This tour starts with a one week adventure tour of the stunning Lycian coast line of Turkey exploring the canyons and rivers set against teh backdrop of the Taurus Mountains. This week offers excitement and exhilaration with a little relaxation thrown in for good measure. There's a day of canyoning and cycling interspersed with SCUBA diving, sea-kayaking, the natural phenomenon of Saklikent Gorge and a walk to Patara National Park, with its Roman ruins and glorious beach.
Following on from you week of adventure you will be transferred to the kitesurf resort of Gokova for a 5 nights stay in the beautiful Ottoman Hotel. Gokova is one of the Mediterraneans best kitesurf locations with perfect condition for learners and improvers in the summer months.
Day 1 - Fly to Dalaman from London (or alternative European airport); transfer to our group hotel in Kas.
Day 2 - We head for the beautiful Saklikent Gorge where waterfalls cascade into the rapid flowing and extremely cold Esen River, which over millennia has cut a deep canyon through the ancient rocks. Using a walkway we explore the mouth of the canyon (see extra expenses) and can progress further in by getting our feet wet! Waterproof sandals may come in handy here. There is also the opportunity to go tubing after the Canyon Walk (see extra expenses for approximate cost). Tubing is a fun activity in which you sit in a circular rubber tube with a paddle and head off down river. En route there is the chance to stop and enjoy a mud bath. 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 below) one of the most beautiful in the Turkey, where we can relax and have a swim in the turquoise sea.
Day 3 - Today we use the highly recommended dive school operated by our Turkish partners. The PADI registered school uses top-quality European equipment and has a purpose-built dive boat. For beginners we offer a 'Try Dive' course, which includes a one-on-one dive with an instructor. Qualified divers can take a couple of boat dives. Kas boasts some of the best diving sites in the area and it is possible to see turtles and trigger fish if you're lucky! Your day 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. During your free time there are opportunities to soak up the sun. 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.
Day 4 - The mountains behind Kas are riddled with deep canyons. We normally use the Kibris Canyon one 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 wet suit, harness and a helmet. You must be able to swim, and boots with good ankle support 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 the courage to jump a few metres into pools of water.
Day 5 - Free day to do as little or as much as you like. Options include more SCUBA diving, take a boat trip, a Turkish bath or just a stroll around Kas. See Optional Excursions section below for prices. 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.
Day 6 - Today we spend a full day sea kayaking in the sheltered bay near Kekova Island. Using one or two man boats we paddle towards the island to the site of the famous sunken city. Although it is no Atlantis, you can clearly make out the harbour walls.Kayaking is an excellent low impact way of exploring the site. Later we paddle to the village of Simena. 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.
Day 7 - After our transfer to our start point in Sütlegen we head up into a cedar forest and follow 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 at Akörü. After a picnic near Sinneli we continue along our route heading towards the sea. 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
Day 8 transfers to Gokova for 5 nights at the Ottoman Konak Hotel just a short stroll to the the waters edge.
Gokova is one of the most wind reliable locations in the Med during the summer season, combined with a large flat water lagoon, this make for a perfect kitesurf location.
You stay in Gokova does not include any kitesurf instruction or rental which must be added as per our kitesurf school page here.
Number of nights in Gokova can be amended as needed.
Day 15 Transfer to Dalaman, fly to London (or alternative European airport)