This leisurely 15 day tour takes you from Antalya to the Datça Peninsula, hitting popular tourist attractions and hidden spots. Paddleboard experience recommended.
March through November
15 Days, 14 Nights
14 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners
Aprox 1105 km of total driving
The transfer will meet you at the airport to take you to your hotel in the old town of Antalya. The trip book, mobile phone and GPS will be ready at the hotel.
Overnight at Puding Hotels, Antalya
Driving Distance: 15 km
After the breakfast, you will pick up your rental car outfitted with easy locking rack and paddleboards. Today is full of activity, starting with a drive to the ancient port city of Phaselis, where you’ll paddleboard in the calm, warm waters. Take some time to visit the ruins too. Then head to Cirali, one of the most picturesque long sandy beaches in Turkey. Around sunset, walk up to the famous Chimera eternal flames; emanating from the rocky mountain sides, they’re steeped in mythology.
Dinner and overnight at Hobbit Evi, Antalya
Driving Distance: 83 km
Spend a couple hours paddling around Cirali this morning, taking in the views of the mountains. Then you’ll have the chance to explore the nearby ruins of Olympos, one of the powerhouses of ancient Lycia, before heading down the coast to your hotel in Karaoz.
Overnight stay and dinner at Ada Pansiyon, Karaoz.
Driving Distance: 35 km
From the beach just in front of your hotel you’ll paddle to and from the scenic ‘Pirates Cove’, one of the best places to swim we’ve seen. A short drive takes you to Ucagiz, where you will be transferred to Simena by boat. The modern day village of Kalekoy was built on top of the ancient ruins of Sinema, creating a one of a kind atmosphere in this car-free village.
Overnight stay at Kale Pansiyon, Kalekoy.
Driving Distance: 90 km
Today you’ll have the rare chance to visit a historical site without getting off your board. Paddle over the ruins of Kekova, an ancient city which partially sunk after an earthquake in the 2nd century. A boat transfer takes you back to Ucagiz where you’ll hop in the car and head to the seaside town of Kas.
Overnight stay at Hideaway Hotel, Kas.
Driving Distance: 36 km
From Buyukcakil beach, you’ll paddle through the crystal clear water to Limanagzi, a secluded cove accessible only by boat or on foot. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, which are prolific in this area. Spend the evening wandering the charming streets of Kas.
Overnight stay at Hideaway Hotel, Kas.
Driving Distance: 3 km
From Kas, you’ll drive to Kayakoy, an old traditional Greek village that has since been abandoned. Today’s paddling will take you around St. Nicolas Island. You can get off your boards for a visit to the remains of churches and the island lighthouse. There are also numerous coves perfect for swimming along today’s route.
Overnight stay and Dinner at Villa Rhapsody, Kayakoy
Driving Distance: 130 km
Today you you head to Sarsala Bay, one of the famous beaches in Gocek Area. Sheltered with bays and islands, this area is famous as a yatching destination. Accessible only by water or on foot, Batık Hamam, the sunken baths of Cleopatra, is definitely worth seeing. The day continues as you drive to Dalyan, famous for its scenic river and cliff-side rock tombs. The afternoon boat tour will take you to the ancient city of Caunos, the Koycegiz Lake, and Iztuzu beach, a protected sea turtle nesting area, then head back to Dalyan.
Overnight at Dalyan Pension, Dalyan
Driving Distance: 109 km
After a riverside breakfast, head to Incekum beach near the Sedir Island Ruins. This is a perfect spot to start your paddle and get away from the crowds of the beach. Paddle to the island to explore the roman period ruins and a fantastic beach. The day continues as you drive to Kumlubük. En Route, you may stop by the ruins of Amos.
Dinner & Overnight at Maris Hotel, Kumlubük
Driving Distance: 184 km
Nothing like an early morning paddle. After soaking up the views and a wonderful breakfast, drive to Bayır village for a sip of tea in the local cafe under a huge plane tree. The day finishes as you take this scenic drive to Sogut village.
Overnight at Suna House Hotel, Sogut.
Driving Distance: 37 km
Before the wind picks up, enjoy a morning paddle around the shores of Sogut village. Along the way today, you’ll have the chance to stop in Bozburun. Visit the shops and cafes of this small coastal town before heading to Selimiye. The water around Selimiye is almost completely sheltered from the open sea, making for a smooth and enjoyable place to paddle.
Overnight at Sardunya Hotel & Restaurant, Selimiye.
Driving Distance: 14 km
With the morning mist and surrounding hills, the morning is our favorite time to paddle in Selimiye. Yet, you have all day to paddle board, swim or just relax in this wonderful coastal town, so the choice is yours!
Overnight at Sardunya Hotel & Restaurant, Selimiye.
Leaving Selimiye in the morning, head towards the Datca Peninsula. On the way, stop in Buyuk Cati Bay. Without any settlement, this quiet bay has managed to stay absolutely pristine with no more trace of civilization than the occasional passing fisherman. Continue on to your hotel in Palamutbuku, a beautiful place to watch the sunset and enjoy your evening.
Overnight at Karia Hotel, Palamutbükü
Driving Distance: 141 km
After breakfast, you’ll drive to the ancient site of Knidos. With its two ancient harbors and beautiful views of Greek islands, Knidos is a wonderful place to paddle. Take lots of time to explore its extensive ruins before heading towards the town of Datca. On the way, stroll through to narrow streets of Datca’s old town before ending your day at your beach-side hotel.
Overnight at Kargilos Hotel, Datca
Driving Distance: 60 km
Your tour ends with a drive to Dalaman Airport (2.5 hours).
Driving Distance: 168 km
A self-guided tour provides holiday makers with the chance to escape the stress of booking hotels and planning a vacation without the need for a group tour or a guide. Think of all the ease of a standard tour, without the obligatory schedule that comes with traveling with a guided group. After prearranging our customers’ transfers and hotel reservations, we prepare a detailed booklet full of historical facts, important phone numbers, and hiking or driving directions, and more to provide you with all the information you’ll need along the way. You’ll also receive an easy-to-use GPS programmed with all necessary coordinates as well as a Turkish phone with full 24/7 phone support. In addition to dropping you off at trailheads when necessary, one of our drivers will pick up your luggage and transfer it to your next hotel during you’re daily hikes or excursions. Since everything has been prearranged for you, and there’s no guide or group you have to keep up with, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your holiday at your own pace.
Absolutely! When feasible, we are always happy to tailor any program to suit your schedule and wishes. Whether you want to add a couple days, extend some hikes, combine multiple tours, or come up with your own program entirely, we’ll try our best to make sure your tour is perfectly suited to you.
The Turkish coast is best visited outside the heat and crowds of July and August and the rains of January and February. While the best times to hike on the coast are March-May and Late September-Early December, our self-drive tours are also great options all through the summer. Cappadocia is best visited May- Mid November.
Basically the weather is suitable for paddle boarding starting from March on until the beginning of December. The water temperature will be around 17 degrees in February and gets as high as 28 degrees in September and drops back down to 20 degrees in December.
Off season, which is between May and September, is the the best time to paddle board as there is usually no one on the sea. Summer can be nice and warm but will be equally crowded, although we tried put together a program that would have places with less people, to enjoy more of the nature and the sea.
Yes, our tours are available any time. Since our tours are self-guided, there are no set dates, you can choose any time that suits your schedule. During the off-season some of the hotels we usually work with may be closed, so the hotels you stay in may be different than those listed on our website.
We provide a GPS (handheld for hikers and a car GPS for self-drive tours), a Turkish phone programmed with important numbers, a detailed trip-book outlining your tour program, with lots of pictures and relevant information.
As for paddle boards, we are partnering with Haute Boards based in Turkey. Depending on availability or demand we can provide rigid or inflatable paddle boards.
Yes, all foreigners are allowed to drive for six months in Turkey without a Turkish license.
14 day car rental with unlimited mileage and basic insurance (theft protection and collision waiver damage).
Private transfer from Antalya Airport to hotel.
4 hr private boat trip in Dalyan on day 8.
7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunch Packs, 4 Dinners
7 nights accommodation in standard quality hotels.
We provide a GPS (handheld for hikers and a car GPS for self-drive tours), a prepaid Turkish phone, and a detailed trip-book outlining your tour program with lots of pictures and relevant information.
Paddeloard rental for 15 days
For different group sizes and prices, please contact us.
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