Lycian Way; the long distance

Tour Code : TRE 11

–    Combines best Lycian way treks from east & west parts
–    Gulf of Fethiye boat tour & Ucagiz/Kekova tour by boat 
–    Myra ancient city
–    Ancient Patara 
–    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
14 Days / 13 Nights


Difficulty Level/walks (treks)
= B (Medium) 
Hiking along the mediterranean coastal line (10 routes on 10 days)


Hotel    :    13 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 : Antalya - Fethiye; Kayakoy (Karmilassos) to Oludeniz lagoon

We leave Antalya in the morning and drive to the Fethiye. The beginning of our trek is in Kayakoy, originally named “Karmilassos”.  This is an old Greek village given up at the End of the World War I, in accordance with the treaty of Lausanne which envisaged an exchange of population between Greece and Turkey. Two admirable churches are still drawn up among the ruined stone-built houses.  After the visit we go on trekking following a forest path which offers a splendid panorama on the limpid turquoise water splits. We walk directly down to the Oludeniz lagoon. Oludeniz remains one of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean. It has a secluded sandy bay at the mouth of Oludeniz, on a blue lagoon. The lagoon is a national nature reserve and building is strictly prohibited. Oludeniz is famous for its shades of turquoise and aquamarine, and is an official blue flag beach, and is frequently rated among the top 5 beaches in the world by travellers and tourism journals alike. In the late afternoon we drive to Fethiye where we spend the Night at the Hotel.
Transfer time: 3/4 h; transfer distance: 200 km; (Antalya – Fethiye)
Walking time: 2/3 h; walking distance: 6 km; ascent: 200m; descent: 300m
ON: in Fethiye at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 3 : Ovacik to Faralya via Kozagac & Kirme

After breakfast a short transfer will permit us to reach the trailhead point nearby the Ovacik village. From the South foot of the Babadag Mountain (1.969m) we start our walk along the Coastal Side and follow a small path with a beautiful panoramic view over the deep blue bay of the Oludeniz. Our walk takes us along sheep camps to small authentic villages of the Mediterranean Area. We pass the small Kozagac village and continue our walk to Kirme, from Kirme we follow on small walking paths and stabilized roads until we reach Faralya.
Transfer time: 20 min.; transfer distance: 15 km; (Fethiye – Ovacik village)
Walking time: 4 h; walking distance: 12 km; ascent: 520m; descent: 520m
ON: in Fethiye at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 4 : Faralya to Kabak via Uzunyurt & Butterfly valley panorama

After a short transfer we start our walk today near the Faralya village where we enter into a small walking path which takes us, after a small climb, to a magnificent panoramic view over the Butterfly Valley, a large canyon considered to be one of the most picturesque and amazing places along the Lycian Coast. We continue walking on the small paths and enjoy the beautiful and different views to the Coast and bays around. In the afternoon we will reach the Yuva Beach and will have time for Lunch and to spend time at the Beach. Afterwards we continue to Kabak village. In the late afternoon we drive back to Fethiye.
Transfer time: 30 min.; transfer distance: 20 km; (Fethiye – Faralya village)
Walking time: 4 h; walking distance: 8 km; ascent: 400m; descent: 440m
ON: in Fethiye at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 5 : Gulf of Fethiye boat tour; Kızilada (Red Island) & Yassica Islands

After breakfast we leave the Harbour of Fethiye and visit the Kizil Ada (Red Island). Kizil Ada is a well-known and popular destination for sailing boats. You can take time to swim and to relax next to the Kizil Ada and its turquoise waters or make yourself comfortable with a cool drink on the yacht. Afterwards we continue to the bays of Gocek; better known as Yassica Islands, where it is possible to explore the area with its turquoise blue bays and sandy beaches; the Yassica Islands are a magnificent place to rest and to enjoy the panoramic view along the Mediterranean Area. Afterwards we return to Fethiye Harbour, where it is possible to explore the Marina area with its charming cafés and the old town with its beautiful shops with a variety of unique Turkish goods and souvenirs.
Gulf of Fethiye boat tour: approximately 4 h
ON: in Fethiye at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 6 : Yakabag to Minare village via ancient ruins of Pinara - Kas

In the morning we walk near the Yakabag village and follow a pathway up to hills, where peasants and their families inhabit isolate houses. The source of income of most of them is goat flock or arable fields, afterwards we continue from there to the remains of Pinara. We visit this old Lycian city, which was created by colonists came from Xanthos which was then over-populated. Between 2 steep sides’ valleys the acropolis draws up, on the northern face, a natural section of wall; you will see an extraordinary accumulation of rupestral tombs. We walk in an imposing mountainous decoration, between the necropolis, the Greek theatre, the Roman bath, the agora, the public place and the church.  Afterwards we continue the day by driving down to Minare village.  After having Lunch we drive to Kas, a small fishing, yachting and tourist town. As a tourist town it is relatively unspoiled. Although the Teke peninsula has been occupied since the Stone Age it seems Kas was founded by the Lycians and its name in Lycian language was Habesos or Habesa. It was a member of the Lycian League, and its importance during this time is confirmed by the presence of one of the richest Lycian necropolis. Kas itself is a quiet pleasant town with its blue sea and narrow streets scented with jasmine flowers. There are plenty of little quiet cafes to relax.
Transfer time: 50 min.; transfer distance: 45 km; (Fethiye – Yakabag village)
Transfer time: 2 h; transfer distance: 110 km; (Minare village – Kas)
Walking time: 4 h; walking distance: 8 km; ascent: 390m; descent: 280m
ON: in Kas at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 7 : Delikkemer to ancient Patara

After breakfast we drive to the starting point of our todays walk above Firnaz Bay. We first walk on a rocky path until we reach an aqueduct from Roman times. With beautiful views on the bay in front of us we follow a walking path, parallel with the aqueduct, with a very gently ascend. At a height of approximately 150m we reach a gravel path, with Yesilkoy village with its greenhouses on our right side below us. We take the path which leads us gently down until a water source where we can take a break in the shadow of a big mulberry tree. After break we continue walking until we reach the remains of on old watch tower and walk on a flat gravel road between olive trees and pine woods. We pass olive tree gardens and on the right sight below us we see the village of Ova, in front of us the sea, Patara, Kumtepe and Letoon. We continue walking down until we reach Patara. Patara was a flourishing maritime and commercial city on the south-west coast of Lycia on the Mediterranean coast. Possessing a natural harbour, Patara was said to have been founded by Patarus, a son of Apollo. Ancient writers mentioned Patara as one of the principal cities of Lycia. It was Lycia’s primary seaport, and a leading city of the Lycian League. In Patara we can visit the ancient city or we can walk over a cobbled road to the sandy beach of Patara. Afterwards we drive back to Kas.
Transfer time: 30 min.; transfer distance: 35 km (Kas – Firnaz Bay)
Transfer time: 40 min.; transfer distance: 40 km (Patara – Kas)
Walking time: 3/4 h; walking distance: 9 km; ascent: 45m; descent: 150m
ON: in Kas at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 8 : Saribelen to Gokceoren

Today we drive to the village of Saribelen where we start our walk in front of a green mosque. We turn in the stabilised road on our right hand and after a very short while, we reach a very nice gravel path with characteristic white stones. The path leads us between the Teknedagi Mountains, after crossing a green valley we continue our walk in a fairy tale landscape between big rocks, big caves and hidden bird nests. We cross a second plateau and a beautiful path leads us up to a fantastic view point over the sea where we take the time to enjoy the view over the islands of Meis, Fener and Kilise. Afterwards we walk down through a beautiful valley and continue until we reach another great viewpoint over the sea. Afterwards we walk down slowly to reach a green plateau and walk straight now on a sandy path. We pass the remains of an old roman village and walk down on a rocky path until we reach the village of Gokceoren where our vehicle awaits us for our transfer back to Kas.
Transfer time: 40 min.; transfer distance: 25 km (Kas – Saribelen)
Transfer time: 20 min.; transfer distance: 15 km (Gokceoren – Kas)
Walking time: 4 h; walking distance: 10 km; ascent: 115m; descent: 130m
ON: in Kas at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 9 : Kapakli village to Simena castle

We start our walk in Kapakli village from where we already have a view over the bay and the sea. We walk gently down over a gravel road until we reach the small primary school of the village. From the school we continue our walk and enjoy the beautiful view on the bay down below. Over a green pasture we reach the sign that shows us the direction of Ucagiz. We follow a sandy path with rocks and walk between olive trees until we cross another green plain. Afterwards we enter a rocky path; these rocks can be slippery when the weather is rainy, so we advise good profiled walking boots. We continue our walk on small and rocky paths, like stairways, through green grass plains and between olive trees until we reach the remains of a historic olive factory from the Ottoman times and the bay of Gokkaya. Here we will take time to have lunch and to swim, if the weather conditions allow it. After lunch we gently go up on a rocky path with a nice view over the bay and continue walking next to the turquoise sea and the small islands in the bay, which seem very close now. After reaching a green plain we can see the castle of Simena at the horizon. After reaching the coastal village of Simena at the foot of the castle we will have a break first before we take time to visit the castle itself. Simena Castle was built by the Byzantines in the middle ages to fight the pirates who nested in Kekova. Simena contains a small theatre and numerous rock tombs. The Castle offers beautiful views to the village of Kalekoy (castle village) down below, some of the old houses were completely submerged due to earthquakes during the Byzantine period and you can see remains down to 2m deep, in the bluish light on the seabed. Afterwards we will meet with our vehicle and drive back to Kas.
Transfer time: 40 min.; transfer distance: 35 km (Kas – Kapakli village)
Transfer time: 40 min.; transfer distance: 35 km (Ucagiz – Kas)
Walking time: 4 h; walking distance: 8 km; ascent: 10m; descent: 50m
ON: in Kas at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 10 : Bayindir village to ancient remains of Apollonia

After breakfast we drive to the starting point of today’s walk above the village of Bayindir. We start our walk on a broad gravel road and see the bay of Ufak Dere at the horizon. We walk down with a view over the bay, the hills and woods in front of us. In the valley on our right sight, we can see the old Greek town of Ufak Dere and further away we the island of Meis. We walk in the direction of the coast and pass a goat farm in a place called Gezbelli and further down, after a rocky path, we reach an area with thyme bushes, olive and laurel trees and continue our walk until we reach a small bay. Via small paths and broad gravel roads, with the sea on our right side and the sound of the waves, we reach a stone path and walk through a pine forest to a beautiful viewpoint over the bay of Iskele. Parallel to the sea we walk up on a path with the remains of an old watch tower on our left and reach the bay of Gemiler where we can have lunch and enjoy a swim. After lunch, we go up again and continue ascending until we reach a highpoint; with a beautiful view over the bay, we share the environment with herds of grazing goats. We continue ascending on a rocky path until we reach the pass of Gedikbasi and continue a little further on a straight broad gravel path until we reach the point where our minibus awaits us. We drive to the village of Bogazcik where we can drink tea with the villagers and where we have the option to walk another kilometre to visit the ancient remains of Apollonia. The city is not mentioned by any ancient author but the pillar tombs in the necropolis to the north of the city attest to a Lycian origin of the settlement. The ruins of a Byzantine church possibly date to the 6th or 7th century AD, so the city was still occupied at that time. At the end of the day we drive back to Kas.
Transfer time: 10 min.; transfer distance: 10 km (Kas – Bayindir)
Transfer time: 30 min.; transfer distance: 25 km (Bogazcik/Apollonia – Kas)
Walking time: 5 h; walking distance: 10 km; ascent: 275m; descent: 160m
ON: in Kas at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 11 : Ucagiz/Kekova tour by boat; Simena castle & sunken city – Myra ancient city & Adrasan

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 Adrasan. On the way we visit the 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. The semi-circular theatre was destroyed in an earthquake in 141, but rebuilt afterwards. The late afternoon in Adrasan is free to spend time at the beach.
Transfer time: 3 h; transfer distance: 215 km (Fethiye – Adrasan via Ucagiz/Kekova & Myra ancient city)
Boat tour in Ucagiz/Kekova: approximately 3 h
ON: in Adrasan at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 12 : Adrasan & Gelidonya lighthouse

A simply superb day of coastal walking, we begin today’s walk from our hotel 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 Gelidonia. 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 drive back to Adrasan. 
Transfer time: 20min.; transfer distance: 14 km (Gelidonya – Adrasan) 
Walking time: 5 h; walking distance: 18 km; ascent: 400m; descent: 400m
ON: in Adrasan at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 13 : Cirali to Ulupinar village via Flames of the Chimaera – Antalya & Kaleici

After breakfast we drive to the village of Cirali, where we pick up the Lycian Way and continue to follow the trail north. We 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 we continue our walk and climb up to a small Hill and follow the stream for a while until we reach Ulupinar village. After Lunch in Ulupinar we drive to Antalya, where it is possible to walk through the old city centre (Kaleici); with its narrow cobbled streets of historic Ottoman era houses; with streets and buildings still bear the marks of Antalya’s history. The old city centre has been restored to retain much of its historical character; most famous the Hadrian’s Gate, the Clock Tower, Yivli Minare and Hidirlik Tower. 
Transfer time: 1/2 h; transfer distance: 80 km (Cirali – Antalya)
Walking time: 3/4 h; walking distance: 9 km; ascent: 330m; descent: 190m
ON: in Adrasan at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 14 : 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 & 14: One (one way) arrival/departure transfer from/to Antalya airport/Hotel in Antalya
–    Demavend Travel English speaking Tour Leader
–    Hotel accommodations, rooms on double/twin share base;
      Half Board (HB) service; Important: HB Dinner Service available until 20:30/21:00 h
–    13 x Breakfast, 12 x Lunch (Lunch Packages & Restaurants where available), 13 x Dinner
–    Day 5: Gulf of Fethiye Tour by Boat (approximately 4 h / with Lunch on Board)
–    Day 11: Ucagiz/Kekova Tour by Boat Simena Castle & Sunken (approximately 3 h / with Lunch on Board)


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