Highlights
  • Ride around the valleys of cappadocia on horseback
  • Enjoy local hospitality in remote villages
  • Go sea kayaking in spectacular coves
  • Cycle from the mountains to the coast
  • Trek the lycian way
  • Hike through ruins and turkish villages

A bridge between continents and cultures, Turkey has always been a meeting place for travellers eager to exchange just about everything. That trend continues with this activity-heavy romp through southern Turkey. Swap your trusty walking stick for a bike and a kayak as you hike, pedal, paddle, and ride your way through the steep canyons of the Lycian Way, past ancient ruins, around peaceful olive groves, and into small villages untouched by time in the valleys of Cappadocia. Exercise should always be this inspiring.

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Turkey Active Adventure
 
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Destinations
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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Great tour guide and overall service December 2015

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Great trip! The best way to see Turkey.

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The trip was well planned for maximum experiences, excellent guiding & a truly wonderful country to visit ! November 2015

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I felt that the trip provided a broad coverage of western Turkey - urban & rural, and a real sense of the history of the peoples living there over time - their influence & contribution to the culture & architecture still existing today.
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It was a really fantastic trip, our guide was very accommodating and helpful throughout. November 2015

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My experience on the Turkey trip was fantastic. Our guide was really great and there was so much history and information that I got to learn about. I would definitely recommend G-Adventures to others.

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It was awesome and our CEO was fantastic. October 2015

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It was a really good experience. Turkey is a beautiful country and our group, guide and the activities were great. We had such a great time and learnt lots.

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We have had a great experience with both of our g adventure tours, as well as with the customer service follow-up. August 2015

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Taking the G Adventures tour gave us a great experience of a beautiful and fascinating country. We could never have seen the breadth of sites that we did had we gone on our own. The homestay let us see a glimpse into Turkish life which would have been otherwise inaccessible. Sharing the trip with other travellers also let us see the country through their eyes (having an Aussie on the tour added another dimension to our trip to Gallipoli)
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Itinerary

Day 1 Istanbul

There are no planned activities until the welcome meeting in the evening. After, opt to head out to dinner in a local restaurant with the group. Get the most out of your time in Istanbul by pre-booking one of the following full-day activities to experience before your tour starts: Istanbul Backstreets Walk or Dolmabahçe Palace Visit and Bosporus Cruise. If you do, we recommend booking accommodation for an extra night pre-tour. And don’t worry if you can’t decide now. These activities are available for pre-booking any time before your tour starts, while any of the optional activities listed can be booked independently upon arrival in Istanbul. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Istanbul/Göreme (1B, 1D)

In the afternoon, fly to Cappadocia and drive to the homestay for the evening. Upon arrival, enjoy a delicious, locally made dinner. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Plane (1.25 hour(s))

Day 3 Göreme (1B)

In the morning, enjoy hiking amongst Cappadocia's impressive and unusual rock formations. After a free afternoon, walk in the hills to enjoy the sun setting over Cappadocia. Included Activities: Hiking

Day 4 Göreme/Kemer (1B)

Touring on horseback is a fantastic way to experience the surrounding countryside, and offers a great opportunity for novices to learn how to ride. After a free afternoon, walk in the hills to enjoy the sun setting over Cappadocia. Additional Notes: Want to do more with your tour? Pre-booking is available for Cappadocia Balloon Ride and Whirling Dervishes. Any of the optional activities listed on this day can also be booked upon arrival. If you have pre-booked the hot air balloon ride, you will be flying on this day. Included Activities: Horseback Riding Transport: Overnight bus (9.00 hour(s))

Day 5 Kemer/Olympos

After stepping off the bus in the morning, it's a short journey to the seaside village of Olympos. Take a 20min drive to enjoy a short walk to Chimera, where flames magically rise out of the earth through cracks in the rocks. Included Activities: Chimera Walk Transport: Local bus (0.75 hour(s))

Day 6 Çirali/Kaş (1B)

Continue along the coast to the village of Kas and spend the night. Included Activities: Cycling Around Kas Transport: Local bus (3.00 hour(s))

Day 7 Kaş (1B, 1L)

The water is so clear here, it's possible to clearly make out the ruins of this once fine city. Included Activities: Kekova Kayaking Expedition

Day 8 Kaş/Minare (1B, 1D)

In the evening, enjoy a village homestay and delicious home-cooked food. Included Activities: Lycian Era Ruins of Pinara Hike Transport: Local bus (3.00 hour(s))

Day 9 Minare/Fethiye (1B)

Head to Sakilikent Gorge for some canyoneering this morning. This exhilarating activity requires scrambling over rocks and down rivers along the gorge. Depending on the water levels it can get quite wet along the route. After time to get your breath back, continue to Fethiye for the night. Included Activities: Canyoneering Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 10 Fethiye (1B)

Walking along the coast gives spectacular views of the water below and the rugged coastline. After enjoying a swim at Oludeniz, take a public bus to Fethiye. Included Activities: Lycian Way Hike Swimming Transport: Local bus (0.50 hour(s), 10km) Local bus (0.50 hour(s), 11km)

Day 11 Fethiye/Istanbul (1B)

Transfer to Dalaman Airport and fly to Istanbul. Enjoy the last evening in the city. Transport: Private Vehicle Plane (1.00 hour(s))

Day 12 Istanbul (1B)

Your tour might be finished, but the adventure’s far from over. Pre-book one of the following activities to experience after your tour ends: Dolmabahçe Palace Visit and Bosporus Cruise or Istanbul Backstreets Walk. If you do, we recommend booking accommodation for an extra night in Istanbul. And don’t worry if you can’t decide now. These activities are available for pre-booking any time before your tour starts, or they can be booked upon arrival in Istanbul. Included Activities: Departure Day

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Trip Includes
  • Horseback riding
  • Hike to Chimera
  • Entrance to Pinara
  • Entrance to the Saklikent Gorge
  • Guided hike on the Lycian Way
  • Entrance to Kayakoy Village and Oludeniz Blue Lagoon
  • Mountain biking excursion
  • Half-day guided sea kayaking excursion
  • Internal flights
  • Transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPlane, overnight seater bus, private air-con van, kayak, mountain bike, walking, horseback.
Local Flights All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 15
Max 15, avg 10

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Hotels (8 nts), homestays (2 nts, shared bathrooms) overnight seater bus (1 nt).
On Day 2 during the homestay, accommodation is outdoors. Simple beds and bedding are provided by the host.
Start City
Istanbul
End City
Istanbul
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local activity instructors.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

RAMADAN According to the lunar cycle, Ramadan will fall between May 15th and June 14th, 2018. Please note that Ramadan is a month of fasting observed by Muslims throughout the world, during which time the followers of Islam should not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. There may be some limitations to services and disruptions to schedules during Ramadan, but generally our tours still operate effectively during this period and food is available to non-Muslims throughout the day. It is very important to display increased cultural sensitivity during Ramadan. Please wear loose fitting clothes, that cover knees and shoulders, and try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public out of respect for those who can't at that time.

Meals

Breakfast Many breakfasts are included as part of your tour. Turkish breakfasts are very different from your usual cereal and toast morning fare - when was the last time you had olives for breakfast? They pretty much universally consist of large slices of fresh "french style" white bread accompanied by slices of tomato, cucumber, white and yellow cheeses, olives, jam and honey. This is accompanied by tea (which a Turk would always choose!) or coffee (which is pretty much always instant coffee) You will of course want to sample the famous Turkish coffee, but it is usually taken after a big lunch or dinner, or in the late afternoon with a pastry. While we think these breakfasts are absolutely delicious, some travellers do find them a bit repetitive and enjoy buying market fruit the day before and eating this for breakfast. Lunches ...will usually be simple and on the run. They are a great chance to try Turkey's delicious and healthy array of "fast foods". This may include, "gozleme", a type of Turkish savory crepe, "chorba", delicious lentil soup, and of course doner kebabs in both beef and chicken varieties. You won't want to miss the chance to try "pide", Turkish pizza, and lahmucan- thin crust pizza you fold greenery into You may also find "kumpir", Turkish stuffed potatoes. Dinner Most Turks start their dinners with a couple of mezes- small taster dishes such as grilled octopus, aubergine salad, and many more. You could also choose a soup made of fresh local ingredients. Main courses tend to be based around fresh seafood if you are near the coast (expect to pay around 15 lira for a whole fish)or the ubiquitous kebab- skewers of charcoaled meat which comes on bread with salad. There are plenty of variations of the kebab-many regions have their own speciality so be sure to ask your leader. Desserts Yum- its all about the sugar. Baklava (about 2 TKL a piece for the good stuff) is something of a national obsession and it is believed the best comes from the East. There are endless varieties of pastries and milk based deserts available and you are sure to spend at least some time in a Turkish bakery taste testing. Snacks Don't miss munching on a simit , a Turkish pretzel or perhaps some grilled sweet corn to get you through between meals. Drinks Tea, served in small tulip glasses, is the number one beverage of choice in Turkey. It is freshly brewed and a tea bag is a rare thing. Turkish coffee is wonderful thing to try. The national beer is named Efes and is very good (usually 4-5 TKL a bottle) Wine is made in Turkey and is getting better every year. Expect to pay around 6-7 liras for a glass in a restaurant. Water is approximately 1 TRL for a 1.5 litre bottle, soft drinks and juices are around 2-3 TRL. Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. Please note that all passengers traveling to Antarctica are required to fill out this questionnaire. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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