Active Turkey

Turquoise Coast & The Lycian Way

14 Days

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Apr, Sep

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Istanbul / Antalya

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Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides.

  • Small group sizes to help escape the beaten path.
  • Authentic local experiences with lots of inclusions.
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Countries Visited: 1 Activity Level: 3 Tour Style: Active

Spectacular mountain & coastal scenery, charming towns, gorgeous beaches, ancient ruins, fascinating history, myriad native plants and wildlife, delicious food and friendly people - this trip has it all! And we bundle it all up into a well-paced, extremely varied, active adventure package that is sure to awe at every turn, with each day featuring something new and exciting. At the centre of our journey is our leisurely walks on carefully selected sections of the Lycian Way, a 540km/29-day footpath around the coast of Lycia in southern Turkey, from Fethiye to Antalya. The trail consists mainly of Roman roads, old footpaths and mule trails and was researched, designed, and waymarked by Kate Clow, a British/Turkish amateur historian in 1999 in order to identify and protect some of Turkey's old roads. Combined with the famed Turquoise Coast, there are postcard views at every turn. Pack your boots, day-pack, camera, and spirit of adventure for one of the world's best active & cultural travel experiences



Dates & Prices
Dates & Prices


Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to below Prices & Dates table. For general information on flights to/from the tour, click here.


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Optional Single Supplement: $770 USD (number of singles limited).



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Day 1 Arrival in Istanbul
Arrival at Ataturk International Airport - Welcome to Turkey!

New Rome, Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul; the legendary city has served as the capital of the legendary Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires. Though no longer a capital, Istanbul is the largest city and the cosmopolitan heart of Turkey, full of marvels and startling contrasts.

Overnight in Istanbul.

Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 Istanbul Tour: Hippodrome, Agia Sophia & Grand Bazaar
We start our day with a panoramic drive around the Golden Horn and the great walls of Constantinople. The first recorded bridge over the Golden Horn was built during the reign of Justinian the Great in the 6th century at the western end of the city, and today we will pass the famous Galata Bridge and the Ataturk Bridge. As we drive along the Byzantine city gates and walls we will view the towering minarets of Suleyman's Mosque and the Galata Tower before arriving in Sultanahmet Square.

We'll begin the walking component of today's tour at the legendary Blue Mosque, built between 1609 and 1616 by Mehmet Aga. The inside is covered by more than 20,000 Iznik tiles. At the adjacent Hippodrome you will see the remains of the great sports stadium where chariot races were held in Roman and Byzantine times. We will also see an Egyptian obelisk, a giant needle of stone carved for the Pharaoh Tutmoses III around 1500 BC and brought to Constantinople by the Byzantine Emperor Theodosius in AD 390.

We continue to the church of Agia Sophia (St Sophia), built by the Emperor Justinian in 548 BC. It was the largest church in the Christian world for nearly 1,000 years. When the Ottoman Turks conquered the city in 1435 one of the first things they did was to convert St Sophia into a mosque. Today it is a museum featuring many beautiful Christian mosaics.

Outside Agia Sophia we descend underground to the gigantic Basilica Cisterns. These are the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. Like most sites in Istanbul, the cistern has a colourful history. Constructed using columns, capitals and plinths from ruined buildings, the cistern's symmetry and sheer grandeur of conception are quite extraordinary. This immense underground water container was built during the reign of Emperor Justinian I in 532 to meet the water needs of the Great Palace. This marvelous piece of engineering only confirms yet again that those were the heydays of the Byzantine Empire.

At the end of our touring today your Tour Leader will lead you on a leisurely exploration of Istanbul's famous Grand Bazaar before setting you free for independent exploration.

Due to the linger effects of jetlag and our early start/full day tomorrow, we include lunch instead of dinner today.

Please note: As Istanbul is a logical place to begin any tour in Turkey, we include two nights here before we head south to where the bulk of our activities take place. Our sightseeing listed above include the "classic" elements of a standard one-day Istanbul tour; however, this city has much to offer the traveller, especially a first-time visitor. If you have not been before, we suggest considering an extra day or two on your own -- we can assist with extra nights should you so choose.

Overnight in Istanbul.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

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Day 3 Istanbul - Fly to Dalaman - Fethiye: Roman & Lycian Tombs
This morning we transfer to Istanbul domestic airport and take the 45-minute flight to Dalaman. On arrival we are met and board our bus and drive to Fethiye on Turkey's beautiful Turquoise Coast.

Fethiye is surrounded by golden sands, forested mountains, and azure seascapes. The town itself is sizeable-yet-relaxed town with a friendly vibe and international atmosphere. In recent years Fethiye has grown from a modest trading port/fishing village and fertile tomato growing area to a rapidly expanding vibrant town and tourist destination. On arrival we check-in to our hotel with free time to arrange our own lunches.

In the afternoon we take a half-day walking tour of Fethiye (5k / 3miles. Easy). We amble through the center of traditional Fethiye and wind our way over cobbled streets to see the Roman and Lycian Tombs, then up to visit the old Muslim Cemetery on the hill. After our tour we return to the hotel.

Walk Summary: Half-day walking tour - Roman & Lycian Tombs (5k/3mi, easy to moderate).
About 2 hours of easy urban walking with little elevation gain/loss; terrain is mildly undulating on tarmac roads and short sections of crushed gravel.

Overnight in Fethiye.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 Fethiye: Full-day Kayaköy Walking Excursion
Today we board our bus, transfer to the day's trailhead, and begin our full-day Kayaköy walking excursion.

Kayaköy is a tiny Greek village south of Fethiye, which was depopulated in the 1920s. Following the Allied victory in World War I, the Greco-Turkish War of 1919-1922 led to the defeat of Greece, and the Treaty of Lausanne (1923). That treaty contained a protocol, the Population exchange between Greece and Turkey, which permanently barred the return of any Greek Orthodox refugees to their homes in Turkey. WWI and the Greco-Turkish war saw the rise of a virulent Turkish nationalism, which led to the brutal persecution of minorities within the Ottoman realm, including the massacre and deportation of many Greek towns. The Ottoman persecution and massacre of Christian and other minorities led to almost total depopulation of Kayaköy’s 6,500 Greek inhabitants by 1918 CE. Bereaved of their properties and possessions, the former population became stateless refugees in Greece or died in Ottoman forced labour battalions. Today Kayaköy is a ghost town and has been preserved as the Kayakoy Museum Village consisting of hundreds of run-down but still mostly standing, Greek-style houses and churches.

Our walk also takes us through forest on a dramatic coastal path with scenic views of the turquoise Lagoon of Oludeniz, where there should be an opportunity for a swim before heading back to our base in Fethiye.

Walk Summary: Full-day Kayaköy walking tour, about 5 hours of easy urban, coastal, and valley-floor walking with elevation gain/loss 300/597m (urban section mostly flat) on an undulating route; overall distance walked today of about 5km (3mi); terrain urban tarmac, undulating natural coastal path, unmarked through open fields.

Overnight in Fethiye.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 From Fethiye: Lycian Way Walk, Turquoise Coast Boat Trip
Today we board our bus, transfer to the trailhead, and begin walking on one of the world’s great trails -- Lycian Way, regularly featuring in top-10 lists for its unique combination of Mediterranean views, mountainous hinterland, Turkish culture, and ancient ruins. The route was researched, designed, and waymarked by British amateur historian Kate Clow in the late 1990s, who aimed to identify and protect Turkey’s ancient byways. The full 540km waymarked footpath – typically a 29-day trek – follows the bulging outline of the Teke Peninsula between the towns of Fethiye and Antalya. Of course our journey features only some carefully-chosen sections of this route, which, for our purposes are more accessible, less rugged, and unbelievably stunning.

Our route starts at the village of Ovacik, where we depart on an old cobbled way, passing ancient water cisterns, medieval fields and dramatic views, to the traditional hamlet of Kozagaç a world away from modern Turkey. We walk the first 4km (2.5 miles) along a comfortable slightly climbing and flat path through a pine forest, but the trees disappear in favour of Mediterranean shrubland (the maquis) and the forest track will turn into a narrow footpath, sectionally cobbled but mostly covered with loose gravel. There are fantastic views of the Blue Lagoon and Ölüdeniz Beach to the right. Often paragliders can be seen launching above the trail! We take time to enjoy the stunning panoramic views before returning to our bus.

We then drive back to Fethiye from where we depart on a half-day private Turquoise Coast boat trip to the Fethiye Islands, while enjoying a freshly-prepared Turkish lunch on board. We spend the afternoon with time to swim, explore, and soak up the sun around the pristine bays of the Fethiye Islands. After our boat trip we return to Fethiye and our hotel.

Walk Summary: Half-day Lycian Way, Ovacik (easy/mod - ascent/descent 300/597m)
About 3 hours of easy coastal path walking with elevation gain/loss 300/597m, overall distance walked today of about 8km (5mi); terrain gravel path and natural coastal path unmarked through open fields and over undulating ground.

Dinner on your own this evening.

Overnight in Fethiye.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 Fethiye: Full-day Lycian Way Walking - Faralya to Kabac, Butterfly Valley
Today we return to the Lycian Way at Faralya (where we ended up yesterday), and pick up our walk from Faralya to Kabac, under the steep rocky mountain of Baba Dag (1968m/6,460 ft). Our route takes us past a viewpoint over the Butterfly Valley, which lies directly below the cliffs at Faralya. Here we have an opportunity to capture the panoramic view before following the ancient path high above the coastline. We can descend to the local golden beach of Yuva for a swim and refreshments before returning to Kabak for the picturesque drive back to the hotel.

Walk Summary: Full-day Lycian Way: Faralya to Kabac (8k/5m. Easy/Mod), about 4 hours of actual walking time on easy-to-moderate coastal path walking with elevation gain/loss 420/525m, on gravel and natural coastal paths unmarked through open fields and over undulating ground.

Overnight in Fethiye.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 From Fethiye: Lycian Way Yakabag to Minare - Drive to Kas via Saklikent Gorge
Today we return to the Lycian Way at Yakabag, fairly close to where we left off yesterday. Today we spend the morning walking from Yakabag to Minare Village, via the ruins of Pinara, which we explore.

From Yakabag high in the dramatic mountains, we walk uphill through farmland and isolated houses to a ridge, before traversing along farm paths to several remote Lycian rock tombs, then on to the ancient city of Pinara, with its array of Lycian, Greek, and Roman remains. Pinara is a Lycian city with an acropolis perched high on a rocky promontory, the surrounding rock walls honey-combed with carved rock tombs. We explore the acropolis of this once important Lycian city and marvel at the ruins that date back to the 6th century BCE, including a Greek theatre.

After our visit, we continue our walk and descend to Minare Village with a break for lunch. We then rejoin our bus and drive to the impressive Saklikent Gorge, the second largest in Europe and one of the deepest in the world. Here we have the opportunity to visit the bottom of the gorge in all its glory. Here we take a short walk to a viewpoint over Saklikent Gorge. Next we drive to Kas, a charming Mediterranean seaside village with a well-preserved Greek theater, narrow cobblestoned streets, and white-washed houses festooned with colourful bougainvillea and wooden balconies. On arrival we check into our Kas hotel.

Walk Summary: Lycian Way Yakabag to Minare (5.6k / 3miles, Easy Asc/Des: 200/225m).
A total of around 3 hours (actual walking) of easy to moderate coastal path walking today, with elevation gain/loss 420/525m, on gravel and natural coastal paths unmarked through open fields and over undulating ground.

Overnight in Kas.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 From Kas: Drive Patara via Delikkemer Aqueduct Walk, visit Patara Ruins
Today we drive to Patara, via a walk up to the Roman Aqueduct at Delikkemer then explore the ruins at Patara.

We first drive from Kas to Delikkemer, arriving directly below the impressive Roman aqueduct. We then disembark and hike the winding route up to the top -- our route winds its way along the line of the old aqueduct to the ancient city of Patara. Here we have a break for lunch and then explore the ruins and visit the longest golden sandy beach in Turkey with a chance for a swim.

Return to Kas.

Walk Summary: Delikkemer Aqueduct Walk (10.2k/6mi easy-mod, Ascent/Descent 191/296m)
About 4+ hours of actual walking on easy/flat ground with insignificant elevation gain/loss on an undulating route today. Additional time on foot at the historic sites visited en route.

Overnight in Kas.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 Kas: At Leisure
Today is a well-earned, entirely free day in Kas, a quiet charming old town decorated with cobbled streets and Lycian rock tombs set against a mountain backdrop. There are many activities you can choose today, including exploring the town on foot -- built on the site of Antiphellos with its Greek theatre, tombs, shops and bars, Kas has a long history to explore. An alternative might be a walk to Limanagzi Beach or to catch the ferry to the Greek island of Castelloriso. Your Tour Leader can help you plan your day.

Overnight in Kas.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10 From Kas: Full-day Lycian Way, Saribelen to Gokçeoren
Today we drive to pretty little village of Saribelen (‘blue' or 'celestial' ruins), where we begin today's walk. As we leave Saribelen our route takes us further along the Lycian Way through pleasant woods and meadows high above the coast. Leaving the Elmali highway, our walk begins with a lovely moderately-climbing path past some enormous and hollow plane trees (Plantanus orientalis) to an area of conglomerate rock worn and eroded into cotton ball shapes by the wind and rain.

The path continues to rise until we reach the magnificent sea views, from where we can see all the way to Mt. Baba Dagi near Fethiye, past Patara beach, Kalkan, and the Greek islands of Ro and Castelorizzo, the easternmost part of Greece. We encounter some ancient remains, probably from the Archaic period, and a proto-arch tomb beside the forest road. Before the path starts to descend to Gokceoren, we come across the remains of a Roman Village, which we explore before continuing on to our destination for today, the traditional small village of Gokceoren. After our hike we return to Kas and our hotel.

Walk Summary: Full day walk Saribelen to Gokceoren (11k/6.5mi easy-mod), about 3+ hours of easy-moderate walking with 249/253m elevation gain/loss on an undulating route on gravel and natural paths unmarked through open fields.

Overnight in Kas.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 From Kas: Half-day Boat Trip - Uçagiz, Simena, Kekova Island - Drive Adrasan via Myra & Demre
Today we drive to the quiet beach resort of Adrasan via the village of Uçagiz, where we stop and embark on a ferry for our half-day Simena Island boat trip. We wail to the pristine Mediterranean village of Simena, where we can visit the ancient castle, before reembarking and visiting the sunken city off Kekova Island. After a break here for lunch, we re-board the bus and drive to Adrasan via Myra to see its Roman Theatre and visit Demre to see St Nicholas's Church, where the legend of Santa Claus was first invented. Myra itself has one of the world’s most scenic ancient graveyards.

Adrasan is well-known for fishing; this evening we may have a chance to sample some local specialities.

Overnight in Adrasan.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 Adrasan Walking: Ulupinar to Chimeara
Today we drive to the rural village of Ulupinar, famous for its trout restaurants. From here we walk down the sweeping valley and across a pass to Upper and Lower Chimeara, where natural gas burns from the ground. About a dozen flames burn on the side of the mountain, fueled by methane gas coming through vents. The fires, called ‘Yanarta’ in Turkish, have been burning for at least 2,500 years. These flames, according to ancient literature, gave birth to the myth of the Chimera—a fire breathing mythical beast with the body and head of a lion, with the head of a goat arising from its back, and a tail that ended in a snake's head. We take a break for lunch at a local restaurant and continue to Cirali for the golden beach and a visit to the mystical ruins of Olympos City. After our tour we return to Adrasan for overnight and dinner on your own.

Walk Summary: Full-day walk Ulupinar to Chimeara (6.5k / 3mi easy, Asc/Des 191/421m)
About 2-3 hours of actual walking time, mostly flat and downhill with an elevation gain/loss of 191/421m on gravel and natural paths unmarked through open fields and over undulating ground.

Overnight in Adrasan.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 13 Lycian Way, Cirali to Kuçuk Plaj - To Antalya & Ancient City of Phaselis
Today depart Adrasan to Antalya with our final walk along the Lycian Way en route, a dramatic coastal walk along an old miners' trail from Cirali to Kuçuk Plaj and the abandoned chrome mine and bay. After our walk we re-board our bus and drive to Antalya, the end point of our journey, where we check into our hotel with a chance to arrange our own lunches.

Our final activity is a half-day sightseeing tour, which includes the excellent Antalya Archaeology Museum and a short walk to the ancient city of Phaselis. After our tour we assemble for our farewell evening meal served in a local restaurant.

With it's pleasant, relaxed seaside atmosphere, Antalya is a perfect place for some downtime before your long journey home. We can assist with extra accommodation should you choose to extend your journey and experience some things and places not included on our tour.

Walk Summary: Half-day walk: Cirali to Kuçuk Plaj (6k / 4 miles easy. Ascent/Descent 890m).
About 2+ hour of easy coastal walking with little elevation gain/loss; distance of about 6km (4 mi) today; terrain is mildly undulating on crushed gravel and natural path with some unmarked path through open fields.

Overnight in Antalya.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14 Departure
Departure from Antalya.


Included Meal(s): Breakfast



Trip Info
Trip Info

Breakfast daily and most dinners (local restaurants & hotels)*, some lunches (see full itinerary for each days' meal plan); all transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Services of an Adventures Abroad Tour Leader and local guides at some locations. Gratuities for drivers, local guides, restaurant staff, porters (if available). Airport transfers for land & air customers, including early arrivals/late departing customers who have booked their air and extra nights through us.

* Due to the busy nature of Category 3 tours and our full days of on-foot exploration and travel, we have chosen not to include dinner on some days (or lunch instead of dinner). These free evenings are so-placed to build in some enhanced rest-and-recovery opportunities in an otherwise busy and active program. Please see the full trip itinerary for details on each days' meal plan.

International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, some meals (see detailed itinerary), drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international air taxes (if applicable), any excursions referenced as 'optional'.

Airport transfers for Land Only customers.

Optional trip cancellation insurance.

Seasonality and Weather
The best times for an active adventure on the Lycian Way and Turquoise Coast are spring and fall, when temperatures are mild and the risk of stormy conditions is minimal. Summers can be brutally hot and busy with European visitors, so we avoid the July/August high season.

Springtime is stunning in this part of the world, with fresh, green landscapes and myriad wildflowers. Though the chances significant rainfall fall off as May approaches, we must still be prepared for some passing showers. The crowds of summer are still a couple months off, and our local hosts are especially welcoming after a long winter of rest and rejuvenation!

The fall enjoys fair weather and comfortable temperatures. Though landscapes have lost their lushness over the heat and dry of summer, showers are less likely at this time and the sea is much warmer for swimming than in the spring. Fall is also great for locally grown produce - fruits, nuts, vegetables - much of which features on local menus, though Turkish cuisine is absolutely fresh and delicious at any time of year.

Our short time in Istanbul will likely feature much cooler/cloudier conditions with a greater chance of rain.

If our tour happens to coincide with the Holy Month of Ramadan, we are unlikely to be affected in our program as Turkish observation is not as strictly rule-bound as other parts of the Islamic world.

Transport and Travel Conditions
Our ground transport will be provided by air-conditioned mid-size mini-coach for longer stretches. As the area visited is relatively compact, our road journeys are blessedly brief and stops for sightseeing will be frequent - the scenery is spectacular!

This is a busy program, though along with shorter road journeys, we have some longer stays (3-4 nights) in some locales, which maximizes our time outside of the bus and gives us a chance to relax and settle into the base locations for our walks.

Our difficulty rating "Level 3" refers to our full days of travel and sightseeing and, especially, our on-foot activities. This itinerary features some town/city on-foot explorations, but most of our walking takes place on well-maintained paths with relatively little elevation gain/loss. For further details specific to each days' activities on this tour -- approximate walk durations, distance, elevation gain/loss, and surface type (ie paved or "natural") -- please refer to the "Walk Summary" included on each walking day on the full itinerary. This is a hotel-based trip with no camping; all you need to carry is a small backpack with what you will need for the day.

Overall, our walks can vary widely, but generally range from 2km (1.5 mi) to 9km (6 mi) and may be done in segments for the sake of variety and opportunities for breaks and sightseeing. Our pace is leisurely but steady, and you should be comfortable walking about 3km (2 mi) per hour, and up to 10km (6 mi) in approximately 2.5 hours, depending on photo/refreshment stops and guide commentary. Because some walks can/may be adjusted at the discretion of your Tour Leader depending on things like weather and group interest, the final distances/durations of our hikes as indicated in our itinerary should be taken as guidance only.

For a general overview of all four of our rating categories, please click/tap on the "Activity Level 3" button located on this page.

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.

Our hotels in Istanbul and Antalya will be well-located, 3-4 star typical "city" properties with all the modern conveniences. Elsewhere our hotel choices are well-located smaller 3-star, often characterful, properties typical of these smaller seaside settlements.

Please note that single rooms will likely be smaller than twin-bedded rooms, as is typical of Europe. Smaller hotels will also likely not provide baggage handling, so you'll have to be independent with your luggage.

For more information please click on the "Map & Hotel" tab elsewhere on this page.

Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout; local driver/s, and local guides at several locations.

Group Size
Maximum 16 plus Tour Leader



Map & Hotels
Map & Hotels

Regions visited: Central And Eastern Europe
Countries visited: Turkey

*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.

The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.

Sura Design Hotel
5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation
Location: Istanbul
Country: Turkey
This upscale hotel is a 6-minute walk from the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia mosque and 3 km from the Galata Tower. The bright, modern rooms provide free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars.
Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel
5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation
Location: Istanbul
Country: Turkey
Situated in the middle of the Sultanahmet Region, Sura Hotels are in a unique position to discover the city. Inspired by Istanbul's historical texture and culture. You will be inspired too by ... view of Hagia Sophia from the accommodations, pool, and terrace restaurant. There is no better place to soak in the culture of the city and feel like a true Istanbulite. The hotel offers you the opportunity to be more than just a traveller.
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Artemis Hotel
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Kas
Country: Turkey
Artemis Hotel is located in the unique deep-rooted historic small village of Kas situated on the Mediterranean coast where you will be greeted with the best hospitality. The hotel is located in ... heart of Kas within a walking distance of 5 minutes to the town centre. The swimming pool and the bar will be open throughout the day for our customers. There is also a free shuttle service available for our guests who are looking to spend sunny days on the beach.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
01. What is the maximum number of participants on a trip?
Most of our tours carry a maximum of 18 participants; some tours (ie hiking tours) top out at 16. In the event that we do not achieve our minimum complement by our 90-day deadline, we may offer group members the option of paying a "small-group surcharge" as an alternative to cancellation. If all group members agree, we will confirm the trip at existing numbers; this surcharge is refundable in the event that we ultimately achieve our regular minimum. If the small group surcharge is not accepted, we will offer a refund of your deposit or a different trip of your choice.
02. Can I extend my tour either at the beginning or end? What about stopovers?
Yes, you can extend your tour either at the beginning or the end and we can book accommodation in our tour hotel. Stopovers are often permitted, depending on air routing. Stopovers usually carry a "stopover" fee levied by the airline.
03. How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?
The easiest way to make a reservation is via our website; during office hours, you are also more than welcome to contact us by telephone. A non-refundable deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 90 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s). Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time. Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.
04. What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?
Please review our cancellation policy page for details.
05. I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?
All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location. This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement. The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible. On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available. Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.
06. Do you have a shared accommodation program?
Yes! If you are single traveller and are willing to share, we will do our best to pair you with a same-gender roommate. On most of our tours, if we fail to pair you, we will absorb the single supplement fee and you will default to a single room at no extra charge. At some destinations, however, where single rooms are not significantly discounted, or not at all, we may apply a "mandatory" single in the event that we cannot find you a share partner. This is usually 50% of the usual supplement, but can be as much as 100%. If applicable, this proviso will be noted on each tour page on this website, on your invoice, and in our tour date/price book (available for download under "Resources").


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Activity Level: 3

These tours are considerably more strenuous than our Level 1 & 2 "cultural" tours and feature walks/hikes on undulating and uneven pathways for 3-7 hours at a leisurely pace. We don't hike every day, but participants should be fit and active and accustomed to trail walking, possibly in remote locations, and be prepared to engage in a conditioning regimen prior to the trip. Altitude may also be a factor on some tours, though none of our hiking tours currently occur above 3000m/10,000 ft. These are hotel-based tours with no camping, and you are required to only carry what you need for the day.
Tour Style: Active

This small series of itineraries are more physical than our Cultural Journeys, as all feature hiking/walking excursions that are an integral part of the overall experience. As with our cultural tours, all of these tours feature three- and four-star hotels (no camping), and all hikes are designed such that you need only carry your day pack—your luggage either stays at our hotel base or is transported ahead for us. Our active days are well-spaced time set aside for either travel or more leisurely cultural activities and sightseeing.
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