In 1996 we opened our travel company Gelemis Tourism. We believe that you should have excellent personal service so group size is kept to a minimum of 14 in order to get the best from a small group atmosphere. All travel is in a comfortable air conditioned mini bus. Here is selection of some of the tours we offer, further details on these and other places to visit in the area are provided in hotel reception. All tours can be booked once you are here on holiday.
Kekova (Sunken city)
Spend the day on a private boat exploring the beautiful area surrounding the ancient city of kekova, much of it submerged in the sea. Spend the day swimming, snorkeling and exploring the ruins in this area of outstanding natural beauty, which now forms part of a protected area. Muzaffer is your guide for the day, guiding you through this area’s amazing history. Barbecue lunch is provided in a secluded cove.
Tlos and Saklikent gorge:
Visit the ancient, dramatically positioned site of Tlos before moving on to explore the magnificent gorge at Saklikent. (Turkey’s deepest gorge). Lunch is taken in Yakka park, a Natural park where you will enjoy your lunch surrounded by shady trees, streams and waterfalls.
Lazy days boat tour:
Spend the day meandering around the local coastline, stopping in small bays and coves, swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters. The day is a totally relaxing experience. The only decisions to be made are whether to relax with a book, sunbathe on deck, swim in the warm waters of secluded coves or enjoy a cool drink whilst admiring the beautiful scenery. Delicious lunch is provided on board.
We take a short drive up into the foothills of the Taurus mountains to visit the small village of Islamlar (above Kalkan). Originally a Greek village, filled with watermills, the village is now famed for its grapes and fresh trout. After a short stroll around the village, learning a little about traditional village life here, we then enjoy a leisurely supper in one of the local restaurants with spectacular views down the mountainside to the bay of Kalkan.
The perfect day for those who enjoy the outdoors. No experience required to share an exhilarating day in Patara National Park enjoying time on the river. The canoe guides will guide you down river, stopping for an occasional swim and providing you with a delicious lunch on the river bank.
Travel up into the Taurus mountains through some spectacular mountain scenery and cedar forests where you will see villagers carrying on with life, unchanged for centuries. Muzaffer is your guide and you will learn about the nomadic origins of Patara and the journey they would make each summer up into the summer pastures. You will visit the lake in a beautiful valley, where they set up their tents and enjoy a tea here with a nomadic family. Visit the Ottoman town of Elmalı, steeped in history. You will be taken to see the beautiful old mosque, visit the excellent museum and explore the back streets where artisans still practice traditional skills long gone in modern Europe. A fabulous day out exploring traditional mountain life.
Horse riding is a romantic way to explore the local country side and provides opportunities to experience fantastic views of the ancient city of Patara and the amazing beach, whilst riding through the local hills on horseback. For more experienced riders it is possible to ride over and onto the sand dunes, fulfilling many people’s dreams of riding on sand on horse back! Both beginners and experienced riders are catered for.
Fethiye (Turkish bath and Bazaar)
Visit the colourful bazaar, explore the many delightful shops in the old town, relax with a drink at one of the cafes overlooking the harbour and for fish lovers, why not experience the pleasure of choosing your own fish from the wide array of stands at the fish market and have it cooked for you to order in one of the local restaurants surrounding the market. An optional finish to the day is to have an invigorating wash, massage and scrub at Fethiye2s traditional Ottoman hammam (Turkish bath).
The ultimate adrenalin rush! A tandem jump (with a fully qualified pilot) from the 2000m peak of Baba dag, gliding slowly down to the beach at Oludeniz, taking in the breath taking scenery surrounding one of the most photographed beaches in Turkey. One for adventure seekers!
Experience the beauty of the underwater world. There are a wide assortment of dive packs and course available for both beginners and experienced divers. To learn a little more of what is available please visit the website www.kalkandiving.com
For those who enjoy walking we can provide lots of information on local walks and walking on the Lycian way. A tour guide can be provided if required. The walks follow goat paths rewarding you with glimpses of traditional village life, off the beaten path and spectacular costal views.
Meiz (Known also as Castellorizo)
This small Greek island is situated off the Turkish coastline (opposite kaş). The island has a fascinating history and a few hours can happily be spent here exploring the warren of alleys and houses that lie behind the pretty waterfront. There are several beautiful churches and small shrines, a small museum and for those who like shopping, some pretty shops selling local crafts and textiles. The waterfront is a charming place to pass time enjoying a lazy coffee and then later a fresh fish lunch.
For those who want to have the flexibility to explore the area independently we are happy to arrange car hire for you.