Discover the Lycian Way

8 days | From £569 | Self-Guided for groups of 2 or more people

This 8 day tour explores some of the highlights of the famous Lycian Way while staying in friendly local accommodation.


8 days | From £569 | Self-Guided for groups of 2 or more people

Running through Lycia, an ancient region of Turkey; The Lycian Way follows a mixture of coastal trails and inland paths in the Toros Mountains. It is a rich landscape covered in luscious forests fed by the many streams and rivers that weave through the region. In this itinerary you will visit mountain villages, goats trails and tracks through forests, over agricultural land and ancient terraces. The area is littered with historical remains for you to explore, some are documented and managed others are just there waiting to be discovered. Following route used by local shepherds, hunters, subsistence farmers and families you?ll have the chance to interact with wonderfully friendly locals. With the rural code of hospitality, you may even be invited for a cup of tea or two along the way. You will also get the chance to sample the deliciously fresh locally grown produce in the many traditional restaurants and experience the diversity that Turkish cuisine has to offer.
Day 1. Fly to Antalya, transfer to Beycik
Your flight to Antalya will arrive in the evening. You will be met outside the arrivals hall by your driver and transferred to your accommodation in Beycik (approximately 1.5hrs).
Day 2. Beycik to Cirali with optional walking extensions
Today you will start walking directly from your hotel. Through the village of Beycik you will head uphill until you reach the 4th Century BC ruins at Laidokeia. If you wish, you can choose to extend your walk through ancient terrace and the deep canyon in lower Beycik. A private transfer will take you to Cirali for you second night in Turkey. You have the option to take an evening walk to the Chimera Flames (approx. 4km each way).
Day 3. Explore the Olympos ruins and walk in the foothills of the Toros Mountains
From your hotel, follow the Lycian Way over the river to Olympos beach and take some time to explore the ruins. The city of Olympos covered areas on both sides of the river which will need to be crossed to see all of the ruins. After exploring the ruins head into the hills on the lower slopes of Spine Mountain. Your walk will take you to Ulupinar and will end at Havus Basi Restaurant.
Day 4. Cirali to Adrasan and visiting Upper Olympos
Heading once again to Olympos beach, todays walk take you across the river and up to Moses Mountain. Walking uphill through a ?Strawberry Tree? forest with its trees with bright red, flaky bark you will reach Yaylalik. After taking a much needed rest, you may wish to visit Upper Olympos before continuing to Adrasan.
Day 5. The most walked walk and Gelidonya Lighthouse
After breakfast a private transfer will take you to Pirates Bay in Karaoz. Described as the signature walk of the Lycian Way you will climb narrow goat tracks from Gelidonya Point with incredible views of the Five Islands and Water Island, though it is challenging it is worth the effort.
Day 6. Demre, Kapakli and Ucagiz
A transfer this morning will take you to Kapakli, on the way you will stop at Demre; a modern town built on top of the ancient city of Myra. Your transfer will continue to Kapakli where your walk will start. Your route will be on narrow trails, passing the little known ancient city of Istlada and Genoese castles, finishing in the harbour town of Ucagiz.
Day 7. Apollonia, the Sunken City and Simena Castle and Necropolis
A short drive takes you to Kalinci for the start of your walk. Before heading to Aperlae you may want to take the time to visit Apollonia, a city establishes in the 4th Century BC. Today?s path will have some steep sections and hairpins travelling through gulley and olive groves. Aperlae is the perfect place to stop for a refreshing swim. Next, you will be picked up by a boat which will take you over the Sunken City to the edge of Kekova Island. Disembarking at Simena you have some time to explore the castle before walking back to Ucagiz.
Day 8. Public bus to Antalya Airport, depart TurkeyPublic bus to Antalya Airport, depart Turkey
An early morning public bus is available at 8am which will take you to Antalya bus station. From here you can get the airport shuttle or if you have an evening flight you may choose to stay and explore Antalya.
  • Trip Grade: B - Moderate
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Tour Code: TTDL
  • Accommodation: Hotels and Pensions
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts and 6 packed lunches
  • Departs: March to June and September to November
  • Joining Point: Antalya Airport
  • Ending Point: Hotel in Ucagiz
  • Important Information: Make sure your chosen holiday is guaranteed to run before you purchase your air tickets and make any other travel arrangements

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