Reckless rafting on a mountain river on inflatable boats - that's what rafting in Turkey is - one of the best extreme entertainment invented by mankind. It allows you to get such a portion of adrenaline that neither showdowns in the queue at the housing office, nor attempts to get to the airport in the capital's traffic jams will then be scary.
Not only with the consciousness "I did it!" attracts rafting. Rafting does not require experience or lengthy preparation. Guides-trainers conduct briefings on the spot, telling how to behave during a meeting with thresholds and obstacles, what can be done, and what crazy thoughts it is better to refrain from. Rafting is not only a team rowing along or against the current of a mountain river. These are also small battles, when the participants of the excursion in other rafts swim up to each other and try to turn the "enemy" with a paddle, jumping into the air on the rapids and attempts to successfully pass the rapids, and in case of failures - overturning into cold water.
Surely you are wondering - on which river is rafting organized in Turkey? There are several places, so you can choose a river that is closer geographically. From April to October, beginners should take a closer look at the Dalaman River. It is considered the least difficult to pass and is suitable even for those tourists who decide to put children in the boat. For the first rafting, the Eschen River in the south, near Fethiye, is also recommended.
Those who are visiting the southern part of Turkey will be offered rafting on Köprü. Inexperienced rafters start rafting from the Olukh Bridge to the canyons, and professionals - from the waterfall. The first ones finish their journey at a concrete bridge, and experienced rafters usually continue, overcome the first canyon in order to try their hand at a section with steep walls and two waterfalls after 3 meters.
From May to June, extreme rafting will move to the northeast, to Korukh (or Chorukh). This river is one of the ten best in the world for rafting, and its solid 170 km length allows you to choose different routes for 4 levels of difficulty.
Those who have been rafting not for the first time will like the Kyzylirmak river. There are many rapids in the Hafiq area, overcoming which will allow you to test your strength. The Firtina Vadisi river in the Rize province is also worthy of attention of experienced rafters, along a 23-kilometer length of which there are sections of 3-5 levels of difficulty. Finally, the Manavgat River with three canyons and incredibly beautiful nature.
The best time for rafting in Turkey is from June to September. When the air temperature rises to 35 degrees, the icy spray of mountain rivers is excellent for refreshing.
What to wear for rafting in Turkey? It is unlikely that anyone would think to come in an evening dress and stiletto heels. Clothes - outdoor sports: comfortable, practical, not too loose. Particular attention should be paid to shoes - it is better to choose something laced up, since during the rafting the slippers can go free swimming. Special vests and helmets are provided by the organizers.
For $ 3, you can rent a wetsuit, gloves and safety shoes, but of all the above, the last is really useful. A wetsuit and gloves are more needed for those who have been rafting for more than one day and rowing for tens of hours, but a regular excursion with rafting will definitely not require such efforts.
It is also worth bringing a swimsuit, sunscreen, towels and a small amount ($ 20) for additional expenses such as drinks and photos. It is recommended to put all personal belongings in a waterproof bag so that they do not get wet during the rafting. You should not wear expensive jewelry and take an entire wallet with credit cards and a wad of money.
If you come to Turkey not only to lie lazily on the beach under the scorching sun, but also to actively relax (the keyword is active), we recommend you pay attention to Rafting in Kemer (Antalya). This is an excellent solution for those who love a moderately calm extreme, or who want to experience for themselves what a rafting on a Turkish mountain river is.
Rafting in Turkey (Kemer) is a kind of rafting on the Keprüçay mountain river (Köprülü canyon), about 100 km from Antalya. There are two types of boats for tourists to choose from:
Despite some minor unpleasant moments, the overall trip will leave you with pleasant memories. Well, have you sailed?
What do you need to know before buying tickets? The most important thing is the pricing policy of travel agencies. She's awfully impudent! Judge for yourself, the cost of an excursion at a local tour desk is about $ 15–20, as agreed. This is the price for one adult; a child will be charged from $ 7 to $ 10. And if you categorically deny street guides and are a fan of hotel excursions, be prepared to fork out $ 35 or even $ 45 (depending on the insolence of the guide).
The best option, so to speak, the golden mean, is to purchase a tour through an online operator. They do not break the price, and they have Russian-speaking guides, and besides, in which case, you will know where and who to look for, since most online agencies fully disclose all information about their business, as they work legally. The only thing is, do not buy a tour if you are not sure about the agency. We, in turn, recommend the proven company Sputnik8, below is the excursion itself.
So, the ticket is paid, what's next? Next, you need to prepare clothes and prepare water, if you do not want to buy it at exorbitant prices. We recommend taking with you an additional changeable set of clothes, which will not be a pity to get wet, as it will be very wet in the process!
What else? Sunscreen! Yes, you have not seen it, it is sunscreen. Keep in mind that in the shade (which will simply not be along the route) the air temperature is 33 degrees, and what to say about the sun.
If you have just started your vacation, then rafting in Kemer and in Turkey is not quite the right place to start. Let your skin get used to it, sunbathe and in 4–5 days, plan a rafting.
As for photos and videos during the rafting process, if you do not have devices to protect equipment from moisture, do not risk it. We give 90 percent that water gets on your phone or camera, you can take a picture right before the swim, and then leave your things on the bus. You can take a small water bottle with you if you can find a place to put it in the boat.
"Heart of Western Lycia" Hike in Turkey
Tourism in Turkey is the most profitable and developing sector of the economy, providing prosperity for many Turkish citizens. This unique country is located at the junction of Asia and Europe and is the sixth most visited country in the world. About 35 million people come to the Turkish resort areas every year, and this figure is constantly growing.
Tourism in Turkey is represented not only by all-inclusive hotels, but also by a wide range of historical and natural attractions, legendary hospitality of local residents and rich national heritage. Delicious Turkish cuisine, typical music and folklore, unique monuments of nature, architecture, history, impressive beauty of the Turkish coast, the highest mountain peaks, picturesque rivers, lakes and valleys, ruins of ancient cities and much, much more make Turkey an interesting tourist area, a source of the brightest impressions.
If you happen to have a rest at one of the Turkish resorts, but did not manage to leave the beach area of the hotel, then you have never seen real Turkey - the cradle of the most ancient civilizations of the East.
Beach tourism. For many tourists, Turkey remains a beach paradise, a symbol of true summer holidays. The unique geographical position of the Anatolian Peninsula, washed by the Black, Marmara, Aegean and Mediterranean seas, makes it one of the largest resort areas in the world. The coastal strip of Turkey is more than 8 thousand km, high mountains come close to it, leaving space for gorgeous beaches with the purest sea water. Around 350 beaches and 20 marinas in Turkey have been awarded a special symbol of cleanliness - the Blue Flag. The largest number of clean beaches are found in the Turkish provinces of Antalya and Mugla. Popular beach resorts in Turkey: Antalya, Alanya, Kemer, Belek, Side, Fethiye, Marmaris, Bodrum and Kusadasi.
Health tourism. The cleanest water and air, mild climate, a large number of geothermal springs make Turkey an ideal place for recovery. Dozens of hydropathic centers, baths, beauty and rejuvenation centers provide their services to tourists from all over the world at prices significantly lower than European ones. The so-called "health tourism" in Turkey is also a treatment with marine resources, Dead Sea mud, mineral springs. The largest therapeutic and prophylactic resorts in Turkey are Pamukkale, Yalova and Kangal.
Yachting tourism. Thanks to the proximity of the four seas, Turkey has become a real haven for yachtsmen. Yachting tourism is most developed in the western coastal area. In the bays of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas, there are many yacht marinas belonging to famous yacht clubs, and the presence of a scattering of islands and unique in beauty bays makes yacht travel one of the most spectacular types of tourism in Turkey. The largest number of marinas are concentrated near ports such as Istanbul, Marmaris, Bodrum, Gocek and Finike.
Historical tourism. Turkey is a huge historical region in which the great empires of antiquity left their mark: Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman. The 13 largest civilizations in the world originated in the lands of Turkey. Three great religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam - have defined the country's rich spiritual heritage. No other country in the world has as many historical and cultural monuments as Turkey. The famous ruins of ancient cities, ancient temples, mosques, churches, theaters, palaces and madrasahs (schools at mosques), as well as the caravanserais of the Silk Road are silent witnesses of the greatness of bygone eras. More than 100 cultural heritage sites in Turkey are protected by UNESCO. Among the historical sights of this country, the most famous are: the memorable places of Istanbul - a real "open-air museum", the fortress city of Troy, the cave monasteries of Cappadocia, the sights of the city of Konya, the temples of Ephesus, the burial complex on Mount Nemrut, the Mausoleum of Mavsol (one of the world wonders ) in Bodrum.
Hiking. Trekking in Turkey is represented by 17 tourist routes, most of which are located in the west of the country. The most popular of these is the Lycian Trail, the first marked tourist trail in historic Lycia, one of the longest in the world. Not only long walking tours are popular among tourists, but also small weekend hikes (as a rule, to the nearest attractions of the resorts). In recent years, residents of the CIS countries have also begun to go hiking in Turkey.
Sports tourism. This is not only the above-mentioned hiking tourism, but also numerous subspecies of sports tourism, among which there are:
The thermal springs in Turkey are of great value in terms of tourism. If in summer people from all over the world come to Turkey to enjoy their vacation at sea, then autumn and winter are the period for lovers of wellness procedures and hot springs. In Turkey, thermal springs are concentrated in the provinces of 10 interesting cities with 65 names of places of these springs. After reading the article to the end, you will find out in which cities and provinces the thermal springs are located, what they are called, and also for what diseases it is worth visiting this or that source.
An excursion to the thermal springs of Turkey will start from the city of Afyonkarahisar, famous for its thermal waters. If you ask a Turk: "What good thermal spring do you know?" That undoubtedly the majority will name this city. Locals simply call it Afyon. Some of the hottest springs in Turkey are concentrated here. The water here flows out from a source with a temperature of about 80 degrees Celsius.
The following thermal springs are located in Afyonkarahisar province:
The thermal springs of Turkey in the Afyon region are composed of sodium, hydrogen sulfide and bicarbonate. Treats water for cough, rheumatoid arthritis, hernia of the lower back and neck, skin diseases, osteoporosis and gout. Afyonkarahisar has more than 50 hotels from simple to luxury, which are located on the springs and have pools with thermal water and mud baths in their arsenal.
Many people think that when visiting the capital of Turkey there is nothing to do and nowhere to relax and unwind. The city of Ankara really looks harsh, because it is a political and industrial city. But everyone who visits this city is simply obliged to know that not far from the city there are thermal springs that save residents and guests of the city from stress and gray everyday life.
If you had to visit Ankara, then remember that here you will find such thermal springs in Turkey as:
Thermal water in Ankara province helps to speed up blood circulation, treats cardiovascular diseases, chronic joint pain, skin problems, kidney diseases, and is also useful for respiratory diseases. Its temperature is about 45 degrees Celsius.
Remember that it is better to book a hotel on the thermal waters in advance, especially in the season from autumn to spring, when the number of people who want to relax increases significantly. You can order through proven services in our booking services section
While enjoying the thermal water in hotels, do not forget that you can also visit not only Ankara, but also the nearest small towns. For example, the old town of Beypazar will pleasantly surprise you with the beauty of old houses, which are more than 100 years old and with rather low prices for souvenirs.
By kayaking we will go around the Lycian Peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea, see huge grottoes, volcanic islands and absolutely deserted beaches. We will visit the ruins of ancient cities that went under water in the 2nd century AD or destroyed by time and earthquakes. Let's see the best sights along the way, comprehending the mysteries of history.
The water is not as hot as in summer, you can constantly swim and sunbathe, and you do not need to carry a backpack on your shoulders. And also in Turkey there are good places for snorkeling - diving with fins and a mask: clear water, colorful fish, amazing rocks, hedgehogs, sponges. Beauty will be everywhere!
Russian citizens do not need to apply for a visa to stay in Turkey for 60 days. To enter the country, you only need a foreign passport.
PROGRAM BY DAY
In the morning (see how to get there) our instructor meets the group at the exit from the Antalya airport with the symbols of the "Adventure Club". After a short acquaintance, we will load into minibuses and drive to the starting point of the route near the ruins of the ancient city of Phaselis. Drive about 1 hour.
Let's get acquainted with the second instructor who will meet us at the starting point. We will go through the briefing, get to know each other even more closely, divide into kayak crews of 2 people and start preparing the kayaks for going out on the water. Inflatable kayaks are easy to assemble, just inflate, we quickly manage.
We do not recommend taking a frame backpack with you, it will not fit into a sealed package and generally into a kayak, so he will have to go tied somewhere on top of things and get wet in salt water. We recommend using the simplest frameless backpacks or regular bags to transport your belongings. We strongly advise against taking suitcases with you on wheels - there will be nowhere to put them. Read more about preparing and collecting things for this tour HERE.
We will repack all our belongings in hermetic bags and change for going out on the water. Instructors will show you how to hold the paddle correctly, how to row and how to operate the kayak. Let's load our things into the kayaks - and off we go! Real adventures await us over the next 12 days.
Sun, sea and everything is good :) Of course, we will swim in the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. We will swim and dive every day, there is enough time for this.
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