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The Lycian Way West, Lycian Way West, Ölüdeniz

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The Lycian Way West

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The Lycian Way West, Lycian Way West, Ölüdeniz
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Country
Turkey
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
March - May, September - November

Itinerary

Day 1: Gelemiş
Day 2: Delikkemer and Patara
Day 3: Akbel to Xanthos
Day 4: Pydnai and Karadere
Day 5: From Bel to Alinca
Day 6: Butterfly Valley
Day 7: Ölüdeniz Blue Lagoon
Day 8: Departure

Overview for The Lycian Way West

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

Patara, where your holiday starts, is one of the most beautiful beaches in Turkey. The 12 km long sandy beach is a protected area for sea turtles and rare birds; it is uninhabited and natural. Your hike will then take you to high-alpine paths that offer fantastic views of the coast and the peaks of the Taurus Mountains, up to 3,000 m high. The steep coastline at Alınca is dramatic, while typical cultural landscapes are found in the hinterland. Pine trees, olive groves and Mediterranean macchia line the paths.

You will walk by ancient aqueducts and come to the famous cities of the Lycians, Patara and Xanthos. Patara was a flourishing maritime and commercial city on the south-west coast of Lycia. It is the birthplace of St. Nicholas, who lived most of his life in the nearby town of Myra (Demre). Xanthos was a centre of culture and commerce for the Lycians, and later for the Persians, Greeks and Romans.

Highlights


Itinerary for The Lycian Way West

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Day 1: Arrival. Transfer to Gelemiş

Arrive at Dalaman Airport. Complimentary transfer to Gelemiş, about 2 km from the beach of Patara (120 km / 2 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.

Accommodation: St. Nicholas Guesthouse, Gelemiş

Walking for the day: none

Day 2: Delikkemer and Patara

Transfer to Kalkan. Along the coast, the Lycian Way leads to Firnaz Bay. Then you will reach the aqueduct of Delikkemer, a masterpiece of Roman engineering. Through pine forests and fields, you walk along an aqueduct that supplied the ancient city of Patara with water. Again and again, you will enjoy lovely seascapes. After visiting the ruins of Patara, go down to the beach and relax, it is not far from your guesthouse.

Accommodation: St. Nicholas Guesthouse, Gelemiş

Walking for the day: 11 km, 4 hours ↑100 m ↓300 m

Day 3: Akbel to Cavdir and Xanthos

Transfer to Akbel. The walk takes you through traditional villages, olive groves and shady pine forests. A part of the route runs along and on the aqueduct, which supplied the ancient Lycian capital Xanthos with water. After sightseeing the ruins of Xanthos, transfer back to Gelemiş.

Accommodation: St. Nicholas Guesthouse, Gelemiş

Walking for the day: 17 km, 6 hours ↑300 m ↓400 m

Day 4: Pydnai and Karadere

Transfer to Bel. First through pine forests, then through a rocky landscape with magnificent views of the sea, you hike down to the small village of Gavurağılı. The next climb will take you to a ridge, where you will have a spectacular view of Patara Beach. Explore the ancient ruins of Pydnai, a Lycian military base, which served as a guard post against enemy attacks. From Karadere beach transfer back to Gelemiş.

Accommodation: St. Nicholas Guesthouse, Gelemiş

Walking for the day: 12 km, 5 hours ↑150 m ↓750 m

Day 5: From Bel to Alinca

Transfer to Bel. First, you hike on a trail offering magnificent coastal views, then further through fields to the village Gey. Ancient trading paths lead you through the plain of Boğazıçi. The last section leads along the nearly 800 m high karst cliff with views of the Bay of Sancakli and the coast of Yedi Burun (the “seven capes”). Your destination is the village of Alinca, which is situated on a picturesque slope above the cliffs. From there transfer to Faralya, where you will stay two nights.

Accommodation: George House, Uzunyurt

Walking for the day: 13 km, 5 hours ↑400 m ↓500 m

Day 6: Butterfly Valley, Faralya

Transfer back to Alinca. On an old path over a mountain crest, head towards Kabak. There you have two possibilities: you can hike around the beautiful bay of Kabak on a mountain ridge or descend as an alternative to the beach where a bathing pause is worthwhile. Along the mountain slopes, the Lycian Trail leads you to Faralya.

Accommodation: George House, Uzunyurt

Walking for the day: 12 km, 5 hours ↑650 m ↓850 m

Day 7: Ölüdeniz

From your hotel, you walk through the Butterfly Valley, a nature reserve surrounded by steep mountains. The trail then runs along the slope of the mighty mountain peak Baba Dağı. Enjoy the view over the bay of Oludeniz with the famous lagoon. Between stony pastures and field terraces, you pass through small traditional villages. From Ovacik, you get a transfer to Fethiye.

Accommodation: 4-star Ata Park Hotel, Fethiye

Walking for the day: 13 km, 5 hours ↑450 m ↓600 m

Day 8: Departure or Onward Travel

Return home or individual stay extension.

Complimentary transfer to Dalaman Airport or an optional transfer to Antalya Airport.

Hotels for The Lycian Way West

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Accommodation is in hand-picked and regularly monitored hotels and guesthouses offering good 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: Ata Park Hotel, Fethiye, St. Nicholas Guesthouse, Gelemiş, George House, Uzunyurt

Meals

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

Travel for The Lycian Way West

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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. Night transfer extra charges may be applicable to private transfers in case of late night arrivals.

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 bags 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 West

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Difficulty Grade: Moderate

This holiday is suitable for walkers of good fitness. Total walking distance is 78 km, and average walking distance is 13 km per walking day, while total elevation gain is up to 2,000 m or 330 m per walking day (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 on 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 West

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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 transfers 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 then Dalaman
  • 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 (recommended only if arriving/departing from Antalya Airport)

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