The Lycian Way Along The Turquouise Coast

The Lycian Way Along The Turquouise Coast

Turkey » Self-guided (independent) hiking tours

  • Enjoy hiking along one of the world's must do treks
  • Discover traces of lost civilizations
  • The Genoese castle and sunken Roman city at Üçağız
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Duration (days): 8

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The Lycian Way is a long-distance footpath in Turkey, listed as one of the world's top ten walks. It is approximately 500 km long and locates on the southern coast of Turkey on the Teke Peninsula between Fethiye and Antalya. This trip snakes its way along the Mediterranean's most dramatic coastline to the limestone peaks of Mount Olympus, which soar high above the glittering turquoise sea. The passionate travelers has an opportunity to visit the most ancient cities of Lycian culture and also to see the most beautiful scenery in the world. Enjoy the day at the beach, the warm sun on your hat and after some days later you can climb to snow-capped mountain peaks and view the beautiful relics of ancient cities enchanting with Mediterranean landscapes and watch one of the most wonderful sunsets! Today the entire landscape of Lycia is still dotted with their fascinating funerary monuments. Lycia is famous for the sheer number of tombs and their quality.

Day 1. Antalya
Arrive at Antalya Airport and transfer (approx.30 mins) to your Pension in “Kaleici” (Old Town), old part of the city.
Day 2. Ulupınar – Chimaera - Çıralı
In the morning you’ll be transferred to the village of Ulupinar. It’s a journey of around 90mins. From here your walk along this part of the Lycian Way begins. Your baggage will continue by vehicle to tonight’s overnight accommodation, and so can you if you don’t feel like walking just yet. From here you now head towards the coast and pay a visit to the Chimaera. The eternal flame of Chimaera was named after a mythical fire-breathing beast, part lion, part goat and part snake. This extraordinary natural phenomenon is a series of two dozen or so permanent fires emerging from the ground, caused by methane emissions and is located within the Olympos National Park towards the top of a 300m high hill. Cirali itself has a long sandy beach and it is one of the few protected beaches where Loggerhead Sea Turtles come to lay their eggs. If you feel like some further walking you can always head towards the beautiful Akdere Creek and visit the ruins of the ancient city of Olympos. (Walking distance 8,5km- walking time: approx 3hrs; ascent 200m, descent 450m)
Day 3. Çıralı – Olympos - Adrasan
Today’s walk is all inland and more demanding. Following the Lycian Way you ascend through a canyon to a high grazing area where there is a small shepherds hut. Reaching a higher ridge you have great views to the magnificent peak of Mount Olympos. Continuing along the ridge line you now walk beneath the flanks of Musa Dag (Moses Mountain), where a boat shaped stone formation was discovered. Continuing through meadows the trail then descends through small pine trees and down through a limestone gorge to emerge at the spellbindingly beautiful Bay of Adrasan. (Walking distance 17,5km; walking time: approx 6-7 hrs, approx. 720m of ascent and descent)
Day 4. Adrasan - Cape Gelidonia - Adrasan
A truly wonderful day of coastal walking lies ahead as you walk to the upper lighthouse at Cape Gelidonia. A short vehicle transfer takes you to the start of the trail which then twists and turns through pine woods and crags high above the coastline. The trail occasionally follows the cliff edge itself and affords dramatic views to hidden coves below, as well as across the sea to a series of tooth like uninhabited islands. Contouring the hills of this remote Gelidonia peninsula, the trail climbs to reach a crest and then descends to the upper lighthouse. This isolated, famous lighthouse has no electricity or phone. Pausing to take in the breathtaking views out to sea and along the coastline of the peninsula, you’ll then head down through pine forest to reach the shore line once more, which you will then follow to the village of Karaoz from where a vehicle transfer returns you to your pension in Adrasan. (Walking distance approx 15km walking time approx. 7 hrs with approx 700m ascent and descent)
Day 5. Kapaklı - Üçağız
Previously our version of this section of the Lycian Way went no further north. Now you’ll firstly be transferred by private vehicle to visit the ancient city of Myra (transfer time approx 1hr). Myra in its day surpassed Xanthos in early Byzantine times and became the capital city of Lycia. After exploring Myra, you then travel for a further 30 mins by private vehicle to reach the village of Kapakli. Once again your baggage carries on by vehicle to your overnight accommodation. You’ll then walk coast wards to the village of Simena, where there is a large necropolis and onwards to the small boat-building and very charming village of Ucagiz. (Walking distance 10,5km; walking time: approx 4 hrs; 260m of ascent and descent)
Day 6. Kılıçlı- Aperlae -Üçağız
A short transfer (20 mins) takes you Kilinci from where you then walk to the ancient Lycian city of Aperlai. Be sure to take your swimming gear with you, as there’s a rather attractive isthmus here, which will no doubt be inviting if it’s a hot day. Aperlai itself dates back to the 5th Century and is one of the lesser-visited ancient Lycian sites, primarily because it isn’t so easy to reach. You’ll then return along a mostly coastal trail to Ucagiz. (Walking distance approx. 13km; walking time: approx 4 hrs; 150m ascent and 500m descent. Pension, Üçagiz)
Day 7. Antalya
After breakfast you take a public bus back to Antalya (cost approx. 9 euro per person), then from Antalya bus station, a taxi (cost approx 14 euro) to your pension in the old part of Antalya. The bus usually departs Ucagiz at around 08 00hrs for the 3 hour journey back to Antalya. Here you’ll have the rest of the day free to explore and go souvenir hunting.
Day 8. Airport
Depart Antalya. A private transfer will be provided by the pension to Antalya Airport to coincide with check-in time for your departing flight.

Accommodation and luggage transportation:
You will be relaxed and enjoy your evenings at the pensions in historical places with natural beauty. All rooms are furnished with wooden furniture and feature air conditioning, shower, toilet. Take a chance to taste traditional Turkish delightful dishes. Breakfast and dinner are served daily as an open buffet. All breakfasts are included, as well as 5 dinners and luchpacks (from Day 2 to Day 6 incl.). Lunches/lunchpacks are provided for the hiking days. Luggage transfers between accommodations are included.

Price: 580 Euro/person

Single supplement: 115 Euro

Group size: min. 2 persons

The price includes: Roadbook (itinerary description in English and detailed walking maps); accommodation and meals as mentioned, luggage transfers; airport transfer on arrival and all transfers as per itinerary;

The price does not include: other meals and transfers, public bus/taxi rates, personal expenses;

Tips: Best travel period: April/May and mid-August/October; Private transfers from Üçağiz to Antalya - 145 Euro/car (1-3 persons). The walking is quite straightforward with good conditions underfoot. The walking is easy/moderate and primarily over undulating terrain, following dirt tracks, trails and backroads, odd beach and even stream crossings.