Walking Holidays in Turkey - Turkey - Lycian Way East


Holiday Highlights
  • Experience stunning coastal walks, deep river gorges and sheer, dramatic cliffs
  • Walk up the shoulder of Mount Olympus or just half way to enjoy a rest overlooking the sea
  • Set your sights on the wonderous views out towards Bes Adakar (Five Islands)


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On this trek you will experience the more extreme, dramatic and challenging walks of the Lycian Way as the trail nears its end in Anatlya’s Old Town – basically, it is the Grand Finale with soaring peaks, deep river gorges and sheer cliffs…..but we feature this section in reverse heading from the high mountains to the sea.  You will experience the shaded tranquility of deep river gorges crossing crystal clear waters or bathing in natural pools.  There are serene green valleys filled with lush pastures and grazing cows.  One superb days’ walking takes you over the plateau below the summit of Mount Tahtali with far reaching views of mountain and sea, carpets of wild flowers and strange rock formations. See Chimaera – The Eternal Flames which suddenly meet you on your final descent to Cirali – a relaxed, very Turkish, unspoiled beach ‘resort’ where Turtles share the beach with humans.  Here, rest and swim, visit archeological sites or take a superb coastal walk. Then walk along the coast for two quite demanding days past ancient ruins andmany far reaching views. 

Start this section of the Lycian Way with a superb coastal walk to pretty Beycik. The next day, it’s down to the coast through deep ravines filled with wild flowers and butterflies, passing the Eternal Flames of Chimaera before arriving in Cirali. With two nights here, you have a free day to relax or visit nearby archaeological sites. Then enjoy the ancient city of Olympos before walking to the coastal village of Adrasan. The final day offers a spectacular coastal walk before transferring to the delightful town of Antalya.

On this reasonably demanding section of the Lycian Way, a good level of fitness and stamina is required, but the rewards are immense, offering an unspoilt side of Turkey with outstanding geology and scenery. Paths vary from forest tracks to steep mountain trails, but there are no vertiginous sections.

Please note our ascents and descents are measured with GPS technology and takes into acount every small rise and drop on a walk. Experience shows that they can exagerate a walk by 30%. Our timings allow for stops and picnics.

Day 1: Fly to Antalya and transfer to Tekirova – about 1 hour.

Day 2: Tekirova to Cirali. This is a walk of two halves. In the morning, it’s a long but easy saunter around the picturesque headland with plenty of opportunities to swim. The lunch-stop is on the beach at Maden. The afternoon’s walk ascends and descends on narrow mule tracks before reaching Cirali. Here you are collected and taken to Beycik to overnight.

12 miles Ascent 600m Descent 615m 5 hours

Day 3: Beycik to Tahtali. Today’s walk offers the choice of a mountain hike up to the shoulder of Tahtali Dagi, or you can stop halfway up at a shady ‘yayla’. The full hike is a long climb, but the rewards are magnificent. Enjoy the alpine flowers and panoramic views, never to be forgotten. Descend by the same route to Beycik to overnight.

8 miles Ascent 950m Descent 950m 6 hours 

Day 4: Beycik to Cirali.  You leave Beycik and spend the morning gently walking down towards Ulupinar famous for its falls, pools and trout restaurants.  After lunch, cross the river before a final ascent to views of Cirali and the sea beckoning in the distance.  As you descend to Cirali , the route passes several sites where the eternal flames of Chimaera – steeped in history and legend,  burn continually. Overnight in Cirali.   

10 miles Ascent 260m Descent 880m  6 hours

Day 5: Cirali – Free day. Explore the ruins of the ancient cities of Olympos or Phaselis, or undertake the walk that you did not do yesterday, to reach the start by using the 'Dolmus' (shared taxi) system.  Or just relax on the beach and swim in the crystal clear sea. Overnight Cirali.

Day 6: Cirali to Adrasan. This is a long day, albeit a great trek encompassing so much that is memorable about Turkey. After an hour meandering around the ancient site of Olympos close to the beach, you climb steeply continually to 650 metres and the top of Musa Dag (Moses Mountain). The serenity of your surroundings is very special. After lunch close to an old shepherd’s hut you start the gradual descent back to sea level through shady pine trees following the course of the canyon until you wander past the greenhouses of Adrasan then to the beach and a swim! Overnight Adrasan. 

10 miles Ascent 1050m Descent 800m 8 hours

Day 7: Adrasan to Karaoz (lighthouse)

This is a fitting end to the week’s trek. Starting from your accommodation you wind your way up through the forest to 500 metres with wonderful views out towards Bes Adakar (Five Islands). After a strenuous climb you are rewarded with your first glimpse of the lighthouse at Cape Gelidonia. Thereafter it’s a gentle amble down to view the Cape and onwards for your final swim before being picked up at a tiny hidden cove, for the afternoon transfer (2 hours) to Antalya. We do not provide dinner on the last night so you are free to choose from one of the many restaurants in the city now you are familiar with the cuisine. Overnight Antalya.

10 miles Ascent 790m Descent  800m 6 hours

Day 8: Antalya

Either transfer to the airport if you have an early flight or if you have a later flight we have a city walk that you can take exploring this ancient capital of Lycia with its historic old town that has been continously inhabited since 200BC

Baggage Transfer

Your baggage is transported for you from hotel to hotel so you can then travel with day rucksacks.  Some days you are taken to the start of a walk and/or collected at the end.  These transfers are included in the price.

Walk Grading

This hotel to hotel trek should be graded as challenging due to the combined ascent through the week of 4900 metres and the remoteness experienced several days.

This map is for illustration purposes only and we cannot be held responsible for its accuracy.

Lycian Way - East

You have a choice of standard or higher graded hotels on this trek, but on night 1 it is the same. Each hotel is locally owned and you will enjoy renowned Turkish hospitality. English is not well spoken in every hotel*. You stay each night in rooms with your own private bathroom and W.C. Dinner and traditional breakfast will feature many Turkish specialties, including local fish and meat. The breakfast will normally feature local olives, tomatoes, cucumber, cheese, jams and eggs together with warm bread and honey.

* Local English speaking assistance is always available.

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Availability Information

The best time to walk this section is in spring or autumn; May or September-November. June is a possibility but you would need to be able to tolerate prolonged high temperatures. In November you will have cold nights with the outside possibility of some snow towards the end of the month.

Please note our best to go information is generally referring to the walking which may fall in the early or late season in some places. This may mean that not all tourist facilities will be open at the time you visit.


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