Turquoise Coast Adventure
Enjoy the best that the Turquoise Coast has to offer on this varied and fun-filled family adventure! Mix plenty of beach time with hiking the Lycian Way. Explore ancient ruins on land, then head to the water to canoe over sunken cities. Enjoy charming seaside resorts with lots of swimming opportunities. This wonderful 10-day trip can be taken on a self-drive or guided basis, and will give you a fantastic taste of Turkey.
Beautiful beaches at Cirali
Kayak over sunken city of Kekova
Hike the Lycian Way
Lively harbour life at Kas & Fethiye
Explore the ghost town of Kayakoy
Enjoy plenty of swimming time!
10 days from £1,250 pp
Plus international flights from £250
A 10 day holiday in Turkey for a family of four will start from £5,000 plus flights, based on self-drive. If you have a driver, the price will increase.
To give you a guideline, if you concentrate on the Turquoise Coast (therefore without any domestic flights), a 10 day holiday will start from £5,000 for a family of four. This is based on self-drive.
If you would like to have a driver, the price will start from around £6,500.
If you want to cover more of the country, perhaps including Istanbul, Cappadocia and the Turquoise coast, the price for a family of four will start from £8,750 with a driver / guide. If you self-drive for the section on the coast, the price will start from £7,500.
As there is such variation in price, please contact us to discuss what you are interested in and we can give more detailed advice. Alternatively, if you have a particular budget in mind, please let us know and we can then tailor our suggestions accordingly.
All prices exclude international flights. There are excellent value flights to Istanbul. There are also inexpensive charter flights available to both Dalyan (near Fethiye) and Antalya on the Turquoise coast. Prices vary depending on season but will start from around £250pp. If you would like us to provide you with a flight quotation, please ask us for a no-obligation quote.
Flights are available for booking approximately 11 months in advance. If travelling during UK school holidays we suggest that you book your flights as far in advance as possible to get the best fares. Prices will rise considerably the closer to departure that you book.
There are no age limits on our tours and we will tailor the itinerary to the ages of your children. We will ensure that we don’t include any activities that are not age-appropriate for your family.
Rest assured that you have 100% financial protection if you book with us, as we are members of the Travel Trust Trade . All monies paid to us by you are deposited into a trust account and the funds are only released to Stubborn Mule after you have completed your holiday. We also have ATOL membership, number T7608.
All you need to do is let us know a few key details about you and your family and we will do the rest. After a chat to understand more about you, we can produce an itinerary as a starting point and you can review this as many times as you need to until we get it just right.
Turquoise Coast Adventure day-to-day itinerary
Arrive in Antalya, known as the jewel on the Turkish Mediterranean where you will pick up your rental car and make your way along the Turquoise coast to Cirali. Time permitting you could make a stop at the incredible ruins of Phaselis on the way.
This evening you can enjoy your first taste of delicious Turkish cuisine. We find that kids love the wonderful variety of meze, kofte meatballs and the ubiquitous doner kebabs. Of course no meal is complete without the traditional finale of sticky sweet baklava.
Day 2, Cirali
A free day to enjoy the lovely beach and seaside area of Cirali. There are activities that we can book for you ahead if you would like, including a cable car trip up the highest mountain in the area Mount Tahtali, or a boat trip around the many bays. You can also hire bikes to explore the local area or walk along the beach for 20 minutes to explore the ruins of Olympos.
Day 3, Cirali
A second full day to explore. This evening perhaps visit the flames of Chimera where flames from underground gases spew into the sky. Kids will love hearing ancient historical tales regaling this as a mythological beast! This is best visited at night, so do remember your torch!
Day 4, Cirali – Kas
After breakfast, drive along the coast to Kas, perhaps stopping en route to visit Myra and the Church of St Nicholas.
Kas is one of the Turquoise Coast’s most popular seaside resorts and well known for diving, snorkelling, ancient ruins, and rock tombs. It has a lively atmosphere and there are endless dining opportunities at the many harbour front tavernas.
Day 5, Kekova
Enjoy an exciting canoeing adventure at Kekova, famous for its underwater ruins. Enjoy paddling the gorgeous tranquil turquoise waters of this ‘Environmental Protection Area’ with its sheltered bays and pristine scenery. The ruined city of Dolikhiste lies just beneath the water off Kekova Island and is best viewed up close from your canoe. Swimming is not permitted near the ruins but there will be other opportunities to enjoy these crystal clear waters. You will also have the chance to climb to the Crusader castle at Simena and see the Lycian tombs on the hill side.
Read More Day 6, Kas Day 7, Kas – Oludeniz – Fethiye After exploring Kayakoy, you will enjoy trekking one of the most scenic parts of the Lycian Way, following the rugged coastline to the famed beach of Oludeniz (approx. 3miles/2 hours). The undulating path climbs steep hillsides and makes its way through thick, shaded forest. Lunch (as well as some stunning views) will be enjoyed en route. There is then a final descent to Oludeniz. This beach, with its curving white sand divides the turquoise sea with the lush, pine-forested hills. This kaleidoscope of colours has made Oludeniz one of the most photographed beaches in Turkey and it is often listed as one of the top beaches in the world. Oludeniz translates to ‘Blue Lagoon’ and it is also known as the Dead Sea due to its calm, protected location. Snorkelling is particularly recommended here due to its crystal clear water and rich underwater caves and fauna. Continue to Fethiye for the night. Day 8, Fethiye Day 9, Dalyan Day 10, Dalaman / Antalya
A free day to relax and enjoy the coastline. If you are interested, you could visit the Greek island of Meis just a 30-minute ferry ride away.
A scenic drive along the coast takes you past the gorgeous beach of Patara before winding up towards Saklikent National Park, home to one of the world’s deepest canyons. Head to the ghost village of Kayakoy (2hrs) which used to be a thriving town but was deserted during the mass population exchange between Greece and Turkey in 1923. Children will love wandering the deserted streets, where they will be able to experience a traditional Turkish town in a somewhat eerie location.
A free day – you can just spend time on the beach or alternatively head into Fethiye. The old town is the perfect place to pick up a Turkish carpet and master those haggling skills. Sip a Turk Kahvesi (Turkish coffee) in colourful ‘Umbrella Street’, climb up to the rock tombs for stunning views over Fethiye marina, hop on a famous ‘12 Island Cruise’ and watch the evening luminous fountain show (summer months only).
Today you will head to nearby Dalyan where you can soak in the mud baths, explore the ancient ruins of Kaunos and cruise the Dalyan River past the Lycian rock tombs. You can also view the loggerhead turtles (known locally as Caretta Caretta), which come to Iztuzu Beach to nest from May to November.
Time to say farewell to the sun, sea and sand of the Turquoise Coast. Drive to Dalaman airport where you will drop off your car before flying home. (You can also drive 4 hrs back to Antalya and fly from here).
Day 6, Kas
Day 7, Kas – Oludeniz – Fethiye
After exploring Kayakoy, you will enjoy trekking one of the most scenic parts of the Lycian Way, following the rugged coastline to the famed beach of Oludeniz (approx. 3miles/2 hours). The undulating path climbs steep hillsides and makes its way through thick, shaded forest. Lunch (as well as some stunning views) will be enjoyed en route. There is then a final descent to Oludeniz.
This beach, with its curving white sand divides the turquoise sea with the lush, pine-forested hills. This kaleidoscope of colours has made Oludeniz one of the most photographed beaches in Turkey and it is often listed as one of the top beaches in the world. Oludeniz translates to ‘Blue Lagoon’ and it is also known as the Dead Sea due to its calm, protected location. Snorkelling is particularly recommended here due to its crystal clear water and rich underwater caves and fauna. Continue to Fethiye for the night.
Day 8, Fethiye
Day 9, Dalyan
Day 10, Dalaman / Antalya
Call us and we will be happy to provide you with a free-of-charge no obligation itinerary and quotation designed for you.
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Our ATOL number is T7608.