Turkey Family holiday Trip Notes

Turkey Family holiday

These trip notes are valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the trip notes for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017


Last Modified: 17 Jun 2016
Turkey Family holiday
Trip code: ERFT
Validity: 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
Explore the stunning scenery of Turkey on this trip that the whole family will love. Wander around ancient ruins in Fethiye, Xanthos and Letoon, learn about the history of Fethiye and the Lycian people, take it easy on the beach at Butterfly Valley and take to the ocean aboard a private gulet – searching for the perfect cove for swimming. Dine on traditional Turkish food like borek, baklava, pide and balik and enjoy all of the delights that Turkey has to offer.
Table of Contents
StyleYour fellow travellersVisas
ThemesAccommodationWhat to take
Is this trip right for you?Accommodation NotesClimate and seasonal information
Why we love itMeals introductionHealth
MapMealsTravel insurance
ItineraryMoney mattersA couple of rules
Itinerary disclaimerGroup leaderResponsible Travel
Physical ratingSafetyThe Intrepid Foundation
Included activitiesJoining pointFeedback
Important notesFinish point
Group sizeEmergency contact
Style
Original
Themes
Family
Is this trip right for you?
- This trip takes an excursion to Saklikent Gorge on Day 2 – rafting is not included.
- Public transport is taken to the water park on Day 3. The visit includes unlimited use of all slides. Food is not included, but there are restaurants at the park at which to purchase food.
- Public transport is also used to visit the Fethiye market on Day 4. This is a great place to pick up some bargains for the week.
- There are some short, moderate hikes on Day 5 with visits to the ancient cities of Xanthos and Letoon, broken up with some beach time.
- This trip includes a 2-night gulet boat trip on Days 6 and 7. The boat has basic facilities and is best thought of as camping at sea. Cabins are twin and triple, with marine toilets and showers. There is no air conditioning – the sea breeze is enough! There is limited snorkelling gear provided on the boat.
- Day 8 includes a visit to a Turkish hamam after leaving the boat. It includes a hot steam bath followed by a soap massage – bathing gear allowed of course!
Why we love it
- There's no better way to explore the stunning Turkish coastline than sailing along it for two nights. Relax on deck, swim and snorkel off the back of a traditional gulet into warm crystal water
- Get pampered with a real Turkish hamam (spa) experience, complete with treatments that are fun for the kids, and refreshing and invigorating for the parents!
- Squeeze into the steep sided Saklikent Gorge, marvel at its size, then scramble over rocks and cool off together in the melted mountain snow
- Tuck into a traditional Turkish breakfast then feel ancient history come to life on the Lycian Coast, site of fierce struggles and great battles
- Slip, slide, and chill the day away for a trip of family fun and frolics in an Oludeniz water park
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 Fethiye
Welcome to Turkey. This adventure kicks off in the coastal city of Fethiye. You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until a Welcome Meeting at 6pm today – see reception for more details. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand. If you arrive early, get out and explore the town – with Lycian rock tombs carved into cliffs, a beautiful coastline and a renowned market, Fethiye is a laidback, friendly town full of wonderful Turkish cuisine and culture.
Accommodation
Rebin Beach Hotel or Similar (1 nt)
Day 2 Saklikent Gorge 
This morning after breakfast, drive for approximately 30 minutes to Saklikent Gorge. You’ll spend the whole morning here, and the gorge is a spectacular place where steep sculpted walls soar high above. The whole canyon is around 18 kilometres long, with 4 kilometres accessible, and the vertical walls can reach up to 300 metres in height. In the summer, its shaded areas and water pools are a great way to cool off from the heat. You can make your way along a suspended walkway though shaded cliffs, scramble over rocks as you explore the area, splash about in the water that’s rushed down in the valley after the snow from the Taurus Mountains has melted, and cool your feet near a waterfall. There are cafes and restaurants setup on pontoons over the water, and it’s a lovely place to enjoy. After lunch, head back to Fethiye in the afternoon to explore the town or relax by the pool. Perhaps race each other up the steps to the ancient Lycian stone temples, each carved directly from the rock.
Included Activities
  • Private Saklikent Excursion
    Accommodation
    Rebin Beach Hotel or Similar (1 nt)
    Meals
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch
    Day 3 Water Park
    Today you’ll discover another great way to cool off from the Turkish heat – head to a nearby water park for a day of family fun and frolics in nearby Oludeniz. The park has nine slides, a kid's pool, wave pool, the main swimming pool, and a ‘lazy river’ that can be floated down on a rubber ring. Spend a blissful day slipping down water slides and scampering between pools. There are restaurants and cafes with cold drinks, ice-creams as well as Turkish national food ‘gozleme’ and pancakes. There are also lockers and safety deposit boxes. Cash is not used in the water park to save you having to carry it about or take money in the pool or slides. To make things easy you can load your money to your Oludeniz Water World Aquapark card and then buy drinks and food via this card. Tonight, perhaps get stuck into some of the great seafood on offer in Fethiye.
    Included Activities
    • Waterworld Aquapark
      Accommodation
      Rebin Beach Hotel or Similar (1 nt)
      Meals
      1 breakfast
      Day 4 Free day
      Enjoy a free day to discover more of the charming town of Fethiye or, if you prefer, just soak up the sun by the pool or the beach. You can enjoy the laidback atmosphere and stroll the impressive harbour, filled with traditional gulet, fishing boats and cruise boats that day-trip the pretty harbour islands. Tuck into Turkish cuisine, or treat yourself to some delicious homemade Turkish lemonade – a speciality of the area. The town has shops to browse and the weekly market offers an interesting diversion. Wander around the stalls packed with textiles, clothing, heaps of fresh food, and pretty much anything else you can think of. You could take a break at one of the refreshment stalls serving pancakes or kebab and people watch as the locals go about their shopping. If you want to get more active then maybe head out on the water, with an optional sea kayaking adventure helping you discover the beautiful coast.
      Optional Activities
      • Fethiye Tuesday Market - Free
      • Optional Sea Kayaking in Fethiye - EUR45
        Accommodation
        Rebin Beach Hotel or Similar (1 nt)
        Meals
        1 breakfast
        Day 5 Xanthos, Patara and Letoon
        It's a full and exciting day today. After a hearty breakfast, depart early and drive for just over an hour to one of the greatest and most spectacular ancient spots in Lycian history – Xanthos (approximately 1 hour). The city dates back to 8th century BC and has a pretty horrible (but interesting) history of murder and suicide. The city was the centre of culture and commerce for the Lycians, but as it sat on the lines between Europe and the Eastern World it was regularly in the path of conquerors – the Persian Empire, Alexander the Great, and the Romans all took over the city. There's a great amphitheatre, as well as a necropolis, mosaic floors, and temples to explore. Afterwards, head the short distance to Patara Beach, rightly considered one of the best beaches in Turkey. This protected natural area is home to a long stretch of soft sand, shallow blue water and gentle waves ideal for a bit of body-surfing. After a swim and picnic lunch here, continue back towards Fethiye, stopping at Letoon – the sacred cult centre of Lycia – en route. Here there was a temple dedicated to the goddess Leto, and her children, Artemis and Apollo, and the inscriptions were key in deciphering of the Lycian language.
        Included Activities
        • Daily Xanthos, Letoon, Patara Excursion
        • Xanthos
        • Patara Ancient Site & Beach
        • Letoon
          Accommodation
          Rebin Beach Hotel or Similar (1 nt)
          Meals
          1 breakfast
          Day 6 Gulet Cruise
          This morning you’ll climb aboard a gulet for two days of idyllic relaxation on the sea. There’s no firm plan – much depends on the tides and local conditions. Your days are usually spent cruising between the little coves and islands that dot this beautiful part of southwest Turkey. Naturally, there are plenty of opportunities to take a dip in the inviting waters of the Aegean. Parents can sit back, relax and watch the world go by while the kids can emulate their favourite sea-faring heroes. Leaving Fethiye, first visit Samanlik – where the green pine forests come down to meet the blue sea – before heading onto Butterfly Valley. The word ‘paradise’ is often thrown around a lot, but in this amazing place it’s the only one that fits. This hidden gem of the Turquoise Coast is only accessible by boat or via the Lycian Way walking trail. The Valley is one of the most beautiful places in Turkey. It’s only been visited in the last twenty or so years, so before that it was relatively untouched and unknown, and it remains intact and pure.
          Included Activities
          • Fethiye Blue Cruise
            Accommodation
            Overnight Gulet Accommodation (1 nt)
            Meals
            1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
            Day 7 Gulet cruise
            Wake up aboard your gulet and get into the rhythm of life along the Turkish seas. Continue your cruise around the stunning coast, and spend your time on the beautiful azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea swimming, relaxing, and exploring the natural and historical sites along the way. You’ll have the opportunity to go on land, hike and explore hidden coves, as well as go for plenty of swims in crystal clear waters. Watch a memorable Turkish sun set as you bob on the ocean, then, at night, indulge in unforgettable feasts before being lulled to sleep by sultry Mediterranean breezes.
            Accommodation
            Overnight Gulet Accommodation (1 nt)
            Meals
            1 breakfast, 1 dinner
            Day 8 Return home
            As your cruise comes to an end, enjoy a final breakfast on-board before disembarking. To continue the relaxing theme of the day, head to a local Turkish bath where you can relax, experience some traditional treatments, and enjoy some fun family bonding in a leisurely environment. Have a scrub, a foam massage, visit the hamam (Turkish sauna), and enjoy a facial treatment. Your luggage will be stored here while you indulge, then later in the afternoon you will head to the airport (approximately 1 hour), where this Turkish adventure comes to an end.
            Included Activities
            • Turkish Bath
            • Facial Treatment
              Meals
              1 breakfast
              Itinerary disclaimer
              ITINERARY CHANGES Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

              OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
              Physical rating

              These trips are setup to involve and include all the family so no real physical preparation is necessary. The trips all have some degree of physical activity but nothing that is too strenuous. Please check the physical rating on the trip notes and if you need further explanation please contact one of our sales consultants who will provide you with more detailed information.
              Included activities
              Private Saklikent Excursion
              Waterworld Aquapark
              Daily Xanthos, Letoon, Patara Excursion
              Xanthos
              Patara Ancient Site & Beach
              Letoon
              Fethiye Blue Cruise
              Turkish Bath
              Facial Treatment
              Important notes
              A DISCOUNT OF 10% APPLIES ON THIS TRIP TO CHILDREN 14 YEARS AND UNDER AT THE TIME OF TRAVEL.

              Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.

              Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old.

              Group size
              Maximum of 16 travellers per group.
              Your fellow travellers
              GROUP TRAVEL
              As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

              A single supplement is available on this trip, please refer to your booking agent for further information.
              Accommodation
              Gulet Cabin (2nt), Hotel (5nt)
              GENERAL ROOMING CONFIGURATIONS:
              Family of two - All family groupings of two will be put into a twin room.

              Family of three - Wherever possible we will put you in a triple room. Please be aware that in some places triple rooms are in short supply. This means that, in practice, a triple room will often simply be a twin room with a mattress on the floor or a further bed squashed in. Where it is impossible to provide a triple room, you will have to decide which of your party takes the single room.

              Family of four or more - You will most likely stay in two twin rooms. If and wherever possible we will aim put you in a quadruple room. Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can’t guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.

              Accommodation is clean and simple. You'll mainly stay in small, locally-run, 2-3 star hotels and guesthouses, which reflect the character of the area,generally these will be a twin room with private facilities. Sometimes you'll stay in larger, more comfortable hotels or occasionally rustic accommodation with basic facilities. We use a variety of accommodation on most trips; chosen for their value for money, location and atmosphere. We also try and incorporate unique accommodation experiences, such as a night with a local tribe, or sleeping under the stars in the desert.
              Meals introduction
              While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.

              This holiday is on a bed and breakfast basis. Breakfasts normally include boiled eggs, cucumber, tomatoes, cheese, honey or jam, olives and bread. Lunches may be taken as picnics or in lokantas (small local restaurants). For dinners, Kas has plenty of excellent restaurants and cafés for you to choose from. In the high season you will have a choice of over 20, less in the winter months. Some specialise in locally caught fish dishes, others in various lamb dishes. There are also plenty of cafes and snack bars where 'Pide' (Turkish Pizza) is served. Most restaurants also offer selections of Meze (mixed starters). The Turks have a sweet tooth, so expect plenty of pastries covered in honey, as well as cakes and ice creams.
              Meals
              7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
              Money matters
              The official currency of Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TRY, although prior to 2005 the currency code was TL).

              ATMs are common throughout the main cities and these are a safe and convenient way to withdraw money. Credit cards are also widely accepted. Cash in any of the major currencies (EUR, GBP and USD) is easily changed. Travellers cheques in major currencies (EUR, GBP and USD) can be changed at selected local banks but it can be time consuming and subject to high fees.

              SPENDING MONEY
              When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).

              If you are happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:

              Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - leave the loose change. More up-market restaurants we suggest 5% to 10% of your bill.

              Local guides: We suggest €1-€2 per person per day for local guides.

              Drivers: You may have a range of private drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group however €1-€2 per person per day is generally appropriate.

              Gulet boat trips: If you are travelling through southern Turkey on a gulet boat trip we suggest €1-€2 per person per day for the boat staff.

              Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

              Your Tour Leader: You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €2-€4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
              In total, we recommend you budget approx €5-€10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.

              Over the years we have found that many of our travellers find the need for tipping to be both tiresome and embarrassing, especially if they don't have the correct small change. To overcome this, we have established a tipping kitty system. At your group meeting, your tour leader may discuss the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips while keeping a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members.

              All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.

              Budget for meals not included: 180.00

              EMERGENCY FUNDS
              Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
              Group leader
              Family Trips

              All Intrepid Family trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to assist your family take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for fun things to do and see- for both kids and parents, recommend great local eating venues that will even get the kids trying new things, and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

              Our leaders are not babysitters on this trip - we leave that to you (the experts), but they will make sure that group members of all ages are able to explore their destination safely and with as much fun as possible. Our group leaders are not responsible for looking after children at any time and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times throughout this itinerary.
              Safety
              Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.

              We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

              Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

              For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:

              TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:
              Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!

              PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
              While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

              http://www.intrepidtravel.com/contact-us/safety
              Joining point
              Rebin Beach Hotel
              Cahit Begenc Blv. 1450 Sok. Calis Plaji No:1 Fethiye/Mugla, 48300 Fethiye, Turkey
              Fethiye
              Mugla
              TURKEY
              Finish point
              Fethiye

              Fethiye
              Mugla
              TURKEY
              Emergency contact
              For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

              In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency only, Intrepid's Istanbul Operations team can be reached on +90 532 641 2822

              While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

              We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

              You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

              Peak Istanbul: +90 539 243 0185
              Visas
              Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

              TURKEY (ALL TRIPS):

              Please note that many nationalities require a visit to enter Turkey:

              Australia: Yes - apply for an e-visa before you go
              Belgium: Yes - apply for an e-visa before you go
              Canada: Yes - apply for an e-visa before you go
              Germany: No - not required
              Ireland: Yes - apply for an e-visa before you go
              Netherlands: Yes - apply for an e-visa before you go
              New Zealand: No - not required
              South Africa: Yes - apply for an e-visa before you go
              Switzerland: No - not required
              United Kingdom: Yes - apply for an e-visa before you go
              USA: Yes - apply for an e-visa before you go
              Other nationalities should check via your local consulate or embassy.

              To apply for an e-visa, please go to https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ at least a few weeks before you go.

              The visa costs can change at any time and with little notice depending on the political climate of the region.

              From 01 January 2015, foreigners entering Turkey must carry a passport with at least 60 days validity beyond the expiry date of their visa or residence permit.

              A valid passport is sufficient for citizens of most other countries including New Zealand, Argentina, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland for stays up to 3 months. All other nationalities please check with your nearest Turkish embassy.
              What to take
              CLOTHING & CLIMATE:
              Temperatures are highly variable depending on the time of year and the region you are travelling in. Winters range from freezing in the central and eastern areas, cold in Istanbul and relatively mild on the west coast. Summer (June to August) can be extremely hot all over the country. Spring and autumn tend towards warm days and cooler nights. A light water and windproof jacket is useful and a hat essential. You will always need a towel.

              What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage, although you won't be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes).

              Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

              Below we have listed the essentials for this trip:

              http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/trips/packinglist.pdf
              Climate and seasonal information
              RAMADAN & THE EID UL-FITR FESTIVAL (BAYRAM) 2015:
              In 2015 the important month of Ramadan will be in progress from the 18th June through till the 17th July, and the Eid ul-Fitr festival will be held directly at its conclusion for 3-4 days. Ramadan is a festival of sacrifice where the devout refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours. During Ramadan business hours are shortened, including opening hours at some tourist attractions. Alcohol is not permitted during daylight hours and many restaurants will be closed. While you should expect some delays and inconveniences during this period, the month is a fantastic opportunity to travel in a Muslim country and witness this unique period, particularly the nightly celebrations when the sun sets and the fast is broken. Please note that although the Eid ul-Fitr festival can also be a fascinating time to travel it is a period of National holiday. Most government offices and businesses will be closed and some tourist site opening hours may be impacted.
              Health
              All Geckos travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Geckos Adventures reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

              You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
              Travel insurance
              Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

              When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

              If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

              http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php
              A couple of rules
              Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

              Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
              Responsible Travel
              We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller.

              http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller

              The Intrepid Foundation
              Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in Turkey include:

              * Mavi Kalem provides the children of rural immigrants, in the poorer areas of Eastern Turkey, with additional weekly classes through its Children's Education Program. These lessons, by trained teachers in all areas of formal education, give unprecedented educational opportunities in a region where the uneducated face limited prospects.

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