Best of the Lycian Way - Turkey's Coastal Trek

Walking the Lycian Way on the beautiful Turquoise Turkish Coast




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Holiday Overview


  • Sweeping views over Butterfly Valley and the stunning Oludeniz Bay
  • Gelidonia Lighthouse, pretty Adrasan and the villages of Babadag Peak
  • Explore Antalya, Fethiye and sail over a superb Byzantyne sunken city
  • Soak up the atmosphere of ancient Olympos and flames of Chimaera

This superb walking holiday follows the Eastern and Western trails of Turkey’s first long distance footpath, the splendid Lycian Way.  Located on the beautiful Lycian Peninsula and part of Turkey's magnificent Turquoise Coast, this region is famed for its wonderfully rugged scenery, friendly people and great archaeological interest.  This whole region includes some of the most charming walking routes on Turkey’s picturesque coast.  We start in the welcoming town of Antalya, with its bustling harbour, beautiful Ottoman houses and ancient walls.  From Antalya we head west to Fethiye, the official start of the Lycian Way and enjoy a number of day hikes, including the crescent moon bay of Oludeniz, traditional “step back in time” villages in the foothills of Babadag Peak, and the beautiful Butterfly Valley.  Next we take a relaxing boat out on the Mediterranean Sea to visit the spectacular and enchanting Byzantine sunken city of Kekova and the hill-top castle of Simena.  From the west we head east to hike a stunning coastal path which takes us to the picturesque Cape Gelidonia, with its iconic lighthouses and sharks fin islets.  We complete the Lycian Way with a climb to the mythical and enchanting 'Flames of Chimaera' before we descend to the atmospheric ancient city of Olympos.  This wonderful walking week sees us pass through summer shepherds' settlements and small villages where life proceeds at a seductively sedentary pace.  We’ll also discover hidden bays, pirates' caves and deserted beaches - perfect for swimming.  If you are looking for a wonderful walking holiday on the beautiful Mediterranean Coast, which follows Turkey's first long distance footpath along its most picturesque sections dotted with pretty towns and villages, then this is the perfect choice!

Is this holiday for you?

The Lycian Way is a waymarked trail, 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 swimming and 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 predominantly 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.


Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Antalya. A single timed transfer from Antalya Airport is provided.
  • Transfer to Fethiye. Afternoon walk to the crescent moon bay of Oludeniz. Return to Fethiye.
  • Transfer to Ovacik. Walk through villages in the foothills of Babadag Peak. Return to Fetiye.
  • Transfer to Faralya. Walk superb coastal trails with views on Butterfly Valley. Return to Fetiye.
  • Transfer to Simena. Boat trip over the superb sunken Byzantyne city ruins. Transfer to Adrasan.
  • Wallk along cliff top trails overlooking hidden bays and isolated islands. Return to Adrasan.
  • Transfer to Ulupinar. Walk to the magical Flames of the Chimaira. Return to Antalya.
  • Departure Day. A single timed transfer to Antalya Airport is provided.
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Antalya. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers' section in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Antalya. These include Easyjet who have flights from London & Manchester, Thomson Airways who have flights from London, Manchester and Glasgow, Thomas Cook who have flights from London, Leeds Bradford and Glasgow, and Jet2 from Manchester, Leeds Bradford & East Midlands. Other airports maybe available. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Antalya. A single timed transfer from Antalya Airport is provided.

    The group will rendezvous at the group hotel in Antalya. A single, timed group transfer from Antalya Airport is provided or you can take a taxi for the short ride into town. KE Land Only package services begin with this
    transfer. Meals are not included on this day.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Transfer to Fethiye. Afternoon walk to the crescent moon bay of Oludeniz. Return to Fethiye.

    We have a trip briefing from our guide over breakfast at the hotel. We then climb aboard our private air-conditioned vehicle for a highly scenic drive of around 3 - 4 hours to reach the western end of the Lycian Way
    close to the town of Fethiye. To stretch our legs we walk for 2 to 3 hours along the start of the Way to the beautiful crescent-moon bay of Oludeniz. At the end of the day’s hiking we meet our tour bus for a short
    (10 minute) transfer back to our hotel in Fethiye.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 350m

    • Distance 5km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 450m

    • Time 2

  • Transfer to Ovacik. Walk through villages in the foothills of Babadag Peak. Return to Fetiye.

    We have a short (10 minute) transfer to Ovacik where we continue along the Lycian Way walking in the shadow of Babadag Peak. Along the way today we pass through several small villages where the pace of life is from an earlier time. We spend most of the day in sight of the sea sometimes close below our heels and at others seen across fields of golden flowers. Completing today’s walk at the village of Kirme we meet our vehicle for the transfer (15 - 20 minutes) back to Fethiye.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 980m

    • Distance 13km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 670m

    • Time 3

  • Transfer to Faralya. Walk superb coastal trails with views on Butterfly Valley. Return to Fetiye.

    After a transfer of around 30 minutes, we start the next stretch of the Lycian Way at Faralya. Today we are treated to another sensational stretch of coast as we follow small trails offering views down onto ‘Butterfly Valley’ to reach the beach at Yuva around lunchtime. We have some time for swimming at Yuva before continuing to our day’s end at Kabak village where we meet the tour vehicle for the transfer back to Fethiye.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 555m

    • Distance 7km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 630m

    • Time 4

  • Transfer to Simena. Boat trip over the superb sunken Byzantyne city ruins. Transfer to Adrasan.

    Having seen the Mediterranean from the coast we now observe the coast from the Mediterranean as we take a half day boat trip to Kekova island. Around the coast of this island are several preserved Byzantyne ruins of
    houses which were submerged beneath the sea by a series of earthquakes. The waters here are so clear that it is easy to peer down up to 2 metres below the surface. Across from the island is the old town of Simena dominated by a hilltop castle which boasts the smallest
    amphitheatre of Lycia within its walls. We will hike up to the top of the hill Vto visit the castle before boarding our tour bus for another highly scenic drive (3 hours) along the coast to Adrasan Bay at the eastern end of the Lycian Way. Arriving at Adrasan we check into our hotel which is located close to the beach.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Wallk along cliff top trails overlooking hidden bays and isolated islands. Return to Adrasan.

    A simply superb day of coastal walking, we begin today directly from our hotel, climbing to a pass at 470 metres, then dropping down closer to the sea’s edge. The route twists and turns amongst limestone crags, sometimes under pine trees and sometimes on the cliff edge. There are views down to hidden coves and across to deserted islands. This is a beautiful walk, contouring the range of hills which forms the backbone of Gelidonia. We climb again to arrive on a rocky ridge crest overlooking the
    peninsula of Cape Gelidonia with its two lighthouses and shark fin islets. Descending a stony path to the upper of these, we then follow a wide trail down through pine forest to our waiting vehicles and return by road to our
    hotel at Adrasan.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1045m

    • Distance 13km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1065m

    • Time 5

  • Transfer to Ulupinar. Walk to the magical Flames of the Chimaira. Return to Antalya.

    We start the day with a short transfer to the village of Ulupinar on the edge of the Olympos Valley National Park. Ulupinar is famous for its clear spring waters and its fish restaurants. From the village the Lycian Way
    first descends to the river before making a gradual climb through rich forest to a saddle overlooking Cirali Bay. Located below the saddle and on our route are the ‘Flames of Chimaira’ where lighted methane vents from the rocks. We finish the day with a gradual descent to the beach at Cirali and the ancient city of Olympos which we can explore before transferring (30 minutes) to Antalya where we check into the group hotel. There is a wide variety of dining options in Antalya and we have left the style of dining and the budget for this evening's meal to individual preference.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 305m

    • Distance 6km

    • gps data View now

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 580m

    • Time 3

  • Departure Day. A single timed transfer to Antalya Airport is provided.

    We have a free day to explore the back streets of the old town and
    harbour or to enjoy the long stretch of golden sand. A single group
    transfer to Antalya Airport is provided in the evening. For those with
    earlier flights it is a short and inexpensive journey to the airport by taxi.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • An experienced English-speaking local guide
  • A single group transfer from Antalya Airport to the group hotel on Day 1 and back to the airport on Day 8
  • All land transport required by the itinerary in a private vehicle
  • All hotel accommodation as described
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Vehicle support throughout the trip
  • A boat trip on Day 5

  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers (other than with the group)
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Entrance fees into tourist attractions and optional activities
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

The group will rendezvous at the group hotel in Antalya. Within the Land Only cost of this holiday, we have arranged for a single group transfer from Antalya Airport to the group hotel on the evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. At the end of the trip, there will be a single transfer to Antalya Airport on the evening of Day 8. These transfers are timed to the arrival and departure of the easyjet flight from London's Gatwick Airport. On Day 1 the transfer will leave the airport at approximately 11 pm and on Day 8 the transfer will arrive at the airport at approximately 8 pm. If your flight schedule does not allow you to take advantage of these transfers you will need to make your own transfer arrangements. A taxi service is provided by the Antalya Airport Taxi Cooperative whose drivers mostly speak English and a taxi stand is located outside the arrival area in front of the Terminal Building. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation. All clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights.

After breakfast, we take a short ride to the start of our day's walk on the Lycian Way. We usually make a fairly early start to enjoy the cool morning air. We will walk for approximately 6 hours each day, stopping off en-route to eat our packed lunch. Along the way, there are often sites of great antiquity which we shall visit and on some days there is the opportunity to do some swimming. At the end of the day, we will meet our transport for the transfer back to our accommodation. Back at the hotel, we can take a shower and relax until the evening meal which is usually taken in the hotel restaurant.

During this trip, the group will spend 2 nights at a comfortable hotel in Antalya, 3 nights in a hotel in Fethiye and 2 nights in a hotel near to the beach at Adrasan. All accommodation is arranged on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. For the 7 nights, single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Antalya are also available. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

The majority of meals for this trip are included in the trip price. Breakfasts in hotels will usually consist of fresh baked bread, butter, jam and/or honey, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, yogurt, preserved meat, fruit juice, eggs, and tea or coffee. This is most often set out as a buffet. Packed lunches are provided and main courses for dinner range from simple grilled meats to elaborately baked fish and meat casseroles. There are also plenty of delicious vegetarian options. Deserts are also important in Turkey, including the famous baklava, which is layered filo pastry, stuffed with almond paste or pistachios steeped in syrup.

All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners are included in the holiday price. In Antalya where there is a wide range of dining options, we do not iclude evening meals within the holiday price, leaving the style in which you wish to eat and also the choice of budget, to you. Depending on your flight arrival and departure times, this amounts to a total of 1 or 2 dinners which you will pay for directly. The final meal included in the holiday is breakfast on day 8.

We estimate that £120 - £150 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros etc.)should be sufficient to cover your incidental expenditure including non-included meals, tips to local staff, entrance charges to archaeological sites, drinks and souvenirs. If you expect to buy considerable quantities of soft drinks, wine or beer, or if you intend to buy expensive souvenirs you should make an allowance for this. Credit cards can be used in Antalya and cash can be drawn from ATM's in the town using a credit or debit card.

An experienced, professional, English-speaking local guide will lead the trip. There will also be a support vehicle and driver.

Tips do not form part of the wages of local staff but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. It is best if the tip is given at the end of the trip by the group as a whole. We recommend that each group member contributes around €10 – 20 to this pool and that tips are then distributed between the guide and support vehicle driver(s) as the group feels is appropriate.

Your baggage will be transported by vehicle. There is no weight limit as such other than that imposed by your international carrier but we do ask you to restrict your luggage to one main bag (your KE trekbag) and a small day pack.

Our holidays are normally designed with minimal 'down time' at the start of the trip, but having a day or two at the beginning will have the additional benefit of allowing you time to get over the stress of travelling across time zones, leaving you refreshed and ready for your holiday. We can easily arrange for you to have additional nights and airport transfers.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

A passport with a minimum of 2 months remaining validity from the date of entry is required (at least 6 months remaining validity is recommended). Visas are required by US, Canadian, UK and most European passport holders (but not by nationals of France, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Finland or Sweden).

All visitors to Turkey are required to purchase their entry visa via the Turkish Government website prior to travel. You will need an email address and a printer connected to your computer in order to do this. After you have submitted your application you will be sent a verification email. Once you receive the “e-mail address verification message”, you will need to click the “approve” button and then proceed with the payment within 24 hours otherwise your application will time out and you will need to make a new application. Currently, the cost of the e-visa is 20 US Dollars. Payment can only be made with Visa or Mastercard (debit or credit cards). Once payment has been made you will receive a further email with a link to download the e-visa. Please print out and keep your e-Visa with you while entering and exiting Turkey.

Visas are valid for 180 days from the date of application for a stay of up to 90 days.

Note for Clients on Mount Ararat ONLY, we also require that you send us the following information by e-mail or by post at least 4 weeks prior to departure:

Your place of birth

Your Father’s full name

Your Mother’s full name

Please note that Mount Ararat permits will not be issued without these details.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.

Passport validity

You should ensure your passport satisfies the following criteria:

Valid for a minimum of six months from the date of entry into Turkey

Valid for at least three months from the date you leave Turkey

Valid for at least 60 days beyond the expiry date of your visa, e-visa or residence permit (visas and e-visas are often issued with 6 months validity so your passport may need to have eight months validity at the time your visa is issued).

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Items in italics are optional.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Trainers / sneakers or sandals
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Waterproof overtrousers / rain pants
  • Waterproof jacket
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Sunhat
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Warm hat
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Daypack 30 litres
  • Sun protection (including for lips)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial hand wash
  • Basic First Aid Kit including the following: Insect repellent; antiseptic cream; throat lozenges; diarrhoea treatment (Diocalm or Immodium); painkillers; plasters/band-aids and blister treatment; and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose sweets and vitamin tablets are a useful addition.

The following items are optional:

  • Spare laces
  • Swim-wear
  • Towel for the beach
  • Trekking poles
  • Torch
  • Camera, media, spare batteries
  • Penknife (remember to put all sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Travel clothes

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Turkey

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $20 and you need to apply for this online prior to departure at Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF Turkey.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

The unit of currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira.

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on an active holiday getting some additional exercise. While regular hiking in hill or back country is the best preparation, jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing better cardiovascular fitness and stamina.

You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The best walking weather is between May and October but avoiding the hottest months of July and August. At the times of KE's departures you can expect daytime temperatures to range between 20 and 25ºC/77ºF, dropping at night to 15 ºC/60ºF. This part of Turkey enjoys one of the most favourable climates in the Mediterranean with 300 sunshine days a year. However, short lived storms sometimes with thunder and heavy rain, can occur.

  • The Lycian Way - Kate Clow
  • The Rough Guide to Turkey
  • Turkey Lonely Planet


Mount Olympos Region in Lycia

This map from EWP which is based on an old Soviet military survey and udated by the publishers, shows the Eastern section of the Lycian Way between Kumluca and Goynuk. The map is at a svcale of !:54,000 with contour interval of 40 metres.

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