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Mediterranean Turkey | 7 days

Our Turkish trip offers you swimming and exploring in some of the best parts of the warm Mediterranean sea. Southern Turkey is a great place to enjoy open water adventures surrounded by stunning scenery of the Taurus mountains and crystal turquoise water. We follow the Lycian coast from the historical town of Kaş to Aperlai old city. Our gulet takes you to swimming locations over some of the world´s top diving spots, an old bronze shipwreck, rock-cut tombs and underwater city walls. While on board our Turkish crew prepares delicious mezes and grilled kebabs from local organic food. Our base Kas is located just in front of colourful Greek island of Meis (Kastellorizo) and you can do a day trip there with a local ferry.

Overview

Duration: 7 Days (6 Nights)
Tour Type: Island Hopping and Coastal Sea Swimming
Average Daily Swim: 4-5 kms
Accommodation: Hotel on the Land
Escort: One Large Boat, Two Dinghies, Kayak
This unique trip has something for everyone. We cruise stunning Southern Turkish coast from island to island, swim in the warm Mediterranean sea over some dramatic diving spots, an old bronze shipwreck, ancient tombs and walk up the Greek island of Meis. Trip is very suitable for non-swimmers as well.
 
This tour is suitable for all levels of swimmer, with three separate escorts for the safety and enjoyment of all guests. It is expected that you can swim 2+ kms per each swim on our itinerary.
 
Tour Highlights:
- Swim in the Mediterranean turquoise warm sea 
- Swim over interesting sights, old shipwrecks and old city walls
- Enjoy gulet cruising, sun-tanning and Turkish organic food on board
- Explore colourful Greek island of Meis, Blue cave and walk up to the top 
- Stroll around historical town of Kaş and feel laid-back environment for the week

Sea Turtle swimming Kas Turkey
 
All our treks ensure that in the team of guides there is at least one team-member who has in-depth experience and knowledge of the local waters, the main swimming routes and the alternatives as well as a fluent local language speaker.
 
Included in the price
Fully guided tour with comprehensive safety escort (3 boats, 2 swimming guides, 1 local boat pilot), swim coaching, technique & stroke analysis, 6 nights accommodation, all breakfasts, all lunches (except one in Greece).  Each guest receives a swim hat. Limited fins, rash vests and other swimming gear will be available on each tour. If you need a wetsuit, please bring it with you.
 
Additional cost
Travel to and from the start of the tour, evening meals, one lunch. Single room supplement: from 120 EUR

Video Trailor and Testimonials (select HD quality and watch full screen)



Turkey’s Turquoise Coast from the Air



Swimming holidays in turquoise Turkey

Accommodation

Maki Hotel is set on the hillside in a quiet street about 500m from Kaş centre. It has direct beach access and a garden with an outdoor pool. The property was completely renovated in 2013 and offers a fresh and modern feel. All rooms are air-conditioned and offers Mediterranean Sea views, some in front, some from the side.



A daily buffet breakfast is served in the hotel’s restaurant. Poolside terrace offers scenic sea views and a great place to enjoy a drink from the bar. Free Wi-Fi and limited car parking is avaiable.
Contact: Küçük Çakıl Mah. Kaş - Antalya / e-mail:info@kasmakihotel.com, Tel.: +90-242-8363479 Fax: +90-242-8361388
 
Hotel Maki, Kas, Turkey

Outdoor Pool  

Hotel Maki, Kas, Turkey
 

General Trip Info

Start Point: Hotel Maki, Kas
Start Time: 6.30pm on the 1st Day
Finish Point: Hotel Maki, Kas
Finish Time: 11am on the 7th Day
Google Map Link - Kas, Turkey

Passports and Visas
You require a full passport to enter Turkey. Effective from 1 January 2015, passports will have to be valid for at least 60 days beyond the permitted stay. Please check whether you require a visa. Some EU nationalities do not require a Visa, while most others do, so please check with your local authorities if you need one. British, Australian, Canadian, Irish, USA nationals need a visa. Regulations do change, so please check before you travel. To visit Greek island of Meis, you need a Schengen visa. If you are coming from outside of EU, please check your requirements for Schengen - EU visa. Website to buy a visa: www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
 
Vaccinations
There are no specific vaccinations required for Turkey, but you should ensure that your tetanus and polio vaccinations are up to date. You may also obtain vaccinations against hepatitis A and typhoid.
 
Extra Expenses
You will need some extra money to cover meals which are not included in the tour price. An average dinner (including a drink) costs around 35-40 Turkish Lira (12-15 Euro). Supermarkets are nearby.
 
Currency
The local currency is Turkish Lira (TL). There are plenty of ATMs available and this is the best way to get some cash when you arrive. The hotel can also exchange money up to limited amount. 
 
Group Size
Up to a maximum of 15 people, with 2 swimming guides, local boat pilot and 2 boat escorts.
 
About Kaş, Turkey
Kaş (pronounced Kaash) and means ‘eyebrow’, is a small historical town on the very southern coast of Turkey. South Mediterranean climate is hot most of the summer and peak season is considered from May-October. This colourful harbour town is framed by the dramatic Taurus mountains and is located halfway between Dalaman (180 km) and Antalya airports (200 km). The winding cobbled streets, colourful local shops, flowers and local market place all combine a real Turkish flavour.
Kaş is part of the Lycian Way, a 500 km long waymarked hiking trail in southwestern Turkey, connecting Fethiye in the west with southwest of Antalya in the east along the Lycian coast. A lot of international travellers come to this region to hike and walk this part of coast.
This area offers all kinds of adventures from diving (some of the best in the world), sea kayaking, swimming, paragliding, canyoning, trekking, mouintain biking, etc.

Kas, Turkey
 
Greek island Meis
Part of our trip is also a day trip to Meis island.  Meis (Greek: Kastellorizo) is a small Greek island right in front of Kaş, Turkey. When you arrive it looks very colourful, quiet and full of bizarre and friendly locals. Kastellorizo in Greek means "biggest", but actually it is one of the smallest of all Greek islands. There is a small village on the island and only a few hundred locals live there. Daily ferry boats from Kaş take you 5km across to Meis to explore and relax at this colourful little paradise. You feel and see the difference in lifestyle and culture compared to Turkey across the water. Great things to do while at Meis: hike up to the top point and see 360 view, explore the side streets, most houses are different colours, eat (try fresh calamari from the harbour restaurant), drink, relax, visit the castle and get a magical view from the top, take a boat trip to Blue Cave and swim with the sea turtles in the bay.

Meis Island Greece
 

Itinerary

Brief itinerary:
Day 1: meet at the hotel at 6.30pm for a trip briefing. If you arrive late, we can do another briefing in the next morning.
Day 2: short acclimatisation swim at Kaş beach, gulet drive to our swim along Kaş peninsula and second around Gurmenli Island, video stroke analysis.
Day 3: morning swim between 12 islands facing the Greek island of Meis, afternoon swim in the Limanağzı Bay.
Day 4: morning swim in Aperlai - Yalija Bay, walk to Simena Castle, afternoon swim in Köyü Fakdere bay
Day 5: morning swim from UluBurun point to Ince Burun, walk to Aperlai old city, afternoon swim from Aparlai Bay to Körmen Island.
Day 6: we explore Blue Cave (Mavi Magara, known as the largest cave in Turkey) and swim coastal along the mountainous Lycian coast.
Day 7: morning beach swim down at Kaş beach, trip finishes at 11am.

Brief itinerary:
Day 1
We meet in Kaş at the hotel lobby at 6.30pm for the trip briefing. We will explain to you the plan for the week in detail. In case you are late arriving this evening, we are happy to do another briefing the next morning 30 min before breakfast. Please email us about your late arrival.
 
Day 2
Before breakfast we walk down to the hotel beach for a short acclimatisation swim. 
Following breakfast, we take our first boat ride on a comfortable Turkish gulet to Hidayet Bay along the Kaş peninsula. From there we swim south along the peninsula for about 2 km passing Güvercin Island (Pigeon Island, named for its notable bird population). You will swim over a special spot of stone sculpture of an interesting ocean animal. Water clarity is unbelievable and this is one of the main diving spots in the Kaş area. After a lunch break we will film you with our professional underwater camera for later video analysis in the evening. Most swimmers greatly enjoy seeing themselves swimming in crystal clear water and getting some good tips on their technique.
Our second swim is around Gurmenli Island about 3km away from the peninsula. An impressive underwater view is waiting for you while you circle the island once or twice. Head back to the marina.

Swimming Kas, Turkey
 
Day 3
We set off towards the 12 islands situated across the channel from and facing the Greek island of Meis (Kastellorizo, or Megisti in Greek). We hop from one island to another and explore unique underwater landscapes such as a shipwreck and underwater canyon. While you enjoy swimming, our local cook on-board our gulet prepares lunch of tasty Turkish mezes and grilled kebabs using organic and local ingredients. Our afternoon base is at Limanağzı Bay (Harbour’s Mouth Bay). Here we enjoy our lunch and a bit of rest, followed by the second swim from ancient tombs carved into the mountainside to the Büyük Çakıl Bay (Big Pebble beach). 
 
Day 4
Depart Kaş Marina for our "Kekova day trip" as locals call it. We enjoy our gulet ride and morning sunshine along the Turkish southern coast. A fantastic blend of nature and history is the key ingredient of this unique day tour. After a good hour on our gulet we reach our first swimming spot in a beautiful and calm Yalija Bay. Our lunch spot is along the Kekova Island in front of Üçağız village at Tersane Bay (an ancient shipyard and remains of a Byzantine church). After a hearty lunch of Turkish mezes and tasty vegetables, we head to the picturesque Sunken city of Simena, which is ancient ruins and a World Heritage site. We walk up 30min to Simena Castle to enjoy the magical view over the Kekova gulf. On the way back we do our second swim at Fakdere bay, crystal clear waters stretch hidden behind an islet between Çoban Burnu and UluBurun points. Drive back to Kaş.

Swimming Kas, Turkey
 
Day 5
Today is our "Aperlai day". We take a boat ride to our first swim from UluBurun point to Ince Burun Bay. Our 3km swim takes us over the 3000+ year old bronze shipwreck, discovered and excavated by the Institute of Nautical Archaeology in Kaş.  After our great aquatic experience in turquoise water, we head towards the Aperlai bay for lunch. Aperlai, a historical Lycian city, has been identified as an ancient town by some fifth century BC coins. It is located on Sicak peninsula with many interesting sights to see. We make our way exploring by foot through a narrow strip connecting to the other side of peninsula facing Üçağız village. We pass by several chapels, polygonal constructions from Roman times, tombs and sarcophagi. On the way back to our boat, you can swim over this ancient area passing the remains of the city walls underwater. For the afternoon we swim out of Aparlai Bay to Körmen Island. Boat ride back to marina. 

Swimming Kas, Turkey
 
Day 6
Today is our Blue Cave day. We sail off from Kas harbour to Kaputas beach along the mountainous Lycian coast where we prepare for our first swim. The stunning sandy beach is an excellent place to start our adventure. After a few hundred metres we swim into and explore the Blue Cave (Mavi Magara, known as the largest cave in Turkey).
We base ourselves for lunch along the Sarıbelen island where we enjoy our delicious lunch and take a break on the top deck of our gullet. We continue to sail to Maradi island where we stop for an afternoon swim around this little gem in the clear blue Mediterranean. Return to Kas harbour.

Swimming Kas, Turkey
 
Day 7
The final morning is reserved for a swim down at the Kaş beach or time to ask your guide for final tips about your technique.  For those having some extra time or a day in Kaş, you can do many different outdoor activities. We have partnered with a local adventure company that can take you diving, sea kayaking, canyoning, paragliding, and more. See more at: www.bougainville-turkey.com/. 
Or, you take a 10am ferry to the island of Meis (7 km away). You can visit the Blue cave, walk up to the top of the island or just spend a day at this colourful Greek island. Ferry returns to Kaş at 4pm.

Swimming Kas, Turkey
 

Swimming Info

Google Map of the Area with Swimming and Hiking Routes

Swimming distances

SwimDistance
Kas peninsula - Güvercin Island2 km
Around Gurmenli Island2.5 km
Greek island Meis - Heybeli island3 km
Limanağzı Bay  - Büyük Çakıl Bay2 km
Yalija Bay coastal2 km
Fakdere bay coastal2 km
Ulu Burun - Ince Burun Bay3 km
Aparlai Bay - Körmen Island2 km
Blue cave-Mavi Magara coastal2.5 km
Around Maradi island2 km

Temperatures:

MonthWater Temp. (°C)Air Temp. (°C)
May2227
June2330
July2532
August2634
September2530
October2426

Keep in mind that you can skip any of the swims you want and relax on our escort boat(s). Temperatures are indicative and can slightly change from year to year.

Wetsuit, fins, rash vests, pull buoys Availability

We have limited swimming gear available on each trip, so please bring your own if you require one for yourself.
 
Walking
The walking on the trip is easy and it is on a recognished paths. In order to enjoy your walks in Aperlai, Simena castle and on the Greek island of Meis, please bring comfortable light walking shoes and suitable clothes for summer temperatures.

Walking distances
Aperlai: 2km
Simena castle: 2km
 
Essential Equipment
In addition to normal items, we recommend bringing the following:
2 swimming costumes, 2 pairs of swimming goggles (one clear and one tinted for different light conditions), sweater/fleece, towel, sun hat, small daypack, waterproof sun cream and jacket, walking shoes and sandals or aqua shoes. We also provide drinking bottles while you swim and swim hats.

Swimming awareness
Your safety is of utmost importance to us. In the event of adverse weather conditions at any of our swimming locations, we may need to adapt our itinerary. Our team always includes local guides who know great places to swim, so rest assured you won’t be missing out! Swimming in the open sea amongst natural wildlife is a unique experience, but you may come across certain marine life such as jellyfish, sea turtles, coral and sea urchins from time to time. There are very few jellyfish along the Turkish southern coast and so the risk of any unfortunate encounters with them is low, and we will always show you the safest areas to swim. If you are stung by a jellyfish and are unable to carry on swimming, you will never be far from an escort boat where one of the guiding team will be able to treat the affected area. If you suffer from Anaphylaxis or any other allergic reactions it is important to inform us at the time of booking.
 

Travel

To get to Kaş you need to make your way down to Southern Turkey. There are numerous flights from all over Europe to two major airport cities of Dalaman and Antalya. Dalaman is the closest to Kaş and it is best  to fly there if you can. Overseas flights often connect you via Istanbul. Transfer by car/van from Dalaman airport takes about 2 hours and from Antalya about 3 hours.

Flights to Dalaman from UK and other EU countries
Thomas Cook www.thomascook.com
British Airways www.ba.com
Turkish Airlines www.turkishairlines.com
Sun Express www.sunexpress.com
 
Flights to Antalya from UK and other EU countries
Thomas Cook www.thomascook.com
British Airways www.ba.com
Turkish Airlines www.turkishairlines.com
Sun Express www.sunexpress.com
 
A good way to search and compare flight prices: www.skyscanner.net
 
Private transfers from Dalaman or Antalya airports
You can contact our local partner transfer company in Kaş and they will send a car/van to pick you up. The driver will wait for you at the arrivals with our Strel Swimming board in hand. The rate for this service is 65 EUR per car (up to 3 persons) from Dalaman airport and 70 EUR per car from Antalya airport. If there are 4 -7 guests on the same transfer (minivan vehicle), the cost is 90 EUR from Dalaman and 95 EUR from Antalya airport. Service is paid on location in Turkish Liras, EUR or GBP. To book a transfer, please contact: Bougainville Travel at:
phil@bougainville-turkey.com, +90 242 836 3737, www.bougainville-turkey.com
 
Bus option from Dalaman airport
To get to Kaş you can use public bus (Havas and Muttas shuttles) transportation from Dalaman airport to Fethiye. Cost is 10 TL (Turkish Lira) and it takes about 1 hour. From Fethiye bus station you can get on the bus to Kaş every hour (until around 20h). Cost is around 18 TL and it takes about 2.5 hours. Total travel time up to 4 hours. See our PDF for more details:
 
Bus option from Antalya airport
To get to Kaş you can use public bus (Havas shuttles) transportation from Antalya airport to Antalya main bus station. Cost is 10 TL. From there you can travel with long-distance bus (company Baki Antalya) to Kaş every hour until 21.30. Drive takes about 4 hours and it costs around 28 TL. Bus departure times to Kaş  and online booking can be found here: http://www.batiantalyatur.com.tr/ . See more details in PDF:
 
Kaş bus station
Once you arrive to Kaş town, you can use a local taxi for few Turkish Liras to take you to the hotel or just walk for about 10 min.

Video Clips

See interesting swimming videos from Turkey that we produced in the past





Swimming With Sea Turtle


 

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