Turkey: Trekking by Lician Way (basic version)

Price: 200 $
Duration: 9 days
Next: 28/12/2016


Turkey: Trekking by Lician Way (basic version)

Overview

Lycian Way attracts travelers from around the world as it is one of the best hiking trails in Europe according to The Sunday Times newspaper and is among the ten best walking trails in the world. Hiking along Lycian Way includes both breathtaking natural scenery and achievements of millennial civilization, they are incredible beautiful mountains with the background of bright blue seas, picturesque bays surrounded with cliffs and warm sandy beaches, deep canyons with steep cliffs, spectacular amphitheaters and aqueducts from the time of ancient Greece and Rome and the ability to see true, non-touristic life of Turkey.

Hikingin Turkey, literally, takes you in ancient times.Thanks to remote mountain location, Lycia was able to keep the barbarians away from the creation of ancient civilizations.Our tour passes ancient caravan routes on the everlasting hills,deep gorges and mighty forests and sometimes goes out into small local villages. Everything here is associated with history and myths. Somewhere there a hero Bellerophon who was banished to Lycia defeated and drove into the ground mythical Chimaera that according to the legend still spews flames from the ground, the courage of brave Lycian warriors was sung in the “Iliad” by Homer. Exactly that kind of Turkey which is filled with the scent of subtropical opens itself to travelers during the hiking along Lycian Way.

Tours in Turkey are held in the autumn-winter-spring period (from September to May). The basic program is possible from December to March. In September-November and April-May the complicated program can be held.

The tour is based on a simple trekking. This route has no sweltering summer heat. While Europe, more than half a year is cold in southern Turkey air is summer-like, warm and comfortable. The basic version of the tour does not require special training and endurance and makes it possible to travel even in winter, when it snows high in the mountains.

Price includes:

  • guide service
  • using common camp gear (tents, camp tools, kitchen equipment, first aid kit)
  • meals during the campaign (hot breakfast and dinner, lunch as a snack (meals in a café is self-maintained)
  • overnight stays in a tent during the tour
  • insurance
Additional charged:

  • plane tickets
  • rental of sleeping bag and mat, backpack
  • meals in cities (restaurants, shops)
  • entrance tickets to museums, canyons and others
  • internal moving in Turkey (near 50 Eurо)
Day 0. Meeting with a group in Antalya
Overnight stay is in tents in the woods nearby the city.
Day 1. Trekking from the settlement Mavikent to Cape Gelidonya, about 20 km
The beginning of the journey is full of impressions as civilization gradually changes into rural landscapes. Then, when the group reaches the coast in the afternoon everyone can enjoy sea views. Along the way we can see big vegetable plantations of Mavikent, the famous Pirate Bay and seaside town Karaoz. You can also enjoy swimming in the sea, if it is the high time – tasting juicy oranges right from the trees and having an overnight stay at the beach.
Day 2.Trekking to Cape Gelidonya – movement towards a settlement Adrasan, about 20 km
There is the last swim in the sea in the morning and we continue to move. At Cape Gelidonya we can see the old lighthouse, built by the French in 1936 asrough sea had caused a lot of shipwrecks at that place. And opposite the lighthouse we can admire the view of Besh Adalar islands. Then the route goes through wooded hills so we can enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the sea.
Day 3.Trekking to Adrasan bay, the sea and the movement towards a settlement Cirali, about 5-7 km
After spending the night at an altitude we descend to the sea, to the town of Adrasan where we stay for half a day. The bay is surrounded from all sides by high mountains and is well-known for its majestic sunrise. There you can swim in the sea, walk in the town and taste Turkish delicacies.
Day 4. Trekking from Adrasan – descent towards Cirali village, about 16 km
That day we only cross the mountains, although while doing that we will see beautiful natural pools which were washed out by river water. Rocks are almost white, and the water in them is blue. From the mountain range there is a panoramic view of the surrounding valleys. Overnight stay is in the forest area.
Day 5. The descent to the village Cirali – overview of the ruins of the ancient city of Olympos – excursion to the Chimaera’s fires (Mount Yanartas) which is about 10 km
That day’s plan is to rest. In the morning we descend from the mountains and go exploring the ruins of the ancient city of Olympos. Now the once powerful Lycian city is only majestic ruins, remnants of the Genoese fortress and walls, ancient theater and sarcophagi, remains of the temple, wineries and so on. Right behind Olympos there is Cirali beach near the village with the same name.In the village there are restaurants and hostels, so you can spend a comfortable night. Cirali Beach is very beautiful: the mountains from the sea are separated with the orange, lemon and pomegranate gardens and Pinuspinea or Italian pines are all over the beach. In summer turtles swim here to lay their eggs and therefore the beach is a natural reserve. Nearby the beach we can put up out tents and in the evening we go on another tour to “fire mount” Yanatras or Chimaera as it is sometimes called on the top of which there is a flame.According to a legend, a terrible monster Chimera was defeated by a Greek hero Bellerophon and his winged hours Pegasus trampled it into the ground. Since then Chimera has been spewing flames from the ground. Actually there is constantly burning natural gas. The spectacle of fire burning directly from the ground looks particularly impressive at night.
Day 6. Going along Cirali Beach – Bay of Cleopatra – movement towards a settlement Tekirova, about 15 km
The way stretches along the coast. That day we go past some extremely picturesque bays, surrounded by bizarre cliffs. In one of them, someone saw the profile of Cleopatra, and therefore they named of one of the bays Cleopatra’s.
Day 7. Going to the village Tekirova – transportation to Antalya
That is the end of the walking tour. In the morning we can swim in the sea and walk to the village of Tekirova where you can leave to Antalya. If there is time, you can visit the ruins of the ancient city of Phaselis. The most impressive sight in Phaselis is an aqueduct, an artificial channel that used to supply the city with water from a spring on the northern hill.
Day 8. Finish of the tour in Antalya
If someone wants to continue the rest at the sea there are plenty of both wildlife and equipped beaches in Antalya at your disposal.

More information about the equipment preparation:

Personal clothing:

  1. Trekking shoes
  2. Spare shoes
  3. Trousers, 2 pairs
  4. Shorts
  5. Socks – thick and thin ones, 2-3 pairs
  6. T-shirt – 2-3 pieces
  7. A light sweater of a thin fleece or something like that
  8. A warm sweater
  9. A windbreaker jacket
  10. A raincoat
  11. A panama hat/a bandana/a cap and gloves
  12. Hats and warm gloves
  13. Spare underwear and swimsuits

Personal gear:

  1. A backpackRental
  2. A sleeping bag and padRental
  3. Utensils (a plate, a spoon and a cup)
  4. Dry sacks
  5. Flashlight
  6. A flask or a bottle of water
  7. Personal first aid kit
  8. Personal hygiene items
  9. Sunglasses
  10. The documents, money, cell phone



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