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Walking & Cruising Western Lycia

Walking & Cruising Western Lycia

Walking & Cruising Western Lycia Overview

This is a dream trip for walkers and sailors alike, with fabulous swims and stunning archaeology thrown in for good measure.

Rated by The Sunday Times as one of the ‘Ten Best Walks in the World’, the Lycian Way in Turkey follows 300 miles of ancient trails and mule roads that linked the region before the coming of the car. We follow some of its very best stretches, averaging about 5-6 miles walking a day, with a traditional gulet ever present offshore, providing elegant transport, dining and accommodation.

We’ll stroll along Roman roads, retrace the route of a 2,000 year old aqueduct, and follow in the footsteps of characters from Alexander the Great to modern day shepherds.

On foot we will be able to discover many of the remote archaeological sites, like Sidyma, an ancient town perched in the hills that encompasses a modern day tiny farming village. We’ll walk the magnificent opening section of the Lycian Way, with wonderful views in all directions, visit the ghost town of Kaya, abandoned by the Greeks after the exchange of populations in 1923 (the centrepiece of Louis de Bernières’ novel, Birds Without Wings); and discover Kekova, one of the most romantic and picturesque areas on the Turkish coast. More often than not we’ll be the only people exploring the historic ruins on our journey.

From footpaths by the coast, to goat tracks high up in the hills, this is an archaeological tour and gulet cruise packed full of breathtaking panoramas.

Lycian Way walking tour

Reviews of this holiday

Walking & Cruising Western Lycia by CB, 12 Jun 2019
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A week on a beautiful wooden ship on the southern coast of Turkey. Accompanied by a guide - who was an experienced archaeolo... read more

Walking & Cruising Western Lycia by kimshoe1, 21 Nov 2015
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A great way to learn about the history of Turkey. Staying on the Gulet was a great experience as we cruised the coast of Turkey... read more

Walking & Cruising Western Lycia by Experiencing Turkey the Gulet Way!, 17 Nov 2015
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Our Group of longtime friends included four couples from various parts of Western Canada. We met our Travel Director (Peter ... read more

Walking & Cruising Western Lycia by Mr B H 15, 17 Nov 2015
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From first arriving on the Gulet to the hikes and meals, we had a great time. The guides and crew did everything to make ... read more

Walking & Cruising Western Lycia by Sara J, 27 Oct 2015
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This was an extremely well-planned trip. The Lycian Way is a beautiful and rugged landscape with breath-taking views and ... read more

Walking & Cruising Western Lycia by Joe Bob, 22 Oct 2015
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A superb and fascinating trip to many beautiful archaeological sites in Western Lycia. Peer Sommer's trip was perfectly ... read more

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Walking & Cruising Western Lycia by CB, 12 Jun 2019
Traveller rating:

A week on a beautiful wooden ship on the southern coast of Turkey. Accompanied by a guide - who was an experienced archaeolo... read more

Walking & Cruising Western Lycia by kimshoe1, 21 Nov 2015
Traveller rating:

A great way to learn about the history of Turkey. Staying on the Gulet was a great experience as we cruised the coast of Turkey... read more