Western Lycia - 8 days
The Lycian Way is Turkey’s first long distance footpath exploring the coastal region between Fethiye and Antalya. Our route covers most of the best & intact walks of the Western section starting in Fethiye and ending in Gey. The highlights include ancient ruined cities, spectacular coastal views, Turkish village life, the ghost town of Kayaköy, Ölüdeniz Beach, ruins of Sidyma, and the Aktaş & Kabak beaches. The tour is ideal for hikers seeking remote and authentic locations along with an experience of delicate Turkish cuisine.
The transfer will meet you at Dalaman airport and take you to your hotel in Fethiye (1hr). All the necessary files and equipment will be ready for you in the hotel reception.
Overnight Yacht Boutique Hotel, Fethiye
DAY 2. HIKE Fethiye - Kayakoy 10 km (B, L, D)
THE WALK starts from Fethiye’s boat marina and ancient theatre ascending up past ancient Lycian tombs. After walking by the historic structures of Fethiye, ancient Telmessos, the route continues on an old Greek cobbled road through the pines before descending into the fertile Kayaköy valley. The day finishes as you walk into your pension in this beautiful valley.
Dinner & Overnight in Han Camping, Kayaköy
DAY 3. HIKE Kayakoy - Ölüdeniz 7 km (B, L, D)
The day starts directly from the hotel. The walk goes through the ruins of Kayakoy, which was populated by members of the Greek Orthodox Church until the population exchange in 1923. The well-defined path goes over the saddle, where you are met with coastal views, and carries on through the forest. It then reaches the lagoon of Oludeniz. After some time for swimming and exploring Oludeniz, the transfer will take you back to Kayakoy (20 min). OPTIONAL HIKE: when you return to Kayaköy, you may take a sunset walk to Afkule Monastery, situated high above the rocky coastline with amazing views.
Dinner & Overnight in Han Camping, Kayaköy
Day 4. HIKE Ovacik –Kirme –Faralya 13 km (B,L,D)
The transfer takes you to the beginning of the hike in Ovacık. The walk follows a forest road traversing the skirts of the Babadağ mountian with wonderful views of Oludeniz and the blue lagoon. The route continues up on a caravan trail and reaches Kozağaç and then Kirme. The trail starts going down past Kirme and reaches Faralya with views of the village and the sea beyond.
Dinner & Overnight in Montenegro Motel, Faralya
DAY 5. HIKE Faralya-Kabak- Aktaş - 10 km (B,L,D)
The day starts directly from the pension on a nice path above the cliffs of Butterfly Valley. The breath taking view looks down onto the valley and the turquoise waters of the bay. The path follows the coast and reaches the small beach of Aktaş. After having the chance to swim and drink some tea at the cafe within the forest, the route carries on to Kabak Village. Set within a beautiful valley, Kabak is one of the most beautiful places on the coastline. As an option you may walk down to the sea for a swim if you wish.
Dinner & Overnight in Olive Garden, Kabak
DAY 6. HIKE Kabak- Alınca - Sidyma - 13 km (B,L,D)
The day starts directly from the pension and follows a well-defined caravan trail up through the valley to the mountain. After a long and scenic climb, the route reaches the small village of Alınca. This is a small village perched high upon the mountain with amazing views. A short transfer (15 min) takes you to Boğaziçi, the route then carries on to Dodurga/Sidyma on an ascending path. Dodurga/Sidyma is one of the few places where you can see a modern village set upon an ancient city. Tonight’s accommodation is in a village house in Sidyma, with excellent local food!
Dinner & Overnight in Sidyma Homes
DAY 7. HIKE Sidyma - Gey (7 km) (B,L,D)
After a nice breakfast in the village house, the day starts on a footpath through the olive groves and oak trees. The route goes up to a height of 900 meters and down again to arrive at the mountain village of Ge (also mentioned as Gey). You may either have a leisurely afternoon or take a walk on a scenic dirt road to Bel Village (6 km).
Overnight & Dinner in Yediburunlar Pension, Gey
DAY 8. Transfer
The tour finishes as you are transferred to Dalaman Airport (1hr45min).
Han Camping & Bungalow, Kayaköy - 2 Nights
Montenegro Motel, Faralya - 1 Night
Olive Garden, Kabak - 1 Night
Sidyma Homes, Dodurga - 1 Night (private room, shared bathroom)
Yediburunlar Pension, Gey - 1 Night
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 airport transfers
• Breakfasts, 6 nights dinners, 6 picnic lunches
• 7 nights accommodation in a veriety of pensions, bungalows, village houses and boutique hotels.
• Lunches & dinners not listed above
• Drinks at hotels or restaurants.
• Personal expenses.
• Flight tickets.
• Travel Insurance