Lycian Coast: Mountain Trek

15 Days

 

We trek in the most beautiful coastal area of the Turkish Mediterranean laying between Marmaris and Antalya. Know to the ancients as Lycia this fabled coast of clear turquoise blue water is rich with archeological sites. Fragrant pine forests tumble down a back cloth of mountain slopes to end abruptly in red cliffs, secret coves and sandy beaches. We visit splendid Greco Roman ruins of the Lycian period: Caunos, Letoon, Pinara… This program give a unique opportunity to experience authentic Turkish village life, with several night spent in remote mountain villages , where yous stay as guest. A cruising day to the Kekova Island, complete your journey before joining Istanbul a city linking two continents.. With its excellent climate, guaranteed sunshine, this delightful coastal offers to spend holidays trekking in a culture-history nature combining area.

 

ITINERARY 15 Days.

 

Day 1 : Dalaman

Meet at the airport and transfer to hotel for overnight.

 

Day 2 : Dalaman – Ekincik – Dalyan

Drive to Ekincik village and winding through the mountainous back-country. We see the old Lycian city of Caunos (400BC) with magnificent rock tombs carved into the rock,our way through a pine forest to Dalyan. Arrive to the hot spring by waterway, and opportunity to swim in the arranged natural hot water swimmingpools. 5 / 6 hours walking. Overnight in Pension. BLD.

 

Day 3 : Dalyan – Kayaköy – Öludeniz

Drive to Fethiye, the ancient Telmossos. Walk up to Kayakoy, the largest Greekghost town in Asia Minor. This was a prosperous village from timber export until 1923, date when Greek people left the area according to the Lausanne populations exchange treaty. The walk down to Oludeniz, and idyllic sea bay and a quiet lagoon set against a wild mountain backdrop of dense forest. Chance to swim. 5 hours trekking time. Overnight in pension. BLD.

 

Day 4 : Ölüdeniz – Pinara

We hike a footpath, through a fragnant pine forest of Mediterranean coast up to Dokuz Gol plateau (1200m.). We stop en route to enjoy spectacular views of the snow-covered top of Babadagları (1976m). Descent to Dip village through a low maquis. Arrive in guesthouse but first a coffee at the little teahouse just beyond in Minare village. 6 hours walk. Dinner and overnight in guest house.

 

Day 5 : Mınare Izzettın

Sometimes our walks are combined with sightseeing as when we explore the old ruined city of Pinara – reputedly 1200 rock tombs in various shapes ans sizes. Afternoon trek on a foothill to İzzettin village, crossing isolated villages in the forested hills and olive groves. A great sightseeing on the summit of Akdag ridge (3016m.). 6 hours walk. Dinner and overnight in Pensıon ın Saklıkent.

 

Day 6 : Saklıkent Bel – Arsaköy

Vısıt Saklıkent gorge, We walk along the rıver and clımb out to Arsakoy, We mostly follow mule tracks and spend time to isolated local houses. We can expect to be invited in one of the primitive houses and be offered some traditional tea as welcome sign. We visit then the ruined Lycian city of Letoon. Then drive to Arsaköy village. 5 hours trekking time. Dinner and overnight in village house. BLD.

 

Day 7: Mount Akdağ (3016m):

Early in the morning opportunity to trek to the top of Mount Akdağ ( meaning White Mount. 3016m). As we ascend we can feel the refreshing mountain air. From the summit a great panoramic view is available until Antalya. Return back to Arsakoy. 8 hours walking today. Dinner and overnight in a village house. BLD.

 

Day 8 : Arsaköy – Sütlegen

Depart from the Arsaköy village, we follow mountain trail in the wild scenery, through the cypress forest. En route we will probably meet some sheherds and get into contact with them. Arrive in the isolate Sütleğen village. Dinner and overnight in villager house. 5 hours trekking time. BLD.

 

Day 9 : Sütleğen – Kaş

We trek to Şemsi village. Our drive to Kaş takes us long a rough road with spectacular views of the area. Arrive to kaş, a lovely spot surrounded on three sides by forested mountains. Overnight hotel. 4 hours trekking time.

 

Day 10 : Kaş – Yaylakuzudere

This will be an opportunity for a half day cruising to Kekova. Visit of the Simena Castle offering a bird’s aye view of the bays… Drive to Altınkaya village, Departure point for a 3 hours trekking to Yaylakuzudere. Overnihgt in Pension. BLD.

 

Day 11: Yaylakuzudere – Beycik

Trek in direction of the mount Tahtalı, via the yayla of Düvyeli, the most beautiful spot on the mountain. Weather permitting, you’ll have magnificent panoramas west to the Beydagları, e real “ living map” of Eastern Lycia. Through cedar forest, the trail follows till the Beycik village, where we spend night in Pension. 6 hours trekking time. BLD.

 

Day 12 : Beycik – Olympos

Trek to Yanartaş (Chimerae): at 250m up a hillside, there is a perennial naturel flame which has burned since antiquity. Transfer to Antalya, an attractive city, with shady palm-lined boulevards, the loveliest marinas in Turkey. Overnight in pension. 3 hours walking.

 

Day 13 : Olympos . adrasan

Transfer to Antalya airport and fly to İstanbul. Know until the first world war as Constantinople, İstanbul was the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Nearly all the city’s main sites of historic interest are in old Stamboul. We include a half-day walking tour of the city, taking in the Blue Mosque, Topkapı places and the Hippodrome. The covered Bazaar is not far a way and is well worth to visit. Overnight hotel.

 

Day 14 : Adrasan . Antalya

Free day for sightseeing and shopping. Overnight hotel.

 

Day 15 : Antalya – Home

Trasfert to airport and fly home.

 

LAND COAST INCLUDES:

 

All transfers and Transportation.

  • All Hotel accommodation BB.
  • English speaking guide 
  • All meals are included except for when we stay in Antalya. (Lunch and dinner).
  • Transportation luggage (vehicle)

 

LAND COAST DOES NOT INCLUDE :

  • International and domestic flights.
  • Meals at city Restaurants; (Lunch and Dinner in Antalya)

 

For price details and more information, please contact us

 

 

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