Lycian Way Coastal Walk

Lycian Way Coastal Walk

Trip Highlights

  • Walk coastal and mountain paths with stunning scenery
  • Discover small villages and superb Turkish cuisine
  • Visit the flaming hillside of Chimaera and climb Mount Moses (Musa Dag)
  • Experience genuine cultural exchange with the local people

Trip Summary

Between Fethiye and Antalya along Southern Turkey's Tekke Peninsula, or Lycia as it is historically known, is one of the country's first waymarked trails, the 509km Lycian Way. This mountainous route encompasses spectacular coastal views, archaeological treasures dating back to the 8th Century BCE and interesting villages with their unique Lycian flavour. During a series of day walks it is possible to discover sections of the route on the flanks of Mount Tahtali and Musa Dag. Traverse rugged mountain trails to meet the gracious local people, sample culinary specialties and swim in the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Suitability

The walking is moderate (3) grade with daily walks of around 3-8 hours. There are some steep sections over loose trails during the walk and such sections of the trail require care - it is important that you are sure footed. The accent is on keeping a steady pace to with time to stop and take photos (subject to weather conditions). You will need a good level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure.

Itinerary

On arrival in Antalya airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Attalos II, King of Pergamum, founded Antalya in the 2nd century BC. Later the city was overtaken by Roman, Byzantine and Seljuk civilizations before it came under the control of the Ottomans. Today Antalya is an attractive city with its shaded palm-lined boulevards and lively marina. The picturesque old quarter known as Kaleici, with narrow streets and old wooden houses is where our hotel is located. You will need to liaise with your hosts regarding the transfer arrangements for tomorrow. Overnight Antalya.

Meals:  Nil

This morning you will be transferred by private vehicle to Yukari Beycik (2 hours, 80km) a charming mountain village located at the foot of Mt. Tahtali (Mount Olympos), an impressive peak with a beautiful steep face. Here you start your hike on gravel roads and walking paths through a picturesque valley, with green and fertile pastures and stunning views all the way. continuing along old mule paths and through pine and conifer forests, you will reach the village of Ulupinar, a small settlement best known for its delightful riverside restaurants and fish farms. walking distance: 10km/6mi; ascent: 50m/164ft; descent: 680m/2230ft

Meals:  B,D

The Lycian way trek continues to Cirali along the turquoise coast. After transferring to Tekirova (20km/ 20mins), the first stage begins along a disused dirt road which passes by idyllic beaches where local fishermen haul their catches. They may offer to take you by boat to Cirali which is recommended if you are tired. The trip takes only 5-10 minutes and costs 15-20TL. Otherwise the walk to Cirali will take 2 hours along the coastline on an undulating trail past small bays. Cirali is a peaceful village between ancient Olympos and Chimaera. Return to Ulupinar village for overnight accommodation (transfer time 15mins / 15km). walking distance: 18km/11mi; ascent: 215m/705ft; descent: 205m/672ft

Meals:  B,D

Today’s walk takes you south along the Lycian Way, through a peaceful valley to Chimaira (or Chimaera). According to legend a monster (part goat, part lion and part snake) blowing fire from its mouth was terrorising the locals. Bellerophon, the hero of Lycia, killed the monster by pouring molten lead into its mouth. Today, situated at 300m above sea level, you can observe flames escaping among the rocks, known in Turkish as Yanartas (flaming rock). The spot consists of some two dozen vents in the ground, grouped in two patches on the hillside. The vents emit methane thought to be of metamorphic origin. In ancient times sailors could navigate by the flames. Afterwards you make a gradual descent to the coast, finally arriving at the beach at Cirali. You will spend the night in Cirali at a small family run hotel/pension. walking distance: 7.6km/4.8mi; ascent: 200m/656ft; descent: 320m/1050ft

Meals:  B,D

An early start is required for the 800m ascent of Mount Moses. The route through pine forest takes you up the mountain to a shepherd hut where you can have your lunch. From here there are good views of the Adrasan valley and a short distance away are the ruins of a small lost city which are well worth exploring. Descend down to Adrasan with its' 2 kilometres long sandy beach. Overnight in Adrasan. walking distance: 16km/10mi; ascent: 720m/2362ft; descent: 720m/2362ft

Meals:  B,D

A superb day of coastal walking awaits you today. After a short transfer to the area of Karaoz (40mins / 30km) you start your walk on a wide trail up through pine forest and ascend to a rocky ridge crest overlooking the peninsula of cape Gelidonia with its two lighthouses. You continue your hike with beautiful views down to hidden coves and across to islands. This is a beautiful walk contouring the range of hills which forms the backbone of Gelidonia. descending close to the sea’s edge, the route twists and turns amongst limestone crags sometimes under pine trees and sometimes high above the sea. Arrive in Adrasan where you spend the night at the hotel. walking distance: 15.7km/9.8mi; ascent: 325m/1066ft; descent: 405m/1328ft

Meals:  B,D

In the morning there will be a transfer to the main road where you will take a local bus to Antalya, a journey of 1 ½ hours with taxi from bus station to your pension in the old city. The remainder of the day is free to explore Antalya.

Meals:  B

After breakfast there will be a transfer to the airport, trip concludes.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 7 breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D) - Breakfast is Turkish style and will generally include cheese (feta and local yellow cheese), olives, eggs, cucumber, tomatoes, jam, honey, bread, tea or coffee, fruits. Dinner is a fixed menu; soup or hot and cold appetisers with fresh baked bread, main course (usually kebab varieties), salad, and dessert (fruits or baklava).
  • 7 nights accommodation in simple hotels and pensions on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Private transfers as described in the itinerary
  • Walking guide: The Lycian Way, by Kate Clow (one per booking – minimum 2 people travelling together)
  • Basic accompanying maps, directions and GPS tracks
  • Luggage transfer (one bag per person)

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from Antalya
  • Meals not indicated above – allow approx. EUR40 - At lunch you can go to a local restaurant where a fixed menu generally includes soup or hot and cold appetisers with fresh baked bread, main course (usually kebab varieties), salad, and dessert (fruits or baklava). Other styles of lunch include dining at a family run restaurant to have Turkish Pide bread or Gozleme (a pancake with cheese or potatoes or spinach) or Turkish Ravioli. Alternatively, basic supplies can be purchased in villages for a picnic.
  • All entrance fees for historical and natural sites (allow EUR 35)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Storage of excess luggage
  • Transfers not part of the trip arrangement including (eg) local bus from Adrasan to Antalya and taxi from bus to your hotel in Antalya - allow 45 TL
  • Travel insurance

Upcoming Travel Dates

AT A GLANCE

Duration:8 Days
Countries:TURKEY
Starting Point:Antalya
Finishing Point:Antalya
Activities:SELF GUIDED WALK
Grade:moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:ULY
Prices From:GBP£810 Per Person
Single Supplement:GBP£140  Click for more information
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