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Lycia – Mountain and Sea

  • 6 Night Route

    Price From: £745

From the mountains to the lighthouse

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View from Gul mountain hotel

View from Gul mountain hotel

Laodikeia

Laodikeia

Olympos beach

Olympos beach

Gelidonya Lighthouse

Gelidonya Lighthouse

Gedelme

Gedelme

Phaselis tomb

Phaselis tomb

Adrasan beach

Adrasan beach

Price: £745
Nights: 6
Grade:
Walk: 5-6½ hr/day
Max. party size: 10

Travellers Reviews

We both really loved the whole trip.

We did manage all the walking, but it was a bit harder than we had expected (especially day 2), but it was a fantastic experience seeing the countryside with marvellous vistas. Everyone we met were charming and helpful. It is just so sad that tourism has taken such a dive in Turkey; it is a marvellous country to visit.

Ann Buxton, Chippenham, June 2016

Turkey is the most warm-hearted destination, which I recommend anyone to try.

The accommodation was wonderfully well-selected with friendly hosts and good food; the scenery was amazing, added to which the rich smells of at times the pine forests, at times the wild herbs and even the chopped cedars. The mixed weather (oh, global warming) meant that the good days felt fantastic!

Judith Canty, Surrey, September 2016

We just wanted to let you know that we are home again after our visit to Turkey.

We had a fabulous time and were most impressed by the ease with which it all went. The instructions were good, the accommodation provided variety of both style and situation, and the food everywhere was fantastic. It was also a delight to get to know Kumar on our transfers to and from Antalya, he was so knowledgeable and helpful.

David Sweet, Somerset, May 2016

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About the Route

At a glance

6 nights (5 days walking) - the full Mountain-to-Sea route. We recommend extra nights in Beycik, or on the beaches at Cirali and Adrasan - and why not a night or two in old Antalya?

How much walking?

Full days: 15-16km per day, 5-6½ hrs walking
Using shortening options: No real shortening options, so be prepared for longish days.

Max. Grade:

From the mountains to the lighthouse

This version of our popular Lycian Way walk is for seasoned walkers and takes more time in the mountains before arriving at the sea. The mountains in this area are pine-clad, so the walking is in dappled shade for much of the way, though with stupendous views around every corner. The start is at the Gul Mountain hotel, at 1200m, and the first day a gentle descent on paths and tracks to a very authentic local restaurant (for lunch?). In the afternoon, an easy climb to a remote mountain village, where you stay with Suleyman and his wife – practise your Turkish, as English is not spoken, and the food is home grown. The following morning, a majestic climb over the saddle below the highest mountain in the area (Tahtali) before your descent to the lively village of Beycik and, availability allowing, a night (or two?) at a boutique hotel complete with infinity pool and sun-blessed terrace. If you take an extra day here you can walk to to the ruins of Laodikeia, or take a taxi to explore magnificent Graeco-Roman Phaselis.

More? The next day takes you closer to the sea, views become more open and lunch can be taken at a fine trout restaurant; the afternoon will find you marvellling at the eternal flames of the Chimaera – issuing forth from the rocks – before the mile-long sandy beach at your next accommodation – Cirali. Spend an extra night here if you like, to relax and explore the ruined city of Olympos, or if you are energetic and restless continue on – those last two days are lonely and thrilling, the last along the wild and beautiful coast of the empty peninsula of Kilidonya to the lighthouse.

Walked by On Foot staff: Simon, Mary and Liz

REVIEWS: For independent walker reviews submitted to the Association of Independent Tour Operators visit Aito.com.

Route Highlights

  • Everchanging scenery from mountain to sea
  • Turkish home cooking and trout
  • The major archaeological sites of Phaselis (extra night needed) and Olympos
  • Great beaches at Cirali and Adrasan
  • The flames of the Chimaera
  • The lighthouse at Gelidonya

We Recommend

Staying in Istanbul for a few nights at the beginning or end at one of our hand-picked (and inspected) hotels in Sultanahmet. Extra days, at Beycik to explore Phaselis (we can transfer you there and back) or walk to Laodikeia, to explore or just laze at Cirali or Adrasan, and/or to get lost in the old town in Antalya.

How much Walking?

Full days: 15-16km per day, 5-6½ hrs walking
Using shortening options: No real shortening options, so be prepared for longish days.

Generally good paths with some stony sections. Some light scrambling. Sections of sustained uphill. Waymarking good. Highest point on route: 1,800m.

Medium-hard: Average cumulative uphill stretches (CUSs) 650m per day (300m-1000m).

GPX file available for handheld GPS or smartphone App for complete route.

Important note: Times given for each day are  walking times for an “average” walker and exclude stops.  “CUSs” stands for “Cumulative Uphill Stretches” and measures the aggregated ascents in each day, expressed in metres of climb.  See “Walk Grading” for more information.

When to go?

The best months to walk: May, September, October

Other possible months: June, July, August, November

In early season (up to late April) there can be snow on the hills (scenic but makes navigation difficult) so this version of our Lycian route can only be tried from early May onwards and even then GPS is recommended in case snow is obscuring waymarks. May is the best time to walk, after which it can get a little hot for some. The advantage of going in September and October is the warmth of the Mediterranean, though the landscape will have dried out somewhat. Early November is possible too although the days are short, you may be the only ones there and the hotels are beginning to close.

Start Dates

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Weather Chart

 

Temperature and rainfall chart for Kemer

Itinerary

About the Route

Day 1 - Arrival day

Arrive at Antalya and transfer to your first hotel in the mountains.

Day 2 - Ovacik to Yayla Kuzdere

To get the lungs working again, a gentle walk down the valley and over a low ridge to the village of Gedelme, and the Caner Restaurant, where you can buy a good lunch – TL and Euros accepted! – we recommend the grilled trout. Linger over the coffee, as the afternoon’s walk is short and gentle, climbing up a good track with ever-more-majestic scenery to the tiny settlement of Yayla Kuzdere, an oasis of green amid the starkness of the mountains. (Medium: 5½ hrs, 16km, CUSs 525m)

Day 3 - Yayla Kuzdere to Beycik

A glorious, quite demanding day, which takes you up into the mountains on pine needle floored paths to a lonely farm on the saddle below Tahtali Dag (Olympos), before plunging down to the mountain resort of Beycik, and availability permitting, a night in a boutique hotel complete with infinity pool. (Hard: 6½ hrs, 16km, CUSs 1000m)

Option

Optional Extra Day. If time permits, an extra night should be spent here. Take the opportunity of taxiing down to explore the ruined coastal city of Graeco-Roman Phaselis, do some local free walking to explore the remains of Laodikeia, or just relax around the pool.

Day 4 - Beycik to Çıralı

Another great day, with a gentle descent this morning through pine woods and along an exposed track, though rewarded with views, to your lunch at Ulupinar (the Şelale restaurant has tables set on platforms in a stream and the Havuzbaşi has eating areas high above the gardens and a fireplace, lit in winter and cold weather. The Havuzbaşı is a trout farm, and the food in both places, using locally grown vegetables and fresh fish or lamb, is excellent). Your afternoon, possibly weighed down by an excellent trout meal, is down a pretty valley, before rising sharply to crest a saddle and your first glimpse of flames issuing forth from the soil. A tricky descent (loose underfoot) is rewarded by the true Chimaera – an expanse of open rock seemingly the aftermath of last night’s mass barbecue but in fact a natural eruption of eternal flame – read more in your blue booklet. You arrive finally at the huge beach of Çıralı, and your next night’s stay a moment from the sea. (Easy-medium: 5 hrs, 16km, CUSs 300m)

Day 5 - Cirali to Adrasan

A beautiful walk. Starting with a morning’s beach walk past Olympos and a stiff climb through strawberry (arbutus) tree woods, the afternoon will take you from high pastures down through pine and deciduous woods on a pretty and winding path. The walk ends with a stroll along the river bank to your hotel for the night. (Medium-hard: 6½ hrs, 15km, CUSs 700m)

Day 6 - Adrasan to the Lighthouse

Enjoy the wildest part of your journey which has been saved for your last walking day. From the beach at Adrasan, the route climbs up a pretty path to a pass. From there it tracks the sea along a dramatic coastline, eventually arriving at the lighthouse of Kilidonya. Your taxi will collect you at Melanippe Beach to take you back to your Adrasan hotel (or directly to our Antalya hotel if you have an early flight the next day). (Medium-hard: 6½ hrs, 15km, CUSs 800m)

Option

Thinking of spending some more time in Turkey? Why not spend a night or two in Antalya, or take one of many daily flights to Istanbul to explore this fascinating city. Stay in one of our favourite Sultanahmet hotels just a few minutes' walk from the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Aghia Sophia.

Departure day

Depart hotel by taxi transfer to the airport

Travel Information

The best local airport is Antalya. Intercontinental flights use Istanbul (careful – there are two airports, Ataturk and Sabiha Gocken) and then domestic flight to Antalya. Flights to Antalya from outside Turkey are not daily – please check airlines for days and times.

Flights through Istanbul (see two-airport warning above) are also possible and the connections to Antalya with Pegasus and/or Turkish Airlines are regular and usually good value.

Flight information can change rapidly and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner (see below) before finalising any booking with us. Do not book your flights until we have confirmed that we have provisionally reserved accommodation for you.

For up-to-date schedules and flights from all airports check Skyscanner.

ARRIVING BY TRAIN  This route is not easily accessible by train but then again the Man in Seat 61 writes: “Just remember that a London-Istanbul train journey is a 2,000 mile 3-day adventure, rediscovering some of the mystery, intrigue and romance of long-distance sleeping-car travel across Europe into the Balkans..” – tempted? Read more at www.seat61.com/Turkey.htm. From Istanbul to Antalya you can take a bus (12 hours minimum) or fly.

 

Getting to the start of the walk

The first hotel is in the village of Ovacik and the last in Adrasan. All flights met by taxi (day and night).

ANTALYA AIRPORT:

Outward: Taxi from Antalya airport or bus/train station to first hotel (2 hours) included in the holiday price.

Return: Taxi from Adrasan hotel to Antalya airport or town (2 hours) included in the holiday price. If staying in Antalya, short pre-booked taxi to airport (supplement).

Full transfer advice is provided in your Walkers’ Pack. Contact us if you would like addtional pre-booking information.

Where You'll Stay

A ramshackle mountain restaurant, wooden cabins in Suleyman’s garden, a beautiful boutique hotel with pool, wonderful bungalows set in an orange grove in Cirali and dinner on floating tables at Adrasan. Varied and interesting, family run, all with ensuite bathrooms and very Turkish!

Ovacik – Gul Mountain Hotel (Dinner, B&B)

Night 1

Ovacik – Gul Mountain Hotel (Dinner, B&B)

A large but welcoming mountain restaurant with rooms over and great views.

Yayla Kuzdere – Suleyman’s Pension (Dinner, B&B)

Night 2

Yayla Kuzdere – Suleyman’s Pension (Dinner, B&B)

Simple modern cabins in Suleyman's garden. Eat with the family and practise your Turkish.

Beycik – Beycik Palace Hotel (Dinner, B&B)

Night 3

Beycik – Beycik Palace Hotel (Dinner, B&B)

Stylish boutique hotel with terrace and infinity pool. Wide views.

Cirali – Odile Hotel (B&B)

Night 4 (Upgrade)

Cirali – Odile Hotel (B&B)

Good spacious bungalows around two pools.

Adrasan – River Hotel (Dinner, B&B)

Night 5 & 6

Adrasan – River Hotel (Dinner, B&B)

Friendly, family run close to the beach and on the river (floating tables in season).

Antalya and Istanbul

In Antalya we normally use La Paloma, but we have a variety of other options, all congenial.  In Istanbul we can book at the Ferman Sultan or the Sultanahmet Cesme, both in the heart of the old town.

Prices

Price: £745 for 6 nights

Total 6 nights in double/twin room, all breakfasts, luggage transfers, 3 picnics, 5 evening meals, transfer from Melanippe Beach back to Adrasan, taxi from/to airport.

All prices are per person unless otherwise indicated (e.g. for taxis), and may vary with exchange rate fluctuations – check with On Foot for your guaranteed price.

Savings and supplements

Single Room Supplement (SRS): From £100

Lone Traveller Additional Supplement: From (LTAS) £60

Larger party saving (on identical itinerary): – £125 off per person (except first two)

 

Add Ons

Extra nights available on whole route: Contact On Foot for suggestions, details and prices

Nights in Antalya: From £45pp B&B (SRS £20)

Nights in Istanbul: From £62 pp B&B (sgl. sppl. £50) in standard hotel – price varies according to hotel, season and room. Contact On Foot Holidays for details

Travellers Reviews

We both really loved the whole trip.

We did manage all the walking, but it was a bit harder than we had expected (especially day 2), but it was a fantastic experience seeing the countryside with marvellous vistas. Everyone we met were charming and helpful. It is just so sad that tourism has taken such a dive in Turkey; it is a marvellous country to visit.

Ann Buxton, Chippenham, June 2016

Turkey is the most warm-hearted destination, which I recommend anyone to try.

The accommodation was wonderfully well-selected with friendly hosts and good food; the scenery was amazing, added to which the rich smells of at times the pine forests, at times the wild herbs and even the chopped cedars. The mixed weather (oh, global warming) meant that the good days felt fantastic!

Judith Canty, Surrey, September 2016

We just wanted to let you know that we are home again after our visit to Turkey.

We had a fabulous time and were most impressed by the ease with which it all went. The instructions were good, the accommodation provided variety of both style and situation, and the food everywhere was fantastic. It was also a delight to get to know Kumar on our transfers to and from Antalya, he was so knowledgeable and helpful.

David Sweet, Somerset, May 2016

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Kate Clow

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Kate Clow

Kate Clow is the author of "The Lycian Way", the definitive guide to the long distance walk she created herself, with the help of the people of the region of Antalya, which she has made her home for more than 20 years. A keen botanist and student of the history of the Middle East.

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