Demavend Travel Tours

 Lycian Way East

Tour Code S04

Bathed by the blue waters of the Mediterranean, the Lycian Peninsula is a part of Turkey's Turquoise Coast, a region famous for its wonderfully rugged scenery, friendly people and great archaeological interest. The Lycian Way that follows this coastline was listed in the Sunday Times' 'Top Ten Walks of the World' in 2000. This itinerary combines the very best of this route with a cruise on the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean.

From the popular beach resort of Antalya, we trek for five days on the best sections of the Lycian Way to the picturesque Cape Gelidonia with its iconic red and white striped lighthouses and sharks fin islets. Vivid seascapes, encounters with local people at their isolated villages and time to chill out on the pristine beaches are all part of the experience. Along the way we will have the option to make the challenging ascent of Mount Olympos (2388m) for a stunning panorama of coast and mountain. At the end of the trek we travel back to Antalya in a traditional gullet which has been refurbished to provide comfortable cruise boat facilities. This two days cruise on the 'Med' provides a suitably relaxing conclusion to a splendid trip.

Trip Summary and Grading
The Lycian Way is a recently established, way marked path, which follows a mix of dirt roads, tracks and trails. Regular hill walkers will not have a problem with the underfoot conditions encountered on this trekking holiday. Averaging 15 kilometres walking per day, the sections of the Lycian Way which we have included in this holiday also involve a lot of up and down. This is a low level walk and participants will not have any difficulty associated with the altitudes attained. For those who choose to trek to the summit of Mount Olympos, this will be quite a tough day. We have full vehicle support during this trip and the group’s luggage will be transported to the next overnight stop by road. Participants will carry just a small day-sack during the walking.

 

 

Duration of Tour

: 8 Days

Duration of Trek : 5 Days
Walking Grade : C
Best Season : 01. April – 15. November (Except July and August)
Group Size : Minimum 6, - maximum 20 persons
Accommodation
Hotel : 7 Nights
Boat : None (daily boat trip)

 

Tour Itinerary: 8 Days 


Day 1: Antalya
Meet at the airport with our team. Afterwards transfer to Hotel for overnight (-/-/D)

Day 2: Transfer to Goynuk, trek to Gedelme
We make an hour transfer heading southwards to reach the summer settlement (yayla) of Goynuk. Such mountain villages are often occupied only during the summer and in the winter the inhabitants drop down to the lower villages, in this case to the town of the same name on the coast. We encounter several farms, some abandoned and some still occupied as we start our trek along the Lycian Way. We follow a rocky valley with numerous small tributaries to cross and pass to the east of the rounded summit of Asar Tepe. Climbing out of the valley we follow a mix of forest roads and farm tracks to a ridge giving good views of Tahtali Dag (Mount Olympos) ahead. Finally, we descend through more forest to reach our vehicles and make a short transfer to the village of Gedelme and our overnight accommodation. (B/L/D)
Total walk; 3/4 h;

Day 3: Trek Yaylakuzudere to Beycik or Mt. Olympos – Adrasan
We make a fifteen minute transfer to the start of today's trek at Yaylakuzudere. Our route today will take us southwards across the saddle on the west side of Mount. From the saddle, there are two options; we climb to the peak and take the cable car down to the coast. Or we carry on hiking towards Beycik skipping the peak. We will make an early start today, to make the climb to the saddle in the cool of the morning. Mount Olympos is an impressive peak with a steep northern face and from saddle it takes about two hours to the peak. Ascending from the saddle, the route crosses a huge scree slope to gain the summit ridge. Throughout, this route is marked with cairns and will present no real difficulty in good weather. It is just a steep hike. During the winter it can be a different story and the mountain usually holds a considerable amount of snow until early April and it is possible to encounter some snow high on the mountain as late as mid May. From the saddle, it is a two hours descent through forest beside a tumbling mountain stream to Beycik. Here, we meet our vehicles and make the short transfer (20 - 30 min.) to our Hotel in Adrasan. (B/L/D)
Note: If you decide to take the cable car it is an extra fee and should be paid by yourself.
Total walk; 5/6 h; (Excluding trek to summit)

Day 4: Trek to Gelidonia Lighthouse – Adrasan
A simply superb day of coastal walking, we begin climbing steadily to a pass at 470m, then dropping down closer to the sea’s edge, the route twists and turns amongst limestone crags sometimes under pine trees and sometimes on the cliff edge. There are views down to hidden coves and across to desert islands. This is a beautiful walk contouring the range of hills which forms the backbone of Gelidonia. We climb again to arrive on a rocky ridge crest overlooking the peninsula of Cape Gelidonia with its two lighthouses. Descending a stony path to the upper of these we then follow a wide trail down through pine forest to our waiting vehicles and return by road for the night in Adrasan. (B/L/D)
Total walk; 5/6 h;

Day 5: Trek from Adrasan – to Cirali
From the Adrasan coast we start ascending through pines and a limestone gorge to reach at a shepherd’s hut from where we cross another meadow to complete at a high grazing area. There are excellent views to Mount Olympos and this makes a great lunch stop. After lunch, we continue our day by walking down to Cirali. We spend the night in a comfortable pension in Cirali. (B/L/D)
Total walk; 4/5 h;

Day 6: Follow the Lycian Way from Ulupinar – Cirali
We have a short drive back towards Beycik as far as the village of Ulupinar where we pick up the Lycian Way and continue to follow the trail south. A much easier day today (particularly for those who opted to climb Mount Olympos yesterday) as we make a gradual descent to the coast, finally arriving at the beach at Cirali. There will be the opportunity for those who wish to visit the ruins of Olympos which extend right down to the southern end of the beach. From here we return to the group hotel in Cirali. (B/L/D)
Total walk; 2 h;

Day 7: Daily Boat Tour - Cirali
Starting from Cirali Bay we will taste turquoise waters and beautiful bays of Mediterranean by boat, will stop at small bays for swimming, snorkelling, fishing and lunch. We will discover pirates’ caves and in the late afternoon we drive to Phaselis Ancient site. Overnight at the Hotel in Cirali, (B/L/D)

Day 8: Transfer to Antalya
Transfer to Antalya, free time in old part of city (Kaleici) and in the afternoon transfer to International airport. End of the trip. (B/-/-)

(B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner)

Price Includes
English speaking guide
All accommodations (important: HB Dinner Service available until 21:00h)
All transfers with private A/C vehicle
One way Group transfers from/to the airport (days 1/8)
Daily Boat trip in Cirali (Day 7)
7 X Breakfast, 7 X Lunches, 7 X Dinners

Price Excludes
All International and Domestic Flights
Travel insurance
Extra Transports and transfers other than that stated in the Itinerary
All kind of Soft and Alcoholic drinks, Bottled Water
All kind of personal expenses
All kind of entrance fees for historical and natural sites, National Parks
All kind of optional activities
Cable car on Mt Olympos
Extra Nights
Single supplements
Tips

Necessary Equipment
Trekking Shoes
Walking Dresses
Day sack for walking
Water proof clothes
Torch
Sun protection creams
Sun glasses
Hat
Walking stick
Swimming costumes

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