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Family Legends of Lycia and Cruising the Turquoise Coast
15 days
Turkey - Trip code FLLC

Family Legends of Lycia and Cruising the Turquoise Coast

This two week adventure in Turkey allows us to uncover beautiful landscapes and the rich history of ancient Lycia. Canoe from the ancient city of Xanthos, discover hidden beaches along the coastline, sea kayak over sunken ruins and explore ancient villages in the Taurus Mountains. The first week is based in the harbour town of Kas with its cobbled streets and street cafe culture followed by a week sailing along the coast on a traditional gulet.

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Itinerary

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Trip information

Country information

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Climate

Evenings and early mornings can be cool in the early and late season (before mid May and after early October). During the winter, temperatures usually hover between 0 and 10 degrees, but are usually wet, particularly around the coast. Summers are hot and dry with refreshing sea breezes. It is often cooler on higher ground and in the mountains and can be cold at night, even in the summer. Seasonal weather patterns can be unpredictable.

Time difference to GMT

+3

Plugs

2 Pin Round

Religion

Islam, Christian

Language

Turkish

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

A selection of optional activities are listed below to help you budget for your Family adventure. Whilst the basic tour price you pay before you travel includes a great selection of highlights, we have also built in free time to allow you the flexibility to choose from a carefully selected range of additional excursions and activities or take time to relax, the choice is yours. At certain destinations along the way there may be several options to choose from and it may not be possible to fit all the activities in; your Explore Leader will be able to give advice on which are the most suitable for your family. Kas: Day 4 or 6: Full day boat trip to Meis island (also known as Kastellorizo Island) £24 per person Day 4 or 6: Horse riding £38 per person including return transport to the stables. Day 4 or 6: DEMRE Visit to the Church of St Nicholas and City of Myra. £16 per person Day 4 or 6: Scuba diving from £30 to £60 depending on number of dives; experienced divers should bring certification and log book; intro dives are available for those without previous experience. Kalkan: Day 11: Saklikent Gorge - By minibus/taxi from Kalkan £15.00 (depending on numbers). Kekova: Day 12: Guided sea-kayaking over sunken city from cruise £35 - £80 (depending on numbers)

Clothing

The long Turkish summer can be hot, though much of the Mediterranean coastline is freshened by sea breezes. A warmer sweater is recommended for the evenings in early or late season. On the canoeing and sea-kayaking excursions in particular there is no shelter from the sun, so a sunhat is essential. March / April and late September / October / November tend to be cooler so bring layers and some warmer clothes. A light rainjacket may also be useful.

Footwear

Trainers or walking boots for walks, plus sandals to wear in the canoes and sea kayaks which will stay on when wet.

Luggage

20kg

Luggage: On tour

One main piece of baggage and daypack. Remember you are expected to carry your own luggage so don't overload yourself.

Equipment

We recommend a water bottle, torch, insect repellent, sunglasses, daysac and plenty of high factor suncream. All equipment is provided on the sea-kayaking and canoeing trips. Keen snorkellers should take their own equipment as sizes (especially children's) are limited. Note: Qualified scuba divers wishing to dive should bring their diving certificate and log book.

Tipping

Explore leader
At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Explore Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
Local crew
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, the Explore Leaders may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the trip. Accordingly you should allow approx. £25 per person for gratuities for local staff.
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Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£7
Dinner price
£13
Beer price
£2.7
Water price
£1
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Turkish Lira.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
Major foreign currencies such as US Dollars, £Sterling and Euros can easily be changed. We advise against travelling with Travellers Cheques as commission rates are high. Other currencies can be exchanged in larger cities. We advise you to change money in Turkey as rates tend to be better.
Where To Exchange
Most major towns - your Tour Leader will advise you on arrival.
ATM Availability
ATMs are widely available throughout Turkey. To avoid large queues at the airport exchanges, you may wish to xchange some lira before arriving.
Credit Card Acceptance
In major restaurants.
Travellers Cheques
Not recommended.

Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus, Boat

Accommodation notes

Booking a Single Room

All of our group tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation. Please refer to the tour notes where the single room option availability is detailed on a night by night basis for this tour, and the price for the available nights is detailed on the dates & prices tab by departure date. For Self-Guided trips the Single Room supplement offers the option of a single room each and is charged per person. The Single Room supplement also applies to the third person in a party of three that will be accommodated in a single room.


The hotel is situated in the centre of Kas and is a short walk from the sea. The en suite rooms are tastefully decorated and include a sea or hill-side view, air-conditioning, satellite TV, minibar and hairdryer. The hotel facilities include a restaurant with a good selection of both local and western cuisine, outdoor swimming pools plus a children's pool and a 40 metre water slide. Furthermore, the hotel has three bars, basketball court, safe boxes, laundry service and fitness centre. Wi-Fi is available in the spacious lobby. Our traditional gulet is hand built in teak and pine, with a spacious and partly shaded foredeck and comfortable indoor and outdoor lounge areas. Meals are prepared on board by the boat chef and enjoyed in the shaded aft deck. There are four twin and four double cabins, all with an en suite toilethower. The cabins are cosy and can get warm in summer as there is no air-conditioning, so you may find it preferable to sleep above deck although port holes can usually be opened. There are plugs available in each cabin, so it is possible to charge cameras and phones. There is some snorkelling equipment available aboard the gullet. If you are a keen snorkeler, you may prefer to bring your own mask and snorkel with you. The gullet may moor in a quiet bay near the night stop to minimise disturbances in the evening, especially in large urban areas/ports. A different boat to this description may sometimes be used.

Family swimming

There is a pool at the hotel with regular opportunities to swim in the sea

Essential information

FCO 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.

For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
 

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.

Essential Information

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

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

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 now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. 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, 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.  


For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

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. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

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.

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Vaccinations

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.

Dates, prices and booking

Date
Price from
Child Price From
Saturday 28 July 2018 - Saturday 11 August 2018
This departure is guaranteed
From £1165
£1055
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Dalaman Airport
Time and place
22:00 at Outside International Terminal
Information
Please note that there are two transfers arranged at set times for the first day of this tour. The main transfer to meet our preferred flight will be in the evening with an additional transfer in the mid-afternoon to assist with any early flight arrangements you may have in place. Meeting point from the International terminal: Walk out of the International terminal building and descend a concrete ramp. This brings you to the meeting area. On the side directly opposite the cafeteria you should look for your tour leader/transfer Meeting point from the Domestic Terminal: Exit the terminal building and walk past the Dalaman taxi co-operative, down a concrete ramp to the car park where your tour leader/transfer will be waiting for you. If you are unable to find your transfer, you must call our local agent immediately. Their number is available in your travel documents. We ask that you do not make your own arrangements unless advised to do so. Our local agent will arrange for you to be met and transferred to your hotel promptly.
Ending Point
Town
Fethiye Harbour
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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Saturday 4 August 2018 - Saturday 18 August 2018
This departure is guaranteed
From £1165
£1055
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Dalaman Airport
Time and place
22:00 at Outside International Terminal
Information
Please note that there are two transfers arranged at set times for the first day of this tour. The main transfer to meet our preferred flight will be in the evening with an additional transfer in the mid-afternoon to assist with any early flight arrangements you may have in place. Meeting point from the International terminal: Walk out of the International terminal building and descend a concrete ramp. This brings you to the meeting area. On the side directly opposite the cafeteria you should look for your tour leader/transfer Meeting point from the Domestic Terminal: Exit the terminal building and walk past the Dalaman taxi co-operative, down a concrete ramp to the car park where your tour leader/transfer will be waiting for you. If you are unable to find your transfer, you must call our local agent immediately. Their number is available in your travel documents. We ask that you do not make your own arrangements unless advised to do so. Our local agent will arrange for you to be met and transferred to your hotel promptly.
Ending Point
Town
Fethiye Harbour
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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Saturday 11 August 2018 - Saturday 25 August 2018
This departure is guaranteed
From £1165
£1055
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Dalaman Airport
Time and place
22:45 at Outside International Terminal
Information
Please note that there are two transfers arranged at set times for the first day of this tour. The main transfer to meet our preferred flight will be in the evening with an additional transfer in the mid-afternoon to assist with any early flight arrangements you may have in place. Meeting point from the International terminal: Walk out of the International terminal building and descend a concrete ramp. This brings you to the meeting area. On the side directly opposite the cafeteria you should look for your tour leader/transfer Meeting point from the Domestic Terminal: Exit the terminal building and walk past the Dalaman taxi co-operative, down a concrete ramp to the car park where your tour leader/transfer will be waiting for you. If you are unable to find your transfer, you must call our local agent immediately. Their number is available in your travel documents. We ask that you do not make your own arrangements unless advised to do so. Our local agent will arrange for you to be met and transferred to your hotel promptly.
Ending Point
Town
Fethiye Harbour
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Saturday 18 August 2018 - Saturday 1 September 2018
This departure is guaranteed
From £1165
£1055
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Dalaman Airport
Time and place
22:00 at Outside International Terminal
Information
Please note that there are two transfers arranged at set times for the first day of this tour. The main transfer to meet our preferred flight will be in the evening with an additional transfer in the mid-afternoon to assist with any early flight arrangements you may have in place. Meeting point from the International terminal: Walk out of the International terminal building and descend a concrete ramp. This brings you to the meeting area. On the side directly opposite the cafeteria you should look for your tour leader/transfer Meeting point from the Domestic Terminal: Exit the terminal building and walk past the Dalaman taxi co-operative, down a concrete ramp to the car park where your tour leader/transfer will be waiting for you. If you are unable to find your transfer, you must call our local agent immediately. Their number is available in your travel documents. We ask that you do not make your own arrangements unless advised to do so. Our local agent will arrange for you to be met and transferred to your hotel promptly.
Ending Point
Town
Fethiye Harbour
Time
09:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes

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