Lycian Way Trek Western Section

Lycian Way Trek Western Section

This exciting trek follows the prettiest parts of Turkey’s first ever long-distance footpath – the Lycian Way. The route winds its way over bare hillsides and through scented pine forests overlooking the blue Mediterranean. It dips down to wonderful hidden beaches where sparkling waves lap smooth sands. We spend the night in tiny villages where grape vines wreathe the stone cottages. It ends at the impressive ruins of Patara, located near one of the finest and whitest beaches of Turkey.

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

Duration
7 Days

Season
Available April, May, September and October.

Grade
Grade B (with C option). Medium trekking with daypack. All luggage is transported to the next night’s stop. One Grade C optional half-day trek.

Accommodation
3 nights in hotel/pension, 3 nights in village house.

Meals
Lunches will be picnics. Trekkers are expected to carry some of the food for lunch.

Itinerary
Day 1: Transfer from Dalaman to Kayaköy
Day 2-6: Trek on Lycian Way
Day 7: Trek ends at Patara, transfer to Dalaman

Departure Dates
Available april, may, september and october.

Grade
Grade B (with C option). Medium trekking with daypack. All luggage is transported to the next night’s stop. One Grade C optional half-day trek.

Equipment
Trekkers should have good quality hard soled trekking boots, raingear, swimwear, sunhat, sunglasses and sun cream, and a 30-40 litre day sack. Walking sticks are recommended.

Accommodation
Accommodation: During this tour, you’ll stay in places that make you feel good and safe in lovely villages surrounded by trees and mountains. We use a mix of accommodation types: 3 nights in village houses. The properties are run by friendly people who do their best to make you feel part of the family and the local community. 3 nights in hotel/pension: You stay in small, local, family-run and friendly hotels and pensions with a personal touch.

Meals
Meals: We love our cooking in Turkey. We believe it is one of the tastiest and healthiest cuisines of the world. During the tour, you will enjoy natural, regional and rich turkish food accompanied by freshly pressed fruit juices, turkish wine, beer or even raki- the famous aniseed spirit. Evening meals consist of a soup or salads, a main course and fruit or sweet for dessert. Lunches will be picnics and trekkers are expected to carry some part of the food, but we don’t skimp on this: our packed lunches are wonderful and we include plentiful trail snacks such as dried fruits and nuts along the way.
Getting There
Via Istanbul with Turkish Airlines or Via London with Ryanair and Easyjet. Adventure Holidays will provide flight times and prices.

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

Grade
Grade B, with C options. Medium trekking with daypack. All luggage is transported to the next night’s stop. One Grade C optional half-day trek.

There is also a self guided option for this tour.
Day 1
ARRIVAL
On arrival in Dalaman airport you will be met by your driver and tour guide. We will transfer and check in at the Hotel in Kayaköy. Welcome drink, briefing and dinner at the Misafi Evi.

Day 2
Walk Ovacık – Faralya (14,5km, 5-6hr, +490m, -470m)
We transfer to the beginning of the Lycian Way, and start walking with spectacular views as we climb the shoulder of Baba Dağı (Father mountain). You then descend to the small village of Faralya on the green slopes above the Butterfly valley.
Dinner and overnight in Montenegro pension in Faralya.

Day 3
Walk Faralya – Alınca (16km, 6-7hr, +750m, -650m)
We walk along a forested path passing high above the secluded cove of Kabak. We will climb up a beautiful old mule trail to Alınca, with spectacular views over Yedi Burun (Seven Capes). Dinner and overnight in village house in Alınca.


Day 4
Walk Alınca – Gey (11km, 3,5hr, +200m, -450m or 16km, 6hr, +600m, -850m)
We walk along a spectacular coastline towards a pasture with an old Ottoman cistern. There we have the choice to descend along a stone cobbled trail to the secluded beach of Kalabantia; explore the ruins of the ancient harbour and swim in the crystal clear waters. After returning to the main trail we continue to Gey village partly along a quiet tarmac road. Dinner and overnight in village house in Gey.

Day 5
Walk Gey – Boğazıçı (13km, 5-5,5hr; +400m, -350m)
We start from Gey and walk to ancient Sidyma where we explore the ruins of this once huge city scattered around a valley and two hills. The village houses are constructed using ancient building blocks; inscriptions, tombs and city walls are visible. We will have lunch amongst the ruins and afterwards walk down to Boğazıçı village where we meet our vehicle and drive back to Gey for our overnight.
Dinner and overnight in village house in Gey.

Day 6
Walk Gey – Gavurağili (17km, 6-7hr, +200m, -750m)
We trek along a tiny goat path around the spectacular, secluded bay of Gemili to the village of Bel. After a short section of dirt road we arrive at Belceğiz and start our descent along the last of the Seven Capes following a steep rocky Roman road down to Gavurağili. We meet our transfer vehicle here and drive to Patara. Patara is famous for its very long beach where the giant sea turtles, caretta caretta are also known to come for laying eggs.
Dinner and overnight in Patara Flower Pension in Patara.

Day 7
Delikkemer – Patara (11 km, 3hr, +200m, -350m).
After a short transfer we visit the remains of a Roman aqueduct spanning a ravine at Delikkemer. It was part of a system that supplied water from high up in the mountains to ancient Patara on the coast. We walk back from the aqueduct to the ancient site of Patara partly following the course of the ancient waterpipes. At Patara we explore the ruins.
The trek ends in the afternoon with a transfer to Dalaman airport.
2019 Departures
Fixed Dates
15-21 September: €570 per person  
22-28 September: €570 per person
13-19 October: €570 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 per person is added to the price.

Self guided options are also available.

Prices
€570 per person

Flights booked direct with airline from €370. Please enquire for details and pricing.
All transfers (from/to Dalaman)
Accommodations
Guide
Transfers
Meals
Transfer of the luggage from one stop to the other .

From Price pp

€570

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