An omnipresent mountain in sublime juxtaposition with the sea; this is, no doubt, the first image you will retain of this voyage on lands that Alexander the Great was the conqueror. The Akdag and Beydaglari massifs are part of the majestic Taurus range. Their slopes are arid in some places, and green in some others, and their calcareous rock are reddened by the iron contained in the ground. Their high summits are snow-covered during most of the year. On this coast with a rich history, added to the amazing spectacle of a sea with limpid water striking the abrupt cliffs, you will discover the archaeological richness dating back to 8th century BC of Greek and Roman cities which are admirably preserved, with a Lycian necropolis lost in the vegetation, or immersed at the bottom of a turquoise sea.
The most attractive points of this program are:
– Six days of easy excursion, accessible to everyone, on mountainside paths with pleasant sea views.
– Discovery of archaeological sites, with the privilege of visiting those accessible only on foot.
– One day sea-trip, around the remains of the immersed city of Kekova.
– And, finally, a truly enriching cultural exchange with the hospitable and gracious people of the coastal villages, and with shepherds who live with their families in isolated farms far from civilisation.
Itinerary: 8 days
Day 1 / Antalya:
Meet and transfer to hotel for the night.
Days 2 to 7 / Lycian coast:
6 days of easy hiking across the unusual landscape of the Lycian coast whose turquoise gulfs and bays have been eroded by the sea. Walk through pine forests and olive graves between the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas on paths traced by shepherds. Visit the sites Phaselis, Pinara, Simena, Kayakoy Xanthos, Myra, Tlos, Telmessos and Cirali with its eternal fire. Not only will you marvel at the beauty of the Oludeniz lagoon, but also our one-day sea trip will show you the vestiges of a blue tinged sunken city, in the bluish lights of seabeds. Overnight stops in hotels, pensions and in villager-guesthouses. 3 / 5 h of trek per day.
Day 8 / Return:
Flight from Dalaman airport
Favourable season: October – mid-April.
Level: Easy, accessible to everyone.
Can be organised for 2 or more people as a customised tour for you and your family and friends only.