HIKING ALONG THE LYCIAN COAST SELF-GUIDED
The Lycian Way is one of the most beautiful long-distance hiking trails in the world. A coastal hike where you can enjoy the sea and mountains alike. The daily routes lead along paths running high above the sea, which offer you fantastic views of the coast and the peaks of the Taurus Mountains, which are up to 3,000 m high. Typical cultural landscapes can be found in the hinterland. Your path is lined with fragrant pine forests, olive groves, and Mediterranean scrub. You will walk through small, original villages and enjoy the Turkish hospitality. Today's long-distance hiking trail was used as a trade route in antiquity, which is still testified by the rich cultural heritage that you will encounter in the form of rock tombs and ancient ruined cities. Look forward to a week of hiking on the Mediterranean coast and the skirts of the Taurus Mountains with magnificent vegetation and wonderful views.
1st day: Arrival
The first day you will arrive in Antalya. You will get transferred to the Adrasan and stay here for 2 nights. You can use the rest of the day for a walk on the beach or go swimming at the beach.
2nd day: Lighthouse Gelidonya
One of the most beautiful hiking sections of the Lycian Way is located right on the first day of the program. Splendid views can be enjoyed from the Gelidonia lighthouse to the Chelidonia Islands (Beşadalar), then you reach your hotel by catching glances of the sea through the pine forests.
3rd day: From Adrasan to the ancient city of Olympos
Today you begin your hike right at the hotel. After a 20 minute walk along the seafront to the entry point of the Lycian Way. An old trade path leads you through pine forests to the saddle of 700 m. On the other side, you are going down through laurel and strawberry trees to Olympos.
4th day: Passing lonely bays with views to Mt. Tahtali
Today you will find a tour that offers you coastal scenery and inland. The first path takes you along the beautiful coast with two small beaches that were past the mining bay where the remains of a chromium mine are. Then it goes inland through pine forests up a forest road to the main road at Ulupınar where the walk ends at 530 m. Transfer to the Beycik and overnight at the hotel.
5th day: Mt Tahtali (Olympos)
In the Shadow of Mt. Olympos you will climb to the highest point of this week walking up to the 1850 m tall Mt. Tahtalı. A beautiful path winds its way up to Mt. Tahtalı where gigantic cedar trees stand. Through the fragrant cedar forest, you can enjoy the magnificent view from the terrace of the valley and the sea. The walk ends in the mountain village Yaylakuzdere where the vehicle will pick you up.
6th day: Ovacik Roundtrip
Today you walk from passing plantations to a creek bed, then mountain villages, and back to the hotel. This tour is not on the official Lycian way however it's worth seeing because it gives you an opportunity to see the idyllic mountain villages and constantly view the high mountains of the Taurus range.
7th day: Ovacik - Göynük
The hiking program ends with again one of the most beautiful hiking parts of the Lycian Way. You walk directly from your hotel in Ovacik. First, you pass the Göynük Mountain Village and courtyards through to the path in the Göynük Canyon. After crossing the river your forest walk begins along an old trade route. The walk will be finishing at the end of the Goynuk Canyon. You walk to your accommodation in Göynük
8th day: Flight home
We will drive you to the airport in Antalya or the hotel for your extended stay.
7 hotel nights in rooms with shower/WC included breakfast and dinner
6 times packet lunch (day 2-7)
all necessary land transfers like written in the itinerary
luggage transport from hotel to hotel
detailed hiking itinerary
detailed hiking map with the route
IDEAL TRAVEL TIME
Every day in the periods below
Beginning of March till the end of May
Beginning of September till mid of November
Additional nights possible in all accommodations
Starting point: Adrasan
Finish point: Göynük
Arrival destination: Flug to Antalya
The very good waymarked route, often stone terrain.
Daily 4 1/2-6 hours of walking. Longest ascend 850 m, longest descend 850 m