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The Lycian Way West

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.9 Read 10 reviews
  • 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.

What To Expect

The west section of the Lycian Way offers shorter but steeper walks than the east section with slightly more rugged terrain, and lots of ancient history. Stay overnight in authentic, family-run pensions and small hotels including a beautiful and unique lighthouse hotel.

Tour Style:

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

Activity:

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

Inspiration:

Classic

Activity Level & 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. 

Accommodations

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.

Included
  • 7 Nights in 3 and 4* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • 2 Lunches (Day 6, 7)
  • 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
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk

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

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.

Luggage Transfer

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.

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 in Kas Day 2 The Three Beaches Walk 7 miles / 11 km Day 3 Transfer to Felen, walk to Gokdere, transfer to Patara 8 miles / 12.5 km Day 4 Walk from Delikkemer to Patara 6 miles / 9.5 km Day 5 Transfer to Sidyma, Walk to Gey 5 miles / 8 km Day 6 Transfer to Alinca, Walk to Faralya 6 miles / 10 km Day 7 Walk to Ovacik 8 miles / 13 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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