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Hiking in Turkey, The Lycian Way and the Turquoise Coast

  • May 2, 2014 · 12:00 PM

The Lycian Way is a long-distance footpath in Turkey around part of the coast of ancient Lycia taking  its name from the ancient civilisation which once ruled the area and is approximately 510 km long following an historic trade route, mainly along coastal paths heading inland at times through traditional mountain villages and farming communities between Fethiye and Antalya.
Listed by The Sunday Times as one of the world's top ten walks, it was officially opened as a way-marked route for trekking in 1999

The route is graded medium to hard; it is not level walking and a reasonable level of fitness is required.

Breakdown of costs £50 deposit payable on RSVP. £135 balance due 6 weeks b before departure. Does not include flights these are self book, see below

 

 

Saturday: Fethiye - Kayakoy - Olu-deniz

Beginning at the Lycian Amyntas rock tombs which are carved into the rock face overlooking Fethiye’s habour, we take the Roman paved road which leads us over the hill to Kaya village. A steep climb rewarded with views over the valley towards the deserted Greek Orthodox village, the subject of Louis de Bernieres' book ‘Birds Without Wings’. We will head to a local village cafe for lunch and have opportunity to take time to explore the many deserted houses and churches. After lunch we continue up over the hill to Oludeniz passing through the pine forests and stopping to take in the spectacular views of the crystal clear bays and the blue lagoon at Oludeniz. Walking down to the shores of the lagoon, there will be time for a swim. 

Approx. 6 hrs trekking, 12km
Packed lunch (optional Village lunch)
Medium difficulty
Uneven paths with some loose scree and some steep ascents

 

 

Sunday: Ovacik - Kirme - Faralya

Beginning at the original starting point of the Lycian Way, we are immediately rewarded with views over Oludeniz and the
surrounding islands.  Continuing along goat paths, low scrubs and pine forests we arrive at the village of Kozagac, where we can see the remains of a massive rockslide, a result of the 1953 earthquake.  We continue through fields to the tiny hamlet of Kirme and on via cobbled paths past a rock tomb cut into a boulder then following the route down a deep valley carrying a millstream down to Faralya, a farming and bee-keeping village lying along the cliff top road above Butterfly Valley.


Approx. 6 hrs trekking, 13km
Packed lunch
Medium difficulty
Long gradual ascent to Kozagac, path uneven

Monday: Faralya - Kabak

This walk takes us along the flank of Baba Dag, an easier route with pine forest on our left and views of the sea on our right
to the farming and bee-keeping village of Kabak.
From here we descend the path towards the beach where there will be time to have a swim and a drink at the bar before heading back up the hill to meet our transport back to our accommodation.


Approx. 4 hrs trekking, 8km
Packed lunch
Medium difficulty

 

Trip Notes:

• Itinerary may be subject to change due to adverse weather conditions and/or group fitness level

• 3 daytime walks included.

• B&B accommodation in twin shared rooms for 3 nights

• Transfers and pick up/drop back to accommodation included on day hikes

• Guided hike

• Packed lunch included

• Other meals and drinks and optional activities are not included

• You must have your own travel insurance that covers medical expenses and emergency rescue costs.

What to bring:
Suitable walking footwear and waterproof clothing.
Daypack to carry packed lunch and water.
Camera.
Torch.
Any medications required including for treatment of any allergies including bee/wasps stings

Flights are not included and will need to be booked separately


Airport transfers will be arranged for the recommended flights below, if you choose different flights you may need to make your own way to the hotel

Recommended flights:

Departure Friday 2nd May to Dalaman 

LGW Easy Jet[masked]:05 arrives 22:10 or

LTN Monarch ZB826 15:20 arrives 21:30

Return Monday 5th May From Dalaman

LGW Easy Jet[masked]:50 arrives 01:05 (Tuesday 6th) or 

LTN Monarch ZB827 22:30 arrives 00:55 (Tuesday 6th)


http://www.easyjet.com/EN/Booking.mvc

http://bookflights.monarch.co.uk/Select.aspx

Please email Ann with your flight details when booked.

Visa Information: It is your responsibility to obtain all necessary travel documents, including visa.  Visas are required by UK citizens and can be obtained on arrival at a cost of £10.00.  Alternatively you can now get a visa in advance online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ Make sure you have a blank page in your passport for the stamp. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office  

Cost: £185.00
After you RSVP yes, to secure your place you will need to pay a deposit of £50.00.
The deposit is non refundable.

Accommodation: This will be arranged on a bed & breakfast basis.  Single occupancy is available on request, at an additional £35.00.

Terms and conditions. http://www.meetup.com/GO-London/pages/Terms_And_Conditions/

 

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  • Karen

    Hi Oli, sounds great. Count me in. K

    February 18, 2015

  • Oliver

    Hello everyone. I am organising a post trip reunion in March. Some of you may remember our first reunion (if you made it) on Green Lanes last summer. I happen to have come to know Green Lanes (London's Turkish quarter) quite well and have been recommended an establishment quite close to the last (on Green Lanes) where we might dine and drink like royalty, and possibly perform a jig or two... VERY reasonably priced. It would be amazing if everyone could make it though appreciate that's unlikely: Please would you post here or message me direct with your email ASAP so I can send out details. Hope you're all well and alive and kicking. It was a great trip. Cheers, Oliver ;)

    1 · February 18, 2015

    • lizs

      Hi Oliver, sounds great, let us know when. :-D

      February 18, 2015

  • Julia

    Hi Oliver

    Let me know date and I shall try and make this one

    Julia

    February 18, 2015

  • Shahzad

    while the iron is hot, Gary do you have any plans of doing mount ararat this year?

    July 12, 2014

    • Shahzad

      this is also in turkey

      July 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hiya Turkey travellers:


    I am having a hiker get together at my house in bromley on 19th July. You are invited. If you want we can have a 5-6 mile hike first but if not, you are welcome. Depending on numbers, i will just order indian take away and share the cost. Let me know if you can make it so i can arrange hike nearby.
    Nearest station to me is Hayes, Kent

    Happy now Shazad?
    sheetal[masked]

    2 · July 4, 2014

    • Shahzad

      my sheetal!!! thanks for arranging this. sorry it took me so long to reply as its been maniac these days. I won't be able to attend any thing before 28th of july . I am currently in fasting period. Both you and oil have chosen wrong time ;) i will definitely be up for next one.

      July 12, 2014

  • Oliver

    Hey all, I have posted event details for the Turkey Reunion meetup, please add yourselves to the waiting list to register and I will manually activate your RSVP. Should be amazing and inexpensive food. Any probs doing this gimme a shout... ;) NOT to be confused with Sheetals do earlier in the month!

    http://www.meetup.com/GO-London/events/192842752/

    Cheers

    July 4, 2014

  • Oliver

    Hello dear people. I would like to announce my plan to organise a "reunion union" for our group one evening in July. In the spirit of the East, I would like to take you all to a fantastic Syrian eatery I know in the Shepherd's Bush area (and great value too). We might also make the event a bit of a cultural excursion and take in the market and a short walk around the area (and possibly a pub too). Thoughts please! And let me know if/when you're away in July :-)

    2 · June 26, 2014

    • Ann

      Sounds good to me, I'm not around 17th-22nd July

      1 · June 29, 2014

    • Oliver

      Hey all, I have posted this as a new event which you can find here:

      1 · July 4, 2014

  • Shahzad

    some of the photos added by oliver as even better than chocolate

    June 5, 2014

    • Karen

      Where are Oli's amazing photos????

      June 7, 2014

    • Shahzad

      those were pictures taken by Oli, rather than his own pictures. They ar e in pictures section .. last 3 pages :)

      1 · June 7, 2014

  • Karen

    I'm heading home tomorrow...I kept the candle burning bright in Turkey...it is magical here this evening with a full moon. So, thank you to Ann, Gary and a super group for helping me on my way to holiday heaven.

    4 · May 15, 2014

  • Marilyn M

    Thanks guys for a lovely weekend. A special thank you to Ann for organising and to Gary for keeping us entertained with his travel anecdotes. :o)

    5 · May 13, 2014

  • lisa

    I had such a great time!! Thanks Ann for organising. The whole break was perfect in every way. Looking forward to seeing you all at the reunion.

    4 · May 11, 2014

    • lisa

      How could I? It's not everyday someone offers an all expenses paid trip. Get saving for Spring 2015 ... I think Gary is organising a trip then. I'm in.

      1 · May 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      why are you saying that twice..i am not deaf you know...ok ok..i will I will also also sign up sign up

      2 · May 12, 2014

  • Ann

    Thank you all for making this trip a most enjoyable and memorable experience, a really great group of people :) x

    5 · May 9, 2014

    • Karen

      Anne, would love to see picture of the group in front of the sign to faralya bay. Cheers K x

      May 10, 2014

    • Ann

      I'll add some pics soon x

      1 · May 12, 2014

  • Shahzad

    Thanks Oliver. Good job ! I will contact you once upon my return to london. I can get you a cup of coffee for this job ;)
    Sheetal , I wouldn't be comfy letting whole world know what I have been upto. Internet can be dangerous.

    May 11, 2014

    • Shahzad

      You never know mr Sheetal

      May 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      i don't want to know MacShahzad

      May 12, 2014

  • Shahzad

    This one of the best groups ii ever went out with , ever

    2 · May 12, 2014

  • Shahzad

    Glad to know that Iam not the only one who is missjng the group and who doesn't feel like crying after seeing pics. Iam not enjoying west highlands way. Lycian way is far better.

    May 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Not even a tear for me Karen darling sweet chops! I am devastated. I shared my last shrimp with you

      May 11, 2014

    • Shahzad

      But you must be sad Karen. Right ? And sign when you see pictures of the trip.

      May 12, 2014

  • Shahzad

    can i ask for Facebook accounts of you guys, whoever feels comfortable to share. I can then add you in that group , incase you guys get any problems .

    May 9, 2014

    • Karen

      I don't really know what my fb name is...can you send me yours and I can join that way?

      May 11, 2014

    • Shahzad

      I have sent you a message Karen

      1 · May 12, 2014

  • Oliver

    Woke up in my own bed this morning and realized it is all over... until next time... This trip was one of the best ever and exceeded expectations on so many levels... Thank you Ann for organizing us, thanks to Melissa and Naim for showing us the way and adventure man Gary for looking after the flock! What a trip! I am seriously looking forward to this reunion and shall be counting the days.... Oli - PS. Shazad, yes I have successfully transported your perfectly legal and perfectly harmless (er?) ornamental knife. Chau!

    6 · May 11, 2014

  • Celeste

    What an amazing time. Amazing walks, beautiful views, fabulous people. Thanks so much Anne for organisng! Such a great week!

    4 · May 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      What's your pub group name. I need to join it

      May 11, 2014

    • Celeste

      Historic London Pubs, click on my profile & it should come up as or of my groups... We also have a Facebook group ;)

      May 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What's so secretive about posting pics here rather than a "secret" FB site. ....unless you have something to hide .....hmmmmmmm

    1 · May 11, 2014

    • Shahzad

      Sheetal and his silly theories. Does anybody know if my knife has arrived safely to london ?

      1 · May 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Last I heard Oliver was in custody with your knife

      1 · May 11, 2014

  • Oliver

    Simply brilliant.

    2 · May 11, 2014

    • Ricardo M.

      Very nice :) thanks for sharing!

      1 · May 10, 2014

  • Ricardo M.

    Got home just a while ago and I already want to spend the next 12 hours editing photos. So many good memories out of this trip, so many notes written, so many things learned. Thank you everyone for being part of it, couldn't have asked for a better experience.

    5 · May 10, 2014

  • Julia

    Enjoyed this so much and met some great , fun people. Thanks to everyone for making this so much fun and thanks to Anne for organising

    6 · May 7, 2014

  • Gary

    Thanks Ann for a well organised and fun trip

    4 · May 7, 2014

  • Mark T.

    Wonderful walking adventure, scenic views are beautiful and thank you Naim for excellent mountain leader.
    Great Hotel with lovely apartment, friendly staff and good food.
    Everyone in the group was friendly and helpful.
    Thank you Ann for organising the event and a good job in running the whole walking holiday.

    5 · May 7, 2014

  • Shahzad

    i enjoyed every single minute of this trip (apart from those minutes when i had to listen to sheetal) :)

    Great bunch of people. I had quite an emotional return journey on the plane. Sheetal, join Facebook.. I have created a group to share pictures etc..

    3 · May 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hahha.....funny man .... :)

      1 · May 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Oliver for getting my passport to me young fella....you are a gentleman.
    I left it on my bed. However the question is " what were you doing on my bed immediately after we all left for the airport ? " ....hey...someone has to ask :)

    4 · May 6, 2014

    • Shahzad

      i think he was looking fora double bed

      May 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice trip...lovely super people.

    2 · May 6, 2014

  • lizs

    Had the best time ever with a lovely group of people. So glad I took the plunge and signed up. Super well organised. Would love to do another one.

    4 · May 6, 2014

  • Oliver

    OK, who just said "I'm a walking shark".

    May 2, 2014

  • Oliver

    Red Lion after security good meeting point for gatwickers. I'm here now and surrounded by stag do's

    May 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am sitting in red lion back wall with white golf cap

      May 2, 2014

    • Oliver

      Which is the back wall? Can't see any white golf caps I have a table in front of left side of bar

      May 2, 2014

  • Shahzad

    Iam here

    May 2, 2014

    • Shahzad

      Iam here in red lion

      May 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      So am I

      May 2, 2014

  • Gary

    Checking in at Luton. The adventure starts here!

    2 · May 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Light hiking boots or the fill monty boots anyone?....

    May 1, 2014

    • Shahzad

      In plane*

      May 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ah lovely Ann...thanks...i will stick to the lite ones like shazhad as well then...thanks

      May 1, 2014

  • Gary

    Hi Guys,
    Here is the meeting info for tomorrow
    Luton Airport
    12:45 outside Starbucks (opposite WH Smith on ground floor prior to check in)

    12 departing from Luton:
    Ann, Gary, Celeste, Virtue, Marilyn, Carmen, Johanna, Lisa, Romina, Soleya, Alexis, Karen Gatwick Airport - North Terminal
    13:30 outside Costa Coffee (Level 1- same level as train shuttle)

    8 departing from Gatwick:
    Mark, Iona, Julia, Liz, Sheetal, Ricardo, Shahzad, Oliver

    Dalaman Airport

    After collecting your luggage, there is a duty free shop near the exit and we will meet outside here before leaving the terminal building.

    May 1, 2014

  • Ricardo M.

    Can't wait to do this! Already polishing (roughly) the hiking boots! Don't forget to print your Visas. I'll be departing from London Bridge to Gatwick around midday-ish if anyone fancies company!

    May 1, 2014

  • Shahzad

    i am driving to gatwick from ealing, if anyone wants a lift

    May 1, 2014

  • Gary

    One day to go, looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow :)
    Gary

    3 · May 1, 2014

    • lizs

      Caaaaan't waaaaaait!!

      1 · May 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am driving to Gatwick and gonna leave car there. Does anyone living near enough want to share the ride/costs. We get back at 1 am on May-6 and if you are near enough to me, I can drop you off. I live in Bromley,Kent. Let me know

    April 10, 2014

    • Shahzad

      Sheetal, which route you gona take ? Iam in Ealing

      April 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bromley-Croydon-caterham­ and gatwick

      1 · May 1, 2014

  • Gary

    Hi guys,
    All the information from the pre trip meeting can be found by clicking on the more tab followed by the files tab, all the files can be downloaded.
    If I have missed anything please let me know.
    Gary

    April 11, 2014

    • Karla

      Hi Gary, would there be another spot free at all: :) thanx

      April 18, 2014

    • Gary

      Hi Karla, Unfortunately it's too late to add any more people, we do however have a few more longer events coming up including weekends in the UK and trip to Morocco in October if you go to the top of the home page you will find links to these events.

      April 19, 2014

  • Karen

    Sorry Gary, where is the more tab? K

    April 12, 2014

    • Gary

      Hi Karen, the more tab is at the top of the page underneath the GO London banner.

      April 13, 2014

  • Faith A

    Are there any more spots on this trip (single occupancy room)?

    April 11, 2014

    • Gary

      Hi Faith, unfortunately the trip is full.

      April 11, 2014

  • Gary

    Hi Guys,
    I'll ask Ann to re send it and I'll post the info in the pages tab this evening

    Gary

    April 10, 2014

  • Julia

    Me neither

    April 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    nor have i

    April 10, 2014

  • Shahzad

    I haven't got anything from you ann

    April 10, 2014

  • Ann

    Hi guys, I've sent out an email with the trip information following on from the meeting last week. Let me know if you don't receive it. Cheers, Ann

    April 9, 2014

  • Shahzad

    can anyone please send me bank details.. i seem to have lost them

    1 · March 21, 2014

    • Ann

      Hi Lisa, I've sent you a message with the details. Thanks Ann

      March 21, 2014

    • Ann

      Hi Shahzad, many thanks now received

      March 21, 2014

  • lisa

    Hi can I please also have the bank details

    March 21, 2014

Your organizer's refund policy for Hiking in Turkey, The Lycian Way and the Turquoise Coast

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled

Additional notes: This is the deposit only, the total is £185 excluding flights. The balancebalance of £135 is due 6 weeks prior to departure. You are responsible for booking your own flights, recommended flights are in the text.

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

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