Gulf of Gokova - 8 Days
Self Guided Walking Tour on Carian Trail: 8 Days Gulf of Gokova
Take a walk into history with the Carian Trail. The newest and the longest (820 km) of the way marked trails in Turkey, Carian Trail passes through many varied landscapes with its 5 different sections: Bozburun Peninsula, Datça Peninsula, Gulf of Gokova, Carian Hinterland and Mugla Environs. Accessing to a lesser known region and connecting ancient cities with authentic villages, the popularity of the Trail will increase in time. The 8 day self guided walking tour on Carian Trail covers some of the best hikes along the Gulf of Gokova section. Starting from Akyaka the route follows forest paths, ancent trails, rural villages, intact beaches and reaches Bodrum (Halicarnassos of ancient times). The highlihts are wonderful coastal views, heavenly bay of Akbük, ruins of Anastasiapolis (Kisebükü) and small rural villages.
Day 1. Transfer Dalaman to Akyaka
After your arrival to Dalaman Airport, you will be transferred to Akyaka (1 hr). The files and the details about your trip will be ready for you in your hotel.
Overnight in Caretta Pension, Akyaka
Day 2. Walk Akyaka - Turnalı 15 km
You will start walking directly from the hotel to the market place and take the route into the pine forest. The route goes through the forest passing by some small hamlets followed by the scent of the pine trees. The day finishes in small village of Turnalı. Transfer to Çardak Restaurant for an overnight in a bungalow. This is a nice spot by the sea.
Overnight in Çardak Restaurant
DAY 3. HIKE Turnalı - Sarnıç - Datcağız 18 km
The hike starts with a long climb up giving rewarding views of Gulf of Gokova and Datça Peninsula. Reaching an altitude of 700m, the trail passes through a mystic pine forest. High upon the plain is Sarnıç Village with a fertile fields. The route descends down to Datcagiz on a caravan trail. A short transfer takes us to the heavenly bay of Akbük.
Dinner and overnight in Altas Pension, Akbük
DAY 4. HIKE Türkevleri - Bozalan 13 km
Check out from the hotel. With a short transfer, we arrive at Türkevleri to start our hike. Winding up through low vegetation, the path takes us up for nice views of the Aegean. Through the pine trees we arrive at Bozalan Village. This village is famous for its carpets with natural dies. It is possible to see women weaving their local patterns knot by knot. A short transfer takes us to Çökertme Village by the seaside.
Dinner and overnight in Çökertme Boutique Hotel
DAY 5. HIKE Bozalan - Çakıllıyalı 14 km
Check out of the hotel. The hike starts from Bozalan passing through some old terraces and houses. The old caravan trail takes us to Gökbel village which is also famous for its carpets. Having tea for refreshment in the village center, we carry on to our hike with views of the sea. The day ends as we walk into our small pension by the seaside in Çakıllıyalı.
Dinner and Overnight in Ege Pension
DAY 6. HIKE Çakıllıyalı - Çiftlik 18 km
We start our day directly from the pension. This old trail has not been used for some long time until the opening of the Carian Trail. The endulating route passes through many intact beaches and coves. Through the maquis, pine trees, olive grooves, and strawberry trees, the trail is quite diverse. The path takes us to the byzantine settlement of Kisebükü and then to Çiftlik. Transfer to pension in Kızılağaç
Dinner and Overnight in Hayal Meyal. hayalmeyalbodrum.com
DAY 7. HIKE Çiftlik - Bodrum 20 km
Transfer back to Çiftlik. Today’s hike passes through some remote villages and hamlets. Mostly through the olive grooves, the trail reveals the different lifestyle in half an hour distance to Bodrum. Fantastic views of Bodrum Castle accompany us before walking into our hotel in Bodrum.
Overnight in Gulet Otel, Bodrum
DAY 8. Transfer to Bodrum Airport
Transfer to Bodrum Airport.
•Caretta Otel .- 1 night
•Cardak Restaurant Camping - 1 night
•Altas Restaurant Pension - 1 nights
•Çökertme Boutique Hotel - 1 night
•Ege Pension - 1 night
•Hayal Meyal Pension - 1 night
•Bodrum Gulet Hotel - 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 end 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 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 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.
590 € per person based on 2 sharing a room.
• All transport during the walking program including the main airport transfers
• Breakfasts, lunches, 6 nights dinners
• 1 night Bungalow, 6 nights accommodation in standard hotels and pensions
NOT INCLUDED: Drinks at hotels or restaurants. Personal expenses. Flight tickets.
WHAT TO BRING:
• Hiking boots or strong shoes with good tread and ankle support,
Shorts and t-shirt (warm weather), fleece, waterproofs, walking trousers, long sleeved top
Day pack (35ltr. + -),
Sun protection- hat, sunglasses, sun cream, insect repellant,
Walking poles recommended, beach towel, swim 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 late twenties and less chance of rain.
Evenings can still be quite cool in early April.
From mid September through October, mainly sunny day with temps in mid twenties and warm evenings cooling down later in the season.