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, all 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. 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 mountain lodge.
This trip is almost identical to the "Olympos Explorer" but the base is fixed at a mountain lodge and the proghramme has been
slightly re-arranged. Lycian Wildlife Trek is for those who prefer a
comfortable base located in the cooler mountain air and a very tranquil setting.
- Arrive in Antalya. Transfer to the mountain village Beycik (1hr 30min). If
there is time we will organize a short walk through Beycik and give you a first
impression of the rich variety of Mediterranean flora. 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.
- The Gelidonia PeninsulaTransfer (60min) 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, 500m of ascents.
- Yanartas (Chimaera)Short transfer (20min) to Ciragli, 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. The trail now leads
into a wooded valley. We cross and follow streams to Ulupinar, where several
springs feed into a single river. We have lunch in one of the riverside
restaurants that offer good trout dishes. In the afternoon we follow trails
leading up through forests and meadows back to Beycik. 5-6 hours walking, 700m
- Mount Tahtali
We leave the village behind and walk up to an idyllic mountain meadow to reach
a steep mountain path through old mixed forests. Along the way, you can admire
rare specimens of ancient cedar of Lebanon as well as old juniperus trees,
cypress and hop hornbeam. Finally we reach a pass below the snow-covered slopes
of Tahtali (2365m). A long beautiful descent 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 Yayla Kuzdere. From here we transfer
(60min) back to Beycik.
6 hours walking, 700m ascent.
- 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. The boat trip continues 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
Ciragli. Transfer back to Beycik.
3 hours walking, 250m 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 and Chimaera entry fees
- group transfers as per the itinerary
- accommodation, en-suite twin-bedded rooms
- all meals
- 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.