The coast, villages and countryside of the Eastern Algarve and then explore the treasures of this most westerly corner of Europe.
Turkey's second long-distance trail
What does this mean?
Tour codes: 28600
Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent.
These walks are in more remote areas such as Andorra or northern Portugal.
Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.
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.
We immerse ourselves in the local Turkish traditional culture as much as possible. We stay in local pensions and small family run hotels, and experience traditional and locally sourced Turkish dishes made with fresh ingredients, sometimes from the accommodations own gardens. Some of our evening dinners in pensions will be a typically Turkish where you sit on the ground and eat from low tables!
This holiday will leave you wanting to discover more of Turkey and its second long-distance trail.
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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen
Itinerary & Travel
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.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
We fly from the UK to Antalya airport. On arrival we transfer to our accommodation in Antalya.
Transfer Time = 30 minutes
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.
We transfer to the secluded village of Degirmenözü and follow the course of the tranquil Köprülü river. The route winds up and down 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.
We transfer south to start our walk along the east side of the dramatic Köprülü canyon. We capture the most incredible panoramic views above the Tazi Kanyon before following the winding forest tracks back to Çaltepe.
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 follow the rim of the dramatic Köprülü canyon, down through impressive rock formations before reaching a bridge across the river. We 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.
We transfer to the Tota pasture where today's walk along a dramatic ridge top leads from this green luscious spot in the forest back to Kasimlar. We venture along the ruins of Byzantine church and may be able to see colourful wild tulips or wild cyclamen with the backdrop of the impressive Taurus rocky mountain ranges.
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.
A transfer to Sipahiler will take us on to the St Paul trail to Serpil. Paths lead us through dense 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 transfer back to Egirdir.
We explore the impressive Prostanna ruins near Akpinar village during our walk today and venture to the top of Sivri Hill (1800m) for extraordinary panoramic views of Egirdir Lake. We return to Akpinar village for a well deserved break before transferring back to Egirdir where we may have time to explore the town centre, discover the local markets or swim in the local lake!
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 picturesque Egirdir lake, once a Christian village but now a place of pilgrimage for followers of Sheik Nursi. This area is known for the beautiful rose gardens where rose essence is produced! At the end of our walk we transfer back to Egirdir.
Our walk today leads from Barla to Dikmen Çiftligi, across beautiful upland plains with spectacular views towards Egirdir lake. Once we arrive at Dikmen Çiftligi, we drive to the city of Yalvac on the eastern side of the lake.
We transfer to Sücüllü for a parallel walk to the 19 arches of the impressive 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!
We transfer to Sagalassos (approximately 2 hours 15 minutes) to visit its ruins spread over the south facing slopes of the dramatic Taurus Mountains. Expect spectacular views alongside its interesting monuments from Hellenistic and Roman times.
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.
After two weeks of walking in the footsteps of St Paul it is time to say goodbye to Turkey. We transfer to Antalya airport for our return flight back to the UK.
Departure dates for your selected tour
10th Sep 2021 - 24th Sep 2021 (14 Nights)
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.
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.
This is a family run pension located outside the small village of Caltepe, owned by Erdinç and his wife Emine. Emine, is a fantastic cook who prepares tasty and fresh meals from local produce. Erdinç is an expert on local hiking trails. The rooms are set in a stone cottage with a long-shared veranda. All rooms have private ensuite bathrooms with showers. Bedrooms in the pensions are very basic with no extra room facilities such as hairdryers or mini fridges, but they are clean and well maintained.
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. All rooms have private en suite bathrooms with showers. Bedrooms in the pensions are very basic with no extra room facilities such as hairdryers or mini fridges, but they are clean and well maintained.
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. All rooms have private en suite bathrooms with showers. Bedrooms in the pensions are very basic with no extra room facilities such as hairdryers or mini fridges, but they are clean and well maintained.
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. All rooms have private en suite bathrooms with showers. Bedrooms in the pensions are very basic with no extra room facilities such as hairdryers or mini fridges, but they are clean and well maintained.
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.
This two-week walking holiday is a grade 6 where we can expect moderate difficulty with full days of walking, up to 5 – 7 hours and between 6-11 miles a day. Paths can sometimes be in remote areas with steep with ascents and descents. Some areas have soft ground whilst others will include rough terrain. Our walks will be exhilarating, the terrain will be rocky in many places and uneven under foot, walking poles will be useful. The highest point reached on this holiday is on our day 6 walk from Kasımlar to Tota Pasture passes at 1700m.
We have teamed up with one of Turkeys best trekking and mountaineering agents whose experienced guides specialise in particular hiking areas within the country. Our St Paul’s trails guide is very passionate about hiking and nature. We are in for a treat as our guides wealth of knowledge will help us to follow the footsteps of St Paul through Turkeys second long-distance trail. We will be given an introduction into the intriguing history, fascinating geology, and very unusual architecture of this region. Our guide will accompany us throughout the tour.
FLEXI-Walking We have mini bus support throughout this holiday so some walks may be shortened if you wish, giving you the flexibility of walking the entire day's route or opting out if you wish, catching up with the group later in the day. . Please speak to our tour leader and local guide for more information.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Currency in Turkey
Turkish Lire. Euros are sometimes accepted in shops and hotels. Turkish Lire is more convenient for for entrance fees, food, tips, drinks etc. They can be obtained from ATMS in larger resorts but not so available in smaller rural resorts. Euros, pounds or dollars in cash are more difficult to change.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.
We fly from London to Antalya. On some dates we also fly from regional airports. Our flights usually arrives into Antalya in the evening. If your flight arrives late into Antalya, we will provide an early dinner before your return flight to the UK on day 15.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Regional Flights (R3). We offer regional flight options on this holiday and there will be one or two transfer vehicles between the airport and hotel to minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport on the outward or return journeys.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Passport Information for Turkey
From 2 March 2020, British nationals travelling for tourism or business purposes will no longer need a visa to enter Turkey for visits of up to 90 days within a 180-day period. The Turkish government advise that your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Turkey and that there is a full blank page for the entry and exit stamps. If you plan to remain in Turkey for a period of more than 90 days, you should either apply for a long stay visa before you travel, or get a residence permit from the local authorities in Turkey before your 90 day stay has elapsed.
Breakfast lunches and dinners are included in the holiday price. We will be experiencing traditional and locally sourced Turkish dishes made with fresh ingredients, sometimes from the accommodations own gardens. Breakfasts will be taken in our accommodation and three course evening meals will be taken at our accommodation or in local restaurants. Evening meals typically consist of soups or salad, a main course and fruit for dessert. Some of our evening dinners in pensions will be a typically Turkish experience where you sit on the ground and eat from low tables! You will be fully immersed in Turkish traditions by the end of the holiday! Lunches will be taken as picnics along the way.
Drinking or cleaning teeth in unboiled water is not recommended. While bottled water is available to purchase locally, you may wish to consider an alternative to single-use plastic bottles such as a refillable bottle with its own water filtration system. Water-to-Go offers re-usable bottles that use a 3-in-1 filter system that you can fill up from any source. Each filter gives you the equivalent of 260 – 400 plastic water bottles.
Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Electricity in Turkey
Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Maps, Guidebooks & More
There are a number of TV programmes, books, guides, journals and maps for the St Paul Trail and the Taurus Mountains. Please see an example of a few below.
Turkey with Simon Reeves - Series 1 see's Simon Reeves stay with descendant of the original Turks in the Taurus Mountains. Available on BBC Iplayer
David Suchet: In the footsteps of St Paul - A two part documentary series where David Suchet explores the Mediterranean inspired by the life and travels of St Paul.
The St Paul Trail: Turkeys second long distance walk by Kate Clow
The Map Shop
Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for Turkey
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Turkey. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus, Hepatitus A, Hepatitus B and Rabies. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), is not valid in Turkey. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. Malaria risk is low and from May to October in all areas including the province of Mardin. Sporadic cases were reported in 2013. There is no malaria in the main tourist areas, including the places we visit.
Further Travel Advice
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You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
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