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Family Activity Holiday in Turkey

An activity holiday for families with a sense of adventure. Based in the pretty riverside of Dalyan, in South West Turkey for a week, you will go snorkelling, kayaking and canyoning as well as have time to explore some local ruins and relax by the pool.

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Itinerary

Overview

Dalyan is a picturesque town in South West Turkey, located on the River Kaunos, about a 30 minute boat trip to the sea. With the benefit of strict planning regulations, the town has retained its character and whilst it is popular with tourists, there are no high rise hotels or thumping night clubs. It is the hub town for adventure tourism in the region, popular in particular with kayakers and water lovers. The Mediterranean coastline here is varied, dotted with many small islands and interesting bays. The rocky coast makes for some excellent snorkelling, whilst children and sunbathers can enjoy some sandy beaches, a relative rarity in the Mediterranean. Inland, the terrain is equally stunning, with the impressive Taurus mountains towering in the distance. Here, rural mountain villages are interspersed with canyons and rivers. The area has much to offer from a cultural point of view as well. On the opposite side of the river from Dalyan, you can see some ancient Lycian rock tombs and a short walk takes you to the impressive Roman ruins, complete with amphitheatre.

This family activity holiday is all about combining adventure, relaxation and quality family time. You will be based in the pretty and understated riverside town of Dalyan, a far cry from the garish resorts found further along the coast. You will spend a day seeing the beautiful coast by kayak, paddling through turquoise waters and exploring the numerous coves and secluded bays that this coastline has to offer. Another day is spent on a boat trip visiting the snorkelling highlights of the area, including a cave that you can swim through. After your fill of coast based activities, you will then head inland and spend a day canyoning and swimming in the naturally formed rock pools. In between these activities, you have days at leisure when you will be based in Dalyan. On these days, you can see the ancient rock tombs and visit the ancient Kaunos ruins, catch a boat and spend the day at the beach, or simply relax at your hotel, by the pool.

Day-by-day

A typical Itinerary is as follows, the activities are in open groups, and private tours are available on request (extra cost applies). The exact ordering of the activities is subject to change

Day 1: Arrival Day
You will be picked up from the airport and then transferred to your hotel. The rest of your day is spent a leisure.
Overnight: Dalyan

Day 2: Sea Kayaking
Today is the first of your planned activities. You will have a 30-minute transfer by jeep to Sarigerme beach where you will all unload your kayaks. There, you will receive a safety briefing and instructions on how to use the kayak and how to paddle

Once everybody is ready, you leave Sarigerme beach for nearby Baba Island. Paddling out from a flat river mouth to the open sea, you reach the island, then paddle along the coast to the high open cave. Here you can see thousands of colours at the bottom of the sea through the crystal clear water. On one of the small inlets
there is time to relax, swim, jump off a high rock and enjoy a snack. If you have brought your own snorkel gear you can do some snorkelling.

Following the Southern shore of the island, you continue on to a sandy beach.There will be time for more swimming or sunbathing while your guide prepares a picnic lunch.

In the afternoon you begin your return paddle along the northern shore of the island with a quick stop on a pebble beach. While paddling between the rocks you can see the fish swimming under your kayak. Alternatively, you may paddle close to the Sarigerme beach, depending on the weather and the sea conditions.

Once you reach the river mouth, you paddle upstream for a short while and end the tour back at the start point. After loading the kayaks, you drive back to Dalyan in jeeps.
Overnight: Dalyan
(B, L)

Day 3: Free Day
Today is a day at leisure for you to explore the pretty town of Dalyan. You might decide to get a rowing boat across the river and then walk down to the ancient Kaunos ruins, complete with amphitheatre and ancient baths. Alternatively, you might choose to jump on a boat downstream to the beach.
Overnight: Dalyan
(B)

Day 4: Snorkelling
After meeting with your group, your day trip will begin with you start with sailing down the Kaunos river to the open sea. Passing the Iztuzu beach and the ‘Delik Ada’ (island with a hole), you head first to the bay of Ekincik. Your first stop will be near a cave which offers great underwater scapes. You can jump in the crystal clear water and snorkel through the cave to the other side where the boat will pick you up again. In the cave you will see a variety of marine life life and fantastic coloured rock formations.

Once everybody is back on board, you sail on to another small bay, Semizce. The Captain will throw out the anchor and everybody can jump in to snorkel or swim, or simply stay on board to relax or play on the sandy beach... Meanwhile your lunch will be prepared: a delicious BBQ, served with home-made ‘meze’ (starters), salad and grilled vegetables...After lunch, on to another bay for some more marine wildlife and nice beaches... Snorkel to see octopus, garfish, rockling, seabream, sea urchin, and many more... Once you have had your fill of marine life, you can get back on the boat to enjoy a fresh fruit platter!

On the way back to Dalyan, the final stop will be at Lake Çandir in the delta for more swimming, but this time in naturally hot waters. The day ends in the late afternoon, when you will be dropped off in Dalyan.
Overnight: Dalyan
(B, L)

Day 5: Free Day
Today is a free day. You might want to spend the day on Turtle beach, exploring the Kaunos ruins, or simply relaxing by the pool with a good book.
Overnight: Dalyan
(B)

Day 6: Canyoning
You will be picked up from your hotel around 09.30am and transferred to the Toparlar area, just outside the town of Koycegiz. Following a short briefing, you will walk up an easy path to the Toparalar waterfall, famed for its natural pool and high jumps. This is a popular destination for tourists, who come to admire the waterfall. Unlike the other daytrippers, who stop at the waterfall, you will then put your helmets on and start walking up the slow-running river. In the canyon, there is lots of beautiful wildlife to be seen, as well as waterfalls and naturally occurring pools, which offer some very welcome refreshment from the sun! As you progress upstream, you will clamber over rocks and up waterfalls, with by-pass routes available if you, or members of your family, find it too challenging. You will stop for a picnic lunch by a nice waterfall where you can rest or swim in the lagoon. After lunch, you re-trace your steps, with beautiful views and plenty of stops for a swim along the way. You will return back to your hotel around 17.30.
Overnight: Dalyan
(B, L)

Day 7: Free Day
Today is a free day. You might want to spend the day on Turtle beach, exploring the Kaunos ruins, or simply relaxing by the pool with a good book.
Overnight: Dalyan
(B)

Day 8: Departure Day
You will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your flight home.

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

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Getting there

Fly from the UK...
You need to fly to Dalaman Airport, there are direct flights from most airports in the UK. Many of the charter flight companies have very late arrivals in Dalaman, usually in the early hours of the mornings. Easyjet have slightly more family friendly departure and arrival times.

From the South East:
Stansted: Easyjet, Fly Thomas Cook, Thomson
Luton: Monarch, Fly Thomas Cook, Thomson
Gatwick: Monarch, Fly Thomas Cook, Thomson
Bournemouth: Thomson
Norwich: Fly Thomas Cook

From the South West:
Bristol: Easyjet, Fly Thomas Cook, Thomson
Exeter: Fly Thomas Cook, Thomson

From the Midlands:
Birmingham: Monarch, Fly Thomas Cook, Thomson
East Midlands: Jet2, Fly Thomas Cook, Thomson

From the North:
Newcastle: Jet2, Fly Thomas Cook, Thomson
Manchester: Monarch, Fly Thomas Cook, Thomson
Leeds Bradford: Jet2, Fly Thomas Cook, Thomson
Humberside: Fly Thomas Cook, Thomson
Doncaster Sheffield: Fly Thomas Cook, Thomson

From Scotland:
Edinburgh: Easyjet, Fly Thomas Cook, Thomson
Glasgow: Jet2, Fly Thomas Cook, Thomson
Aberdeen: Fly Thomas Cook, Thomson

-From Wales:
Cardiff: Fly Thomas Cook

Transfers from Dalaman...
When you arrive at Dalaman Airport you will be met at the bottom end of the ramp exiting the airport arrival hall. Walk down the ramp, pass the Taxi stand and continue on the left. 50 metres on you will see your driver with a sign.

Price includes

Return transfers to Dalaman airport, Hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis. For the snorkelling excursion; Comfortable boat, BBQ lunch, snorkelling gear.
For the Sea Kayaking excursion: Jeep transfers, Sea kayak and all necessary gear, Sea kayak guide,
Lunch, First aid kit, Outdoor sports insurance, Transfer.
For the Canyoning Excursion: Jeep transfers, canyoning helmet, guide, Lunch, first aid kit, outdood sports insurance.

Not Included
Flights, travel insurance, meals drinks not mentioned in the itinerary,all drinks, tips.

When is best?

The summer months are very hot, with day time highs of 34C, sometime peaking at 40C. The summer evenings are warm, with average temperatures of 20C - 25C. The spring & autumn months are cooler, with highs between 21C - 30C. Rain is possible, but unlikely in the summer months, spring and autumn can see some showers.

The sea temperature is warmest from July - October.

Is it for me?

This is the perfect holiday for active families with a sense of adventure. It is suitable for children ages 8 and over. If your children are under 8, then you might want to consider our family gulet holiday. Due to the nature of the activities involved and to maximise your enjoyment, we recommend that everyone in your family can swim.

The activities will be with other people, with maximum group sizes of 14 for the canyoning and sea kayaking and 25 on the snorkelling trip. Other participants will be a mixture of families and adults. Both of the hotels that we have selected for this holiday are family friendly.

On the sea kayaking excursion, children aged between 8 - 12 will need to go in a kayak with an adult.

Dalyan itself is a family friendly destination, well away from the bright lights and night clubs found further along the coast. The town is centred around a central square, which houses a lovely playground where the children can play whilst their parents can enjoy a drink and watch the world go by.

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