Senior Trip: Kalkan and Boat Tour

Now that I have some time, I’ll be mixing in a few retrospective posts. (Our last few months in Turkey were crazy full and there’s so much we haven’t shared about yet!)

I was a senior class sponsor last year. During the June exam days, we drove south to the coast for a 5-day trip. The senior class was tiny with only six graduates and only five were able to go on the trip. There were benefits to having such small group – we all fit in the other sponsor’s van!




I feel like Turkey is one of the world’s best kept vacation secrets with over 7000 km of coastline falling along the Black Sea, Mediterranean, and Aegean. And it’s all stunning.

We traveled to Kalkan and spent two nights at Villa Derin. This rental was so wonderful! And very modern. It had four bedrooms, a private pool, and an incredible view. We used the kitchen for several meals and ate out on the porch. We drove to the town of Kalkan once and some of us took a ferry across the bay the other evening.


Villa Derin


Villa Derin wall




Kalkan view


Seniors in Kalkan


Kalkan street


Beautiful orange flowers


Kalkan steps


Kalkan beach


We spent one morning at Patara Beach. (Use the Müze Card for a discount!) I don’t have any photos from there because I didn’t bring my camera, but this beach was one of the nicest I’ve ever been to. There were some ancient ruins there as well, but we spent our time on the beach. It wasn’t crowded and we couldn’t have asked for nicer weather. Some of the kids rented an umbrella and some lounge chairs.


Kalkan at night


For the last three days of the trip, we rented a boat out of Kaş called Dilara. The boat followed along the coast. We stopped in bays to swim and anchored in other bays for the night. The boat had lounging mats on the top deck and some of the kids slept there at night. The scenery was ridiculously beautiful. We played cards and dominoes, kayaked, read, napped, and relaxed. The captain and his wife were very hospitable and the food they made was oh so good. One of the girls said, “I feel like on this trip I’m either eating or sleeping.”


Sitting on the boat deck


Turkish boat rental with flag


Boat deck at morning


Senior drawing


Dinner on the boat


Turkish breakfast spread


Leah swimming


Senior trip


The trip was a special time of bonding for the seniors. It was also bittersweet because by the end of the trip, we all wished it could have happened at the beginning of the year. I’m thankful for the time I got to spend with these students. They are talented with bright futures ahead of them! The trip was a breath of fresh air before the end of the year craziness, graduation, and the goodbyes we all faced.


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  • Reply Jonathan

    Hi Leah, I’ve been following your blog for a long time as my wife and I were preparing to coming to Ankara. Now that we’re here, I had hoped we could meet in person, but looks like we’ve just missed you. But I just wanted to tell you that your blog has some of the best and most current information about life, culture, and getting around in Ankara. I’ve learned a lot from reading it and wish we could have had the privilege of meeting, because we would have learned a lot lot more from you guys! Blessings on your next adventure to Korea, I am certain you two will do good work there and I’m excited to continue to follow your adventures there.

    September 5, 2015 at 12:30 am
    • Reply Leah

      Jonathan, thank you for your kind comment! Processes and businesses I can change quickly there, but we are glad you’ve been able to use our blog as a resource. We wish you and your wife all the best for your time in Turkey and pray your transition is going well. Ankara is a special place with a wonderful expat community. Please eat some extra döner for us! 🙂

      September 5, 2015 at 3:51 am

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