This is often an afternoon activity on a Saturday to take account of many flights arriving quite late on Friday evening.A short 25 minute drive takes us to the ancient Lycian City of Olympos. We will pass through the entrance (entrance fee of, currently, 5tl / £1.20 for those aged 13 and over) and wander along the main street of the ancient city. Here we will find Muzo’s Cafe, which is the base camp for the sea kayaking. Before setting off we will have time for Gözleme, a flat bread pancake with a choice of savory fillings such as cheese, spinach, potato, aubegine, mince or try it all with the mixed option. For those with a sweet tooth fillings such as banana and honey or chocolate spread are also available. After lunch (drinks are extra and will be added to your hotel extras bill), we will go with our guide to get lifejackets and to load the kayaks and paddles onto a trolly. Our guide will show you how to hold and use the paddles, how to turn and stop the kayak and all importantly, how to get in and out of the kayaks. You will also receive other safety tips and instructions such as how to signal for help.We then take the kayaks, on the trolly, down to the river in the middle of the ruins of the ancient city. Here we will float the kayaks about 50m along the river to our launch point. You will now get to test your expertise in getting into the kayak. The ducks on the river take great interest but you should ignore their cackling! We now head out to sea past the ancient harbor control point, the remains of a bridge dating back to roman times and past magnificent tombs below the acropolis (fortified area of the city). Ahead the sea awaits us and we paddle out of Olympos Bay passing caves and rocky outcrops where the sea slapping against the rocks and cave walls can sound like falling rocks. We then turn right and head along the coast, under the cliffs towards the pirates retreat of Ceneviz Bay (pronounced Jeneviz Bay) where we will have time to snorkel and swim. As we head back the way we came the setting sun will paint Mount Olympos ahead a golden red colour and the tour ends as we sail back into the ancient city like a group of pirates returning from their raids.THINGS TO REMEMBERTowels can be left at the base, they will get soaked if you take them with you.A set of dry clothes can be left at the baseYou will need strong sun cream and a good sun hatIt’s a good idea to wear a T-shirt under the life-vest and the best idea is one that covers the shouldersOnly waterproof cameras should be taken on the trip and should have a safety strapYou will probably not need any money but valuables can be stowede in a dry box. please keep valuable to a minimum the dry box is for an odd camera or two and a small amount of cash. Mobile phones should be left in the transfer vehicle or at the hotel.No valuables should be left at the base.Drinking water will be provided for the trip at the hotel when you leave for the trip.
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Sea Kayaking From the Ancient City of Olympos to the Pirate’s Hideaway of Ceneviz Bay