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The Lycian Way

Turkey
7 reviews
Available Departures: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct

8 days from

US$1,140

without flights
Walk & Trek
Guided Group
MODERATE MODERATE

Hike the very best of the Lycian Way on this walking holiday in Turkey and explore fascinating ancient sites along the way.

Trip Code: TUR
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The Lycian Way

Highlights
  • Walk along stunning coastal trails and stroll through timeless Turkish villages
  • Stay in charming guesthouses and experience a genuine family welcome
  • Sail over the underwater city of Kekova and cross the pass of Mount Moses
  • Hike to the flames of the Chimaera and discover the hidden site of Olympos

At a Glance
  • Group Size 6 to 14
  • 6 days walking and sightseeing
  • Max altitude: 500m
  • Join In Antalya

Accommodation & Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 5 Dinners
  • 2 nights Hotel
  • 5 nights Guesthouse
Overview

This walking holiday along the spectacular Lycian Peninsula, offers that rare opportunity to hike through a timeless region whilst enjoying the very best trails on the Lycian Way.  Here you’ll be immersed in an area brimming with ancient Lycian ruins, fragrant pine forest, sleepy hamlets and excellent local cuisine. The dramatic eastern part of the Lycian Way is one of Turkey’s most authentic regions, and here we’ll be treated to traditional family-run accommodation and tasty home-cooked food. Welcoming Antalya is the perfect start with its beautiful Ottoman houses, bustling harbour, ancient town and impressive town walls. Our walking trails start in Tekirova as we follow off the beaten track trails along the most dramatic sections of the Lycian Way. During the journey we’ll visit the ancient site of Olympos, hike up to the mysterious flames of the Chimaera, stroll along deserted beaches and swim in secluded bays. Finally we sail over the sunken city of Kekova and walk up to the spectacular hill-top castle of Simena. This Lycian Way walking holiday is perfect for anyone looking for beautiful coastal walking in an authentic region in Turkey.

Is this holiday for you?

The Lycian Way is Turkey’s oldest walking trail and one of the most iconic long distance footpaths in Europe. The path follows a rich variety of tracks and trails which are generally good underfoot but there are rocky sections too. On most days there will be the opportunity to swim, either after the walk or during the day. The Lycian Way has some fantastic ancient sites which we’ll stop and ex …

The Lycian Way is Turkey’s oldest walking trail and one of the most iconic long distance footpaths in Europe. The path follows a rich variety of tracks and trails which are generally good underfoot but there are rocky sections too. On most days there will be the opportunity to swim, either after the walk or during the day. The Lycian Way has some fantastic ancient sites which we’ll stop and explore along the way. Most walking days are around 5 hours with a couple of longer days lasting between 7 and 8 hours. This is due to the location of accommodation which is reasonably spread out. There is a fair amount of ascent and descent to satisfy walkers who are looking for a walking holiday which includes a couple of longer days and a good variety of walking conditions. Each day you’ll only need to carry a day pack as main luggage is transferred between our guesthouses by vehicle.(Please note that due to Turkish law we need to have your place of birth at time of booking).

Why KE?

From en-suite rooms and shady terraces in fragrant gardens, KE has picked family-run accommodation with wonderful hospitality, delicious food and a few little holiday comforts to enjoy at the end of each walking day. Plus starting and finishing in pretty Antalya means you can sit by the harbour and toast the start of your holiday.

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Itinerary

Depending on your arrival time and after checking in at the group hotel, you may wish to head out and explore. Known as the Gateway to the Turkish Riviera, Antalya town is located on the Gulf of Antalya and has a variety of eclectic architecture. The wonderful preserved old centre is called Kaleiçi meaning Within the Castle. Here you'll find charming Ottoman houses nestled down a labyrinth of lanes. Kale Kapisi is the gate into the old town with an old stone clock tower and statue of Attalus II, the city's founder. Stroll through Kapilar Hani, a wonderful bazaar dating back to the 15th century which is home to jewellers, metalwork, textiles and spices. At the base of Kaleiçi you'll find Antalya's Roman Harbour where you can relax in a pavement café. Alternatively wander up to Cumhuriyet Meydan with numerous tea gardens and a bird's eye view of the harbour. Other highlights are Hadrian's Gate and Yivli Minare. Hadrian's Gate was built for the emperor's visit in 130 AD, whilst the towering minaret of Yivli Minare was built in the 13th century and is the town's symbol. Within Yivli Minare is a craft centre and whirling dervish monastery.

*Food for thought - Lahmacun on first glance looks like pizza but this traditional tasty snack is thinly-rolled dough with a layer of minced meat, minced vegetables (tomato and onion) and a spicy sauce of mixed herbs and spices, including cayenne pepper and cumin. It's then filled with lettuce, onion and tomato before being rolled up and enjoyed. Dolma is not all about stuffed cabbage or vine leaves. This dish of stuffed vegetables is not only common in Turkish cuisine but all around the Mediterranean region. Perfect for meat or non-meat eaters, the most common stuffed vegetables include tomatoes, peppers, courgettes and aubergines. Stuffed vine leaves are called sarma and definitely worth a try. In Turkey you'll find them realty tasty, especially as they are stuffed with rice and served warm. Gozleme are translated as Turkish pancakes, but are better described as hearty, savoury crepes. Cooked on an open, outdoor grill you'll find them filled with cheese, potatoes, spinach or chopped meat. They are always served with a salad of tomatoes, cucumbers and parsley and make a cheap and delicious snack or lunch.

Accommodation

Hotel

After breakfast we start with a short transfer to Ulupinar where we start our journey along the Lycian Way. Today sees us start by walking through beautiful pine forest as we follow meandering streams and rivers. Next we join a footpath which takes us up to the Flames of the Chimaera. Known as Yanartas in Turkish the Flaming Rock is home to a number of blue flames dotted around the hillside at 250m above sea level. Dating as far back at the 4th century BC, sailors used them as warning lights in the past as they sailed along the coast at night. Turkish legend has it that the flames come from the mythical Chimaera living in the mountains. This monstrous fire-breathing creature had the body and head of a lion plus a second head of a goat! Whatever the true story, it's a great place to explore. After we've enjoyed the atmosphere and location we'll gradually descend down to the coast and back to our accommodation in Cirali. Situated between ancient Olympos and the mythical flames of the Chimaera, Cirali is surrounded by pockets of agriculture and is a great place to rest and experience the local rural life.

Accommodation

Guesthouse

Meals

B D

Ascent

246 M

Descent

489 M

Time

3-4 hrs walking

Distance

9 KM

This morning we leave Antalya and drive to Tekirova where we will re-join the Lycian Way. Although today's distance seems long, the trail we follow is slightly undulating and the scenery is spectacular. The transfer from Antalya takes us through dramatic scenery which includes towering peaks and views of the sea. On reaching Tekirova we join the trail dotted with the official red and white trail marks of the Lycian Way. An old mining track takes us to the beach of Maden before picking up paths which meander between isolated beaches. During today we'll also have the opportunity to enjoy a spot of swimming in bays which are surrounded by stunning views. The trail twists and turns as we walk along beaches or look out over them from above. In the afternoon we hike through rich pine forests which brings us down to Cirali where we stay for the next two nights in a traditional guesthouse. Cirali is nestled between ancient Olympos and the mythical flames of the Chimaera. The village is surrounded by pockets of agriculture and is a great place to experience rural life. We can relax here for the next two nights and over dinner will be briefed on tomorrows walk.

Accommodation

Guesthouse

Meals

B D

Ascent

871 M

Descent

880 M

Time

7-8 hrs walking

Distance

19 KM

This morning we leave Cirali and make our way towards Adrasan via the ancient site of Olympos. Surrounded by rich forest, the former city dates as far back as the 4th century BC and has a wonderful Indiana Jones feel to it nestled in an almost jungle-style location. Its exact history is shrouded in mystery but it was an important Lycian city by the 2nd century B.C. In the 1st century B.C Olympos was controlled by pirates and then by the Romans in the 2nd century A.D. During the Middle Ages Venetian fortresses were built along the coast, whilst in the 15th century after the arrival of the Ottomans, the city lay abandoned. The best way to explore the site is to wander between the hidden ruins which lay almost hidden amongst twisted grapevines, wild flowers and fig trees. Next we make our way towards the pass of Mount Moses, where we'll see dramatic ridges covered with rich pine forest. The trail takes us to the top of the pass where we'll have fantastic views of the Adrasan Valley. Next, we descend through wonderful forests of pine which bring us all the way down to the coast. Tonight, we stay in Adrasan which is a lovely rural area with a number of small traditional villages and hamlets dotted along the valley.

Accommodation

Guesthouse

Meals

B D

Ascent

800 M

Descent

800 M

Time

8 hrs walking

Distance

18 KM

Today has to be one of the most panoramic walking days of the complete Lycian Way as we follow superb trails along the coast. We'll start by walking directly from our accommodation and will gradually make our way up to a pass at 470m. This area, known as the Cape Gelidonya, is rich in coastal pines and is nestled between the Gulf of Antalya and the Bay of Finike. The cape was made famous in the 1960s when a large underwater excavation started on two Bronze Age ships that sunk off the coast. Dating to around 1200 B.C, the vessels were most likely the possession of a metalsmith from Cyprus or Syria. The wreck sites held bronze tools, weapons and metal-working tools. As we drop down close to the sea, the trail twists and turns amongst limestone cliffs with spectacular views across hidden coves and islands. We continue along the coast to the famed lighthouse of Gelidonya perched on the coast which marks the end of our walking day. Shortly after the lighthouse, we'll pick up our vehicles for our transfer (2 - 3 hours) to our accommodation in Ucagiz.

Accommodation

Guesthouse

Meals

B D

Ascent

764 M

Descent

886 M

Time

7-8 hrs walking

Distance

18 KM

We start this morning with a short transfer to the village of Kilicli which is where we begin our walk. Today we follow small footpaths which are mainly at sea level until we reach the fantastic ancient city of Aperlai. Founded sometime between the late 4th and early 3rd century, Aperlai is partly submerged and lies just off the Sicak peninsula. The city was a rich Lycian stronghold until the decline of the Byzantine Empire and today we can see glimpses of the old stone walls and fortified towers which line the shoreline. After we've wandered alongside the ancient remains, we continue on the rocky path in the woods where we reach Ramazan's place, named after a hermit fisherman. Here we can relax with swim, before the footpath continues on a level sandy path, which passes through olive trees and old houses made of stone. On reaching a stone pond, we gently descend between olive trees, surrounded by wonderful views over the bay. We finish the day down by the sea as our trail takes us into the coastal village of Ucagiz where we stay for the night.

Accommodation

Guesthouse

Meals

B D

Ascent

120 M

Descent

450 M

Time

5 hrs walking

Distance

10 KM

With its spectacular rugged scenery, crystal clear sea and superb sunken city, the area of Simena meaning Plain of Thyme, is truly unique and a wonderful place to explore by boat and on foot. Today we start with a morning's boat trip over the submerged ruins of Kekova on the northern coast of Simena Island. The ancient city of Kekova was once divided in two and during the boat-trip we'll see submerged houses, parts of the ancient harbour and stone staircases descending into the crystal clear water. After the boat ride, we'll head to the mainland and visit the charming fishing village of Kaleköy which is dominated by a well-preserved castle on a hill. We'll wander up to the castle where the views from the top are wonderful. This whole landscape is dotted with rock-cut tombs, clusters of sarcophagi nestled in ancient olive trees overlooking the sea and a Lycian necropolis. There will also be time to visit the ancient site of Myra (entrance fee €13) today if you so wish. As a leading city of the Lycian Union, the site is dotted with rock-cut tombs, a church and an amphitheatre. After a great day exploring one of the most fascinating parts of the Lycian coast we'll transfer back to Antalya. After checking in at the group hotel there will be time for an evening stroll through the old centre of Kaleici with its narrow cobbled streets as we head out to dinner in a local restaurant.

*Food for thought - pide is absolutely delicious and the Turkish equivalent of pizza. You'll be able to watch it prepared as the base is spun in the air and then slid into a stone oven. A few minutes later the pide is taken out of the oven, chopped into thin slices and served to you. Toppings include vegetables and cheese, plus meat for meat eaters. Pide is excellent value for money and has a traditional long and thin shape, although you can find round ones. Menemen is a mouth-watering dish of scrambled eggs and vegetable stew. Tomatoes, onions and peppers are cooked down until its richly thick before eggs are quickly whisked in. Cheese or spicy sausage is then added to enrich the flavour before fresh bread is dipped in it. Imam Bayildi is a rich dish made from aubergine simmered in oil and stuffed with tomatoes and onions. Although very simple, imam bayildi combines two essential ingredients from Turkish cuisine: eggplant and olive oil. Mouth-watering borek covers a range filo pastries - both sweet and savoury, however the savoury is the best. Borek come in individual portions and you'll find whole restaurants dedicated to it. A must try is borek stuffed with either meat, cheese or spinach.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B

Today is free for you to relax before your flight home. A single timed group transfer to Antalya Airport is provided in the evening. If you would like to extend your time in the group hotel in Antalya, the KE office can book this for you.

Meals

B
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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

  • A professional and qualified Tour Leader
  • A single group transfer from Antalya Airport Day 1 and Day 8
  • All transport in a private vehicle
  • Accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • A half-day boat trip on Day 7

  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers (other than with the group)
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses


TRAVEL TO YOUR DESTINATION

If flying from the UK there are low cost airlines available to the start and from the end of your holiday.

To benefit from full financial protection, ease your holiday planning, and avoid dealing with airlines, we can book scheduled flights from the UK as part of a flight inclusive package. Scheduled flights are usually more expensive that low cost alternatives, however potentially less stressful if your flight is cancelled or delayed. If you book flights through KE Adventure Travel we will offset the carbon of your flight.

The group will meet at the group hotel in Antalya.

A single timed transfer from Antalya Airport to the group hotel will be provided.

On Day 8 there will be a single transfer back to Antalya Airport.

Anyone may join the group transfers by prior arrangement. Travelling as a group or on public transport saves energy. If this is not practical, we can provide private transfers at an additional cost. Taxis are also available.

Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

All breakfasts and 5 dinners are included in the holiday price.

Many places on this holiday have drinkable water from the tap to fill your personal water bottles. Please check with the leader at the various locations. Please take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) for days when drinking water out of the tap is not available. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles.

One of the main reasons that people love Turkey is because of the colourful and mouth-watering cuisine. Breakfasts usually consist of bread, butter, jam, honey, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, yogurt, fruit juice, occasionally eggs plus tea and coffee. Whilst staying in local guesthouse the evening meals will be simple but filling and will make use of locally sourced salads and vegetables. This may include the famous meze where a variety of smaller dishes are laid out and shared amongst the group. Mezes are a Turkish social affair and include beans, salads, home-made spreads to eat with bread plus meats and cheeses. Alternatively some family-run places may serve simple grilled meat, fish dishes or thick casseroles which are freshly prepared and served alongside either rice or potatoes and vegetables or colourful salads. Turkey also has plenty of delicious vegetarian options.

Antalya has a great range of traditional restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Kofte is a Turkish staple and a type of meatball or patty of ground beef or lamb that is served in stews, sandwiches or salads. Mantı looks like ravioli at first sight and is unique in taste and texture. Bite size beef or lamb dumplings are boiled or fried and served with yogurt or butter and accompanied with a variety of spices. Lahmacun is a cheap and filling lunch or snack. This flat, crispy bread is traditionally topped with minced meat, salad, and lemon juice then folded in half to eat. Mouth-watering Borek is also perfect for lunch. This savoury pastry comes in many varieties with the most popular filled with minced meat or spinach and cheese. Layers of pastry are either rolled or layered like lasagne and it is delicious. Su Boregi is a variation of borek and looks like a cross between lasagna and pastry. It is made from dough which is softened and cooked in milk and eggs then stuffed with cheese and spinach – utterly delicious.

Pide is often called Turkish Pizza and this boat-shaped flatbread served with a variety of toppings is extremely popular and tasty. Dolma is usually known as stuffed vine leaves but in Turkey you’ll find lots of stuffed vegetables including peppers, courgettes, and aubergines. If you’re hoping to try a famous Turkish kebab you’ll find an amazing variety including durum (a Turkish burrito with slow cooked chicken, lamb, or beef). Iskender kebab is long strips of lamb cooked in tomato sauce and served over rice and pita bread with yogurt. Sis kebab is typically lamb, chicken or fish served on a wooden or metal rod. Dip it in yogurt or eat it on its own as it’s always tender, savoury, and delicious. Deserts are also important in Turkey, including the famous baklava, which is layered filo pastry, stuffed with almond paste or pistachios steeped in syrup.

Whilst we can cater for vegetarians, albeit sometimes with a more limited choice, we cannot always provide special diets.  Due to the nature of some of the trips that we operate and the countries in which we operate them, it can be very hard (and sometimes impossible) to cater for a wide range of dietary choices and you may have to supplement your diet with food/snacks from home.  If you have specific dietary requirements please do speak to our sales team and they will be able to advise you whether or not we will be able to offer your specific choice.  Please note that we are unable to provide separate menus and cannot accept liability for any problems arising from special dietary requirements or intolerances.

During the holiday, the group will spend 2 nights at a comfortable hotel in Antalya and 5 nights in traditional family-run guesthouses. The traditional guesthouses are comfortable but simple, with en suite rooms, gardens or terraces and offer a more authentic experience. As they are family run, it's a great way to experience the genuine Turkey, plus you're guaranteed a warm welcome.

Accommodation is based on twin share. If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. If you are planning to extend your holiday, additional nights at the group hotel are available on request.

The group will be led by a professional and qualified tour leader. There will also be a support vehicle and driver.

We estimate £150 - 200 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros) should be sufficient to cover non-included meals, tips to local staff, drinks and souvenirs. Credit cards can be used in Antalya and cash can be drawn from ATM's at the airport or in the town using a credit or debit card.

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 €40 – 50 to this pool for tips to be distributed between the leader and support vehicle driver as the group feels is appropriate.

During this holiday your baggage will be transported by vehicle and there is no weight limit as such other than that imposed by your international carrier.  We do ask you to restrict your luggage to one main bag and a day pack.

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 information that we provide is for UK passport holders. A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you visit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Please ensure that you check for the latest advice before travel. For the most up to date information on entry requirements, please visit the UK Government website.

Visa Turkey

UK passport holders do not require a visa for visits of up to 90 days in any 180 day period.

 

 

If you have a severe allergy please inform the KE office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy free environment on KE trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by KE leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

VACCINATIONS

You should contact your doctor 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.

The unit of currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira.

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before joining an active holiday getting some additional exercise. While regular hiking is the best preparation, cycling, jogging and swimming are also good for developing better cardiovascular fitness and stamina.

The best walking weather is in May to June and September to October when you avoid the hot summer months.  You can expect daytime temperatures to range between 20 and 25ºC and dropping to around 15 ºC at night.  This area of Turkey enjoys one of the most favourable climates in the Mediterranean with 300 sunshine days a year. As with any mountain region you may experience a short lived storm which generally happen in the afternoons.  

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's ‘Travel Aware campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas. The 'Travel Aware' website provides a single, authoritative source of advice for all kinds of travellers and we recommend that prior to travel, all KE clients visit the official UK Government website at travelaware.campaign.gov.uk and read the FCDO Travel Advice for their chosen destination. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov 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 FCDO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCDO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

KE do not encourage the use of single use plastic items. We are ensuring that our agents all over the world are working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We are leading by example in our KE office by reducing our plastic use.

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It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with KE Adventure Travel that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation.  When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

For appropriate insurance cover we recommend Campbell Irvine Direct.  Please go to our Travel Insurance page for further information and to get a quote.

Please note that a paper copy of your travel insurance is required if you are travelling to Huaraz and the Huayhuash region.

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. 

You should bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots

  • Trainers or sandals

  • Socks

  • Underwear

  • Walking trousers

  • Waterproof overtrousers

  • Waterproof jacket

  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Lightweight thermal gloves

  • Sunhat

  • Sunglasses

  • Warm hat

  • Small padlock (to lock your main bag)

  • Daypack approx 30 litres

  • Sun protection (including for lips)

  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2) (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)

  • Water purification tablets
  • 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 and blister treatment; and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose sweets and vitamin tablets are a useful addition.

The following items are optional:

  • Swim-wear

  • Small towel for swimming

  • Trekking poles

  • Camera

  • Pen-knife (remember to put all sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Travel clothes

  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

Cotswold Outdoor Red PantonMany of the Equipment items listed above are available from Cotswold Outdoor - our 'Official Recommended Outdoor Retailer'. When you book a holiday with KE you will receive 12.5% discount voucher from Cotswold Outdoor and other retailers.
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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 from 7 reviews

The Fabulous Lycian Way! ★★★★★

What a fabulous trip! The Lycian Way ticked all the boxes, sunshine, great scenery, swimming in the sea, great food and really good accommodation. Turkey is a beautiful country, the people are friendly, the coastline is simply stunning, and the food is great with plenty of fresh colourful salads and mezze dishes for vegetarians and vegans (don't worry, there was plenty of fresh fish for the meat eaters). I was surprised at how good the accommodation was, especially the two nights we spent at Cir ali and Ucagiz. The scenery and terrain was very varied each day and swimming in the sea at the end of a walk is a must. The only slight disappointment for me was that we didn't get to spend much time looking round the ancient site at Olympus. In the trip notes it suggests there is time to explore the site and to wander between the hidden ruins, but we only really had time to take a few photos while we walked through to the start of the trail. Thank you KE - this really was a fabulous walking holiday!
By Julia from Chesterfield | 14 May 2024

Lycian Way ★★★★

Ibrahim is an excellent guide, considering and balancing all guests and hosts and has a great depth of knowledge of the terrain, history and culture of the region toured. An exceptional guide in all categories. I was especially interested in the history and he was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge. Ibrahim is a great asset to guiding on the trails of Turkey.

By Catherine from Virginia | 11 May 2023

Great Spring Walking Trip ★★★★★

Excellent trip to kick off the year. The weather wasn't particularly warm but it was good for walking. All dinners had a big selection of fresh salads and vegetables which was fantastic. One place did grilled fish, I would suggest having it, perfectly cooked! The trip is graded a 4 but I would make note that the trails can be rocky as it is mainly limestone. I thought that there was a good amount of walking and a few steady ascents. So, get your miles in before the trip to enjoy it. Our guide Ib rahim was excellent. Very knowledgeable about this history and culture. Was my 10th trip with KE and still not disappointed.
By William from Banbury | 25 April 2023

Great scenery with lots of history ★★★★★

A great weeks walking in April, with a group of 9 lovely people.The accommodation was varied and traditional but of a good standard ( although Antalya was a little noisy at night) and the food was also very good, with lots of fresh vegetables, salads and fish. Our guide Ibrahim had a great knowledge of the local history and nature and was very enthusiastic with sharing it. We had some long days walking with a varied terrain and the views and scenery were amazing. We were lucky with the weather, as rain was forecast but generally we had sunny warm days, although the sea was a little cold for swimming. This section of the Lycian Way, with its ancient and sunken cities and Chimaera flames is authentic and very worth visiting……….thank you KE, I had a great week.
By Rosemary from Banbury | 17 April 2023

Walking in beautiful, Turkish countryside ★★★★★

The timing of the trip was excellent - the very beginning of the season, so places were very quiet. On some days we only saw 3 or 4 other walkers! Beautiful countryside, many different plants. Cool in the morning and evening, warm during the day. There were many sarcophagi and ruined cities which had been inhabited by Greeks then Romans then Byzantines before being plundered by Arab pirates. Glorious swimming spots - definitely bring water shoes! All the accommodation was great - small, empty ho tels or guest houses and the group ate together every night. During our last day in Antalya we visited a small museum in the Old Town which had wonderful Ottoman costumes and old photographs. We also had a Turkish bath at the 600 year-old Sefi Hammam - that was brilliant. A final note of thanks to Ibrahim our guide, who did a wonderful job of communicating his enthusiasm for the history of Turkey and telling us about his own experiences. He also inspired us with his yoga.
By Caroline from Haddington | 16 April 2019

Traveller Reviews
4.9 out of 5 from 7 reviews

The Fabulous Lycian Way!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
What a fabulous trip! The Lycian Way ticked all the boxes, sunshine, great scenery, swimming in the sea, great food and really good accommodation. Turkey is a beautiful country, the people are friendly, the coastline is simply stunning, and the food is great with plenty of fresh colourful salads and mezze dishes for vegetarians and vegans (don't worry, there was plenty of fresh fish for the meat eaters). I was surprised at how good the accommodation was, especially the two nights we spent at Cir ali and Ucagiz. The scenery and terrain was very varied each day and swimming in the sea at the end of a walk is a must. The only slight disappointment for me was that we didn't get to spend much time looking round the ancient site at Olympus. In the trip notes it suggests there is time to explore the site and to wander between the hidden ruins, but we only really had time to take a few photos while we walked through to the start of the trail. Thank you KE - this really was a fabulous walking holiday!
By Julia from Chesterfield | 14 May 2024

Lycian Way
★ ★ ★ ★

Ibrahim is an excellent guide, considering and balancing all guests and hosts and has a great depth of knowledge of the terrain, history and culture of the region toured. An exceptional guide in all categories. I was especially interested in the history and he was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge. Ibrahim is a great asset to guiding on the trails of Turkey.

By Catherine from Virginia | 11 May 2023

Great Spring Walking Trip
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Excellent trip to kick off the year. The weather wasn't particularly warm but it was good for walking. All dinners had a big selection of fresh salads and vegetables which was fantastic. One place did grilled fish, I would suggest having it, perfectly cooked! The trip is graded a 4 but I would make note that the trails can be rocky as it is mainly limestone. I thought that there was a good amount of walking and a few steady ascents. So, get your miles in before the trip to enjoy it. Our guide Ib rahim was excellent. Very knowledgeable about this history and culture. Was my 10th trip with KE and still not disappointed.
By William from Banbury | 25 April 2023

Great scenery with lots of history
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A great weeks walking in April, with a group of 9 lovely people.The accommodation was varied and traditional but of a good standard ( although Antalya was a little noisy at night) and the food was also very good, with lots of fresh vegetables, salads and fish. Our guide Ibrahim had a great knowledge of the local history and nature and was very enthusiastic with sharing it. We had some long days walking with a varied terrain and the views and scenery were amazing. We were lucky with the weather, as rain was forecast but generally we had sunny warm days, although the sea was a little cold for swimming. This section of the Lycian Way, with its ancient and sunken cities and Chimaera flames is authentic and very worth visiting……….thank you KE, I had a great week.
By Rosemary from Banbury | 17 April 2023

Walking in beautiful, Turkish countryside
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The timing of the trip was excellent - the very beginning of the season, so places were very quiet. On some days we only saw 3 or 4 other walkers! Beautiful countryside, many different plants. Cool in the morning and evening, warm during the day. There were many sarcophagi and ruined cities which had been inhabited by Greeks then Romans then Byzantines before being plundered by Arab pirates. Glorious swimming spots - definitely bring water shoes! All the accommodation was great - small, empty ho tels or guest houses and the group ate together every night. During our last day in Antalya we visited a small museum in the Old Town which had wonderful Ottoman costumes and old photographs. We also had a Turkish bath at the 600 year-old Sefi Hammam - that was brilliant. A final note of thanks to Ibrahim our guide, who did a wonderful job of communicating his enthusiasm for the history of Turkey and telling us about his own experiences. He also inspired us with his yoga.
By Caroline from Haddington | 16 April 2019

Wonderful walking holiday with lots of history
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A wonderful week. Well organised by our excellent guide Ibrahaim. Nothing was too much trouble and he shared his knowledge and love of his country with us. The walking was hard and rocky underfoot but the views were amazing. Swimming in the sea at the end of a day walking was a highlight. The accommodation was small and friendly and the food delicious. Don’t expect much sleep in Antalya though as the hotel is very near restaurants and bars and is very noisy most of the night. Apart from that t hough, the hotels were really comfortable and we slept well after a day on the trail. A wonderful group of people and some very special memories. Can’t wait to visit Turkey again.
By Christine from Leeds | 15 April 2019

Superb holiday made even better by our charming guide
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A fantastic week walking parts of the Lycian Way. Varied and delightful scenery, some long walks (longer than expected/advertised but our guide quickly and correctly assessed the group's abilities and adapted the itinerary to suit us). Every day we made new discoveries about this delightful part of the world. Ibrahim our guide has a a clear and genuine passion for the history and nature of the region which he was keen to share with us. His boundless energy and enthusiasm kept us all going throug h some long days which always finished with a delicious meal of fresh local food. Accommodation was generally very good and quite varied in style. Thank you KE, and particularly Ibrahim for a truly memorable holiday!
By Adam from Peterborough | 15 April 2019

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  • The Lycian Way
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  • Departure Reference: TUR /04/24/
  • This trip begins on Sat 21 Sep and ends on Sat 28 Sep
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  • Departure Reference: TUR /05/24/
  • This trip begins on Sat 5 Oct and ends on Sat 12 Oct
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  • Departure Reference: TUR /06/24/
  • This trip begins on Sat 19 Oct and ends on Sat 26 Oct
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  • Departure Reference: TUR /01/25/
  • This trip begins on Sat 8 Mar and ends on Sat 15 Mar
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  • Departure Reference: TUR /02/25/
  • This trip begins on Sat 5 Apr and ends on Sat 12 Apr
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  • Departure Reference: TUR /03/25/
  • This trip begins on Sat 3 May and ends on Sat 10 May
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  • Departure Reference: TUR /04/25/
  • This trip begins on Sat 13 Sep and ends on Sat 20 Sep
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  • Departure Reference: TUR /05/25/
  • This trip begins on Sat 20 Sep and ends on Sat 27 Sep
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  • Departure Reference: TUR /06/25/
  • This trip begins on Sat 4 Oct and ends on Sat 11 Oct
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  • Departure Reference: TUR /07/25/
  • This trip begins on Sat 18 Oct and ends on Sat 25 Oct
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