Seven Capes Trek, Self-guided Tour (7 days)

This exciting trek follows the prettiest parts of Turkey’s first ever long-distance footpath – the Lycian Way. The route winds 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. You spend the night at tiny villages where grape vines wreathe the stone cottages.

The region south of Fethiye is known as the Seven Capes, a stunning coastline where steep hillsides drop abruptly into the sea. You start in Kayaköy close to the famous Ölüdeniz lagoon and follow well-preserved foot paths that meander along this coast, sometimes staying high above it in Faralya and Alınca; but also passing through tiny, secluded coves such as Kabak with white, sandy beaches that give ample opportunity for a swim. The tour ends at the impressive ruins of ancient 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

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 Dalaman to Kayaköy
Day 2-6: trek on Lycian Way
Day 7: Trek ends at Patara transfer to Dalaman

Grade
Grade B: medium trekking with daypack.

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 higher up on the slopes with amazing views across the sea.
We use a mix of accommodation types: village houses: In our village houses you will experience turkish village life at first hand. Located in lovely villages surrounded by trees and mountains or on the coast near lovely beaches, the owners will make you feel at home and part of the family and local community. In a village house you stay with families that have transformed their home to accommodate guests. They live there themselves and ensure you have a great time. The pensions/hotels are small, local, family-run and friendly places, run with a personal touch. The home cooked food allows you to sample the rich turkish cuisine.
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 abundant picnics, provided by the accommodations.

More Info About the Accommodation and Meals

On your first night you stay near Kayaköy- a famous abandoned Greek village, about which Louis de Bernières wrote his 2004 book “Birds Without Wings”. In the small eco-guesthouse 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 Babadağ (Father Mountain), you arrive in Faralya above the Butterfly Valley- a place with a breathtaking view across 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 (in the right time of the year). From the dining terrace you have amazing views to the sea and Butterfly valley below. In Alınca and Gey you 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 surrounded by an impressive landscape of stone built terraces. The daughter of the family is a great cook and evening meals are very tasty! In Patara, you 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 on the lovely terrace overlooking the pool.

 

Price:

475 € (euro) per person
Based on double/twin room occupancy (single room supplement on request.)

Included:

all transfers (also from/to airport Dalaman) and luggage transfers during the trekking (except for optional walk day 1); all accommodation; all meals: breakfasts, lunches (picnics) and dinners.

Excluded:

transfer on day 1 between Ölüdeniz and Kayaköy (by bus/taxi) for optional walk; soft drinks and alcoholic drinks during meals; tips; entrance fees to historical sites and museums.

 

Detailed Tour Programme

Day 1: flight to Dalaman and transfer to Kayaköy Upon your arrival you have a transfer to Kayaköy (1,5 hrs) for your check-in at the hotel. If time allows you can do the optional walk Kayaköy-Ölüdeniz walk (3hrs, 9km) The walk takes you right through the ruined greek village of Kayaköy. Once a thriving Greek village, Kayaköy has over one thousand houses, two churches, fourteen chapels, and two schools. It was completely deserted in 1923 when the Greek inhabitants living there had to move to Greece following the Turkish war of Independence. You then cross a green headland to arrive at the famous white beaches of Ölüdeniz lagoon where you may swim and relax. You can take the minibus from the beach back to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in guesthouse in Kayaköy

Day 2: Walk Ovacık-Faralya (5-6hrs, 14,5km) After a transfer to the beginning of the Lycian Way (15 mins) you start walking with spectacular views towards the sea as you 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) You walk along a forested path passing high above the cove of Kabak. You will climb up a beautiful old mule trail to Alınca al lthe 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) You walk along a spectacular coastline towards a pasture with an old Ottoman cistern. There you 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 you continue to Gey village partly along a quiet tarmac road. Dinner and overnight in village house in Gey.

Day 5: Walk Gey-Boğazıçı (5-hrs, 13km) You start from Gey and walk to ancient Sidyma where you can 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. You can have lunch in a lovely village house. After exploring the ruins you walk down to Boğazıçı from where a transfer takes you back to Gey. Dinner and overnight in village house in Gey.

Day 6: Walk Gey-Gavurağili (6-7hrs, 17km) You trek along a tiny goat path around a spectacular, secluded bay of Gemili to the village of Bel. After a short section of dirt road you arrive at Belceğiz and start your descent along the last of the Seven Capes following a steep rocky Roman road down to Gavurağili. You meet your transfer vehicle here at the agreed time and have a transfer to Patara. Patara is famous for its very long beach where the giant sea turtles, caretta caretta are known to come for laying 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: Walk Delikkemer-Patara (11km, 3hrs) After a short transfer you visit the remains of a 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. You walk back from the aquaduct to the ancient site of Patara partly following the course of the ancient waterpipes. You may 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 or simply relax on the beach.

Afternoon transfer to Dalaman airport (2 hrs).