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Hike from Fethiye to Antalya: Highlights of the Lycian Way Date TBA

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    We will see some amazing ruins, visit traditional mountain villages off the beaten track, enjoy the gorgeous scenery,  have plenty of opportunities to swim in the lovely Mediterranean bays and relax at fabulous beaches and eat delicious food

    Commencing at the official Lycian Way starting point in Ovacik we follow the trail taking in some of the highlights finishing with some sightseeing in Antalya

    According to the Sunday Times the Lycian Way is one of the ten most beautiful long distance hikes (510km) of the world, to trek the whole route by foot is likely to take 21-28 days, this trip removes some of the less interesting sections

    The route is mainly over footpaths and mule trails; it is mostly over limestone and often hard and stony underfoot.

    The route is graded medium, it is not level walking and a reasonable level of fitness is required

    Included

    • 4 Day Treks (total approx. 65km)

    • 2 days Sightseeing

    • 6 nights hotel/pension accommodation including Breakfast

    • Transport between trekking points

     Luggage transfers,

    • Airport transfers,

    • Entrance fees to historic sites

    • Boat trip

    Flights are Self Book

    Price £TBA (excluding flights, visa, travel insurance)



    Highlights

    Day 1: Travel to Turkey

    Arrive Dalaman airport and transfer to our accommodation in Ovacik (approx. 45 mins transfer)

    Day 2: Famous First Leg of the Lycian Way

    Hike from Ovacik village up onto the outflung shoulders of Baba Dagi (1989 m). Along the way we see amazing views back over Turkey's most photographed beach, Oludeniz.

    Passing through pine forests and remote villages, through the 1957 earthquake remains at Kozagac we descend to the village of Faralya which lies on a small plateau above the fjord-like Butterfly Valley, where steep limestone cliffs drop to the sea

    Approx. 6-7 hours trekking 14km

    Overnight Ovacik

     Day 3: Patara Acqueduct, ancient city & beach

    We transfer to Akbel to the head of the 2000 year old engineering marvel of the Roman aqueduct , hike across fertile rolling fields and through pine forest, enjoying beautiful coastal views.  We visit the ruins of ancient Patara, one of Lycia’s principal ports under the Romans located at the mouth of the Xanthos River and was the major naval and trading port of Lycia and as such very wealthy.  The ancient city forms part of a protected area along with the beach. A fascinating site - the remains part buried in the sand include a theatre, baths, temples, a magnificent main street and the stunning Triumphal arch before continuing to Patara beach

    Approx. 6-7 hours trekking 16km

    Overnight Patara

    Day 4: Ancient Sites of Apollonia & Aperlae

    Transfer to Bogazcik,  today’s trek slowly winds up by goat paths to the fascinating scattered ruins of the site of Apollonia which includes the ruins of a Byzantine fortress, a hellenistic theatre and church.  The climb is made worthwhile by the views and some interesting tombs. Time for some exploring before setting off on a descent to Sıcak Peninsula where we visit the ancient lycian port town of Aperlae, where we see glorious ruins of the well preserved city wall.  From here an undulating track via numerous scattered tombs takes us all the way to our accommodation at Üçağız a quaint fishing and farming village in an idyllic setting on a bay amid islands and peninsulas

    Approx 7-8 hours trekking 17km

    Overnight Üçağız

    Day 5: Kekova & Myra - Sightseeing & Swimming

    We head to the ancient Lycian sunken city of Simena(Kekova) Simena is a popular Lycian site, situated upon one of the most attractive spots of the Turkish coast where we take a boat to explore the sunken ruins, the result of various earthquakes, the partly submerged streets and buildings are visible in the crystal clear waters. In the afternoon we visit Myra, an important Lycian city well known for its amphitheatre (the largest in Lycia) and the plethora of rock-cut tombs carved in the cliff above the theatre.  We will also visit St Nicholas Church in Demre and find out more about the legend of Saint Nicholas of Myra, the historical man who became the figure of Santa Claus. 

    Overnight Adrassan

    Day 6: The Famous Lighthouse & Olympos ruins

    Transfer to Çirali, a  very small rural village full of historic sites with a 3.5km secluded beach.  Today's undulating tracks through forests of pine, carob and bay trees with striking views south over islands takes us to the famous Gelidonia Lighthouse. We have time to explore the beach and the ruins of Olympos before a highly recommended evening walk to the burning rocks of Chimaera

    Approx 6-7 hours trekking 18km

    Ovenight Çirali

    Day 7: Sightseeing  Antalya

    Today we head to Antalya for some sightseeing before departing to the airport  

    Explore the labyrinth of steep streets and cobblestone alleyways, where Antalya's past and future merge into one. The old walled town of Kaleici is host to historic landmarks, dating back to Roman and Seljuk times where we will see the imposing Hadrian's Gate, malous Kesik Minare (Broken Minaret), and much more

    A visit to the marina where Antalya's historic and modern harbors are linked by steep flights of steps and are among the most scenic areas of Kaleici. Explore the small seafront shops, stop for lunch overlooking the harbour

    NOTES:

    • You will need to only carry a daypack with water, lunch and snacks and a warm layer

    • Trekking routes may be altered depending on group fitness/weather conditions

    • Trekking times and distances are approximate

    WHAT TO BRING:

    • Daypack of sufficient size for water, lunch, snacks & rain jacket

    • Sturdy, waterproof walking boots with good ankle support

    • Waterproof jacket & trousers

    • Warm clothes for evenings

    • Swimming gear

    • Sunscreen & hat

    • Any medications required

    • If you have a bee &/or wasp allergy you must carry your own Epipen (Ephinepherine Auto-Injector) or equivalent at all times


    IMPORTANT: By signing up to this trip you have agreed to the following disclaimer:

    'While safety is our top priority and although we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity/trip involves a danger of personal injury or death. Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.  The organiser only facilitates the group, and doesn't take responsibility for your safety during the trip

    INSURANCE:

    You also confirm that you will be responsible for your own insurance and make sure that it is at an appropriate level for this trip and activities you will be participating in (if in doubt, check with your insurance provider)

    Visa Information: It is your responsibility to obtain all necessary travel documents, including visa. Visas are required by UK citizens and cost USD20.  This can be obtained 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

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    Hi, I’m Ann. My love of trekking & sense of adventure led me to the Lycian Way &... more

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