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This trip follows Turkey's spectacular Lycian Way, walking along scenic coastal trails between little-visited ancient ruins & time-forgotten villages. Enjoy traditional hospitality and home cooked meals staying in rural village guesthouses.
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1 nights simple guesthouse
1 nights simple hostel
4 nights comfortable hotel
1 nights simple village house
Trip maximum 16 Explore Average 11
Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.
Arrive in Kayakoy; a peaceful farming community close to Fethiye. There are no other activities planned today, if you would like an airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Dalaman Airport (DLM) which is a one hour drive.
For those arriving on time our leader will meet you in the hotel reception at 7pm for the initial tour briefing. After there is the option to have dinner at our hotel. Should you miss the welcome meeting, your Leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up. The main trip briefing will take place on the morning of day 2.
If your flight arrives earlier in the day,there will be the opportunity of taking a walk around the deserted Greek village of Kayakoy right by our hotel. Dominating the mountainside that overlooks the village, Kayakoy has fallen into ruin since the exodus of the Greeks in 1923, forced out by the Treaty of Lausanne. Today its ghostly buildings cast a strange profile against the sky, giving the impression of a town cursed by its turbulent past.
We spend the first night at Muzzy's Place, chosen for its location as it ensures a short drive to the trail head on day two and is the only accommodation next door to the ghost town. Kayakoy is a protected area so there is a very limited number of accommodation options suitable for groups and Muzzy's Place was built before the protection order was applied. We have graded this hostel as Simple due to the simple nature of the ensuite rooms and age of the property. There is a swimming pool for those that arrive early. The restaurant kitchen closes at 10pm so if you are arriving late we recommend eating beforehand or bringing some food with you.
Muzzy's Place (or similar)
There is a second opportunity to have a short walk around Kayakoy before breakfast. After breakfast we hike from Ovacik village, nestling on the hillside overlooking Oludeniz, and head south up onto the outflung shoulders of Baba Dagi (1989 metres/6524 feet). Along the way we are rewarded with fine views back over Turkey's most photographed beach, Oludeniz. Passing through pine forests and remote villages we descend to the village of Faralya which lies on a small plateau above the fjord-like Butterfly Valley, where steep limestone cliffs drop to the sea.
Our accommodation tonight is in a simple graded family-run hotel. The rooms although simply furnished are comfortable and clean, with private bathrooms, the rooms may vary in size. Montenegro Motel grow a lot of their own produce and has a small swimming pool (seasonal). It is the perfect spot for sundowner as it looks out over the stunning Butterfly Valley and the coastline.
Today's 13 kilometre/8.1 miles walk is expected to take around 5 hours with 600 metres/1968 feet of ascent, the morning is mostly uphill but gradient is never severe.
Montenegro Motel (or similar)
Starting gently uphill through pine forest, we reach farmland with open fields that soon give way to spectacular terraces with views to the villages far below, as well as across the sea to distant islands. We descend for a while, towards the distant beach and village of Kabak. Skirting the higher slopes of the village we follow an ancient path into a blind valley before climbing up through pine forest again to the tiny village of Alinca. Perched high over the sea we may take a well earned tea break with the villagers before continuing. In the afternoon we pass high above beautiful bays of this spectacular coastline as we continue towards the village of Gey,our destination for the night.
Tonight we stay in a traditional village house. Accommodation will be in single sex en-suite rooms of up to 6 people, depending on the size of our group. Gey is a very typical rural Turkish village and the food and hospitality you will receive is wonderful after a long day walking.
Today's 21 kilometre/13 miles walk is expected to take around 7 hours with 850 metres/2788 feet of ascent, relatively steep for about 1 hour and 30 minutes before lunch.
Gey Village House (or similar)
Simple Village House
From Gey, the Lycian Way continues through stunning coastal scenery staying high as far as Bel, then climbs more via some large plains and pine forests, before descending steadily to Sidyma Ancient City ( Dodurga Village) The site has some very well preserved and unusual tombs from the Roman and Byzantine period - the village is amongst, and indeed part of the site. A tea stop can be made at the house opposite the mosque. From the site we make a transfer (approx 30 minutes) to the village of Patara where we spend 2 nights.
Today's 12 kilometre/7.5 miles walk is expected to take around 5 hours with 260 metres/853 feet of ascent and 640 metres/2100 feet of descent.
Patara Delfin Hotel (or similar)
Following the route of the of aqueduct from Delikkemer to Patara we hike across fertile rolling fields and through pine forest, enjoying beautiful coastal views before descending to the southern end of Patara Beach. Here we have an opportunity to swim and explore the extensive ruins of ancient Patara, the birthplace of Saint Nicholas.
Today's 10 kilometre/6.2 miles walk is expected to take around 3 hours and 30 minutes with 400 metres/1312 feet, with additional time for exploration of the ruins and on the beach.
Taking a route across streams and through villages, almost untouched by modern life, our path climbs to a ridge, Mount Felen, with views of the higher mountains inland and the coast below that are almost unsurpassed. We descend by vehicle to Kas, one of the most beautiful ports on the Turkish Riviera, with a dramatic backdrop of limestone cliffs. Kas is a great place to relax, with cafes and restaurants spilling out onto cobbled streets and a network of tiny back-alleys to explore.
In Kas we stay at the Club Phellos Hotel, superbly situated just a few minutes' walk uphill from the centre of Kas. It has an excellent outdoor swimming pool with sun loungers, open-air breakfast terrace with views down to the sea, and Wi-Fi is available in public areas. All bedrooms have a balcony and either a hillside or sea view and are allocated on a run of house basis. All the rooms have simple decor and are air-conditioned with an en suite bathroom with a toilet, shower and hairdryer.
Today's 15 kilometre/9.3 miles walk is expected to take around 5 hours and 30 minutes with 400 metres/1312 feet of ascent.
Club Phellos Hotel (or similar)
This morning we hike to the hamlet and ancient port of Aperlae and from there by boat to the castle-topped village of Simena, possibly one of the most beautiful settings on the Mediterranean. A tiny village accessible only on foot or by boat (it has no roads), its harbour is dotted with ancient sarcophagi (tombs), Roman baths and houses that cling to a hillside beneath a medieval castle. Hiking up to the castle we find within its walls a tiny ancient theatre (the smallest in Lycia, with a seating capacity for about 300 people). Carved from the solid rock it is a wonderful place to sit and soak up the beautiful surroundings and layers of history. En-route to Simena we visit the sunken city of Kekova by boat where you can enjoy a BBQ lunch on board. The results of various earthquakes, the partly submerged streets and buildings are visible in the crystal clear waters and there are visible mosaic pavements, terracotta amphorae, walls and staircases that once formed part of this remote island community. Then we return to Kas for our final evening.
Today's 10 kilometre/6.2 miles walk is expected to take around 3 hours with 100 metres/328 feet of ascent.
The trip ends at Dalaman Airport.
There will be 2 transfers provided to Dalman Airport (DLM) today, which is around a 2 hours and 30 minutes hour drive from the hotel. The morning transfer will be at 7am to arrive at the airport by 9:45am and another later in the day departing at 4:30pm to arrive at the Airport for around 7pm. The earliest your flight can depart is 11:15am or 9pm.
Total distance : 77 kilometres
Summers are hot and dry with refreshing sea breezes and clear waters, great for boat trips. It is often cooler on higher ground and in the mountains and can be cold at night, even in the summer. During the shoulder seasons (loosely speaking, before mid-May and after early October), temperatures and rainfall can be erratic, with some temperatures dropping to 8-12 degrees, and other days being bright and sunny up to 25 degrees. Mountain locations will be cooler than on the coast, of course. In the winter, temperatures usually hover between 0 and 10 degrees, but are usually wet, particularly around the coast. The best time for walking in Turkey is mid-May, June and September, with pleasant temperatures and clear blue skies.
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Bring light and comfortable clothing that can be layered according to the temperature. It can become cool, especially at night, so bring warmer layers. Tops made from wicking materials which keep you drier, a warmer fleece is recommended as a mid layer, and walking trousers are preferable to trousers of heavier material such as jeans. -Breathable wind and waterproof jacket -T-shirts -Long sleeved tops -Sunhat -Long trousers -Shorts (if you prefer to walk in them) -Swimwear and towel -Midlayer Fleece/pullover -Socks (liner and thicker pair)
We recommend you bring walking boots with ankle support- leather or fabric are both fine. Make sure that your boots are worn-in and comfortable before the start of the trip. Also trainers or sandals for relaxing and general wear. We suggest that on international flights you either carry your walking boots in your hand luggage or wear them - should your luggage be lost or delayed, your own boots are the one thing that will be irreplaceable.
Bring one main piece of luggage and a 20-30 litre day sack is recommended. You will need to carry what you need for the day which may include a raincoat, jumper, camera, sun-cream, water and picnic lunch. On hot days you will carry fewer clothes but more drinking water.
-Sunglasses -Sun cream -Small Torch (with spare batteries and bulb) -Camera -Walking poles (if you usually use them) -Personal toiletries -Personal first aid kit - On each walk a first aid kit is carried but you should have your own blister kit, supply of plasters, aspirin and other essentials. -Insect repellent -Small waterproof dry bag (for items such as your mobile phone) -Reusable water bottle (minimum 1 litre) - Get 15% discount on a Water-to-Go bottle www.explore.co.uk/about-us/responsible-travel/water-to-go-discount-with-explore
\red63\green76\blue79; We spend the first night at Muzzy's Place, chosen for its location as it ensures a short drive to the trail head on day two and is the only accommodation next door to the ghost town. Kayakoy is a protected area so there is a very limited number of accommodation options suitable for groups and Muzzy's Place was built before the protection order was applied. We have graded this hostel as Simple due to the simple nature of the ensuite rooms and age of the property. There is a swimming pool for those that arrive early. A full dinner is served up until 10pm; if you are arriving later than this a simpler supper of soup and meze is served up until midnight. After midnight it isn't possible for dinner to be provided. Our accommodation on the second night in Faralya village is in a simple graded family-run hotel. The rooms although simply furnished are comfortable and clean, with private bathrooms, the rooms may vary in size. Montenegro Hotel grow a lot of their own produce and has a small swimming pool (seasonal). It is the perfect spot for sundowner as it looks out over the stunning Butterfly Valley and the coastline. On the third night of this trip in Gey village we stay in a local village house, a great way to experience a beautiful location, try locally produced, traditional food and to meet the families that live in this region. We sleep in shared en-suite rooms with up to 4 people to a room depending on the size of the group. Gey is a very typical Turkish village and the food and hospitality you will receive is welcome after a long days' walk. In Kas we stay at the Club Phellos Hotel, conveniently situated just a few minutes' walk uphill from the centre of Kas. It has an outdoor swimming pool with sun loungers, open-air breakfast terrace with views down to the sea, and Wi-Fi is available in public areas. All bedrooms have a balcony and either a hillside or sea view and are allocated on a run of house basis. All the rooms have simple decor and are air-conditioned with an en suite bathroom with a toilet, shower and hairdryer. The pool generally opens at the start of May and closes in late October, depending on weather and visitor numbers, and at the start and end of the season will be cold. From November through to May the pool will be empty.20
Can you drink the water?
It is generally possible to drink the local tap water, therefore to reduce the need for single-use plastic bottles we recommend you bring a refillable water bottle with you. Your leader will advise you on refill points each day.
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