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Hiking in Turkey, The Lycian Way and the Turquoise Coast

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Price: £50.00 /per person

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The Lycian Way is a long-distance footpath (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long-distance_trail) in Turkey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkey) around part of the coast of ancient Lycia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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/