Trip reference number: 2814
Trip Operator: Peter Sommer Travels
This is a dream trip for walkers and sailors alike, with fabulous swims and stunning archaeology thrown in for good measure.
The Lycian Way, rated by The Sunday Times (UK) as one of the ten best walks in the world, follows over 300 miles of ancient roadways, mule tracks and shepherds' paths along one of Turkey's most remote and untouched coastlines.
On this week-long cruise, we follow a selection of its finest sections, each remarkable for its beauty and interest. On average, we hike about 5-6 miles (8-10km) per day. Our floating home is an elegant hand-built gulet, moving us along the shore and treating us to perfect relaxation and delightful meals each day.
Like the explorers of old, you will have unique access to the ancient sites within their natural settings. The tour includes samples of Lycia's most celebrated cultural and archaeological 'must-sees', such as Kayakoy/Levissa, an incredibly atmospheric ghost town abandoned by its Greek inhabitants after the First World War, Simena, an age-old citadel surrounded by a jumble of Lycian sarcophagi and vastly monumental Patara, capital of Roman Lycia.
Hiking on ancient and historic roads and footpaths, following the course of a 2,000-year-old aqueduct and hearing the tales of those who strolled here before us, from Greeks and Romans to modern shepherds, witnessing the breathtaking wealth of scenery from azure shores via fertile and cultivated valleys to craggy mountains, makes for an immensely memorable experience. The combination of exhilarating hikes, expert-guided site visits, wonderful swims and mellow moments of sheer relaxation, plus of course the gulet's superb cooking, will make this trip refreshing and relaxing, a tour like no other.
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