Taurus Mountains walking holiday, Turkey

“Explore rural Central Anatolia with a Taurus Mountains walking holiday following the well-known St. Paul’s Trail, starting and finishing in Antalya. Wholesome rustic cuisine, outstanding views, what's not to love?”


St. Paul's Trail | Central Anatolia | Taurus Mountains | Antalya | Egirdir | Adada ruins | Caltepe | Altinkaya | Aspendos Theatre |

Description of Taurus Mountains walking holiday, Turkey

It is said that when St. Paul embarked on his journey to convert the pagans of Asia Minor in the 1st century AD, he paused in the Taurus Mountains to drink from the mountain streams. Follow in his footsteps, and perhaps even scoop a handful of refreshing water from the same streams, on this small group walking holiday in the Taurus Mountains from Antalya.

St. Paul’s Trail is a marked route taking you through some of Central Anatolia’s most diverse and beautiful scenery. From fragrant forests of pine and cedar to dramatic limestone columns, cherry trees in lush green pastures where shepherds tend their flocks to ancient ruins including what may be the best-preserved Roman theatre in the world. So as a walking holiday, you might say this one has got quite a lot going for it.

The route begins in the charming town of Antalya, finishing back there eight days later. You’ll overnight in welcoming hotels, homestays and guesthouses, with traditional rustic food that is sure to be a big highlight of your trip. The daily walks are not especially challenging, but there are a few steep ascents involved, so a degree of physical fitness will be required.

As you near Antalya on the penultimate day, you’ll arrive at the ruins of the Aspendos Theatre, which would once have seated 12,000 people and was built by a Greek architect in 155. It really drives home the fact that people have been walking through this region for thousands of years, and yet it remains so wonderfully pristine.

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Taurus Mountains walking holiday, Turkey

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the fragile eco-structure of the borderlands is not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our guides are trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to all trips in all regions, and as tour operators is something we are careful to promote.

We are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments. We realise that taking clients through such a region can have a negative impact on the environment if not handled responsibly and as such, on all of our trips we go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive… after all, there are also many good things that the traveller can bring.

By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites we visit – particularly important as this trip visits ancient Roman archeological sites along the way, like those in Selge.


On this tour we employ the services of local guides and drivers, stay in locally owned hotels and guesthouses – often staying in our guides villages and homes, which again diverts important funds directly into the area. The wonderful thing about this kind of interactive tourism is that everyone gains – the locals financially, and our clients with the unique experience and social interaction.

The tour leader on this trip will make sure that the group doesn't arrive in a village base loaded up with products we have brought in from the nearest big town - we buy locally for picnics (fruit, veg, cheese, snacks, biscuits, local honey, bread, etc) and also we use local small restaurants for lunches and dinners.

We make sure all clients are well briefed on the cultural issues to ensure cultural sensitivity in terms of dress code, awareness of local customs, behaviour in public, etc. as this trip travels to rural Turkey which is more conservative than it's Western shores.

We also support several NGOs around the world such as the TESFA community project in Ethiopia and Adopt-A-Minefield in Afghanistan, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit.

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