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St Paul's Trail

Turkey's second long-distance walking path through the Taurus Mountains

  • Turkey

  • 7 nights
  • Full Board
  • May

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    Sep

    Oct

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Walking grade

Grade 6

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 6-10 miles a day. Paths can sometimes be in remote areas with steep 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 where we ascend Sivri Peak at 1750m.

A English speaking local guide will accompany us throughout our holiday. 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. 

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Follow the most exciting sections of the wild long-distance trail though dramatic and varied scenery.
  • Explore deep canyons, historic sites, ancient villages and remote, varied landscapes.
  • Walk with a local guide who will bring the trail to life and share fascinating details about the flora, fauna, archaeology and history.
  • Follow the course of the dramatic Koprulu River and Canyon, passing deep pools and rocky slopes.

St Paul's Trail is a 500km path 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. We'll start our exploration in Perge and Selge, making our way through the Koprulu National Park to Caltepe, Kasimlar, Sagalassos and Egirdir. 

Our local guide will bring the trail to life as we explore the historical city of Selge before following the trail through vast forests and unique  rock formations. We follow the course of the Köprülü River and the canyon, passing deep pools and rocky slopes. We visit the Prostanna ruins and walk to the top of Sivri Hill for a fantastic view of the Egirdir lake. 

We immerse ourselves in Turkish traditional culture. 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 accommodation's own gardens. Some of our evening dinners will be a typically Turkish where we'll sit on the ground and eat from low tables! 

The small villages dotting the path are remote and accommodation can be challenging to find as options are small, sparse and simplistic, therefore we are extremely lucky to be able to walk this path as a group.

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

  • Return flights London to Antalya
  • Airport transfers
  • Full board en suite accommodation
  • Picnic lunches
  • English speaking local guide.
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entry fees into sites included in the programme
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

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.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to the St Paul's Trail

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We fly from the UK to Antalya airport. On arrival we transfer to our accommodation in Antalya's old city centre, known as Kaleici. 

Transfer Time = 30 minutes

Day 2

Perge, Koprulu Canyon and Selge

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Koprulu Canyon

Koprulu Canyon, a 400m deep and 14m long canyon stretching along the Kopru River in the impressive Koprulu National Park.

  • Time

    5-6 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    742/66m

Our exploration of the St Paul’s trail starts in Perge, an important city of ancient Pamphylia and home to ancient ruins including a theatre, temple of Artemis, churches and an acropolis dating back to the Bronze age. 

We’ll explore the ancient ruins before continuing towards Koprulu Canyon, a 400m deep and 14km long canyon stretching along the Kopru River in the impressive Koprulu National Park. We’ll walk through this dramatic canyon and pass unique rock formations, past the vast amount of flora and fauna, including wild olive trees, oak trees, red pine and black pine.

We walk to Selge, an ancient site in the city of Pisidia on the southern slope of Mount Taurus on St Paul's trail, home to the ancient remains of an acropolis, theatre, gymnasium, and stadium. 

Day 3

Selge, Koprulu National Park and Caltepe

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    7-8 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    215/675m

We continue through Selge to the beautiful Koprulu National Park. Our path leads us through forest of pine and oak, across impressive limestone ridges, past shepherds huts and on to grazing lands where we may see cattle and wild horses. We'll see old roman remains, winding our way through forests to small villages including Oren, Delisarnic and Kestanelik. We’ll reach Caltepe, a small village where we’ll spend this evening.

Day 4

Kesme, Kasimlar and Koprulu Canyon

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    253/582m

We 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 Koprulu 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.

Day 5

Sarp Dagi Mountain

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    8 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    280/800m

A short transfer takes us to the start of our walk at the Tota Yaylasi pasture where a walk along a dramatic ridge top leads us along a green luscious spot in the forest past massive old pines and rare species of oak and juniper. The trail takes us around Sarp Dagi Mountain and along to the ruins of roman church. We may be able to see colourful wild tulips or wild cyclamen with the backdrop of the impressive Taurus rocky mountain range.

Day 6

Adada, Sipahiler and Egirdir

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    7-8 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    190m

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 along a dramatic rocky gorge to Sipahiler before transferring to Egirdir where we may have time to explore the town centre, discover the local markets or swim in the tranquil lake!

Day 7

Sivri Hill, Sagalassos and Antalya

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2-3 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    520m

We explore the impressive Prostanna ruins near Akpinar village during our walk today and venture to the top of Sivri Hill (1750m) for extraordinary panoramic views of Egirdir Lake. We transfer to Sagalassos to visit its intricate ruins spread over the south facing slopes of the dramatic Taurus Mountains. Today the site is known as one of the best preserved ancient cities in Turkey, including Roman baths, library, a theatre and mansion. Expect spectacular views alongside its interesting monuments from Hellenistic and Roman times.

We’ll transfer back to Kaleici where you’ll have some time to explore the cobbled narrow streets of the old city. 

Day 8

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

After a week 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

2nd May 2023 - 9th May 2023 (7 Nights)

6th Jun 2023 - 13th Jun 2023 (7 Nights)

5th Sep 2023 - 12th Sep 2023 (7 Nights)

3rd Oct 2023 - 10th Oct 2023 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights London to Antalya 
  • 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.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

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.

Aspen Hotel

Antalya is a large city on a low plateau surrounded by magnificent mountains. It has been an important centre since ancient times and has antiques from various ages including ancient city walls, a roman gate, mosques and churches. The archaeology museum houses a fabulous collection of statues, tombs and other artefacts from the site and other sites in the area. The old town and harbour are charming. There are many places to explore including parks, the small souvenir and handicrafts shops and stalls. There are also many facilities you would expect including restaurants, cafes, shops and banks. 

The Aspen Hotel is located in the centre of Kaleici; also known referred to as Old Antalya, situated in the heart of Antalya's historic old town. The hotel is a former Ottoman house, so has plenty of authentic Turkish character. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, a sauna and a lounge bar. Please note that we cannot guarantee that the swimming pool will be open during your stay.

We stay in standard rooms with views of either Kaleici, the garden, pool or the yacht harbour. Room facilities include:

  • Ensuite facilities including a shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini bar

Perge Pension

The Perge Pension is located on the border of Koprulu Canyon National Park. There is a beautiful natural spring pool and a restaurant. Rooms are in wooden bungalows and include private ensuite facilities, air conditioning and internet connection.

Barca Evi Pension

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. 

St Paul 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. 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.

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. 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.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

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 6-10 miles a day. Paths can sometimes be in remote areas with steep 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 where we ascend Sivri Peak at 1750m.

A English speaking local guide will accompany us throughout our holiday. 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. 

Walks & Excursions

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.

Optional Excursions

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.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

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.

Tipping

Tipping to our local suppliers including hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers is included in your holiday price. If, however, you would like to make an additional contribution for a particular service, this is entirely at your own discretion, and any donation should be given directly to the recipient.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

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.

Local Guides

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.

Your Travel Details

We fly from London to Antalya. The transfer from Antalya Airport to Antalya will be by private coach and will take approximately 30 minutes.

Travel during the week will be by private transport. Transfers to and from the walks can vary each day, some transfers will be 20 - 30 minutes whereas others could be up to an hour.

If you intend joining and leaving the party in Kaleci, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at hotel. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.

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.

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.

Coronavirus Travel Advice

You may be required to provide proof that you have been fully vaccinated when travelling or in your destination. Proof of vaccination can either be digital via the NHS app or a printed copy via NHS Hard Copy. We recommend allowing seven working days for your printed copy to arrive. Please note both the NHS app and printed copy are only valid for 30 days.

We anticipate that all travellers will need to be fully vaccinated including the booster jab and to carry proof of this with them at all times. Some indoor venues require, and may ask for proof of vaccination, as well as masks becoming mandatory for indoor public spaces, and we ask you to be prepared for this.

Local Guidance & Travel Restrictions

Entry Requirements

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.

General passport advice for UK nationals on the UK Government website.

FCDO Travel Advice

You must ensure you check all entry requirements in good time by reviewing the official FCDO advice for your destination. Please take time to read and regularly check this website for changes to the entry requirements and any local restrictions.

Meals

Breakfast, lunches and dinners are included in the holiday price. 

Breakfasts and three course evening dinners will be taken in our accommodation. We will be experiencing traditional and locally sourced Turkish dishes made with fresh ingredients, sometimes from the accommodations own gardens. Evening meals are usually homemade and typically consist of soups or salad, a main course which may include fish, meat or vegetarian options, with rice or pasta, and 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! 

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.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

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:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

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:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

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 & Other Information

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

www.cultureroutesinturkey.com/st-paul-trail/

www.turkeytravelplanner.com/go/med/Perge/st_paul_trail.html

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

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

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Ramblers Walking Holidays that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.

Your travel insurance policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation. Please ensure your policy covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are walking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover are not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.

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.

Covid-19 Cover

If you should have symptoms and test positive for Covid-19 whilst abroad, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative and you may have to seek treatment. We strongly recommend that you take out an insurance policy that covers you for this eventuality.

Looking for travel insurance?

If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.

SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development 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.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

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.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

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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Turkey

  • Capital

    Ankara

  • Currency

    Turkish Lira

  • Language

    Turkish

  • Time Difference

    UTC +03:00

  • Flight duration

    5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    3°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • February

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 73mm

  • March

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 66mm

  • April

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 59mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • June

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 31mm

  • July

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 16mm

  • August

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 16mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 24mm

  • October

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 52mm

  • November

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 73mm

  • December

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 99mm

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