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The Lycian Way West Self Guided Walking Holiday
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Highlights

  • Walk the western section of Turkey's Lycian Way
  • Visit the abandoned ghost village of Kayakoy
  • Incredible views over turquoises blue bays
  • The ancient ruins of Phellos and Patara
  • Overnight stays in authentic family-run Turkish pensions and small hotels

Enjoy panoramic views across the turquoise coast, and discover ruins from Greek and Roman civilisations on this walk along the west section of the Lycian Way.

This tour combines a variety of coastal walks with a couple of inland sections giving fantastic views of the Toros mountain range.

Explore ancient Phellos, the extensive ruins of Patara and the abandoned ghost village of Kayakoy. And at the end of the day put your feet up and enjoy some delicious Turkish meze or a refreshing black tea whilst taking in views of the deep blue sea.

Day 1: Arrive Kas

Arriving at Dalaman Airport, transfer to your hotel (approx 2.5h) in the lively little resort village of Kas. With plenty of restaurants serving delicious Turkish meze settle in and  enjoy your first night in beautiful Turkey.


Overnight: Kas


Day 2: The Three Beaches Walk

Your walk today begins with a 15-minute transfer up into the hills inland to the vicinity of Bayindir Village. During your walk, you can take a swim at Limanagzi Beach and also at Big Pebble Beach which is just before the return into Kas.



For those who prefer to spend more time relaxing and swimming at Limanagzi Beach, the last 1.5 hours of the hike can be cut and a frequent water taxi can be used to return to Kas from the beach. (Payable locally at around €5). For more walking, enjoy an exciting section of the walk that takes in some ancient ruins, a short but steep climb up steps hewn from rock and someviews.


Walk: 11km,  183m ascent, 337m descent, 3-4hours


Overnight: Kas


Day 3: Transfer to Felen, walk to Gokdere, transfer to Patara

The Lycian Way heads inland here and gives you terrific views of the mountains that lie just inland from the coast (the western end of the Toros range). You will pass the ruins of ancient Phellos, atop a mountain —almost so remote as to be a secret! Through pine forests and over long ridges with epic views, you will eventually descend back down a long mountain slope. At the end of the day transfer from Gokdere to the village of Patara.


Walk: 12.5km,  365m ascent/520m descent, 5 hours


Overnight: Faralya


Day 4: Walk from Delikkemer to Patara

A short transfer will take you to the Roman Delikkemer aquaduct. From here walk back to Patara via its famous ruins and long sandy beach.sprawling ruins of Patara, which was once the major naval and trading port of Lycia, include a necropolis, basilica, theatre and lighthouse.taking your time to explore here,can visit the beach or return directly to your hotel.


Walk: 9.3km,  85m ascent/185m descent, 2-3 hours


Overnight: Patara


Day 5: Transfer to Sidyma, Walk to Gey

After a short transfer to the village of Sidyma, discover the little-explored ruins in which include remains from the Roman Imperial age including tombs, sarcophagi, bath, temple and church. You will then climb over a mountain pass, through a windswept and beautiful valley before a short descent, making your way to the village of Gey and the idyllic lighthouse hotel.


A picnic lunch is provided today.

Walk: 7.6km, 390m ascent/345m descent, 4 hours


Dinner & Overnight: Gey


Day 6: Transfer to Alinca, Walk to Faralya

A morning transfer will take you from Gey to Alinca. The views here along the coast to Olu Deniz and the Seven Capes are quite. Descend through theValley to the village of Kabak and then walk along the southwest slope of Baba Dag mountain to Faralya with views of pine trees on one side and the turquoise sea on the other. The towering cliffs with improbably steep forests are reminiscent of the mountainscapes of Canada and are a real change from the previous days trekking.


A picnic lunch is provided today

Walk: 9.6km, 270m ascent/705m descent, 3-4 hours


Dinner & Overnight: Faralya


Day 7: Walk to Ovacik

From Faralya, ascend up a steep valley to the traditional village of Kirme with its terraced rice fields and where locals harvest olives and keep goats and cattle. Continue over the Baba Dag mountain range, through fields of boulders and crisp pine forests. The path opens up and descends a steep mountain path, with paragliders above and goats surrounding you before finally descending down to Ovacik, the turquoise bay unbelievably bright, iridescent in the sunshine.


A short transfer will take you from Ovacik to the small village of Kayakoy where you will overnight. It is also possible to explore the abandoned ghost village o f Kayakoy. This once bustling Greek settlement nestled against the Taurus mountains was abandoned in the 1920’s for political reasons and walking through its empty streets makes for quite an experience.


Walk: 12.7km, 595m ascent/548m descent, 4-5 hours


Overnight: Kayakoy


Day 8: Onward Travel

Check out after breakfast, and you will be transferred back to Dalaman (2h) 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, apart from the Narr Hotel in Kas which has access to a swimming platform directly into the sea.


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. A picnic lunch is included on Days 5 and 6. On 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 for the other days. Dinners are also included on Days 5 and 6. On other days you may eat at your  accommodation or there are plenty of local restaurants to choose from.



 

 

 




Narr Hotel - Kas

This hotel is in a very quiet location and only a 5-minute walk from the marina. The views over the sea from the patio are fabulous and you will be welcomed warmly. The rooms are all generously-proportioned and offer free Wifi.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Delfin Hotel - Patara

A family-owned property close to the centre of Patara. Set in a large garden, and featuring a large pool area with views towards the sea, you can enjoy breakfast served on the terrace or fresh turkish tea and home made cake from the house.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Yediburunlar Lighthouse Hotel - Gey

A delightful boutique hotel set amidst dramatic mountain peaks. There are just 11 individual rooms all of which are beautifully decorated and you can enjoy superb organic food served in the most beautiful of settings.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Montenegro Motel - Faralya



Montenegro Motel - Faralya

The Montenegro offers bungalow style rooms in a beautiful location at the top of Butterfly Valley. You will be given an incredibly warm welcome from the owners, and they serve delicious home-cooked meals.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Villa Rhapsody - Kayakoy



Villa Rhapsody - Kayakoy

A family-owned property offering complete tranquillity, spectacular scenery and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. All the rooms have a balcony and free Wifi. Enjoy relaxing by the delightful poolside bar and perhaps eat dinner on the outside terrace.


 

 

 

Availability

You can start this trip on any day between March to May and from September to October. As it gets so hot in Turkey during the middle of summer, we do not recommend this walk in June through to August. You should expect a warm Mediterranean climate with usually clear, sunny days from March right through to around September. It cools down a bit in autumn when you can also expect some thunderstorms.


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

As this is a self guided trek you will be responsible for navigation, decision making and safety during your trip. This walking tour is graded moderate-strenuous. There are walks between 8 and 13km per day and on some days (but not all) there are some significant elevation gains and losses. The walks follow rural tracks, both surfaced and unsurfaced, footpaths and animal trails. This is Turkey and the trails can be rocky and stony so you will need to be very sure-footed. You may encounter some loose rock, or muddy / slippery sections in wet weather. There are also some clifftop paths where there is some erosion and steep drop offs so it may not be suitable if you do suffer from vertigo. You should be a regular walker to gain full enjoyment from this tour.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The Lycian Way is an official long-distance trail and is way-marked with 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 and maps. You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone’s GPS so using this combined with the provided route notes and maps means you should have no problems finding your way.


Security Information

Whilst Turkey is broadly a safe country, there is unfortunately at present a heightened risk of terrorist attacks in line with many Western countries in the present day. There is also a fairly unstable security environment. However, most attacks have not happened close to the areas in which Macs Adventure operate, other than in Antalya. The FCO do advise against all but essential travel to certain parts of Turkey within 10km of the border with Syria but this is many miles away from where Macs Adventure current tours are.


There was an attempted coup in Turkey in 2016, but the situation has since calmed although the security environment remains volatile.


We keep a close eye on the security and political situations at all times and we do recommend you check the latest FCO advise before travel.


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 20kg 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.


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 Dalaman

Dalaman Airport is the most convenient airport to both the beginning and end points of
the tour and is served by low cost and charter airlines from throughout the UK. These include Thomson, Easyjet, Jet2, Monarch and Fly Thomas Cook.


This airport is also served by regularly scheduled airlines such as Turkish Airlines.


Transfers to and from your first and last night’s accommodations are included. Please provide us with your flight arrival and departure information as soon as possible after booking.

Included

  • 7 Nights in 3 and 4* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • 2 Lunches
  • Detailed route notes, maps and pre-departure information pack
  • GPX tracks and access to our smartphone app
  • Transfers to and from Dalaman Airport
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfers
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office and local partners in Turkey

Excluded

  • Travel to and from Dalaman Airport
  • Lunches (apart from Days 5 & 6) & dinners
  • Snacks & drinks
  • Turkish visa fees
  • Travel Insurance

Extras

  • Single room supplement
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as possible as this is a popular trip and the accommodations fill up quickly. However, we will always try our best to accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

This walking tour is graded moderate. There are walks between 8 and 14km per day and on some days (but not all) quite significant elevation gains and losses of between You should be a regular walker to get full enjoyment from this walk.

What is the terrain like?

The walks follow rural tracks, both surfaced and unsurfaced, footpaths and animal trails. This is Turkey and the trails can be rocky and stony so you will need to be very sure-footed. You may encounter some loose rock, or muddy / slippery sections in wet weather.

Which is the best airport to fly to?

Dalaman Airport is the best airport to fly into. You will be transferred from Dalaman Airport to your first night's accommodation and then transferred back again after your trip. Please give us your flight details as soon as you can so we can organise your transfers.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this tour is very popular. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans.

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 walking. Spring is great, when when the flowers are blooming and the birds are singing but it is also nice at the end of September and October when it has really started to cool down.

Fantastic!

5

Thoroughly recommend this holiday to anyone who enjoys walking (or who wants to try it!). Varied walking - challenging at times - but always enjoyable. Very quiet on the walks - didn't meet many other people on most days. Archaeological sites along the way on some of the walks added interest (particularly enjoyed Patara ruins). Loved that we finished walking about 3.00-3.30pm each day and could enjoy a couple of hours by the hotel pools to unwind and enjoy the sunshine. Weather in mid May was perfect for walking, but beware the cool evenings/nights up in the mountains! Had a few minor problems with the walk notes, but finding your way is part of the fun on this type of holiday! However, we were glad we had downloaded some GPS routes as a backup as this really helped us on more than one occasion. We liked the variety of accommodation, although we had a few maintenance issues (broken showers in a couple of places), but not a major problem. Food everywhere was excellent, and we were impressed with the included meals at Montenegro Lodge and the Lighthouse. Although not included in the holiday price, we strongly recommend you try Jeanne's food at Villa Rhapsody - you won't be disappointed. We can't praise Macs highly enough for the superb organisation of the whole holiday. Nicola always responded promptly to any queries we had before we left and happily organised an extension of stay for us at the end of the walk in Kas. Macs' Turkish partners, Amber Travel, have an office in Kas, and the rep is always available should there be any problem. She welcomed us when we arrived in Kas and came to see us again before we left, which was appreciated. All transfers (both airport and at the beginning/end of each day's walking) worked like clockwork. The drivers were always on time and were always polite. This was one of the best walking holidays we've had and would not hesitate to recommend it.

Dorset Wanderers

Dorset

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Fabulous walking

5

We travelled to Turkey in early April; the temperature was just right for hiking, 23-28c, with a little breeze. The Lycian Way is waymarked, but we couldn't have done it without the route notes. The trails were very quiet and many days we didn't see anyone else. The walks were well balanced, some more challenging than others, but always with spectacular views and often finishing at a beautiful beach for a welcome swim. The accommodation was always comfortable and everything we needed after a days hiking.

7 Continent traveller

Reading

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Totally brilliant

5

This walking holiday was just perfect for me and my 17-year-old son. He calls it walking for softies (it's not that soft actually); I call it walking without the boring bits - researching accomodation, route planning etc. Breath taking views, tranquil countryside, just the right level of accomodation - mostly family run, not too fussy. Plus interesting antiquities. Thanks Macs Adventure!

Middle-Aged Dad

Devon

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Highly recommend this trip

5

Perfect trip to do with an old friend. Active days with time to relax too. Just wish it had been longer as didn't want to stop walking....

Fiona

Canada

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Great First Time Walking Holiday

4

Great Trip, well organised.

Dickie Bird

Edinburgh

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Everything and more!

5

What a beautiful hike! The people you meet on the way are fantastic. The fact that you do not have packed lunches and organised suppers is great as you get to eat local food. The accommodation hosts are phenomenally friendly and will help you with local information.

Carolyn

Cape Town

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fabulous Lycian way west trip

5

Flawless organisation, great and varied accommodation, good advice.

preseli

Pembrokeshire

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Great walking on The Lycian Way (West).

5

This was our second time of using Mac's, having been delighted with their arrangements for St Cuthbert's Way last year. We wanted comfortable accommodation each night (and ended up with a pool on each occasion too, which was marvellous) but we sought a more challenging walk. Plus real sunshine, rather than the wet Scottish version! The Lycian Way gave us that, without ever being too daunting. Anyone really averse to bees should go elsewhere or take a couple of epi-pens, as it feels like you walk through the World centre for honey production. The bees never bothered us, however, except when somebody sat on one (that ended in a draw). Whilst generally good enough, the way marking is sparse in some places and nobody we met retained that much faith in the (only) guide book, sadly. The map attached to the book is almost a waste of time and proved inaccurate when we needed it (some Dutch Trekkers had far better maps). EG, we never found the steep track out of Oludeniz, after the initial 100m (that's not strictly part of The Way but it was part of our walk). We also missed a waymark for Gelemis, at the Delikemer aqueduct, which ruined our day - and we're experienced walkers, so it can happen to anyone. (I've sent Mac's my version of what to look for!). Despite this, it was, without question, a fabulous walk and the local people were simply delightful. We'll be doing more of the route but only with better maps.

Cap'n Phil

Wiltshire

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Amazing walk!!

5

This was a wonderful and highly satisfying walk with exceptional natural and historical value. We did a father/son walk and found it to be challenging, but with an appropriate level of difficulty for both of us. We were impressed with the organization of the trip and generally everything worked well. Strongly recommended!

Flash Gordon

Toronto

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The Lycian Way (west)

5

Challenging walks over mountainous terrain, but worth every minute of it. Excellent accommodation with wonderful food and friendly, helpful staff. Usual seamless Macs organisation. An exhausting but another Life's highlight experience. We will definitely use Mac's again!

Dougo

Newcastle, Australia

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The Lycian Way West

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