Lycian Way; highlights of the east section

Tour Code : TRE 04

–    Well selected treks from the Lycian way east
–    Beautiful coastal walks & lonely beaches
–    Ucagiz/Kekova tour by boat; Simena castle & sunken city 
–    Myra ancient city
–    Gelidonya lighthouse 
–    Ulupinar/Cirali & the flames of the Chimaera


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 along the mediterranean coastal line (5 routes on 5 days)


Hotel & Pension    :    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, known as Kaleici. 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, but excavations have uncovered remains dating to the 3rd century BC, suggesting that the city was founded earlier than previously supposed. 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 : Tekirova to Cirali; beautiful coastal walk

After breakfast we leave Antalya and drive to Tekirova, where we start our Lycian Way trek. Today’s route is a mixture of dirt road and footpath which is labelled with red and white marks, the Lycian Way signs. The first part of the route goes over an old mine road until we reach Maden beach; then goes further along rocky paths and isolated beaches. We will have swimming chances and fantastic panoramic views. The path makes a lot of turns and at the end finally will take us down to an asphalt road and from there to Cirali, a peaceful village between ancient Olympos and Chimaera, along the turquoise coast.
Transfer time: 1 h; transfer distance: 65 km (Antalya – Tekirova)
Walking time: 7/8 h; walking distance: 21 km; ascent: 180m; descent: 180m;
ON: in Ciralı at the Pension 
Meals:   B / L / D

Day 3 : Ulupinar to Cirali via Flames of the Chimera (Chimaira)

Today’s walk takes us through a beautiful pine forest with nice streams, rivers and viewpoints. There is a short transfer to the starting point in Ulupinar, where we pick up the Lycian Way and continue to follow the trail south. After following the stream for a while, we climb up to a small Hill and follow the walking path to the Flames of Chimaera. Called in Turkish Yanartas (flaming rock), the spot consists of some two dozen vents in the ground, grouped in two patches on the hillside. The vents emit methane thought to be of metamorphic origin. In ancient times sailors could navigate by the flames. Afterwards you make a gradual descent to the coast, finally arriving at the beach at Cirali.
Walking time: 3/4 h; walking distance: 9 km; ascent: 190m; descent: 330m;
ON: in Ciralı at the Pension
Meals:   B / L / D

Day 4 : Cirali to Adrasan via ancient Olympos & Musa Dag (Mount Moses)

Our trek today will take us to Adrasan; we first pass Olympos ancient city; situated in a river valley near the coast. The former city of Olympos was founded in the Hellenistic period, presumably taking its name from nearby Mount Olympos. Afterwards we trek to Musa Dag (Moses Mountain); over the ridges covered with pine woods. The path will take us to the top, where we can see Adrasan Valley at the saddle. From the Top we descent down to Adrasan; the path goes in the pine woods and reaches the sea level. Adrasan itself is a pleasant small settlement with a 2 km long sand beach; an attractive choice for those who like to have a swim in the sea.
Walking time: 8 h; walking distance: 24 km; ascent: 660m; descent: 645m;
ON: in Adrasan at the Hotel
Meals:   B / L / D

Day 5 : Adrasan to Karaöz via Gelidonya lighthouse

A simply superb day of coastal walking, we begin today’s walk from our accommodation climbing steadily to a pass at 470 metres. Then dropping down closer to the sea’s edge, the route twists and turns amongst limestone crags sometimes under pine trees and sometimes on the cliff edge. There are views down to hidden coves and across to desert islands. This is a beautiful walk contouring the range of hills which forms the backbone of Gelidonya. We climb again to arrive on a rocky ridge crest overlooking the peninsula of Cape Gelidonya with its two lighthouses. Descending a stony path to the upper of these we then follow a wide trail down through pine forest to our waiting vehicles and continue to Ucagiz where we spend the Night.
Transfer time: 1/2 h; transfer distance: 120 km (Gelidonya/Karaöz – Ucagiz)
Walking time: 5 h; walking distance: 18 km; ascent: 400m; descent: 400m
ON: in Ucagiz at the Pension
Meals:   B / L / D

Day 6 : Kilicli village to Ucagiz via ancient Aperlai

Today we drive to the village of Kilicli where we start our walk; we follow small walking paths and walk down to the sea level until we reach the ancient city of Aperlai, one of the partly submerged cities along Lycian coast. Aperlai was founded sometime between the late 4th and early 3rd century; when the Byzantine Empire went to pieces and the political powers began to deteriorate, security of the coast failed and the city was abandoned due to the threat of pirate raids and Arab corsairs. We take time to explore the ancient remains before we continue walking a bit more on a rocky path between the woods until we reach ‘Ramazan’s place’; Ramazan is a fisherman that lives here by himself. Here we can have a cup of tea and enjoy a swim.  After break we follow a rocky path and continue on a flat sandy path, pass very old olive trees, old stone houses and a stone water pond until we start descending very gently between olive trees towards Ucagiz with fantastic views over the bay and the coastal village.  A rocky path brings us down to the sea level and we walk parallel with the sea until we reach the coastal village of Ucagiz.
Transfer time: 15 min.; transfer distance: 15 km (Ucagiz – Kilicli village)
Walking time: 5 h; walking distance: 12 km; ascent: 65m; descent: 350m
ON: in Ucagiz at the Pension
Meals:   B / L / D

Day 7 : Ucagiz/Kekova tour by boat with Simena Castle & Sunken City – Myra ancient city & Antalya Kaleici

Kekova area is a great place for the coastal scenery as well as for the archaeological sites well preserved because they are not easily accessible. A pleasant excursion by boat is the best way to see the ruins on the northern coast of Kekova island, some of the old houses were completely submerged due to earthquakes during the Byzantine period. By boat, we go round the island, where you can see remains down to 2 meters deep, in the bluish light on the seabed. We walk up to the Simena castle rewarding us with a view all around, and on numerous rock tombs. You will fully appreciate this day with a stroll on the Tersane Island. After returning to Ucagiz we drive to Myra ancient city. There is no substantiated written reference for Myra before it was listed as a member of the Lycian alliance, according to Strabo it was one of the largest towns of the alliance. The ruins of the Lycian and Roman town are mostly covered by alluvial silts. The Acropolis on the Demre-plateau, the Roman theatre and the Roman baths has been partly excavated. In the late afternoon we arrive back in Antalya; where it is possible to walk through the old city centre (Kaleici); with its narrow cobbled streets of historic Ottoman era houses and buildings still bear the marks of Antalya’s history. The old city centre has been restored to retain much of its historical character; in and around the Kaleici area you can find traces of Lycian, Pamphylian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Seljuk architecture and cultures, most famous the Hadrian’s Gate, the Clock Tower, Yivli Minare and Hidirlik Tower. We spend the Night in Antalya at the Hotel.
Transfer time: 2/3 h; transfer distance: 165 km (Ucagiz – Antalya via Myra)
Ucagiz/Kekova tour by boat: approximately 3 h
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 city centre
–    Demavend Travel English speaking Tour Leader
–    Hotel & Pension accommodations; rooms on double/twin share base;
      with 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) / 5 x Dinner
–    Day 7: Ucagiz/Kekova tour by boat Simena Castle & Sunken (approximately 3 h)


Price Excludes
–    All International and Domestic Flights
–    Travel insurance
–    Extra Transports and transfers other than that 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