Walking Tours in Turkey
Turkey is a walker’s paradise, with a diverse range of spectacular landscapes, incredible archaeological and historical sites and now some of the very finest walking routes in the world. We’ve combined walks on some of these footpaths with cultural adventures and cruising aboard traditional gulets to create a range of fabulous walking holidays.
Walking the Lycian Way
Turkey’s first national long distance footpath, The Lycian Way, is regularly rated as one of the very best walking paths in the world. Following some 540km (335 miles) of ancient roadways, mule tracks and shepherds’ paths it winds its way along one of Turkey’s most remote and untouched coastlines. We’ve been offering expert-led walking tours on the Lycian Way for many years, since 2006 in fact. Using an elegant gulet to cruise around the coast offers a sublime form of travel, delicious dining, comfortable accommodation and welcome leisure throughout the voyage. You can join us for either a 1-week or a 2-week walking holiday that takes in some of the very best stretches of the Lycian Way.
Walking the Carian Trail
The 500 mile long Carian Trail is Turkey’s newest long-distance walking route. With its herb-lined paths, traditional villages and hills swathed in pine, it offers a real sense of remote, undiscovered Turkey. We’ve created a 1-week tour that combines a gulet cruise along the beautiful and undeveloped Carian coast with walks on the spectacular Carian Trail. On foot you will be able to discover many remote archaeological sites and wonders, like Hydas an ancient town perched on a hill top; the ghost village of Karamaka, abandoned by its Greek inhabitants during the exchange of populations in 1923; and Sogut, one of the most romantic and picturesque areas on the Turkish coast. From shepherds’ trails to forest tracks, goat paths to ancient roads, you’ll be walking back through time with beautiful views at every turn.
Exploring Turkey on foot offers a uniquely profound and enjoyable engagement with the landscape and its history, including the opportunity to discover truly remote archaeological sites that cannot be easily reached otherwise. More often than not we’ll be the only people exploring the historic ruins on our journey. All of our walking tours in Turkey weave together a cornucopia of simple pleasures: magnificent sites, quiet coves, wondrous hikes and glorious swims. We very much look forward to welcoming you.