“Explore the landscapes of southern Turkey as you walk an average of 11 miles per day against a backdrop of pine forests, ancient sites and legendary mountain peaks. ”
Dramatic cliff top views | good walking paths at low altitude with some steep ascents | ancient sites, including Lycia city ruins | trek to the ridge or the 2365m summit of Mt Olympos | tackle the trail from Ovacik to Kuzdere | walk the saddle of Musa Dagh, site of the 1915 Armenian resistance | free day to enjoy Cirali's sandy beach | walk to the lighthouse overlooking shipwreck sites at Cape Gelidonia |
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Get to know your guides as you explore as they'll often hold many fascinating facts as well as folklore-inclined tales to help you further understand the area.
Small group. Min age 16.
Moderate. 5 days point to point walking at max altitude 2365m.
1 night in a village house with shared facilities and 6 nights in pensions with en-suite facilities.
Accommodation, mix of 5 coastal, inland and mountain trails, tour leader throughout and all transport and listed activities.
All breakfasts and 1 dinner.
Solo travellers welcome; single supps apply if needed.
Small group holiday
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.
We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!
Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.
Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.
Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.
“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.
“The accommodation will be basic” Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.
“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.
“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson
Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando
Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.
Responsible tourism: Lycian Way walking tour in Turkey
Activity: Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants and to purchase traditional gifts and crafts. Also in visiting landmarks like the ancient ruins of Olympos and the Eternal Flame at the Chimaera, our entrance fees go towards their maintenance.
Community & Environment Projects: We are working with the WWF and local marine biologists to keep to a minimum our impact on the environment. We also support and promote the work of the Dreams Academy – a local centre for underprivileged and disabled children. With continuous support, they have been able to transform what was originally a run down, abandoned school building into a play camp with library, music room, accommodation and playground.
Water: Water is a really important issue with cycling trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. It would be a shame to pollute such a lovely environment, so we suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. There are mountain springs on the journey which offer clean, natural water, or you can fill up at the hotel.
Accommodation & Meals: The pensions and Kuzdere village house in which we stay at hire staff locally and try to make the most of the fresh, seasonal Mediterranean produce which grows in the area. This trip is on a bed and breakfast basis and the morning meal usually includes locally sourced eggs, cucumber, tomatoes, cheese, bread, honey and yoghurt. Where meals are not included, your local guide will be happy to recommend small restaurants in the area (lokantas) where traditional fare can be sampled. We stop at local villages and beaches where they sell regional specialties like Pide (Pizza) and fresh trout and there is even the chance to have a home-cooked Turkish meal with a local family. By using these smaller businesses, we are providing sometimes quite rural communities with a much appreciated income support.
Reviews of Lycian Way walking tour in Turkey
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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 19 May 2008 by Holly Hutton
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The campsite the night before climbing Mt Olympus, with its beautiful location.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Be prepared for some undulating and fairly sweaty walking. The terrain is fairly consistently pine forestry; it isn’t all coastal views as you might expect. All around a nice slice of Turkey, with the rest day in an idyllic location at the beach on Cirali.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?
I really enjoyed getting to know the guides. However there was not too much interaction with other local people as we were walking all day! The hostels were good, family run type affairs.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?