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Hiking group descending a stony path above a wooded bay on the Lycian Way

Lycian Path

Mediterranean Coastal Walk

8 Days / 7 Nights
Hiking group descending a stony path above a wooded bay on the Lycian Way

The Lycian Path is one of the most stunning long-distance walking trails worldwide. A coastal hike where you can enjoy both the sea and the mountains simultaneously. Daily tours run along trails high above the sea, which offer phenomenal views onto the coastline and onto the peaks of the Taurus Mountains of up to 3000 meters in altitude. In the hinterland you come across typical cultural landscapes, your path lined with aromatic pine forests, olive groves and Mediterranean macchia. You walk through little original villages and get to enjoy Turkish hospitality. Today’s long-distance walking trail is the old trading route dating back to ancient times. This is shown still today by the ample cultural heritage you will encounter in the shape of rock tombs and antique city ruins. Look forward to a hiking week along the Mediterranean coast with glorious vegetation and gorgeous views.

On our eight-day hiking tour along the Lycian Path, you experience the region of Turkey in what is probably the most beautiful way – by foot. You walk through small original villages and enjoy the Turkish hospitality. The current long-distance hiking trail was already used as a trade route in ancient times, which is still evidenced by the rich cultural heritage, which you will encounter in the form of rock tombs and ancient ruined cities. Look forward to a hiking week on the Mediterranean coast with magnificent vegetation and wonderful views.

  • Picturesque panoramas: Enjoy a great panorama from the Gelidonya lighthouse onto the surrounding landscape and the coast on the initial day of your hiking holiday. With a height of 227 metres, this lighthouse is the highest lighthouse in the entire Turkish coastal region and the view onto the lighthouse itself was voted the most beautiful view in Turkey in 2007.
  • City stroll through Antalya: The picturesque port city of Antalya is also known in Turkey as the gateway to the Mediterranean coast. As the final destination, Antalya offers plenty of opportunities for strolling, shopping, enjoying Turkish specialities or visiting the historical sights in the historic centre.
  • Turkish cuisine: There is hardly anyone who does not like Turkish cuisine. The dishes and specialities that you can choose from on your hiking holiday are so diverse, fresh and varied. The regional desserts such as Baklava, Lokum, Lokma, Revani, Kadayif, Künefe, Ayva Tatlisi and many more are particularly delicious.

This hiking tour in Southern Turkey is assigned our level of hiking “mountain hiking”. Daily stages are planned to last around 4 to 6 hours and a good basic fitness level and sure-footedness are required for these tours. Due to the partly rocky ground, we recommend good hiking shoes.

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Itinerary at a glance

Ancient cities rich in history and fantastic views of the coastal landscape will enchant you on this very special hike. Plan a sightseeing tour in Antalya and enjoy the flair of the port city and the delicious Turkish cuisine.

Arrival in Antalya and transfer to the picturesque bay of Adrasan, where you will spend the next two nights. We recommend you seize the day and go for a leisurely walk or for a swim in the sea.

One of the most stunning hiking segment of the Lycian Path awaits you today, immediately on your first hiking day. Enjoy magnificent views from the top of the Gelidonya Lighthouse onto the Chelidonia Islands. The route leads you - with a phenomenal view onto the blue glittering sea - through pine forests back to Adrasan.

After a short walk you reach the access point to the Lycian Path. Walk along the old trading route, through pine and arbutus forests all the way to the col at 700 metres in altitude. After that the path ascends on the other side and leads through a dense laurel forest down to Olympos. We highly recommend a stroll through the ruins of Olympos.

Initially you walk along the lovely coast and through dense pinewoods towards the idyllic bay Maden (stop for a swim) with a view onto the snow-capped Tahtali Dagi. After that you continue along quiet paths into the hinterland and through fragrant pine forests to Ulupinar, the finish of today’s hike. Transfer to Beycik.

In the shadow of Mount Olympus you ascend to the highest point of this hiking week, the Tahtali pass on 1,850 meters in altitude. A remote path snakes all the way up to the pass of Tahtali, where giant cedar trees thrive. On your trail you can enjoy fascinating views onto the valley and the sea. The hiking tour ends in the mountain village Yayl Kuzdere, then a short transfer to Ovacik.

After a short transfer to the ancient city Kitanaura, you walk in the hinterland past plantations, along gurgling streams and through idyllic mountain villages. This tour does not take you along the official Lycian Path, it is however, due to the enchanting mountain villages you come across along the way, a must. Throughout you will be accompanied along the way by glorious long-distance views onto the peaks of the Taurus Mountains.

For the finale of your week of hiking, once again an unforgettable route awaits. First you pass the Göynük Alp and farms, until the path leads you into the Göynük ravine. Once you have crossed the river, you start a forest walk via an old trading trail, which leads you over the pass and down to the end of the ravine. Trip to Antalya, enjoy the busy goings-on in this holiday metropolis, located on the Mediterranean coast.

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Itinerary at a glance

Ancient cities rich in history and fantastic views of the coastal landscape will enchant you on this very special hike. Plan a sightseeing tour in Antalya and enjoy the flair of the port city and the delicious Turkish cuisine.

Transfer to your accommodation in the old town.

A transfer takes you to the start of the hike, from where you walk to Maden Bay. Here you can take a bathing break on dreamy and little-visited beaches. Afterwards, the route takes you to Cirali with a wonderful Mediterranean panorama.

Through the charming village of Ulupinar, which lies at the foot of the Tahtali Mountains, you will hike to the river of the same name, which fascinates with its unique beauty. You will return to Cirali via the spectacular fires of the Chimaera, a natural phenomenon where natural gas escapes from rock crevices.

You will hike to the ruins of the ancient coastal city of Olympos. Here you will discover numerous remains of temples and the acropolis perched on a coastal rock. Continue through shrubs and deciduous forests on the side of the mountain Musa Daği up to the bay of Adrasan.

A transfer takes you to the starting point in Inisdibi. From there you head to the ancient ruins of the city of Istlada. The coastal landscape of Kekova is your companion as you enjoy the breathtaking views. You reach the small harbour village of Üçağiz, where you will also spend the night.

The hike starts after a short transfer in the small village of Kilicli. There you will discover the ancient city of Apollonia. Crossing overgrown slopes, you will reach the remains of the city of Aperlai. Here an arm of the sea between two mountain ridges rises up to the ruins. A short swim in the cool water is a must. Take the narrow path along the coast back to Üçağiz.

The ancient city of Myra impresses with its Lycian rock tombs carved into the rock face. Afterwards, you can visit the Byzantine Basilica of St. Nicholas in Demre before returning to Antalya by bus on your own. In Antalya, visit the old town, the old harbour or the beautifully landscaped parks with panoramic terraces.

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Route information


For tours with a walking time between 4 and 6 hours, surefootedness and a good basic fitness level are required. You walk on walking paths, often on rocky and stony ground, so a good pair of walking shoes is essential.

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Category: 2x middle class hotels (Adrasan, Antalya) and comfortable guesthouses & pensions

Prices per person in EUR

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Further details about this tour


  • Accomodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • 5 evening meals (not in Antalya)
  • 5 packed lunches + water
  • Luggage transfer
  • Transfers according to programme
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • GPS-data
  • Service hotline


  • Private return transfer (persons and luggage) from Üçağiz to Antalya (incl. stopover in Myra) EUR 179 per trip (1 to 3 persons), EUR 219 per trip (4 to 8 persons); reservation required, payable in advance.

Arrival / Departure

  • Antalya Airport. Organised transfer to the starting hotel Transfer included in the price.
  • Please note that a valid passport is required for this trip.

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price.
  • On day 7, the luggage transfer ends in Demre. From there you take the bus to Antalya on your own (journey time approx. 3 hours), approx. EUR 10 per person.
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