The Lycian Way East

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  • 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!
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.

Tour Type:

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Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | Walk from place-to-place changing accommodations each night. Generally staying in B&B’s, inns, and guesthouses.

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers, Families with Teens

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 12 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Coastal Walking

Activity Level & 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

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. In most cases all of the accommodations have a swimming pool.

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. This tour is also available to solo walkers. In most cases single rooms will be a double for sole use, but this cannot be guarenteed.

Meals

Breakfast is included each morning. A picnic lunch is included on some days (see what included section for details of this). 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. Dinners are also included on a couple of days. On other days you may eat at your accommodation or there are plenty of local restaurants to choose from.

Included
  • Accommodation in en suite rooms in charming hotels and guesthouses on a twin share basis
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 dinners
  • 2 picnic lunches
  • Access to maps, GPX tracks and daily route information with the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
  • Antalya Airport transfers at the start and end of the tour
  • Transfers as per your itinerary
  • Door to door baggage transfers as per your itinerary
  • All your trip documents including a detailed information pack provided digitally through your online Macs “My Account”
  • Telephone support from our offices and local partner in the event of a problem
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required) and personal equipment
  • Lunches and dinners aside from those that are shown in the inclusions
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Any additional transfers or public transport required to shorten the walks or skip a stage
  • Turkish visa and any applicable visa fees
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after the tour
  • Option to visit the Sunken City en route to accommodation on
  • Room upgrades

When To Go

You can start this trip on any day between April 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.

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 20 kg 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 (including the USA) in the present day. There is also a fairly unstable security environment. Thankfully such instances are extremely rare in rural areas like those in which our tours operate. Attacks in the past 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, including within 10kms of the border with Syria, but this is many miles away from where Macs Adventure tours are. Check Terrorism Threat Levels if you are at all concerned. It is important to read all of the information thoroughly so that you can decide for yourself if you would like to go.

There was an attempted coup in Turkey in 2016, but the situation has since calmed although the security environment remains potentially volatile. Sporadic demonstrations take place in cities across Turkey, some of which have, in the past, become violent. You should avoid all demonstrations and leave the area if one develops.

We keep a close eye on the security and political situations at all times and we do recommend you check the latest advice on the UK FCO or US Travel websites before travelling.

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 activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive at Antalya Airport; included transfer to accommodation Day 2 Transfer to Tekirova; walk to Cirali Beach 12 miles / 20 km Day 3 Loop walk from Cirali; see Olympos and the chimaera eternal flame 7 miles / 11 km Day 4 Walk over Moses Mountain to Adrasan village 10 miles / 15 km Day 5 Walk to Adrasan Lighthouse 5 miles / 8 km Day 6 Walk to Melanippe via Cape Gelidonya, transfer to Hoyran 12 miles / 19 km Day 7 Walk to Simena Village; boat transfer to Kaleucagiz 8 miles / 12 km Day 8 Included transfer to Antalya Airport; onward travel

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