Adventure Blue Cruise

 

Day 1 : Start in Antalya. Transfer to Demre.

Day 2: Cayagzi harbour

We recommend a side trip to Arycanda, one of southern Turkey's most dramatic sites, with a magnificent setting on the slopes of the Taurus mountains. The ruins are extensive, with a city stadium, large and small theatres, aqueducts and public baths. On our return, we will moor in Camlica cove, another peaceful and blissful spot in the region.

Overnight Accommodation on Boat Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Full day sea-kayaking to Kekova Island

Sailing east along the coast towards the deserted island of Kekova, today here is spent on the sea trying out sea-kayaking in the calm, protected waters of the bay of Kekova. This is one of the most scenic area in Lycia; a set of picturesque islands, bays and small ancient cities. Here we find the so-called ‘Sunken City’ of Kekova. The results of various earthquakes, the partly submerged streets and buildings are visible in the crystal clear waters, there are even steps leading down into the depths of the bay. Later we paddle to the picturesque whitewashed village of Simena, whose harbour is dotted with ancient sarcophagi (tombs), Roman baths and houses that cling to a hillside beneath a medieval castle. Hiking up to the castle we find within its walls a tiny ancient theatre (the smallest in Lycia, with a seating capacity for about 300 people). Carved from the solid rock it is a wonderful place to sit and soak up the beautiful surroundings. Taking to the waters again we head back to Ucagiz, from where we transfer back to Kas.

Overnight on Boat

Day 4: Walks in the Taurus Mountains  

Today we head back into the hills, to explore the hinterland on foot this time. Transferring by bus to our start point we aim to enjoy a 4- 6 hour walk in the foothills, passing through whitewashed villages and enjoying our picnic lunch in a timeless landscape, where sweeping mountain vistas and the turquoise Mediterranean coast are just part of daily life. Our exact route will depend upon the weather conditions and we will transfer back to boat .

Overnight Boat

Day 5: Visit Xanthos; canoe trip down Xanthos River to Patara (lunch included)

Xanthos was the capital of ancient Lycia and at one time was the largest centre of commerce and religion in the region. It has had a turbulent past, falling to both the Persians and the Romans, both occasions resulting in the mass suicides of the entire town. In Byzantines times, the city walls were renovated and a monastery was added. The city was finally deserted after Arab raids in the 8th century. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and we plan to visit it this morning, before the first of our activities. After our visit and a safety briefing we will take to the water again as we spend the next 4 hours canoeing down the Xanthos River to Patara. Passing tranquil and unspoilt rural backwaters as we make our way downstream, we eventually emerge at Patara, where we will have time to relax and have a swim off the beach, before heading back to Kas. The 18km of golden sand is one of the best beaches in Turkey and a protected nesting area for giant Loggerhead Turtles. The culture vultures amongst you may like to visit the site of Patara, once the principal port of ancient Lycia and birthplace of the 4th century bishop of Myra, St Nicholas – better known as Santa Claus.

Overnight  on Boat in Firnaz Bay.

Day 6: Full day cycling in the Taurus Mountains (lunch included)

Transferring by bus this morning we head into the foothills of the Taurus Mountains, where we resort to pedal power to spend some time exploring, both on and off-road, this picturesque region; cedar forests and rushing mountain streams offer welcome respite as we cycle through a region little changed for centuries. Our route will depend upon the weather conditions on the day, but you can expect to do some 20-30 kms before we return to the bus to transfer back to Kas, doubtless to enjoy a refreshing drink in one of the local bars.

Overnight on Boat.

Day 7: To Kalkan

We sail this morning to the attractive port of Kalkan, a small fishing village built into the steep slopes of the seacliff. Kalkan offers a perfect chance to explore an old village and harbour front. From here there is the chance of an optional excursion to see the ancient city of Patara and amazing Saklikent Gorge. Patara is the birthplace of St Nicholas (Father Christmas) and is situated on the largest sandy beach in Turkey. After the visit to the site you might like to have a swim in the refreshing surf. Saklikent Gorge, situated high in the mountains above Fethiye was created by icy cold water cutting through the mountains over thousands of years. A natural wonder, the resulting canyon is 300 metres deep and 18 km long. Saklikent in Turkish means “Hidden City”. The walls are so high they cut out most of the sunlight and the fresh spring waters that flow through are freezing cold! A great refuge on a hot summer day.

Day 8 :To Soguksu cove

We sail from Kas to Soguksu Cove then Gemiler island. In the afternoon, we will have an opportunity to land on Gemiler Island where we visit the extensive ruins dedicated to Father Christmas. In the early ages of Christianity, the island was an important shelter for the pilgrims on the way to Jerusalem. The top pf the island offers superb views over the lovely Mediterranean coast.

Overnight Accommodation on Boat (U) Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 : Transfer to Dalaman airport, Tour ends

Included meals: Breakfast