The Pirate Coast of Lycia with Beycik

From Mount Olympos to sunken Simena
 
After the breathtaking heights of Mount Olympos, this self-guided walking holiday takes you to Turkey’s untamed Mediterranean coast. Walking along the eastern half of the Lycian Way cultural route, you experience authentic hosting and gain fascinating historical insights. Luggage transfers are included between hotels.
The Pirate Coast of Lycia with Beycik. 9 nights
The Pirate Coast of Lycia with Beycik. 9 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday along the eastern Lycian Way

This extended version of our eastern Lycian Way adventure is a challenging, yet hugely rewarding hike beginning on the lower slopes of Mount Olympos. Following the best sections of the Lycian Way – Turkey’s original long-distance walking route – from mountain foothills to ‘Pirate Coast’, not only do you discover delightful landscapes and an absorbing history, but you stay in a real variety of accommodation – always with traditional, genuine hospitality.
Your holiday starts in the quiet mountain village of Beycik, set within the magnificent Beydaglari National Park. From here, you can attain the panoramic summit of Mount Olympos by cable car, to explore its otherworldly lunar landscapes before descending the rugged slopes on foot. As the week continues, so do the highlights: mythical flames that burst from the earth, countless atmospheric relics of past civilisations – including the ancient Lycian city of Olympos – and a truly unspoiled slice of the Mediterranean, with tranquil bays, inviting coves, and intriguing sunken cities.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
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  • Arrival in Beycik
    Night 1: at Olympos Mountain Lodge (the first of two nights here)
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Choice of walks around Beycik: 9.5-10km

    Circular walk from Beycik: 10km, 3.5hrs; ascent/descent 410m; shorter option: 6.5km, 2.5hrs
    This relatively gentle circuit takes you from the sleepy village of Beycik, set within the magnificent Beydaglari National Park, across the lower slopes of Mount Olympos to reach the ruins of an ancient Roman city named Laodikeia. For a shorter day, retrace your steps from Laodikeia to Beycik.

    Linear walk from Mount Olympos: 9.5km, 4hrs; ascent 60m/descent 1585m
    Alternatively, and if the weather is clear, you could take a cable car to the summit of Mount Olympos (2,365 metres). After admiring the breathtaking views, embark on a challenging but exhilarating descent back down to Beycik. (Pay locally for a taxi to the cable car station, as well as for the cable car itself.)
    Laodikeia
    Circular walk from Beycik: 10km
    Linear walk from Mount Olympos: 9.5km
  • Beycik to Çirali: 20km, 6.5hrs; ascent 490m/descent 1300m
    Today’s route meanders towards the coast, descending to the small village of Ulupinar, known for its fish farms and handful of excellent restaurants – a perfect lunch stop. You then cross the river and climb through light woodland to reach the extraordinary Flames of Chimaera: naturally occurring fires that have flickered from the ground here for millennia. A short but steep descent follows, after which you head through orchards to arrive in Çirali, where you stay two nights at either Baraka House or Azur Hotel.
    Chimaera flames
    Beycik to Çirali: 20km
  • Around Çirali
    As your next day’s walk is challenging, we recommend that you use your time in Çirali to explore, swim and enjoy the long sandy beach – a conservation area and an important nesting site for endangered loggerhead turtles. A short walk along the beach (2.5km each way) will take you to the classical remains of the ancient Lycian city of Olympos, set around the river as it reaches the sea.
    Ruined Olympos
  • Çirali to Adrasan: 15.5km, 6hrs; ascent/descent 765m
    Today, you cross the headland to your next destination: the seaside village of Adrasan. This stretch of the Lycian Way is remote and forested, featuring ruined ancient sarcophagi, Roman temples and a challenging ascent to high pastures. You regain the coast via a winding descent through woodland and farmland, to spend one night at Adrasan’s Deniz Hotel.
    Cross the headland
    Çirali to Adrasan: 15.5km
  • Adrasan to Hoyran: 18.5km, 7hrs; ascent/descent 850m
    This thrilling highlight route climbs out of Adrasan to pass high above the wild, dramatic coastline and all the way down the empty peninsula to panoramic Gelidonya Lighthouse. After a steady descent to the beach at Melanippe, you are transferred inland (journey time: 1.5hrs) to your next hotel, the delightful Hoyran Wedre Country Houses, where you stay two nights.
    Coastal views
    Adrasan to Hoyran: 18.5km
  • Around Hoyran: 8km, 2.5hrs; ascent 120m/descent 320m
    Today, you could relax by the pool or stroll to the nearby necropolis of ancient Hoyran – a beautiful archaeological site with far-reaching coastal views.

    To enjoy our recommended hike, take a taxi (pay locally) to the ancient site of Kyaneia. There are many fascinating ruins here, including a theatre overlooking the sea, surrounded by over 300 Lycian mausoleums. The relatively easy walk back to your hotel takes you via Hoyran’s ruins, too.
    Kyaneia
    Around Hoyran: 8km
  • Hoyran to Simena: 11.5km, 3.5hrs; ascent 120m/descent 580m
    From Hoyran, you descend steeply along the Lycian Way – following this parallel to the coast before turning inland and cutting across the peninsula towards Simena. This uniquely sited coastal town is framed by an imposing medieval castle and can only be reached on foot or by boat. Your final two nights here are spent by the water’s edge at Ankh Pansiyon, with views across to Kekova Island – an ancient sunken city that was reclaimed by the sea over two thousand years ago.
    Hoyran to Simena
    Hoyran to Simena: 11.5km
  • Around Simena: 15km, 5hrs; ascent 230m/descent 590m
    Travel by boat and taxi (pay locally) to the ancient ruins of Apollonia, to pick up the Lycian Way for a scenic descent to the sunken city of Aperlae. From here you walk back to Simena along the coast, en route passing through atmospheric Uçagiz with its bustling marina and postcard-perfect outlook.
    Ucagiz bay
    Around Simena: 15km
 

Accommodation

From an exclusive mountain retreat to traditional Turkish beach resorts, your accommodation is varied – but always with character and quality.

In some places, we work with more than one hotel, as shown below. All are hand-picked by us and, unless there is a price implication (in which case we will contact you to discuss your options), we will tell you which one we have booked for you on your booking confirmation.
 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 9 nights: 01 April 2024 - 15 June 2024, 01 September 2024 - 04 November 2024, 01 April 2025 - 14 June 2025 & 01 September 2025 - 03 November 2025

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 30 Apr 2024 £2065 £780
    1 May - 6 Jun 2024 £2120 £790
    1 - 30 Sep 2024 £2210 £815
    1 - 26 Oct 2024 £2110 £780
    1 - 30 Apr 2025 £2150 £815
    1 May - 5 Jun 2025 £2205 £825
    1 - 30 Sep 2025 £2300 £850
    1 - 25 Oct 2025 £2195 £815
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £165 to £175

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Olympos Mountain Lodge, Beycik
    Suite: 01 Apr - 15 Jun 2024 £24
    Suite: 01 Apr - 14 Jun 2025 £25

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Ankh Pansiyon, Simena (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 15 Jun 2024 £103 £103
    01 Sep - 04 Nov 2024 £103 £103
    01 Apr - 14 Jun 2025 £107 £107
    01 Sep - 03 Nov 2025 £107 £107
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Antalya

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Antalya jet2,  TUI 
    Birmingham - Antalya (via Zurich) Swiss 
    Birmingham - Antalya (via Istanbul) Turkish Airlines 
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    Bristol - Antalya TUI 
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    Cardiff - Antalya TUI 
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    Nottingham East Midlands - Antalya TUI 
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    Edinburgh - Antalya jet2,  TUI 
    Edinburgh - Antalya (via Istanbul) Turkish Airlines 
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    Glasgow - Antalya jet2 
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    Leeds Bradford - Antalya jet2 
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    Liverpool - Antalya easyJet 
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    Gatwick - Antalya easyJet,  TUI 
    Gatwick - Antalya (via Istanbul) Turkish Airlines 
    Gatwick - Antayla Turkish Airlines 
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    Heathrow - Antalya (via Istanbul) Turkish Airlines 
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    Manchester - Antalya easyJet,  TUI 
    Manchester - Antalya (via Istanbul) Turkish Airlines 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Antalya TUI 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Where a price range is given, the price you pay depends on your date of travel.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Antalya

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Antalya airport to hotel (1h) £59-£61 2000
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    boat to Üçagiz quayside (0h10), taxi to Antalya airport (3h50) £59-£61 1300
What is included
  • 9 nights
  • 8 dinners
    4 picnics
    9 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • taxi transfer on day 5
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from A to B, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact us to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can incur a five or six-figure bill.

    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport with at least 150 days’ validity from your date of entry to travel to Turkey. British nationals travelling for tourism or business purposes do not need a visa to enter Turkey for visits up to 90 days within a 180-day period.

    If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website, though you should seek advice from your doctor or practice nurse in good time before your holiday for more tailored information. There are no reciprocal health agreements between the UK and Turkey. It is therefore essential that you make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation.
  • The official language is Turkish. The currency is the Turkish Lira. Turkish time is GMT/UTC + 3. It doesn’t use Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 2.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.

    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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