This trip through Southwestern Turkiye along the Lycian Way blends healthy outdoor activities with rich history and cultural sites.
We’ll stay in the most charming villages and towns of the Lycian Coast, lying under the Taurus Mountains. We’ll hike scented hills and visit classical coastal sites, go boating in Fethiye Bay, sea kayak to explore sunken cities, sail the Fethiye Bay, snorkel over sunken Roman ruins, and search for the fire breathing monster, Chimaera of Mt. Olympos.
- 6 hikes ranging between 1 and 5 miles. Easy to moderate.
- Sea-kayaking 3-4 hours. Fairly easy, moderate if it is windy.
- Boating for a full day. This includes swimming breaks, lunch, snorkeling over a sunken Roman Bath and hiking to the ancient site of Lydea, and meeting the nomads.
- Snorkeling at various locations.
- The ancient cities of Olympos, Anti-Phellos, Lydae, Caunus, Aperlai.
- Chimaera, the home of the fire-breathing monster.
- Kekova, an uninhabited Turkish island with sunken ruins.
- Simena, a town near the ‘Sunken City,’ inaccessible by road, and with a castle at the top.
- Teimiussa, an ancient port city.
You’ll be guided by a licensed professional who is sustainably-minded, and capable of interpreting the natural and cultural heritage of the region. Your guide will be skilled in both cultural and active aspects of the trip. A private minivan supports the entire trip, and all meals are included except two lunches and two dinners.
Seasonal Notes: We would like to encourage you to travel in the shoulder season, which is a good way of reducing our impact on the environment and avoid over-tourism. Also, it is a good way of traveling with fewer risks of being infected by viruses (COVID and otherwise). You will appreciate the tranquility and have time to discover and enjoy the area without the crowds. We know that some people don’t have much liberty in choosing vacation times, but if you do, it is much better to look at alternative times and types of travel. We believe beautiful places are beautiful all year round.
- Lycian Way Multi-Sport trip is a coastal trip, so if sea-related activities are your priority, it is best to travel from April through November.
- If you are a wild-flower enthusiast, please note that this region of Turkiye is a bio-diversity hotspot, so April & May would be more rewarding months. This itinerary can be customized in March for optimal wildflower viewing by replacing some of the sea activities with a botanical mountainside detour.
- We suggest avoiding July and August if you are not used to very warm temperatures. The temperature is likely to be above 100 F (38 C) and you may find the hikes too warm. If you are OK with the heat, go for it!
- If you travel in June through August, you are more likely to observe (very discreetly) the “Caretta caretta” loggerhead sea turtles laying eggs, hatching, or swimming around.
- This trip can be customized for those who wish to travel from December through April. Please contact us for more information.