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Hike, Kayak and Sail Turkey's Turquoise Coast

Paddle to crystalline coves and wander ancient trails to mystical sites, cooling off in the glittering sea as you go

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Hike, Kayak and Sail Turkey's Turquoise Coast

Paddle to crystalline coves and wander ancient trails to mystical sites, cooling off in the glittering sea as you go

DURATION
5 nights
LOCATION
Turkey
ANNUAL LEAVE
4 days off work
SEASON
Apr-Nov
GROUP SIZE
Up to 14 people
MEETING POINT
Antalya Airport
ACCOMMODATION
Classic

Hotel · Cabin · Guesthouse

OVERALL RATING

0.0

This trip is brand new
DIFFICULTY
Easy

This is a light adventure, easily manageable by those with a basic level of fitness, capable of walking or paddling for a few hours each day

Pick up a paddle and SUP your way through the lush surroundings and towering rock faces of Kapuz Canyon

Tread the ancient paths of the Lycian Way, and head out on a twilight hike to marvel at the flaming rocks of Chimera

Sail on a traditional gulet boat and kayak the turquoise waters of Kekova Island, exploring sunken ruins

Master the art of Antalyan cooking, whipping up some delicious dishes with local chefs who call this region home

Day 1

Touch down in Antalya

GETTY - carpet store exterior in Antalya, Turkey. Photo: Getty # 695707718

Welcome to the enchanting city of Antalya! Meet your host at the airport for your transfer to your hotel in the city. Famous for its charming narrow streets, picturesque Ottoman-era houses, and historic architecture, you can explore at your leisure until 18:00, when you'll meet your local guide. Settle in and enjoy a local welcome dinner, getting to to know your fellow travellers and discussing the epic adventure ahead.

Day 2

SUP wild canyons and hike ancient routes at Chimera

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Stand Up Paddleboarding

2hrs

Hiking

2.5hrs · 7km · 177m up · 177m down

This morning, pick up a paddle to SUP your way through the beauty of the Kapuz Canyons, admiring the lush surroundings of fruit and olive trees, birdlife, and fish in this picturesque gorge. Later, head to Çıralı and settle into your bungalows before a sunset hike to Chimera. Here, natural gas seeps from the earth, creating the phenomenon of eternal flames. As night falls, you'll witness the magic of 20 to 30 flames burning brightly as you hike back. Enjoy a leisurely evening in Çıralı, where you'll find many meyhane (Turkish taverns) along the beachfront.

Day 3

Hike and swim along the Lycian Way

Hikers on the Lycian Way, Turkey. Photo: Shutterstock 2382996355

Hiking

4hrs · 13.5km · 574m down

Lace up your boots then take a short drive to the village of Ulupinar this morning, where you'll find the trailhead for today's hike. Follow the trails of the ancient Lycian Way, through forests down to Maden Bay. Take the opportunity to cool off here, diving into the crystal waters of this Mediterranean cove. Tuck into a picnic lunch before hiking back to Çıralı, where you can enjoy some free time on the beach or chill out in your cosy bungalow.

Day 4

Sail the clear waters of the Mediterranean

GETTY - Traditional Gulet boat. Photo: Getty # 851035034

Sailing

2hrs

Hiking

3.5hrs · 8km · 88m up · 82m down

After a tranquil morning in Çıralı, take a the scenic journey to Üçağız village where you'll hit the water. Board a traditional gulet-style boat and head to the ancient city of Aperlai. Amongst its ancient walls, you'll discover the echoes of history – a Christian church and chapel, Lycian sarcophagi, and a monumental tomb carved into the rocky landscape. After heading back to Üçağız, settle into your room before joining a vibrant cooking class led by local women, who not only share their culinary secrets but also double as skilled chefs on the gulet boats.

Day 5

Sea kayak above the sunken city of Dolikhiste

SHUTTERSTOCK - 3 kayaks at Kekova Island, Photo: shutterstock # 1192188262

Kayaking

2hrs · 9km

Wake up in the paradise of Üçağız this morning and get ready for one of the best ways to explore this region – by sea kayak! Paddle your way 3km south to Tersane Bay where you'll discover the sunken city of Dolikhiste, a UNESCO World Heritage Site partially submerged on the shores of Kekova Island. Cross to the mainland to wander through picturesque streets adorned with flowers, where you could try the famous homemade ice creams with unique flavours like cactus fruit or tahini. After lunch, get back into your kayak to paddle to your final swim-stop, making the most of the perfect turquoise waters. Take a break at your hotel before enjoying a traditional farewell dinner this evening, next to the Mediterranean.

Day 6

Güle güle

Drinking traditional Turkish Tea with Turkish tea cup and copper tea pot shutterstock 121847368

After a glorious adventure discovering the spectacular scenery of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, it’s time to head back home. After a final breakfast with your travel companions and a chance to swap photos, transfer back to Antalya Airport for your flight home.

Included

Guides

Local, expert, English-speaking guides

Accommodation

1 night in a hotel, 2 nights in cabins, 2 nights in locally run guesthouses

Meals

All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Transfers

Airport transfers and everything in between

Equipment

All your SUP and kayaking gear

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Tips for your guides

Some meals as described

Visas where required

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Cabin · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Cabin · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4 – Day 5

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Traditional Turkish breakfast include tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, butter, eggs, honey, bread, bagels, olives and tea cups. shutterstock 1940339386

The food in Turkey is more than just your classic kebab, with traditional and local meals as varied as its history. Many dishes make good use of seasonal vegetables, with fresh bread always in easy reach. A classic Turkish breakfast (kahvalti) is a mezze-type affair with bread, butter, olives, white cheese, cucumber, tomatoes, jam and honey, with strong coffee or freshly brewed Turkish tea. For lunch or dinner you could be served dolma (stuffed vegetables packed with a rice, spices, pine nuts, and maybe small dried fruits). Many types of kebap or köfte are popular, along with sweet or savoury börek (filo-based pastries) or lahmacun (flatbread topped with minced meat and seasoning), followed by sweet specialities.

Dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for, but please note that in some areas it may be difficult to cater for all special diets – please request these on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Argos Hotel, Antalya  - hotel website
Antalya

In Antalya you’ll stay at the Argos Hotel, located in the heart of the old town and a short walk from the marina. You’ll stay in twin-share rooms with private bathrooms. Relax by the pool or head out to explore the historic centre.

Mercan Bungalow, Cıralı - hotel website
Çirali

Your night in Çıralı will be spent at the Kibala Hotel and Cabins. The wooden cabins sit among a large garden, with hammocks strung amongst orange, lime and avocado trees. You’ll stay in twin-share rooms with private bathrooms and air conditioning. The valley and coast of Çıralı is a low-key haven with a relaxed vibe and a protected loggerhead turtle beach.

Onur Pension, Kekova - hotel website
Üçağiz

In Üçağiz village you’ll stay at Onur Pension in the region of Kekova. Overlooking the turquoise sea and boats bobbing at anchor, this guesthouse is a great place to sit back and watch the world go by. You will have twin-share rooms with private bathrooms. In the case of larger groups, your host may arrange accommodations across several guesthouses, such as Kekova Theimussa or Ekin Pansiyon, which offer a similar level of comfort.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Antalya Airport

Any time on Day 1

Ends

Antalya Airport

12:00 on Day 6

Transfers

Upon your arrival at Antalya Airport, your local host's driver will meet you and transfer you to the hotel in the city's old town. The 30 minute transfer will be scheduled to work with the time your flight lands on Day 1. Ideally aim to arrive by 5pm so you can be at the hotel in time for the 6pm welcome briefing with your host. On Day 6, you will be transferred to Antalya Airport, with drop-off scheduled around 12:00. We recommend booking a return flight that departs no earlier than 14:00. If you plan to stay in Antalya, a drop-off service can be arranged to take you into the city, at no additional cost.

Airport transfers are included in the main price if you arrive on Day 1 and depart on Day 6. For those arriving early or wanting to stay on longer, extra nights at the hotel can be arranged with your host at an additional cost. Please see Optional Extras for more information.

Travel options

There are direct international flights to Antalya from the UK and various major hubs in Europe, as well as indirect flights which transit via Istanbul.

From the US, there are indirect flights from various major hubs to Antalya which transit via Istanbul.

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What's included?

All equipment and safety gear for SUP, kayaking and sailing

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Soft overnight duffel bag or luggage
  • Daypack (25-30 litres)
  • Waterproof daypack liner

CLOTHES

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Light fleece jacket or similar
  • Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts
  • T-shirts
  • Lightweight top for kayaking in the sun
  • Underwear and socks
  • Something to sleep in
  • Swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Hiking shoes/boots (worn-in)
  • Sandals

OTHER

  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Cash and debit/credit card
  • Ear plugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Reusable water bottle x 1.5 litre
  • Energy bars and snacks - read our article on Best Hiking Snacks
  • Head torch for hiking to Chimera
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Additional Night in Antalya Single Room

Payable Before Departure

Additional Night in Antalya Single Room

Per Night

Additional Night in Antalya Twin/Double Room

Payable Before Departure

Additional Night in Antalya Twin/Double Room

Per Night

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 258kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

Whilst no prior experience is needed, a reasonable level of general fitness is required – you'll be paddling, hiking and kayaking at different points across the itinerary between two and five hours in duration and using different muscle groups.

The hiking within the itinerary will be through forested hills and on rocky trails, although not at high altitude. The potential of changeable weather will mean you need to be prepared and hot weather may make activities more strenuous than expected. Sea kayaking around the coast of Kekova will be a leisurely paddle on reasonably calm water, although it's possible that higher waters and currents could make the paddling a little more challenging.

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion, but if you wish to, any tips will be shared between the driver and guide. However, we suggest the below as a guideline:

£6-£8 per person, per day

Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Tap water in Turkey is generally not safe to drink, so there will be filtered drinking water available at each night’s accommodation. Please bring along your own reusable water bottles (at least 1.5L) to fill up.

The weather in spring, late summer and early autumn in southern Turkey will be warm and pleasant, with ideal temperatures for the included activities. Although the likelihood of rain is low, the weather could be changeable in the Mediterranean at either end of the trip dates scheduled, with the occasional storm a possibility.

In the southwestern region of Turkey, the daytime temperatures will be generally in the region of 19ºC/66ºF to 30ºC/86ºF, and down to between 10°C/50°F to 19°C/66°F at night.

We recommend checking out the country specific information and also talking to a travel nurse.

No. You'll need to have a larger bag suitable for all your belongings which will be transported for you, and then a small daypack to carry personal items and a water bottle each day.

Sturdy double kayaks are provided as standard. The kayaks have a maximum weight limit of 120kg (18.9 stone/265 lbs) per person.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

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