From € 540.- / 7 days
Price per person based on minimum group size of 8
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Departure Dates: 11 April 2016, 22 April 2016, 02 May 2016, 07 Oct 2016, 21 Oct 2016
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Guided walking holiday
Board basis: Full board (all drinks extra)
From € 540.- / 7 days
Price per person based on minimum group size of 8
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
All other costs, including travel costs to the starting-point of this holiday.
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Lycian Way Trekking
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