Best of the Lycian Way - Turkey's Coastal Trek
Turkey, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £695 (land only) - from €835 (land only) - from $1,145 (land only)
- Exploring the beautiful Turquoise Coast of Turkey
- The spectacular bay of Oludeniz
- The coastal walk to Gelidonia Lighthouse
- Boat trip to deserted beaches
- A relaxing adventure walking holiday.
Bathed by the blue waters of the Mediterranean, the Lycian Peninsula is a part of Turkey's Turquoise Coast, a region famous for its wonderfully rugged scenery, friendly people and great archaeological interest. From our rendezvous in Antalya, we first head west to enjoy some of the best hiking along the coast from Oludeniz to Kabak. We take a boat out on the Mediterranean to visit Kekova island and the hill-top castle of Simena and then transfer to the eastern section where we continue the Lycian Way walking the simply stunning coastal path to the picturesque Cape Gelidonia, with its iconic lighthouses and sharks fin islets. We complete the Lycian Way with a climb to the `Flames of Chimaira` and a descent to Cirali where we can see the ancient city of Olympos. During the trek, we pass through summer shepherds' settlements and small villages where life proceeds at a seductively sedentary pace and discover hidden bays, pirates' caves and deserted beaches - perfect for swimming. A relaxing adventure walking holiday!
Is this holiday for you?
The Lycian Way is a recently established, waymarked path, which follows a mix of dirt roads, tracks and trails and underfoot conditions are generally very good. The holiday includes five day-hikes on the best sections of both the western and eastern Lycian Way. The time spent walking each day will vary depending on other activities such as swimmingand vists to interesting sights along the way. On most walking days there will be approximately 4 hours of hiking except during the section of the Lycian Way on Cape Geledonia which will take us around 6 or 7 hours. There is a fair amount of up and down, although this is a low level walk. With 3 nights at Fethiye and 2 at Andrasan, we have kept changes of hotels to a minimum and the format of the holiday means that group members will carry just a small day-sack during the walking.