A unique look at the magnificent wildnerness of Lycia through the eyes of our
guide, Christian Kollinsky, a trained biologist and local wildlife expert. The programme involves several
walks, some quite long. It is partly based at a very comfortable mountain lodge
located in Beycik village at an altitude of 800m below the precipitous south
face of Mt Olympos - Tahtali 2365m and partly at a simple hotel beautifully
located by a river in Adrasan Bay just a short stroll from the beach.
Lycia has the highest biodiversity in the Middle East. There are 1800 species
of plant and it is a refuge for endangered animal species such as the Monk Seal
and Loggerhead Turtle. We will try to show you some of the fascinating
diversity and beauty of the area.
Although some of our tours follow the justifiably popular Lycian Way, two of
the walks are well off the beaten track. Only a lightweight daypack need be
carried and each evening we will return to our base.
This trip is almost identical to the "Lycian Wildlife Trek" but the base location changes part way through the trip and the programme has
been slightly re-arranged. Olympos Explorer is for those who love the sea.
- Arrive in Antalya. Transfer to the hotel in Adrasan (1hr 45min).
- The Gelidonia PeninsulaTransfer (20min) to the starting point. We hike along a pleasant forested trail
through fine coastal scenery passing bays and Roman ruins to reach the
beautifully situated Gelidonia lighthouse. The route then twists and turns
amongst limestone crags, sometimes under pine trees and sometimes on open
slopes. A population of the endangered Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus
monachus) is reported to inhabit the wild coast below.
We climb a ridge with good views over the peninsula with its surrounding
islands then continue through woods to the beautiful Adrasan bay. 5-6 hours
walking, 400m of ascents.
- Boat Tour and Hiking North of Adrasan there is a wild stretch of coastline with many remote bays,
some only accessible by boat. We will explore the area landing on a remote
beach. There will be several opportunities to swim and lunch will be served by
the crew of the boat. Whoever wants to hike can walk along the coast trail from
Adrasan and meet the boat group in one of the bays. We return by boat to
- Olympos, Çıralı Beach and the Chimaera A short transfer to the ruins of Olympos. Olympos was one of the most
important cities of Lycia, because of its strategic position at the coast. We
have time to explore the ruins and enjoy the rich wildlife in the area
including the colourful kingfisher hunting by the nearby streams. Then we walk
along the beach to Çıralı, a small coastal village set amongst fruit orchards
with a beautiful beach. Here between May and September the endangered sea
turtles (Caretta caretta) come onto the beach to lay their eggs. We walk
through the lush gardens of the village with groves of orange, lemon, apple,
plum, pomegranate and apricot trees. A short ascent takes us to Yanartas (the
burning stones), where, according to Homer's legend, the Chimaera, a
terrifying, fire-breathing monster is said to have lived.
After lunch we continue up the trail then down into a wooded valley. We cross
and follow streams to Ulupinar, where several springs feed into a single river.
Return to Adrasan with time for a final swim. 5 hours walking, 400m of
- Mount Tahtali
A very early start for our transfer (60min) to Yayla Kuzdere village. A long
beautiful ascent through ancient mixed forests, past meadows and springs with
chances to spot or hear bird species like Ruppell's Warbler, Hoopoe, Middle
Spotted Woodpecker and others takes us to the saddle below Tahtali (Mt Olympos,
2365m). Along the way, you can admire rare specimens of ancient cedar of
Lebanon as well as old juniperus trees, cypress and hop hornbeam. A beautiful
forest trail takes us down to our new location - a comfortable, beautifully
located hotel in Beycik. Your luggage will be brought here for you. 6 hours
walking, 700m ascent. Evening slideshow: Flora & Fauna of Lycia.
Starting from the hotel we gain a forest track high on the slopes of Tahtali.
Along the way there is a superb panorama of the sea, the Adrasan peninsula and
Beycik. We now descend to the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Laodikeia. The
city was situated in a spectacular place, above a rock band on a steep slope at
1000m altitude. In the hidden ruins we can search for the Agora (meeting
place), old doorways, and cisterns. On the return journey to our lodge we stop
for lunch by a beautiful spring then follow shepherds paths passing ancient
cultivation terraces overgrown by a variety of trees and bushes, like the carob
tree, myrtle, kermes oak and olive tree. 5 hours walking, 250m of ascent.
- Üc Oluk Yayla (Üc Oluk mountain pasture).This tour starts from the lodge to the east of Beycik. We walk through forests
with red and black pine to reach a small mountain pasture with a giant oak
tree. We continue along shepherd paths to ascent through pine, cypress and
cedar forests to the mountain pastures of Üc Oluk.
Here in summer nomads set up their tents with herds of sheeps and goats. On the
mountain pastures a rich flora with many species of lilies, orchids,
sunflowers, anemones genistas and many others can be found.
We hike through the pastures to a scenic place where we have organized a
typical Turkish picnic for you. Later transfer to Beycik
5 hours walking, 500m ascent.
- If we have time we will visit a beautiful situated yayla (small mountain farm)
in Beycik to see how a Turkish sheperd farmily lives. Opportunity to buy goat
cheese. Transfer to Antalya airport.
The programme is available as a private trip all the year round, contact us for more details. Or join one of our scheduled trip departure dates.
- Olympos, Chimaera and Göynük Gorge entry fees
- group transfers as per the itinerary
- accommodation, mainy en-suite twin-bedded rooms
- all meals
- luggage transfers and other transfers such as late arrivals / early departures
- breakfast and lunch on the first day, lunch and supper on the last day
- extra drinks
Purchase detailed guidebook and map to the Lycian Way.