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St Paul's Trail and the Taurus Mountains

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Cappadocia has a unique and distinctive landscape created by ancient volcanic eruptions. Erosion created a mystical land of uniquely formed tufa and basalt capped rock towers.

The St Paul Trail is a 500km trail from Perge to Yalvaç, near Lake Egirdir. The route starts at sea level at the Mediterranean shore and climbs up to 2200m to Turkey’s mountainous centre.

Our local specialist guide will bring the trail to life as we explore the historical city of Selge before following the trail along dark forest and creative rock formations. We follow the course of the Köprülü River and the canyon, passing deep pools and rocky slopes. Walk the trail towards Serpil, across spectacular limestone ridges and through oak forests. We visit the Prostanna ruins and walk to the top of Sivri Hill for a fantastic view of the Egirdir lake. Enter the city of Yalvaç along the ruins of the Roman aqueduct just as St Paul did.

This holiday will leave you wanting to discover more of Turkey’s second long-distance trail.

Holiday Highlights

  • Follow the wild long-distance trail though dramatic, varied scenery.
  • Explore deep canyons, historic sites, ancient villages and remote varied landscapes.
  • Enjoy the remarkable views of the Egirdir lake.
  • Discover the ruins on the summit of Güllük Mountain. 
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights Gatwick to Antalya (Charter)
      Airport transfers 
      Full board en suite accommodation 
      Dinners will be taken in the hotel or in local tavernas 
      Picnic lunches 
      English speaking local guide. 
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 6

  1. Day 1

    We fly from the UK to Antalya airport. On arrival we transfer to our accommodation in Antalya.

  2. Day 2

    We transfer to Selge on the St Paul trail (approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes) to explore the ancient city. We follow an ancient route of paved and rocky paths through dark forest and unique rock formations to Çaltepe village. 
    18km (11 miles), 450m ascent, 900m descent, 6 ½ hours

  3. Day 3

    We transfer to the secluded village of Degirmenözü and follow the course of the Köprülü river. The route winds up and down some steep and rocky slopes before becoming flat crossing the plain towards the village of Çaltepe. We may even get the chance to swim in the pools of the river during the day. 
    17km (10 miles), 375m ascent, 400m descent, 5 ½ hours. 

  4. Day 4

    We transfer south to start our walk along the east side of the Köprülü canyon. We capture the most incredible views above the Tazi Kanyon before following the forest tracks back to Çaltepe.

    12km (7.5 miles), 600m ascent, 680m descent, 5 hours. 

  5. Day 5

     We take the 50 minute transfer to Kesme to start our walk to Kasimlar. Today we will pass rural huts and ancient ruins. We may even meet some goats along the way. We will follow the rim of the Köprülü canyon, down through rock formations before reaching a bridge across the river. We will continue up into the village of Kasimlar located on the canyon slopes where we can capture impressive views down the whole length of the canyon.

    16km (10 miles), 390m ascent, 710m descent, 6 hours.

  6. Day 6

    We transfer to the Tota pasture where todays walk along a ridge top leads from this green spot in the forest back to Kasimlar. We walk along the ruins of Byzantine church and may be able to see wild tulips or wild cyclamen with the backdrop of the impressive Toros mountain ranges. 

    17km (10.5 miles), 360m ascent, 880 descent, 6 hours.

  7. Day 7

    Today we walk through a rural landscape, through tiny hamlets, alongside wild horses, and between age old trees. We venture through Adada where three major temples are still standing alongside the smallest ancient theatre in Anatolia. Our path leads us down to Sagrak, following the footsteps of St Paul. We then transfer to Egirdir for four nights accommodation.
    10km (6 miles), 150m ascent, 655m descent, 3 ½ hours.

  8. Day 8

    A transfer to Sipahiler will take us on to the St Paul trail to Serpil. Paths lead us through forest, across impressive limestone ridges, through indigenous oak forest, past shepherds huts and on to grazing lands where we may see cattle and wild horses. Once we reach Serpil we will transfer back to Egirdir.

    14.5km (9 miles), 400m ascent, 700m descent, 5 hours.

  9. Day 9

    We explore the Prostanna ruins near Akpinar village during our walk today and venture to the top of Sivri Hill (1800m) for extraordinary views of Egirdir Lake. We return to Akpinar village for a break. We transfer back to Egirdir where we may have time to explore the town centre, discover the local markets or swim in the local lake!
    8.5km (5.2 miles), 500m ascent/descent, 3 ½ hours.

  10. Day 10

    The small farming village of Bedre is our starting point for todays walk. We follow the walk to Barla on the western side of the Egirdir lake, once a Christian village but now a place of pilgrimage for followers of Sheik Nursi. This area is known for the rose gardens where rose essence is produced! At the end of our walk we transfer back to Egirdir. 
    15.5km (9.6 miles) 800m ascent, 620m descent, 5 hours.

  11. Day 11

    Our walk today leads from Barla to Dikmen Çiftligi, across beautiful upland plains with views towards Egirdir lake. Once we arrive at Dikmen Çiftligi, we drive to the city of Yalvac on the eastern side of the lake.
    15km (9.3 miles), 50m ascent, 780m descent, 5 hours.

  12. Day 12

    We transfer to Sücüllü for a parallel walk to the 19 arches of the Roman aqueduct that supplied water to ancient Antioch in Pisidia. Our path will lead us to the ancient city to see its baths, theatre, temples, fortified walls and the basilica of St Paul. We really are following the trail of St Paul today! 
    12km (7.4 miles), 200m ascent, 210m descent, 4 hours. 

  13. Day 13

    We transfer to Sagalassos (approximately 2 hours 15 minutes) to visit its ruins spread aover the south facing slopes of the Toros Mountains. Expect spectacular views alongside its interesting monuments from Hellenistic and Roman times.  

  14. Day 14

    We drive to Termessos (approximately 1 hour 20 minutes) to explore the ruins on the summit of Güllük mountain. Termessos is a unique site with its settlement on the steep slopes with extensive views across the Antalya plain. This ancient city was never occupied by its attackers; even Alexander the Great could not capture it! The necropolis is one of the most incredible parts of the city – get your cameras ready! 
    We transfer to Antalya for our final evening.

  15. Day 15

    After two weeks of walking in the footsteps of St Paul it is time to say goodbye to Turkey. We transfer to Antaya airport for our return flight back to the UK. 

     

Travel Details

  • Return flights Gatwick to Antalya (Charter)
  • Airport transfers by road c.30mins
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

 

 

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Atelya Art Hotel

The Atelya Art Hotel is a combination of two 18th century Ottoman mansions and a mixture of historical houses. This restored mansion is located in the historical centre of Antalya and close to the sea. The hotel has a garden filled with old orange and jasmine trees, a terrace area and a small pool to relax in. The courtyard area is very unique as it acts as an open-air museum as it is decorated with pieces from the Antique period. The courtyard is also the restaurant, where a buffet breakfast with Mediterranean fruit and vegetables served every morning. Its simplistic en suite rooms and pencil ornaments reflect the original Ottoman architecture. Rooms surround the open courtyard and include air conditioning, free WIFI and a safety deposit box.


Fulya Pension

Our pension in Egirdir is located on the shores of Lake Egirdir where you enjoy breakfast and dinner overlooking the vast lake. Rooms are spread over several neighbouring buildings. This pension consists of several buildings; Charly’s pension, Lale pension and Fulya pension; all unique and varying in style.


Psidia Hotel

This boutique city hotel is located in the centre of Yalvac. Psidia Hotel is modern with comfortable rooms which include central heating and a cooling system, mini bar and free WIFI.


Sagalassos Lodge and Spa

This Spa hotel is located in the foothills of the Taurus Mountains and surrounded by a peaceful pine forest. You can relax in its wellness centre, Turkish bath, sauna, fitness room and two swimming pools. There is also a panoramic bar and a library. Rooms are equipped with free WIFI, air conditioning, hair dryer, safe, telephone and minibar. The hotel’s restaurant serves traditional local delicacies, freshly made on the same day. The vegetables used are hand picked from the hotels very own garden.


Yolu Pension

Abdurrahman and his wife run a friendly pension on the edge of the village of Kasimlar. The rooms are built in wooden bungalow style. Breakfasts and dinners are taken in the communal living room in the traditional Turkish style where you sit on the ground and eat from low tables.