Hiking in Turkey

Lycian Way, Carian Trail, Cappadocia

Hiking in Turkey

From Walking The Lycian Way or The Carian Trail, to hiking in Cappadocia, we can help you plan your perfect Turkey Itinerary.

Hiking in Turkey

The Lycian Way

Western Lycia

Description

4 days of hiking on some of the Lycian Way’s most popular paths. Starting in Fethiye and ending in Sidyma, you’ll see high coastal views and witness traditional village life.

Duration

4 Days, 3 Nights

MEALS

3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunch Packs, 3 Dinners

Distance

55 km in total

SEASON

March through May and September through beginning of December.

AIRPORT

Dalaman Airport

1 Person

505

Per Person

2 Person

345

Per Person

4 Person

295

Per Person

The Lycian Way

Heart of Lycia

Description

This 4 day itinerary is based in Kaş, the heart of the Lycian Coastline. Highlights of the trip are wonderful coastal views, the small streets of Kaş, ruins of Patara, a boat trip in Kekova, and swimming in Limanağzı. 

Duration

4 Days, 3 Nights

MEALS

3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunch Packs, 2 Dinners

Distance

44 km in total

SEASON

March through May and September through beginning of December.

AIRPORT

Dalaman Airport

1 Person

625

Per Person

2 Person

410

Per Person

4 Person

325

Per Person

The Lycian Way

Eastern Lycia

Description

This 4 day tour of the Eastern section of the Lycian Way runs along the beautiful forested slopes of the Beydağ Mountains, its hilly hikes ending at some of the most scenic beaches in the entire region.

Duration

4 Days, 3 Nights

MEALS

3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunch Packs, 3 Dinners

Distance

55 km in total

SEASON

March through May and September through beginning of December.

AIRPORT

Dalaman Airport

1 Person

505

Per Person

2 Person

345

Per Person

4 Person

295

Per Person

The Carian Trail

Bozburun Peninsula

Description

This 4 day self guided tour on the Carian Trail covers some of the best walks on the Bozburun Peninsula. Amazing coastal views, remote ruins, ancient trails and more await you.

Duration

4 Days, 3 Nights

MEALS

3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunch Packs, 3 Dinners

Distance

47 km in total

SEASON

March through May and September through beginning of December.

AIRPORT

Dalaman Airport

1 Person

505

Per Person

2 Person

345

Per Person

4 Person

295

Per Person

The Carian Trail

Gulf of Gokova

Description

An 8 day self guided walking tour on the Carian Trail. Starting from Akyaka, the route follows forest paths and ancient trails, passing rural villages, pristine beaches before ending in Bodrum (ancient Halicarnassos).

Duration

8 Days, 7 Nights

MEALS

7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunch Packs, 5 Dinners

Distance

121 km total hiking with possibility to do shorter hikes. 

SEASON

March through May and September through beginning of December.

AIRPORT

Arrival: Dalaman Airport
Departure: Bodrum Airport

1 Person

910

Per Person

2 Person

675

Per Person

4 Person

585

Per Person

The Carian Trail

Latmos Mountains

Description

4 day center based walking program through the mythical Latmos mountains, exploring traditional villages, surreal landscapes, Neolithic wall paintings, Hellenistic cities, ancient roads, stone laid paths and much more.

Duration

4 Days, 3 Nights

MEALS

3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunch Packs, 3 Dinners

Distance

49 km in total

SEASON

March through May and September through beginning of December.

AIRPORT

Bodrum Airport

1 Person

505

Per Person

2 Person

345

Per Person

4 Person

295

Per Person

Cappadocia

Description

A 4 day tour packed with memorable hikes and sightseeing around the magical and historical landscape of Cappadocia.

Duration

4 Days, 3 Nights 

MEALS

3 Breakfasts

Distance

36 km in total

SEASON

April through mid November

AIRPORT

Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport

1 Person

505

Per Person

2 Person

345

Per Person

4 Person

295

Per Person

Cappadocia
Good to Know

Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is a self-guided tour?

A self-guided tour provides holiday makers with the chance to escape the stress of booking hotels and planning a vacation without the need for a group tour or a guide. Think of all the ease of a standard tour, without the obligatory schedule that comes with traveling with a guided group. After prearranging our customers’ transfers and hotel reservations, we prepare a detailed booklet full of historical facts, important phone numbers, and hiking or driving directions, and more to provide you with all the information you’ll need along the way. You’ll also receive an easy-to-use GPS programmed with all necessary coordinates as well as a Turkish phone with full 24/7 phone support. In addition to dropping you off at trailheads when necessary, one of our drivers will pick up your luggage and transfer it to your next hotel during you’re daily hikes or excursions. Since everything has been prearranged for you, and there’s no guide or group you have to keep up with, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your holiday at your own pace.

Is it possible to make changes to a program?

Absolutely! When feasible, we are always happy to tailor any program to suit your schedule and wishes. Whether you want to add a couple days, extend some hikes, combine multiple tours, or come up with your own program entirely, we’ll try our best to make sure your tour is perfectly suited to you.

When is the best time to travel to Turkey?

The Turkish coast is best visited outside the heat and crowds of July and August and the rains of January and February. While the best times to hike on the coast are March-May and Late September-Early December, our self-drive tours are also great options all through the summer. Cappadocia is best visited May- Mid November.

When is the best time to hike the Lycian Way?

The best time to hike the Lycian Way is either in Spring (March-May) or Autumn (Late September-Early December).There’s is only a small chance of rain during these two seasons and temperatures are cool enough to warrant an enjoyable hike. The months of January and February are quite rainy, and the summer months can get unbearably hot. The only hiking we can recommend during summer is 1-2 hour hikes in the early morning or evening, no full day hikes.

When is the best time to hike the Carian Trail?

The best time to hike the Carian Trail is either in Spring (March-May) or Autumn (Late September-Early December).There’s is only a small chance of rain during these two seasons and temperatures are cool enough to warrant an enjoyable hike. The months of January and February are quite rainy, and the summer months can get unbearably hot. The only hiking we can recommend during summer is 1-2 hour hikes in the early morning or evening, no full day hikes.

When is the best time to hike in Cappadocia?

The best time to hike the Cappadocia is between late April and late October. There’s is a chance of rain in April, May and October and temperatures are cool enough to warrant an enjoyable hike. Day temperatures rise in June, July and August, however since the trails are short and temperatures cool down considerably in the mornings and afternoons, you might still enjoy the trails of the region. The months from December to March are quite cold (sub zero) and there is a good chance that it will snow. 

Are the tours available any time of the year?

Yes, our tours are available any time. Since our tours are self-guided, there are no set dates, you can choose any time that suits your schedule. During the off-season some of the hotels we usually work with may be closed, so the hotels you stay in may be different than those listed on our website.

Is it safe to hike alone in Turkey?

While no one would ever recommend taking part in an outdoor sport alone, there is not any more risk in Turkey than anywhere else. Hiking alone is always a risk. That being said, we have never personally had any trouble hiking alone nor have any of our customers had any unsafe or negative experiences on our hikes. Most of the routes we include in our tours are popular among hikers or still used by local villagers, so even in places where phone reception is spotty (which are few and far between), you have a good chance of finding help, or help finding you.

What equipment do you provide?

We provide a GPS (handheld for hikers and a car GPS for self-drive tours), a Turkish phone programmed with important numbers, a detailed trip-book outlining your tour program, with lots of pictures and relevant information. Participants are responsible for bringing their own hiking equipment such as boots, poles, hat, and backpack.

What are the differences between the Eastern, Western, and Heart of Lycia Tours?

Our Western Lycia Tour runs along the most popular section of the Lycian Way. Its paths offer higher views of the sea, with fewer opportunities to swim but a more authentic look into traditional village life.

Our Heart of Lycia Tour is centrally based in the lively seaside town of Kas; you’ll stay in the same hotel there all three nights and explore nearby sites and trails. This section is less forested than the Western or Eastern sections, but has many more ancient ruins and you’ll be able to swim every day. The highlight of many visitors’ trip is the boat tour over the sunken city of Kekova.

Our Eastern Lycia Tour runs mostly over forested hills, ending at a different scenic beach each day. The high ‘Beydag’ mountains provide a beautiful backdrop this section’s hikes.

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