This 8 day tour explores some of the highlights of the famous Lycian Way while staying in friendly local accommodation.
Running through Lycia, an ancient region of Turkey, the Lycian Way follows a mixture of coastal trails and inland paths in the Taurus Mountains. It is a rich landscape covered in luscious forests, fed by the many streams and rivers that weave through the region.
On this itinerary you will visit mountain villages, goat 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 routes 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.
Your flight from the UK to Antalya will normally arrive in the evening You will be met outside the arrivals hall by your driver and transferred to your accommodation in Beycik, a drive of around one to two hours.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Todays 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.
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.
Price and Other Information
- Duration and price excluding international flights: 8 days from £569 per person
- Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 8 days from £850 per person
- Single room supplement: On request
- Walking grade: Moderate
- Guiding: Self-Guided
- Max alt: Low
When to go: View Dates & Prices
- Hotel / pension x 7 nights
- 7 breakfasts and 6 packed lunches
|Year||Daily Departures†||Price From (Exc. Flights)||Options|
|All prices are per person. † Daily departures subject to availability.|
|2018||From 1 Sep to 30 Nov||£569||Book or Enquire|
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