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TRIP OVERVIEW

7 days
SwimTrek for Family
3km/day
Leisurely

Trip Dates

03 Aug - 09 Aug, 2020
Available

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Tour Highlights

  • Experience some of the clearest waters in the Mediterranean off Turkey’s stunning turquoise coast

  • Enjoy a classic SwimTrek holiday for you and your family to swim together on

  • Explore caves, tunnels, arches and bays as we complete a range of beautiful coastal swims and challenging crossings

  • Discover the historic city of Aperlai, including fascinating ruins located both above and below water

  • Improve your swim technique with a video analysis of your stroke

  • Enjoy the perfect setting for a family holiday and for your teenagers to swim with other children their age

  • Swim alongside the famous Lycian Way walking path which stretches 509km from Fethiye to Antalya

Discover the Turquoise Coast in southern Turkey on this trip perfectly designed for both teens and adult to enjoy on a special family holiday. The historic region of Lycia enjoys mountains that rise steeply from the wooded shore and tiny bays, giving beautiful views and a great mixture of stunning swims. This is a trip to enjoy vibrant colours, clear waters and quiet coastlines.

Based in the small coastal village of Kaş, we spend the week exploring countless caves, tunnels, arches and bays as we swim amongst the area’s isolated beaches, scattered archipelagos and historical sites.

Our main boat for the week is a traditional Turkish gulet, which is an ideal way to experience this part of the world. The gulet is also where we will enjoy the fresh, traditional Turkish lunches which are served on board between your swims, and there is plenty of room to stretch out and relax while you are out of the water.

Who is this trip for?

Designed for families who want to swim together, this trip offers the chance for adults to bring children as young as 12 to enjoy the full experience of a swimming holiday. A classic SwimTrek break, our Lycian Way trip features a mixture of calmer coastal swims and short crossings, ideal for a variety of swimming abilities. Our Teens trips conveniently operate during school holidays and provide the opportunity for teenagers to swim with others of their own age as well as with their family. Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average daily short swim distances of 2½ - 3km.

Please note that adults that are not travelling with their own teenage children or are part of a party with at least one teenage child are not permitted on this trip. Equally, teenagers must be accompanied on the trip by at least one adult.

What's included?

  • Fully guided swimming holiday in Turkey
  • Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
  • Technique coaching
  • Six nights accommodation
  • All Breakfasts
  • All Lunches

What's not included?

  • Travel to and from the start of the tour
  • Evening meals

Related Trips

Day 1

After meeting in the reception area of the hotel, we’ll enjoy welcome drinks and a safety briefing while discussing our plans for the week ahead.

Day 2

First thing this morning we meet up for a short acclimatisation swim just a short walk from the hotel. After heading back to the hotel for breakfast, we make our way out to Kaş Peninsula for our first coastal swim of the trip.

Following lunch and some time to relax on board the gulet, we get you back into the sea in order to film your stroke, both above and below the water, which we will play back and provide you with technique advice on tomorrow. After the filming session, we’ll set off on another enchanting coastal swim, which finishes at the majestic Kaş amphitheatre.

Day 3

This morning is spent island-hopping within the archipelago of seven islands, situated midway between Greece and Turkey. We retreat to Limanağzi Bay to moor our gulet for lunch above a Sunken C-47 Dakota aeroplane.

After lunch, we’ll complete another stunning coastal swim, which ends at a cool water cave close to Big Pebble Beach. Keep an eye out for ancient Lycian tombs embedded into the cliff face. Once we arrive back at Linda Hotel, we will review the video playback from Day 2 and provide technique advice for all guests that are interested in taking part.

Day 4

We start the morning by swimming along the south coast of Aperlai Bay, finishing off the swim with the opportunity to swim over the ruins deposited on the seabed by numerous earthquakes. We then head onto the ancient city of Aperlai for a hearty lunch. For the afternoon, we swim underneath the dramatic cliffs of Uluburun, heading west back towards Kaş. The day concludes with a walk to the Kaş amphitheatre to see the sunset after another great day of swimming.

Day 5

We make our way to the archipelago of seven islands, before beginning our exciting short crossing back to the Limanağzi Peninsula in one of the more challenging and rewarding swims of the week. After completing the crossing, it’s time for a snack and lunch aboard the gulet.

Following lunch, there is another opportunity for your guides to provide a further optional stroke analysis and technique session. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to enjoy, whether that involves exploring the village of Kaş or simply relaxing at the nearby beach areas. For guests who are looking for other activities to take part in, a traditional Turkish bath or breathtaking paragliding session are both fantastic ways to spend your afternoon.

Day 6

This morning we continue our swims along the Lycian Way from beneath the dramatic cliffs of Uluburun. After lunch on board the gulet, we complete the day by swimming along the coastline within Deregemlik Bay. The remote nature of today’s locations make for some truly memorable swimming experiences.

Day 7

We hold a final early morning pre-breakfast swim before our fantastic week of swimming draws to a close.

Trip Schedule

Start Point: Linda Hotel, Kaş Linda Hotel

Start Time: 19:00 on Day 1

Finish Point: Linda Hotel, Kaş

Finish Time: 11:00 on Day 7

Trip Information

Equipment Checklist

In addition to your daily non-swimming clothes, we also recommend that you bring the following items:

Item Item
Swimming Costume (x2) Towel
Swimming Googles* (x2) Sweater / Fleece
Sunhat and Sunglasses Waterproof Jacket
Waterproof Sun Cream Walking Shoes / Sandals
Small Daypack Aqua Shoes / Sandals

*Try to bring one clear lens and one tinted lens for different light conditions.

Please note that SwimTrek will supply swim hats and provide water and electrolyte drinks in shared water bottles on your safety boat. If you prefer to use your own drink bottle, please feel free to bring one along. If you would like to use a wetsuit, rash vest or fins during your swims, please ensure that you bring these with you.

Group Size and Boat Support

This trip has a maximum group size of 16. The group will be split into a maximum of three groups, based on speed, with each group being accompanied by their own safety vessel/escort.  Boat support on this trip includes one main boat and two inflatable boats to be piloted by your SwimTrek guides and a local boat pilot. Please note that this boat support is subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed.

Swimming Distances

On this trip you'll swim on average 3km per day. This is usually divided between two separate swimming sessions of 1km to 2km each - one in the morning, and another in the afternoon.

Swim Distances
Kaş Peninsula 1km
Kaş Peninsula - Amphitheatre 1½km
Archipelago swim 1½km
Limanağzi Peninsula 1km
Üçagiz - Aperlai Bay 2km
Aperlai Bay - Aperlai 1½km
Archipelago- Limanağzi Peninsula 2km
Uluburun - Deregemlik Bay 2km
Deregemlik Bay Coastal 1½km

Swimming Conditions

Swimming in the sea is a fantastic experience. However, you should be aware that certain marine life such as sea lice, jellyfish, sea urchins and coral could be present during the swims. In all cases we will work on reducing your contact with these creatures, but if you suffer from anaphylaxis, please consult the office prior to booking.

Walking Conditions

Most walks to and from our swims take place on recognised paths and tracks, however there may be cases where we walk along trails or other unsealed surfaces and care should be taken in these areas. There is also an opportunity to walk a short (approximately 200 metre) section of the famous Lycian Way. This walk takes place on a rocky, uphill track which leads to the ancient city of Aperlai. Sturdy walking shoes or sandals are recommended for this walk.

Temperatures

Month Water Temperature* Air Temperature*
August 27-30°C / 81-86°F 30-34°C / 86-93°F

*Please note that these temperatures are indicative and should be used as a guide only.

Weather Caveat

For safety reasons, we rely on decent weather conditions when carrying out our swims. As a consequence, open water swimming holidays require a certain degree of on-trip flexibility which can result in changes to the planned itinerary. These changes often add a touch of uniqueness to your trip and will be communicated to you by your SwimTrek guides as quickly as possible.

Getting There

The easiest way to get to Kaş is to fly into Dalaman and take a shared transfer to Linda Hotel in Kaş. It is also possible to fly into Antalya and take a private transfer, however, please be aware that this can take up to one hour longer than the journey from Dalaman to Kaş. Whichever route you choose to take, we recommend confirming your flights and other travel arrangements as early as possible in order to avoid price rises and availability issues.

Getting There via Dalaman

Flights to Dalaman

To search for available flights into Dalaman International Airport, please visit Skyscanner.

Dalaman Airport to Kas - Transfers

You can arrange a private transfer service through a number of online and local providers direct from the airport to Linda Hotel in Kaş, with prices starting from 250TRY, depending on the number of passengers and the time of arrival at the airport. Our local partner, Wilusa Travel, can also assist with the provision of private and shared transfers. For a quote, please visit www.wilusa.net/en/lycian-way-swims or email info@wilusa.net at least seven days prior to your arrival with your flight number and arrival time.

Dalaman Airport to Kas - Shuttle Service

Transfer Kas provides a shared transfer from Dalaman Airport and Kaş. The cost of the service is approximately 80TRY depending on the time of the year and takes approximately 2½ hours. You can reserve your place for this service via www.transferkas.com.

Dalaman Airport to Kas - Public Bus

Catching a public bus is a great way to see more of the Turkish coast. From the airport, you will need to travel to Fethiye using local bus company, a timetable can be found at Havas. Once in Fethiye, you will need to change buses to head towards Kaş. Buses from both the airport to Fethiye and Fethiye to Kaş run frequently throughout the day and tickets cost approximately 40TRY combined, one way. The total journey time is approximately 3½ hours.

Getting There via Antalya

Flights to Antalya

To search for available flights into Antalya International Airport, please visit Skyscanner.

Antalya Airport to Kas - Transfers

You can arrange a private transfer service through a number of online and local providers direct from the airport to Hotel Linda in Kaş, with prices starting from 400TRY, depending on the number of passengers and the time of arrival at the airport. Our local partner, Wilusa Travel, can also assist with the provision of transfers. For a quote, please visit www.wilusa.net/en/lycian-way-swims or email info@swiminturkey.com at least seven days prior to your arrival with your flight number and arrival time.

Practical Information

Accommodation

Accommodation during this trip is in the Linda Hotel in the small coastal village of Kaş. Our accommodation is based on twin-share rooms with en-suite facilities. There are a limited number of single supplement rooms which can be reserved during the booking process, subject to availability.

Please note that we stay at the Linda Hotel, not the Linda Beach Hotel which is also located in Kaş.

Rooms for Families

We will room your family using a mixture of twin, triple, double and single rooms as is appropriate for the makeup of your party. Please note that sometimes a triple room may be a twin room with an additional bed added. We will do our very best to give you rooms next to each other (adjoining) or request interconnecting rooms but these cannot be guaranteed.

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation and Trip Extension Options

If you require any additional nights’ accommodation before or after the trip, this can be arranged directly via our partners in Turkey, Wilusa, at Wilusa.

Food and Drink

All breakfasts and lunches are included in your trip price, however dinners are at your own expense. This gives you a fantastic opportunity to explore and experience the local cafes and restaurants of your choice over the course of your trip. The average cost of dinner in a local restaurant is approximately 70 Turkish Lira (TRY).

Money, Extra Expenses and Tipping

You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as dinners, drinks, entertainment, souvenirs, etc. The local currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TRY).

Travelling with your Family

This camp is specifically designed to suit families with teens who want to swim together. To join this camp, there must be at least one parent/guardian over 18 years old accompanying and at least one child aged 17 or under on the date of departure. This camp is not suitable for adults travelling without children, or unaccompanied minors. The maximum adult to teen ratio in one party is 1:4.

SwimTrek guides on Family Trips are hand picked but they are not child-minders. Parents and guardians booking on a SwimTrek for Families experience take full responsibility for their children, though our guides are always on hand for their safety in the water. If a child decides to sit out a swim or exit the water early, a parent/guardian may be asked to accompany them on the boat.

Passports and Visas

Turkey is not part of the European Union. Non-residents of Turkey require a full passport to enter the country, which should be valid for six months beyond the expected length of stay.

Please note: As of 2nd March 2020, UK and EU Citizens no longer require a visa to enter Turkey and stay for a period of up to 90 days. Citizens of other countries including the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand require a visa to enter Turkey. Most foreign nationals entering Turkey must purchase a visa before entering the country. It is important that you purchase your visa through the official Turkish Government E-visa Website and avoid purchasing through third-party providers, as these can be considerably more expensive. Please note that visa regulations are subject to change and we advise that you check your own visa requirements prior to travel.

Travelling with Children

Some countries, including the UK, require documented proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. You must contact the relevant country embassy or consular office well in advance for information on exactly what may be required. Please refer to your government issued travel advice for further information.

Travel Insurance

We consider comprehensive travel insurance to be essential, and we strongly recommend that you purchase insurance which includes, but is not limited to, cover for illness, accident, emergency repatriation, ambulance, air ambulance, helicopter rescue services, cancellation, lost luggage and delays. Your travel insurance should also cover you for open water swimming and any other activity listed in your trip itinerary (including races and competitions, where applicable). Please read your policy details carefully and remember to take them with you on your trip for your own reference. For further information about travel insurance, please visit www.swimtrek.com/travel-insurance.

Health Information and Recommended Vaccinations

For comprehensive health information for people travelling to Turkey, including all recommended and required vaccinations, please visit Travel Health Pro. Please note that this information is subject to change and you should re-check this site regularly prior to your trip.

Travel Plugs & Electricity

For a useful source of information on the different electrical outlets, electrical plugs, and electric sockets, please visit World Standards.