Walking the Lycian Way, Kalkan, Turkey
Trek through the ancient region of Lycia following one of Turkey’s most spectacular coastal trails the Lycian Way.
Led by an expert walking guide we spend six days hiking along the famous Lycian Way staying in small villages en route.
We will trek through the foothills of the Taurus mountains, explore the Lycian ruins at Patara and look for signs of the loggerhead turtles which are protected on the 16 km sandy beach.
Dramatic views over the Turquoise coast as we walk along ancient paths and trails, stopping in remote villages en-route.
We see blankets of spring flowers and rare orchids, soft morning mists in the Taurus mountains.
We pass through pine, oak and juniper forests and climb on ancient paths to seemingly impassable valleys with high altitude pastures.
Highlights of the Lycian Way Walking Holidays
Magnificent, unspoilt coastal and mountain paths with breathtaking views of the Turquoise coast.
Visit the deserted Greek village of Kayakoy where Louis de Bernieres based his novel, Birds Without Wings.
Experienced walking guide with expert knowledge of village life and culture.
Fun and Games
Swimming in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean.
Spectacular ancient ruins, all to yourselves, including Patara’s Roman ruins, birthplace of St Nicholas and long golden beach.
Discover rural village life and be a guest in village houses.
Trek with like-minded people and make friends for life.
Rich biodiversity and rare endemic species e.g. orchids.
Accommodation, Meals and Porterage
Accommodation ranges from small comfortable hotels (some with swimming pools) to friendly village houses and trekkers lodges. We receive a warm welcome from local villagers and gain a real insight into rural life in this stunning region.
Traditional Turkish meals are a real highlight of the holiday. This region is known for the excellence of its local produce which is locally sourced, primarily organic and of a very high standard.
Your luggage will be taken each day and delivered to your accommodation to await your arrival on foot.
What's Included in your Walking Holiday
- 7 night’s accommodation in twin rooms as specified in itinerary (based on sharing -single rooms on request at a supplement).
- Breakfast each morning.
- Lunches – 2.
- Dinners – 6.
- Transfers from/to Dalaman airport (at set time).
- Expert walking guide.
- Porterage of bags.
- Entrance fees to Kayaköy and Patara.
- Transport during trip as specified.
- Flights: the nearest airport is Dalaman.
- Travel Insurance: It is essential for all guests to take out travel insurance for their trip.
- Private transfers: from the airport if you are not able to make the set transfer time.
- Extras: e.g. drinks, some lunches.
Walking Holidays Sample Itinerary
Below is a typical schedule of our walking holidays. The exact walks may vary slightly depending on the weather and the group’s interest.
The walks are graded as easy or moderate and the maximum altitude we walk to in 925m. The routes are all planned carefully and are led by trained guides who know the area very well. They have been leading treks in this area for over 20 years and have an expert knowledge of the flora and fauna of this stunning region.
We walk through the ancient province of Lycia and on some days join one of Turkey’s most spectacular coastal trails, the Lycian Way. We explore Patara’s Roman ruins (birthplace of Saint Nicholas) and the stunning golden sandy beach.
Typical daily schedule
Breakfast: 8.30 am – 9.30 am
Day Walk: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Free Time: 5.00 pm – 7.30 pm
Pre-Dinner Drinks: 7.30 pm
Dinner: 8.00 pm
A Typical Week
Day 1: Arrival Day
We will meet you at Dalaman airport and take you to Fethiye to a small hotel where you will meet your fellow walkers. Depending on flight arrival times, you can share an evening meal in a local, Turkish restaurant.
Day 2: Trek to Deserted Greek Village of Kayakoy
Climbing past the remains of the Castle of the Knights of St John, we pick up the ancient cobbled road that connects Fethiye (Old Name Meğri – Telmessos) and Kayaköy.
Continuing through the foothills of the Taurus mountains we descend for a welcome swim in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean before reaching the village of Kayaköy where we spend the night in a small hotel.
Dinner in hotel. (B, D)
Day 3: Trek to Faralya Along the Lycian Way
The trail takes us to the shoulders of Babadağ (Father Mountain 2000m) with magnificent views of Ölüdeniz lagoon and St Nicholas island.
Cresting the pass we trek through villages nestled under the summit of the mountain before descending to Faralya Village perched on the edge of the famous butterfly valley.
Overnight in comfortable trekkers lodge with swimming pool
Dinner in trekkers lodge (B, D)
Day 4: Trek to Gey Village
We hike through pine forests opening out to magnificent terraces with views over the Mediterranean to the distant islands.
Skirting above the pristine beach at Kabak village we climb on an ancient path to a seemingly impassable valley. Cresting to the ridge of Alınca, we can enjoy a glass of hot tea to soak up the vistas of the ‘seven capes’ spread out below.
We continue to the rustic village of Gey, perched on a headland of ancient terraces.
Overnight in friendly village house
Dinner in village house (B, L, D)
Day 5: Trek to Ancient Lycian Ruins and Beach at Patara via Ancient Site of Sidyma
Trek through stunning coastal scenery to the remote village of Bel where we stop for tea. Continue via the ancient site of Sidyma with its well preserved Roman and Byzantine tombs to Patara, birthplace of St Nicholas.
Overnight in small Pansiyon in Patara with dinner (B, L, D)
Day 6: Trek to Delikkemer
Hike through pine forest to the fascinating Roman engineering masterpiece of Delikkemer aqueduct, a reverse siphon system.
Explore ancient ruins at Patara including the Lycian Parliament building and amphitheatre.
Patara is home to many bird species and is the nesting ground of the endangered loggerhead turtle. Swim from Patara beach in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean sea.
Overnight in small pansiyon in Patara with dinner (B, D)
Day 7: Trek to Mt. Bozkaya and Overnight in Kas
We trek through pine, oak, juniper and then Lebanese Cedar forests, to Mount Bozkaya at 2050 m high.
Continue to Kas, a small friendly town to spend the final night of our Lycian odyssey.
Overnight in small hotel with swimming pool.
Dinner in main square in Kas. (B, L, D)
Day 8: Farewell to the Lycian Way and Turquoise Coast
After a leisurely breakfast we take you back to Dalaman airport for your flight home or onward journey.
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