The tour is designed for a week who would like to enjoy both the beauty of Lycian Way and the mysticism of Cappadocia.
Cappadocia is a geographical term rather than a province in Turkey. It is the volcanic land between the two great volcanoes, Mt. Hasan and Mt. Erciyes. The erosion of the “tuff” (volcanic ash) that is abundant in the area. Walking possibilities are endless in this area of cave lived valleys and surreal rock formations.
Christian period: The first communities started to form in Cappadocia as early as 60 A.D. And Cappadocia has become a refuge for the early Christians escaping Roman persecution. The last but not the least is the rich cultural traditions continue to live in the area among villagers despite the great amount of tourism going on.
The long-distance route, the Lycian way, links Lycian and Roman roads, Seljuk and Ottoman caravan routes, mule trails, goat paths and forestry tracks in a 509 km walk along the spectacular coast. The route passes through ruins of many ancient Lycian cities and visits the most worthwhile spots on the coast. And let’s not forget the richness of the nature with an abundance of spring flowers, orchids, pine and cedar forests, butterflies and birds.
Extended tours are available as well.
2017 Departure Dates
07 May – 13 May
Tailor-made programs for guided groups and self-guided individuals on request.
- Day 1 : Transfer from Nevsehir or Kayseri Airport to Goreme, Soğanlı village visit
- Day 2-3 : Trek on Cappadocia
- Day 4 : Regional Cappadocia Tour; fly to Antalya / Lycian Way
- Day 5-6 : Trek on Lycian Way
- Day 7 : Trek ends at Adrasan , transfer to Antalya -excursion program is avaible –
You pack. We take care of the rest.
We transfer your luggage between accommodations by car. Our aim is to make your holiday more enjoyable. During the walks, you walk with your day sack only.
Cappadocia has all sorts of hotels, from simple modern pensions to deluxe five-stars, but you can actually sleep in a cave room. Cave rooms also vary from simple but comfortable to elaborate cave suites with all the comforts.
On Lycian Way , you will stay in places that make you feel good and safe in lovely villages surrounded by trees and mountains. They are small, local, family-run and friendly hotels and pensions with a personal touch.
We love our cooking in Turkey. We believe it is one of the tastiest and healthiest cuisines of the world. During the tour, you will enjoy natural, regional and rich turkish food accompanied by freshly pressed fruit juices, turkish wine, beer or even raki- the famous aniseed spirit. Evening meals consist of a soup or salads, a main course and fruit or sweet for dessert.
On Lycian way lunches are picnics and trekkers are expected to carry some part of the food, but we don’t skimp on this: our packed lunches are wonderful and we include plentiful trail snacks such as dried fruits and nuts along the way.
All luggage is transported to the next night’s stop. One Grade C optional half-day trek.
- 720.- € per person.
- Including: all transfers and luggage transfers (also from/to Airports), accommodations, guide, meals and internal flight from Cappadocia to Antalya .
Excluding: soft drinks, beer, tips, entrance fees to historical sites and museums.
Minimum group size 8 and maximum 16 pax. For groups under 8 people, a surcharge of 75 € p.p. is required.
- Day 1 TRANSFER AND SOGANLI VISIT :
Meet in Kayseri Airport airport and drive to Soğanlı valley to get beautiful corner of Cappadocia; Soğanlı valley. Soğanlı valley which is not a much visited site will give an idea you about the typical Turkish village life. Christian monasteries located on the skirts of hills are unique for their wall paintings amongst all Cappadocia churches. Driving by the table-top volcanic mountains we get to the town Mustafapasa (old Sinasos) an ancient Greek town with its spectacular houses: very fine examples of late ethnic settlements and architecture. Lunch is in a restored village house with traditional Turkish hospitality.
- Day 2: ON TOP OF CAPPADOCIA
Optional: Hot-air Balloon in the morning
It is one of the favorite as it provided many great views and interesting learning opportunities for the churches carved within the caves. There is only one way to have whole view of Cappadocia, either fly with balloon or do for trekking up in Bozdag(1300 m). The only chance to have lunch in the valley in a beautiful cafe near by a chapel and hermitages. Beautiful paintings and tunnels are waiting for us.
This tour is an opportunity to break away from the classical trekking routes in the area; it’s for people who like heights. Our bus picks us from the Hotel and departs for Cavusin Village. After a short wander in the village, we ascend through the deserted houses to reach the little known church of John the Baptist, with its unique paintings. Our path continues to the summit of Bozdag Mountain where a panoramic view of the region awaits, including Uchisar, Goreme, Cavusin, Avanos, Ortahisar and Zelve open air museum. With the spectacular views of Mount Erciyes, we follow a smooth path over the plateau and descend for lunch in a small family run restaurant in Red valley. We visit the winery and the Grape church and start our afternoon walk in Rose Valley. We visit the pigeon houses and the Cross Church en route to the end of our walk in Goreme.
- Day 3: IHLARA VALLEY EXPLORATIN & UNDERGROUND CITY
We have a long day today, first is The Underground City, one of the wonders of Cappadocia. Settlement was dug as deep as of 5 layers below ground level and used for hiding for centuries. You will also experience being in one of the wonders of Cappadocia; underground city saving people from dangers, starvation, cold and enemies.
Then we have 1 hour drive to get Ihlara Valley , 13 km (10 mi) long gorge cut into volcanic rock. After a short tea break, we walk about 3.5 hours and a route visit some rock-cut churches. The walls in the valley carved with churches and some has really unique paintings inside. It is generally an easy walk, following the river. Willow and poplar trees will decorate your way with the beautiful birds gliding around after a late lunch at around 13.30, we visit a rock-cut mosque and a church next to each other which were cut into rocks.We continue walking by the river down to Selime town, and the walk ends nearby Selime Monastery. After visiting the monastery, we drive to a volcanic crater lake and stop for a quick swim. (seasonal opportunity)
- Day 4: REGIONAL CAPPADOCIA TOUR & FLY TO ANTALYA- LYCIAN WAY
Optional: Indulge in an Turkish hamam (traditional Turkish bath)
Today is exploring the well-known sites of region. Open-Air museum of Goreme which was a very important monastic settlement in the early Christian ages has number of churches hollowed out rocks and painted with wall paintings.
Pasabag is one of the most beautiful corners of the region with hermitages hollowed out volcanic tufa.
Looking at the rock formations in Devrent valley is like looking at the clouds. They seem the take the shape of whatever you imagine about them Lunch is in a local restaurant in the town of Avanos which is a pottery producing center since the ancient times.
In the afternoon we have an optional visit to a Turkish bath for relaxing and massage. Transfer to airport, fly to Antalya.
The hotel in the historical center of Kaleiçi in Antalya.
- Day 5 : WALK ON MOUNT OLYMPOS
(15km / 6hrs / +990m / -1130m)
We transfer to Yayla Kuzdere we start with a steady climb up a stream bed to the pastures of Çukur Yayla, just below Mount Olympos (Tahtalı Dağı). We climb the pass from here (alt. 1950m).
Then we descend via a mule path to the village of Beycik (alt. 900m) where we meet our transfer vehicle that takes us to our pension in Çıralı. Dinner and overnight in pension in Çıralı..
- Day 6: VISIT ANCIENT OLYMPOS and WALK TO CHIMAERA (YANARTAŞ)
After breakfast we make an optional exploration of the ruins of ancient Olympos (total appr. 6km along the beach). After lunch there is free time until dinner. You can swim and lie on the beach or do other activities as desired (eg. sea kayak). After dinner we make a short night walk to admire the eternal burning flames of Chimaera (natural gas coming from the bowels of the earth in the location called Yanartaş) in the dark.
Dinner and overnight in pension in Çıralı.
- Day 7: WALK ÇIRALI – ADRASAN
(16km / 6hrs / + 750m / -750m)
We start directly from our pension in Çıralı and walk through the ancient city of Olympos and up Musa Dağ (Moses Mountain) (alt. 650m). After having a picnic lunch near an old hut we descend through forest, past deserted farmhouses to reach our accommodation in the beautiful bay of Adrasan.
The trek ends on day 7 with a transfer to Antalya airport..
But what if you want to explore more ancient sites, absorb more culture or on the contrary simply enjoy and find more time for relaxation? Then we will design a excursion program for you, fitting your personal wishes and budget.