Enjoy a superb combination of nature and history as you make your way down the Lycian Way on this self-guided 10-day tour. Trek through ancient Turkey as you admire beautiful buildings and views that make the Lycian Way one of the world's best walks.
What to Expect
The Lycian Way is a long distance footpath in Turkey that is listed as one of the world's top 10 walks.
This trip snakes its way along the Mediterranean's most dramatic coastline to the limestone peaks of Mount Olympus, which soar high above the sea. Enjoy this opportunity to visit the most ancient cities of Lycian culture and discover some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
Day 1: Kayseri or Nevşehir Airport - Mustafapaşa
Upon arrival at Kayseri Airport, you will be met and transferred to Mustafapasa where you will spend the night.
Day 2: Mustafapaşa - Gomeda Valley - Ortahisar
The trail today takes you through vineyards along the east side of the Gomeda Valley. At one point the road goes down in the valley and you start walking on a single track path following the river. After about 2 hours of walking in the shade of the valley you turn west and go up and out of the valley on a dirt road until you reach Ortahisar, famous for its natural fortress. Overnight at pension in Ortahisar. Walking time is about 5 hours and 30 minutes.
Day 3: Ortahisar Hallac Monastery - Kizilvadi - Güllüdere-Çavuşin
Leave the pension in the morning to discover historical and natural beauties. After a walk of about 20 minutes you will reach an 11th-century Hallac Monastery cut into the eroded volcanic rock form. Continue toward Kizil Valley and Güllüdere, an area with different layers of eroded volcanic ash with colorful tones. Have a lunch break at Kizilvadi (Kizil Valley)Passing through the vineyards will bring you to St. John Church where Jesus was baptized. Overnight at pension in Çavuşin. Walking time is around 6 hours.
Day 4: Akvadi - Üçhisar - Güvercinlik - Göreme - Çavuşin
Trek thorough the Akvadi Valley, also known as the White valley. Arrive at Üçhisar Village and visit the high viewpoint known as the fortress (a volcanic ash peak) and enjoy a rewarding panoramic view of the Cappadoccia area. After lunch, follow a path to the Güvercinlik (Pigeon Valley), a holy spot for Muslim people. Later visit the Göreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Come back to your pension in Çavuşin. Walking time is about 6 hours and 30 minutes.
Day 5: Ihlara Valley - Derinkuyu - Çavuşin
Explore Ihlara Valley and discover the antique churches carved into the volcanic rocks. Later, visit Derinkuyu, an underground city of Cappadocia. In the late evening transfer to Antalya by vehicle.
Day 6: Ulupınar - Chimaera - Çıralı
Today, personnel will be waiting to pick you up for the next trip to Ulupınar Village. Your baggage will continue by vehicle to the night's accommodation, as can you if you don’t feel like walking. Have lunch at one of the local restaurants before paying a visit to the Chimaera. Cirali itself has a long sandy beach and is one of the few protected beaches where Loggerhead Sea Turtles come to lay their eggs. If you feel like some further walking you can always head towards the beautiful Akdere Creek and visit the ruins of the ancient city of Olympos. Walking time is about 3 hours.
Day 7: Çıralı - Olympos - Adrasan
Today’s walk is all inland and more demanding. Following the Lycian Way you ascend through a canyon to a high grazing area where there is a small shepherd's hut. Reaching a higher ridge you have great views of Mount Olympos. Continuing along the ridge line, you now walk beneath the flanks of Musa Dag where a boat shaped stone formation was discovered. The trail then descends through small pine trees and down through a limestone gorge to emerge at the spellbindingly beautiful Bay of Adrasan. Walking time is about 6 to 7 hours.
Day 8: Adrasan - Cape Gelidonia - Adrasan
A truly wonderful day of coastal walking lies ahead as you walk to the upper lighthouse at Cape Gelidonia. A short vehicle transfer takes you to the start of the trail which then twists and turns through pine woods and crags high above the coastline. Contouring the hills of this remote Gelidonia peninsula, the trail climbs to reach a crest and then descends to the upper lighthouse. This isolated, famous lighthouse has no electricity or phone. You’ll then head down through pine forest to reach the shore line once more, which you will follow to the village of Karaoz where a vehicle transfer returns you to your pension in Adrasan. Walking time is about 7 hours.
Day 9: Adrasan - Antalya
After breakfast you will take a public bus back to Antalya (about 7 EUR per person). From the Antalya bus station you will take a taxi (about 14 EUR) back to your pension in the old part of Antalya. Have the rest of the day free to explore the area, try a Turkish bath, shop, and more. Overnight at your pension in Antalya.
Day 10: Airport
A private transfer will be provided from the pension to Antalya Airport to coincide with check-in time for your departing flight.
- Pick-up and drop off from Nevşehir/Kayseri Airport to Mustaphapaşa
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Route notes
What's Not Included
- Air Ticket
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Public bus and taxi on day 9
Know Before You Go
You will be met upon arrival at Nevşehir or Kayseri Airport on day 1 of the trip and transferred to your first night’s accommodation in Mustaphapaşa. At the end of the trip on day 10 you will be transferred back to Antalya Airport from your pension in Antalya. Transfers will be timed to coincide with your flight's arrival/departure times.
Please make sure that your baggage is clearly marked with your name, inside as well as outside, in case the labels get detached. We request you limit your main luggage to one piece per person and recommend you pack your clothes in plastic bags to ensure they remain dry. As your main baggage will be transported by vehicle, a normal suitcase can be used for your main baggage. During the walking day you’ll carry only your usual daypack.