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Lycian Way - is one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world. It passes on the Anatolian coast of Turkey, on the land, where more than two thousand years ago was located the Lycian Union of independent cities. The length of the whole route - 505 km. We choose the most interesting part of it, with a length of about 150 km, with most diverse natural attractions and ruins, left over from the bygone civilizations.


Gathering of our group takes place at 10.00 a.m. (local time) at Antalya airport, near to the terminal No. 1 (on the right side, if you looking at the building from the street). We distribute products (bought by the instructor) among the backpackers, and go to the seaside village of Goynuk, located 45 km west from Antalya. After a swimming in the warm Mediterranean Sea, we will move along the fast-flowing mountain stream. Passing through orange, tangerine and lemon gardens, we will come to the picturesque Goynuk canyon. Here visitors will be able to swim in the natural pools of crystal clear water. Camping we will arrange in a short distance from the canyon.


Today we have to ascent up the slopes of mount Andisli-Tepe, avoiding the impassable section of the canyon. The trail passes through a shady subtropical forest, overgrown with laurel and arbutus. Crossing the ridge, we'll go back out to the river, and we'll go through the canyon, among the huge white boulders and aged plane trees, crossing river from one side to another. Here we can meet large river crabs. In the evening, we will make camp on the banks of the river, spreading among age-old pine trees.


We will going a little further along the river, and then we will ascend through coniferous forest to the plateau. Here, at an altitude of 1000 metres, climate and vegetation are changing significantly. Everywhere mountains covered with the pine forests, with small patches of Alpine meadows. We have to go to mountain village Goynuk-Coy, with pomegranate gardens and neat houses, neighbouring to the abandoned ruins. Here we will see the snow-covered ridge Teke-Dag and the top of Tahtali Dag. After passing through another mountain village - Gedelme (it is a bit larger than the previous one - there is even a store and restaurant!) we will come to the ruins of the Genoese fortress, overgrown with impenetrable bushes. Not far from the fortress, we could see a huge platan tree, which age is more than 2000 years. Here we stop on the night.

DAY 4 

On this day, at first we will go through the forest to the village Yayla-Kuz-Dere, and then start ascent on the highest mountain on our hike - Tahtali Dag. First, by the moss-growed and then by the gradually increasing scree slope, we will climb to the top. Fir-tree and then the magnificent cedars will gradually replace pines. At the height of about two kilometers, among the grey rocks, cedars and junipers, on rocky mountain semi-desert, we organize our camp.


Today, early in the morning we will start ascent on the mountain, (because closer to the noon at the summit often sit clouds, reducing visibility to zero). To speed up the ascent we will go without backpacks. The height of the mount Tahtali-Dag (Lycian name of the mountain - Olympos) 2365 meters. From the top, we will see the stunning views of the all Anatolian coast in the South, and the snow-capped mountain range Bey-Daglar in the North. After admiring the views, we will return to backpacks and go down to the beautiful meadow with a strong spring, where we will spend the night.


After the conquest of mount Olympus, we need to recover, so the entire day will be devoted to downhill mountain trails closer to the sea. As we descend, the surrounding landscape will gradually change from the harsh mountains to a bright Mediterranean. At first, we will come to the Beycik village, after which located the valley with the vast range of pomegranate orchards and olive groves. In the afternoon, we pass through the Ulupinar village, and continue our journey along the bank of a mountain river. After crossing the river, on a large meadow near to the river we will make our camp for this night.

DAY 7 

In the morning, we will climb on the mountain Chimera (Yanartaş) on top of which during many thousands of years the flames escape from the earth. According to Ancient Greek legend, the son of the Corinthian King Cupola Bellerophon in order of the Lycian King Iobata, sitting on winged horse Pegasus given to him by the gods, won the three-headed, fire-breathing monster, the Chimaera, devastating the Lycian land. And Pegasus trample it in to the mountain, where the Chimera lives on to this day, spewing flames. But modern scholars disagree with this legend, and think that it is still an exit to the surface and the spontaneous combustion of natural gas methane. On the descent from the mountains we will pass through the ruins of the ancient Lycian city, located near the foot of the mountain.

On our way lies the picturesque village Cirali. After passing through orange and lemon groves, we'll go out on a gorgeous sandy beach, stretching along the whole village for a few kilometers. This beach is one of the ten best beaches in the world. This is also the place, where the sea turtle Caretta caretta lay eggs. On the edge of the beach, under the shadow of the Italian pines we will have half a day to swim in abundance in the Mediterranean Sea. If somebody will remain an energy, they can make a walk around the nearby bays.

DAY 8 

Early in the morning, we will go to the western part of Chirali, where we visit the ruins of the Genoese fortress and one of the most well preserved Lycian towns - the Olympos. This town was one of the six most important towns of the Lycian Union. One of the favorite occupations of town residents was piracy, Thanks to that, the town was destroyed and fell under the rule of the Roman Empire in the 1st century BC. In the midst of the town's flows little river, which reflects ancient walls, and where live ducks and trout. After passing through the town, and after looking the Amphitheatre, baths and Lycian tombs, we will start ascent through the wet coastal jungle to the mountain Musa Dag. After passing over the mountain and through pastoral settlement, we will make a camp on the seashore.


Today we will leave in the picturesque Bay of Adrasan, surrounded by steep mountain ranges. Here, in a secluded Cove near the village, we will have the opportunity to sunbathe and swim. We can taste Turkish cuisine in one of the many local cafes. In the evening, we will go out of the village and ascend on the nearby hill. On the way, we can meet the camels, walking near the camel farm. We will spent night in the forest near a spring.

 DAY 10

All this day we dedicate to Helidonia Cape. We have to walk along the shore of the entire Cape. The road will not be easy: the endless ups and downs, the rocks and scree, absence of water - the whole day supply will have to bear with us... but all these hardships will be compensated by the stunning beauty of the nature scenery. Especially the beautiful island of Sulu Ada, Besh Adalary and old, but is still a working lighthouse, perched on the headland. Rounding the Cape, we descend to the camping near to the sea, not far from the spring.

DAY 11

Following the road through the pine forest, we reach the small and neat village Karaoz. Thanks to protection from all sides by mountains, the climate here is almost tropical everywhere grows palm trees, agaves, medlars, there are huge ficus trees and evergreen banana plantations. Lizards and turtles crawling along the road everywhere. Moving further along the sea, we will admire the numerous bays, one of which is called a Pirate Bay. In one of these bays, we will make our camp.

DAY 12

We will get up early, charge quickly and go to the town Mavikent. On the way, we will admire little bays, gradually replaced by dunes and then turn into a huge beach that stretches 22 km far away. In a distance, we can see the resort town Finike, and mountains, hidden in the haze. From the Mavikent we're moving to the Kumluca and then to Antalya. In Antalia you will go to the airport, check in for the flight, and flight home! (But if you want, you can stay for another couple of days, but it's better to think about that in advance, when you buying plane tickets.)


Round cost:

10 days Lycian Way tour - 250$ (All inclusive!)

12 days Lycian Way tour - 300$ (All inclusive!)

Price includes:  transfer to the beginning of the route, payments for all camping places, all recreational payments, payments for all passes in reserves and natural parks, three meals a day on a route, services of instructors, visiting of all sights.


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The temperature in Antalya in April/May, September/October: day 25-28C, night 17 - 20C

The water temperature in the Mediterranean Sea near Antalya in April/May +21C in September/October 25C.

Slideshow about one of our hikes on the Lycian Way. October 2012.