Seven Capes of Lycia

Along the spellbinding coast of southern Turkey
 
Outstanding Seven Capes views and a sense of adventure await you on this self-guided, hotel-to-hotel walking holiday, with luggage transfers included. Exploring the westernmost section of Turkey’s Lycian Way, you’ll enjoy authentic accommodation, immersive local experiences, and ancient history brought to life.
Seven Capes of Lycia. 7 nights
Seven Capes of Lycia. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday along the western Lycian Way

At the heart of this spectacular coastal hike lies a very special path – one which links communities, protects ancient ways, and promises those who follow it a wonderfully authentic insight into life in the Turkish Mediterranean.
The Lycian Way is the country’s first long-distance hiking route, conceived by British expatriate Kate Clow and inspired by bygone civilisations and the remarkable paths they once trod. Indeed, its tangible sense of past is one of the trail’s highlights: not only does it feature ancient ways, but these weave through a landscape alive with history – from atmospheric ruined cities to innumerable stone sarcophagi strewn freely across the hillsides.

Of course, this thrilling walking holiday along the Way’s westernmost section has plenty more to offer – not least the scintillating views that greet you around just about every corner. There is also the sense of challenge and adventure that comes with exploring a rugged and unfiltered landscape, as well as the charming, traditional accommodation along the way, culminating with a terrific final stay overlooking Yedi Burun – the ‘Seven Capes’ for which the area is renowned.
 
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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.

The routes on this itinerary feature bus and taxi transfers; all taxis mentioned below are included in the holiday price, please pay locally for bus journeys.
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  • Arrival in Kayaköy
    Night 1: at Misafir Evi (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.
  • Linear route from Kayaköy: 7.5km, 3hrs; ascent 265m/descent 415m
    Begin your holiday with an exploration of the Greek ‘ghost town’ of Kayaköy – preserved as a fascinating museum and the setting for Louis de Bernières’ Birds without Wings – before continuing across a verdant, wooded headland to the famous white beaches of Ölüdeniz lagoon, an ideal place for a swim. Opt to return to your accommodation by bus, or by taking the route extension described below.

    Longer version: 15km, 6hrs
    Travel between Olüdeniz and the bustling town of Ovacık by bus, then strike out on foot through dappled woodland before descending between the abandoned houses of Kayaköy village to your accommodation.
    Kayaköy
    Linear route from Kayaköy: 7.5km
  • Kayaköy to Faralya: 13km, 5.5hrs; ascent 670m/descent 710m
    Today, you are transferred by taxi to the starting point of the Lycian Way itself: admire the spectacular sea views as you ascend around the shoulder of Baba Dag (‘Father Mountain’) – a glorious climb on an ancient cobbled track. From here, your descent takes you beneath towering white crags, through woods and across fertile slopes to reach the village of Faralya and the Montenegro Hotel – your base for the following two nights.
    Glorious sea views
    Kayaköy to Faralya: 13km
  • Linear route from Faralya: 9km, 4hrs; ascent 565m/descent 365m
    Enjoy a terrific walk high above Butterfly Valley – so named because its array of plants attracts hundreds of butterflies – and then along the rocky surrounding coastline; your destination is the resplendent, mountain-backed beach at Kabak, from where you return to Faralya by bus.
    Explore the rocky coastline
    Linear route from Faralya: 9km
  • Faralya to Gey: 11km, 5hrs; ascent 825m/descent 390m
    One of the best walks on the holiday awaits you today. Leaving Faralya, you cross meadows and woodland to arrive at secluded Kabak cove. A rugged forested path then sweeps you high above the sea and brings you to a beautiful old mule trail with splendid views over the Seven Capes. From Alınca, you are transferred by a pre-arranged taxi to the village of Gey, where you spend your final three nights at Yediburunlar Lighthouse Hotel.
    Forest paths
    Faralya to Gey: 11km
  • Linear route to Gey via Alınca: 8km, 3.5hrs; ascent 420m/descent 500m
    Following a taxi transfer back to Alınca, a panoramic path leads you steeply down into a magnificent ravine (vertigo sufferers can follow the road) then through terraced, flower-filled meadows to an old Ottoman cistern. From here, it is worth detouring – via another steep descent – to the secluded beach of Kalabantia (add 4km). Here, you can explore the ruins of an ancient harbour and swim in crystal-clear waters before continuing on foot through woodland and olive groves to Gey.
    Walk back to Gey
    Linear route to Gey via Alinca: 8km
  • Linear route from Gey via Boğazıçı: 10km, 4hrs; ascent 375m/descent 655m
    The focal point of this final, highlight route is the ancient Lycian city of Sidyma, whose atmospheric ruins – including an acropolis and a necropolis – are scattered across the valley floor and two hills. We include a traditional Turkish lunch – expertly cooked by Fatma – in a nearby village house, after which you continue on foot to Boğazıçı, from where you are transferred by taxi back to your hotel. Here you can watch the sun set over this dramatic coastline one last time.
    Sidyma
    Linear route from Gey via Bogaziçi: 10km
 

Accommodation

From two simple, traditional Turkish guesthouses to a spectacular ending at the Yediburunlar Lighthouse Hotel.
 
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  • 7 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 £1295 £275
    1 May - 8 Jun 2024 £1340 £275
    1 - 30 Sep 2024 £1395 £275
    1 - 28 Oct 2024 £1355 £275
    1 - 30 Apr 2025 £1350 £290
    1 May - 7 Jun 2025 £1395 £290
    1 - 30 Sep 2025 £1455 £290
    1 - 27 Oct 2025 £1410 £290
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £65 to £68

    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.

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

    Misafir Evi, Kayaköy (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 15 Jun 2024 £61 £91
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2024 £67 £110
    01 Oct - 04 Nov 2024 £61 £91
    01 Apr - 14 Jun 2025 £63 £94
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2025 £70 £115
    01 Oct - 03 Nov 2025 £63 £94
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Dalaman

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    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.

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    Birmingham - Dalaman TUI 
    Birmingham - Dalaman (via Istanbul) Turkish Airlines 
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    Bristol - Dalaman easyJet,  TUI 
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    Nottingham East Midlands - Dalaman TUI 
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    Edinburgh - Dalaman easyJet,  jet2 
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    Leeds Bradford - Dalaman TUI 
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    Gatwick - Dalaman British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Gatwick - Dalaman (via Istanbul) Turkish Airlines 
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    Heathrow - Dalaman (via Istanbul) Turkish Airlines 
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    Luton - Dalaman easyJet 
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    Stansted - Dalaman easyJet,  jet2 
    Stansted - Dalaman TUI 
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    Manchester - Dalaman easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Manchester - Dalaman (via Istanbul) Turkish Airlines 
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    Newcastle - Dalaman jet2 
    Newcastle - Dalaman TUI 
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    Norwich - Dalaman 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 Dalaman

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Dalaman airport to hotel (1h30) £46-£48 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Dalaman airport (2h) £46-£48 flexible
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 6 dinners
    3 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • lunch in a Turkish village house
  • transfers on days 2, 4, 5 & 6
 
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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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