ST. PAULS TRAIL - THE FOOTPRINTS OF ST. PAUL SELF-GUIDED
Embark yourself on a journey to secluded hiking trails which are surrounded by History. St. Paul wandered once during his missionary journeys on these routes. Get to know Turkey from its pristine page. On the St. Pauls you do not meet with other walkers you walk as on your own, you meet mostly farmers and shepherds. The time you walk in the fragrant pine forest or sometimes in the juniper forest. Throughout the week St. Pauls trail provides you with scenic views for a rest. The second part of the trip will be spent in Egirdir, a historic small town near the third largest lake in Turkey, the Egirdir Lake that invites you to swim a bath after the hikes.
1st day: Arrival
Arrival to Antalya and transfer to your hotel in the old town. Depending on your arrival time you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful old town in Antalya.
2nd day: Yazili canyon
Our transfer service will take you to the National Park of Yazılı Canyon (Canyon with inscription), which takes its name from an inscription in the canyon. The walk starts along a wild rushing river and takes you partly on historical paths to high mountain pastures and lets you enjoy beautiful views on the way to Karacaören reservoir. Your walk ends in the village Yesildere, from here you will be met by the transfer service and drive 10 minutes to Sütcüler to your accommodation.
3rd day: Canyon, ancient Roman roads and ruin
The transfer to Cürük takes about half an hour. From here it goes steeply down through the woods to the river of Sütcüler Canyon. From here starts an ancient Roman road which is partly still in very good condition. The path leads up to a farm, then again on historical paths, to Sütcüler, passing through Taskapi, an ancient settlement. The walk ends at the pension.
4th day: Gümü to Sütcüler
After half an hour's drive from the village Gümü. The walk starts in the village, then walk through the fields of the village in another part of town and you can see the daily life of people on the Taurus villages. A historical trade route takes you down to Sütcüler canyon where you can take a swim in the cold but crystal clear water.
5th day: City of temples, Adada
Today you are facing a historical walk. You'll pass the rocky terrain and pastures then you'll reach to the ancient Pisidian city of Adada with 4 Temples. After exploring the ruins of the city of Adada you hike the last part of the historic road that takes you to the main road to the endpoint of today's hike. There is a 45 - minute transfer to Egirdir. Overnight in Egirdir near the lake.
6th day: High plateaus of Sipahiler
After a short transfer to Sipahiler Village where your hike to Serpil Village starts. This road is going through variable landscapes. You will pass spruce and pine forest and sometimes big plateau and apple orchards with the view of the Davras Mountains till Sipahiler Village. After the short transfer, we take you back to the Egirdir.
7th day: In the shade of Mt. Barla
After half an hour drive you begin the hike in the village Bedre. With a view to the mountain Barla (2,800 m), you reach the village Bagören. From here you walk only with a view to the lake Egirdir, then ancient Roman roads through fields of Barla. Transfer back to the Egirdir.
8th day: Flight home
Transfer to Antalya airport and flight home. Since there is a very good bus service to Antalya, the transfer will be by a comfortable public bus.
7 nights in rooms with shower/WC including breakfast and dinner
6 times packet lunch (on days 2-7)
all necessary land transfer like in the itinerary
luggage transport from hotel to hotel
detailed route itinerary
detailed hiking map including route
IDEAL TRAVEL TIME
Every day in the periods below
Beginning of April till the mid of June
Beginning of September till the end of October
Additional nights possible
You can book this trip also as a single person!
Starting point: Antalya
Ending point: Egirdir
Arrival destination: Flight to Antalya
Mostly very good waymarking during on the route. Daily 4 1/2-6 hours of walking.