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The beautiful Gelidonya Lighthouse
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Highlights

  • Walk the eastern section of Turkey’s Lycian Way.
  • Experience an authentic, less-travelled side of Turkey.
  • Explore the ruins of Olympos, dating back to 300 BC.
  • Amazing views over turquoise seas from Cape Gelidonya’s lighthouse.
  • The sleepy village of Simena, accessible only by foot or boat.

Explore Lycian ruins, rugged coastline and a more authentic side of Turkey on this walk along the eastern section of the Lycian Way.

Walking along golden beaches, or on rugged cliff top paths overlooking the turquoise coast, you will discover ancient ruins, sleepy villages and spectacular viewpoints across the coast.

Combined with warm welcomes from your hosts and swimming stops in the warm waters of the Mediterranean, this is a Turkish adventure you are sure to remember!

DAY 1: Arrive Antalya

Arriving at Antalya airport, transfer to your hotel (approx. 30 min) in the heart of the old city of Antalya, Kaleici. Take a wander round the bustling alleyways and markets, explore some of the historic monuments or visit the old harbour. Antalya has many dining possibilities for this evening.


Overnight: Antalya


DAY 2: Transfer to Tekirova, Walk to Cirali Beach

After a short transfer to Tekirova, today’s beautiful coastal route takes you past several beaches—some of them you walk along, others you look down on from above with magnificent vistas. The route then drops down through shaded pine forests to the beach at Cirali, and from there it is just a short walk to your beachside hotel.


Walk: 21.7km, 7hrs, 660m ascent, 673m descent


Dinner & Overnight: Cirali


DAY 3: Loop walk from Cirali

You have a couple of options for today. The first is a short walk along the beach to the ruins of Olympos, an ancient city of Lycia dating back to roughly 300BC. The overgrown ruins have a wonderful “Indiana Jones” feel to them and it takes 2-3 hours to explore in full.


The other option, best done in the late afternoon, is a walk to the eternal burning flames of Chimera. Situated on a rocky mountainside above Cirali, this is a fascinating natural phenomenon of flames appearing burning from crevices in the rocks.


Walk: 11km, 200m Ascent/Descent, 2-3 hours for Olympos, 2.5 hours for Chimera


Dinner & Overnight: Cirali


DAY 4: Walk to Adrasan

A fairly challenging walk up and over Moses Mountain today, but well rewarded with beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Zig zag uphill through shaded forests to a pass at 700 metres, before heading down through pine woods on a winding path to the quiet village of Adrasan.


A picnic lunch is included today.


Walk: 15.6km, 747m ascent, 745m descent, 7-8 hours


Dinner & Overnight: Adrasan


DAY 5: Loop Walk from Adrasan

Enjoy a nice short walk today to rest the legs. Walk past farms and orchards to the sleepy village of Cavus.


If you prefer you can also arrange a local boat trip from Adrasan (payable locally) or just relax at the hotel and take it easy.


Walk: 8-11km, Up to 500m Ascent,  3 hours


Dinner & Overnight: Adrasan


DAY 6: Walk to Melanippe via Cape Gelidonya, transfer to Hoyran

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the whole trip, today’s walk takes you around Cape Gelidonya, via its famous lighthouse, down to the small pirate harbour of Melanippe.  Views of the sparkling turquoise sea accompany you the whole way.


From the harbour, transfer inland to the small, sleepy village of Hoyran. The local family who are your hosts here are a delight and a delicious home-cooked Turkish meal awaits you!


A picnic lunch is included today.


Walk: 18km, 829m Ascent, 826m Descent, 7 hours


Dinner & Overnight: Hoyran


DAY 7: Walk to Simena Village

Leaving your hotel, walk directly to the coast and the pretty village of Simena. A tiny hamlet of stone-built cottages garlanded in flowers, it is only accessible on foot or by sea. A small Genoese Castle sits atop the village, giving great views across the Kevova Straits.


A picnic lunch is included today.


Walk: 12km, 156m Ascent, 598m Descent, 5 Hours


Overnight: Simena


DAY 8: Onward Travel

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Antalya (3h) for onward travel connections.

Accommodation

You will stay in family run guesthouses, and hotels, usually of a 3 or 4* standard. All of the accommodations have a swimming pool.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is not available to solo walkers due to the remote nature of some of the walks. If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


Meals

Breakfast is included each morning. 3 Dinners (Days 2-6) and 3 Lunches (Days 4, 6 and 7) are included. On the other days you can buy lunch from a local shop or cafe before you leave or ask your accommodation if they can prepare a picnic for you. Dinners you may eat at your  accommodation or there are plenty of local restaurants to choose from.



 

 

 




Minyon Hotel - Antalya

A small elegant hotel built in the 18th century. Featuring floor mosaics, individually decorated rooms, and a garden decorated with fragrant flowers, this hotel also has a perfect location in the heart of Kaleici.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Aida Hotel - Cirali

Aida Hotel is situated just 200 meters away from the beautiful beach of the ancient town of Olympos, among palm, begonvile and banana trees. The hotel is made up of 27 rooms, swimming pool with poolside bar and beach restaurant.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Papirus Hotel - Adrasan

A small family run hotel offering cosy rooms, a garden with lemon and orange trees, and a beautiful poolside bar to enjoy an afternoon drink.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hoyran Wedre Country House - Hoyran

A delightful boutique hotel situated at the foot of the Taurus mountains. The swimming pool takes centre stage with magical views over the coast.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Mehtap Pansiyon - Simena

A warm and welcoming pension located close to the seafront. Features a beautiful terrace on which you can sit and relax and enjoy the wonderful views.


 

 

 

Time of Year


You can start this trip on any day between April to June and from September to October. As it gets so hot in Turkey during the middle of summer, we do not recommend this walk in July and August. A favourite time is in spring when the flowers are blooming but it is also nice in October when it has started to cool down.



Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Unfortunately this tour is not available to solo walkers due to the remote nature of the terrain.


Grade & Terrain

This walking holiday is graded moderate. On some days there are significant elevation gains and losses and therefore you should be a regular walker and have a good level of fitness to gain full enjoyment from this tour.


It should be noted that the terrain in Turkey is quite rocky and stony. Some trails are smooth, but you may need to negotiate this uneven terrain from time to time, so you will need to be pretty sure-footed and have good balance.  We recommend walking poles for this tour.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The Lycian Way is an official long-distance trail and is way-marked red and white painted signs. On this tour you will be following the Lycian Way for the most part (although you do follow other paths too) and we will provide comprehensive route notes.  


Baggage Transfers

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20 kg per person.


Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack. Walking poles are recommended as the terrain can be quite rocky. A compass is also recommended.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activitiy and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Getting to and from Antalya

The best airport to fly into is Antalya Airport which is served by low cost airlines, such as Easyjet and Thomson and also regularly scheduled airlines, such as Turkish Airlines.


On arrival at Antalya Airport, you will be provided with a transfer to your first night’s accommodation. You will also be transferred back to Antalya Airport on the last day.

Included

  • 7 Nights in 3 and 4 star hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 5 Dinners
  • 3 Lunches
  • Guidebook
  • Topographical maps, route notes and detailed information pack
  • Airport transfers
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office and local partners in Turkey

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Antalya
  • 3 Lunches and 2 evening meals
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Mountain rescue/emergency assistance

Extras

  • Single Room Supplement
  • Extra nights

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the accommodations do fill up quickly. However, we will always try our best to accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

This walking holiday is graded moderate. On some days there are significant elevation gains and losses and therefore you should be a regular walker and have a good level of fitness to gain full enjoyment from this tour.

Which is the best airport to fly to?

Antalya Airport is the best place to fly to and you will be picked up from here and transferred to your first night's accommodation. You will also be transferred back to Antalya Airport at the end of your walk.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack, warm clothing in the early/late part of the year and hats etc during the summer. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.  

When is the best time of year?

The Lycian Way is nice walked anytime between April and June and then in September and October. July and August are generally too hot for alking. A favourite time is in spring when the flowers are blooming but it is also nice in October when it has started to cool down.

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  • Well organised (6)
  • Fun (5)
  • Great accommodations (4)

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5.0

Most fun walking holiday we've had

By Judy

from London

About Me Averagely Fit, Occasional Traveller

Pros

  • Friendly Helpful People
  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Well Organised
  • Wonderful Food

Cons

  • Hot - Both Good And Bad
  • Some Walks Were Tough

Best Uses

  • Experiencing Nature
  • Holiday
  • Relaxation

Comments about macs adventure The Lycian Way East:

How have I never been to Turkey?! It was a wonderful discovery: the beauty of the countryside, interesting history, delicious Otto Lenghi-style food, charming, friendly people.
Booking with Macs Adventures was efficient in a rather impersonal, computer-generated way. Once we got to Turkey, Amber Travel took over and they were wonderfully efficient, helpful, charming. When we got lost they sorted us out over the phone. When we left our phone charger behind in the hotel, again they sorted everything out for us. We really felt looked after.
The walks were tough, the first day 22 km over rough, hilly terrain. Partly the heat made it more tiring - we certainly didn't need to visit any Turkish hamam, we were bathed in sweat just walking! - but they were wonderful walks, stunning views, tortoises rustling in the undergrowth, snakes too (though we were assured by the locals that they were harmless!), empty beaches where we could just strip off and jump into the sea to cool down as no one was around, picnics overlooking the blue sea and islands on the horizon.
The hotels too were simple, family-run, friendly, perfect after a hard day's walking. Each had its own charm and style and we enjoyed them all.
The one in Hoyran was like paradise, old-style Turkish rooms and furniture, full of character, gardens overgrown with thyme, olive trees, oleander and an infinity pool flowing into the blue horizon. And the food was beautiful, the owners charming and friendly. Just sad that we only had one night to enjoy it.
Walking instructions were on the whole very good, and the regular red and white Lycian Way markings on the rocks and trees made you feel secure. If Macs Adventures are interested, we can update them on some changes in the landscape which were a bit annoying at the time as it meant we went wrong.
All in all a wonderful holiday. Two things to bear in mind: you have to be pretty fit. And remember it can be HOT!!

 
4.0

definitely worth doing....

By Ricks

from Sydney

About Me Travel With A Purpose, World Traveller

Pros

  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
  • Well Organised

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Relaxing And Energising

    Comments about macs adventure The Lycian Way East:

    Trip was well organised, very friendly people who were punctual and always ready to help. Accommodation was simple but very clean and location were at time stunning (Ucagiz, Cirali). walk was sometimes tough (lots of climb) but the great weather and amazing scenery with access to 3000BC archaeological sites made everything so worthy. Food was mostly good. The tracks were so uncrowded that at times it was challenging. A part from day one, the tracks were well marked and explanations clear.

     
    4.0

    Great walking!

    By Pina Colarda

    from Haslemere

    About Me Love Walking Holidays

    Pros

    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Well Organised

    Cons

    • Lack Signs On Some Walks

    Best Uses

    • Holiday
    • Walking adventure

    Comments about macs adventure The Lycian Way East:

    This is a great long distance path. The holiday selects some very good stretches which are close to the coast. The accommodation was very very good as was the food. Breakfasts traditional Turkish. Food good value.This is critical if one has had a full days walking, and they did deliver.People very friendly. Some walks could be quite challenging but that was part of the fun of the holiday rather than a boring flat path. Some signage was poor, especially the route at the beginning of the Lighthouse walk. We got lost a few times but you can often recover eventually. I would recommend a small sketch map to help describe the walks. We went on 11th April and the weather was good,6 days of blue skies,not too hot. However the previous week was poor.The walks are very quiet, very few walkers . This is a great walking holiday if you don't mind a "good"walk and like it empty. The birdlife was particularly good on the walk from Ucagiz.Some great "hidden" beaches as well.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good but could be improved

    By Mike

    from Fife

    Comments about macs adventure The Lycian Way East:

    This is a long distance path so by its nature it covers interesting and not so interesting bits of the area. The Macs Adventures walk - Lycian Way East - picks two areas of good walking and leaves out a boring area in between. Generally we really enjoyed the walking. The scenery is often lovely and it was not too busy - we went mid October. Temperatures - 22 - 30C but acceptable although there were some serious thunderstorms so waterproofs are advisable. The tracks are often very narrow and stony so being sure footed is a bonus. Good trainers are fine. The way marking is generally good although on a couple of the days we were getting frustrated having to hunt for signs. In some places it would be very easy to get lost although mostly the tracks are obvious. We found the timing given for the walks was more than generous but then we are reasonably experienced and fit. The longest day they advised an 8am departure and a 5pm pick up. We left the hotel at 10am and got to the pick up place at 4.30pm with a decent lunch break etc. However if in a group of mixed abilities then allow plenty time. You do not want to caught out when night falls!

    The accommodation was adequate but I think a better quality of hotel could be selected for the same price. They are all basic and definitely budget price but clean.

    The logistics of pick ups and drop offs etc were well handled by the local agents and no problems there.

    You should be aware that in mid October it is definitely low season so although one can find restaurants open they are very empty and there is no buzz in the villages. In bed by 11pm as everywhere has closed by then.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A thoroughly enjoyable week

    By Turbo Snail and XS Baggage

    from North Wales

    About Me Avid Adventurer, Usually Self Organised, World Traveller

    Pros

    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Superb Scenery
    • Well Organised

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Holiday
      • Relaxation
      • Trying Something New

      Comments about macs adventure The Lycian Way East:

      This was a great time of year to do the East Lycian Way. We had sun every day reaching around 24*, perfect for walking. The scenery was superb, blue sea, white sand beaches, spring flowers and trees laden with oranges and snowy mountains as a back drop. The route selected was beautiful, although at times the way marking was poor and needs upgrading. Food was generally very good, we enjoyed our breakfasts outside, and the picnics prepared each day by our accommodation. Turkish wine is expensive but of very good quality.
      The only slightly negative observation was at our last pension in Ucagiz where all the catering was entrusted to a very young boy, yesterday's bread and margarine rather than butter letting the standard down

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A great experience

      By Ian Fraser

      from Coventry

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fun
      • Well Organised

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Trying Something New

        Comments about macs adventure The Lycian Way East:

        It was an excellent well organised trip. An interesting area and history, charming people. We combined both East and West weeks, which worked very well. The scenery was completely new to us and often dramatic; also very rural and ethnic in places which was a real bonus. The walks were energetic but quite manageable, the instructions not ideal at times, and gave us a few exciting moments (part of the fun in retrospect). Accomodation was quite adequate but not luxurious, as advertised. The Spring flowers were lovely.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic

        By Michael and Amanda

        from Gods own country- Exmoor

        About Me Avid Adventurer, World Traveller

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Fun
        • Great Accommodations
        • Well Organised

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Holiday
          • Relaxation

          Comments about macs adventure The Lycian Way East:

          The biggest negative is that there isn't a 6th star on the review form.
          Turkey always amazes us, being only occasional visitors to this super country we always forget how friendly it is. The food is wonderful, the sights to die for, the accommodation simple and clean. We had hot walking weather but every now and again a person would stop us and give a fruit off the trees to eat (maybe it was due to the exhausted last legs look that we perfected.)

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