On this unparalleled adventure, discover Turkey’s Southern Coast by trekking, high ropes, flying fox, sea kayaking, tandem paragliding, rafting and 4x4; mix in the history and cultural wonders and you have a most original and rewarding tour. Start in alluring Ephesus, an important center in antiquity housing the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Trek the Lycian Trail and marvel at the stunning coves of the Mediterranean, the snow covered peaks of the Tauros Mountains, and you can always be sure to encounter a Lycian tomb or a Turkmen village appearing unexpectedly through the forests as you walk. Cruise on a traditional wooden boat (gulet) along the Lycian coastline, discover the Koprulu River with water cascading over the cliffs and view the largest Mediterranean cypress forest in Asia Minor and the wonderful rock formations of Koprulu Canyon. Adventure at its best awaits you!
Very Active. May involve strenuous hikes, severe stair climbing, arduous activities, in some cases in extreme weather conditions, heat, high elevation and humidity.
Coastal Turkey has hot steamy summers and moderate winters, while Central Anatolia can have extremes of cold and heat during these times. Mid June through August can be quite hot, and after November, it can get very cold in Cappadocia. Ideal times to travel to Turkey are April/May and September/October, but no matter what time you visit, Turkey is delightful. Istanbul can be visited at any time of the year if you’re prepared for some rain and steamy conditions.
Fly to Istanbul and connect to Izmir, where upon arrival you will be escorted to Kusadasi. Your hotel enjoys panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight. KUSADASI LA VISTA HOTEL. (Meals Aloft; D)
Begin your day with a visit to the Virgin Mary house. Continue to Ephesus, one of the greatest classical sites, the most complete ancient city to ever be excavated, coveted by conquerors throughout the centuries. In A.D. 53, St. Paul attempted to spread Christianity in Ephesus. When the harbor of Ephesus silted up, the majority of the city relocated to the nearby area surrounding the basilica of St. John, built by the Emperor Justinian. KUSADASI LA VISTA HOTEL. (B,L,D)
Drive to Fethiye where you may choose to paraglide in Tandem through the Babadag Mountains or hike from Oludeniz to Kayakoy, an abandoned Greek village which has been adopted by UNESCO as a World Friendship and Peace Village due to the exchange agreements between the Greeks and the Turks in 1923. Later reconnect with your group and drive to Kekova to board your yacht. Overnight at Kekova Bay. (B,L,D)
Cruise to the ancient city of Theimiussa, a landlocked bay surrounded by green hills and continue to Apollonia to embark on your exploration of the Lycian trail. Lycia contains hundreds of ancient cities and small settlements; it is one of the rare places in the world where one can encounter ancient walls, tombs, buildings, churches and remains of cities buried deep within the thick forests. For thousands of years mankind has walked these trails and today tourists can still walk them. Next day is at leisure. Enjoy an optional sea kayak trip over to the sunken city of Kekova or continue your hike through the Lycian trail. Remain docked at the bay. (All Meals Daily)
Hike this morning from Gokkaya to Simena, one of the most popular of the Lycian sites and the most attractive of all the spots along the Turkish coast. Enjoy lunch on board and then disembark at Finike and hike from Ulupinar to Chimera, the home to the mythological Homeric dragon who was killed by Bellerphon and buried seven layers below the ground. Lycians and locals believe you can see the flames rising from the ground. Continue your walk down to Olympos Beach and wander through the ancient city’s ruins. A temple gate and theatre remain from antiquity and the outer walls and towers date back to the Middle Ages. Later drive to your hotel whose buildings match the unrivalled beauty of Cirali. BLUE & WHITE HOTEL. (B,L,D)
Off-the-beaten road trails lead to Beydagi “Yayla,” a summer resort for Nomads who spend their time herding their livestock. At over 2,200 meters (7,217 feet) high, it is one of the most beautiful meadows of the Tauros Mountains. Climb up to Oluklu Yayla to experience the way the nomadic people live. Tonight your tents will be erected in the breathtaking cedar and juniper forests that surround the area and dinner will be enjoyed around a campfire. (B,L,D)
Drive towards Ovacik and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Alakir River Valley. Visit the unknown ancient cities that are hidden in the thick forests. Continue to Goynuk Canyon for high ropes and flying fox activities before arriving Antalya in time for dinner. Your home tonight is the first and only revolving hotel in the world and provides the perfect backdrop for a memorable stay on the Turquoise coast. THE MARMARA ANTALYA HOTEL. (B,L,D)
One of the most beautiful recreational sites in Turkey await today: Koprulu National Park. The ancient city of Selge founded in the 5th century BC and the historic cobbled road connecting Selge with the resort town of Pamfilya represents the cultural aspects of the national park. The largest Mediterranean cypress forest in Asia Minor and mountain slopes plunging steeply downwards offer splendid views of the valleys below. Enjoy whitewater rafting along the Koprulu River before heading off to a local nomadic village in Govez Canyon. Tonight you will stay with a nomadic family. Next day, visit the rock formations of the park and ancient city of Selge. Hike through the nomadic trails all the way through to Delisarnic. Enjoy a farewell dinner at the village house and traditional dancing around a campfire. (B,L,D Daily)
Drive back to Antalya and fly to Istanbul where the rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the city. Your hotel is situated by Istiklal Street, the center for entertainment, culture and shopping in Istanbul with stunning views of the Bosphorus. ISTANBUL RICHMOND HOTEL. Next day, board your flight and return home. (B; B, Meals Aloft)
Begin your adventure with a pre-extension to the surrealistic world of Cappadocia, the land of fairy chimneys and dreamlike landscapes hosting underground cities and frescoed churches. Visit the rock-carved churches in the Goreme and Zelve Valleys, where chapels and monasteries were hollowed into rocks as hiding places. Preserved during the ensuing centuries, the original frescoes celebrate the beliefs of the early Christians.
Continue your adventure with a post-extension to Istanbul, the city that bridges Europe and Asia, established in the 7th century B.C. by the Megaran leader, Byzas and one of the most historic cities in the world. Discover the Byzantine and Ottoman treasures of Istanbul, from the legendary Topkapi Palace with its spectacular display of treasures of the Ottoman Sultans, to the Hippodrome, scene of ancient chariot races and the center of Byzantine life, to the magnificent Blue Mosque and Aghia Sophia, once the religious center of Byzantium, and shop to your heart’s contentment at the Grand Bazaar.
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