This exciting trek follows the prettiest parts of Turkey’s first ever long-distance footpath – the Lycian Way. The route snakes its way over bare hillsides and through scented pine forests overlooking the blue Mediterranean. It dips down to wonderful hidden beaches where sparkling waves lap smooth sands. We spend the nights at tiny villages where grape vines wreathe the stone cottages. The trek descends to the ancient Lycian coastal fort of Pydnai and the three temples of Letoon, where French archaeologists are re-creating history. It ends at the impressive ruins of Patara, located near one of the finest and whitest beaches of Turkey.
- walk some of the most beautiful parts of the Lycian Way
- visit the remarkable ghost town of Kayaköy
- stay in charming, authentic accommodations with a tasty Turkish cuisine
- enjoy stunning sunsets from Faralya and thrilling views as you walk high above the coast
- discover the fascinating history of Lycia
- make fabulous walks through deep ravines, shady woods and highland plains
- meet welcoming, friendly people all along the route
2017 Departure Dates
9 April – 15 April
16 April – 22 April
23 April – 29 April
30 April – 6 May
17 September – 23 September
24 September – 30 September
- Tailor-made programs for guided groups and self-guided individuals on request.
- Day 1 : Transfer from Dalaman to Kayaköy
- Day 2-6 : Trek on Lycian Way
- Day 7 : Trek ends at Patara, transfer to Dalaman
Your 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.
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.
Accommodation and Meals
- Accommodation: During this tour, you’ll stay in places that make you feel good and safe in lovely villages surrounded by trees and mountains. We use a mix of accommodation types: 3 nights in village houses. The properties are run by friendly people who do their best to make you feel part of the family and the local community. 3 nights in hotel/pension: You stay in small, local, family-run and friendly hotels and pensions with a personal touch.
More Info About Accommodation
On the first night we stay near Kayaköy- a famous abandoned Greek village, about which Louis de Bernières wrote his 2004 book “Birds Without Wings”. In this small eco-hotel the traditional home cooked meals are delicious and served in a beautiful setting around the lovely large pool, or under the grapevines in the courtyard.
After the walk around Babadag (Father Mountain in Turkish), we stay in Faralya above the Butterfly Valley- a place with a breathtaking view of a deep canyon and the ocean below, a world away from the more crowded tourist centres. The rooms are free-standing cabins grouped around a modest pool set in a beautiful garden with many fruit trees from which you can help yourself to the fruits. From the dining terrace you have amazing views to the sea and Butterfly valley below.
In Alınca and Gey we stay in village houses, where the rooms are simple but clean, mostly with ensuite private bathrooms but sometimes with shared bathroom facilities. Many guests find these nights the most memorable of their trip! One of the houses is located at the edge of a cliff, overlooking the sea and the stunning sunsets from the high altitude of Alınca village. The other is right in the hearth of Gey village in an impressive landscape of stone built terraces. Here the daughter of the family is a great cook and evening meals are very tasty!
In Patara, we stay in a charming, family-run pension. Bekir, his father and mother will make you feel welcome and comfortable. The rooms are bright and tidy and mostly have a terrace or balcony. You will enjoy the delicious turkish cooking which uses lots of home grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. A complete turkish breakfast can be enjoyed in the lovely garden overlooking the pool.
- 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 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.
Grade B, with C options. Medium trekking with daypack. All luggage is transported to the next night’s stop. One Grade C optional half-day trek.
Price: 570 € per person.Based on double/twin room occupancy. Single room supplement on request. Minimum group size 8. For groups under 8 people, a surcharge of 75 € p.p. is added to the price.
Included: all transfers (also from/to airport Dalaman) and luggage transfers during the trekking, all accommodations, qualified guide, all transfers, all meals.
Excluded: soft drinks and alkoholic drinks during meals, tips, entrance fees to historical sites and museums.
Detailed Tour Programme
Day 1: On arrival at Dalaman airport you will be met by your driver and tour guide. We will transfer and check in at the hotel in Kayaköy. Welcome drink, briefing and dinner at the hotel. Depending on your flight arrival time, you can enjoy an optional walk from Kayaköy to Ölüdeniz (3hrs, 9km). About Kayaköy: once a thriving Greek village, this town of over one thousand houses, two churches, fourteen chapels, and two schools, was completely deserted in 1923 when the Greek inhabitants living there (along with a vast number of Greeks living throughout Turkey) had to Greece following the Turkish war of Independence. The walk crosses a green headland to arrive at the famous white beach of Ölüdeniz lagoon where we swim and relax before returning to the hotel.
Day 2: Walk Ovacık – Faralya (5-6hrs, 14,5km) We transfer to the beginning of the Lycian Way, and start walking with spectacular views as we climb the shoulder of Baba Dağı (Father mountain). You then descend to the small village of Faralya on the green slopes above the Butterfly valley. Dinner and overnight in pension in Faralya.
Day 3: Walk Faralya – Alınca (6-7hrs, 16km) We walk along a forested path passing high above the secluded cove of Kabak. We will have our picnic lunch in the forest and climb up a beautiful old mule trail to Alınca all the time enjoying spectacular views over Yedi Burun (Seven Capes). Dinner and overnight in village house in Alınca.
Day 4: Walk Alınca – Gey (3,5hrs, 11km) We walk along the spectacular coastline towards a pasture with an old Ottoman cistern. There we have the choice to descend along a stone cobbled trail to the secluded beach of Kalabantia; explore the ruins of the ancient harbour and swim in the crystal clear waters (adding another 5km and 2,5 hrs to the walk). After returning to the main trail we continue to Gey village partly along a quiet tarmac road. Dinner and overnight in village house in Gey.
Day 5: Walk Gey – Boğazıçı (5hrs, 13km) We start from Gey and walk to ancient Sidyma where we explore the ruins of this once huge city scattered around an inland valley and two hills. The village houses are constructed using ancient building blocks; inscriptions, tombs and city walls are visible. We will have our picnic lunch amongst the ruins and afterwards walk down to Boğazıçı village where we meet our vehicle and drive back for our overnight in the same village house in Gey.
Day 6: Walk Gey – Gavurağili (6-7 hrs, 17km) We trek along a tiny goat path around the spectacular, secluded bay of Gemili to the village of Bel. After a short section of dirt road we arrive at Belceğiz and start our descent along the last of the Seven Capes following a steep, rocky Roman road down to Gavurağili. We meet our transfer vehicle here and drive to Patara. Patara is famous for its very long beach where the giant sea turtles, caretta caretta come for laying their eggs. It was also the birthplace of st Nicholas, who became known as bishop of nearby (Myra) Demre. Dinner and overnight in pension in Patara.
Day 7: Delikkemer – Patara (3 hrs. 11 km) After a short transfer we visit the remains of an impressive Roman aqueduct spanning the ravine at Delikkemer. It formed part of a system that supplied water from high up in the mountains to the ancient city of Patara on the coast. We walk back from the aquaduct to the ancient site of Patara partly following the course of the ancient waterpipes. We explore the ruins of this important coastal city, where you can admire a theatre, bath complexes, temples and other remains of this once leading city of the Lycian Leage. The trek ends on day 7 with a transfer to Dalaman airport.