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    Doing It the Lycian Way: Roadtrippin’ Along Türkiye Turquoise Coast

    Doing It the Lycian Way: Roadtrippin’ Along Türkiye Turquoise Coast
    Starts from

    Antalya

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Activities

    28

    Duration

    4 days

    Length

    434 mi

    Guide details

    Starts from

    Antalya

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Duration

    4 days

    Length

    434 mi

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    Aric Lacoste

    Aric Lacoste

    Travel Expert

    • Check out ancient rock tombs carved into the cliffs.
    • Indulge in an outdoor hot mud bath.
    • Paddle through a mountain stream into a canyon.
    • Pretend you’re a gladiator in a huge Roman amphitheatre.
    • Look for an ancient sunken city on a glass-bottomed boat.
    This 4-day circular trip around Southern Türkiye is like visiting a fantastic open-air museum and a health spa rolled into one.
    For the history geek, the trip loosely follows the Lycian Way, a 500+km walking trail that stretches between Fethiye and Antalya and takes in the most significant Lycian archaeological sites. The ancient Lycians inhabited this region of Türkiye around the same time as the Greeks and Romans and were a wealthy and peaceful nation that operated as a federation of city states – the Lycian League. On this trip you’ll be visiting the ruins of four of their most significant cities where you can see the magnificent rock tombs carved into the cliffs, as well as amphitheatres, baths, and other buildings from ancient Rome.
    For the more ‘laid-back’ geek, there’s a boat trip to a hot mud bath that promises to make you look 10 years younger, a visit to a traditional Turkish hammam (bath house) for a steam and a scrub, some floating in an inner tube along a gorge, and time to relax on some of the Turquoise Coast’s beautiful beaches.
    And there’s a bit of magic at the end too – a walk to a fire-breathing mountain.

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    This 4-day circular trip around Southern Türkiye is like visiting a fantastic open-air museum and a health spa rolled into one.
    For the history geek, the trip loosely follows the Lycian Way, a 500+km walking trail that stretches between Fethiye and Antalya and takes in the most significant Lycian archaeological sites. The ancient Lycians inhabited this region of Türkiye around the same time as the Greeks and Romans and were a wealthy and peaceful nation that operated as a federation of city states – the Lycian League. On this trip you’ll be visiting the ruins of four of their most significant cities where you can see the magnificent rock tombs carved into the cliffs, as well as amphitheatres, baths, and other buildings from ancient Rome.
    For the more ‘laid-back’ geek, there’s a boat trip to a hot mud bath that promises to make you look 10 years younger, a visit to a traditional Turkish hammam (bath house) for a steam and a scrub, some floating in an inner tube along a gorge, and time to relax on some of the Turquoise Coast’s beautiful beaches.
    And there’s a bit of magic at the end too – a walk to a fire-breathing mountain.
    Aric Lacoste

    Aric Lacoste

    Travel Expert

    • Check out ancient rock tombs carved into the cliffs.
    • Indulge in an outdoor hot mud bath.
    • Paddle through a mountain stream into a canyon.
    • Pretend you’re a gladiator in a huge Roman amphitheatre.
    • Look for an ancient sunken city on a glass-bottomed boat.

    Travel itinerary

    Over the Mountains to Dalyan
    8 Activities

    Day 1

    173 mi0.1 mi

    Over the Mountains to Dalyan

    Today you’ll be introduced to the Lycians, with a visit to the rock tombs in Fethiye. Fethiye town also has a wonderful old hammam where you’ll go for a steam and a scrub. Today is also pizza day - or pide – Türkiye’s best street food.
    18:15
    From the Mud Baths to the Lagoon
    9 Activities

    Day 2

    51 mi4 mi

    From the Mud Baths to the Lagoon

    Today you’re going to check out ancient Kaunos, get down and dirty at the hot mud baths in Dalyan, and explore a spooky old, abandoned village.
    19:15
    From a Gorge to a Beach
    5 Activities

    Day 3

    74 mi0.2 mi

    From a Gorge to a Beach

    Today is a ‘wet n wild’ day with a walk through the river into Saklikent Gorge. There’s also a visit to the ancient Lycian city of Xanthos as well as some beach time. And you’ll get to try ‘manti’ – Türkiye’s answer to mac n cheese.
    18:30
    From a Sunken City to a Fire Mountain
    6 Activities

    Day 4

    136 mi0.1 mi

    From a Sunken City to a Fire Mountain

    Today’s ancient ruins are underwater as well as above ground and you’ll be checking them out by boat, as well as on foot. There’s also an evening walk up to the fire mountain where the monstrous Chimera is hiding out.

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