Sherpa Expeditions is now Walkers' BritainDiscover what's new
2
introductory to moderate

Traveller Rating

 

Activities
  • guided walk
Accommodation
  • 7 nights in twin cabin on board a Turkish gulet
Meals
  • 7 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 Breakfasts

8 Days£1240GBP

Overview

Trip Code: SWT

Trip highlights


  • Walk coastal and mountain paths with stunning scenery
  • Discover archaeological sites only accessible on foot
  • Visit hidden bays
  • Experience genuine cultural exchange with the local people
  • Soak up the camaraderie of life on board a gulet

Cruising from Marmaris, around the Gocek Islands and on to Fethiye, this unique program offers the opportunity to see the best of the Turkish Lycian coast from sea and on foot. Walk along tracks still used by shepherds today, most of which are so remote they can only be accessed from the sea. There's plenty of time to relax and enjoy all that cruising along this stunning coastline offers. In the evening stay on board a traditional Turkish Gulet which will cruise from bay to bay as you walk along the coast. If you feel like relaxing and not walking, then just stay on board and enjoy the view! The Captain and crew take excellent care of you ensuring you have great food and the best of Turkish hospitality.

Countries:

Turkey

Starting Point:

Marmaris or Fethiye

Finishing Point:

Marmaris or Fethiye


Itinerary

On arrival in Marmaris, make your way to the boat (details provided) - we are happy to arrange airport transfers for you - supplement applies. Following dinner on board, where you will meet your crew, guide and fellow travellers, you can also take the opportunity to explore this bustling resort, whether it's shopping or enjoying the party atmosphere of the nightlife on Bar Street or just having a quiet evening on the boat, or a Turkish bath.

Meals:  D

From Marmaris we leave behind the busy port and cruise to a beautiful pebble beach close to Kumlubuk. Our walk takes us up through ancient mixed forests where we will find the remains of a Hellenistic village thought to be a Monastic community. We return to the gulet for lunch. There will be a chance to swim in the afternoon before we sail to a secluded bay where we cast anchor for the night.

Meals:  B,L,D

Our morning starts with a walk to the village of Candir where we board a river boat down the narrow waterways of the Dalyan river to see the amazing ruins at Kaunos with its rock hewn tombs built into the sheer cliff face hundreds of feet high in around 400BC. Following our time at the ruins we can bathe in the hot thermal baths or take a mud bath which according to local legend is said to knock 10 years from your age! Later we visit the protected Iztuzu beach, where you can enjoy the beautiful sandy beach. With its high mountains this place of considerable beauty is known locally as Turtle Beach as it is an important breeding ground for Caretta caretta loggerhead sea turtles.

Meals:  B,L,D

Walk in the footsteps of Romans who moored their wooden sailing ships at Aga Limani which is the starting point for our walk. We follow a ruined Roman track to the remains of a Roman settlement before descending into a valley where we can take sage tea with a local Nomad family. Our 2-3 hour walk finishes where the remains of Cleopatra's Bath are now partially submerged, there's plenty of time for swimming and snorkelling amongst the ruins. Lunch onboard. We then take a late afternoon walk (around 2hrs) in pine forest, following the coast around to Sarsala Bay.

Meals:  B,L,D

Take an optional walk to the ancient burial tombs at Bedri Rami Bay, before we begin our morning walk to Boynuz Bükü. The route takes us through forest of Liquid Amber before reaching our gulet.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today's coastal walk includes more incredible scenery with views around every turn.

Meals:  B,L,D

The day begins with a drive up to the impressive ancient city of Tlos, considered one of the most important Lycian religious centres. It was here that the Greek mythological hero and his winged flying horse Pegasus are said to have lived. Set high up in the hills behind Fethiye, with dramatic views to the sea, the ancient city has a series of temple type tombs cut out of the rock, a stadium and houses. We continue on to Kayaköy, a Greek village that was deserted in 1923 following the exchange of peoples between Turkey and Greece. The walking trail, the Lycian Way, traverses through this village and again, there are some scenic highlights to be had. We stop for lunch amongst the ruins to feel the atmosphere of this abandoned village which was the inspiration for Louis de Berniere's Birds Without Wings. If we have time in this very full day, we finish with a short walk down from Kayakoy to Fethiye. Overnight Fethiye.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning you say farewell to the crew. Own onward arrangements or an optional transfer to Dalaman Airport.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • Meals include 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
  • *Breakfast is Turkish style and will generally include cheese (feta), olives, eggs, cucumber, tomatoes, jam, honey, bread, tea or coffee.
  • *A cooked lunch is provided most days, with picnic style lunch where necessary
  • *Dinner may include hot and cold appetisers, main course (using local produce), salad, and dessert.
  • *Vegetarians are easily catered for
  • *Drinking water is available on board - please bring your own waterbottle
  • 7 nights in twin or double cabin with private facilities on board a Turkish gulet with linen and full crew (note: twin cabins are limited with number of cabins dependent on scheduled gulet)
  • Harbour fees and diesel for 3-4 hours cruising per day
  • English speaking walking guide
  • Dalyan boat trip including Kaunos entrance tickets, mudbath entrance tickets, small boat hire and boat driver tips
  • Fethiye excursion including coach travel, TLOS entrance tickets, cooked lunch, Kayakoy tickets and driver tips

  • Travel to and from Fethiye/Marmaris
  • Entrance fees for historical and natural sites not noted in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature including souvenirs, ice creams, phone calls etc.
  • Drinks - a range of beverages including wine are available for purchase on board (please do not bring your own drinks on board). Drinking water is provided however if you require an individual bottle of water this will be extra - for environmental reasons please bring your own water bottle which can be refilled for walks. Tea and coffee is included with breakfast and afternoon tea but outside these times a small cost is charged. Freshly squeezed orange juice can be supplied at breakfast time for an additional cost.
  • Tips for crew and guide – we recommend around 40 Euros per passenger for the crew and 20 Euros per passenger for the guide.
  • Additional transport – at times we need extra transport to start or finish a walk or occasionally the weather may not allow the boat to come into the bay. In this event there may be an additional charge of GBP15 per person payable locally.
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa

About Your Leader

The leader who accompanies the walks is usually English, living in Turkey for 3+ years. Whilst the leader is knowledgeable about the walks and the trip they are not necessarily able to impart more than basic information about flora, fauna and ancient history. We have reference books available on board the gulet should you wish to know more detailed information about the places we visit.


Suitability

introductory to moderate

2

The walking is introductory to moderate (2) grade with daily walks of around 2-5 hours per day. There are some steep sections over loose trails during the walk and such sections of the trail require care. Some sections of the trail are quite exposed so good hats and sunscreen are a must. The accent is on keeping a steady pace with time to stop and take photos (subject to weather conditions). You will need a reasonable level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure.


Departure dates


Notes

DN1
Cruise may operate in reverse or from Marmaris back to Marmaris.
DN2
An extra deposit is applicable for this trip - see trip notes for details.

Total Priceper person from

£1240GBP

Options & Supplements*
  • Single Cabin Supplement (1 per departure)GBP£200
*Prices listed are per person

Trip reviews


Why travel with us

Personal Experience

We've been walking and cycling the planet for over four decades and are passionate about delivering exceptional service. Combined, we’ve travelled to virtually every corner of Europe, and are eager to share the many benefits of travelling on foot or by bike.

Great Value & Quality

Our well priced trips offer great value for money. Included in your package are comprehensive route notes, maps & guide books along with bag transfers and locally run accommodation. We take the stress out of organising your holiday.

Self-Guided Specialists

We have have been operating active self guided holidays for over 45 years. We handle all the necessary logistics so that you can relax and explore your destination at your own pace. Many of our tours depart daily, giving you even greater flexibility.