Because , Turkey is a great place to explore with kids. We truly love children and sometimes we treat them like royalty.
As a parent, it’s wonderful to get a break from being the decision maker or mediator and just relax!
Exciting travel experiences and stimulating adventures let you interact in ways you’d never encounter back home.
Our family active holidays are not made for mass tourism, as we offer authentic, fun and sociable activity holidays.
Our tour leaders take care of all the day-to-day logistics. They’re knowledgeable and enthusiastic motivators for your kids, interact with excitement .They’ll make sure your gang has the best vacation ever.
All of your hotel accomodations, transportation, baggage handling, sightseeing, many meals , activities
(biking, sea-kayaking, trekking, horse riding, pottery making, abseiling, boat tours, treasure-hunt etc. ) are pre-arranged, so you can simply focus on enjoying .
Food is kid friendly. For those who have children with “picky” tastes Turkey can be an easy place to find meals that are suitable. Turkish food should appeal to most kids – what’s köfte but a (very) tasty burger, pide a pizza without the tomato paste, and gözleme a stuffed pancake.
Children are welcomed in the Restaurants. You will see kids chairs in most of the restaurants. You might think that Turkish food is way too exotic but in fact it has plenty of kids-friendly delights.
There’s plenty of time for additional activities including sea kayaking, snorkeling, hot air ballooning, horse ridding , cycling, trekking.
ACCOMMODATION : Middle Earth Travel can offer a wide range of accommodations. From stylish boutique hotels to village houses, from small-scale hotels to family-run pensions, whatever your preference we can arrange it. In our suggested itineraries we have included comfortable places to stay.
If you want to up or downgrade the level of accommodation,
simply let us know and we can send you an alternative proposal. We work with boutique hotels that are family-owned and managed. You will get the owners’ personal attention and care during your stay. You stay in comfortable rooms and may enjoy the comforts of a swimming pool, lush gardens or direct access to the sea. The rich breakfast tables are a pleasure to enjoy at length and dinners are varied and delicious, using local products and turkish specialities.
CAPPADOCIA : The sights are amazing, the history accessible and there are enough caves to explore and rocks and tunnels to climb on and through that everyone will be happy. Strange rock formations take the form of huge boulders jutting out from the ground at some places and at others times they form, eye pleasing, smoothly curved valleys. Varying in color and shape, these “fairy chimneys” (as they are called in turkish) and the beautiful valleys make one of natures most suprising masterpieces.
We will design a tailor made holiday for you, fitting your personal wishes and budget. Here you find two suggested itineraries. In case you have more time available and want to extend the journey or when you need a shorter itinerary, simply contact us and we will adjust the tour accordingly.
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Meeting at the Airport. Depending on the flight time we can stop at the Soğanlı valley for a short walk. Soğanlı valley which is not a much visited site, will give you an idea about the typical Turkish village life. Christian monasteries located on the skirts of the hills are unique for their wall paintings amongst all Cappadocian churches.
Family Activities: treasure hunt, camping, trekking. Go in the church and look at the wall paintings. Who is the person standing on a pillar next to Jesus in the crucifix scene? You will have to go to the cell of one of his followers if you want to get your key back. DAY 1 : We will drive to the Red Valley. We will play a game of treasure hunting, involving the exploration of tunnels and caves, solving puzzles, orienteering (simplified), and simple repelling with ropes. We will have lunch and dinner at the small family-run restaurant in the Red Valley and camp here with sleeping bags and if necessary tents (if the weather is good tents won’t be necessary, we will sleep in the caves or on a platform specially arranged for sleeping outside under millions of stars). RED VALLEY: It’s right in the valley surrounded by flowers, cave churches and fields full of fruit trees and grape vines. The owner Ibrahim and his family (3 generations of them in all) are extremely nice and serve traditional and very tasty homemade food. DAY 2 :We have breakfast at Ibrahim’s Cafeteria in the Red Valley. After breakfast we are going to search for the treasure and walk through Rose Valley. In Gülludere (Rose Valley), east of Göreme, a great wall of rock rises up beside the path. Its façade is pierced with a row of pigeon houses that used to play such an important role in local agriculture before chemical fertilizers were invented. We visit an enormous church, much larger than many of those hidden away in the Cappadocian valleys, and its size suggests an importance that makes it all the more surprising that its walls are bare of frescoes.
Family Activities: hiking, making your first pottery piece We start from Çavusin, the ruins of an old greek-ottoman village carved into the rocks. After 1 hour walk we will be at Paşabağ. Paşabağ, famous with its multi-headed fairy chimneys, has been the jail of St. Simeon who raged against the monastery life rules of Cappadocia. After we explore the mushroom-shaped formations, we transfer to Avanos. This town is famous for the pottery art, which is in fact the cultural heritage from the Hittites given to Cappadocia. These famous potters make wonderful souvenirs that are available at a wide range of prices from simple ashtrays and mugs to ornate plates and chess sets. You have an opportunity to have a first lecture about pottery making and you can have fun making your own pottery pieces under the local artists directions.
- LYCIAN WAY: Lycia is the ancient name of the peninsula between Antalya and Fethiye on Turkey’s southern coast, where the Taurus mountains sweep down to the sea. The name comes from the Hittite word “Lukka” which meant light.
Hence, Lukk(a)ia: the Land of Light. Lycia certainly deserves this name with over 250 sunny days in a year! It is a region where the mountains meet the sea.
High, rocky coasts and long, sandy beaches from the beautiful stage from where you can enjoy stunning sunsets and glorious views across the endless Mediterranean. You can’t fail to fall in love with the beautiful beaches and scenery of the region, but it’s the culture, local life, past civilizations of the area that will really captivate adults and children.
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BEYCIK: The boutique mountain lodge is located on the green, cool and silent slopes of Olympos Mountain. Breakfast can be enjoyed outside on the terrace and consists of a very good buffet of fresh local fruits, local breads, eggs, cheeses etc. Dinner is very enjoyable, taken in the dining room warmed by a log fire (in april and october) or again on the terrace facing the swimming pool an gardens. It includes very authentic local dishes and good wines.
BEYMELEK: The lovely 100 year old mansion oversees the lagoon of Beymelek near Demre. The owners restored the house with great attention to all details and using only authentic building materials such as wooden windows and doors, mudbrick walls and ceramic tiles. With the traditional furniture, lovely carpets and hand-made embroideries the house breathes an incredibly friendly and authentic atmosphere. From the terraces where you can enjoy the lovely cooked meals with mostly locally grown ingredients, there are superb views towards the lagoon and sea.
VILLAGE HOUSES: In our village houses and pensions you will experience turkish village life at first hand. Located in lovely villages surrounded by trees and mountains or on the coast near lovely beaches, the owners will make you feel at home and part of the family and local community. In a village house you stay with families that have transformed their home to accommodate guests. They live there themselves and ensure you have a great time. The pensions are small, local, family-run and friendly with a personal touch. The home cooked food allows you to sample the rich turkish cuisine.
SIMENA: The only way to reach the lovely pension in Kekova is by boat or on foot. It is ideal for a peaceful stay emerged in nature. You wake up in the quiet morning to hear the waves lap at your terrace as if you are on the deck of a boat. Breakfast consists of regional products and is rich and delicious. The Kekova lagoon that the pension is facing contains the remains of an ancient sunken city and is very clean, an ideal location for a boat tour and a swim in the crystal clear waters just outside your room.
An impression of the family tour accommodations
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- all transfers including airport transfers from/to Dalaman airport
- 7 nights accommodation
- all meals
- driver and vehicle plus fuel
- boat tour on day 3
- entrance fees to historical sites, museums and natural sites
- soft drinks or alkoholic drinks during meals
- optional activities: paragliding, diving and tubing/rafting. Prices on request.
Some of the exiting, active, tasty, interesting and above all FUN things to do during this family tour!
We will design a tailor made holiday for you, fitting your personal wishes and budget. In case you have more time available and want to extend the journey or when you need a shorter itinerary, simply contact us and we will adjust the tour accordingly.