A walking holiday in Turkey is unique, not only due to the stunning landscapes but also in that it provides a platform to deep dive into Turkish culture. By walking well away from the tourist hot spots, we explore old Turkey, the much-loved Turkey that still exists outside of the summer vacation destination that Turkey has become. We have designed 3 self-guided walks that honour authentic Turkey with an emphasis on its one-of-a-kind scenery, exploring Turkey one step at a time, staying in handpicked guesthouses & enjoying local Turkish cuisine.
Stumble into towns such as Oludinez, Krakoy, Cappadocia, Goreme, Andrasan and Karaoz. Eat local cuisine and stay in off-the-beaten-track smallish accommodations that are run by locals and have stayed authentic to their region.

This destination features a splendid recipe of an arid climate, oceans of Mediterranean views dramatic scenery, culturally rich towns, and charming hill-capping villages.

LYCIAN WAY WEST – 7 DAYS

Self-guided

Immerse yourself in the Turkish culture, walk the best of the walks on the West Lycian Way with breath-taking views over the Mediterranean

Self-guided 7 Days From $1695 Moderate What's Included

LYCIAN WAY WEST – 7 DAYS

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What's Included
  • Private transfers to all destinations in the Itinerary
  • Days 1 & 7: Arrival and departure transfers to/from Dalaman airport
  • Luggage transfers between overnight accommodations
  • 6 nights accommodation in standard double/twin rooms in bed & breakfast or pensions
  • 6 Breakfasts and 4 Dinners (Fixed-menu) Note: dinner service until 20:30/21:00
  • Detailed walk notes and GPX files

LYCIAN WAY EAST – 7 DAYS

Self-guided

Immerse yourself in the Turkish culture, walk the best of the walks on the East Lycian Way with stunning views over the Mediterranean

Self-guided 7 Days From $1695 Easy to Moderate What's Included

LYCIAN WAY EAST – 7 DAYS

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What's Included
  • Private transfers to all destinations in the Itinerary
  • Days 1 & 7: Arrival and departure transfers to/from Antalya airport
  • Luggage transfers between overnight accommodations
  • 6 nights accommodation in standard double/twin rooms in bed & breakfast or pensions
  • 6 Breakfasts and 4 Dinners (Fixed-menu) Note: dinner service until 20:30/21:00
  • Detailed walk notes and GPX files

CAPPADOCIA WALK – 7 DAYS

Self-guided

Immerse yourself in the Turkish culture, walk the best of the walks in the Cappadocia region from village to village with a stunning balloon ride at dawn

Self-guided 7 Days From $1995 Easy to Moderate What's Included

CAPPADOCIA WALK – 7 DAYS

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What's Included
  • Private vehicle transfers to all destinations specified in the itinerary.
  • On Days 1 and 7, one-way arrival and departure transfers between Kayseri Airport and the hotel in Cappadocia.
  • Private vehicle transfers for luggage between overnight accommodations.
  • Accommodations in hotels and pensions, with standard double/twin rooms.
  • 6 breakfasts and 3 dinners are provided at overnight accommodations as a fixed menu – note dinner service is available until 20:30/21:00.
  • Comprehensive notes and GPS track coordinates.

OVERVIEW

Hiking Turkey and exploring the rich tapestry of landscapes and culture

Turkey, a transcontinental country bridging Europe and Asia, offers a diverse and captivating landscape for walkers and hikers alike. With its dramatic mountains, lush forests, ancient ruins, and vibrant cities, Turkey beckons travellers to explore its natural beauty and cultural treasures on foot. Walking in Turkey is an enchanting journey through history, cuisine, and breathtaking vistas.

The most iconic destination for walkers in Turkey is the Lycian Way, a long-distance hiking trail that spans approximately 540 kilometres along the stunning Mediterranean coast. This ancient route takes trekkers through picturesque coastal villages, Roman ruins, and dense pine forests. As you walk along the Lycian Way, you’ll encounter the remnants of civilizations that once thrived in this region, including ancient Lycian cities like Xanthos and Patara.

Cappadocia, with its surreal landscapes of fairy chimneys and cave dwellings, also provides another unique walking experience. Exploring the otherworldly terrain on foot allows you to fully immerse yourself in the region’s rich history and culture. You can stroll through ancient cave churches adorned with Byzantine frescoes, visit underground cities, and enjoy hot air balloon rides at dawn to witness the ethereal beauty of the region from above.

A visit to Turkey is not complete without a visit to Istanbul. In the heart of Turkey’s bustling metropolis, walking is a way of life. Strolling through the historic neighbourhoods of Sultanahmet and Beyo?lu allows you to absorb the city’s vibrant atmosphere, taste traditional Turkish street food, and marvel at architectural wonders like the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. The city’s bazaars, such as the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar, are perfect places to explore on foot, offering a sensory overload of colours, scents, and flavours.

Walking in Turkey is also an opportunity to connect with its warm and hospitable people. Turks are known for their friendliness and willingness to engage with travellers. Whether you’re sharing a conversation with a local shopkeeper or joining a family for a traditional meal, you’ll find that the Turkish people are eager to share their culture and traditions with you.

In conclusion, walking in Turkey is an enchanting experience that combines natural beauty, cultural richness, and culinary delights. Whether you choose to hike along the Lycian Way, explore the otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia, or simply wander through the streets of Istanbul, Turkey offers a diverse range of walking opportunities that will leave you with lasting memories and a deeper appreciation for this captivating country. So why not look at walking self-guided in Turkey, grab your boots and your backpack because everything else will be taken care of.

 

locations

Turkey is the fourth most popular tourist destination in the world, with Istanbul ranked as the 8th most visited city, so crowds are part of the equation if you wish to stay on the well-worn tourist routes. By walking we take the path less travelled walk away from the crowds and enjoy old Turkey. Savour the slowed-down pace and the authentic hospitality of a region renowned for its friendliness and distinct culture.

CAPPADOCIA

CAPPADOCIA

LYCIAN WAY WEST

LYCIAN WAY EAST - ANTALYA

ANTALYA

Overview

OVERVIEW

Hiking Turkey and exploring the rich tapestry of landscapes and culture

Turkey, a transcontinental country bridging Europe and Asia, offers a diverse and captivating landscape for walkers and hikers alike. With its dramatic mountains, lush forests, ancient ruins, and vibrant cities, Turkey beckons travellers to explore its natural beauty and cultural treasures on foot. Walking in Turkey is an enchanting journey through history, cuisine, and breathtaking vistas.

The most iconic destination for walkers in Turkey is the Lycian Way, a long-distance hiking trail that spans approximately 540 kilometres along the stunning Mediterranean coast. This ancient route takes trekkers through picturesque coastal villages, Roman ruins, and dense pine forests. As you walk along the Lycian Way, you’ll encounter the remnants of civilizations that once thrived in this region, including ancient Lycian cities like Xanthos and Patara.

Cappadocia, with its surreal landscapes of fairy chimneys and cave dwellings, also provides another unique walking experience. Exploring the otherworldly terrain on foot allows you to fully immerse yourself in the region’s rich history and culture. You can stroll through ancient cave churches adorned with Byzantine frescoes, visit underground cities, and enjoy hot air balloon rides at dawn to witness the ethereal beauty of the region from above.

A visit to Turkey is not complete without a visit to Istanbul. In the heart of Turkey’s bustling metropolis, walking is a way of life. Strolling through the historic neighbourhoods of Sultanahmet and Beyo?lu allows you to absorb the city’s vibrant atmosphere, taste traditional Turkish street food, and marvel at architectural wonders like the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. The city’s bazaars, such as the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar, are perfect places to explore on foot, offering a sensory overload of colours, scents, and flavours.

Walking in Turkey is also an opportunity to connect with its warm and hospitable people. Turks are known for their friendliness and willingness to engage with travellers. Whether you’re sharing a conversation with a local shopkeeper or joining a family for a traditional meal, you’ll find that the Turkish people are eager to share their culture and traditions with you.

In conclusion, walking in Turkey is an enchanting experience that combines natural beauty, cultural richness, and culinary delights. Whether you choose to hike along the Lycian Way, explore the otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia, or simply wander through the streets of Istanbul, Turkey offers a diverse range of walking opportunities that will leave you with lasting memories and a deeper appreciation for this captivating country. So why not look at walking self-guided in Turkey, grab your boots and your backpack because everything else will be taken care of.

 

locations

locations

Turkey is the fourth most popular tourist destination in the world, with Istanbul ranked as the 8th most visited city, so crowds are part of the equation if you wish to stay on the well-worn tourist routes. By walking we take the path less travelled walk away from the crowds and enjoy old Turkey. Savour the slowed-down pace and the authentic hospitality of a region renowned for its friendliness and distinct culture.

CAPPADOCIA

CAPPADOCIA

LYCIAN WAY WEST

LYCIAN WAY EAST - ANTALYA

ANTALYA

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