Thinking about a visit to Fethiye conjures up images of bright turquoise seas, azure skies, brilliant sunshine and long days spent relaxing on the beach.

Thinking about a tour with Animal’s Excursions brings to mind Wet ‘N’ Wild, Up and Down, Outback Adventure Safari and, of course, the inimitable “Animal” whose aim is to make sure that your day with them is the highlight of your holiday .

Winter Turkeyland - snow days are fun days!
Animal’s Excursions owner Semih Özgüder (aka the inimitable “Animal”) © Lyn Ward

That’s the summer covered, but what about winter tours?

Snow days are fun days

Fethiye Times is often asked to arrange winter excursions, particularly trips to the snow. Yes! The mountains surrounding Fethiye are covered in snow from around December to March – truly a stunning sight to see.

Winter Turkeyland - snow days are fun days!
The winter landscape is truly a sight to see: © Lyn Ward

As we’re always looking for an adventure (and articles), we contacted Animal’s Excursions owner, Semih Özgüder (aka Animal) to talk about teaming up with Fethiye Times and arranging a trip to the snow.

Winter Turkeyland - snow days are fun days!
Fethiye Times owner and editor, Lyn Ward with Animal’s Excursions owner, Semih Özgüder (Photograph Courtesy of Animal’s Excursions)

Have a look at what they came up with…

“Winter Turkeyland”

Winter Turkeyland takes you to a snow-covered location, approximately 90 minutes drive from Fethiye.

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Güğübeli Yaylası near Elmalı, an ideal spot for our day of fun in the snow. © Lyn Ward

Yesterday’s excursion took us to Güğübeli Yaylası near Elmalı, an ideal spot where the guests could enjoy a variety of fun activities including sledging, snowball fights and other snow games and compete to see which team could build the most creative “snow unicorn”.

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Any guesses as to why we chose a unicorn for the snow sculpture competition? © Lyn Ward

New to Animals’s Excursions is the “Muck Truck”, a purpose designed vehicle that serves hot and cold drinks and snacks and has a bathroom for the “convenience” of the guests.

Lunch with a view

Winter Turkeyland - snow days are fun days!
Not a bad spot for preparing lunch. Photograph Courtesy of Animal’s Excursions

A lunch of hot soup followed by a BBQ of chicken, köfte and sucuk served with a selection of pasta and salads gives you a welcome opportunity to enjoy “lunch with a view”.

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Hot soup before lunch.© Lyn Ward
Winter Turkeyland - snow days are fun days!
BBQ of chicken, köfte and sucuk served with a selection of pasta and salads
Winter Turkeyland - snow days are fun days!
Lunch with a view – and what a view. © Lyn Ward

Have a look at our photo gallery for more fun in the snow…

In photos: Winter Turkeyland

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Arrival and a break for a hot drink. Photograph Courtesy of Animal’s Excursions
Winter Turkeyland - snow days are fun days!
Animal’s welcome: Photograph Courtesy of Animal’s Excursions
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Team Sledge Relay: Photograph Courtesy of Animal’s Excursions
Winter Turkeyland - snow days are fun days!
Team Sledge Relay: © Lyn Ward
Winter Turkeyland - snow days are fun days!
Team Sledge Relay: © Lyn Ward
Winter Turkeyland - snow days are fun days!
Team Sledge Relay: Photograph Courtesy of Animal’s Excursions
Winter Turkeyland - snow days are fun days!
Snow Tow: Photograph Courtesy of Animal’s Excursions
Winter Turkeyland - snow days are fun days!
Build a snow unicorn competition © Lyn Ward
Winter Turkeyland - snow days are fun days!
Build a snow unicorn competition © Lyn Ward
Winter Turkeyland - snow days are fun days!
Build a snow unicorn competition © Lyn Ward

And the winners are…

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David, Jill, Trish and Diane, the winners of the build a snow unicorn competition. They plan to donate the 4K action camera prize to Animal Aid © Lyn Ward

What else can we tell you?

There will be more dates organized through February – and for as long as there is snow.

Watch out for further details:

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For more information about Animal’s Excursions please visit www.animalexcursions.co.uk

You can read what previous guests have to say on Animal’s Excursions Tripadvisor

Fethiye Times would like to say a big thank you to Semih, his team and to everyone who came along and helped to make the day so successful.

Snow days are definitely fun days!