Welcome to Turkey! We trek in the most beautiful coastal areas of the Turkish Mediterranean, a region lying between Marmaris and Antalya. Known to the ancients as Lycia, this fabled coast of clear turquoise blue water is rich with archaeological sites. Fragrant pine forests tumble down a backdrop 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, Pinar. This program gives a unique opportunity to experience authentic Turkish village life, with several nights spent in remote mountain villages, where will you stay as guests. A cruising day to Kekova Island will complete your journey before joining Istanbul a city linking two continents. With its excellent climate and guaranteed sunshine, this delightful coastal experience offers a unique trekking adventure in a cultural-historic combination.
Meet at the Dalaman airport and transfer to pension for overnight in Dalaman.
After breakfast, drive to Ekincik village and the winding mountainous back-country. We see the old Lycian city of Caunos (400BC) with magnificent rock tombs carved into the rock before making our way through a pine forest to Dalyan. Arrival to the hot spring by waterway, and enjoy the opportunity to swim in the natural hot water swimming pools. 5 / 6 hours walking time. Dinner and overnight at pension in Dalyan.
Drive to Fethiye, the ancient Telmessos. Walk up to Kayakoy, the largest Greek ghost 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. Dinner and overnight at pension in Oludeniz.
We hike a footpath, through a fragrant pine forest along the Mediterranean coast up to Dokuz Gol plateau (1200m). We stop en route to enjoy spectacular views of the snow-covered top of Babadaglary (1976m). Descent to Dip village through a low maquis. Arrive in guesthouse but first stop to enjoy a coffee at the little teahouse just beyond in Minare village. 6 hours walk. Dinner and overnight at guest house in Pinara.
Sometimes our walks are combined with sightseeing as when we explore the old ruined city of Pinara - reputedly 1200 rock tombs in various shapes and sizes. In the afternoon we will trek on a foothill to Izzettin village, crossing isolated villages in the forested hills and olive groves before stopping on the summit of Akdag ridge (3016m). 6 hours walk. Dinner and overnight at pension in Saklikent.
Today we will visit Saklikent gorge, walking along the river and climb out to Arsakoy. We mostly follow mule tracks and can take the opportunity to visit some of the isolated local houses. We can expect to be invited in one of the primitive houses and be offered some traditional tea. We visit then the ruined Lycian city of Letoon before driving to Arsakoy village. 5 hours trekking time. Dinner and overnight at village house accommodation in Arsakoy.
Early in the morning we will take the opportunity to trek to the top of Mount Akdag (meaning White Mount. 3016m). As we ascend we can breathe in the refreshing mountain air. From the summit a great panoramic view is available until Antalya. Return back to Arsakoy. 8 hours trekking time. Dinner and overnight in village house accommodation in Arsakoy.
Day 8 - Arsakoy - Sutlegen
After breakfast, we trek to pemsi village. 4 hours trekking time. Upon Arrival, our drive to Kap takes us long a rough road with spectacular views of the area. Arrive to kap, a lovely spot surrounded on three sides by forested mountains. Dinner and overnight at pension in Kap.
This will be an opportunity for a half day cruising to Kekova. Make a visit of the Simena Castle offering a bird's eye view of the breathtaking bays. Drive to Altinkaya village, our departure point for a 3 hours trek to Yaylakuzudere. Dinner and overnight at pension in Yaylakuzudere.
Today we will trek in the direction of the Mount Tahtali, via the yayla of Duvyeli, the most beautiful spot on the mountain. Weather permitting, you'll have magnificent panoramas west to the Beydaglari, a real " living map" of Eastern Lycia. Through cedar forests, the trail leads us to Beycik village, where we have our Dinner and overnight at pension. 6 hours trekking time.
Trek to Yanartas (Chimerae); at 250m up a hillside, there is a perennial natural flame which has burned since antiquity. 3 hours walking. Transfer to Antalya, an attractive city, with shady palm-lined boulevards, the loveliest marinas in Turkey. Dinner and overnight at pension in Olympos.
Free day. Olympos situated two hours south west of Antalya on the Mediterranean coast, was once a powerful city holding an out numbered three seats in the17th Century six seat federation. Cradled in the rugged peninsula of the Lycian mountains, the successful port town was an attractive haven for piracy which ultimately brought about the city's downfall. Olympos today however, is a hub of water activity and the destination for those seeking tranquillity in aesthetically pleasing surroundings.
Whether its salt water swimming in the translucent glittering sea or a splash in the fresh water stream that flows from the mountains through the lycian ruins to the Mediterranean sea, that takes your fancy, this water culture dominates the past time of most visitors. The walk to the beach is lined with ancient ruins and you will even find the sarcophagus of Captain Eudomos. The area is rich in flora and fauna you'll find pomegranates, wild figs and grape vines, oranges, bay trees and flowering oleanders as you meander along the all but dry river bed in the summer months. In Spring and summertime you may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the stunning loggerhead turtles nesting on the beach, which is one of few breeding grounds. These eggs incubate for 31 to 65 days and usually hatch in August each year. Overnight at pension in Olympos.
Free day for sightseeing and shopping before departing to Antalya. Overnight at pension in Antalya.
End of your tour, transfer to Antalya airport. We hope you had a memorable tour and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another Tour. Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing us.
Arrival airport transfer from Dalaman Airport 2 nights Pension in Dalaman 1 night Pension in Dalyan 1 night Pension in Oludeniz 1 night guest house in Pinara 1 night Pension in Saklikent 2 nights village house in Arsakoy 1 night village house in Sutlegen 1 night Pension in Kap 1 night Pension in Yaylakuzudere 1 night Pension in Beycik village 2 nights Pension in Olympos 1 night Pension in Antalya 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners Guided Ekincik village, Caunos, and Dalyan city tour Guided Fethiye, Telmessos, Kayakoy, and Oludeniz tour Guided Dokuz Gol plateau trekking tour Guided Pinara, Izzettin village, and Akdag ridge trekking tour Guided Saklikent gorge, Letoon, and Arsakoy village trekking tour Guided Mount Akdag trekking tour Guided Sutlegen village trekking tour Guided Pemsi village and Kap trekking tour Guided Altinkaya village and Yaylakuzudere trekking tour Guided Mount Tahtali, Duvyeli, and Beycik village trekking tour Guided Yanartas trekking tour Climbing ropes, safety equipment All transfer services to and from bus service All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary Professional English-speaking tour guides Return airport transfer to Antalya Airport
Tour Does Not Include
International and domestic flights Personal climbing equipment Alcoholic beverages Tipping and personal insurance
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1 February, 2017
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