Self Guided Walking Holidays in Turkey
From the ancient Lycian Way through the Turquoise Coast, the Carian Trail on the Aegean coast and fairytale Cappadocia to the Way of St Paul, our self guided walking holidays in Turkey offer great hiking opportunities at an unbeatable value.
The Saint Paul Trail is a long-distance footpath in Turkey, approximately 500 km long. Our Saint Paul Trail itinerary takes in the best sections of the trail from Lake Eğirdir to Selge, once a major Roman city, and allows you to immerse yourself in this spectacular land of forests, canyons, rivers and peaks.
Enjoy a 14-day demanding but rewarding trek following the highest and most rugged sections of the Lycian Way, winding its way above the Mediterranean’s most dramatic coastline. The trek continues on coastal paths around the tiny islands of Simena and Kekova Lagoon, famous for the underwater ruins of the Sunken City.
The Lycian Way is considered one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world. The itinerary follows the highest and most rugged eastern section of the Lycian Way, winding its way above the Mediterranean’s most dramatic coastline, to the limestone peaks of Mount Olympos, soaring high above the glittering sea.
The route of the Lycian Way West starts at Kayaköy and winds its way along the dramatic coastline and through scented pine forests overlooking the blue Mediterranean, dipping down to secluded beaches and coves. Your hike will take you to high-alpine paths that offer fantastic views of the coast and the peaks of the Taurus Mountains.
Take this demanding but rewarding three-week trek following the best sections of the Lycian Way East and West, winding its way above the Mediterranean’s most dramatic coastline to the limestone peaks of the Taurus Mountains, up to 3,000 m high. The tour ends at the impressive ruins of Patara, located near one of the best beaches of Turkey.
On this easy to moderate walking tour you will discover selected sections of the Lycian Way. You will walk through mountainous landscapes and dense forests, where the oriental strawberry tree grows, explore the ruins of Lycian ancient cities and discover the rock tombs of Myra.
The Lycian Way Trail from Fethiye to Antalya is considered as one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world. This short break is a condensed version of our Lycian Way East 7-night walking holiday, combining some of its walks into a more challenging, 5-night itinerary.
For millions of years, volcanoes erupted over the Central Anatolian Plateau to form the unique landscapes, rock formations and fairy chimneys that characterise Cappadocia. The Fairy Trails of Cappadocia walking holiday will bring you to green valleys surrounded by lunar landscapes, through ancient cities and fortresses.
In the south-west of Turkey, along the Aegean coast, the Carian Trail leads through a fascinating coastal landscape. On our Carian Trail self guided walking holiday, you will experience a constant interplay of land and sea, thousand-metre-high cliffs and secluded bays inviting you for a swim, combined with the ruins of the ancient Carian civilization.
Take in some of the best western sections of the Lycian Way in Turkey. The region south of Fethiye is known as The Seven Capes (Yedi Burun), a stunning coastline where steep hillsides drop dramatically into the sea. You will be based in three centres and will have a choice of daily walks of easy and moderate grade.
Where Do our Turkey Walking Holidays Take Place?
Our self guided walking holidays in Turkey include the following regions:
The Lycian Way and Turkey’s Turquoise Coast
The Lycian Way is a long-distance footpath in Turkey around part of the coast of ancient Lycia. It is approximately 540 km long and stretches from Ölüdeniz, near Fethiye, to Geyikbayırı, about 20 kilometres from Antalya. There are walking tours for all levels in the secret beauty of Lycia. Famous for its ancient ruins and rock tombs, there is a chance to walk separate sections in the eastern or western part of the trail, or even do the entire Lycian Way long-distance trail.
Cappadocia, a semi-arid region in central Turkey, is known for its distinctive “fairy chimneys” – tall, cone-shaped rock formations clustered in the Monks Valley and Göreme elsewhere. Other attractions include Bronze Age houses carved into valley walls by troglodytes (cave dwellers) and later used as refuges by early Christians. The 100 m-deep Ihlara Canyon houses numerous rock-face churches.
The Carian Way and the Aegean Coast
The Carian Trail winds through some of the lesser known regions of South-West Turkey. The Carian Way leads through a fascinating coastal landscape, divided into countless smaller and larger peninsulas, bays and islands. There are thick, green forests and glowing white rocks rising above the sea. On the Carian Trail, you will experience a constant interplay of land and sea, mellow mountains and bays which invite you to swim.
Saint Paul Trail
The Saint Paul Trail is a long-distance footpath in Turkey, approximately 500 km long. The trail begins in Perge close to Antalya, goes deep into the Taurus mountains and ends in Yalvaç, north-east of Lake Eğirdir. The name of the trail is derived from the fact that it loosely follows the route Saint Paul the Apostle took on his first missionary journey to Anatolia.