The Lycian Way hiking vacation in Turkey

“An 8 day, guided, small group walking vacation on the Lycian Way. Staying in traditional Turkish houses, exploring Roman ruins and the Butterfly Valley.”

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Kayakoy | Butterfly Valley | Sidyma | Patara Beach | Kas | Aperlae | Kekova Bay boat trip | Simena

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Environment
This trip travels overland, following Turkey's Lycian Way trail. The Lycian Way is a 509km footpath around the coast of southern Turkey and one of the most beautiful long distance walks in the world. Walking is not only a low impact way to travel but it takes us to hard to visit places and small villages such as Faralya which feel a million miles away from the main tourist centers.

During the drives, large water containers are provided in the buses making it easy for passengers to refill their own water bottles, discouraging the need for single use plastic bottles.

As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.
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The Impacts of this Trip

The village houses on this trip are a fantastic way to really experience some beautiful locations, to try amazing freshly produced and traditional food and to meet the local families that live in this region.

We visit small tea houses to enjoy an apple or mint tea amongst the chatter of the locals and the tour leader encourages the group the eat in Turkish restaurants to savour locally sourced food and recipes.

All our leaders in Turkey are local so they can give a real insight into the culture and history of this fascinating country. We also use local boat providers to access Simena village and see the sunken city of Kekova, this provides direct employment to these small businesses and ensures that money stays within the communities that we visit.

As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

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Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


From the moment we met the whole trip was amazing. We got real insight into how Turkish people live in the villages as well as time on the coast. The final
day on the boat was the icing on the cake. The trip was great value for money and the food was excellent. Our guide Zenyep was highly organised, fun and
made the trip so memorable...she even taught us some Turkish. The only downside was that we had to go home!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


I would highly recommend this trip. Some of the walks were challenging so needed a good level of fitness but the scenery blew us away. There was a real
range of accommodation but all was really comfortable.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


This trip really supported local businesses especially in the villages. They produced the most amazing food made from locally grown ingredients.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Exceptional!

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The food, from local families at the homestays, from the street providers in the small towns we walked to/through, and from the restaurants/cafes in the larger towns like Kas and Patara. The food experience was matched, (and probably enhanced) by some spectacular walking, and an introduction to the Lycian civilization and their legacies. A vibrant and enthusiastic guide and a great group of like minded walkers also added to the overall experience.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Some of the walking is tough (and hot) so come prepared with the appropriate walking gear, - the rewards far outweigh the efforts though. Pack an open mind and indulge in as many aspects of the Turkish culture that you can.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Local guides and transport were used and accommodation and meals were provided by local families or locally run businesses

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent, - a fabulous introduction at grass roots level, to much of what Turkey has to offer.

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