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The Lycian Way East

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.3 Read 3 reviews
  • 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!

What To Expect

This trip is perfect if you would like to experience a more authentic, less-travelled side of Turkey. The days are slightly longer than on the western section of the walk but remain closer to the coast. You will stay overnight in welcoming family-run hotels and guesthouses offering delicious home-cooked food.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Historical Journeys, Coastal & Island

Inspiration:

  • Classic

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

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. 

Accommodation Information

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.

Included
  • 7 Nights in 3 and 4 star hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 3 Dinners
  • 3 Lunches
  • 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 to and from Antalya
  • 3 Lunches and 4 evening meals
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Extra nights

When To Go

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.

Getting to the Start

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.

General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all the 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.

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.

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. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Antalya Day 2 Transfer to Tekirova, Walk to Cirali Beach 12.5 miles / 20 km Day 3 Loop walk from Cirali 7 miles / 11.5 km Day 4 Walk to Adrasan 9.5 miles / 15 km Day 5 Walk to Adrasan Lighthouse 5 miles / 8 km Day 6 Walk to Melanippe via Cape Gelidonya, transfer to Hoyran 11.5 miles / 18.5 km Day 7 Walk to Simena Village 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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