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The Lycian Way along the Turquouise Coast (East)

€575 per person

The Lycian Way is one of the most famous long-distance hiking routes in the world. It is a 500-kilometer-long walking trail on the southern coast of Turkey between Fethiye and Antalya. It is a perfect mixture of the breathtaking nature of the Mediterranean coastline and the exploration of cultural heritage sites – the ancient Lycian cities. Imagine the dynamic combination of coastline trails, high peaks, relaxing days on the beach and exciting ancient ruins only the coast of Turkey can offer.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 Days I Tour Difficulty: 3 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Roadbook (itinerary description in English and detailed walking maps); accommodation in en-suite rooms in BBs and pensions (high category (boutique) for the area), 7x breakfasts, 1x dinner (Day 6); luggage and people transfers as per itinerary; emergency hotline; GPS track
  • What is not included
    Other meals and transfers, public bus/taxi rates, personal expenses;
  • Best period
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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Day 1. Arrival in Antalya
A private airport transfer from Antalya Airport to the city of Antalya. The city has a rich history that traces back to the 3rd century BC. The King of Pergamon, Attalos II Philadelphus handpicked the location for the city and named it after himself. Take the time to explore the old city with its charming cobblestone streets, a Turkish bath, lively bars, and restaurants. Your overnight is in a charming boutique hotel.
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Day 2. Tekirova - Ciralı (19km, 6hrs, +700m/-700m)
After a healthy breakfast, an organized transfer will take you to Tekirova which is the starting point of today’s section of the independent hiking route. The trail you will follow will take you from one secluded cove to the next as you advance towards Cirali admiring the imposing Mt. Olympos in the background. You will pass the curiously deserted chrome mine Maden Bay along the way. Reward yourself with a dip in the pool of your hotel in Cirali at the end of the day.
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Day 3. Optional short treks and sightseeing in Cirali/Olympos
Today you can opt to have a relaxing day on the beach or have a short steep trek to the Chimaera eternal flames natural phenomenon. You can also visit the mystical ancient heritage site of Olympus located in a forest just 3 kilometers away from Cirali.
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Day 4. Cirali - Adrasan (16km, 6hrs, +800m/-800m)
After a healthy breakfast, you follow the independent walking trail along the river and into the pristine forest around the ruins of the ancient city of Olympus. Continue ascending through the ancient city necropolis and alongside the curious red-barked Arbutus Andrachne, commonly known as Greek strawberry trees. Upon reaching the pass of Mt. Moses (Musa Dagi) you can choose to make a small detour and visit the ancient site of Phoenikos. Gradually descend following a playful stream to the stunningly beautiful Adrasan with its golden sand and citrus groves. This is where your next two overnights will be.
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Day 5. Choice of 3 optional walks around Adrasan (8km/10km/11km)
You will have three options for a self-guided hiking route around the beautiful Adrasan. Decide based on your preferences, neither route will disappoint.
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Day 6. Adrasan - Gelidonya - Melanippe (18km, 6hrs, +760m/-760m)
Today you will follow your independent walking itinerary through the magnificent intact peninsula of Gelidonya. The lighthouse you will visit today is one of the most photographed places in Lycia. Take the time to take pictures and contemplate the wonderful scenery. Continue walking around the cape and reach the gorgeous Melanippe cove, named after the mythical queen of the Amazons. An organized transfer will take you to the Beymelek Lagoon near Demre where your next overnight will be. Dinner tonight is included.
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Day 7. Kapakli- Istlada- Simena (9km, 3hrs, +150m/-275m)
This day is dedicated to some cultural tourism and history. Do not miss to visit the Church of St. Nicholas where the real historic figure that Santa Claus is based on was bishop in the 3rd Century AD. The neighboring site of Myra is also a fantastic heritage place to visit with its remarkably preserved Roman Theatre and many interesting Lycian tombs. If you have a more in depth interest, the Roman Harbour of Andriake with its Museum of Lycian Civilizations is definitely a must-see. It is located in the Granary built by the Roman emperor Hadrian. Once you are ready, an organized transfer will take you to the Kapakli village. From there, you will walk through the charming ancient heritage site of Istlada and be reunited with the beautiful Mediterranean Sea at the Kekova straits. Soon the Castle of Simena reveals its beautiful features making the last stages of today’s section of the self-guided hiking tour. Walking past ancient sarcophagi, you gradually descend to the amazingly picturesque village of Simena where your last beautifully-located accommodation on this independent walking route is located.
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Day 8. Departure (or extra night)
An organized transfer by boat will take you to the village of Ucagiz and then by car to Antalya or Dalaman Airport (based on your onward travel arrangements or extra nights).

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Price
575 Euro/person in twin/dbl room
Single/solo room supplement
Single room supplement: 265 Euro; Solo supplement (incl. sgl room supplement): 420 Euro;
Group size
Min. 1 person
Tips
Best travel period: April/May and September/October (summers are quite hot); The tour can be carried out all the year round; The walking is easy/moderate and primarily over undulating terrain, following dirt tracks, trails and backroads, odd beach and even stream crossings.
Accommodation
You stay all night in en-suite rooms. Most hotels have WiFi. Especially in the smaller settlements the accommodations we use involve the higher quality ones. You stay as follows (hotel names subject to availability; otherwise substitute hotels of the same standard will be provided): 1 night in Antalya (Hotel Minyon, BB); 2 nights in Cirali (Hotel Odile, BB); 2 nights in Adrasan (Hotel Papirus, BB); 1 night in Beymelek/Demre (Beymelek Stone Houses); 1 night in Simena (Ankh Pansion, BB).

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