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Carian Trail and Turkey’s Aegean Coast

Overview for Carian Trail and Turkey’s Aegean Coast

In the south-west of Turkey, along the Aegean coast, the Carian Trail leads through a fascinating coastal landscape, divided into countless smaller and larger peninsulas, bays and islands. Walk in dense, green forests and admire the glowing white rocks rising above the sea. On the Carian Trail, you will experience a constant interplay of land and sea, thousand-metre-high cliffs and secluded bays inviting you for a swim.

The  trail is named after the Carian civilization and the region is rich in ancient ruins and history. Visit the settlements of Hydas, Amos and Loryma that are surrounded by well-preserved city walls and connected by stone-paved caravan roads and mule paths.

Highlights

  • Historical paths of the Carian people
  • Ancient Hydas, Amos and Loryma
  • The beautiful bays of the Bozburun Peninsula
  • Unspoilt nature and traditional villages
  • Ruins and remains of the Carian civilization
  • A mix of Greek and Turkish lifestyle


Itinerary for Carian Trail and Turkey’s Aegean Coast

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Day 1: Arrival at Dalaman

Arrive at Dalaman Airport and enjoy our complimentary transfer to your hotel in Bozburun (2.5 hours). Meet our representative who will brief you on the walks and give you the maps and the documentation needed for your trip.
Alternative arrival airport: Antalya; private transfer can be booked at an extra cost.

Day 2: Ancient Hydas & Carian Tombs

After a transfer to the peaceful village of Turgut, the Carian Trail will take you across olive groves and forested slopes to the ruins of the ancient city of Hydas, which is located on a narrow ridge. Enjoy the panoramic views over mountains and bays! After passing the tomb of a Carian princess, you will hike to the idyllic cascades and small waterfalls of a mountain stream. In Bayır, you can enjoy having a tea under a mighty plane tree, then return by transfer to Bozburun.

Day 3: Bozburun East Coast and the Ancient City of Amos

Transfer to Bayır. Through a spectacular landscape over a high plateau, you will hike up to a mountain saddle. Enjoy the view of a turquoise bay with small islands. Continuing along the coast, you will finally reach the bay of Kumlubük, where the beach invites you to take a dip. During the return transfer, stop at the ruins of the ancient city of Amos with an ancient Greek amphitheatre offering magnificent views of the Bay of Marmaris.

Day 4: Loryma Bay Circular Walk

Today’s hike starts at the small harbour of Serce. Through karstic landscape, you will walk along the coast with magnificent views of the numerous bays. Finally, you will reach the remote Loryma Bay, where the ancient city of Loryma is located on a small peninsula. Inland, you will hike back over a plateau shadowed by old trees. A shortening of the walk is possible.

Day 5: Bahceli and Selimiye

Transfer to the farmhouse Bahceli. Through a high terraced valley, the path goes up to a saddle from where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the sea. A panoramic path leads you high above the coast. After reaching the coastal town of Selimiye, transfer to Akyaka.

Day 6: Bay of Gökova

From Akyaka, the trail leads you mainly through the extensive old forests along the coastal slopes. You will enjoy the beautiful views of the bay of Gökova. From a restaurant by the sea, where you can have a refreshment, transfer back to Akyaka.

Day 7: Mount Sakar

From Turnalı the path goes up to the edge of a hill under the towering rock faces of Mount Sakar – the perfect place for a rest and to enjoy the view to the mountains of the Datca Peninsula. A historical serpentine path leads you to the hamlet of Kiransahili, from here transfer back to Akyaka.

Day 8: Departure or Onward Travel

Return home (complimentary airport transfer to Dalaman Airport included, 1 hour) or individual stay extension. Optional transfer to Antalya Airport is also available at an extra cost (4 hours).

Hotels for Carian Trail and Turkey’s Aegean Coast

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Accommodation is in two hand-picked and regularly monitored small, charming hotels owned and operated by families. They both have a wonderful location – the first is on the shore, the second one is 500 m from the beach of Akyaka.

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will give you exact accommodation details upon booking confirmation.

Sample hotels: Dolphin Boutique Hotel, Akyaka Gümüş Konak

Meals

Breakfast is always included. Dinner is included in Bozburun (days 1-4). In Akyaka (Days 5-7) there is a good choice of restaurants and taverns serving fresh seafood, and locally sourced produce at the beach and in the centre of Akyaka.

Travel for Carian Trail and Turkey’s Aegean Coast

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Recommended arrival and departure airport: Dalaman.

Alternative airport: Antalya.

Airport transfers from/to Dalaman are included, and those from/to Antalya can be booked at an extra cost. Please note that only one airport transfer per party is included, though we can arrange additional transfers. It is advisable therefore that all party members arrive on the same flight or at least at a similar time.

Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Private Transfers

You have all private transfers arranged for you according to the itinerary.

Baggage Transfers

Luggage transfer on walking days is included as per itinerary, and we will arrange it from your current hotel to your next hotel. After check out, you will leave baggage at the hotel reception, and you can start hiking. When you arrive at your next hotel, your baggage will be at the hotel reception.

Country Info

This region of Turkey is considered safe. For up to date travel advice and country info, please check here.

Timezone: GMT +3

Language: Turkish. In big cities, many people speak English, but in remote areas, this might not be the case. However, most of the hotel staff where we stay speak English and are ready to help you. Road signs/markers are normally in both Turkish and Latin alphabet – and you can always call our 24/7 helpline if there are any problems.

Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50Hz, two-pin round plugs.

Currency: Turkish Lira. We strongly recommend taking sufficient cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are not available outside of cities.

Cost of living is cheaper than in the UK. Some sample prices follow:

  • a 3-course meal in a standard restaurant: 10€
  • A litre of mineral water from a street shop: 0.5€
  • A cup of coffee: 1.5€

Trip Info for Carian Trail and Turkey’s Aegean Coast

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Difficulty Grade: Moderate

This holiday is suitable for walkers of average fitness with some hiking experience. Total walking distance is 63 km, and average walking distance is 11 km per walking day, while total elevation gain is up to 2,800 m or 450 m per walking day (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

The terrain is varying from steep rocky footpaths to cobbled paths and mule trails. Routes are well signposted in most parts.

We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

We can organise this walking tour between March and June and September till October. July and August are too hot for making this trip. Weather is best in the autumn.

The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your holiday on any date in the season – so please indicate desired beginning date when booking.

Weather

Winter temperatures are quite mild, with average highs around 15 °C (59 °F), while in summer the maximum temperatures are hot, ranging between 30 and 35 °C (86 and 95 °F). Rainfall is concentrated from mid-October to mid-April, when it can be abundant, and sometimes torrential, particularly on the slopes facing west and southwest. For more details, https://www.climatestotravel.com/climate/turkeyvisit.

What to Bring

Main luggage is limited to 25 kg. On walking days your main luggage is transported to the next accommodation. For your daily essentials, you should bring a comfortable rucksack. Bringing good hiking shoes and waterproof jacket is essential.

Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. We will include more detailed info in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots;
  • Hiking socks;
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying);
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood;
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece;
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation;
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve;
  • Hat/Baseball cap;
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies).

Included for Carian Trail and Turkey’s Aegean Coast

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  • Detailed pre-departure holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions and road notes; maps with daily routes and optional hikes marked
  • Accommodation for 7 nights in hand-picked boutique hotels as listed in itinerary
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners
  • Luggage transport to next hotel and private transfers on all walking days
  • Transfers to/from Dalaman airport
  • 24/7 assistance by phone

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  • Single room supplement: add 20% to the standard trip price. Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost.

Options and Extras

(please choose when booking)

  • Private transfer from/to Antalya Airport

Self-Guided+

  • On request, we can provide a private guide (choose when booking).

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers from/to airports other than Dalaman
  • Lunches on all days, dinners on Days 5-7
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not explicitly mentioned in the program

Extensions

(please choose when booking)

  • One extra night in Bozburun
  • One extra night in Akyaka

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