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THE LYCIAN WAY, COAST AND MOUNTAINS

from £1435
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’.

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. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays. 

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. We also have a local guide to share fascinating facts and stories about the flora, fauna, archaeology and history during our walks.

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.


Holiday Highlights

  • Discover Turkey’s first long distance footpath, visit both famous and off the beaten track classical sites.
  • Explore varied terrain and scenery; cedar forests, grassy mountainsides, gorges, beautiful coastal and mountain views.
  • Enjoy the swimming opportunities during some of our coastal walks.
  • The first two single rooms to be booked will not be charged a single room supplement.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Antalya (Charter)
      Airport transfers
      En suite accommodation
      Breakfasts taken in the hotels
      Dinners mostly taken in the hotel with three dinners taken in local restaurants
      Knowledgeable English speaking local guide
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

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

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

This departure: Grade 5

  1. Day 1

    Fly from London Gatwick to Antalya for our first night’s accommodation in the old city.

  2. Day 2

    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.

  3. Day 3

    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.

  4. Day 4

    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.

  5. Day 5

    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.

  6. Day 6

    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.

  7. Day 7

    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.

  8. Day 8

    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.

     
  9. Day 9

    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.

  10. Day 10

    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.

  11. Day 11

    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.

  12. Day 12

    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.

  13. Day 13

    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.

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    A coastal walk along an old miners’ trail from Cirali to Kuçuk plaj and the abandoned chrome mine and bay. 7km.

     

     

  14. Day 14

    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.

  15. Day 15

    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.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Antalya (Charter)
  • 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.
     

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

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

Aspen Hotel, Antalya

The Aspen Hotel is located in the center 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. There are 36 standard rooms, each containing a shower, hairdryer, air conditioning unit, telephone, safety deposit box, satellite TV and a mini bar. Each enjoys views of either Kaleici, the garden, pool or the yacht harbor. The hotel also 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. 

Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday charge, and will be taken at the hotels or local restaurants. 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.


Buhana Hotel, Adrasan

The Buhana Hotel is situated in the beautiful Adrasan Bay, surrounded by unique nature and 450 meters from the sea. There are 39 rooms in total and most enjoy a sea view and have a balcony. Each room contains the following facilities, TV, air conditioning unit, a hairdryer, a minibar and free wifi internet access throughout. The hotel also 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.

Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday charge, and will be taken at the hotels or local restaurants. 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.

 


Harman Hotel, Fethiye

Located 500 meters from the famous Calis Beach, where if you are lucky, you may spot the nesting areas for Caretta turtles. There are 62 rooms, each containing the following facilities either a bath or shower, a balcony, satellite TV, safety deposit box, air conditioning / heating unit, hairdryer, free toiletries and free wifi internet. The hotel also has an outdoor swimming pool and both an out and indoor bar. Please note that we cannot guarantee that the swimming pool will be open during your stay.