St. Paul trail; via Aspendos to Adada

Tour Code : TRE 05

–    Trekking in the Koprulu National park
–    Ancient roman paths & authentic villages
–    Beautiful lake Egirdir 
–    Aspendos & the best-preserved theatre of antiquity
–    Ancient city of Selge
–    Ancient Sagalssos; first city of Pisidia


Best Season   
Jan / Feb / Mar / Apr / May / Jun / Jul / Aug / Sep / Oct / Nov / Dec


Duration of the Trip
8 Days / 7 Nights


Difficulty Level/walks (treks)
= A/B (Easy/Medium) 
Hiking through Koprulu national park (5 routes on 5 days)


Hotel; Pension & Guesthouse    :    7 Nights

Day 1 : Antalya

Meet at the Antalya airport with Demavend Travels representative and drive to the Hotel located in the old city centre. It is uncertain when the site of the current city was first inhabited. Attalos II, king of Pergamon, was believed to have founded the city around 150 BC, naming it Attalia and selecting it as a naval base for his powerful fleet. However, excavations in 2008 have uncovered remains dating to the 3rd century BC, suggesting that the city was founded earlier than previously supposed. Antalya became part of the Roman Republic in 133 BC when King Attalos III of Pergamum willed his kingdom to Rome at his death. The city grew and prospered during the Ancient Roman period; today the city includes sites with traces of Lycian, Pamphylian, and Hellenistic -but mainly Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman- architecture and cultures. 
Transfer time: 20 min.; Transfer distance: 15 km (Antalya airport – Antalya Kaleici)
ON: in Antalya at the Hotel
Meals: – / – / D

Day 2 : Aspendos & Beskonak (Koprulu National park)

After breakfast we leave Antalya and drive to Aspendos, an ancient city in Pamphylia; according to later tradition the city was founded around 1000 B.C. by Greeks who may have come from Argos. Aspendos is known for having the best-preserved theatre of antiquity; with a diameter of 96 metres, the theatre provided seating for 7,000. Nearby stand the remains of a basilica, agora, nymphaeum and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) of a Roman aqueduct. We also visit the Roman Eurymedon Bridge, reconstructed in the 13th century, which is also in the vicinity. Afterwards we continue to the village of Beskonak for overnight.
Transfer time: 1 h; transfer distance: 90 km (Antalya – Beskonak via Aspendos) 
ON: in Beskonak village at the Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 3 : Beskonak & ancient Selge

We leave Beskonak village and climb on small pathes up to the ancient City of Selge. The town was believed to be a Greek colony, for Strabo states that it was founded by Spartans, but adds the somewhat unintelligible remark that previously it had been founded by Calchas. The acropolis of Selge bore the name of Kesbedion. The district in which the town was situated was extremely fertile, producing abundance of oil and wine, but the town itself was difficult of access, being surrounded by precipices and beds of torrents flowing towards the Eurymedon and Cestrus (today Aksu), and requiring bridges to make them passable. In consequence of its excellent laws and political constitution, Selge rose to the rank of the most powerful and populous city of Pisidia, and at one time was able to send an army of 20,000 men into the field. Owing to these circumstances, and the valour of its inhabitants, for which they were regarded as worthy kinsmen of the Spartans, the Selgians were never subject to any foreign power, but remained in the enjoyment of their own freedom and independence. When Alexander the Great passed through Pisidia (333 BC), Selge sent an embassy to him and gained his favour and friendship. At that time they were at war with Termessos. The remains of the city consist mainly of parts of the encircling wall and of the acropolis. A few traces have survived of the gymnasium, the stoa, the stadium and the basilica. There are also the outlines of two temples, but the best conserved monument is the theater, restored in the 3rd century AD. Halfway on the road to Selge from the Pamphylian coastal plain, a well-preserved Roman Bridge crosses the deep Eurymedon valley. Afterwards drive back to Beskonak.
Transfer time: 45 min.;
Walking time: 5/6 h; walking distance: 10 km; ascent: 742m; descent: 66m
ON: in Beskonak village at the Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 4 : Beskonak to Caltepe

Today we drive back up to Selge, where 5 minutes later we come to the start of today’s trek, which follow a mixture of tracks, dirt roads and old roman roads. The Area is today part of the Köprülü Nationalpark and famous for his mature forests. We pass the small villages Ören, Delisarnic and Kestanelik (Kestane means chestnuts). The last part of the Way we walk on small shepherds pathes. It is only during the Summertime possible to meet some shepherds grazing their animals. We will reach the village of Caltepe in the late afternoon and will spend the Night in a small Guest House.
Transfer time: 45 min.;
Walking time: 7/8 h; walking distance: 13 km; ascent: 215m; descent: 675m
ON: in Caltepe village at the Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 5 : Caltepe to Kasimlar via Kesme

A short transfer takes us to our starting Point in Kesme village. We drive through the beautifull Köprülü Nationalpark with beautiful views to the Köprülü River, used for Wild Water Rafting through the Summer, and the Köprülü Canyon. The canyon stretches for 14 km along the Köprü River and is 400 metres deep in some places. After arriving in Kesme we start our walk and follow over fields and tracktor roads until we reach a small pass at Belsarnic. From the pass we walk down in zigzags down to Kasimlar village. In Kasimlar we spend the Night in a Family House.
Transfer time: 1 h; transfer distance: 40 km (Caltepe – Kesme)
Walking time: 6 h; walking distance: 11 km; ascent: 253m; descent: 582m
ON: in Kasimlar village at the Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 6 : Kasimlar to lake Egirdir via Tota Yaylasi & Adada

After a 15 min. transfer we start our walk and follow a tracktor way into the Tota Yaylasi Forrest Park. The Route continues around the end of the Sarp Dagi to a spring on a large Yayla (Plateau). From there we follow a stabilized old village Road and sheep tracks to Yenikoy. From Yenikoy we drive to the Ruins of Adada. The Local people call Adada also Baulo or Karabaolu and belief that the Name comes from St. Paul. The main attractions are the acropolis, the Hellenistic towers, the Basilica and the Theatre. We can have the picnic either just before Yenikoy or in Adada. From Adada we follow a dry riverbed and later a spectacular bit of old roman road, a great way to finish of the hiking part of the holiday. Just below the village of Sagrak we meet the road and by bus we drive to Egirdir town near the Egirdir Lake. We will spend here the Night in a small Pension.
Transfer time: 20 min.; transfer distance: 10 km (Kasimlar – Tota Yaylasi)
Transfer time: 10 min. (Yenikoy – Adada)
Transfer time: 1 h; transfer distance: 45 km (Adada – Egirdir)
Walking time: 8 h; walking distance: 15 km; ascent: 104m; descent: 374m
ON: in Egirdir at the Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 7 : Ancient Sagalassos & Antalya

We leave Egirdir and drive to Antalya. On the way we will visit the ancient City of Sagalssos. Sagalassos is an archaeological site in the Western Taurus mountain range, at an altitude of 1450-1700 metres. In Roman Imperial times, the town was known as the ‘first city of Pisidia’. Already during the Hellenistic period, it had been one of the major Pisidian towns. The urban site was laid out on various terraces at an altitude between 1400 and 1600 m. After having suffered from a major earthquake in the early sixth century CE, the town still managed to recover, but a cocktail of epidemics, water shortages, a general lack of security and stability, a failing economy and finally another devastating earthquake around the middle of the seventh century forced the inhabitants to abandon their town and resettle in the valley. Large-scale excavations started in 1990 under the direction of Marc Waelkens of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. A large number of buildings, monuments and other archaeological remains have been exposed, documenting the monumental aspect of the Hellenistic, Roman and early Byzantine history of this town. After visiting Sagalassos we drive to Antalya. After check in in the Hotel you will have the late afternoon to Explore Antalya for your own.
Transfer time: 3 h; transfer distance: 180 km (Egiridir – Antalya via Sagalassos)
ON: in Antalya at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 8 : Antalya – Home

Transfer to Antalya airport where the Trip concludes.
Transfer time: 20 min.; Transfer distance: 15 km (Antalya Kaleici – Antalya airport)
Meals: B / – / –

ON = Overnight accommodation / B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner

Price Includes
–    All transfers and transportations with private vehicles to the places mentioned in the Itinerary
      Days 1 & 8: One (one way) arrival/departure transfer from/to Antalya airport/Hotel in Antalya
–    Demavend Travel English speaking Tour Leader
–    Hotel; Pension & Guest/Family house accommodations, rooms on double/twin & multi share base;
      Half Board (HB) service; Important: HB Dinner Service available until 20:30/21:00 h
–    7 x Breakfast, 6 x Lunch (Lunch Packages & Restaurants where available), 7 x Dinner


Price Excludes
–    All International and Domestic Flights
–    Travel insurance
–    Extra Transports and transfers other than stated in the Itinerary
–    All kind of Soft and Alcoholic drinks, Bottled Water, Tea & Coffee
–    Meals other than stated in the Itinerary
–    All kind of personal expenses
–    All kind of Entrance fees for historical and natural sites
–    All kind of optional activities
–    Extra Nights
–    Single supplements
–    Personal Equipment
–    Tips