Pirates Coast Trek, Self-guided Tour (8 days)

This challenging short trek follows the highest and most rugged section of Turkey’s first ever long-distance footpath – the Lycian Way. The route snakes its way above the Mediterranean’s most dramatic coastline of “the Land of Light” Lycia, to the limestone peaks of Mount Olympos, soaring high above the glittering sea. It descends through shady wooded valleys along a 4-km beach past the ruins of the Lycian city of Olympos. It finishes at the spectacular isolated lighthouse on the ridge of Cape Gelidonia.

  • Walk the most mountainous sections of the Lycian Way
  • stare into the eternal burning flames of Chimaera
  • relax on the sandy beaches of Çıralı and Adrasan
  • stay in authentic village houses and friendly pensions
  • walk through cedar and pine forest
  • reach the isolated lighthouse on Cape Gelidonia
  • swim in the azure blue Mediterranean

Departure Dates
Best walking times: from april to early june and from september to late october
Starting day: any.
Tailormade programs for guided or self-guided tours on request.

Itinerary
Day 1: Transfer from Antalya to hotel in Göynük
Day 2-7: Lycian Way walks
Day 8: Transfer from Adrasan to Antalya

Grade
Grade C: medium trekking with daypack. Demands a bit of experience and fitness to tackle steep slopes and narrow, stony paths for up to 8 hours per day.

Equipment
Trekkers should have good quality hard soled trekking boots, raingear, swimwear, sunhat, sunglasses and sun cream and a 30-40 litre day sack. Walking sticks are recommended.

Luggage Transfers
You pack, we take care of the rest!
We transfer your luggage between the accommodations while you enjoy your walk. Our aim is to make your holiday more enjoyable. During the walks, you carry your daysack only.

Accommodation & Meals
Accommodation: During this tour, you’ll stay in a variety of places some in coastal areas with lovely beaches, others high up in the mountains surrounded by trees and pastures. We use a mix of accommodation types: 1 night in a village house (shared toilet facilities). The property is run by a friendly lady who ensures you feel part of the family and the local community. 6 nights in hotels/pensions: You stay in small, local, family-run and friendly hotels and pensions with a personal touch
Meals: 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. Lunches will be picnics, provided by the accommodations.

More Info About the Accommodation and Meals

On the first night you stay close to the entrance of the Göynük canyon in a hotel with swimming pool. After the next day’s long ascent you will be welcomed by mr Emin in his mountain hotel with large terraces from which to enjoy the vast views. Here you will savour the many tasty dishes that are offered during the rich dinner and breakfast. Your next stop is at the village house in Yayla-Kuzdere where you will be the guest of Sevim. As you enjoy her home-cooking you will learn about the local traditions and life-style in this high mountain village. After having mastered the high slopes of Mt. Tahtalı (Olympos) the coastal pension in Çıralı is your base for 2 nights. Here you can chill and enjoy the good food, while sleeping only a stone’s throw away from the amazing sandy beach and wonderful swimming waters of Çıralı. You will spent the final two nights in the next lovely bay along the stunning Lycian coast in a friendly pension in Adrasan. As you enjoy dinner on the terrace you see the Moses Mountain that you have scaled across the deep blue waters of the circular bay.

 

Price:

550 € (euro) p.p.
Prices are based on 2 persons sharing a double/twin room.
Single room supplement on request.

Included:

all transfers (also from/to Antalya) and luggage transfers during the trekking; all accommodation; all meals: breakfasts, lunches (picnics) and dinners.

Excluded:

soft drinks and alcoholic drinks during meals; tips; entrance fees to historical sites and museums.

 

Detailed Tour Programme

Day 1: Arrival On arrival at Antalya airport you will be met by the taxi driver who will transfer you (45 mins) to Göynük. Dinner and overnight in the hotel in Göynük.

Day 2: Walk Göynük – Göynük Yayla (17km / 6hrs / +1000m / -400m) After a short transfer from your hotel to Göynük you walk up the gorge over switchback ridges beneath pine trees, with excellent views to pastures and orchards, It is possible to swim where the river forms a nice pool in the canyon. You meet your transfer vehicle near a bridge (alt. 850m) from where you transfer to your hotel in Ovacık. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Ovacık.

Day 3: Walk Göynük Yayla – Yayla Kuzdere (16km / 5hrs /+460m / -525m) You transfer back to where you left the walk the previous day. Then you trek to Gedelme where you can explore a Roman castle. From there you walk up to the village of Yayla Kuzdere (alt. 900m) enjoying views of impressive Mount Tahtalı. Dinner and overnight in village house in Yayla Kuzdere.

 

Day 4: Walk Yayla Kuzdere – Beycik (15km / 6hrs / +990m / -1130m) 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). You climb the pass from here (alt. 1950m.) and then descend via a mule path to the village of Beycik (alt. 900m). You meet your transfer vehicle that takes you to Çıralı. Dinner and overnight in pension in Çıralı.

 

Day 5: Visit ancient Olympos and walk to Chimaera (Yanartaş) Today you can make an optional exploration of the ruins of ancient Olympos (total appr. 6km along the beach). You can swim and lie on the beach or do other activities as desired (eg. sea kayak). It is also a good idea to make a short evening 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 6: Walk Çıralı – Adrasan (16km / 6hrs / + 750m / -750m) You start directly from your pension in Çıralı and walk through the ancient city of Olympos and up Musa Dağ (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 forest, past deserted farmhouses to reach your accommodation in the beautiful bay of Adrasan.

Dinner and overnight in hotel in Adrasan.

Day 7: Adrasan – Gelidonia Lighthouse (18km / 7hrs / +700m / -700m) Again you start directly out of your hotel and walk via Kızıl Sırt (alt. 450m); a switchback route along cliffs overlooking the sea to the lighthouse at the tip of Cape Gelidonia (alt. 200m). You will have great views towards the islands all along the route which runs parallel to the sea at a high altitude. After arriving at the lighthouse you walk down to a dirt road to meet your transfer vehicle at the secluded cove of Melanippe for the transfer back to Adrasan. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Adrasan.

Day 8: Departure Transfer from Adrasan to Antalya airport (2 hrs). End of tour.


Hauke, Jennifer and Konstantin Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
photo_beymelek_hauke We had an absolutely terrific self-guided hiking holiday along the Lycian Way, organised by MiddleEarthTravel. Deniz did an amazing job putting together a bespoke trip for us, reflecting our choices regarding duration, length of daily hikes, and accommodations; and combining the best sections of the Lycian Way – coastal walkways with the waves literally lapping at your feet, paths meandering through forests, and high mountain trails dotted with ancient monasteries – to make for a superb overall trip. With the high-quality trail descriptions he provided, going without a guide was absolutely no problem. And the luggage transport and connecting transfers always worked perfectly without a hitch. One particular highlight were the pansiones he selected – each evening we were greeted with incredibly warm hospitality and delicious home-cooked Turkish food” Hope all is well with you!

Warm regards, Hauke, Jennifer and Konstantin