Lycian Way - Olympos Area
The Lycian Way is Turkey's first long distance footpath exploring the coastal region between Fethiye and Antalya.
Our route covers most of the best walks of the Eastern section starting in Ovacik and finishing near Gelidonia Light House. The highlights include ancient ruined cities, spectacular coastal views, walking through Mt Olympos and Mt Moses and Cirali and Adrasan beaches.
ITINERARYDAY 1. Transfer to Ovacık. Dinner and briefing.
DAY 2. Ovacık – Gedelme – Yayla Kuzdere (6hrs)
THE WALK starts from the hotel, We walk on the high terrain with the views of Mt Olympos (Tahtali Mountain). We have lunch in Gedelme in a restaurant. CAfter exploring the castle in the village we continue to walk in the forest to the village of Yala Kuzdere where we will be transferred back to our hotel.
DAY 3. Yayla Kuzdere – Mount Olympos pass – Beycik (7hrs)
THE WALK stays high traversing the slopes of Mt Olympos (Tahtali Mountain). Spectacular views of the holy mountain will take us to the pass which is 2000 meters. We will be descending down to Cirali through cedar and pine forest. Transfer to Cirali at the end of the day, our home for the next 3 nights.
DAY 4. Beycik – Ulupınar - Chimera - Çıralı (5hrs)
THE WALK is from mountains down in to the Mediterranean. We first walk on the skirts of Taurus Mountains down in to Ulupinar where we will have lunch. We continue to walk through a nice valley where we will see the eternal flames of Chimera. Last part of the hike will be down to sea level in to Çıralı.
DAY 5. Free day in Cirali with optional visit to ancient site Olympos.
Today is a free day in Cirali. Optional hike to the famous site of Mt Olympos. You can just relax by the sandy beach of Cirali or just enjoy our hotel and environs.
DAY 6. Olympos - Adrasan (7hrs)
THE WALK first follows the beach and ascends in to the forest to the high pastures of Mount Moses (Musa Mountain). After having lunch by the shepherd hut we walk down in to Adrasan following the trail in the forest.
DAY 7. Adrasan - Gelidonya Light House - Karaöz
THE WALK follows the old shepherd trail. We are mostly walking in the forest with the spectacular views of water. We will enjoy the old lighthouse before heading down in to the dirt road where weil meet our vehicle to be transferred to Adrasan.
DAY 8. Transfer to Dalaman Airport
DETAILSINCLUDED:All transport during the walking program, 7 nights accommodation, full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner), drinks with picnic lunch, bottled water, entrance fees to historical sites, guide.
NOT INCLUDED: Drinks at hotels or restaurants.
WHAT TO BRING:
Hiking boots or strong shoes with good tread and ankle support, shorts and t-shirt (warm weather), fleece, waterproofs, day pack (35ltr. + -), walking trousers, long sleeved top, sun protection- hat, sunglasses, sun cream, insect repellant, walking poles recommended,
beach towel, swim kit.
Main Baggage is transferred on to next nights' accommodation
In April daytime temps reach the low twenties (centigrade), mostly sunny but still chances of rain. In May the temperature rises to late twenties and less chance of rain.
Evenings can still be quite cool in early April.
From mid September through October, mainly sunny day with temps in mid twenties and warm evenings cooling down later in the season.
7 nights in good standard hotels.
Walking hours include breaks and lunch stops, distances range from 10-18km