St Paul Trail - Turkey
Turkey, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £595 (land only) - from €715 (land only) - from $980 (land only)
The Graeco-Roman city of Sagalassos
As well as the sites of antiquity along the route of the Saint Paul Way, we also visit Sagalassos, possibly the best preserved ancient city in the Mediterranean
- A wonderfully varied walk across central Turkey
- Trekking in the footsteps of St Paul through Central Turkey
- Walking in the Koprulu Canyon through the Taurus mountains
- The Roman sites of Aspendos, Selge, Kesme and Adada
- Lake Egridir and the ancient city of Sagalassos
The St Paul Trail is Turkey's second long distance footpath after the Lycian Way. 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 as he brought the message of Christianity to the Greco-Roman world. Starting from the ancient city of Aspendos, our walk along the St Paul Trail takes us over sections of Roman road and visits the remains of Roman cities at Selge, Kesme and Adada as it crosses the Taurus mountains to Lake Egridir in central Turkey. Staying in small comfortable pensions and village houses and with continuously varied walking, from tracks through forests of cedar and oak to the spectacular Koprulu canyon and ending in the pastoral beauty of the Egridir's Lake District, this is a walking holiday to get away from it all in the Mediterranean sunshine.
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