Experienced Hiker Itinerary: A Lycian Way itinerary for experienced hikers looking to see as much of the Lycian Way route as possible
Lycian Way Experienced Hiker Itinerary: Key points:
- Price is £465 per person based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room. £35 single supplement per day
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- 6 days hiking on The Lycian Way, with an optional rest day
- Includes 24/7 airport transfers
- All accommodation in guesthouses and pensions with private bathrooms
- Breakfasts each morning.
- Daily luggage transfers
- Lycian Way phone app, walking notes, and information pack
- Back up support on the route should it be required
- Excludes flights to and from Dalaman Airport.
- Packed lunches and 3-course dinners can be added for an extra £75 per person.
Day 1 – Arrive at Dalaman Airport, transfer to accommodation (45 minutes) in Fethiye.
If you have time you can explore this lovely seaside resort with its many restaurants and fish market.
Day 2 – Walk from Fethiye to Faralya via Kayakoy & Ovacik. 21 km, 8 hours
The route starts near the ancient rocks in Fethiye. Climbs on an old cobbled path over and down to the village of Kayakoy. From Kayakoy the route passes the ruins and winds through pine forest to Ovacik. This is the official starting point of The Lycian Way. You will ascend around Babadag (Father mountain) with great views over Olu Deniz Lagoon. The route continues to the little village of Kirme on the shoulder of Babadag. You then descend through valleys to the village of Faralya nestling above Butterfly Valley.
Day 3 – Faralya to Bogazici via Alinca. 17kms, 7 -8 hours walking time
From Farayla you will walk to the village of Kabak. From here walk down to Kabak Beach where you will have the chance to swim. You will then walk along the valley floor until starting a long but steady climb to Alinca. Alicia is a small village perched on the mountainside with fantastic views out to sea. From Alinca you will follow the route down across the mountainside. Care needs to be taken on this section. We do not advise to try in wet/windy conditions. The road is a good alternative. The day’s walk finishes in the village of Bogazici.
Day 4 – Bogazici to Gavuragili via Sidyma & Bel. 18kms, 7-8 hours walking time
Today you will start from the village of Bogazici before ascending to the ancient Lycian site of Sidyma. Here you can explore before heading off to Bel, a tiny village meaning ‘pass’. Then the lowest point, Karadere, and the sea. It then descends back to sea level at the village of Gavuragili.
Day 5 – Optional rest day or hiking day: Gavuragili to Xanthos via Pydnai and Letoon. 17 km, 6 hours walking time
Sightseeing trips can include a boat trip/ancient ruins tour/day on the beach. Hiking day is mainly flat and includes some road walking. It does have the advantage of visiting two major historic sites; Xanthos and Letoon and an old fort, Pydna.
Day 6 – Walk from Cavdir to Akbel via Uzumlu. 16kms, 7-8 hours walking time
Today the walk follows an ancient aqueduct to its source. The route forms a large semi-circle on the surrounding hillside. You are above the fertile plains formed by the Esen Cay River below. The route passes through Uzumlu which means ‘with grapes’. A pretty village of vines, olive and fruit orchards then onwards to Akbel.
Day 7 – Walk from Akbel to Patara via Delikemer. 20kms, 8 hours walking time
The walk today is mostly flat and follows another ancient aqueduct to the Roman engineering marvel that is Delikemer where the water was siphoned inside large stone blocks across a small valley. The route finally descends to the incredible ancient ruins of Patara where you will be able to explore and also take a visit to the nearby white sand beach.
Day 8 – Transfer return to Dalaman Airport