FAQs: Kayak Turkey!

What is so special about Turkey?

The coastline is spectacular: just the topography and the ocean make it a world-class kayaking destination. Add to that the astonishing layers of ancient history that we literally paddle by and explore on foot: Greek, Lycian and Roman ruins set in a quintessentially Mediterranean landscape dotted with Turkish pines and groves of olives, figs, lemons and pomegranates. The warmth and hospitality of the Turkish people is unparalleled, and their cuisine is fabulous: we wager that by the end of the trip you'll be hooked on Turkish breakfasts of fresh cheeses, free range boiled eggs, tomato salad, olives and freshly baked bread. Oh, and did we mention the great local wines? You will be experiencing the coast in the very best way possible: aboard your luxurious private yacht, and in your kayaks. To augment a truly spectacular experience, take an extension trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cappadocia, and also make sure to spend a least a couple of days in Istanbul, one of our favourite cities in the world.

How do I get there?

The nearest airport to where the trip begins is Dalaman, which can be reached via numerous airlines from London or other European hubs. Alternatively you can fly to Istanbul, which you can reach from London and other European hubs, or fly to directly from New York or Chicago.

What are the physical activities on the trip and what level of fitness do I need?

A reasonable level of fitness is required. Typically, we have two kayak excursions a day, each for approximately one and a half to two and a half hours. We have several cultural walking tours, and do some hiking over easy terrain. In our protected anchorages we can swim from the mothership, and try stand up paddle boarding on the two SUPs we will have along.

Do I have to be an experience Kayaker?

No. This is trip is suitable for all levels of kayakers, including beginners. If you are a beginner kayaker, however, we recommend that before the trip you take an introductory day course just to put yourself at ease. During the trip we will be offering kayaking instructions and tips on techniques and safety.

I'm more into physical activity than my travelling partner, is that a problem?

One of the beauties of Hidden Places trips is that they offer a great deal of flexibility in terms of activities. If one of you isn't so keen on kayaking, or if you just feel like taking a break, you can relax on the yacht and enjoy the spectacular scenery as you sail to our rendezvous point.

I'm a vegetarian, is that a problem?

Not at all, but please let us know in advance, and advise us on your dietary preferences.

Do I need a visa?

Yes. You can get a visa on arrival at the airport in Turkey, or apply for one ahead of time through your nearest Turkish embassy or a visa agency.

Do I need insurance?

Medical insurance, including emergency evacuation, is mandatory on all our trips. We also strongly advise you to purchase trip cancellation insurance: make sure it will cover the Land Cost, not just the airfare in case you do have to cancel.

Do I need vaccinations?

Your routine vaccinations (tetanus/diphtheria, polio, etc.) should be up to date.

Are bugs a problem?

In general, not at all, however, it's always worth having some insect repellent along with you on land.

What does the trip price cover?

Airport transfers on the first and last days of the trip, all cultural tour guiding and entrance fees, all accommodation, kayak guiding, instruction and equipment, all meals, and water.

What does the trip price not cover?

International and domestic flights, beverages except bottled drinking water, personal insurance and gratuities.

How can I access cash when I'm on the trip?

ATMs are readily available in Gocek and other ports we will visit. Please ensure you have a card with a 4 digit pin number.

What clothes and equipment will I need?

When you sign up for the trip, we will provide you with a comprehensive clothes and equipment list.

I’m travelling alone, is that a problem?

Absolutely not. We have many guests who travel with us on their own. They appreciate the camaraderie of our Hidden Places groups, and usually go home with new-found friends. You can opt to share hotel rooms or you can request a single room for a Single Supplement. On board the mothership single accommodation is subject to availability and will require a separate supplement.

Can I talk to someone who has previously travelled with you?

Of course. Just ask and we will be happy to put you in touch with one of our Hidden Places guests.

Hidden Places Travel
Box 318, 185-911 Yates Street
Victoria, BC, Canada V8V 4Y9
Phone: 1 250 589 9844 / 580 3480
Toll Free: 1 877 830 8747