Lycian Way Trekking Plus

Guided walking holiday in Turkey

From € 540.- / 7 days

Price per person based on minimum group size of 8

  • One accommodation
  • Guided walking holiday
  • Mountainous peninsula with a coastal town along the Lycian way in Turkey
  • Group of walkers hiking down a rocky hill
  • panoramic view onto the Turkish town of Fethiye

The Lycian Way is rapidly becoming one of Turkey’s most popular routes for trekking enthusiasts. It already has the distinction of being listed by the Sunday Times as one of the top ten walks in the world. The 500-kilometre trail has a long history as a trading route but was opened as an official way-marked route for trekking in 1999

The Lycian Way follows a historic trade route, much of which is along coastal paths between Fethiye and Antalya, although it does head inland from time to time, passing through some of the best archaeological sites in the region as well as some traditional mountain villages and farming communities. The pathways, once used by traders with their beasts of burden, was the only way to carry merchandise to different settlements along the coast but even today, on rare occasions, a donkey or mule can still be seen negotiating the pathway.

Accommodation in Fethiye

You'll be staying at Sea Breeze Hotel close to the historic town of Fethiye and the beautiful Oludeniz Blue Lagoon. Sea Breeze is a stylish family run hotel that's perfect as a base for this walking holiday.

Living room in Lycian way hotel People at outdoors restaurant terrace Balcony in the evening overlooking swimming pool and mountains

The Ottoman style restaurant caters for all tastes, offering a wide range of European & Turkish cuisine. The hotel has a full bar as well as a comprehensive wine list.

In addition to two swimming pools the hotel has a gym, ideal for limbering up for the next walk.

You'll be staying in comfort in a range of room styles all with a private balcony either poolside or overlooking pool and mountains. Rooms have a double bed (or twin beds), flat screen TV with a choice of English language channels, mini bar, tea coffee making facilities, safe, telephone, desk, hairdryer, wireless internet & air conditioning.

Looking down towards the Mediterranean Sea from a steep mountain-side Small group of walkers cheering at high altitude - mountains and coastline in the background

Walking the Lycian way around Fethiye

The Lycian Way follows an historic trade route, much of which is along coastal paths between Fethiye and Antalya, although it does head inland from time to time, passing through some of the best archaeological sites in the region as well as some traditional mountain villages and farming communities. The pathways, once used by traders with their beasts of burden, was the only way to carry merchandise to different settlements along the coast but even today, on rare occasions, a donkey or mule can still be seen negotiating the pathway.

Sitting hiker overlooking green mountains and a bay Blue and pink coloured clouds at sunset

As long as you are fit and healthy, and have the appropriate clothing and equipment, walking the Lycian way will be a wonderful and memorable adventure. Each walking day is approximately 5-6 hours duration and on many walks you will have the chance to relax in the evening and have a massage, swim or Turkish bath, to help relieve any aches and pains.

All walks are graded 'medium' to 'difficult' in terms of physical exertion. All walks will include some hills, steep gradients, paths with loose shale and will require a level of agility. Appropriate footwear is essential and walking sticks or trekking poles are recommended.

Lycian Way walking holiday itinerary

A pair of walkers going along a track through a village Six walkers hiking down a mountain track along the Lycian Way

The itinerary below is subject to change due to adverse weather conditions and/or group fitness level at guide's discretion


Day 1: Fethiye – Kayakoy - Oludeniz - A great introduction to the area commencing at Amyntas rock tombs in Fethiye, fine examples of Lycian tombs carved into the rock face overlooking the harbour. From here we walk out of town and join up with a Roman paved road that leads us over the hill to Kaya village. Views over the valley to the deserted Greek Orthodox village on the opposite hillside make the climb worthwhile. We walk through the farmed valley bustling with village life to a cafe for lunch. Time to explore the many deserted houses and churches before continuing up over the hill to Oludeniz. Breathtaking views of crystal clear bays make for many photo opportunities with the finale view of the blue lagoon at Oludeniz. We walk down to the shores of the lagoon to meet our return vehicle.

  • Approx. 6 hrs trekking
  • Village restaurant lunch
  • Medium difficulty
  • Uneven paths with some loose scree and some steep ascents

Day 2: Ovacik – Kozagac – Faralya - Today we commence walking from the original starting point of the Lycian Way. We are immediately treated to views over Oludeniz and out over the Mediterranean while pine forest soon gives way to maquis as we ascend to the village of Kozagac. Evidence of goat herding along the way and the possibility of spotting soaring birds of prey - and soaring paragliders! Here we see the remains of a massive rockslide, a result of the 1957 earthquake. We continue through fields to the hamlet of Kirme and on via cobbled paths to the lush green village of Faralya, renowned locally for its tasty fruit and vegetables. Panoramic vistas abound on our return journey along the coast hugging road.

  • Approx. 6 hrs trekking
  • Village lunch
  • Medium difficulty
  • Long gradual ascent to Kozagac, path uneven

Day 3: Cavdir – Akbel - An early morning drive brings us to the village of Cavdir where we commence another section of the Lycian Way. Our route follows the remains of an ancient aqueduct through lush valleys and villages fed by spring waters. Olive groves, orchards and views out over Patara beach make for a very pleasant day of trekking and photography. We visit Kalkan for a tea break before transferring back to Sea Breeze.

  • Approx. 6 hrs trekking
  • Packed lunch
  • Easy to medium difficulty
  • Uneven paths with undergrowth

two walkers resting on top of a small old arched bridge made from large natural stones Small temple against a rocky mountain

Day 4: Kaya Peninsula: Afkule Monastry, Hach Beli, Turunc. - After breakfast a vehicle takes us to the head of the trail leading to Afkule monastery. A short trek takes us over a coastal hill down to the remains of the monastery said to have been built into the cliffs overlooking the entrance to the Gulf of Fethiye by a solitary monk. The setting is stunning and Rhodes can be seen from here on a clear day. After some exploring we return up the slope and trek through the forest to the ruined Byzantine church of Hach Beli, before following the trail to Turunc Pinar, with its freshwater springs and wonderful views. A glorious resting place before tackling the steep track to the beach. Here we will be collected by a boat and taken to Fethiye, where our vehicle and driver will be waiting.

  • Approx. 4 hrs 30 minutes trekking
  • Packed lunch
  • Track down to monastery and beach at Turunc steep and loose underfoot
  • Medium with some difficult places

Day 5: Alinca – Kabak - Faralya - Today’s trek commences at Alinca village, situated on the Lycian Way, perched on cliffs with the most incredible panoramas out over the Mediterranean. Sometimes walkers meet shepherds and their flocks. There are also opportunities to see beehives: later in the year honey is produced from the red pine trees in this area. This is a different world from the tourist resorts at sea level! Enjoy the breathtaking views before we commence winding down the coastal cliffs passing by several springs. Once reaching Kabak village we take a rest for lunch before walking parallel with the coast towards Faralya village where our transport waits.

  • Approx. 5 hrs trekking
  • Packed lunch
  • Steep, uneven track down to Kabak
  • Medium diffficulty

Day 6: Cadianda - We have an exciting walk ahead of us today from Uzumlu Village to the less touristic but ancient site of Cadianda. We may observe raptors, small birds and numerous plant species. We start in the back streets of Üzümlü and commence our climb via a forest track, passing by a shepherd's hut. We are soon greeted by panoramic views out over Fethiye and its bay before a steep climb up to the site of Cadianda. Inside the ancient Roman walls we have time to explore ancient water cisterns, the Stadium, a theatre, the Necropolis, Stoa and Agora. We find a spot for lunch before heading down to Hector’s Tomb. This is a fine example of a sarcophagus, cut from rock and decorated with reliefs. A winding track takes us back down to Uzumlu which is renowned for its attractive traditional loom weaving or Dastar.

  • Approx. 3 hrs 30 minutes trekking
  • Packed lunch
  • Steep, uneven track back down to Uzumlu
  • Medium diffficulty

What to bring on this trek

  • Good walking boots and a waterproof jacket are essential
  • Day pack of sufficient size to carry packed lunch, water and rain jacket
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen & hat
  • Swimming gear

Dates and availability

Sunset in the Mediterranean Sea seen from a high vantage point Four people walking side-by-side along a path through mountains

Departure Dates: 11 April 2016, 22 April 2016, 02 May 2016, 07 Oct 2016, 21 Oct 2016

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Holiday type

One accommodationGuided walking holiday
Guided walking holiday
Board basis: Full board (all drinks extra)

Price

From € 540.- / 7 days

Price per person based on minimum group size of 8

Included

Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Transfers to and from Dalaman Airport, All entrance fees, All transport to & from trekking locations, Guide, 1.5 litre bottled water/person & snacks during trekking, Single supplement rates on request

Not included

All other costs, including travel costs to the starting-point of this holiday.

Walking holiday reference

WH-GD-TKLW01


Walking grade

Walking holiday in low to high mountains
  • Low to high mountains
  • Moderate walking
Walking holiday in high mountains
  • High mountains
  • Moderate to challenging walking

Remarks

  • Tailor-made walking possible

Best time of the year

April, May and October


Walking Holiday by:

Lycian Way Trekking

Melissa Sidekli

www.lycianwaytrekking.com

Contact details

Languages spoken

English, Turkish

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