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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 1 hour 30 minute 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.  You are never too far away from an impromptu dip in the clear blue tinted water. Although you will bump into the occasional intrepid walker, you often have the trails to your self except for the echoing birdcalls, the chirruping crickets and sound of waves breaking on the sand and the rocks below.


Dropping down through shaded pine forests to the beach at Cirali, the path narrows and becomes a little more technical, with some care required on the loose rocks. After the final crest you descend to a long sandy beach and from there it is just a short walk to your beachside hotel.


Walk: 19.8km, 7hrs, 636m ascent, 665m descent


Dinner & Overnight: Cirali


DAY 3: Loop walk from Cirali

Today's walk is unique in the amount of history, culture and mythology you will experience in a short distance, it highlights the cultural riches Turkey has to offer. Incredibly, the city of Olympos dates from 200 BC. The ruins are scattered through dense forest and are quiet for an area of such historical significance. There is a small stream running through it that used to be a mighty river up which large ships could moor to trade goods and services. Following this, you will walk to see the eternal flame of chimera, said to be the home of the mythical half goat, half snake fire-breathing monster of Greek legend. Take the many steps up to the chimera flame which has been burning for over 2500 years, where the mountain appears to be on fire.


Walk: 11.3km, 172m Ascent/167m Descent, 2-3 hours for Olympos, 5 hours


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.


You can expect to see goat herders and their herds,  crisp pine forests, wildflowers and beautiful views.


A picnic lunch is included today.


Walk: 14.9km, 708m ascent/descent, 7-8 hours


Dinner & Overnight: Adrasan


DAY 5: Walk to Adrasan Lighthouse

Starting at the Papirus hotel this lovely short walk takes you along the long and open beachfront of  Adrasan, busy with small cafes and bars and locals enjoying the beach and offers a chance to recover from yesterdays tougher walk. Adrasan is a fantastic swimming beach. You will then rise up a wide track, and then onto a narrow and winding footpath that meanders through the pine forests to the small clifftop lighthouse before returning the way you came.


Walk: 7.9km, 115m Ascent/Descent; 3 hours


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: 18.6km, 812m Ascent, 804m Descent, 7 hours


Dinner & Overnight: Hoyran


DAY 7: Walk to Simena Village

Starting 500 metres up in lofty Hoyran, you will descend for most of the day. Passing through the exquisite ruins of Istalda, huge monolithic sarcophagi and monuments crumbling in the dusty forest. You will also have plenty of chances to swim. You will finish as you 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: 12.2km, 45m Ascent, 495m 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 through to August. June can also be very hot sometimes so extra care should be taken when walking at this time. 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

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 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 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
  • 3 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 4 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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