What is the Turquise Coast walking like?
Put simply - stunning! The countryside is beautiful, and a lot of the walks take you past meadows filled with animals frazing, through small villages and orchards, with lots of spectacular Roman ruins (an ampitheatre sitting in the middle of a field?!) - some of the nicest walking I've done in Europe, anywhere!
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
There are a lot of activities - do I need previous experience?
As with all our multi-activity trips, no experience of the activities is required for this holiday and those that have experience will not be bored, as there are a wide range of levels and grades to suit all. However, to enjoy this trip to the full, a fair level of fitness is required. The itinerary is very active and long periods of time are spent outdoors or in water. As so many of the activities are water-based, we do not recommend that non-swimmers book this trip. Further to this there is a certain amount of rough and tumble and a few minor cuts and bruises cannot be ruled out.
Katarzyna Crompton - Turkey Operations
Tips from staff who have done the Lycian Activity Week
You don't need to bring any extra clothes for the canyoning. The day before it, you'll be measured up and find a wetsuit that fits you whilst you're at your hotel. You'll change into the wetsuit once the transport drops you off, then back into your dry clothes at the end of the canyoning before driving back to the hotel. So, all you need to bring is clothes to wear on the coach that takes you to the drop off point for the canyoning and that you can change back into at the end of the day. Also, bring a towel (the hotel has towels you can borrow rather than taking your own) to dry off before changing back. Underneath the wetsuit you only really wear your underwear and maybe a vest or t-shirt (especially if you have one of those dry-climate ones).
The highlight of this trip (of many) for me was definitely the day of canyoning. I wore proper trekking boots and found that they provided the right amount of ankle support and grip - although they weren't as easy to swim in as lightweight shoes would have been. People in our group wore a mix of trekking boots, trainers and sports sandals and thankfully nobody turned their ankle over. Everything gets soaked through though, as you're in the water a lot - so even "waterproof" trainers tend to end up soaked through.
The tour guides will recommend trekking boots, and they'll suggest you wear a couple of pairs of socks underneath them too, so that they don't become loose when they're wet. My shoes were tight enough with just the one pair of socks though, and I seemed to cope far better jumping from rock to rock than a few people relying on trainers with less grip. The key thing is, wear something that you don't mind potentially getting totally wrecked. Everything gets thoroughly soaked, but you're also jumping on and off rocks, gripping to the sides of canyon walls, jumping (feet first) into water from heights of up to 9 meters, and abseiling - so whatever you're wearing is really being tested! You also need to wear something you'll be comfortable walking in for an hour before you even get to the canyon. Depending on the weather on the day (and the days leading up to the canyoning day) you may end up going to a different canyon, but the experience will be similar even if you do.
Additionally, I'd also recommend wearing flip flops or sandals for the kayaking - as they'll also get soaked. Flip flops are better as they allow you to feel the pedals you work (for the rudder) with your feet far better than trainers. It can be tempting to do the kayaking with bare feet, but the area of shore where you get into your kayaks has lots of sharp little rocks that can make that very uncomfortable.
Any footwear that gets wet can generally be left out to dry on your hotel room's balcony. Trainers generally take one day to dry on the balcony, whereas my big trekking boots took two (sunny) days.
I'd also recommend buying a couple of disposable waterproof cameras from Boots for the trip. You can take those kayaking, diving and canyoning rather than risk damaging your real camera. The tour leaders will take photos on the canyoning day (of you throwing yourself off various ledges mostly), and then put the best shots onto a disc for you, but it's always nice to have a few of your own shots too.
Provided you get the weather, you should be fine with wearing shorts throughout. The only time you might want a pair of trousers is when you're going into Kas at night in the evenings, as it can get a bit chilly when the sun's down and you're down near the water. You'd also need these should you opt to go and see the inside of the mosque in Kas.
Trainers will be fine for the mountain biking and throughout the rest of the trip - but I don't recommend them for the canyoning or kayaking days since they'd get soaked and potentially destroyed!
One final recommendation for you would be 'The Hideaway' bar in Kas. My group went there for a few drinks and it became our regular for the duration of our stay!
You can bring Euros or sterling for the visa. When you arrive at Dalaman there's a big board that explains the rates for the visa in just about every currency possible and they'll take it all!
Kai Aylward - Web Sales
Turkey Country Guide (including plugs!)
Please visit the Exodus Travel Guide to Turkey where you can find out what plugs they use, as well as more detailed Country information in the menu on the left of the page.
How should I take my money for Turkey?
I normally take just Sterling cash, with a debit or credit card to use in ATMs as a back up. As long as you excercise the same degree of common sense you would at home, you won't have any problems. Make sure you advise your bank before leaving home that you will be there, to avoid any problems. You will be changing into the local currency, the Turkish lira, and spending that. Almost all towns have money changing and ATM facilities.
Katarzyna Crompton - Turkey Operations
Can I get a visa for Turkey on arrival?
Most nationalities (including UK and US citizens) require visas. From 10 April 2014 it will no longer be possible to purchase a Turkish visa on arrival. This can now be obtained online at www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ for approximately US$20.
The visa is valid for a stay of up to three months (dependent on passport holder's nationality). For a longer stay a visa from a Turkish Embassy is required.
Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain the appropriate visa if required..
Ian Langford - Sales
What food can I expect in southern Turkey?
Breakfast: typically comprising a selection from tea, coffee, bread, butter, jam, cheese, olives, cucumber, tomatoes, yoghurt.
Lunch and dinner: often a buffet arrangement with several freshly cooked dishes to choose from. Kebabs are of course to be found everywhere.
Picnic lunches: when taken on trek, typically comprise a selection from bread, cold meat, cheese, (sometimes boiled eggs or tinned fish), fresh salad vegetables, fresh fruit.
Most people find that Turkish cuisine is one of the most varied in the world and there is usually something to please everyone. Vegetarians will generally find themselves well catered for as many Turkish dishes are based on vegetables and dairy products.
Other than whilst on trek drinks are not included with meals (except breakfast) as a wide variety is normally available and it is better to allow you the choice. Mineral water, excellent fruit juices, beer and wine are generally readily available at about half to three-quarters of the UK price, depending on locality. Tea (usually taken in small glasses) is cheap, and so is Turkish coffee (strong, taken in small cups). The only drinks that can be more expensive are European instant coffee and spirits.
Will Ramadan affect my trip?
Please note that the holy month of Ramadan will take place from the 20th of July to the 18th of August 2012 (dates can shift slightly). This is a time when followers of Islam do not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. This can sometimes affect the opening hours of certain tourist sites. However we will ensure that that the itinerary is affected as little as possible if you travel during this period. Food and drink is available to tourists during the day.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
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