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This holiday is all about connecting with your adventurous side! You will be trying your hand at a range of different activities from white water rafting, to kayaking and canyoning, all against the backdrop of the stunning Turkish coastline and awe-inspiring Taurus mountains.
South west Turkey has it all really. Beautiful Mediterranean coastline, known locally as the 'turquoise coast', stunning beaches and a deeply rich history. Home to the ancient Lycian people, the area is crammed full of archaeological sites to explore. With the Taurus mountains creating a fabulous playground for active explorers, with ample opportunities for cycling, rafting and trekking, the 1600km coastline of sandy beach after sandy beach has interesting coves and secluded bays to explore.
This activity holiday provides a fantastic adventure schedule in a stunning area, taking advantage of the region’s varied landscapes and locations. You will spend a day getting close to the marine life, exploring the stunning coastline by kayak, with chances to snorkel and swim along the way. There will also be a day spent sailing on a Turkish gulet, when you will have a chance to see some of the many islands that dot the coastline. Inland, you will spend an exhilarating day white-water rafting along the grade III-IV Dalaman River, and another on a jeep safari up into the mountains. There is also a day spent canyoning, clambering over rocks and jumping into pools. After all that activity, there is a gentler day for you to spend at a local Turkish bath, where you can sit back, relax and wash all the dirt off!
Please be aware that each of your activities will be with a different group of people and you will be on your own at your accommodation. This suits those who don't want to be within a rigid group structure well, but means this holiday is not as suitable for those looking for a more social small group type experience.
This holiday is for active people or those looking for some adventure. You don’t need to have experience in all of the different activities as you'll be instructed right from the start. Be prepared to get wet and messy!
Please be aware that each of your activities will be with a different group of people. The canyoning and sea kayaking trips have a maximum of 14 participants and the island cruise is limited to 12. The jeeps can take up to 6 people, but there may be a convoy of several jeeps in one day. The rafting trip will be made up of several boats.
Families can participate on this trip, but the minimum age for children is 14.
We had a great time, feedback: on the whole we were very happy with the Riverside Hotel, staff always helpful and friendly, pool area was lovely, food was good, the only negative I would say is the room our children had really needed some TLC. Our son called it a “bed in a shed”. Our room was a lot nicer. I know it was the cheaper accommodation so we are not moaning just commenting. Activities were all great, we loved them all. The family favourite was the canyoning, out of this world, truly wonderful day – took a day to recover!! Kayaking was good but we all felt it would have been better if we had done a little more after lunch, we kayaked a lot in the morning and then stopped for lunch followed by a short 5-10 kayak back to base. The BBQ lunches we had on board both the boat trips were fabulous.
Nicholas Aldridge reviewing Coast, Canyons & River Adventure in Turkey
Everything went very well and I was extremely impressed with everything you have mentioned below.
Transfers: 5/5 - Were there on time to collect me on arrival and similarly were on time for my return transfer.
Accommodation: 4/5 - No issues with accommodation. Very clean and friendly. Generally quiet - a couple of nights I got woken up by some music or other loud residents (but generally fine) Could have done with clean towels every day though! As had to use the same ones all week. Breakfast was lovely. Ate evening meal at the hotel once which was fine. I would rather venture out though to other places.
Tours: 5/5 - Fantastic - our main tour guide for the kayaking and canyoning was MURAT. He was very good, very professional and very helpful. Activities were excellent. Couldn't fault them.
Lucy Dawkins reviewing Coast, Canyons & River Adventure in Turkey
We had a fantastic trip thank you.
The guides on the jeep safari Shukya and Albert were particularly wonderful.
The hotel Sirius was also excellent - a relaxed, quiet, beautiful spot on the river with a lovely family which is very undersold I feel on your website by being described as the 'budget' option - it may be cheaper but I can't see how anywhere could be nicer for a family - we felt not like tourists in the sausage mill but guests and it is really a wonderful spot. A larger hotel would have been much less genuine and welcoming.
Alice Appleton reviewing Coast, Canyons & River Adventure in Turkey
The whole trip went very smoothly. Accommodation was excellent, close to the town but not too close. All the Activities were well planned, gear was good, area an interesting one to explore. Murat was able to change a days activity for us from rafting to sailing. We felt that spending 5-6 hours travelling to and from the rafting for two hours of activity wasn't a good ratio.
Murat was an excellent guide giving us ideas for the future and when one pick up didn't arrive he was there pronto.
Jeremy Briggs reviewing Coast, Canyons & River Adventure in Turkey
The activities were really good, we especially enjoyed the sea kayaking and the canyoning. Murat was a really good guide and we were in a relatively small group. The sea kayaking was relatively tame but a nice gentle way to start. The 12 islands boat trip was really lovely too and again a small group : the food was fantastic on the boat. It would have been good to really stress the merit of taking goggles and snorkles. The jeep safari was good though too long ( we got back at 7) and we were the only jeep when the idea is that you go with lots of jeeps and have water fights on the way. The white water rafting was disappointing the transfer time was about 3 hours which would have put me off if I had known about this before booking. The canyoning was fantastic fun and we would all do that again. The kids really enjoyed it (10/10) We had the turkish bath on the last day and this was delicious. Much better than expected (9/10)
The hotel was fine and was a nice little haven to come back to after the activities (8/10). The breakfasts were a littel unimaginative but sufficed.
In general the organisation was very good and we had no problems at all.
Sophie Hopkisson reviewing Coast, Canyons & River Adventure in Turkey
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