A One Week Hiking Program based in Adrasan. The Lycian Way has been rated by the Sunday Times as One of the 10 Best Long Walks in The World.
The Lycian Way has been rated by the Sunday Times as One of the 10 Best Long Walks in The World. Its paths, goat trails and tracks thread through Lycia and open up the ancient and modern history and culture of a stunningly beautiful region among some of the most hospitable people in the world. Lycia is a small mountainous region that is steeped in ancient history. The Lycians were one of the earliest peoples of the ancient world, whose political sophistication, culture and commercial success were the envy of many larger and better-known civilisations. This walking holiday is a single-base holiday based at the picturesque village of Adrasan, staying at a comfortable hotel in the style of a traditional Ottoman home. Each day you will be transported to and from the walks along the Lycian Way. Our walks take you along wild sea cliffs or through “yaylas“, the Turkish summer mountain pastures. During the walks you will experience, first hand, the close-to-nature way of life of the local people who are partly descended from Turkish nomads known as “yörüks. You will also be able to sample sumptuous, fresh Turkish food, one of the great cuisines of the world. The hotel chef is a master of his craft!
Self-Guided Tours price per person based on 2 people sharing.
Low Season (01 March-30 April & 01 Nov-30 Nov) – £615 per person
Mid-Season (01 May-23 July & 01 Sept-31 Oct) – £629 per person
High Season (24 July-31 August) – £655 per person
Private Guide – £120 per day, to be paid locally.
Single supplement: £26 per night low season, £29 mid-season and £32 high season
7 Nights half board accommodation with private bathrooms in Ottoman Palace Hotel
Packed lunches on the five main walks
Meal at The Ulupinar Fish Farm Restaurant
All airport tranfers for stays of 7 nights or more (to/from Antalya) and trekking transfers
Use of Lycian Way Guide Book
Briefing on treks and routes by our resident experts
Flights – there are direct charter flights from UK and Germany; alternatively fly scheduled airlines to Istanbul and then take a domestic flight to Antalya
Lunches on non-walking days
Gratuities or visa fees
Entrance fees to Olympos and Chimera
Daily, subject to accommodation availability.
Guided programme starts each Monday
The Turkish Consulate has advised that the stamp / sticker visa on arrival will be abolished from April 10, 2014 and will be completely replaced by the e-visa application process. All visitors to Turkey from April 11, 2014 will be required to purchase their entry visa via the Turkish Government website www.evisa.gov.tr prior to travel.
The following is a possible programme that may be altered according to individual capabilities and wishes:
Day 1: Arrive and overnight
Day 2: Valleys and Villages
This first walk is a gentle warm up but takes us to some stunning scenery as we walk in the valleys behind the first range coastal mountain ridges. Here we will find rolling fields, shady glades, mountain streams and tiny hamlets of only 3-4 houses, where life continues very much as it has done for centuries. A great chance to meet local people that are living the traditional valley “Yayla” life. En route we may stop in one of the hamlets for tea or take a break to talk to a shepherd or watch eagles soaring in the skies above us. In spring the mountain valleys are full of multi coloured flowers. Look out for the many varieties of orchids.
Day 3: Walk to Gelidonya Lighthouse
This walk is characterized by the breathtaking views from the coastal cliffs above the Mediterranean Sea to the west of Adrasan, which glistens in shades of silver and turquoise. The small path continues along the cliffs with wonderful views of “Water Island“ and “Five Islands“ before we reach today’s destination, The Gelidonya Lighthouse, an iconic Landmark synonymous with the Lycian Way. From here, you will be picked up by our bus and brought back to Adrasan.
Day 4: Walk to Olympos
The destination of today’s trek is Olympos. The path winds through as mall canyon and climbs up to a wide yayla, with marvellous view down to Adrasan below. Those with enough energy left can take a short climb to the original old town of Olympos, the so-called “lost city” at the top of a mountain. After lunch cross the yayla before descending through cool woodlands to Olympos where you can visit the bizarre Kadir’s World Famous Tree Houses for a refreshing and well earned drink, before being picked up by our bus and transferred back to Adrasan.
Day 5: Walk from Cirali to Tekirova
After a transfer to the village of Cirali, the walk starts at the far end of a long beach, climbing up narrow goat tracks and woodland, along the coast. Through the pine trees catch a glimpse of Three Islands surrounded by the shining sea. We continue to a deserted, dark pebbled beach. Here, if you are lucky, you may see some of the protected giant turtles. Then head inland, the route taking you past some deserted chromium mines before until we reach Tekirova. Our bus will meet us here ready for our transfer back to Adrasan.
Day 6: Walk from Olympos/Cirali to Ulupinar
Visit to the ruins at Olympos followed by a picnic on the beach (often used as a film set eg Jason the Argonauts). Continue via Cirali to Yanartas, the eternal flames, where according to legend, the monster Chimera was slain. The path leads on up to a small crest and then down through a cool forest into a peaceful valley. Below Ulupinar we come out at a farm track and continue to our destination: the famous trout restaurants of Ulupinar.Here we take a table on the terrace and enjoy great food and a fantastic view of the impressive Mount Olympos.
Day 7: Summit of Mount Olympos
Today’s trek is the highlight of the programme, in the literal sense: Mount Olympos is 2,375m high and dominates the Beydaglari National Park. The magnificent view from the summit makes up for the effort: far below is the national park with the green foothills rolling down to the horizon where the beach at Adrasan glistens like a ribbon of light. Behind us is a view of the northern arc of the Toros Mountains running towards Finike in the west and to Antalya and sometimes even to Alanya in the east! From the peak we can look over our routes from the previous days and reflect on our experiences.
NB: The climb to the summit is possible from mid-May to the end of November. In March & April the walk will normally halts at a saddle just below the summit, which at that time is thickly covered with snow.
Day 8: Departure