Saint Paul Trail – 8 days self-guided program

This continuous trek starts on the shores of lake Eğirdir and follows the eastern branch of the long distance walk from Antioch in Pisidia (Yalvaç) deep in the Taurus mountains to Perge near the coast. The trek allows you to immerse yourself in the way of life of the inhabitants of the old stone and timber villages along the route; you will often stay in village houses, see the local handcrafts, watch cheese and yoghurt making and enjoy the tasty village foods. The trip includes a visit to the major Roman city of Selge as well as many opportunities to look at bulbs and birds during the walks. Our trail follows beautiful sections of Roman roads and migration routes in use since Roman times (and perhaps even walked by st Paul himself!) in this spectacular area of forests, canyons, rivers and peaks.

Departure Dates
Available May – October

Itinerary
Day 1: Meeting at Antalya airport
Day 2-7: Trek on St. Paul trail
Day 8: Transfer to Antalya airport

Grade
Grade B: trekking averages 5/6 hrs per day with daypack (including breaks). All luggage is transported to the next night’s stop.

Equipment
Trekkers should have good quality hard soled trekking boots, rain gear, swim wear, sun hat, sun glasses 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
Accomodation: 6 nights in pensions, 1 night in hotel.
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 Accomodation and Meals

On your first night you are welcomed by Ibrahim in the pension in Eğirdir. It is situated right on theshore of the lake so you can enjoy the lovely views during your meals and swim from the small pebble beach after your walks. The pension is spread over 3 different buildings within a few steps from each other. The town hosts an interesting mosque and medresse (University from Selçuk times) as well as a regional market where you can taste local cheeses and fruits. Your next stop is in the mountain village of Kasımlar where you stay in a wooden chalet with rooms adjoining the house of Abdurrahman and his wife Serpil. They offer home-cooked food mostly from their own gardens that you share in the large living room at low tables on the ground. The traditional village has just one small bakkal (market) and a kahve (traditional teahouse) that you can visit. In Çaltepe your hosts Erdinç and his wife have created a stone cottage with several comfortable rooms facing a shared veranda. The surrounding gardens are filled with flowers and breakfast is served at a long table in its middle enjoying the views over the wide river plain. Your last overnight is spent in a pension right on the banks of the fast flowing Köprülü river. The rooms are spread over several wooden cabins around a large pool filled with river water. The restaurant has fresh fish on the menu.

 

 

Price:

590 € (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
-7 nights accommodation
-all meals (breakfast, picnic lunches, dinners)

Excluded:

-flights
-water, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks during meals
-1x dinner in Antalya
-tips
-optional rafting excursion (appr. 20 euro, to pay locally)
-entrance fees to historical sites and museums

 

Detailed Tour Programme

Day 1: Arrival Antalya – transfer to Eğirdir After your flight arrival we will transfer you to Eğirdir pension (ca. 2 hrs drive).

Dinner and overnight in friendly pension of knowledgeable owner and his helpful staff on the shores of the lake in Eğirdir.

Day 2: walk Sivri peak (8,5km / 4hrs / +505m / -515m) After an uphill transfer to Akpınar village (20 mins.) you walk to the Prostanna ruins and continue to the top of Sivri Hill (1800m.). You go back along the same route and enjoy a break in Akpınar at a cafe with lovely bird’s eye views across the lake. Transfer back to Eğirdir. In the afternoon you can visit the town and enjoy a visit to the local hamam.

Dinner and overnight in pension in Eğirdir.

Day 3: Sipahiler – Serpil (14,5km / 5hrs / +400m / -700m) Transfer from Eğirdir to Sipahiler (40mins) and walk on the St Paul trail to Serpil. Today’s walk goes over a pass in the forest then across spectacular limestone ridges and through indigenous oak forest, passing shepherds huts and grazing lands with the possibility to observe cattle and wild horses.

You meet with the transfer car in Serpil and drive back to the pension (20 mins).

Dinner and overnight in pension in Eğirdir.

Day 4: Saray Yolu Fountain – Adada – Sağrak (14km / 5hrs / +150m / -655m) Morning transfer from Eğirdir to Saray Yolu Fountain (45 mins. with luggage). You walk through a rural landscape with tiny hamlets, wild horses and age old trees to the ancient city of Adada where 3 major temples are still standing alongside the smallest ancient theatre in Anatolia. You then walk down along the ancient roman road where St. Paul actually walked to Sağrak village where you meet with the car for a transfer to Kasımlar and your pension (35 mins).

Dinner and overnight in traditional village-style pension, run by the hospitable Abdurrahman and his family in Kasımlar.

Day 5: Tota Pasture – Kasımlar (18km / 6hrs / +330m / -830m) Transfer from Kasımlar to the Tota pasture (20 mins).The walk takes you from this Tota pasture along a ridge top to the ruins of a Byzantine church. The descent is through the forest. You will explore the forest, which has miniature wild tulips and other bulbs and enjoy the spectacular views. The walk finishes in the pension in Kasımlar.

Dinner and overnight in pension in Kasımlar.

Day 6: Fındık – Kesme (14km / 6hrs / +710m / -390m) Transfer from Kasımlar to start of walk in the Fındık neighbourhood (10 mins. with luggage). The spectacular route starts at a bridge across the river and will take you over the rim of the canyon on old paved paths, down through mysterious rock formations passing rural huts, ancient ruins and meeting many goats along the way. You meet with the car in Kesme and transfer to the pension in Çaltepe (1hr).

Dinner and overnight in stone cottage pension surrounded by flowergardens with delicious food offered by the hosts in Çaltepe.

Day 7: Kestanelik (Kubuluk) – Selge (10,5km / 3hrs / +490m / -350m) You have a 20 mins. transfer to the start of the walk at Kestanelik (Kubuluk). Today’s walk is not that long so a leisurely start is possible. You follow an age old route, at times beautifully paved, through a dreamy landscape of dark forest and imaginative rock formations. You reach Selge ancient city where you will have time to explore the many ruins of this once huge city.

Afternoon transfer to pension on the banks of the Köprülü river (25 mins).

Dinner and overnight at riverside pension where you are surrounded by the river’s fresh waters and trout will most probably be on the menu in the Köprülü canyon.

Day 8: Köprülü canyon & departurespt_self_guided_8 You can enjoy an optional swimming or rafting excursion on the river (pay locally).

Depending on your program and flight you meet with the car for your transfer to Antalya (1hr 45mins).

Eddy Vogely Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Dear Deniz, Recently I returned from your self-guided trip on St Paul Trail. For me it was the first time that I made such a trip alone. I look back on a really nice week and a great experience. I have seen a very nice part of Turkey.

Every day it was a surprise what I had to expect, sometimes with finding the next red/white waymarks immediately, sometimes after looking around for a while. Different landscapes with woods, rocks, fields, nice views, flowers and very quiet and beautiful areas. I did not meet many people during the walks, but if I did, they were very friendly. The warning for dogs in the description was not necessary this time, I only met 2 at a distance but they were not interested in me.

The description of the daytours was ok but sometimes things were not very clear for me because I have a bad feeling of orientation. I was happy to have my gps with me. From time to time the red/white marks were not clear or had disappeared and were replaced by stacked stones, but finally I always found the right direction and was on the agreed time at the appointed place to pick me up. The pensions where good places to sleep, food was nice and the people were helpful. In Kasimlar communication was difficult because they only spoke turkish but it was a nice experience to have meals in the traditional turkish way.

Meetings at the end of each day were always as appointed, the driver on time and I myself arrived at the time as agreed. I am very satisfied with the choice of Middle Earth Travel and if in the future I have the chance again to make such a trip I will surely contact you.

With best regards,

Eddy Vogely