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Swimming Turkey - week long trip itinerary
If you like open water swimming, warm turquoise water in the Mediterranean, sun shining on your back, then this is the trip for you. We organise 7-day guided swimming adventure holiday for open water swimmers down in Kaş, southern Turkey.
We stay at a great local hotel in Kas town and every day we go out with a traditional Turkish gulet boat to swim over interesting sights, old shipwrecks and old city walls. Our Turskish team prepares us great organic local food on-board and we enjoy the gulet cruising. Check out below out day-to-day itinerary and please get in touch with us. This year 2015 we are doing the following dates:
16-22.May, 23-29.May, 5-11.October, 12-18.October, 19-25.October, 26.October - 1.November, 2015.
You can find more information about these swimming trips at: http://goo.gl/VUWqhc
Day 1: meet at the hotel at 6.30pm for a trip briefing.
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: ferry boat from Kaş harbour to the Greek island of Meis, hike up to Meis hill for great vista point, relaxed afternoon, chance for a swim or stroke correction, Blue cave visit and drive back Kaş.
Day 7: morning beach swim down at Kaş beach, trip finishes at 11am.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Today is our Greek day and different to all others before. We take the 10am ferry boat from Kaş harbour to the island of Meis (in Greek Kastellorizo). Drive takes only 25-30 min. Upon our arrival we walk up to the top of the island for about one hour, where you can see an amazing view to Kaş and other islands where you have swam and cruised in the past days. After a hike we eat in a local Greek restaurant and really feel you are in a different country. You then have a free afternoon until 4pm boat departure and you can spend time going swimming in the bay, sun-tanning, visiting the blue cave or just strolling around. Big sea turtles are very common in this area and they are easy to swim with! In the village you can see classic Greek (colourful house) architecture, fortress, castle, church, mosque and much more...
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 day in Kaş, you can do many different outdoor activities. We have partnered with local adventure company that can take you diving, sea kayaking, canyoning, paragliding, and more. See more at: http://www.bougainville-turkey.com/
|Kas peninsula - Güvercin Island||2 km|
|Around Gurmenli Island||2.5 km|
|Greek island Meis - Heybeli island||3 km|
|Limanağzı Bay - Büyük Çakıl Bay||2 km|
|Yalija Bay coastal||2 km|
|Fakdere bay coastal||2 km|
|Ulu Burun - Ince Burun Bay||3 km|
|Aparlai Bay - Körmen Island||2 km|
|Greek island of Meis coastal||1-2 km|
|Month||Water Temp. (°C)||Air Temp. (°C)|
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.
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.
Simena castle: 2km
Meis island (Greece): 4km
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.
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.