!The group will usually be split in two, depending on the size of the group, with one half diving in the morning and the other in the afternoon. All dives, including the ”Try Dives” are from the dive boat. During your free time, there are opportunities to soak up the sun. Those who do not wish to scuba dive may take the excursion and snorkel instead.You must be in good health and will be asked to sign a medical disclaimer and show a doctor’s certificate for any medical conditions. Qualified divers will be required to show proof of qualification.*Standard Hotel*
Full day canyoning; abseil, swim, climb and jump into pools of cool water in one of the various canyons around Kas.
The mountains behind Kas are riddled with deep canyons. We normally visit the Kibris Canyon, which offers some of the most impressive natural phenomena in the Taurus Mountains; a spectacular gorge, where springs and waterfalls cascade into the rapidly flowing cold river. It is ideal for canyoning – swimming, abseiling and leaping into pools of mountain water. You will be provided with a wetsuit, harness and a helmet. You must be able to swim, and light summer walking shoes (or old trainers) are essential. The day is long and strenuous at times – please make sure you are confident of your physical fitness and physique, have a head for heights, and to see if you have the courage to jump a few metres into pools of water./Please note: At no point is jumping obligatory; there is always the option to climb, abseil or walk down at these points./*Standard Hotel*
Free day in Kas: optional paragliding, SCUBA diving or relaxation.
Today has been left free to do as little or as much as you like. Options include more SCUBA diving, a local hike or walk, a Turkish bath or just a stroll around Kas. For the more adventurous and adrenaline-seeking there is the opportunity to take a paragliding flight. The start point is 600 metres above sea level and the flight takes us out over Kas and the surrounding islands. (See Optional Excursions section for prices)*Standard Hotel*
Full day sea kayaking; find out how the Turquoise Coast earnt its name.
Today we spend a full day sea kayaking in the sheltered bay near Kekova Island. The day starts early in the morning; we will depart at 7:30 for a 50 min (approximately) transfer to Ucagiz Village. After preparations and technical briefing, we will paddle towards the island and the site of the famous sunken city. Although it is no Atlantis, you can clearly make out the harbour walls disappearing into the sea and see the layout of rooms and houses below the water. Kayaking is an excellent low impact way of exploring the site. Later we paddle to the village of Simena (Castle Village) to have our lunch. This spectacular spot is located on a peninsula and is inaccessible by road. The village is overlooked by a hilltop Ottoman castle with excellent views of the whole bay. To participate you must be able to swim and have the physique necessary to fit in the kayak.*Standard Hotel*
Biking day; transfer into the hills and explore the forests and coastal roads with some great descents; night out in Kas.
We will transfer approximately 1.5 hours to the start point in Sütlegen which is at 1200m. From here we will get on the bikes and head up into a cedar forest, following the trails traversing the wooded valleys and the Kibris Gorge on the left, with some fast descents and a few challenging climbs to the highest point 1450m Akörü. After a delicious home-made village house lunch we head towards the sea, either through Sinekci or Izne village, depending on the season. The day ends with long fast descents on rough tracks, and ultimately on to mountain roads, all the way back to our hotel in Kas. This activity is fully supported by our driver and minibus in addition to our guides, meaning it’s possible to opt out of any part of the ride.Ride approx 50km. Min. height to fit bikes: 1.52m*Standard Hotel*
Our adventure ends after breakfast today.
Kas is a lively town with a vibrant café culture. Our base is usually the Phellos Hotel, a well appointed hotel in the centre of Kas. It has 76 rooms which are modern, clean and comfortable, with en suite facilities, air conditioning and balconies. There is also an outdoor swimming pool (May to October) and a restaurant/bar where breakfast is served.
Please note: on occasion we might use the Artemis hotel which is of a similar standard.
All breakfasts and 3 picnic lunches are included.
Food in Turkey is generally very good and varied, making use of fresh local ingredients. Breakfasts normally include boiled eggs, cucumber, tomatoes, cheese, honey or jam and yoghurt, olives and bread. Picnic lunches are provided on specified days.
For dinners, there are plenty of excellent lokantas (cafes) and restaurants in Kaş for you to choose from. Some specialise in locally caught fish dishes, others in various lamb dishes. There are also plenty of cafes and snack bars where ‘pide’ (Turkish pizza) is served. Most restaurants also offer selections of meze (mixed starters). The Turks have a sweet tooth, so expect plenty of pastries covered in honey, as well as cakes and ice creams. Your group leader will normally assist in organizing group meals. Vegetarians are well catered for.
Activity Level: 3 (Moderate)
This trip gives you the chance to go sea-kayaking, canyoning, and diving in addition to the Exodus staples of mountain biking and walking. There is also the option to try paragliding. A perfect trip for those who enjoy plenty of adrenaline along with sun!
As with all our multi-activity trips, no experience of the activities is required for this holiday and those that have experience will not be bored, as there are a wide range of levels and grades to suit all. However, to enjoy this trip to the full, a fair level of fitness, skills and physique are required.
The itinerary is very active and long periods of time are spent outdoors or in water. As so many of the activities are water-based, we do not recommend that non-swimmers book this trip. There is a certain amount of rough and tumble and a few minor cuts and bruises cannot be ruled out.
Please note that the Tour Leader reserves the right to refuse participation of any client on any activities on safety grounds or if they feel that their participation will compromise the safety and enjoyment for the rest of the group.
The order of activities may be changed to suit local weather conditions.
Our local partner may ask you to sign an ‘acknowledgement of risk’ form before undertaking some of the more adventurous activities included as part of the tour. In signing this you will not be limiting your legal rights, as these are governed by our booking conditions and your contract remains with Breakaway.
Holders of UK, Austrian, Irish, Portuguese, Spanish and US passports require visas. Visa’s must be obtained in advance, passengers need to obtain an e-visa prior to their arrival. This can be done online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ for approximately US$20. The visa is valid for a stay of up to three months (dependent on passport holder’s nationality). For a longer stay a visa from a Turkish Embassy is required.