St Paul Trail - Turkey
Turkey, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £595 (land only) - from €835 (land only) - from $1,010 (land only)
Variety is the Spice of Life!
This charming pilgrimage trail, from Turkey's Turquoise Coast through the incredible Korprulu Canyon to Lake Egridir never fails to impress. Contrasting trekking, a wonderful variety of local accommodation and most meals included!
- A beautiful and varied walking holiday across central Turkey
- Off the beaten track trekking in the footsteps of pilgrims
- Hike through the stunning Koprulu Canyon and Taurus mountains
- Explore wonderful Roman ruins, historical sites and walled Antalya
- Stay in a traditional pension overlooking stunning Lake Egridir
The St Paul Trail is Turkey's second long distance footpath after the Lycian Way offering stunning scenery, contrasting trails, spectacular historical sites and a variety of traditional accommodation. Slightly easier but wilder and more varied than the Lycian Way, this is an excellent moderately-paced walking holiday following in the footsteps of St Paul. We start from the atmospheric ancient city of Aspendos before trekking over historical sections of Roman road and onto the Roman ruins and cities of Selge, Kesme and Adada, before crossing the rugged Taurus mountains to beautiful Lake Egridir in central Turkey. Staying in small comfortable pensions and simple village houses we experience continuously varied walking, from tracks through forests of cedar and oak to the spectacular Koprulu canyon eventually ending our trek in the pastoral beauty of the Egridir - Turkey's Lake District. This is an off the beaten track walking holiday, offering the opportunity to get away from it all in the Mediterranean sunshine and mountains.
Is this holiday for you?
The St Paul Trail is a recently established, waymarked path, which follows a mix of forest trails, dirt roads, rocky footpaths and even Roman paving. Underfoot conditions are generally very good on established tracks and footpaths but as to be expected from a trail through a karst landscape, there are several rocky sections requiring good footwear. On the section of the trail through the Koprulu Canyon some scrambling is required which is technically very easy but will involve some large steps where you use your hands for balance. We have opted to walk the Saint Paul Trail in this direction so that we climb up these rocky sections rather than down, which would be more difficult. This holiday picks out the best sections of the Saint Paul Trail so there are transfers on some days. Mostly these are at the beginning or end of the day but sometimes a short transfer in the middle of the day is required. All transfers are by private minibus. Generally we hike for 5 or 6 hours each day with stops to visit the various historical sites and other points of interest en route. There are no hotels along the route of the St Paul's Way and we stay throughout in small pensions and on one night we are guests in a village house. Our main luggage is transported each day between overnight stops during the holiday which means that group members will carry just a small day-sack during the walking. This holiday is suitable for anyone of average fitness who enjoys walking holidays