Arrive in Dalaman Airport and transfer to the hotel in Fethiye. Depending on your arrival time the remainder of your day is free to explore this bustling coastal town. This evening at 6pm there will be a welcome briefing where you will meet your fellow group members. After the meeting, you may choose to join your tour manager and group for an optional dinner in a local restaurant. Stay in a standard hotel in Fethiye.
The Lycian Way is the longest trekking route in all of Turkey, covering nearly 500 kilometres from Fethiye to Antalya. This is widely regarded as one of the finest treks in the world, and today we set off for our first taste of this walk. We first take a private van from Fethiye to the small village of Minare Village. First walk in the village and then up to Pinara. Pinara, one of the three major cities in the Xanthos Valley and one of the principal cities of Lycia. Remaining undiscovered to many people, the necropolis here are surrounded by stunning mountain scenery of pines, ancient olive trees, wild flowers and views over the Xanthos valley. Among the sights in Pinara are the Greek theatre, the Roman bath, the agora and the church. After lunch you continue along a mountain pathway through small villages where you can see the locals going about their daily lives. Stay in village houses tonight. Our accommodation in Minare village is very basic, in some cases you may have to share same room with 2 or 3 other tour members - simple huts with shared bathrooms. If this is not preferred we will take you to a standard hotel to the nearby town of Fethiye.
After a short transfer to Ovacik, walk in the shadow of Mt. Babadag along clearly marked paths with the beautiful Turkish Coastline alongside. From here, we take our first walk, enjoying the fantastic views out over the coast and down to the crystal clear water to Kabak, and have a wonderful nature walk through villages, forest and beautiful cliffs along the way. Overnight in a standart hotel by Dead Sea.
We start the day with a visit to the village of Kayakoy (hiking/exploring the area for 2 hours). This old Greek village became a virtual ghost town overnight when in 1923 the Turkish and Greek governments ordered an immediate population exchange. Now preserved as a museum village, it consists of hundreds of rundown but still mostly intact Greek-style houses and churches, which cover a small mountainside. Walk from the door through the adjacent ghost village of Kayakoy, an eerie climb past abandoned schools and frescoed churches takes you high above the village for shimmering views of Mediterannean Bays below. After a panoramic picnic, descend through pines to a ruined church on the shore of a crystal lagoon - a perfect swimming spot. In the afternoon we walk for about another 3 hours along a path through the pine forest with stunning views, ending at the turquoise Oludeniz Lagoon where you can enjoy a refreshing, well-earned swim. Overnight in a standard hotel by Dead Sea.
We begin our day with a short van ride to the village of Yesikoy where we begin our trek as we follow the Esen River along the Lycian Way. Along the way we can see the ancient Roman aqueduct of Delikkemer, a real engineering feat that carried water all the way from the mountains down to the beach at Patara. Along the trail, where we might see some of Turkey's wild flowers in the right season, and as we pass Tavas village, more beehives, and even several tortoises along the way. By lunchtime we arrive at Patara. Patara was a giant among Roman trading ports, as big as Ephesus, though today only partially excavated. Half buried by giant sand dunes, you can see broken mosaics, pottery shards and columns scattered between bath houses, theatres and marble streets. Just beyond the ruins is an amazing 18km long beach, perfect for picnics and swimming. Next head for nearby town of Kalkan. The town of Kalkan is one of the larger villages along our route, with a wide selection of restaurants where you can enjoy some of the delicious seafood while watching the sunset. Overnight in Kalkan at a standart hotel.
Today we follow the Lycian Way through some of the smaller villages inland that make up the trail. Our route will take us through olive groves and past shepherds huts before the trail flattens out and we walk through meadows and fields dotted with houses. We return to Kalkan where we spend the night. Overnight in Kalkan at a standart hotel.
This morning we transfer to the idyllic Mediterranean fishing village of Kas where the rest of the day is free for you to relax. Kas is an activity center, so you have a pick of activities available to you if you want to try something more active. One option would be to take a boat tour over the sunken ruins of the city of Kekova, or if you are feeling more active, you can try this by sea kayak. Overnight in standart hotel in Kas.
Transfer to the Dalaman Airport and end of the tour.