Walking Holidays in Turkey - Turkey - Lycian Way East

Turkey - Lycian Way East - Hotel to Hotel Trek
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. 

Approaching Goynuk it appears at first sight an impossibility to walk in the surrounding mountains as they rise in sheer majesty from the sea.  The first two days offer some stunning mountain walking as you climb high out of the Goynuk Gorge and then on to cross the plateau below the summit of Tahtali Dagi (Mt Olympos) at 1750m. After a stay in the beautiful village of Beycik, it’s down to the coast through deep ravines filled with wild flowers, butterflies and interesting reptiles - passing the eternal flames of Chimaera before arriving in Cirali.  With two nights here we offer a choice of walks for your free day or just relax, swim or visit nearby archeological sites.   Leaving Cirali – with immense regret, continue past the ancient city of Olympos to the coastal village of Adrasan.  The final day offers a spectacular coastal walk before transferring to the delightful old town of Antalya for your final night.  

On this demanding section of the Lycian Way, a high level of fitness and ease with remote mountain walking is required.  This said, the rewards are immense and offer an untouched side of Turkey with outstanding geology, scenery and contrasts.   The route is generally well marked, however there are numerous sections where markers have faded or are missing due to a reroute or simply paint has faded away and not been replaced.  Paths vary from wide forest tracks to narrow, steep, rocky mountain trails. Ascents and descents can be long and hard.   Much of the route is remote and mobile phones may not work.  There are no vertiginous sections but there is a need in some places to be vigilant of your direction by following stone cairns and paint markers over rocky terrain in possible low cloud.  We offer an easier alternative for the first day, and a choice of mountain or coastal walk on day three, and a rest day in Cirali with additional optional walks.

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 Goynuk – about 1 hour.

Day 2: Goynuk to Goynuk Yayla. Crossing the glacial waters of the Goynuk river, ascend to a ridge high above the gorge before descending and crossing the river once again. Picnic in a grassy glade with a pool for a cooling swim before a final ascent to Goynuk Yayla. Met and transferred to your hotel in Gedelme or Ovacik.

11  miles  Ascent 950m Descent 550m 7 ½ hours

OR there is an alternative easier walk if you have a late arrival and prefer not to have such a demanding first day. This must be advised at time of booking.

Day 2: Goynuk Yaylasi to Yayla Kuzdere In the morning you are transferred to where you would have finished the more difficult first day's walk and you follow the old mule path over the mountain back to Gedelme, where you can take lunch. In the afternoon the walk is an absolute delight as you meander around the hillside to the small hillside village of Yayla Kuzdere, from here you are returned to your hotel. Overnight Gedelme or Ovacik. 

14 miles Ascent 950m Descent 550m 7½ hours 

Day 3: Yukari Kuzdere to Beycik.  After a short transfer to Yukari Kuzdere, ascend the course of a riverbed through shady forest, later joining a wide forest trail.  Reaching the stunningly beautiful Curkuryayla with far reaching views, stop by a shepherds hut for lunch before the final, steeper ascent to the plateau. Descend through forest admiring wild flowers and orchids to the village of Beycik – backed by Tahtali and with superb views to the sea. Overnight Beycik.

11 miles Ascent 1020m Descent 900m 8 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 4: Tekirova to Cirali. This is a walk of two halves. In the morning it’s a long but easy saunter around the headland from the bustling seaside resort of Tekirova; fantastic views to the sea down below. Plenty of opportunities to swim and also a good supply of water fountains to fill water bottles. The lunch-stop is on the beach at Maden where you find the remnants of bygone chrome mining. The afternoon’s walk quickens the pulse as you ascend and descend on narrow mule tracks before finally reaching the inviting sea and coast at Cirali.  Overnight in Cirali

14 miles. Ascent 900m Descent 820m  7½ 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.

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.


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.
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