4 fantastic group holiday ideas on the Turkish coast

Guest post by Mitja Mirtic

Traveling with your friends, family and loved ones are some of the best holidays that you will cherish for the rest of your lifetime. However planning and organizing such a group holiday for more than 3 people, and getting the whole family together can be demanding. Everyone might have their idea of what relaxing or fun holidays are and on top of that, group holidays might sound like an expensive thing to do. However, there are some amazing choices that Turkey has to offer for a fantastic holiday with your closest and dearest ones where you won’t have to spend a fortune. Turkey is a diverse country with beautiful shores, great cuisine, magnificent landscape, ancient history, to suit all tastes. Here are some fantastic ideas for a group holiday that might inspire your next trip to Turkey.

1.Food tour holidays

We all love food, but some love it so much that they organize a whole trip revolving around it. This concept of traveling is becoming more and more popular in the world. Now you can enjoy diverse cuisine that Turkey has to offer and some delicious dessert combined by undeniable Turkish hospitality. Holidays planned around food, are a great group activity, and a fun way to explore your chosen destination. You might even take it to the next level and participate in some cooking class and learn the new traditional Turkish recipe. Many cities around the country offer diverse attractions, many food choices so everyone can find something they love, and things usually are very budget-friendly especially when it comes to beyond delicious food. The most popular dishes to try while you are visiting this country are Baklava, Muhallabia pudding, Lahmacun pizza, Patlican karniyarik – aubergines with minced meat and fresh tomatoes…

baklava
baklava

There are also many nice restaurants along with this country, and depending on your preferences, you can choose one of your likings. However, among the most popular ones are, Mezze Grill Ocakbasi Restaurant in Antalya, Roof Mezze 360 or for fine dining Deraliye Ottoman Palace Cuisine Restaurant in Istanbul and Annalivia Restaurant Gumbet in Bodrum.

2. Active holidays

Active holidays don’t have to be reserved only for the young and the fittest, now the whole group can enjoy action-filled holidays adapted to all generations, even your kids and grandparents. Depending on your level of fitness you can choose to try adrenaline-packed activities like rafting, mountain biking, paragliding in regions of Ölüdeniz, or go scuba diving on the Lycian Coast and even rock climbing in regions such as Marmaris or touristic center Bodrum.

paragliding in Turkey
paragliding in Turkey

For a more relaxing easygoing activity that grandparents and teenagers can enjoy, choose things like canyoning or perhaps cycling tours throughout the south-west coast of Turkey. Also, you may do a combination of activities and leave some time for enjoyment and relaxing, so you and your loved ones have a perfect mix of both worlds.

3. Hire a luxury private gulet

Nowadays cruising on a luxury boat isn’t just an activity reserved only for the richest. If you are looking for privacy and spending your holidays away from heavy crowds, and you wish to spend your time on a yacht that looks like a hotel on water, then this might be a great choice for you.

two masted gulet ship Daima
two masted gulet ship Daima

Affordable isn’t a word that comes to mind when you think of luxury yachts, but in some destinations, such turkey you can get amazing offers and deals you’d be surprised. Going on a luxury gulet with a group of friends or family at your side can be an amazing holiday idea.

You and your loved one will be able to enjoy gorgeous seas, plenty of cultures, exquisite islands, coastline, remarkable ruins, plus an endless array of entertainment and activities organized by your preferences. This is a recipe for the ultimate stress-free getaway.

4. Book family-oriented hotel and resorts

If you are a family who loves the comfort and easy-going atmosphere, then Turkish family-oriented resorts are the way to go! The best and largest resorts are located on the Turkish coast in regions like Bodrum, Marmaris, and Antalya. Getting the whole family together for some fun in the sun has never been easier. This group holiday can be a perfect break for the whole family while everyone can enjoy some serious savings on the cost per person. These places also often have many activities that kids will love, while parents relax and enjoy. Some of the best resorts for your holiday are Delphin Imperial Hotel Lara or Aska Lara Resort & Spa in Antalya, Salmakis Resort Bodrum, or Green Nature Resort & Spa in Marmaris.

About author: Mitja with his family has an active lifestyle. They love to explore new, hidden places, experience new vistas and try local cuisine – but most of all, they love to spend our holidays traveling from place to place.