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Lycian Way Orchid Walk
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Lycian Way Orchid Walk. This brand new tour is the combination of a trekking holiday and a bird/plant observation trip. Instead of driving long distances from one “flower spot” to another we do nicely paced walks which are designed to give you ample time to let you take pictures of nature, plants and even allowing time enough for nature observations such as bird watching.
We try to minimize the “bus time” and to spend as much time as possible in the nature walking without the pressure to keep up with a trekking tempo at the cost of missing photo and observation opportunities. We call it the Orchid Walk since we will see many lovely wild orchids but the paths we will visit have many other species, some of which are endemic and/or very rare.
2016 Departure Dates
17 April – 24 April
Day 1: Transfer from Antalya to hotel in Goynuk
Day 2-7: Lycian Way walk
Day 8: Transfer to Antalya.
Trekkers should have good quality hard soled trekking boots, raingear, swimwear, sunhat, sunglasses and suncream and a 20-40 Lt. daysack. Walking sticks are recommended.
Accommodation and Meals
Accommodation: Along the tour, you’ll stay in places that make you feel good, and safe in the midst of trees and mountains. This tour uses the following mix of accommodation types-
7 nights in hotel or pension: We stay small, local, preferably family run, courteous boutique hotels, hotels and pensions with a personal touch.
Meals: Evening meals are soup or salads, main course and fruit or sweet. We love our food in Turkey. We believe it is one of the tastiest and healthiest cuisines of the world. During the tour, you will enjoy natural, regional and rich Turkish food accompanied by freshly pressed fruit juices and beverages.
Lunches will be picnics and trekkers are expected to carry some part of the food, but we don’t skimp here- our packed lunches are wonderful and we include plentiful trail snacks like dried fruit and nuts along the way too.
Grade A : Treks mean that you will be on trek for 2-4 max hours per day. A reasonable level of fitness is required for this type of trekking holiday and you should be in good health
- All transfers (from/to Antalya),
- Meals and the transfer of the luggage from one stop to the other.
- One evening meal, soft drinks, beer and tips are not included as well as entrance fees to historical sites and museums.
- Minimum 8 maximum 16 pax.
- For groups under the minimum number, a surcharge of 75 € is added to the price.
Arrival DayOn arrival in Antalya airport you will be met by your driver and tour guide. We will transfer and check in at the hotel in Ovacik . Welcome drink and dinner at the hotel.
We drive from the hotel up to Gedelme village. From here we drive up with jeeps to Çukuryayla (or as near as we can get depending on the snow and road condition) and start walking from here. As we drive up the forestry road we will see carpets of crocuses, scillas, cyclamen, gages, anemones. At Çukuryayla we will have a picnic lunch. Wandering around will lead us to discoveries of patches of corydalis, paeonia and frittilaria elwesii. Nice day for birdwatchers as well with Krüper’s nuthatches, tree creepers common in the forest and possibly some raptors up in the rocky mountain areas. Beautiful Lebanese cedars form a fantastic background and a mixed forest of juniper, pine and oak make it a great spot for a short forest walk.
Dinner and overnight in same hotel in Ovacik.
WALKS PHASELIS – SUNDANCE & ULUPINAR – CHIMAERA – ÇIRALI
In the morning we walk from the ancient coastal site of Phaselis to nearby Sundance Camp.
Lunch can be either at Sundance or -depending on timing- further up in Ulupınar. In the afternoon we descent from Ulupınar to the coastal village of Çiralı. On the way we visit the eternal burning flames of Chimaera.
Dinner and Overnight in hotel in Çiralı
Phaselis is the city where Alexander the great spent a winter before going to the east to fight the persian emperor Darius II. In addition to the impressive roman and lycian ruins the sites also holds some wonderful plants and birds. Several bee orchids including ophyrs minos and oohrys sicula. Umbilicuses, glaucicum gracile which is a strange pink hued poppy and limodorums are few to mention. The marsh land right next to the ruins is a good place to watch herons, ducks and some other waders.
Sundance camp sits on a bay where a small river snakes its way to the sea. thanks to its owners it is untouched and unspoiled and holds a great variety of plants and birds. Medicagos, lotuses, stocks and rare Anchusa aggregata spread in each direction. herons and waders can be seen by the river and the pine trees are homes for warblers, shrikes, buntings and serins.
Chimerea. This ancient site of an extraordinary natural phenomena has natural flames sprouting from the rocks for as long as humans can remember. It is a place of myths and temples of several different religions which replaced each other one after another history.
On the way to the site, on both sides of the stone paved path there are patches of bee orchids, orchises, lavandulas, anthillys, coronillas and lotuses, lathyruses and echiums. Krupers nuthatch and tree creeper frequent the trees. Rüppell’s Warblers, Sombre Tits and summer visitors such as Cretzschmar’s and Ortolan Buntings are other birds to look out for.
VISIT ANCIENT OLYMPOS & WALK MADEN BEACH – ÇIRALI
We visit ancient Olympos where we explore the ruins of this once powerful coastal city. In the afternoon we take the boat to Maden beach and walk from Maden beach back to Çiralı. Dinner and overnight in same pension in Çiralı.
The ruins of ancient Olympos is another great plant site as it is protected from the goats by the fences. Several orchids, lathyruses and peripleca greaca can be encountered here.
Maden beach. the site of an old abandoned chrome mine, this beach and the headlands we will walk on top of, have rich ferrous soil. the walk from here back to Çıralı gives us chance to see asphodelines, ophyrs ferrum-equinum, tuberaria guttata, paronychia species that grows on the rocks, a very white leaved inula heterolepis and more.
VISIT ANCIENT OLYMPOS & WALK MADEN BEACH – ÇIRALI
Adrasan – Melanippe – FinikeOn the way to Adrasan great stop with several ophrys, orchis and serapes species along with frittilaria elwesii and frittilaria ecmopetala.
Adrasan is another lovely small bay with some marshes where the river meets the sea. purple herons, little bitterns and other waders and skimmers are usually observed here. on one of the headlands a lovely, short form of tulip orhanidae grows commonly like little drops of fire. melanippe has ophryses and orchis purpurea.
On the way to the hotel in Finike we try our luck by the river estuary to see kingfishers
VISIT OF LIMYRA, ANDRIAKE & WALK KAPAKLI – SIMENA
lycian way kekovaIn the morning we visit the ancient site of Limyra for the ruins and for bird watching. Some plants as well and lizards and other reptiles are to be spotted amongst the ruins. Then we drive to Andriake. This is another ancient site also very good for bird watching and some ophryses. It is next to a marshland area so walking around in the ruins and looking at birds and flowers will be leisurely. This is a great place to picture gamma lizards who sunbathe on the ancient stones. And with some luck and good timing birds of pray such as booted eagles, imperial eagles will be spending a few days in the area on their way to the north.
In the afternoon we walk from Kapaklı downhill along an old footpath to Simena. Arriving at this castle on the coast you will be surprised by the ancient tombs in the graveyard and the beautiful views to the Kekova islands across the bay.
Transfer to Kaş (45 mins).
Dinner in town and overnight in Kaş
VISIT MOUNTAIN VILLAGE (& WALK ÇUKURBAĞ – KAŞ)
Transfer to a cemetery in a small mountain village. This fantastic site has more than 10 different orchid species (Orchis italics, orchis simian and ophyrses).
We will enjoy a picnic lunch where we drive to Çukurbağ and walk down to Kaş.
Dinner and overnight in Kaş.
Transfer to Antalya airport.
625.00 GBP per person.