St Paul Trail - Turkey
Turkey, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £545 (land only) - from €655 (land only) - from $900 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Antalya. A single group transfer will be provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: We drive for a little over 1 hour to Aspendos, the official start of the St Paul's Trail. We have time to look around this ancient city which dates back to 1000 BC, and stretch our legs along the trail before continuing our transfer to Beskonak which we reach after a further hour of driving. Overnight in a simple pension.
Day 3: We follow in the footsteps of St Paul climbing on small paths through the spectacular Koprulu Canyon to the ancient city of Selge. After looking around the ruins which include a well preserved amphitheatre, we transfer back to our pension in Beskonak. Total walk distance: 9km. Total ascent: 1051m. Total descent: 304m.
Day 4: Returning this morning to selge, we walk the next stage of the trail on a mix of trails from farm tracks and shepherds paths to Roman roads. Our destination today is Caltepe which we reach in the late afternoon. Here we stay in a village guest house. Total walk distance: 12km. Total ascent: 619m. Total descent: 1083m.
Day 5: We begin with a 1 hour transfer to the village of Kesme where we resume our walk. We follow farm roads and open fields to a pass at Belsarnic and then descend to the village of Kasimlar where we check into a small pension. Total walk distance: 11km. Total ascent: 565m. Total descent: 874m.
Day 6: After a short transfer we start walking through the Tota Yaylasi Forrest Park. Our route contours Sarp Dagi and through the village of Yenikoy. Beyond the Roman ruins of Adada we walk a section of Roman road before rejoining the tour vehicle for the drive (1.5 hours) to Egirdir. Here we stay at a pension overlooking the lake. Total walk distance: 11km. Total ascent: 528m. Total descent: 824m.
Day 7: After breakfast we drive (1.5 hours) to the must-see ancient city of Sagalassos located at 1500 metres elevatuion in the Western Taurus mountains. We will spend a couple of hours walking around this incredible site and after lunch we continue our drive to Antalya (2 hours) where we check into our hotel. The evening is free to explore the attractive old town and harbour.
Day 8: We have a free day to further explore the old part of town or to enjoy the beach. There is a single group transfer to Antalya Airport in the evening, where KE Land Only package services end.
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.