Ride 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 valley's of Cappadocia. Exercise should always be this inspiring.
- Village stay in Cappadocia. Horseback riding in Cappadocia. Hike to Chimera. Homestay in Minare village. 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.
- 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch & 2 Dinners (Allow USD 250-300 for meals not included)
- Hotels (8nts), homestay (2 nts, shared bathrooms) overnight seater bus (1nt)
- Plane, overnight seater bus, private air-con van, kayak, mountain bike, walking, horseback.
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local activity instructors.
- Small group experience; Max 15, avg 10
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Day 1 Istanbul
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Cappadocia (1B,1D)
Begin the day with a CEO-led orientation walk around Istanbul, enjoying the sights of this multicultural city. In the afternoon, fly to Cappadocia and drive to our homestay for the evening. Upon arrival, enjoy a delicious, locally made dinner.
Day 3 Cappadocia (1B)
This morning, try out horseback riding in Cappadocia. Great for novices to learn how to ride, this is a fantastic way to experience the surrounding countryside. After a free afternoon, walk in the hills to enjoy the sun setting over Cappadocia.
Day 4 Cappadocia (1B,1L)
Head out and enjoy hiking amongst Cappadocia's impressive and unusual rock formations. A full day's hiking with time to stop and enjoy a picnic lunch while taking in the clear air and space. The journey continues with an overnight bus journey towards the coast at Kemer.
Day 5 Cirali
Stepping off the bus this morning, it's a short journey to the seaside village of Cirali. After a full day to relax and recover on the beach, in the evening take a short walk to Chimera, where flames magically rise out of the earth through cracks in the rocks.
Day 6 Kas (1B)
Continue down to the blue waters of the Mediterranean. From here, take a sea kayaking expedition over the sunken city of Kekova. The water is so clear here, it's possible to clearly make out the ruins of this once fine city. Continue along the coast to the village of Kas and spend the night.
Day 7 Kas (1B)
Take to two wheels today and cycle through the villages and hillsides around Kas. With views down to the sea below and some tough ascents and descents, this is a thrilling ride along the coast.
Day 8 Kas/Minare (1B,1D)
After a free morning to wander through the pretty streets of Kas, depart mid morning for Minare. On arrival, there is time for a hike around the Lycian era ruins of Pinara. This evening enjoy a village home stay and delicious home cooked food.
Day 9 Fethiye (1B)
Head to Sakilikent Gorge for some canyoneering this morning. This exhilarating activity requires scrambing 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.
Day 10 Fethiye (1B)
The ghost town of Kayakoy is the starting point for today's hike along the Lycian Way. One of the world's most famous hikes, this route follows the path between Kayakoy and the blue lagoon of Oludeniz. 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.
Day 11 Istanbul (1B)
Transfer to Dalaman Airport and fly to Istanbul.
Day 12 Istanbul (1B)
Depart at any time.
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