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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 7 nights simple hotels and pensions
Meals
  • 5 Dinners
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$920USD

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Overview

Trip Code: LYW

Trip highlights


  • Walk coastal and mountain paths with stunning scenery
  • Discover small villages and superb Turkish cuisine
  • Visit the abandoned village of Kayakoy
  • Experience genuine cultural exchange with the local people

Between Fethiye and Antalya along Southern Turkey's Tekke Peninsula, or Lycia as it is historically known, is one of the country's first waymarked trails, the 509km Lycian Way. This mountainous route encompasses spectacular coastal views, archaeological treasures dating back to the 8th Century BCE and interesting villages with their unique Lycian flavour. During a series of day walks it is possible to discover sections of the route with well preserved Greek and Roman cities and a Lycian necropolis lost in vegetation. Traverse rugged mountain trails to meet the gracious local people, sample culinary specialties and swim in the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Trip Grading

moderate

More info about grading system

On arrival at Dalaman Airport you will be met and transferred to Kayakoy, originally named “Karmilassos”; described by the UNESCO as a world friendship and peace village. Here you will spend the night in a lovely and charming small hotel/pension. Transfer time: 1 hr; transfer distance: 60 km

Meals:  Nil

In the morning your first trek takes you to the ruins of the old Greek village of Karmilassos, given up at the end of the World War I. Today this timeless place, set in a lush valley surrounded by forests and with some vineyards nearby, is known as a kind of ghost town. You will walk through its empty streets, along its ruined stone houses and can take time to visit one of its churches, whilst enjoying the village’s air of mystery and surreal atmosphere. Afterwards a forest path, with splendid panoramic views to the turquoise water , leads you directly down to Oludeniz lagoon, one of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean. The amazing lagoon with its secluded sandy bay is a national nature reserve; famous for its shades of turquoise and aquamarine, Oludeniz is an official blue flag beach and frequently rated among the top five beaches in the world by travellers and tourism journals alike. You can spend the afternoon at the beach, before continuing to your accommodation in Hisaronu/Ovacik village. Your accommodation is 3 km from the beach; you can walk this part along the main road, or take a ‘Dolmush’ (small public village bus), usually departs until 18:00 h every 30 minutes from the beach to Hisaronu/Ovacik village. The village itself is located in the countryside and known as one of the liveliest resorts in the area, famous for its cool breezes and beautiful mountain views. Here you spend the night in a small family run hotel. walking distance: 6 km; ascent: 193m; descent: 335m;

Meals:  B

After breakfast you will start your walk directly from your overnight accommodation; an asphalt road takes you to the trailhead point of the Lycian way. From the south foot of Babadag Mountain (1.969m) you walk along the coastal side and follow a small path with a beautiful panoramic view over the deep blue bay of Oludeniz. Your walk takes you along sheep camps to some small and authentic villages of the Mediterranean area. Over stabilized gravel roads you pass small Kozagac village and continue your walk to Kirme, where you pick up a small walking path again leading you to beautiful Faralya village, where you spend the night at a nice family run pension. walking distance: 13.2 km; ascent: 556m; descent: 573m

Meals:  B,D

This morning you begin your walk near Faralya village where you enter into a small walking path which takes you, after a small climb, to a magnificent panoramic view over Butterfly valley, a large canyon considered to be one of the most picturesque places along the Lycian coast. On small paths you continue your walk whilst enjoying the beautiful views to the coast and bays around. In the early afternoon you will reach Aktas beach where it is possible to take time for lunch and a swim. Afterwards continue to Kabak village where a vehicle picks you up to transfer you back to Faralya where you spend the night. walking distance: 9.5 km; ascent: 427m; descent: 535m Transfer time: 15 - 20 min.; transfer distance: 7 km; (Kabak village – Faralya)

Meals:  B,D

In the morning a short transfer takes you back to Kabak village where another fabulous day of walking awaits you. A steep route takes you over old shepherd trails, along the slopes of Kabak and with spectacular views over the seven capes, to Alinca village. The beautiful village of Alinca sits perched on the slopes above sheer cliffs with amazing views to the turquoise and blue Mediterranean Sea down below. Here you will spend the night in a small local village guesthouse. walking distance: 9.1 km; ascent: 755m; descent: 274m Transfer time: 15 - 20 min.; transfer distance: 7 km; (Faralya - Kabak village)

Meals:  B,D

After breakfast you will take the asphalted road out of the village. Throughout your walk you will pass high above beautiful bays of this spectacular coastline, walk past oak trees and an old cistern; pass pine forests and fenced olive groves. At the end of your trek you arrive in Gey village, perched on a headland of ancient terraces. You spend the night at the village in a small family run village guesthouse. walking distance: 8.7 km; ascent:353m; descent: 463m

Meals:  B,D

Today’s route takes you from Gey village to Gavuragli via Bel, also known and described on way markers as Belcegiz. You first walk in a south-east direction, past the village of Bel and continue from there for a short while on a gravel walking path. Afterwards you reach an area with a long descent on rocky slopes to Gavuragli. The view around and to the blue Mediterranean Sea down below is breath taking. At the end of your trek a vehicle picks you up in Gavuragli (between 3-4pm) and transfers you to your overnight accommodation in Gelemis/Patara village. Here you spend your final night in a small and charming family run pension. walking distance: 13.5 km; ascent: 533m; descent:1.033m Transfer time: 1hr; transfer distance: 40 km; (Gavuragli –Gelemis/Patara village)

Meals:  B,D

After breakfast, transfer to Dalaman airport where the trip concludes. Transfer time: 1.5 hrs; Transfer distance: 115 km (Gelemis/Patara– Dalaman airport)

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D) - Breakfast is Turkish style and will generally include cheese (feta and local yellow cheese), olives, eggs, cucumber, tomatoes, jam, honey, bread, tea or coffee, fruits. Dinner is a fixed menu; soup or hot and cold appetisers with fresh baked bread, main course (usually kebab varieties), salad, and dessert (fruits or baklava).
  • 7 nights accommodation in simple hotels and pensions on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Private transfers as described in the itinerary
  • Walking guide: The Lycian Way, by Kate Clow (one per room booked)
  • Basic accompanying maps and directions
  • Luggage transfer (one bag per person)

  • Travel to and from Dalaman
  • Meals not indicated above – allow approx. EUR40 - At lunch you can go to a local restaurant where a fixed menu generally includes soup or hot and cold appetisers with fresh baked bread, main course (usually kebab varieties), salad, and dessert (fruits or baklava). Other styles of lunch include dining at a family run restaurant to have Turkish Pide bread or Gozleme (a pancake with cheese or potatoes or spinach) or Turkish Ravioli. Alternatively, basic supplies can be purchased in villages for a picnic.
  • All entrance fees for historical and natural sites (allow EUR 35)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Storage of excess luggage
  • Transfers not part of the trip arrangement
  • Travel insurance

Grading

moderate  

The walking is moderate (3) grade with daily walks of around 3-7 hours and distances of 6km to 13.5km daily with ascents of up to 750m. There are some steep sections over loose trails during the walk and such sections of the trail require care. The accent is on keeping a steady pace to with time to stop and take photos (subject to weather conditions). You will need a reasonable level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure.


Departure dates

Daily from 1 Feb to 31 May & 1 Sep to 30 Nov

Notes

DN1
We do not recommend this trip for solo travellers. Please contact our team for alternative tour suggestions.

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Total Priceper person from

$920USD

Options & Supplements*
  • single supplementUSD$270
*Prices listed are per person

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