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The Lycian Way

Privileged access to ancient cultures & a dramatic coast
 
Spectacular scenery and fascinating history are just two of the things this hugely rewarding, self-guided walking holiday has to offer: the landscape is varied, the hosts friendly and welcoming and the food fresh from the land and sea. Luggage transfers between hotels are also included.
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday along the Lycian Way

This challenging, yet hugely rewarding, walk follows a section of the Lycian Way, Turkey’s first long-distance coastal path pioneered by Englishwoman, Kate Clow. Not only will you discover delightful landscapes and a fascinating history as you walk along the spectacular coast, but you will also stay in a series of scenic guesthouses where the warm and genuine hospitality is a real highlight, as are the home-cooked dinners included each evening.
You begin in a beautiful rural setting in the foothills of Tahtali Dag (Mount Olympos) before heading down to the coast to end your journey at the ancient town of Simena, passing countless relics of a bygone civilisation as you walk from one pretty village to the next.
 
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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 from Beycik: 6.5km-10km

    Circular walk from Beycik: 10km, 3.5hrs; ascent/descent 410m; shorter option: 6.5km, 2.5hrs
    If you can tear yourself away from the hotel pool, we recommend a short but at times challenging introductory walk from the door of your hotel in the sleepy village of Beycik, set within the magnificent Beydaglari National Park, across the wild and rugged slopes underneath Tahtali Dag (Mount Olympos) to the ruins of an ancient Roman city named Laodikeia.

    Linear walk from Tahtali Dag: 9.5km, 4hrs; ascent 60m/descent 1585m
    Alternatively, and if the weather is clear, you could take a cable car to the summit of Tahtali Dag (2,365 metres), and, after admiring the spectacular views, embark on the steep, challenging descent back down to Beycik. (Pay locally for a taxi to the cable car station, as well as for the cable car itself.)

    There is also the option to take a taxi (pay locally) to visit the remarkable Roman and Byzantine ruins at nearby Phaselis.
    Circular walk from Beycik: 10km
    Linear walk from Tahtali Dag: 9.5km
  • Beycik to Çirali: 18km, 6hrs; ascent 520m/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 – and therefore, well placed for a delicious trout lunch. You then cross the river and climb through light woodland to reach the upper flames of mythical Chiamaera, where eternal flames come straight out of the ground, a truly remarkable sight. After a short but steep descent, you head through orchards to arrive at Çirali and the Anatolia Resort Hotel, set back from the beach in its own lush gardens.
    Beycik to Çirali: 18km
    Upper flames of mythical Chimaera
  • Out-and-back walk from Çirali: 5km, 1.5hrs
    As the next day’s walk is long and more challenging, we recommend you use your time in Çirali to explore, swim and enjoy the long sandy beach. A nice, short walk along the beach (2.5km each way) will take you to the Roman remains of the ancient Lycian city of Olympos. Retrace your steps along the beach to take a dip in the turquoise sea before dinner.
  • Çirali to Adrasan: 16.5km, 6hrs; ascent/descent 940m
    Your journey now takes you over the headland, as the Lycian Way heads inland, passing ruined Lycian sarcophagi and Roman temples to the seaside village of Adrasan. You first follow the beach to Olympos and then ascend steeply through dense strawberry tree woods to reach high pastures. You descend a winding path through more woods and farmland to reach first the river and then the seafront. Your accommodation here is the Yonka Butik Hotel.
    Çirali to Adrasan: 16.5km
    On the route from Çirali to Adrasan, via Olympos
  • Out-and-back walk from Adrasan: 4km, 1.5hrs; ascent/descent 240m
    You have a free day to relax on the nearby beach, or enjoy a boat ride. Alternatively, enjoy a short walk, follow meandering shepherds' trails that lead through meadows along the coast to discover delightful bays, secluded coves and deserted beaches. Your aim is a small lighthouse that protects the entrance to Adrasan bay.
    Out-and-back walk from Adrasan: 4km
  • Adrasan to Hoyran: 18km, 7hrs; ascent/descent 950m
    Today's thrilling route is wild and remote, passing through forest high above the dramatic coastline, leading all the way down the empty peninsula past Firenkici Bay to the Gelidonya Lighthouse, before you are transferred inland (1.5hrs) to your next hotel, the delightful Hoyran Wedre Country Houses, where you stay two nights.

     
    Adrasan to Hoyran: 18km
    Dramatic coastline on the walking route from Adrasan to Hoyran
  • Choice of walks from Hoyran: 2km or 8km

    Out-and-back walk to Ancient Hoyran: 2km, 1.5hrs
    You could choose to relax by the pool or to investigate the surrounding area’s archaeological sites on foot. A short walk away, ancient Hoyran contains a sacrificial altar, sarcophagi, the remains of the defensive wall on the hill, and rock-cut tombs, some with beautiful reliefs of a burial ceremony and animals on them. You will also see a single standing monument carved with a relief of a soldier.

    Linear walk from Kyaneia: 8km, 3hrs; ascent 160m/descent 360m
    For a slightly longer day, you could take a taxi (pay locally) to the ancient site of Kyaneia, built around an open agora, or market place, just below an acropolis. The site contains many fascinating ruins, including a theatre overlooking the sea, surrounded by over 300 Lycian mausoleums, both chamber tombs cut into the bedrock and free-standing ‘boat’ tombs. The walk back to your hotel takes you via Hoyran’s ruins, too.
    Linear walk from Kyaneia: 8km
    Ancient site of Kyanei on the route around Hoyran
  • Hoyran to Simena: 11.5km, 4.5hrs; ascent 150m/descent 560m
    From Hoyran, you descend steeply into Kapakli along the Lycian Way. You follow this parallel to the coast via rocky pastures and a small inlet, before crossing open fields towards ancient Simena (now Kale), arriving at the imposing medieval castle, which dominates the harbour. Your hotel for your final two nights is the Ankh Pansiyon, overlooking the sea.
    Hoyran to Simena: 11.5km
    Arriving at Simena
  • Linear walk from Aperlae: 12.5km, 4.5hrs; ascent/descent 260m
    Your final day will surely involve a boat ride (pay locally) – perhaps a water taxi to the ruined Lycian city of Aperlae, from where you can walk back to Simena via atmospheric Uçagiz with its many traditional shops; or a more expensive yacht trip to see the sunken remains of Ancient Simena, an unforgettable experience.
    Linear walk from Aperlae: 12.5km
    The bay of Ucagiz on the route back to Simena
 

Accommodation

You stay in an eclectic mix of quality boutique hotels and other characterful accommodation.

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you.
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 10 nights: 01 April 2020 - 30 June 2020 & 25 August 2020 - 31 October 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 30 Apr 2020 £1245 £515
    1 May - 20 Jun 2020 £1340 £545
    25 Aug - 30 Sep 2020 £1340 £545
    1 - 21 Oct 2020 £1245 £515
    3rd & 4th person discount -£45
    Single traveller supplement £225

    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.

    Included travel: return taxi from Antalya Airport

    Pay locally for required visa for entry ($20pp) – see our travelling to Turkey page for more information

    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)

    Yonka Butik Hotel, Adrasan
    Pool & forest view attic room: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £7
    Pool & forest view attic room: 25 Aug - 31 Oct 2020 £7
    Pool & forest view corner room: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £7
    Pool & forest view corner room: 25 Aug - 31 Oct 2020 £7
    Sea view attic room: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £7
    Sea view attic room: 25 Aug - 31 Oct 2020 £7
    Sea view corner room: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £7
    Sea view corner room: 25 Aug - 31 Oct 2020 £7

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

    Olympos Mountain Lodge, Beycik (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £132 £132
    25 Aug - 31 Oct 2020 £132 £132
    Hoyran Wedre Country Houses, Hoyran (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £155 £155
    25 Aug - 31 Oct 2020 £155 £155
    Ankh Pansiyon, Simena (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £110 £110
    25 Aug - 31 Oct 2020 £110 £110
  • 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. 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 
    Return route Airline
    Dalaman - Birmingham TUI 
    Dalaman - Birmingham (via Istanbul) Turkish Airlines 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Antalya TUI 
    Return route Airline
    Dalaman - Bristol easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Antalya TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Antalya TUI 
    Return route Airline
    Dalaman - Nottingham East Midlands TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Antalya jet2,  TUI 
    Edinburgh - Antalya (via Istanbul) Turkish Airlines 
    Return route Airline
    Dalaman - Edinburgh easyJet,  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Antalya jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Antalya jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Antalya easyJet,  TUI 
    Gatwick - Antalya (via Istanbul) Turkish Airlines 
    Gatwick - Antayla Turkish Airlines 
    Return route Airline
    Dalaman - Gatwick British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Dalaman - Gatwick (via Istanbul) Turkish Airlines 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Antalya (via Istanbul) Turkish Airlines 
    Return route Airline
    Dalaman - Heathrow (via Istanbul) Turkish Airlines 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Antalya easyJet,  TUI 
    Manchester - Antalya (via Istanbul) Turkish Airlines 
    Return route Airline
    Dalaman - Manchester easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Dalaman - Manchester (via Istanbul) Turkish Airlines 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Antalya TUI 
    Return route Airline
    Dalaman - Newcastle jet2,  TUI 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. 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. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). 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.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Antalya

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Antalya airport to hotel (1h30) included flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    boat hotel to Simena quay (0h10), taxi Simena to Antalya airport (4h) included 1400
What is included
  • 10 nights
  • 9 dinners,
    4 picnics,
    10 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • taxi transfer on day 6
  • airport transfers from Antalya airport
 
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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 hotel to hotel, 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.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. 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. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted 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.
  • 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 cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • 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 six months’ validity from your date of entry to travel to Turkey, plus a visa. Your visa should be purchased at least 48 hours before your arrival at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en. A visa currently costs US$20 per person; no other denomination is accepted, but you can pay by MasterCard or Visa and your bank or credit card provider will convert this to sterling at the then applicable exchange rate (plus any handling fees).

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

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ 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.
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 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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