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Turkey:The Lycian Way,“A Sunday Times Top 10 Worlds Most Beautiful Walk”

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This trip takes us to one of the Sunday Times best 10 walks in the whole world– the Lycian Way in Turkey. Know as the Turquoise Coast this long distance path winds it's way along stunning coastline, through ancient ruins, and amazing landscapes. The sun drenched coastline features pristine beaches, and untouched countryside along a path that originating from a network of sheppard tracks. This trail stretches along 509 km way-marked footpath around the coast of Lycia in southern Turkey, from Fethiye to Antalya, an area know as “Heaven on Earth”. Where blues, turquoise and greens in the sea, blend with a beautiful blue sky and year round golden sunshine.

With a professional guide and driver, and baggage transfers between walking points you need only carry your day pack with you on route. We will be heading out in perfect hiking season. The climate in Southern Turkey guarantees us glorious sunshine and beautiful azure blue skies. We'll be walking the coastal path and so can take full advantage of the beaches along the way.

With the visit to Kas, one of the larger villages in the area now extended to two days, this trip really does have it all. Included in the route are visits to the archaeological heritage sites which dot the area, we will visit ancient ruins, Roman aqueducts, ancient theatres, and an acropolis. We we will also take a boat cruise over the sunken city in the lagoon of Kekova, and boat trip another from Kas to a bay frequented by many turtles. We will do all of this bathed in golden Mediterranean sun, followed by balmy evenings with great company.

Gorgeous weather, and a stunning natural environment, is complimented by sumptuous home cooked food in our pensions,and evenings of good food and good friends, on a route voted as one of the worlds top 10 long distance paths. RSVP now!

The full itinerary is here: https://www.facebook.com/London-Hiking-229304357119621/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1234305149952865

For more on the Lycian way click through here to see this great article in PDF (http://www.meetup.com/RuggedTracks/photos/25931219/)(click). (http://www.meetup.com/RuggedTracks/photos/25931219/)

There is a facebook page for the Lycian Way here:(click) (https://www.facebook.com/groups/likya/)

and there are a lot of pics on Flickr, here: https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=lycian%20way

All the days hiking is optional, if you choose you can simply take a day exploring the local beaches and surroundings and meet us back for dinner, our friendly minibus driver will drop you down and pick you up. If we are transferring to accommodation further down the route you can travel in the minibus with the baggage transfer.

Cost:

£485.00 GBP

Included all breakfasts, picnic lunch and one restaurant lunch on the hiking section, all dinners except days 5 and 6, airport transfers, baggage transfers from point to point on route, and boat trip on Day 5.

Not Included:

Drinks, flights, boat trip on day 7, lunches after the hiking section and dinners on days 5 and 6.

N.B the airport transfer is only available if you get the recommended flight or an earlier flight (there is only one bus!)

Bank details to pay:

NatWest Bank

C Baker

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Please ensure you use the reference; "Lycian" followed by your M.U user name e.g LycianCatherine. E mail Catherine once payment is made to confirm you have made payment. If you do not do this we may double book your place. Please include:

Your e mail address (doesn't show through meetup)

Mobile number

Dietary Requirements

Single Supplement:

Just £34.00 per person (number of single rooms is limited and will be allocated to the first to pay.)If you wish to pay by pay pal you will need to pay the transaction fee of (3.4% + £0.20)

Thus Payments:

Twin rooms:

BACS: £485.00

by Paypal: £502.28

(SOLD OUT) BACS with Single Supp: = £519.00

(SOLD OUT) by Paypal with Single Supp: £537.48

To pay by pay pal click here: http://paypal.me/LondonHikingCB

In the second screen add a note and use the ref “Lycian” and your user name eg “LycianCatherine”

Accommodation:

Rooms are in high standard Pansions along the route.

Please note there are currently limited to 20 places on this trip. If however it fills and you want to come do put yourself on the waiting list as we may be able to book a small amount of additional accommodation.

Only payment guarantees your place on this trip.

Snoring; Most people snore a little bit sometimes, but if you snore to an extent that you know you are likely to disturb other people’s sleep, please be considerate and do not book into a shared room. We are doing tiring activities which people need rest to enjoy. It is not fair to ruin other people’s holidays!

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVAL DAY

Fly to Dalaman airport where we meet with our tour guide and driver. Transfer to Pattara (2.5 hrs). Check into the accommodation in Pattera. Welcome briefing and overnight stay in a beautiful local Pansion, waking to breakfast in the morning in the lovely open air restaurant grounds.

Day 2: VISIT Ancient Theatre and Ruins and HIKE (14km, 4.5hrs; +350m/-250m)

After a 20 min transfer we will explore the first of a series of fascinating Lycian sites. This ancient city, founded on a river has breathtaking views and the ancient remains of a theatre, houses and tombs. We'll hear some great heroic stories from antiquity brought to life by our amazingly knowledgable and energetic guide and then drive on to our jumping off point just east of these ruins to start our days hiking on the awe inspiring Lycian Way. We follow time worn paths along forested hills and past gardens full of olives and grapes for 14km to our finish point for the day. From there it is a short transfer to our accommodation.

Day 3: HIKE from main road – to accommodation via ancient Aqueduct – (12km, 4hrs; +200m/-350m)

On day three we drive to the main road to again pick up the Lycian Way hiking trail. The path in follows an amazing section of a large and well preserved roman aqueduct! The ancient waterpipes supplied water from high up in the mountains to the ancient town which pre dated the local central settlement on the coast. We continue on to visit the site where the aqueduct spans a huge ravine, and then we walk to the site of the ancient settlement, again following parts of the course of the ancient waterpipes.

Later that day we explore the ancient central town of the region, now a large registered archealogical site we will explore the ruins of the ancient city that was the seat of the Lycian Federation and an important harbour city. You can see the birthplace of Father Christmas (yes St. Nicholas was Turkish!) this site was also visited by St Paul, there is a stunning white sand beach which we will have time to enjoy and take a swim, then on for an evenings dinner, socialising and overnight at the our beautiful Pansion, again with a lovely garden and outside restaurant.

Day 4: HIKE (16km, 6hrs; +600m/-400m)

We drive (45 mins) up in the mountains to start our hiking once more on the the Lycian Way path. We follow old trails along forested slopes for an hours steady climb to an ancient acropolis. After exploring the ruins we descend through the amazing landscape along an old path and dirt road to the forestry station where our transfer vehicle picks us up for the transfer down to the scenic town of Kaş, where we have dinner at our hotel.

Day 5: HIKE (10km, 4hrs; +150m/-500m)

On day 5 we travel to the beautiful village of Kiliçli (35 mins.) Here we ascend to another ancient acropolis to explore the ruins amongst this amazing natural landscape. Afterwards we descend over mule paths to a seaside hamlet. After a swimming break and a short coastal walk we will be collected by boat! We will then take an amazing cruise over the sunken city submerged in the blue lagoon of Kekova.

We'll take anchor at the coastal village of Üçağız where we meet our transfer vehicle for the drive back to Kaş. Here we have an evening dinner in local restaurant in town. Overnight in our hotel in Kas.

Day 6:

Day 6 will be a free day for to choose and arrange your own activity (our local contacts can set us up, or we can book at the hotel), we can chill in the lovely central plaza opposite the harbour, spend a day sunning ourselves and swimming from the rocks, pop over to Mais, the most northern Greek Island a short hop from Kas, or if you're feeling adventurous, go paragliding!!! We can take dinner in any of the many local restaurants in town. Overnight in our hotel in Kas.

Day 7

On day seven we'll take our final boat trip of the week, our captain knows the very best spot, a beautiful sandy bay full of loggerhead turtles, it is an absolute jewel and the perfect finish to the trip. You can snorkel or if you are qualified scuba dive. Then it'll be time for one last great dinner at our hotel and last night drinks. Overnight in our hotel in Kas.

Day 8: DEPARTURE we will have free time to explore anything we've missed in the beautiful village of Kaş before our transfer leaves for the airport at 15.00.

Transfer from Kaş to Dalaman (2.5 hrs).

Things to bring:

I strongly recommend you buy a 2 litre hydration reservoir (brand name camel back) for this trip. Otherwise water bottles with at least 2 litre capacity. These are available cheap on e bay and amazon.

Sunscreen

HAT!

Suitable light layers, with lightweight rainproof jacket (although you almost certainly won't wear it) + warmer layer for night time, the day time temperature is likely to be around 26-28 degrees but can be cooler at night.

A very light weight long sleeve top, and lightweight full length trousers in case you get sun burn

You MUST wear proper walking shoes/boots/sandals for this trip and make very sure that they are already worn in! otherwise you could get painful blisters. This is really important, even old walking boots can give you blisters.

We recommend you have worn whatever you plan to wear on the trip for at least 7 days in the six weeks prior to the trip, and get as many miles in as possible in them. You night look funny walking round the office in hiking boots but it will be worth it!

VISA

Do not forget to get your Visa! do this through the e Visa system here: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/apply/ they normally come through considerably quicker than the advertised time (sometimes one day) but do not test the system unless you have to. Also ensure you have the required post entry time left valid on your passport.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is not included in this trip and you should buy suitable travel insurance for hiking/walking activities. You can not come on this trip unless you provide details of valid travel insurance.

Flights

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You can get any flight so long as it gets you in time for the minibus which will leave Dalaman at 21.15, connecting from the following flights.

As we will be arriving too late for dinner please ensure you feed yourself on the plane out!

1. BA £104.14

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14.25 LGW - 20.40 Dalaman no changes 4hr 15min – I AM ON THIS FLIGHT

2. Monarch £57.15 - FLIGHT LEFT UP FOR INFO - DO NOT BUY THIS FLIGHT IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO, MONARCH HAVE PROBLEMS AND MAY FOLD.

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14.10pm London Luton - 20.20 Dalaman 0 changes 4hr 10 mins

3. Turkish (Indirect) £103.35

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11.50 LGW - 20.30 Dalaman 1 change 6hr 40 min

RETURN
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There will be two minibus drop offs to the airport, one in the morning leaving the hotel at 6.30am for a 9 am check in, and one in the afternoon leaving at 4pm for a 7pm check in.

1st option

BA, £140.34

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0 Changes 4hrs 10mins, Dalaman 21.40 – LGW 23.50

2nd option

Monarch £218.65 FLIGHT LEFT UP FOR INFO - DO NOT BUY THIS FLIGHT IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO, MONARCH HAVE PROBLEMS AND MAY FOLD.

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no changes 4 hr 20min Dalaman 21.10 – Luton 23.30

As these flights get in fairly late you will need to ensure you have appropriate public transport/taxi available from the airport

Options to return earlier in the day:

Turkish £126.56

Sat[masked]am Dalaman – 16.30 LGW 7hrs 5mins

Or any other flight you wish to get after the 9AM minibus drop off (no other minibus drop off’s are available.)

Turkey for Women:

Widely regarded as have the most beautiful coast on the Mediterranean Turkey is a democratically elected country. Turks drink if they want, smoke if they want to, wear a headscarf if they want to, and don't if they don't want too. You can feel perfectly safe as a woman here and can feel completely comfortable in the same summer clothes you would wear in the UK. I have been to this area 4 times since 2014.

Turkey and Middle East Troubles

Like London there have been some middle east related troubles in Turkey. These are mainly around the eastern border and are approximately the same distance away from Kas as Berlin is from London.

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Below pictures are from the previous trip with the group!

Amazing Roman theatre explained by our Archeology Phd super lively Tour Guide below..

Walking along a real Roman aqueduct....

taking a break :)

Boat trip #1 Turtle Bay and Beers!

Major Archaeological site visit bought to life in stunning style...

Goats taking some shade..

Paragliding!!

More Yummy food!

Sunset!

Spoilt for choice at the group dinner

Watching the sun go down

Happy Hikers!

The ultimate souvenir of the Lycian Way!!

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How to get off the waiting list?! A popular question... If you are on the waiting list and a place becomes available, remove your RSVP from the waiting list completely, then remark your RSVP as yes, if payment is required and you wish to pay by bank transfer, pay, then e mail the event organiser who will add you to the yes RSVP's.

Worried about coming on your own? More on walking pace, and questions about distance, footwear, weather, return train times or safety? Refer to our frequently asked questions here:

http://www.meetup.com/RuggedTracks/messages/boards/

If I can do anything to make this walk more accessible please get in touch by sending me a text message or voicemail.

There are tube closures in London every weekend. Plan your journey to the airport here:

http://www.meetup.com/RuggedTracks/messages/boards/thread/11007891

After I you pay I will e mail you a set of questions which the Turkish guides are required to collect for your safety, next of kin and some other details.

Important:

- You must be able to at least run 100 meters for a bus to join any of our hikes, especially long distance trips.

- Always check the group website for live updates to meeting point and directions before leaving for an event!

- Deposits and payments will be passed to a third party and are non refundable, except in the event that the trip were to be cancelled in which case you will be refunded in full.

If full payment has been made and you are unable to attend you can however offer your place for sale to a member of the same sex.

- You can stay longer on the beginning or the end of the trip. Drop us a line and our we can have this arranged for you.