Government Travel Safety Advice
We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.
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Under 18 immigration guidance
Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.
Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions
Visa and Passport Information
Turkey Visas: From 2 March 2020, British nationals travelling for tourism or business purposes will no longer need a visa to enter Turkey for visits of up to 90 days within a 180-day period.
\cbpat4 If you're travelling before 2 March you will still need a visa, except for some cruise ship passengers arriving at sea ports for visits of up to 72 hours. It is recommended that you get an e-Visa online through the official Republic of Turkey e-Visa website: https://www.evisa.gov.tr. An e-Visa costs $35 (plus $1.05 service fee) and you can pay by credit or debit card. If you use this option, you should apply at least 48 hours before travel and can do so up to 3 months in advance. In case of technical problems at the Turkish port of entry, carry a printed copy of your e-Visa or keep an electronic copy on a smartphone or other device to show at immigration.
Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.
If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
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Booking a land only package with Explore
Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information.
You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.
Joining Tour Abroad
Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.
The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.
Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.
If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.
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It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
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Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.
You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.
Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore
We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.
On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.
Kas is the ideal location to make the most out of exploring the town, relaxing at the hotel and participating in the wide variety of activities. It's important to bear in mind that in October and November, the order of the activities may be tweaked to make the most of the weather conditions on that particular day. The beauty of staying in one location throughout is that we can be very flexible in this regard, and the Tour Leader will of course keep you updated on any tweaks. We may also move the hike to one of a lower altitude in case of early snow in the mountains.
Canoeing down the Xanthos River is thoroughly enjoyable. After a safety briefing climb into the two-man canoes and begin the journey downstream to Patara Beach accompanied by the Explore Leader and a local canoe guide. The river winds gently towards the sea through lovely rural countryside. En route there's the opportunity to stop at a local mud bath. There's also a stop made on the riverbank for a barbecue lunch. The journey finishes just as the river widens and joins the sea at Patara Beach, where there is the opportunity to go swimming. This activity is suitable for beginners, but an ability to swim is nonetheless essential.
Walk through the stunning Taurus Mountain scenery and experience Turkish rural life. Travelling by minibus the ride up into the hills passes by pine and cedar forests, shaded woods, cool mountain streams and small local villages. Getting totally off the beaten track, the walk takes between four and six hours through this beautiful landscape. The walking route may vary slightly depending on the time of year, weather and make up of the group. En route a stop is made for a picnic lunch. There may also be the opportunity to stop for a glass of traditional Turkish tea. The trek is graded as Moderate and covers around 12 kilometres. This mountain walk ascends and descends from 1,500m to 2,050m. The terrain is mostly along a smooth track but it can be rocky and uneven in places.
Sea kayaking around the bay of Kekova is exhilarating and fun. The scenery is stunning and the water is the turquoise colour that gives the Turquoise Coast its name. After a safety briefing the double and single kayaks are launched for a practice, before paddling towards the rocky island of Kekova accompanied by our Explore Leader and a local kayak guide. Kayak beside the famous ruins of the sunken city of Kekova, to the small village of Simena overlooked by a medieval castle and on to Ucagiz, the pretty seaside village where the journey started from. In total the time spent kayaking for approximately three hours, but there's also a stop made with time for a swim, lunch in a local restaurant and a climb up to the castle. The activity is accompanied by a safety boat. Departure from the hotel is at around 6am, as it's best to get into the waters early so it's not crowded with other bigger vessels. A packed breakfast and coffee to go will be provided by the hotel. This activity is suitable for beginners, but an ability to swim is nonetheless essential.
This is another day, spent almost completely off the beaten track. Taking a minibus and trailer with the bicycles on up into the foothills of the Taurus Mountains through the forested hillsides and rural villages. After a safety briefing and being acquainting with the mountain bikes that have front suspension, the cycling begins along small roads and some unmade tracks between small villages. The cycling is mainly downhill although there is the occasional steep uphill section. The aim is to cycle 30 kilometres, which takes about three hours. The route may vary slightly depending on the time of year, weather and make up of the group. A stop for a picnic lunch will be made and when the opportunity arises, a glass of Turkish tea in a tea house. A support vehicle travels with the group for the majority of the route. There are some sections of rough forest tracks, but difficult sections can be walked. This cycling activity is graded as Moderate and it's essential that you are able to ride a bike in order to participate.
Our local supplier reserves the right to adapt any activity to a safe level or length to suit the group dynamics.
Ability to swim
An ability to swim is essential for your safe enjoyment of the water based activities on this trip. If you wish to participate in these activities then we insist that you are able to swim.
Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against tetanus, typhoid, infectious hepatitis and polio. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.