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The Lycian Way, Coast And Mountain

The Kingdom of Lycia on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast has seen the feet of many ancient peoples. Today the Lycian Way allows the lover of beautiful scenery and antiquity to experience this ‘country of light’.

  • Turkey

  • 14 nights
  • Sightseeing

  • Mar

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 5 Sightseeing

Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding. Some days of this holiday will be dedicated solely to sightseeing (or include an element of sightseeing). To enhance your experience, a knowledgeable local guide will accompany your small group for part (or the majority) of the holiday.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover Turkey’s first long distance footpath, visit both famous and off the beaten track classical sites.
  • Explore varied terrain and scenery; fragrant cedar forests, grassy mountainsides, gorges, beautiful coastal and mountain views.
  • Enjoy the swimming opportunities during some of our coastal walks.
  • Walk with a knowledgeable local guide who shares with us all the fascinating details about the flora, fauna, archaeology and history.
  • The first two single rooms to be booked will not be charged a single room supplement.
  • Explore the Olympos National Park, reaching the saddle beneath Mount Olympos.
  • Hike high above the Bay of Öludeniz, pass through mountain hamlets and have panoramic views over the Butterfly Valley.

The Kingdom of Lycia on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast has seen the feet of many ancient peoples. Walking the rugged terrain of the Lycian Way today still provides us with striking coastal and mountain views. 

Apart from our first and last nights in Antalya, we base ourselves in three centres, Fethiye, Kas and Adrasan, choosing the very best sections of the walk over its entire length from Ölüdeniz to Antalya. In addition we sometimes walk off the trail if we feel the scenery merits it. We have our own coach throughout, taking us to the start and collecting us at the end of our walks and a local guide who shares with us all the fascinating details about the flora, fauna, archaeology and history.

The scenery is very diverse throughout the holiday. The mountains of Lycia rise steeply from the sea, so on many days we will enjoy great impressive views along the coast. Sometimes we head inland along old mule trails to ‘yaylas’, the traditional summer pastures. We walk high above the beautiful bay of Ölüdeniz, pass through mountain hamlets, visit a beach or two and have magnificent panoramic views over the Butterfly Valley.

From Kas we walk inland through ancient forests and along sections of wild and rocky coastline, as well as exploring the ruins at Patara. From our third centre, Adrasan, a boat takes us to Kekova Island and Simena Sunken City. We walk in the Olympos National Park, reaching the saddle beneath Mount Olympos. Starting in Ulupinar we have a walk through lovely woodland and into a picturesque gorge to see the eternal flames of Chimaera.

These are just some of the walks and sights we see on a holiday full of contrast and surprises.

The first two single occupancy rooms to be booked will not be charged a single room supplement.

  • Return flights from London to Antalya
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite accommodation with breakfast
  • Dinners taken in the hotel with three taken in local restaurants
  • Knowledgeable English speaking local guide
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

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

Antalya

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We fly to Antalya for our first night’s accommodation in the old city.

Transfer Time = 30m

Day 2

Fethiye

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bare in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    353/53m

We leave Antalya and travel to Fethiye along Turkey's most turquoise coast, stopping for lunch at a Turkish restaurant on the way. We stop in the centre of traditional Fethiye and wind through the cobbled streets to Roman and Lycian tombs up to an old Muslim cemetery. From here our bus collects us and takes us to our hotel in Fethiye.

Day 3

Fethiye

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300/597m

Our walk today takes us to Kayakoy, a tiny Greek village deserted in the 1920s. We pass through forest on a dramatic coastal path with scenic views of the turquoise lagoon of Oludeniz, where there should be an opportunity for a swim. 

Day 4

Fethiye

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    630/650m

Today we start the original Lycian Way route from the village of Ovacik on an old cobbled way, past ancient water cisterns, to the traditional hamlet of Kozagaci, a world away from modern Turkey. We continue into the pretty little village of Faralya for the scenic bus ride back to the hotel. 

Day 5

Fethiye

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    420/525m

We start from Faralya, under the steep rocky mountain of Baba Dag (1968m), a favourite with paraglider pilots. We visit a viewpoint over the Butterfly Valley to capture the panoramic views before following an ancient path high above the coast where we can stop for refreshments at a beekeeper’s house. We can descend to the local golden beach of Yuva for a swim and refreshments before returning to Kabak for the picturesque bus ride back to the hotel. 

Day 6

Kas

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    258/238m

Today’s walk begins in Yakabag, high in the dramatic rocky mountains. We walk to the ancient city of Pinara, with Lycian, Greek and Roman remains before descending to Minare village, where we are likely to stop for lunch at a village house. After lunch we drive to the impressive Saklikent gorge, the second largest in Europe and one of the deepest in the world. Here we have the opportunity to visit the bottom of the gorge in all its glory. We finish the day with a drive to our third centre of Kas.

Day 7

Kas

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    191/296m

We drive to below the impressive Roman aqueduct of Delikkemer and follow the route winding up to its top. The route winds its way along the line of the old aqueduct to the ancient city of Patara. Here we have time to explore its ruins, as well as visit the longest golden sandy beach in Turkey for a swim. 

Day 8

Kas

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today is a well earned free day in Kas, a quiet charming old town decorated with cobbled streets and Lycian rock tombs in its mountainous backdrop. There are many options for today such as explore the town itself, built on the site of Antiphellos, with its Greek theatre, tombs, shops and bars. Maybe walk to Limanagzi beach or catch the ferry to the Greek island of Castelloriso.

Day 9

Kas

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    6.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    249/253m

We follow the route from the pretty little village of Saribelen through woods, meadows high above the coast and past the remains of a Roman village to the traditional small village of Gokçeoren. 

Day 10

Adrasan

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    80m

Today we travel to our fourth centre, the quiet beach resort of Adrasan. On the way we stop at the village of Uçagiz for a half day boat trip. The boat takes us first to the pristine Mediterranean village of Simena, where we can visit the ancient castle, before re-embarking and visiting the sunken city off Kekova island. After a stop for lunch and swimming, we take the bus onwards to Myra to see its theatre, St Nicholas’ church at Demre.

Day 11

Adrasan

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250m

From the village of Karaoz we have an enjoyable gentle walk along a coastal track with sweeping cliff views to the rustic lighthouse at Gelidonia, set against the backdrop of turquoise sea and five small islands. 

Day 12

Adrasan

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    191/421m

We go by bus to the rural village of Ulupinar, famous for its trout restaurants. From here we walk down the sweeping valley and across a pass to the upper and lower Chimeara, where natural gas burns from the ground and has done for thousands of years. We continue to Cirali for the golden beach, and a visit to the mystical ruins of Olympos city. 

Day 13

Adrasan

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The leader will select one of two walks today, both of which are dependent on local conditions and the groups overall ability.

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    972/952m

From the mountain village of Beycik we ascend on the Lycian Way to the saddle of Mt Olympos through ancient Cedar forests, with open views at the peak (1818m). The colourful spring flowers decorate the meadows. This is the most strenuous walk of the holiday, and only possible in good weather. 

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    890m

A dramatic coastal walk along an old miners’ trail from Cirali to Kuçuk plaj and the abandoned chrome mine and bay. 

Day 14

Antalya

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Our final night is spent in Antalya. On our return we enjoy a short walk to the ancient city of Phaselis. There should be time to visit the archaeological museum in Antalya and explore its ancient city centre.

Day 15

In flight

Meals

Breakfast

Today we will say goodbye to the Lycian Way. We transfer by road to Antalya Airport for check-in and our return flight to the UK. 

Sometimes our return flight is later in the evening. If this is the case then you can enjoy a free last day exploring the local area. Maybe visit the museums, enjoy some shopping, explore the local cafes for lunch or simply enjoy the hotel facilities. The hotel will hold luggage for you until we depart for the airport. 

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Departure dates for your selected tour

8th Mar 2022 - 22nd Mar 2022 (14 Nights)

26th Apr 2022 - 10th May 2022 (14 Nights)

27th Sep 2022 - 11th Oct 2022 (14 Nights)

25th Oct 2022 - 8th Nov 2022 (14 Nights)

21st Dec 2022 - 4th Jan 2023 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Antalya
  • Arrival transfer 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.

Accommodation in Antalya

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, churches and so on. 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

Accommodation in Fethiye

Fethiye is a modern town, rebuilt after being destroyed in a 1957 earthquake. It is set on Turkey's most turquoise coast surrounded by natural harbours and bays. There are still hints of its ancient cobbled streets and it is a well known tourist resort with many restaurants, cafes, shops and a market area. There is also a hospital, a post office and many ATMs. 

The Harman Hotel is located 500 meters from the famous Calis Beach, where if you are lucky, you may spot the nesting areas for Caretta turtles. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and both an outdoor and indoor bar. Please note that we cannot guarantee that the swimming pool will be open during your stay.

We stay in standard rooms with the following facilities:

  • Ensuite with a bath or a shower
  • Most rooms have a balcony
  • Satellite TV
  • Safe
  • Air conditioning 
  • Free WIFI

Accommodation in Kas

Kas is a quaint and picturesque town situated in Southern Antalolia, known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean – where history meets nature and green meets blue. It is sheltered by the bay and at the foot of a steep south facing hillside. There is a marina, harbour and a small beach. There is also an ancient theatre and a nearby ruined Greek temple along with many tombs and other antiques. The rock tombs in the mountains are sometimes illuminated at night, making for an impressive sight! There are many facilities such as banks, tourist information centres, pharmacies, hospitals and markets (every Friday). 

The Hotel Kekova is located in the centre of the quaint town of Kas nestled between the sea and the mountains. It is 250 meters from the sea and the New Marina. Rooms are equipped:

  • Ensuite facilities
  • Air-conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini-bar
  • Telephone
  • Free WIFI
  • Hairdryer
  • Most rooms have a  balcony

Accommodation in Adrasan

Adrasan is a village set along the coast of Kumluca with village markets selling local fruit and produce. Adrasan is very quiet and peaceful with 2km of beautiful sandy beaches and coves surrounded by pine trees. 

The Buhana Hotel is situated in the beautiful Adrasan Bay, surrounded by unique nature and only 200 meters from the sea. The hotel has two outdoor swimming pools and is a few minutes' walk from the beach. Please note that we cannot guarantee that the swimming pool will be open during your stay.

Rooms include:

  • Ensuite facilities
  • Most rooms have a balcony and sea view
  • Satellite TV
  • Air conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Free WIFI

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a grade 5 walking holiday where there will be full days of walking between 6-10 miles. Ascents can vary between 80m-890m whereas descents are generally between 80m-650m. The majority of the walks towards the second week of the holiday are at the higher end of grade 5. In addition to our Ramblers Walking leader, we will be accompanied by a local Turkish guide who will educate us about the history of the walks, the areas we are visiting and the nature of the path. Walks will last up to 6 hours a day. The paths are mostly good but there may be some steep and rough ground. Some paths are rocky and can be overgrown at times. Sometimes we may need to climb over rocky hillsides where there are few signs of paths. Some of our walks may involve crossing rivers so please bring suitable waterproof footwear to prepare for this. Trekking poles are recommended for this holiday as terrain is rocky, steep and can be slippery with scree. There is also a significant sightseeing element to the holiday so you can enjoy the sites we visit as well as the trails. The maximum altitude reached on this holiday is 1800m. 

Walks & Excursions

Each evening, the leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day.  If you do not wish to join the party, please let the leader know. Much of the terrain will be rough underfoot and there will be some river crossings. Trekking poles would be helpful to those who like to use them and may take some of the strain off your legs!

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

All transport required for our advertised itinerary are included in the holiday cost. Entrance fees and any optional excursions will be at your own account, this way you only pay for the sights that you visit. Some walks pass through sites and require additional mandatory charges which are not included in the cost. Please budget for an approximate total of 250 Turkish Lire per person.

Lunches are not included and will be at your own expense. Spending money varies depending on each individual, however about  £250-£300 for the trip should be sufficient for lunches, drinks, any optional excursions, and entrance fees.

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 Ramblers Walking Holidays plus a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday. We suggest an amount of £30-35 per person for this, although this is a discretionary amount.

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

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.

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

Flights are from London to Antalya and return. Our groups are met at Antalya airport. 

Transfers between Antalya Airport and our hotel in Antalya are by road and will take approximately 30 minutes. Some flights will be met by the leader in the exit to arrivals whereas other flights may be met by a representative from our Turkish agent. We will confirm your arrival details once you receive your final travel documents. 

As we travel between four hotels, and you will have to handle your own baggage, please try to travel reasonably light. You should be able to lift and carry your own luggage. At some hotels, the coach may have to stop some distance short of the hotel entrance. Also, within some of the hotels themselves, there may be some long walks between the entrance and rooms that may include some steps. 

We will have a private coach with us throughout to take us to the start and finish of the walks.

If you intend joining and leaving the party in Turkey, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at the first Hotel in Antalya. 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.

Regional Transfers

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.

Passports and Visas

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 travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

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. 

Meals

Breakfasts and dinners are included. Breakfasts are taken at the hotel and usually buffets consisting of local delicacies including eggs, cheese, meats, olives, salad, breads, jam and honey. Chy is Turkish tea and is often served at breakfast. Chy is less strong than the Indian tea we have in Britain and is drunk diluted and black with sugar.  

Dinners will be taken in the hotels or local restaurants. We often experience local Turkish food in restaurants full of Turkish charm and character. Usually meals start with vegetable soup, freshly made bread and/or green leafy salads. Main courses are usually grilled meat or fish. Stews are less common in this area and usually there is a vegetarian option. There is usually a selection of Turkish desserts but most common dishes are fruit salads or Bakklava. 

Lunches are not included and may be in the form of a picnic, taken at a cafe or restaurant, or at a local family's home which is greatly enjoyed by our groups and a special cultural experience. Please note that picnics should not be made from the breakfast spread but some hotels may happily make up "boxed" lunches for a small charge.

Accommodation

The above provides you with an idea of the accommodation to expect on your holiday. We will advise you in your final travel documents before departure if accommodation has changed from the above.

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.

Holiday Specific Kit

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 are recommended as terrain is rocky, steep and can be slippery with scree.
  • 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

Many local libraries stock a selection of travel guides and books which may offer you more information. Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holiday destinations. You may find the below websites, books and programmes useful. 

Turkish Tourism website

The Lycian Way: Turkey's First Long Distance Walk Book by Kate Clow

Breaking the Fourth Wall: An Uncertain Journey on Turkey's Lycian Way1 Oct 2016 by Michelle Sevigny

Maps of the areas we visit (1:200 000 scale) are available locally and at specialist map shops in the UK. 

Turkey Fethiye-Antalya Topographic Map Atlas with Index 1:50000 (1 cm=500 m)

Lycian Way (Likya Yolu) Complete Hiking Trail in Large Scale Detail.

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: [email protected]

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.

Looking for travel insurance cover?

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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