Lycian Quest

DESCRIPTION

Lycia is the name of the region between Fethiye and Olympos ancient site near Antalya in Southwest Turkey. Charming Riviera of Turkish Mediterranean. Perfect area for all kinds of holiday; sightseeing, activity tours, hiking, sailing, beach and combination of all those tours. People who lived in here in antiquity are called Lycians. They have left a great civilization with their unique characters. Rock tombs, great cities and Lycian League (2 century B.C) which is accepted as earliest democracy in the world are differences of this people.

ITINERARY

DAY 1. Arycanda – Myra – St Nicholas Church
We start our tour with Arycanda which is situated on the hill tops of Taurus Mountains and known as "Turkish Delphi". Arycanda, you may feel like in any other ancient city yet as you walk around you are going to discover one of the most touching Lycian sites with not only its remains but also with its tranquilizing nature and scenery which is also known Turkish Delphi. An important Christian site and a Lycian city side by side. Myra is famous with the rock - cut tombs built on the hill surface of the acropolis. Myra is also the place where the real character St Nicholas spent his life and was buried; you can see his tomb in the church open for visitors.

DAY 2 - Kekova Boat Tour – (Sunken City – Simena Village)
Fantastic day on boat with swim stops in the Turquise waters of Kekova region including exploring the Sunken city of Kekova and Simena village famous with the medievel castle. We embark the boat in the small fishing village Ucagiz. We stop in different bays before seeing the sunken city which dipped in the Mediterranean waters after an earthquake in the 2. Century B.C. We have barbeque lunch on the boat enriched with local appetizers. We explore the famous village of Simena (Kalekoy) which is located on a peninsula but accesible just by boa tor on foot. We explore the necropolis of Simena with its sarcophagus and walk up to the top of the castle where we will have the magnificient views of the whole region. Tour finishes with a last swim break before we disembark the boat in Ucagiz.

DAY 3. Patara – Saklikent Gorge – Tlos
Day starts with Patara which was the Roman capitol of Lycia. Patara was a very big port and trading center. Impressive ruins such as lighthouse which is the oldest and most surviving one in the world. It also has the longest sandy beach of Turkey which is a perfect place to relax for a while after exploring the city. Before lunch we stop at Saklikent Gorge, a perfect place for cooling off. It is so exciting to walk in the water and between the high walls of the canyon. We have lunch in a village house near Tlos. Tlos is one of the most interesting city in Lycia. Excavation recently started in the site. Its theater, roman bath, graves and wonderful scenery of Xanthos valley will amaze you. 

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