Upon arrival at Antalya airport you will be met and transferred to our hotel in Antalya itself, our destination for tonight. Estimated travel time: Antalya Airport to Antalya, 30 minutes (private transfer)
The Koprulu River emerges from the Taurus Mountains and travels through forests, canyons and lakes before flowing into the Mediterranean Sea near Antalya. This mighty river is our destination for today for some white water rafting. At your starting point we will be given detailed instructions on how to paddle down river, before we drop into the water and float down past forests of pine trees, ancient ruins, and over the clear blue water on to our finishing point. From here we return to Antalya for the night. Estimated travel time: Rafting 5-6 hours.
This morning we cross the mountains from one beautiful beach harbour to another. The journey from Antalya to Fethiye can be done following the coastal road but for a change of scenery, we are going to take the mountain road. Through the winter months this road is covered in snow, as we reach heights over 1000m the views down to the coast are spectacular. Before you know it we are down in Fethiye. After stopping to take in this lovely market town, we continue around the coast to Kabak where we spend the night. Estimated travel time: Antalya to Fethiye - 4 hours. Fethiye to Kabak 30 minutes. Overnight in Kabak village (2 nights): We stay these nights in very simple twin-share hillside bungalows with sensational beach and mountain views. There are clean shared bathrooms and you will enjoying a home cooked meal of local seasonal dishes (mainly vegetarian) each evening. Drinks are available for purchase.
This morning, we set off to walk along the Lycian Way. After waving goodbye to Kabak village this morning, we start our day with a visit ancient Tlos, spectacularly located on the top of a large hill. Once an important town and one of the main cities of ancient Lycia, Tlos features an ancient theatre, ruined temples and stunning rock tombs, all in a wonderful, tranquil setting. We take our lunch break near the Saklikent Gorge, the longest and highest gorge in Turkey. Take your pick from the small restaurants with seating areas on wooden platforms just above the river. These are a great place to relax on a Turkish rug under shady trees, perhaps lunching on the local specialty: delicious fresh trout. We spend our time hiking through the small villages and stunning scenery of this region while still allowing plenty of time for swimming and enjoying the local cuisine. Start the day with a trek up to the village of Kayakoy, a walk of around 2.5 hours. This old Greek village became a virtual ghost town overnight when in 1923 the Turkish and Greek governments ordered an immediate population exchange. Now preserved as a museum village, it consists of hundreds of rundown but still mostly intact Greek-style houses and churches, which cover a small mountainside. We will take a lunch break here, a great chance to try gözleme, sometimes called "Turkish pancakes", where fresh pastry is rolled out, filled and sealed, then cooked over a hotplate. The following day we transfer by bus to the village of Ovacik where we continue trekking on the Lycian Way, through typical old Turkish villages to Faralya. We walk approximately 13km (4-5 hours). After a lunch break in Faralya, our bus will return us to our base at Kabak village where you can spend the remainder of your day relaxing on the beach. There is also the option today to take a tandem paraglide over Oludeniz- an unforgettable experience. Please let your tour leader know if you are interested in this. Estimated travel time: Lycian Way hikes, 4-5hrs. Oludeniz to Kabak, 30mins (drive); Kabak to Ovacik, 20mins (drive)
After a morning to relax in Kabak, it's time to grab a paddle as we jump into a kayak for a half-day of sea kayaking. After a thorough introduction to safety and the basics of sea kayaking, you are ready to hit the water, exploring the many small coves and inlets of this beautiful region. Of course there will also be time for a swim or two and a picnic lunch enroute. After all your fun on the water, we head to Dalyan for the evening. Tonight, take the chance to try some of the tasty fresh sea bass or brim for which this region is famous. Overnight in Dalyan. Approximate travel times: Fethiye to sea kayaking, one hour. Sea kayaking to Dalyan, 45 minutes.
Today we trade in our hiking boots for wheels, as we head to Dalaman to enjoy a day of cycling. We ride on mountain bikes and cover both on and off road terrain. You will ride 11 gear mountain bikes which will be fitted to your size and height, and bike helmets are provided. We have some pretty exciting off road down hills on today's itinerary, and you will receive a thorough and professional pre - ride safety brief from our local guides. Behind us will be our support vehicle which will be available to immediately fix any bike related issues, carry our day packs and pick up tired cyclists! Flanked by mountains, our route hugs the shore of Lake Kocagöl, cycling through pine groves, small villages and orchards, we stop at a local pancake restaurant for lunch, finishing the day with a visit to the turtle rehabilitation centre, and a swim at Sarsila Bay. This is a challenging and interesting route and can be adapted to be harder or easier depends on the weather and ability and interest of the group. Total cycling distance is approximately 20/30kms. Overnight in Dalyan. Estimated travel time: Cycling excursion, 5-6 hrs
Today is free in Dalyan to enjoy the town, or perhaps take one of the many activity options available here. One option would be to take a cruise down the Caunos River where you can see ancient rock cut tombs, ancient Roman ruins including an amphitheatre looking out to sea and Roman baths where you can take a bubbling mud bath.
Depart at any time.