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Turkey Walking Holidays, The Lycian Way East

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The Lycian Way East

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Turkey Walking Holidays, The Lycian Way East
Country
Turkey
Activity type
Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Easy to Moderate More info about difficulty grades
Accomodation
Comfortable More info about comfort grades
Availability
March - May, September - November

Itinerary

Day 1: Antalya Old Town
Day 2: Gedelme to Ovacik
Day 3: Eternal Flames of Chimaera
Day 4: Olympos to Adrasan Bay
Day 5: Kekova, the Sunken City
Day 6: The Ancient Cities
Day 7: Rock Tombs of Myra
Day 8: Departure

Overview for The Lycian Way East

The Lycian Way Trail from Fethiye to Antalya is considered as one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world.

On this walking tour in Turkey, you will discover selected sections of the trail on the east coast of ancient Lycia. Through the mountainous coastal landscape in the Olympos national park, you will hike above the shining blue-green sea and arrive at beautiful bays. You will walk through mountainous landscapes and dense forests, where the oriental strawberry tree grows. From the pass at Musa Dagi, you can enjoy a great view of the towering mountains.

At the end of the walking holiday, you will be enchanted by the coastline of Kekova with its countless bays, peninsulas and islands and discover the famous rock tombs of Myra.

Highlights


Itinerary for The Lycian Way East

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Day 1: Arrival. Transfer to Antalya Old Town

Arrive at Antalya Airport and enjoy our complimentary transfer to your hotel in Antalya’s historical Old Town (15 km / 20 minutes). Meet our representative who will brief you on the walks and give you the maps and the documentation needed for your trip.

Day 2: Walk from Gedelme to Ovacik

Transfer to the trailhead above the village of Gedelme in the mountains of the Olympos National Park (56 km / 1.5 hours). First, you walk through high pine forests, then through gorges to an alpine pasture. Enjoy the views of the Tahtalı Dağı (2,370 m) and the sea. Your destination is the mountain village of Ovacık, where you will have a magnificent view of the sea and the high mountains of Taurus from your hotel.

Day 3: The Eternal Flames of Chimaera

Transfer to the valley of Ulupinar (35 km / 40 min). Through pine forests, you hike to the “Burning stones” with its natural earth fire, the eternal flames of the Chimaera. Mount Chimaera was the name of this place in ancient Lycia, where methane and other gases emerge from the rock and burn constantly. Some ancient sources considered it to be the origin of the myth of the monster called the Chimera. Finally walk down into the bay of Çirali, lined with green gardens and a beautiful sandy beach.
  • Accommodation: Plaj Hotel
  • Walking for the day: 8 km, 3.5 hours

Day 4: From the Ancient City of Olympos to Adrasan Bay

Today, the ruins of the ancient coastal town of Olympos await you. Discover the remains of temples and thermal baths, as well as the Acropolis, which rests on a seaside cliff. Through deciduous forests with strawberry trees, the path leads up the side of Musa Daği. Past citrus fruit orchards you reach Adrasan Bay.

  • Accommodation: Papirus Hotel
  • Walking for the day: 12 km, 5-6 hours

Day 5: Coast of Kekova, the Sunken City

Transfer to Kapakli (120 km / 2 hours). From here you start your hike to the ruins of the ancient city of Istlada. Walk through the beautiful coastal landscape of Kekova and reach the old castle of Simena. The Lycian Way then leads you to the small natural port of Üçağiz, where you stay for two nights.

Day 6: The Ancient Cities

Short transfer to the hiking trail above the small village of Sahilkilincli. First, visit the ancient city of Apollonia with its theatre. Through slopes covered with oaks and carob trees, you will walk to the remains of the ancient city of Aperlai. Here, in a long bay between two ridges, an inlet reaches up to the ruins – a beautiful bathing place! Walk back to Üçağiz on a narrow path along the coast.

Day 7: The Rock Tombs of Myra

Transfer to the ancient city of Myra (22 km / 40 min). Here you will see the impressive Lycian rock tombs, which are built in a towering rock wall. Afterwards, you can visit the Byzantine Basilica of Saint Nicholas in Demre, before returning to Antalya by public bus (about 3 hrs, transfer not included, bus ticket GBP 10 pp plus GBP 10 for a taxi ). Alternative booking of private transfer is possible (at an extra cost). Visit the old town of Antalya, the old harbour or the beautiful terraced parks of Antalya.

Day 8: Departure or Onward travel

Return home or individual stay extension.

Hotels for The Lycian Way East

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Accommodation is in hand-picked and regularly monitored hotels and guesthouses offering various levels of comfort.

*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: Dogan HotelHadrianus Boutique Hotel, Papirus Hotel, Plaj Hotel, Gül Mountain Resort, Telemen’in Evi, Onur Pension

Meals

Breakfast is always included. Dinner, a packed lunch and a bottle of mineral water are included on Days 2-6. In Antalya, there are multiple restaurants and taverns where you can sample the incredible local cuisine.

Travel for The Lycian Way East

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Recommended arrival and departure airport: Antalya.

Airport transfers are included. Please note that only one airport transfer per party is included, though we can arrange additional transfers at an extra cost. It is advisable therefore that all party members arrive on the same flight or at least at a similar time. Night transfer extra charges may be applicable on private transfers in case of late night arrivals.

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, apart from the bus transfer to Antalya on Day 7.

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 The Lycian Way East

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Difficulty Grade: Easy to Moderate

This holiday is suitable for walkers of average fitness. Some days include longer walks of a moderate grade. Total walking distance is 54 km, and average daily walking distance is 11 km per walking day, while total elevation gain is up to 1,700 m (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

The terrain is varying from steep rocky footpaths to cobbled paths. Routes are well signposted in most parts. It is strongly suggested to follow only marked trails.

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 November. 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 can sometimes be torrential, particularly in the slopes facing west and southwest. In Antalya, about 1,000 mm (40 in) of rain per year fall, but it almost never rains from June to September. 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 The Lycian Way East

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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 as listed in itinerary
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 5 packed lunches and 5 dinners
  • Luggage transport to next hotel
  • Transfers to/from 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 Myra to Antalya on Day 7

Self-Guided+

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

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Bus transfer to Antalya on Day 7
  • Lunches and dinners on first and last day
  • 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 Antalya before and/or after the holiday

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by Kayleigh Stewart on The Lycian Way East

This area of Turkey is great for walking in early soring and it looked completely safe. The logistics were top-notch, as well as the route notes, and the GPS tracks were very helpful at times. Great value for money also. Next year will try the West section.

by Joanna on The Lycian Way East

The good thing about this walking holiday in Turkey is that it included select sections of the Lycian Trail long distance path, which otherwise is too long to thru hike. The complimentary airport transfers were great, although we would have preferred to have an English-speeking driver who would tell us more about the area. We really enjoyed the walking. The scenery was stunning and it was not overcrowded - we went in end of March. I assume it may become too crowded - and too hot - in summer. The path is sometimes very narrow and there are rocks, so good hiking shoes are a must. Not the entire route is well signposted, but the GPS tracks provied in the natural adventure smartphone app (no extra cost, unless you decide to buy a more detailed topo map) were very precise. The walks are a bit shorter than described, but I suppose this is very individual, as I am an expereinced trail runner. The hotels were nice and clean, just what we expected, and the one in Antalya at beginning and at end is just great.

by Oliver Atkinson on The Lycian Way East

Great holiday, I would not give it 5-stars only because I expected the walks to be more demanding. But guess it's my fault, as it is graded on their website as "Easy to Moderate". If you are into longer walking days, ask for a more strenuous version of the itinerary - the team at natural adventure are very friendly and cooperative.


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