Overview

Walk in the Lycian Footsteps: Visit the Ancient Sites of the Lycian People

It was a geopolitical region in Anatolia in what are now the provinces of Antalya and Muğla on the southern coast of Turkey, bordering the Mediterranean Sea and the sharp dramatic Toros Mountains.  This area is a marvel of blue Mediterranean sea and green pine clad forest.   

This unique tour is most often operated over 4 days starting in Antalya, and following the Mediterranean coastline westward where the Lycian people dwelled.  You'll vary from seaside location to mountain tops and spend glorious time outdoors in nature.  

This tour can be designed per your desires and timing, just let us know.  You may consider extending this trip by adding time in Istanbul or Ephesus using direct flights: see the tour extension details at:

Istanbul Extenstion

3 Nights 4 Days 18 Feb, 19 Feb, 20 Feb, and more Çıralı, Antalya
Highlights

The Ancient Lycian Peninsula may have been the first democratic league with numerous cities working together for commerce and defense.  Today it is one of the hot spots of Turkish tourism.

The rugged, mountainous, pine forests smashed against the clear, clean Mediterranean sea make this a truly unique place.  No where else has the sheer volume of nature, history and beauty in so compact an area.  Not to mention that the activities here are so varied that you won’t be bored.  

The tour runs from Antalya to Kas and covers a number of sites that we’ve mentioned on our blogs:

Phaselis:

  • A tour from Antalya that combines ancient ruins with seaside beach time and Swimmingthen head west of the city 45 mins to Phaselis. Filled with Lush views and clear water, you can relax in the sun or shade.  

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St. Nicholas/ Demre/Myra:

  • On the huge Lycian Peninsula that runs from Antalya to Fethiye, there lies a small ancient church belonging to the venerated St. Nicholas. In the west we know him as Santa Claus. this is a great place to recover from the 73 curves on road past Finike!!!

     

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Myra

  • The stop only takes about an hour or two if you have lunch. If you want to see an impressive Roman theatre and even more impressive Lycian tombs then plan to see Myra as well.

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Kekova

  • An hours drive past Demre where Santa Claus stands proud among the bikini clad orthodox Russian pilgrims, is the treasure in the water known as Üçağız. Driving up into the hills and then down again to a village of 150 people brings you to Kekova – the waterfront restaurant and yacht dock for glass bottomed boats. The draw here is 3 fold: the waterfront restaurants, the sunken city of Simena (glass bottom boat recommended), and the smaller waterfront village of Kaleköy. {more!}

    Numerous boats line the docks. They’ll take you on a tour to Simena where you can marvel at how so many ancient houses ended up so far under water. These same boats can drop you for a visit at Kaleköy. Along with being a great place for a waterside drink like tea or beer you can also meander up the hill through the tiny steep village to the castle at the top. Views are spectacular.

    If you’re looking for the most serenity come after 3 in the afternoon when tour buses are long gone or even better stay overnight. For food in Kekova go for the big and dependable Ibrahim Restaurant with reasonable prices and reliable food. Mr. Ibrahim can even arrange a boat for you.

Patara:

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    Posted on March 12, 2019 by Chris Vannoy

    I occasionally get asked “what’s the best beach in Turkey?”. There’s little debate in my mind that the answer is Patara beach. Located about 45 mins drive from either Kaş or Fethiye, this place is 20 kms of silky sandy beauty.

    This is not the place to come for boardwalk life rather it is for those beach lovers and sea lovers that want to enjoy the serenity and expanse of the open sea. A day lounging here in the sun or under an umbrella is true vacation time and not to be missed.

    The sand is as silky and fine as any that I’ve seen. This sets it apart from the majority of beaches that are at least partly rocky if not completely pebbled.

    An added benefit to Patara beach is it’s namesake the ancient waterfront city, Patara whose ruins sit guard of the beach. The triple arched gates and the ancient theater stand out among the many ruins waiting to be scampered over.

     

Kas

  • My favorite getaway in all of Turkey is to the peninsula of Kaş. While only 3 or so hours from Antalya and even less from Fethiye, this is the village town that tourism has yet to ruin. This isn’t to say that it doesn’t have tourist indeed it does but it absorbs them gracefully into it’s mountain backed Greek island facing center. The delights get sweeter when you travel out to it’s sloped and steep peninsula.
  • The tour covers plenty of sites on days 1, 2 and 4, leaving a relaxed day 3 to enjoy the Med. This tour can be extended by taking a Blue Voyage / Mavi Yolculuk from Fethiye see details here:  https://sojournturkeytours.com/blogs/what-is-a-blue-cruise-mavi-yolculuk/
Itinerary

Day 1: Cirali

  • Your private guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will start your tour by visiting Phaselis ancient city. It is an ancient Lycian city with 3 natural harbors. It is located between the Bey Mountains and the forests of Olympos National Park 16 km west of the touristic town of Kemer.
  • After lunch you will hike to the Olympos Flames in  Cirali where a spectacular natural phenomena awaits you after a short but steep hike (30-45 mins)
  • After the tour you will be transferred to your hotel in Cirali for overnight.
  • Etenna Hotel (Standard room)

Day 2: Kas

  • Today you will be picked up from your hotel and drive to Demre. It is an ancient Byzantine Church. In modern days It is located in the town of Demre, which is the province of Antalya. Its origin is dated between 5th-12th centuries. St. Nicholas is an important religious figure for Easter Orthodox Christians and is the origin of Santa Claus in the west. 
  • Next,  you will see the cave tombs in Demre in a visit to Myra ancient city.  
  • Following lunch you will join an afternoon boat trip to Kekova Sunken city with the seasonal option to swim in the beautiful desolate coves of the Mediterranean.
  • You will overnight in Kas.
  • Villa Tamara Hotel (Standard room)

Day 3: Antalya

  • Your private guide will  take you to Xanthos and Patara ancient cities with some free time for swimming on the Patara beach.  After the tour you will be transferred back to Antalya for a final overnight.  
  • Akra Barut Hotel (Deluxe room)

Day 4

  • Your private driver will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Antalya Airport for your Istanbul flight.
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

Accommodation in Antalya, Cirali and Kas

  • Breakfast daily, Lunch on Full Day tours
  • Private Tours with licensed professional English speaking guides
  • Domestic flights (Antalya – Istanbul)
  • Airport Transfers
 with air conditioned transportation with driver
  • Admission tickets to sites and museums
  • Private VIP transportation per tour itinerary
  • Parking, portage, toll roads
  • Coordination and attentive customer service throughout the tour by Sojourn staff
 Required Association of Turkish Travel Agencies Foreign Visitors Insurance (a vey basic mandatory policy and not an adequate replacement for purchasing your own travel insurance.)

What is not included in the tour

Drinks at lunch and dinner
 Sodas or alcohol

  • Optional gratuities to guides, drivers, etc.
  • Entry Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Laundry, and personal items
  • International flight tickets

  • Entry Visas

  • Optional programs listed in the itinerary 
Price
Participants
Price per participant
1
$2466
2
$1395
3 to 5
$1120
6 +
$870
Single Supplement
$335
Map
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