Two Weeks Lycian Trek

This trek follows a large section of Turkey’s first ever long-distance footpath – the Lycian Way. The famous 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 to the spectacular isolated lighthouse on the ridge of Cape Gelidonia. The trek continues on coastal paths around the sheltered harbour and tiny islands of Simena and Kekova lagoon, famous for the underwater ruins of the Sunken City that can be visited by boat. At the charming coastal village of Kaş the tour ends with a day full of activities at sea be it a boat tour, diving or swimming.

  • walk some mountainous sections of the Lycian Way around mt. Olympos
  • relax on the sandy beaches of Çıralı
  • hike through untouched cedar and pine forests
  • reach the isolated lighthouse at Cape Gelidonia
  • sail above the Sunken City of Kekova lagoon
  • swim in the azure blue Mediterranean

Departure Date for 2018

6 May – 19 May
other dates on request

  • Tailormade programs for guided and self-guided tours on request
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    Itinerary

    • Day 1: Transfer from Antalya airport to hotel in Antalya
    • Day 2-13: Trek from Göynük to Kaş along the Lycian Way (free day in Çıralı/Olympos)
    • Day 14: Transfer from Kaş to Antalya

    Grade

    Grade B/C: Medium trekking with daypack. Grade B means you will be on trek for 4-6 hours per day, the paths have some loose stone and occasional steep ascents. Grade C demands a bit of experience and fitness to tackle steep slopes and narrow, stony paths for up to 8 hours per day.

    Equipment

    Customers should have good quality hard soled trekking boots, raingear, swimwear, sunhat and sunblock, and a 30-40 litre daysack. 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 and 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 hotels/pensions and village houses. 13 nights in hotels/pensions: you stay in small, local, family-run and friendly hotels and pensions with a personal touch. 1 night in a village house (shared toilet facilities).
    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.

    More Info About the Accommodation

    In Antalya we stay in a traditional hotel with a cozy courtyard with splash pool in the heart of the old city from where we can explore Kaleiçi on foot. After the long descent of our first day’s walk we stay close to the entrance of the Göynük canyon in a hotel with swimming pool. On the next night we will be welcomed by mr Emin in his upland hotel with large terraces from which to enjoy the vast mountain views. We will savour the many tasty dishes that are offered during the rich dinner and breakfast. Our next stop is at the village house in Yayla-Kuzdere where we will be the guest of Sevim. As we enjoy her home-cooking we 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 our base for 2 nights. Here we 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. We will spent the next two nights in a friendly hotel in Adrasan; the next lovely bay along the stunning Lycian coast. As you enjoy dinner on the terrace you see the Moses Mountain that you have just scaled across the deep blue waters of the circular bay.

    The pension in Simena can only be reached on foot or by boat. It is ideal for a peaceful stay emerged in nature. You wake up to hear the waves lap at your seafront terrace. The delicious breakfast consists of regional products.

    In Kaş you can enjoy breakfast from the hotel’s panoramic roof terrace overlooking the small coastal town’s bustling streets and the greek island of Kastellorizo in the azure blue sea opposite.

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    Price

    • 8-9 pax: 980 euro person
    • 10-11 pax: 890 euro per person
    • 12 pax and more: 810 euro per person

    Included: all transfers and luggage transfers (also from/to Antalya airport); all accommodation; all meals (breakfast, picnic and dinner, except 1x dinner in Kaş); guide; transfer vehicle plus driver and fuel.

    Excluded: 1x dinner in Kaş; soft drinks and alkoholic drinks during meals; tips; entrance fees to historical sites and museums; ferryboat ticket at end of walk on day 12.

    Detailed Tour Programme

    Tour Programme

    Day 1 Arrival: On arrival at Antalya airport you will be met by your driver and tour guide. Transfer to the hotel in Kaleiçi, the historical city centre of Antalya (30 mins). You are surrounded by old mansions, hamams and mosques in the small medieval city centre. Dinner in local restaurant and overnight in hotel in Kaleiçi, Antalya.

    Day 2: Walk Hisarçandır – Göynük (6hrs, 16km) We have an early transfer from Antalya to the beginning point of the walk (1hr 15mins). Our walk starts through the Hisarcandir traverse with beautiful forest of pine and cedar and several viewpoints towards Antalya and even the Toros mountain chain in the distance. The walk is mostly downhill and leads down to the bottom of the canyon at Göynük from where we have a short transfer to our hotel. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Göynük.

    Day 3: walk Göynük – Göynük Yayla (6hrs, 17km) We drive from our hotel to the Göynük canyon and walk uphill all day starting at the gorge entrance and going over switchback ridges underneath green pine trees. We will enjoy excellent views to pastures and orchards. It is possible to swim where the river forms a nice pool near our lunch spot. After our climb we meet our vehicle near a bridge (alt. 850m) for a short transfer to our hotel in Ovacık. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Ovacık.

    Day 4: walk Göynük Yayla – Yayla Kuzdere (5hrs, 16km) We transfer back to where we left the walk the previous day. We trek along high mountain paths and tracks to the village of Gedelme and have lunch at a local restaurant. We will explore the ruins of a Roman castle nearby before walking up to the mountain village of Yayla Kuzdere (alt. 900m) facing the slopes of mt. Olympos. Dinner and overnight in village house in Yayla Kuzdere.

    Day 5: walk Yayla Kuzdere – Beycik (6hrs, 15km) From Yayla Kuzdere we start with a steady climb up a streambed to the green pastures surrounded by grey coloured rock outcrops of Çukur Yayla, just below Mount Olympos (Tahtalı Dağı). We climb the pass from here (alt. 1950m) through the forest of pines and impressive cedar trees. The descend is via a winding mule path through lovely forest to the village of Beycik (alt. 900m) where we meet our transfer vehicle that will take us to Çıralı. Dinner and overnight in pension in Çıralı.

    Day 6: relaxing day around Çıralı. After breakfast we make an optional exploration of the ruins of Olympos (total appr. 6km along the beach). This ancient city, which gets its name from its view of Mount Olympos, was built on the banks of a wide river flowing into the sea near Çıralı adjoining a long, sandy beach. It once was a hide out for pirates and amongst its ruins are tombs, temples, churches and palaces all hidden between lush vegetation. You can swim and lie on the beach or do some other activities (eg. sea kayak) during the free afternoon. In the evening we make a short night walk to admire the eternal burning flames of Chimaera in the dark. A natural gas coming from the bowels of the earth gives this place its Turkish name of Burning Stone; Yanartaş). Dinner and overnight in pension in Çıralı.

    Day 7: walk Çırali – Adrasan (6hrs, 16km) We start directly from our pension in Çıralı and walk through the ancient city of Olympos and up Musa Dağ (Moses Mountain). 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 we descend through forest, past deserted farmhouses enjoying the wide views over the large valley of Adrasan before we reach sea level and our accommodation in the beautiful bay. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Adrasan.

    Day 8: walk Adrasan – Gelidonia lighthouse (7hrs, 18km) The walk starts directly out of the hotel and leads south via Kızıl Sırt (alt. 450m) along a very remote and isolated coastline. We follow a switchback foot path parallel to the sea at a high altitude along cliffs and green slopes, overlooking the sea and enjoying great views towards some little islands. After arriving at the lighthouse at the tip of Cape Gelidonia we walk down to a dirt road to meet our vehicle that will transfer us back to Adrasan. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Adrasan.

    Day 9: walk Kapaklı – Simena (3,5hrs, 9km) We transfer from Adrasan to Kapaklı from where we walk parallel to the coast via rocky pastures and a small inlet suitable for a swimming break, before crossing open fields towards Simena. We climb past impressive ancient Lycian tombs to the medieval castle which dominates this remarkable harbour town. The houses are built between the ruins of the old city and it can only be reached on foot or by boat thus retaining a lot of its charms. Our pension is situated right on the shore with lovely views across the Kekova lagoon, also known as the Sunken City. Dinner and overnight in pension in Simena.

    Day 10: walk Kılıçlı (Apollonia) – Aperlai (5hrs, 12km) We transfer to the village of Kılıçlı (10 mins.) from where we climb to Apollonia to explore the ruins of yet another ancient Lycian city. We descend over mule paths to the seaside ruins of the Lycian harbour town Aperlai. After a swimming break and a short coastal walk we will be collected by boat. We enjoy a short cruise over the Sunken City with a late lunch on board before returning to our pension in Simena. Dinner and overnight in pension in Simena.

    Day 11: walk Boğazcık – Okçuöldüğü (4,5hrs, 12km) We transfer to the village of Boğazcık from where we walk past Roman watch towers to the beach. After a swimming break we continue our seaside walk to a beach called Üzüm Iskelesi. We continue walking along the rocky coast until we reach the hamlet of Okçuöldüğü from where we have a transfer to Kaş (30 mins.). Dinner in local restaurant and overnight in hotel in Kaş.

    Day 12: walk Okçuöldüğü – Liman Ağızı (Kaş) (3hrs, 8km) We transfer back to Okçuöldüğü from where we enjoy a short walk on coastal paths with many opportunities for swimming breaks. We have lunch at a restaurant in Liman Ağızı where our walk ends. After relaxing there we take a boat to cross over to the harbour town of Kaş (pay locally). Overnight in hotel in Kaş. Dinner not included.

    Day 13: Free day in Kaş There will be ample opportunity for optional sea activites such as diving, canoeing, paragliding or just some souvenir shopping, swimming and relaxing. We enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant and our last overnight in the hotel in Kaş.

    Day 14: Departure day The tour ends with a transfer from Kaş to Antalya airport (3,5 hrs).


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    Trish and Nigel Wednesday, May 6th, 2016
    Trish_and_Nigel_2016 Teşekkür ederiz Deniz and Els for your brilliant organisation for our walk along the Lycian Way!

    The communication about this tour at all times was clear, precise and responsive to our requests. We decided to combine the Seven Capes walk with The Pirates Coast walk and this was accomplished perfectly with the appropriate length of days walking and the number of rest days. We were both impressed by the choices for the accommodation which were varied in style and settings, but distinguished by wonderful hospitality and good food.

    The walk notes that we were given were accurate and detailed so we were never confused. All the transfers worked seemlessly and the drivers were magnificent, friendly and attentive. Thank you to Mehmet in particular.

    Compared to all the other companies that we looked at, Middle Earth Travel provided the best value for money, flexibility and variety of accommodation.

    A truly wonderful experience, and thank you Deniz for making it happen!”

    Best regards, Trish and Nigel

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