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Seven Capes (Self-Guided) Holiday 7-days
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This exciting trek follows the prettiest parts of Turkey’s first ever long-distance footpath – the Lycian Way. The route winds its way over bare hillsides and through scented pine forests overlooking the blue Mediterranean. It dips down to wonderful hidden beaches where sparkling waves lap smooth sands. You spend the night in tiny villages where grape vines wreathe the stone cottages. It ends at the impressive ruins of Patara, located near one of the finest and whitest beaches of Turkey.
Day 1: Transfer from Dalaman to Kayaköy
Day 2-6: Trek on Lycian Way
Day 7: Trek ends at Patara, transfer to Dalaman
Available in April, May, early June, September and October.
Tailor-made programs for guided groups and self-guided individuals on request.
Grade B (with C option). Medium trekking with daypack. All luggage is transported to the next night’s stop. One Grade C optional half-day trek.
Equipment Trekkers should have good quality hard soled trekking boots, raingear, swimwear, sunhat, sunglasses and sun cream, and a 30-40 litre day sack. Walking sticks are recommended.
During this tour, you’ll stay in places that make you feel good and safe in lovely villages surrounded by trees and mountains. You stay in small, local, family-run and friendly hotels and pensions with a personal touch. The properties are run by friendly people who do their best to make you feel part of the family and the local community.
During the tour, you will enjoy natural, regional and rich Turkish food. Evening meals consist of a soup or salads, a main course and fruit or sweet for dessert. Lunches will be picnics. Our packed lunches are wonderful and we include plentiful trail snacks such as dried fruits and nuts.
PRICE: 455 £ pp booking for 2 persons
Price based on double/twin room occupancy
Single room supplement on request
– 6 nights accommodation
– 6x breakfast, 6x picnic during walks, 6x dinner
– all transfers (also from/to airport Dalaman) and luggage transfers during the trek
– detailed self-guided route notes in english
– transfer on day 1 between Ölüdeniz and Kayaköy (by bus/taxi) for walk
– soft or alcoholic drinks during meals
– entrance fees to museums and sites
Day 1: flight to Dalaman and transfer to Kayaköy
Upon your arrival you will have a transfer to Kayaköy (1,5 hrs) for your check-in at the accommodation.
If time allows you can do the optional walk Kayaköy-Ölüdeniz walk (9km / 3hrs)
The walk takes you right through the ruined greek village of Kayaköy. Once a thriving Greek village, Kayaköy has over one thousand houses, two churches, fourteen chapels, and two schools. It was completely deserted in 1923 when the christian inhabitants had to move to Greece following the Turkish war of Independence. You then cross a green headland to arrive at the famous white beaches of Ölüdeniz lagoon where you may swim and relax. From the beach you can take the minibus back to the hotel (pay locally). Dinner and overnight in Misafir Evi guesthouse in Kayaköy.
Day 2: Ovacık – Faralya walk (14km / 5-6hrs / +580m / -615m)
We will transfer you to the beginning of the Lycian Way where you start your hike with spectacular views towards the sea and Ölüdeniz lagoon. You ascend the lower slopes of Baba Dagı (Father Mountain) following a paved mule path. After passing the villages of Kozağaç and Kirme on a stretch of road you descend an age-old path to the small village of Faralya on the green slopes above the Butterfly valley.
Dinner and overnight in Montenegro Pension in Faralya:
Day 3: Faralya – Alınca walk (13km / 5-6hrs / +750m / -450m)
You walk from Faralya to Alınca along a forested path passing high
above the secluded cove of Kabak. You will climb up a beautiful old mule trail to Alınca, with impressive views over Yedi Burun (Seven Capes).
Dinner and overnight in village house in Alınca.
Day 4: Alınca – Gey walk (11km / 3,5hrs / +200m / -450m)
From Alınca village you walk along a spectacular coastline towards a pasture with an old Ottoman cistern. There you have the choice to descend along a stone cobbled trail to the secluded beach of Kalabantia; explore the ruins of the ancient harbour and swim in the crystal clear waters (add another 5km / 2,5km / +400m / – 400m to the walk). After returning to the main trail you continue to Gey village partly along a quiet tarmac road.
Dinner and overnight in Muhtars’ Pension in Gey.
Day 5: Gey – Boğaziçi walk (13km / 5-5,5hrs / +400m / -350m)
You start from Gey and walk to ancient Sidyma where you explore the ruins of this once huge city scattered around an inland valley and two hills. The village houses are constructed using ancient building blocks; inscriptions, tombs and city walls are visible. You can have lunch in a lovely village house. After exploring the ruins you walk down to Boğaziçi village from where a transfer takes you back to the accommodation in Gey.
Dinner and overnight in same pension in Gey.
Day 6: Gey – Gavurağili walk (17km / 6-7hrs / +200m / -750m) You trek along a tiny goat path around a spectacular, secluded bay of
Gemili to the village of Bel. After a short section of dirt road you arrive at Belceğiz and start your descent along the last of the Seven Capes following
a steep rocky Roman road down to Gavurağili. You meet your transfer vehicle here at the agreed time and have a transfer to Patara.
Patara is famous for its very long beach where the giant sea turtles, caretta caretta are known to come for laying eggs. It was also the birthplace of st Nicholas, who became known as bishop of nearby (Myra) Demre.
Dinner and overnight in Flower Pension in Patara.
Day 7: Delikkemer – Patara walk (11km / 3hrs / +200m / -350m)
After a short transfer you visit the remains of a Roman aqueduct spanning a ravine at Delikkemer. It was part of a system that supplied water from high up in the mountains to ancient Patara on the coast. You walk back from the aquaduct to the ancient site of Patara partly following the course of the ancient waterpipes. You may explore the ruins of this important coastal city, where you can admire a theatre, bath complexes, temples and other remains of this once leading city of the Lycian League or simply relax on the beach.
Afternoon transfer to Dalaman airport (2 hrs).