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The Lycian Way East

Overview

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. It descends through shady wooded valleys along a beautiful beach past the ruins of Olympos. 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. It finishes at the spectacular lighthouse on the ridge of Cape Gelidonia.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Antalya. Transfer to Göynük

Arrive at Antalya Airport and enjoy our complimentary transfer (45 minutes) to the guesthouse in Göynük. Or if you have booked extra nights in Antalya before the holiday, we can collect you from your hotel.

  • Accommodation: guesthouse in Göynük
  • Walking for the day: none

Day 2: Göynük – Göynük Yayla | 17 km

You walk uphill all day, starting at the Göynük gorge entrance and going over switchback ridges beneath pine trees, with excellent views to pastures and orchards; it is possible to swim where the river forms a beautiful pool in the canyon. You meet your transfer vehicle near a bridge (alt. 850m) from where you transfer to your hotel in Ovacık. Your destination is the mountain village of Ovacık, where you will have dinner and enjoy a magnificent view of the sea and the high mountains of Taurus from your hotel.

  • Accommodation: Gül Mountain Resort
  • Walking for the day: 17 km, 6 hours, ↑1200 m ↓500 m

Day 3: Göynük Yayla – Yayla Kuzdere | 16 km

You transfer back to where you left the walk the previous day. Then you trek along high mountain paths and tracks to the village of Gedelme, where you can explore a Roman castle. From there, you walk up to the mountain village of Yayla Kuzdere (alt. 900m), enjoying views of Mount Tahtalı. Dinner and overnight in Sevim’s village house in Yayla Kuzdere.

  • Accommodation: Pension in Yayla Kuzdere (wooden bungalow with private bathroom)
  • Walking for the day: 16 km, 5 hours, ↑460 m ↓530 m

Day 4: Yayla Kuzdere – Beycik (Optional climb of Mt Olympos) | 15 km

From Yayla Kuzdere you start with a steady climb up a stream bed to the pastures of Çukur Yayla, just below Mount Olympos (Tahtalı Dağı). Optional ascent of Mount Olympos. You climb the pass from Çukur Yayla (alt. 1950 m) through a forest of pines and impressive cedar trees and descend via a winding path through the lovely forest to the village of Beycik (alt. 900 m). Your transfer vehicle takes you to Çıralı (30 mins). Dinner and overnight at Emin Pension or Kiyı Pension in Çıralı.

Note: Day 4 can be changed to include an optional ascent of Mount Olympos (2365 m). In that case, you don’t descend to Beycik but climb from Yayla Kuzdere to the saddle and from there to the top. From the summit, you take the cable car to the lower station and transfer to Çıralı (cable car ticket c. 22 euro one-way pp not included, payable on-site).

  • Accommodation: guesthouse in Çıralı (Emin Pension or Kiyı Pension)
  • Walking for the day (standard route): 15 km, 6 hours, ↑1000 m ↓1130 m
  • Walking for the day (optional climb of Mt Olympos): 11 km, 6 hours, ↑1450 m ↓180 m

Day 5: Rest Day / The Eternal Flames of Chimaera

Today you can make an optional exploration of the ruins of the ancient Olympos (total appr. 6km along the beach). Walk to the “Burning stones” with their 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. Lunch not included. Dinner and overnight at the same pension in Çıralı.

Day 6: Çıralı – Adrasan | 20 km

You start directly from Çıralı and walk through the ancient city of Olympos and up Musa Dağı (Moses Mountain, alt. 650m). The climb is through dense forest with many strawberry trees and passes some minor ancient ruins. After having a picnic lunch near an old hut, you descend through a forest, past deserted farmhouses before you reach sea level and your accommodation in the beautiful bay of Adrasan.

  • Accommodation: Deniz Hotel in Adrasan or similar
  • Walking for the day: 20 km, 6-7 hours, ↑720 m ↓720 m

Day 7: Adrasan – Gelidonia Lighthouse | 18 km

Again you start directly out of your hotel, and the route leads south via Kızıl Sırt (alt. 450m) along a remote and isolated coast line. You follow a path parallel to the coast at a high altitude along cliffs and green slopes, overlooking the sea and enjoying great views towards some little islands. After arriving at the lighthouse at the tip of Cape Gelidonia (alt. 200m), you walk down to a dirt road to meet your transfer vehicle for the transfer back to Adrasan. Dinner and overnight in the same hotel in Adrasan.

  • Accommodation: Deniz Hotel in Adrasan or similar
  • Walking for the day: 18 km, 7 hours, ↑700 m ↓700 m

Day 8: Departure

Complimentary transfer to Antalya Airport. Or transfer to Antalya city and optional extra nights there.

What to Expect

Accommodation

Accommodation is in hand-picked and regularly monitored hotels and guesthouses offering various levels of comfort. During this tour, you’ll stay in places that make you feel good and safe in lovely villages surrounded by trees and mountains. You stay in small, local, family-run and friendly hotels and pensions with a personal touch. The properties are run by friendly people who make you feel part of the family and the local community. Six of the overnights are in private en-suite rooms, and one is in a village house with shared facilities. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

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Emin PensionKiyı Pension, Deniz Hotel

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 the exact accommodation details upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast and dinners are always included, as well as four picnic lunches. During the tour, you will enjoy natural, regional and rich Turkish food. Evening meals consist of soup or salads, a main course and fruit or sweet for dessert. Lunches will be picnics. Our packed lunches are wonderful, and we include plentiful trail snacks such as dried fruits and nuts.

Difficulty & terrain

This holiday is suitable for walkers of good fitness. You will walk 6-7 hours per day on average. Some days include optional longer walks (read more about difficulty grades). The terrain is varying from steep rocky footpaths to cobbled paths. The optional ascent of Mount Olympos is over scree and involves some light scrambling. 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 April and the middle of June and September till the end of 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.

Getting there

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By plane

Our recommended airport for this tour is Antalya (complimentary airport transfers from/to it are included).

Inclusions

Included

  • Detailed holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions and road notes; maps with daily routes and optional hikes marked
  • Six nights in nice 2 and 3-star quality hotels and guesthouses (private en-suite rooms) & One night in a pension in Yayla Kuzdere (wooden bungalow with private bathroom)
  • Seven breakfasts
  • Seven dinners
  • Four packed lunches
  • Luggage transport to next hotel
  • Transfers to/from Antalya airport
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative

Excluded

  • Flights
  • 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)
  • Extra nights Antalya (Atelya Art Hotel or similar) including additional airport transfers
  • On request, we can provide a private guide.

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Rating

     

Average rating:  4.8 stars  from 5 reviews

Jane M5 stars

It was a lovely trip, well-organized and in a gorgeous area.

Kayleigh Stewart5 stars

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.

Joanna5 stars

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.

Joanna5 stars

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.

Oliver Atkinson4 stars

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.

Dear Oliver, we are glad that you enjoyed your holiday overall. We have taken into account your and other travellers' comments and as of 2019/2020 we have completely reworked the itinerary to include more demanding (and picturesque) walks. Thank you for your feedback.-The Natural Adventure Team