- All breakfasts and one dinner are included. Lunches are normally taken at small lokantas traditional café/restaurants) along the route, as are dinners. Food in Turkey is generally very good and varied, making use of fresh local ingredients. Turkey has one of the world's most renowned cuisines, wherein the freshness and quality of the produce is the most important ingredients. Excellent sea-food is often available in coastal restaurants: snapper, grooper, sea-bass, bream, tuna, swordfish, red mullet, small anchovies, calamari, octopus, crayfish. The meat is mountain lamb and beef served as grills, goulashes (güvec), or cooked at the table in Turkish woks (saç). Fresh, locally produced vegetables include aubergines, courgettes, tomatoes, beans, peppers, onions used in imaginative vegetarian side-dishes (meze). Furthermore there is some of the best fruit in the world: oranges, lemons, watermelon on the coast, and apples, peaches, cherries, figs, walnuts, pistachios from the hills. Vegetarians are usually well catered for.
- Accom: hotel/lodge
- Culture & Discovery
- Trek: point-to-point
- Walking & Trekking
- Guided Group
There are no activities planned today so you are free to arrive in Ovacik at any time. Accommodation: Gül Mountain Hotel or similar
Walk from Ovacik to Yayla Kuzdere village, overnight at a village house.
Today we set off from our hotel for the village of Yayla Kuzdere. From the Ovacik plateau we carry on down to join what once was a main commercial trade route in Lycian times. The imposing figure of Mt Olympos will be a constant companion and views extend across the ancient cedar forests. We will stop for lunch in a simple restaurant in Gedelme village and arrive at our village house in late afternoon for some traditional Turkish tea. Walk: Distance 19 km Ascent 670m Descent 927m Max Altitude 1223m Time 5-6 hours Accommodation: Village House or similar
Yayla Kuzdere to Beycik via Olympos Mountain; with the option to summit.
The trail starts out amongst peaceful, pine-scented forests, taking us up to Çukuryayla. After 4 km we get to an altitude of 1100 metres where the cedar and juniper trees dominate the hills. The whole area gives us a great opportunity to explore the fascinating wealth of flora in the region, which is at its best during the spring months. We make a very early start to accommodate those who want to climb Mt Olympos (2365 m). The climb is worth every step as at the summit ridge the views along the coast are breath-taking. In the early season the summit is dependent on the weather, but all being well we will start between 05:00 and 06:00. Those not going to the summit will have to wait for the remainder of the group at lower altitude. From the saddle the descent is on a mule path to Beycik, where our day ends. Walk: Distance 14 km Ascent 946m Descent 1075m Max Altitude: 1816m Time 6-7 hours (plus waiting time at lower altitude for the summit party) or Distance 20 km Ascent 1493m Descent 1620m Max Altitude 2365m Time 10-11 hours including summit Accommodation: Nara Resort or similar
Walk the trail from Beycik to Cirali via Ulupinar.
After a traditional village breakfast we start our walk from Beycik accompanied by views of the the Cirali valley. The old mule path takes us to the little village of Ulupinar where we have the chance to have lunch at a traditional Turkish lokanta. In the afternoon we start our walk by the river, which we eventually cross, before climbing a relatively steep 3km up and over the side of the valley where we encounter the upper 'Eternal Flame'. The ‘Eternal Flame’ or ‘Flaming Rock’ is a unique geographical feature: dozens of small flames burn constantly from vents in the rocks. Not surprisingly these were attributed mystical powers by the locals, and the ruins of the temple of Hephaistos are not far away. As we make our way down to the beautiful sandy beach we will see one of the lower flames. Walk: Distance 19.5 km Ascent 535m Descent 1376m Max Altitude 842m Time 6-7 hours Accommodation: Şahin Pansion or similar
Free day to relax and enjoy the long sandy beach at Cirali.
This day has been left free to relax and enjoy the long sandy beach at Cirali. There is often the opportunity to take an optional boat trip around the local bays and coves, or you can spend more time exploring the extensive remains of Ancient Olympos. Accommodation: Şahin Pansion or similar
VVisit ruins of ancient Olympos, climb over saddle of Musa Dag (Moses Mountain) to coastal village of Adrasan.
We start the day with a short visit to the ruins at Olympos, which was one of the most important cities in the Lycian Union and which later was incorporated in the Roman Empire when it was taken by a Roman commander and a young Julius Caesar. We then climb over the saddle of Musa Dağı (Moses Mountain). We descend into Adrasan on an old mule trail through the forest and past deserted farmhouses. Walk: Distance 19.5 km Ascent 959m Descent 975m Max Altitude 805m Time 6-7 hours Accommodation: Koreli Hotel or similar
Adrasan to Cape Gelidonia with its famous lighthouse and on to Karaoz; transfer to Antalya.
Our walk today starts off on a rocky footpath through the pine forest for about 2 hours. This section is uphill but you are rewarded for your efforts by fantastic sea views at the top. We continue undulating until we reach our last great viewpoint, from where we can see the Gelidonia lighthouse rising from the coastline; the last 4 km is downhill until we actually reach the lighthouse. We transfer approximately 2.5 hours back to Antalya after the walk. Walk: Distance 17 km Ascent 946m Descent 929m Max Altitude 418m Time 6-7 hours Accommodation: Green Beyza Hotel or similar
Our adventure ends after breakfast in Antalya.