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Fly from London Gatwick to Antalya for our first night’s accommodation in the old city.
We leave Antalya in our coach/minibus and travel to Fethiye, stopping for lunch at a restaurant on the way (about 3 ½ hours). We stop in the centre of Fethiye and walk past Roman and Lycian tombs up to an old Muslim cemetary, or a bit beyond. (4.6 km, 353m ascent, 53m descent). From here our bus collects us and takes us to our hotel in Fethiye.
We begin our walk where we stopped yesterday, and continue to Kayakoy, a Greek village deserted in the 1920s. We walk through forest on a coastal path with wonderful views of the turquoise lagoon of Oludeniz, where our walk finishes. There should be an opportunity for a swim. 7.7 km, 208m ascent, 458m descent.
Today we start walking on the original Lycian Way from the village of Ovacik on an old cobbled way past ancient water cisterns to the hamlet of Kozagaci, a world away from modern Turkey. We continue into the village of Faralya for the bus ride back to the hotel. 11.9km, 577m ascent, 597m descent.
We start from Faralya, under the mountain of Baba Dag (1968m), a favourite with paraglider pilots. First we visit a viewpoint over the Butterfly Valley, then follow an ancient path high above the coast, where we can stop for refreshments at a beekeeper’s house, to the village of Kabak. We can descend to the local beach of Yuva for a swim and refreshments, returning to Kabak for the bus back to the hotel. 7.7 km, 420m ascent, 525m descent.
Today’s walk begins in Yakabag, high in the mountains. We walk to the ancient city of Pinara, with Lycian, Greek and Roman remains, then descend to Minare village, where most groups stop for lunch at a village house. 7.2 km, 258m ascent, 238m descent. After lunch we drive to Saklikent gorge, the second largest in Europe, where we can visit the bottom of the gorge. We then drive to our third centre of Kas.
We drive to below the Roman acqueduct of Delikkemer and walk up to it. Then the route follows the line of the old acqueduct to the ancient city of Patara. There is plenty of time to look round the ruins, as well as visit the longest sandy beach in Turkey for a swim. 9.3 km, 191m ascent, 296m descent.
Free day in Kas. There are many options for today. Explore the town itself, built on the site of Antiphellos, with its Greek theatre, tombs, shops and bars; walk to Limanagzi beach and catch the ferry back; go by ferry to the Greek island of Castelloriso.
From the village of Saribelen we walk through woods, meadows high above the coast, past the remains of a Roman village to Gokçeoren. 10.3 km, 249m ascent, 253m descent.
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 Simena, where we can visit the ancient castle, before reembarking and visiting the sunken city off Kekova island. After a stop for lunch and swimming, we take the bus onward from Uçagiz. We then stop at Myra to see its theatre, St Nicholas’ church at Demre, then go on to Adrasan.
From the village of Karaoz we have a fairly gentle walk along a coastal track then path to the lighthouse at Gelidonia. Return the same way. 17.2 km, 250m ascent, 250m descent.
We go by bus to the rural village of Ulupinar, famous for its trout restaurants. From here we walk down the 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 beach, and a visit to the ruins of Olympos city. 4.8 km, 191m ascent, 421m descent.
The leader will select one of two walks today, both of which are dependent on local conditions and the groups overall ability.
Mount Tahtali (Mt Olympos). From the mountain village of Beycik we ascent on the Lycian Way to the saddle of Mt Olympos through ancient Cedar forests, wit open views at the top (1818m). There are lovely flowers in the spring. This is the most strenuous walk of the holiday, and only possible in good weather. 10.2 km, 972m ascent, 952m descent.
A coastal walk along an old miners’ trail from Cirali to Kuçuk plaj and the abandoned chrome mine and bay. 7km.
Our final night is back in Antalya. On the way we have a short walk to the ancient city of Phaselis. There should be time to visit the archeological museum in Antalya, or look round the ancient city centre.
Today we will say goodbye to the Lycian Way. Transfer by road to Antalya Airport for check-in and our return flight to London Gatwick Airport.