The Lycian Way is well known for its famous stages passing by Ölüdeniz Beach, Gelidonya Lighthouse or Mount Olympos. The Teke Peninsula is however home to many more natural beauties and historical treasures! In Central Lycia, the region between Demre and Kaş, some great walks and interesting visits can be made from comfortable, well-located accommodations. This guided tour will introduce you to this rocky Mediterranean coast where the Lycian Way leads past beautiful beaches and turquoise waters, as well as some impressive remains of ancient Lycian cities and early Christian monasteries.
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€610 per person Price based on double/twin room occupancy Minimum group size 8 pax. For groups under 8, a surcharge of €90 per person is required Single room supplement €160
2023: 12-16 May
all transfers (also from/to airport Antalya) and luggage transfers with private vehicle including driver and fuel
5x accommodation HB
3x lunch (picnic or lunch on yacht)
yacht trip Kekova bay
qualified English speaking guide
soft and alcoholic drinks during meals
entrance fees to historical sites and museums
tips and gratuities
Customers should have good quality hard soled trekking boots, rain gear, swimwear, sunhat and sunblock, and a 30-40 litre daysack. Walking sticks are recommended.
You pack, we take care of the rest! We transfer your luggage between the accommodations while you enjoy your walk. Our aim is to make your holiday more enjoyable. During the walks, you carry your daysack only.
The first 2 nights we stay in a comfortable guesthouse in a hillside village near Demre. The restored traditional mansion is surrounded by flowers, animals and greenery. The breakfasts are perhaps the best of all Lycia! The next 2 nights are spent on the seafront of the unique village of Simena that can only be reached on foot or by boat. From the terraces in front of the rooms the views over Kekova Bay are simply stunning. There is fresh fish on the menu and famous homemade ice cream for desert.
During the tour, you will enjoy natural, regional and rich Turkish food. Evening meals consist of a soup or salads, a main course and fruit or sweet for dessert. Lunches will be picnics or meals in local restaurants. Our packed lunches are wonderful and we include plentiful trail snacks such as dried fruits and nuts.
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Day 1: Arrival & walk Beymelek - Demre (8km / 2hrs)
Meeting with tour guide and driver at Antalya airport and transfer to Beymelek (2hrs). After our check-in we make an introductory walk to Demre passing Ision castle on the St. Nicholas Way. We visit the church of St. Nicholas and the remains of ancient Myra, where an impressive theater, agora and the ancient cemetery are still visible. We return to Beymelek by car (10 mins) for our dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Alakilise – Beymelek (14km / 5hrs)
We arrive at Alakilise after a transfer (45 mins). Here we discover one of the first known Christian monasteries in the Demre area, hidden away high on the mountain slopes. We descend through the forest along the St. Nicholas Way passing by ruins of another beautiful church while enjoying views over the Demre plain and Beymelek lagoon. Dinner and overnight in same guesthouse in Beymelek.
Day 3: Lycian Civilisation Museum & Çayağzı - Simena (12km / 4hrs)
The Museum of Lycian Civilisation resides in a restored Roman period granary in what once was the harbour of ancient Myra, Andriake. From Andriake (Çayağzı harbour) we walk to Kapaklı along the coast. From here the new section of the Lycian Way leads past ancient Istlada, a lovely site in a secluded, inland valley. Along more coastal paths we approach the seaside town Simena (also known as Kale). This unique place sits at the tip of a peninsula and can only be reached by foot or by boat. We walk up the fortified hill top crowded by a Crusader Castle, via the large Lycian necropolis with sarcophagi and rock tombs. From our seaside pension we enjoy extraordinary views over Kekova bay and the sunken city. Dinner and overnight at pension in Simena.
Day 4: Kılıçlı - Aperlai (7km / 3hrs) & Kekova Sunken City yacht tour
Transfer by boat and car to Kılıçlı village (45 mins). After visiting the acropolis of Apollonia, we hike down to the coast passing the cemetery and ancient harbour town of Aperlai. In Antiquity purple dye was extracted here in huge quantities from sea snails to decorate the clothes of the nobility and transported by ship to the cities of the Roman world. We walk to the pier to embark on our yacht trip to the Sunken City. We sail to Simena enjoying lunch and a swimming stop at Tersane Bay (an old shipyard). Remains of houses and harbour works are visible under the waves as earthquakes in the first centuries AD caused sea levels to rise. Dinner and overnight in same pension in Simena.
Day 5: Boğazcık – Okçuöldüğü (12km / 4hrs) & Departure
After breakfast, we sail to Üçağız and drive to the start of our walk near the village of Boğazcık (40 mins). We walk past a Roman watchtower to the beach. After passing 'Grape harbour' the trail climbs uphill and arrives at the hamlet of Okcuöldüğü where we meet our transfer vehicle and head towards Antalya airport (2,5 hrs). A late afternoon or evening flight from Antalya airport is required.
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Pirate Coast Trek
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Seven Capes Trek
This exciting guided trek follows the prettiest parts of Turkey’s first ever long-distance footpath - the Lycian Way. The region south of Fethiye is known as the Seven Capes, a stunning coastline where steep promontories drop abruptly into the sea. The route meanders over bare hillsides and through scented pine forests overlooking the blue Mediterranean. We start in Kayaköy close to the famous white sands of Ölüdeniz lagoon and follow well-preserved foot paths to Faralya, Alınca and Yediburun enjoying the vast sea views from their elevated locations. In between, the route dips down to wonderful hidden beaches such as Kabak where sparkling waves lap smooth sands, idyllic places for a swim. The trek ends at the impressive ruins of Patara, one of the principal cities of ancient Lycia and located near one of the finest beaches of Turkey.
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St. Paul Trail
This guided trek starts from the ruins of Perge (east of Antalya) and follows parts of the eastern branch of the long distance walk from Perge to Antioch in Pisidia (Yalvaç), deep in the Taurus mountains. The trek allows us to immerse ourselves in the way of life of the inhabitants of the old stone and timber villages along the route; we will frequently stay in village houses, see the local handcrafts, watch cheese and yoghurt making and enjoy the tasty village foods. The trip includes a visit to the major Greek/Roman city of Perge as well as many opportunities to look at bulbs and birds during the walks. Our trail follows beautiful sections of Roman roads and migration routes in use since Roman times (and perhaps even walked by st Paul himself) in this spectacular area of forests, canyons, rivers and peaks.
The Green Valleys of Cappadocia
The love valley gives you chance to have great shots of Cappadocia with small fields, lush vegetation and strange rock formations. Pigeon Valley is named for the many pigeon houses or dovecotes carved into the rocks and cliffs. Even though they are few pigeons only.
Trekking in Cappadocia
The fairy chimneys and secret valleys of Cappadocia offer the opportunity for some of the most fascinating day walks to be enjoyed anywhere in the world. The famous troglodyte villages and the amazing scenery are best enjoyed on foot. In this one week tour, walking possibilities are endless in this area of cave lived valleys and surreal rock formations. The walking is of moderate difficulty and is generally between 4 and 5 hours each day. There is also time to visit some of the attractive villages on route.
Capturing the highlights of Turkey in one tour is not easy, but this 14 day culture & hike program comes close. It gives you a chance to discover the rich history of Istanbul, the city that embraces two continents and to admire the 'out of this world' natural and cultural wonders of Cappadocia. Next, you can strengthen your legs on some of the most beautiful sections of the Lycian Way, before ending the holiday with a visit to one of the best preserved ancient cities in Turkey, Ephesus.