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Carian Trail and Turkey's Aegean Coast

Carian Trail and Turkey’s Aegean Coast

Overview

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.

  • 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

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Bozburun

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 | 11 km

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 tea under a mighty plane tree, then return by transfer to Bozburun.

  • Walking for the day: 11 km, 4-5 hours, ↑450 m ↓250 m
  • Accommodation: the seaside Dolphin Boutique Hotel or similar

Day 3: Bozburun East Coast and the Ancient City of Amos | 15 km

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.

  • Walking for the day: 15 km, 5-6 hours, ↑400 m ↓550 m
  • Accommodation: the seaside Dolphin Boutique Hotel or similar

Day 4: Loryma Bay Circular Walk | 14 km

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.

  • Walking for the day: 14 km, 5-6 hours, ↑350 m ↓350 m
  • Accommodation: the seaside Dolphin Boutique Hotel or similar

Day 5: Bahceli and Selimiye | 11 km

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.

  • Walking for the day: 11 km, 4 hours, ↑350 m ↓450 m
  • Accommodation: Akyaka Gümüş Konak boutique hotel or similar

Day 6: Bay of Gökova | 12 km

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.

  • Walking for the day: 12 km, 4-5 hours, ↑320 m ↓350 m
  • Accommodation: Akyaka Gümüş Konak boutique hotel or similar

Day 7: Mount Sakar | 11 km

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.

  • Walking for the day: 11 km, 5-6 hours, ↑950 m ↓800 m
  • Accommodation: Akyaka Gümüş Konak boutique hotel or similar

Day 8: Departure

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).

What to Expect

Accommodation

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. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

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Dolphin Boutique Hotel, Akyaka Gümüş Konak

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.

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.

Difficulty & terrain

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

Getting there

FCO up-to-date travel advice

By plane

Recommended arrival and departure airports: Dalaman or 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. Therefore, it is advisable that all party members arrive on the same flight or at least at a similar time.

Inclusions

Included

  • 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 phone assistance by our local office/representative

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers from/to airports other than Dalaman
  • Lunches on all days, dinners on Days 5-7
  • Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
  • Personal expenses
  • Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
  • Any items not explicitly listed as included

Options, extras & supplements

  • A supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
  • Private transfer from/to Antalya Airport
  • On request, we can provide a private guide (choose when booking).
  • Extra nights in Bozburun or Akyaka

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