Lycian Way Trek Eastern Section

Lycian Way Trek Eastern Section

The Lycian Way Trek Eastern Section is a challenging short trek follows the highest and most rugged section of Turkey’s first ever long-distance footpath the Lycian Way. The route winds its way above the Mediterranean’s most dramatic coastline, to the limestone peaks of Mount Olympos, soaring high above the glittering sea. It descends through shady wooded valleys along a 4-km beach past the ruins of the Lycian city of Olympos. It finishes at the spectacular isolated lighthouse on the ridge of Cape Gelidonia.

Lycia is the ancient name of the peninsula between Antalya and Fethiye on Turkey’s southern coast, where the Taurus mountains sweep down to the sea. The name comes from the Hittite word “Lukka” which meant light. Hence, Lukk(a)ia: The land of light. It deserves its name with its over 250 sunny days in a year. And the glorious views of sunshine reflecting from endless mediterrenean add to this image.

A long distance walk, the Lycian way, links the Roman, Seljuk and Ottoman roads, goat paths and forestry tracks in a 500 km walk around the coast. The route passes through ruins of many Lycian cities and visit the most worthwhile spots on the coast.

Adventure Holidays offer three different treks on the Lycian way

  • This tour, an 8 days group program on the Pirate’s Coast (eastern section Lycian Way,arrival airport Antalya)
  • A 7 day group program along the Seven Capes (western section Lycian Way, airport Dalaman)
  • A two week Lycian Trek.
Location
Lycian Way, Turkey

Duration
8 Days

Season
Available in April, May, September and October.

Grade
Grade C. Medium trekking with daypack; ascent of Mount Olympos is over scree and involves some light scrambling (this ascent is optional).

Accommodation
6 nights in pensions/hotels; 1 night in village house with shared bedrooms and toilet facilities for limited group size.

Meals:
Breakfasts and dinners in the accommodations. Lunches will be picnics
Day 1
ARRIVAL
On arrival at Antalya airport you will be met by your driver and tour guide. We will transfer (45mins) and check in at the hotel in Göynük. Welcome drink and dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Woodline Hotel in Göynük:

Day 2
WALK GÖYNÜK – GÖYNÜK YAYLA – 17km and 6hr; +1000m and -400m

We take a short transfer from our hotel to Göynük (10mins) and walk up the gorge over switchback ridges beneath pine trees, with excellent views to pastures and orchards, It is possible to swim where the river forms a nice pool near our lunch spot. We meet our vehicle near a ranch (alt. 850m) from where we transfer to our hotel in Ovacık.
Overnight in Gül Mountain hotel in Ovacık

Day 3
WALK GÖYNÜK YAYLA – YAYLA KUZDERE – 16km and 5hr; +460m and -525m

We transfer back to the ranch where we left the walk the previous day. Then we trek to Gedelme and have lunch at the restaurant in that village. We will explore a Roman castle and walk up to the village of Yayla Kuzdere (alt. 900m) where we stay for the night.
Overnight in village house in Yayla Kuzdere.(*)

Day 4: WALK YAYLA KUZDERE – BEYCIK -15km and 6hrs; +990m and -1130m

From Yayla Kuzdere we start with a steady climb up a stream bed to the pastures of Çukur Yayla, just below Mount Olympos (Tahtalı Dağı). We climb the pass from here (alt. 1950m).
Then we descend via a mule path to the village of Beycik (alt. 900m) where we meet our transfer vehicle that takes us to our pension in Çiralı.
Overnight in Kıyı Pension in Çiralı:

NOTE: Day 4 can be changed into an optional ascent of the Mount Olympos summit (alt. 2366m).
If we do that we don’t descend to Beycik, but climb from Yayla Kuzdere to the pass and from there to the top (total 6-7 hours and appr. 1400m uphill). From the summit we take the cable car to the lower station and transfer to Çiralı.


Day 5: VISIT ANCIENT OLYMPOS and WALK TO CHIMAERA (YANARTAŞ)

After breakfast we make an optional exploration of the ruins of ancient Olympos (total appr. 6km along the beach). After lunch there is free time until dinner. You can swim and lie on the beach or do other activities as desired (eg. sea kayak). After dinner we make a short night walk to admire the eternal burning flames of Chimaera (natural gas coming from the bowels of the earth in the location called Yanartaş) in the dark.
Overnight in Kıyı Pension in Çiralı.

Day 6
WALK ÇIRALI – ADRASAN- 16km and 6hrs; + 750m and -750m

We start directly from our pension in Çiralı and walk through the ancient city of Olympos and up Musa Dağ (Moses Mountain) (alt. 650m). After having a picnic lunch near an old hut we descend through forest, past deserted farmhouses to reach our accommodation in the beautiful bay of Adrasan.
Overnight in Adrasan Hotel in Adrasan:


Day 7
ADRASAN – GELIDONIA LIGHTHOUSE -18km and 7hrs; +700m and -700m

Again we start walking directly out of our hotel and walk via Kizil Sirt (alt. 450m); a switchback route along cliffs overlooking the sea to the lighthouse at the tip of Cape Gelidonia (alt. 200m). We have great views towards the islands all along the route which runs parallel to the sea at a high altitude. After arriving at the lighthouse we walk down to a dirt road to meet our transfer vehicle. Transfer back to Adrasan.
Overnight in Adrasan Hotel in Adrasan.

Day 8
Transfer from Adrasan to Antalya airport (2 hrs). End of tour.
Guided tour departure dates Departure Dates for 2019

  • 19-26 May
  • €755 per person
  • 29 September - 6 October
  • €755 per person
  • 13 - 20 October
  • €755 per person

Other Dates
For a minimum of 8 or more people we can organise any dates. For groups under the minimum number, a surcharge of €75 is added to the price.

Self guided options are also available for €680 per person. The best walking seasons are from April to early June and from September to late October.

Flights from €280 booked direct with Turkish Airlines.
Included

  • Price includes all transfers (from/to Antalya

  • Accommodations

  • Guide

  • Transfers

  • Meals

  • Transfer of the luggage from one stop to the other.


Not Included

  • One evening meal, soft drinks

  • Beer and tips are not included

  • Entrance fees to historical sites and museums.

  • Minimum 8 maximum 16 pax. For groups under the minimum number, a surcharge of 75 € is added to the price.

From Price pp

€755

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