Turkey Hiking Tour

Tour Dates: 6 – 12 days, Apr – Oct

Our Turkey Hiking Tour can be arranged for groups of 2 or more people in the spring, early summer and fall. This is a van supported hiking tour on a superb route that we selected especially for its beautiful vistas and uncrowded paths. You’ll visit many small towns and a number of fantastic Greek, Roman, and Lycian ruins. Each evening you will be staying in comfortable lodging where warm Turkish hospitality awaits.

In Turkey, the continents of Europe and Asia are separated by only a narrow waterway making this region the “Land in the Middle.” Here, thousands of years of history merge with the 21st century making Turkey a vibrant, exotic land. Our route is away from the bustle of the cities, and the friendly local people live in a culture of mixed religious backgrounds and traditions. The countryside is filled with forested mountains that lead to the deep blue waters of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas.

2018 Price: Call for Prices

This tour is available as a custom charter for 2 or more people.
Price Includes:
  • 5 – 10 nights lodging (shorter or longer itineraries can be arranged)
  • all meals starting with dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 12
  • bilingual guide
  • van support
  • domestic flights from Antalya to Cappadocia to Istanbul
  • entrance fees to sites on itinerary
Price Does Not Include:

International flights, beverages, gratuities for local guides, hotel in Istanbul.

Tour Difficulty

This is a moderate hike. Daily distances are 6 – 12 km over hilly terrain. A support vehicle will be available for any hikers wishing a lift or a rest day.

  • Difficulty: Moderately Hilly

Tour Highlights

  • The Turquoise Coast
  • Greek & Roman Ruins
  • The Lycian Way

“Thank you for creating such an outstanding trip for us. The arrangements were flawless and everything fell into place like clockwork. Our guide was a real gem – he really watched out for us and provided excellent support for the trip.”

~ Beth H.

Sample Itinerary

* Below is a sample itinerary. We can arrange guided tours for groups of 2 or more people and can customize this tour to fit your exact dates and number of days.

Day 1

Arrive at airport in Izmir and transfer to hotel in Selcuk.

Day 2

Morning tour of the incomparable city of Ephesus, an incredibly well-preserved center of the Ionian culture. Among its archaeological triumphs are the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the grand Library of Celsius and an impressive ancient theater. Afternoon transfer to Lake Bafa. Pension on Lake Bafa

Day 3 – Day Hike near Lake Bafa, 10 – 12 km

The highlights of the route will be the Latmos, caves, bizarre rock formations, scenic views of Lake Bafa, Kapikiri village and Besparmak Mountains. You will be transferred to the village of Karahayit. Your walk up in the mountains will take you to the Neotitic rock paintings and the Yediler Monastery. Return to your pension in Lake Bafa for the night.

Day 4 – Ikizce Islands, 6 km

Today enjoy a very scenic and easy half day walk to the Ikizce Islands via Kiliselik. This area is also wonderful for bird watching. You’ll sail back by boat and have an afternoon transfer to Fethiye. Lodging in Fethiye.

Day 5 – 8

Fethiye is the starting point of the Lycian Way, a footpath through the rugged mountains of the Tekke Peninsula to Antalya. We have chosen the best portions of this hike for the following days with distances between 8 – 15 km/day. Daily, your guide will go over the route with you and you will be able to use the support vehicle to assist if you would like a shorter distance for the day (on applicable routes only). Overnight accommodations will be in the following locations: Faralya, Kabak, Kas and Ucagiz.

Day 9

A relaxing day onboard a traditional Turkish gulet boat to discover the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, the sunken city of Kekova, the ancient site of Simena and historic castles nearby. The tour will start right from Ucagiz and end at Demre. After the gullet trip, you’ll be transferred to the peaceful little haven of Cirali near the ruins of the ancient Lycian city, Olympos. Here we find a pristine beach and a pine forest full of marble temples. You can take an early evening walk to visit the mysterious Chimera, a natural eternal flame located on a mountainside near town. Lodging in Cirali.

Day 10

Take a morning walk along the coast to visit the Olympos ancient site. Transfer from Cirali to Antalya airport for your flight to Istanbul and Cappadocia. Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Cappadocia.

Day 11

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up for a day hike in this spectacular area. You will be picked up at the hotel in the evening for dinner and a performance of the Whirling Dervishes. Hotel in Cappadocia.

Day 12

After breakfast, transfer to the airport near Cappadocia for a mid day flight to Istanbul. Taxi on you own to your hotel in Istanbul. Please note: hotel in Istanbul is not included.