Self Guided Walk Tour on Lycian Way: 4 Day Eastern Lycia
Lycia is the name of the region between Fethiye and Antalya in Southwest Turkey, a truly Charming Riviera of the Turkish Mediterranean. The Lycian Way connects most of the ancient cities while providing a true sense of the local life within the region. With its 510 km length in total, Lycian Way was chosen as one of the best 10 hiking trails in the world by the Sunday Times. This 4 day self guided walking tour on Lycian Way covers one of the most beautiful parts of the route starting from Ulupınar ending in Gelidonya Lighthouse. Highlights of the trip are ruins of Phaselis, the eternal flames of Chimera, Çıralı beach, Ruins of Olympos, wonderful coastal views and the Gelidonya Lighthouse.
The transfer takes you to the beginning of the hike in Aşağı Kuzdere. The route follows a mixture of forest roads and paths through the pines and descends down to Phaselis. Phaselis was once one of the most beautiful cities of Lycia, where Alexander the Great also spent a winter. After seeing the ruins and having the chance to swim in one of the old harbors you can walk into your accommodation, Sundance Camp.
Overnight & Dinner in Sundance Camp
DAY 2. HIKE Ulupınar - Yanartaş - Çıralı 9km (B,L,D)
A short transfer. The route starts with a gentle descent down to the stream covered with plane trees. Crossing over the stream, the route starts going up through the pine forest to the ridge where you will come across the flames of Chimera. The natural flames have been burning for thousands of years. Descending down, the day finishes as you walk into the pension in Çıralı. In the afternoon you can spend some time on the wonderful beach of Çıralı or explore the ruins of Olympos.
Overnight & Dinner in Lukkies Lodge, Çıralı
DAY 3. HIKE Çıralı - Olimpos - Adrasan 15 km (B,L,D)
The hike starts directly from the hotel. The route passes through this impressive beach and reaches the ruins of Olympos. Scattered all around the valley, the ruins will definitely have an effect on you with their hidden and mystic setting. The route climbs up through a tunnel-like stretch of Arbutus trees before reaching the early settlement of Olimpos on Musa Mountain. The path starts descending through the pine forest and reaches the beautiful beach of Adrasan.
Dinner & Overnight in River Adrasan
DAY 4. HIKE Adrasan - Gelidonya Lighthouse 14.5 km (B,L)
Today’s route is probably one of the inevitable classics of the Lycian Way. Starting from the pension, the route leaves civilisation behind for the rest of the day. The path, accompanied with the scents of the pine trees, has wonderful views of the coast. With Susuz Ada standing like a mystic island in the distance, the route goes through the vegetation before reaching the most picturesque lighthouse of Gelidonya. A walk of another hour takes you to the meeting point with the car. The tour finishes as you are transferred to Antalya.
1 Night Accommodation in Sundance Nature Village, Tekirova
Trip books are included in all our tours. Our trip books are complete packages of information which will help you to find your way through the itinerary we have created for you. Putting in significant time and effort, we have compiled this book which includes Google Earth maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, pick up and drop off points and easy to follow directions with pictures.
Although, most of the routes along the tours are very well way-marked, we decided to provide GPS units which are simple to use, easy to read, but nonetheless sophisticated devices. The routes and waypoints (including water sources, pickup points and hotels) described in the trip books are preloaded in the GPS. All you have to do is follow the route shown on the device. 1 GPS is provided for every group.
With the experiences we have had, we thought that it is best to provide every group with a mobile phone with a pre-paid Turkish sim-card. This helps a lot in making arrangements during the trip. The phone numbers of the hotels, emergency numbers and the contact details for the company are already listed in the mobile phones.
WHAT TO BRING:
• Hiking boots or strong shoes with good tread and ankle support,
• Shorts and t-shirt (warm weather), fleece, waterproofs garments, walking trousers, long sleeved top
• Day pack (35ltr. + -)
• Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sun cream), insect repellant
• Walking poles HIGHLY recommended
• Beach towel, swimwear
• First Aid Kit
Main Baggage is transferred on to next nights’ accommodation.
In April daytime temps reach the low twenties (centigrade), mostly sunny but still chances of rain. In May the temperature rises to high twenties and there’s less of chance of rain. Evenings can still be quite cool in early April.
From mid-September through October, days are mostly sunny with temps in the mid-twenties and warm evenings cooling down later in the season.
• All transport during the walking program including the main transfers to/from Antalya
• Breakfasts, 3 nights dinners, 3 Lunches,
• 3 nights accommodation in good standard pensions
• Drinks at hotels or restaurants.
• Personal expenses. Flight tickets. Travel Insurance. Tips.