Guided Walking Holiday on the Turquoise Coast of Turkey
Our eight day guided walking holiday in Turkey along the Turquoise coast allows you to explore rural village life, ancient sites, and the beautiful coastal and mountain scenery of this region.
Guided Day Hikes on our Walking Holiday in Turkey
With over 300 sunny days per year you are almost guaranteed to be walking in sunshine!
Based in the beautiful old harbour town of Kalkan we will take day hikes along the famous Lycian Way and Turquoise coast exploring the mountains, forests, ancient ruins and coastline of this region.
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 18km sandy beach at Patara.
We explore and discover the history of the region through archaeological sites, including Xanthos a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Patara birthplace of Saint Nicholas.
Highlights of the Turquoise Coast Walking Holiday
- Magnificent coastal and mountain scenery.
- Trekking along the Lycian Way through the foothills of the Taurus mountains.
- Experienced walking guide with expert knowledge of environment and culture.
- Swimming in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean.
- Spectacular ancient ruins to ourselves, including the World Heritage site at Xanthos.
- ½ day gullet boat trip to ancient sunken city of Kekova.
- Insight into rural village life, including lunch in village house.
- Opportunity for full days’ sea kayaking.
- Exceptional Ottoman and Turkish food.
- Like-minded people.
- Rich biodiversity and rare endemic species e.g. orchids.
Our philosophy on our Turkish walking holidays is to stay in the best places and to eat the best food that the region has to offer. We therefore stay in the delightful retreat of Villa Vanilla or in a small boutique hotel in Kalkan.
Swim in the pool or relax in the Mediterranean gardens with a beer after your day’s walking.
Each evening the group shares delicious Turkish and Mediterranean meals in specially selected local restaurants or under the stars at Villa Vanilla.
Non-participating partners welcome!
What's Included in your Walking Holiday
- 7 night’s luxury accommodation either in Villa Vanilla or a boutique hotel in Kalkan.
- Breakfast each morning.
- Lunches – 5.
- Dinners – 5.
- Transfers from/to Dalaman airport (at set time).
- Expert walking guide.
- ½ day gullet boat trip with lunch.
- Entrance fees to Patara National Park and ruins.
- Transport during trip as specified.
- Flights: the nearest airport to Kalkan 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, ice creams.
Accommodation and Travel
Our beautiful luxury villa is set in large Mediterranean gardens with olive, orange, lemon and pomegranate trees and colourful Mediterranean flowers. Find out more about the accommodation, meals and how to get there.
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 is 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 Villa Vanilla in Kalkan or a small boutique hotel nearby.
Meet fellow walkers.
Depending on flight arrival times we will share an evening meal.
Day 2: Trek to ancient ruins at Patara
Trek from Roman aqueduct to National Park at Patara. 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.
Opportunity to swim from Patara beach in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean sea.
Dinner in a local restaurant in Kalkan. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Trek to Phellos along Lycian Way
Walking through strawberry tree forests and past fossilised coral. Stunning views of Turquoise coast.
Hike to ancient tombs at Phellos.
Dinner at Villa Vanilla. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Day Trek in Taurus Mountains
Hike in the foothills of Mount Akdag through cedar, pine and juniper trees.
Lunch in village house. Continue trek in “Lycian Alps”.
Dinner in roof top restaurant. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Free Day
We can arrange a trip for you e.g. a days’ sea kayaking or a canoe trip on Xanthos river or paragliding. Or relax around pool or at beach. (B)
Day 6: Trek to World Heritage Site of Xanthos
Trek to Xanthos with opportunity of viewing chameleons and tortoises en-route.
Climb to reach the village of Bel and finish day with cup of tea outside in local village.
Dinner at Villa Vanilla. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Half-day Trek on Lycian Way and Bullet Boat Trip to Ancient Sunken City of Kekova
Trek along Lycian Way with stunning views of Turquoise coast and past unusual rock formations.
Gullet boat trip to sunken city of Kekova.
Lunch on board and swimming in Turquoise seas off the boat.
Dinner in harbour side restaurant (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.
If you have a late flight departure relax around the pool or last minute shopping in Kalkan.
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