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Turkey - Cappadocia to the Lycian Coast - Walking Holiday

Region: Europe // Dates: 01 June - 16 June 2020 (15 nights)
Turkey - Cappadocia to the Lycian Coast Walking Holiday

Vibrant cities, volcanic landscapes, mountain lakes, coastal trails and ancient history are some of the wonders of central and south-western Turkey. We gather in Istanbul, the gateway to two continents where east meets west. Here we visit historic sites in the Sultanahmet area including Hagia Sophia museum, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and cruise the famous Bosphorus. Flying to central Anatolia, the Cappadocia region features bizarre volcanic landscapes, carved by nature and human inhabitants over the centuries. Based in a ‘cave hotel’ for four nights, we explore the fairy chimney rock formations, canyons and lesser visited valleys on half and full day walks. Local handicrafts, early Christian rock churches and hidden underground cities are also a feature of Cappadocia. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the area on an early morning magical hot air balloon ride (optional). After visiting Konya, home of the whirling dervishes, we travel to the Lakes District of Turkey. Based at Lake Egirdir, we follow Roman roads to visit remote ruins and shepherds paths to viewpoints along the St Paul Trail. After strolls in Kovada National Park and a visit to Sagalassos, we travel to the Mediterranean coast. Near Antalya, we visit the Roman ruins of Termessos in Gulluk Mountains National Park. Further west along the Turkish Riviera, the relaxed town of Kaş is our base for several days. Walks on the Lycian Way reveal coastal views, Roman aqueducts and ancient cities. A half day gulet cruise to Kekova Island allows time for a swim in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, sightings of the sunken city of Simena and a visit to Myra the ancient capital of Lycia. After walks in Saklikent Gorge we continue north-west to Kayakoy and walk over a spectacular headland to the Oludeniz Lagoon. From Fetihye, we travel to Dalaman and fly to Istanbul for our final night.

Overview

Vibrant cities, volcanic landscapes, mountain lakes, coastal trails and ancient history are some of the wonders of central and south-western Turkey. We gather in Istanbul, the gateway to two continents where east meets west. Here we visit historic sites in the Sultanahmet area including Hagia Sophia museum, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and cruise the famous Bosphorus. Flying to central Anatolia, the Cappadocia region features bizarre volcanic landscapes, carved by nature and human inhabitants over the centuries. Based in a ‘cave hotel’ for four nights, we explore the fairy chimney rock formations, canyons and lesser visited valleys on half and full day walks. Local handicrafts, early Christian rock churches and hidden underground cities are also a feature of Cappadocia. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the area on an early morning magical hot air balloon ride (optional). After visiting Konya, home of the whirling dervishes, we travel to the Lakes District of Turkey. Based at Lake Egirdir, we follow Roman roads to visit remote ruins and shepherds paths to viewpoints along the St Paul Trail. After strolls in Kovada National Park and a visit to Sagalassos, we travel to the Mediterranean coast. Near Antalya, we visit the Roman ruins of Termessos in Gulluk Mountains National Park. Further west along the Turkish Riviera, the relaxed town of Kaş is our base for several days. Walks on the Lycian Way reveal coastal views, Roman aqueducts and ancient cities. A half day gulet cruise to Kekova Island allows time for a swim in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, sightings of the sunken city of Simena and a visit to Myra the ancient capital of Lycia. After walks in Saklikent Gorge we continue north-west to Kayakoy and walk over a spectacular headland to the Oludeniz Lagoon. From Fetihye, we travel to Dalaman and fly to Istanbul for our final night.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Be immersed in Istanbul with guided neighbourhood tours
  • Take a Bosphorus boat cruise & step back to the time of the Sultans
  • Explore the hidden valleys & unique volcanic rock formations of Cappadocia
  • Visit an underground city & enjoy a riverside walk in Ihlara Valley
  • On the St Paul Trail, walk on Roman roads & to lookouts over Lake Egirdir
  • Search for sunken cities & swim in turquoise waters near Kekova
  • Visit the ancient cities of Sagalassos, Termessos, Patara & Myra
  • On the Mediterranean coast, hike on the Lycian Way to Roman aqueducts & the Oludeniz Lagoon
  • Walk through Hittite, Greek, Roman, Seljuk & Ottoman history

Details

Details:

01 June - 16 June 2020 (15 nights)

Twin share/person (starts/ends Istanbul)

Advanced Early Bird: A$7,450 until 11/11/2019
Regular: A$7,950
Single Supplement: A$850
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 8 guests

Accommodation:
3 star hotels throughout with private facilities

Special Interest:
Gourmet, Culture, History, Geology

Walk Rating:
Easy to Moderate: 5-15km per walking day with some longer options (moderate option includes ascent/descent, rough hard terrain). Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

Tour Itinerary

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  • Ozgur Tepe

    Ozgur Tepe has been leading interNATIONAL PARKtours journeys to Turkey since our first foray to this region. A professional guide with broad knowledge of archeology, art history, literature and folklore, he enlighens us the curious cultural marvels of his homeland along with showcasing unique landscapes and natural wonders. Giving a local perspective, his relaxed personalty and romantic poetic style is refreshing. Previous interNATIONAL PARKtours clients have enjoyed his passionate presentations and lively company.

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