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Adult-Only Kalkan Retreat

The sophisticated harbour town of Kalkan is renowned for its charming cobbled backstreets, superb restaurants and is one of the prettiest towns on Turkey’s South-West coast.

Based on staying at the beautiful adult-only Villa Mahal hotel in Kalkan, with stunning sea views. This itinerary not only allows you to explore Kalkan itself, but also nearby rural villages, the neighbouring town of Kaş and the stunning coastline on board a beautiful gulet.  You will also get to experience rustling up some mouth-watering Turkish dishes in a 1/2 day cookery lesson.

We are more than happy to tailor the trip to suit your requirements, but below is a sample itinerary, simply contact our Turkey specialists for more details.

Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Hos Geldiniz - Welcome to Turkey!

Upon arrival at Dalaman Airport, you will be met by your private transfer driver and driven to Kalkan, which is only a 1.5 hour drive away.
Arrive at your hotel and relax for the remainder of the day before taking the complimentary water taxi into town for an evening meal.

Day 2 - Tour of Local Villages

Kalkan may well be a chic, vibrant hotspot, but just a short drive away are the beautiful mountain villages of Bezirgan and Islamlar, where it feels as time has stood still.
After a hearty breakfast, your driver will pick you up from the hotel and drive to nearby Bezirgan, where there are still many old stone houses, a lot of which are still used to this day for storing grains. Your local guide will invite you into his home in neighbouring Saribelen and fill you in on the interesting history of the area.
You’ll then stop at the rural village of Islamlar to enjoy a delicious meze lunch at a family-run restaurant with beautiful views over the valley and out to sea before heading back to your hotel.

Day 3 - Turkish Cookery Lesson

Experience a fun and educational introduction into Turkey’s world-famous cuisine with a cookery lesson at Guru’s Place in the heart of Kalkan’s old town. Prepare your own selection of tasty Turkish dishes made from fresh, local ingredients before sitting down to enjoy them for lunch.

Day 4 - All aboard! Private gulet trip

A short wander into town will take you to Kalkan harbour, where your private boat will be waiting for you. This full day on board a traditional wooden gulet will cruise gently around the coastline and take in some breath-taking scenery, stopping so you can enjoy a swim or snorkel around unspoilt coves and crystalline waters. Once you have worked up an appetite, you will be spoiled with a superb feast prepared by the on board chef before returning to the harbour late afternoon.

Day 5 - Visit to Kas

Your driver will collect you and drive you via the stunning beach at Kaputaş. As it is down many steps, you may want to simply stop at the roadside and take a few snaps, it’s pretty spectacular! As you continue along this elevated coastal road and take in the uninterrupted sea views you will arrive in Kaş, a charming old fishing town with its pretty main square and Lycian rock tombs. Stop for a cup of çay under the shade of the plane trees and check out some of the wonderful boutiques and carpet shops before returning to Kalkan.

Day 6 - Enjoy Kalkan!

If you haven’t yet had that pampering hammam or spa treatment, today is a great opportunity to do it and feel refreshed and revitalised at the end of your holiday.  Or simply enjoy this day to mooch around Kalkan and visit one of the beach clubs for a swim in the warm, clear sea, relaxing on the bathing platforms and before a tasty waterside lunch.

Day 7 - Final Day!

Enjoy your final breakfast at leisure before your private transfer back to Dalaman Airport, and if time allows, pop back into town to pick a few final souvenirs to remind you of your stay in this enchanting seaside town.

What's included?


  • Airport transfers
  • 7 nights at the hotel, breakfast included daily
  • Local village tour with private driver and lunch (excludes drinks)
  • Half day cookery lesson including lunch
  • Private full day gulet trip including lunch
  • Trip to Kaş via Kaputaş beach with private driver


  • Driver on call/other transfers/local transfers
  • Additional or alternative tours
  • Additional meals
  • International flights
  • Personal expenditure, travel allowances
  • Gratuities
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