St Paul Trail - Turkey
Turkey, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £595 (land only) - from €835 (land only) - from $980 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Antalya. A single group transfer will be provided. KE Land Only package begins with the overnight stay at the hotel. Depending on your arrival time you may want to explore the pretty harbour, ancient walls or beautiful old quarter of Kaleici.
Day 2: After breakfast and a briefing from our guide, we drive for little over an hour to Aspendos and the official start of the St Paul's Trail. We'll take time to look around this ancient city, dating back to 1000BC with it's superb theatre before stretching our legs along the trail. After hiking, we continue with an hour's transfer to Beskonak, where we overnight in a simple pension.
Day 3: Today we follow in St Paul's footsteps by climbing shepherd paths and sections of Roman road up to the sensational Koprulu Canyon. Next is Selge with it's atmospheric ruins nestled in the mountains. After exploroing the beautiful amphitheatre and crumbling city walls, we transfer back to our pension in Beskonak. Walk distance approx: 5-7hr, 9km, 1051m ascent & 304m descent.
Day 4: Today we pick up the next stage from Selge, walking through the Koprulu National Park with it's mature forest, cyprus trees and simple villages. Our afternoon includes a long descent on shepherd trails before transferring 15min to our simple guest house with pretty garden and warm welcome, which makes up for the lack of facilities. Walk distance approx: 7-9hr, 12km, 619m ascent & 1083 descent.
Day 5: Today we start with a spectacular drive through the national park offering sensational views. From Kesme we re-jon the St Paul's Trail, following farm trails and open fields upto a small pass at Belsarnic. We then descend on zig-zag trails through a rocky landscape to the village of Kasimlar, where we check into our pension. Walk distance approx: 6hr, 11km, 565m ascent & 874m descent.
Day 6: We transfer to the Tota Yaylasi Forrest Park and pick up the trail which crosses the flanks of Sarp Dagi (1025m), upto a large plateau. After visiting the extensive ruins at Adada, we walk a spectacular section of Roman road to round off the day's hiking. Egirdir and our pension by the lake is reached after a 1.30min transfer. Walk distance approx: 7-8hr, 11km, 528m ascent & 824m descent.
Day 7: A 1.30min drive takes us to the must-see ancient city of Sagalassos. Impressively located at 1500m in the Western Taurus mountains and initially dating back to 8000BC, we'll enjoy a couple of hours exploring this incredible location before lunch. An afternoon drive (2hr) takes us to our hotel in Antalya, leaving the evening free to explore this attractive walled town and its local restaurants.
Day 8: Today is left free to further explore Antalya at leisure or relax on the beach. The old town of Kaleici, the fluted minaret, Roman Harbour and Hadrian's Gate are some of the town's highlights. There is a single group transfer to Antalya Airport in the evening, where KE Land Only package ends.
GPS Trip Data
Click on the link below to view the detailed stats for this holiday via Garmin Connect. Tracked using a Garmin etrex20 you can see detailed mapping of the route, daily distances travelled, the total ascent and descent each day and maximum altitude.