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Turkey – Hiking Tour
Tour Dates: 12 days, Apr – Oct

Our Turkey Hiking Tour can be arranged for groups of 4 or more people in the spring, early summer and fall. This is a van supported hiking tour on a superb route that we selected especially for its beautiful vistas and uncrowded paths. You’ll visit many small towns and a number of fantastic Greek, Roman, and Lycian ruins. Each evening you will be staying in comfortable lodging where warm Turkish hospitality awaits.

2016 Price: $3450 US/pp (double occupancy), 4 – 6 people

2016 Price: $3000 US/pp (double occupancy), 7 or more people

Call for 2017 Prices

Price Includes:
  • 11 nights lodging (shorter or longer itineraries can be arranged)
  • all meals starting with dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 12
  • bilingual guide
  • van support
  • domestic flights from Antalya to Cappadocia to Istanbul
  • entrance fees to sites on itinerary
Price Does Not Include:

International flights, beverages, gratuities for local guides, hotel in Istanbul.

“Thank you for creating such an outstanding trip for us. The arrangements were flawless and everything fell into place like clockwork. Our guide was a real gem – he really watched out for us and provided excellent support for the trip.” ~ Beth H.

Tour Difficulty

This is a moderate hike. Daily distances are 6 – 12 km over hilly terrain. A support vehicle will be available for any hikers wishing a lift or a rest day.

  • Difficulty: Moderately Hilly

Tour Highlights

  • The Turquoise Coast
  • Greek & Roman Ruins
  • The Lycian Way

Tour Overview

In Turkey, the continents of Europe and Asia are separated by only a narrow waterway making this region the “Land in the Middle.” Here, thousands of years of history merge with the 21st century making Turkey a vibrant, exotic land. Our route is away from the bustle of the cities, and the friendly local people live in a culture of mixed religious backgrounds and traditions. The countryside is filled with forested mountains that lead to the deep blue waters of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas.

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* Below is a sample itinerary. We can arrange guided tours for groups of 4 or more people and can customize this tour to fit your exact dates and number of days.

Day 1

Arrive at airport in Izmir and transfer to hotel in Selcuk.

Day 2

Morning tour of the incomparable city of Ephesus, an incredibly well preserved center of the Ionian culture. Among its archaeological triumphs are the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the grand Library of Celsius and an impressive ancient theater. Afternoon transfer to Lake Bafa. Pension on Lake Bafa

Day 3 - Day Hike near Lake Bafa, 10 – 12 km

The highlights of the route will be the Latmos, caves, bizarre rock formations, scenic views of Lake Bafa, Kapikiri village and Besparmak Mountains. You will be transferred to the village of Karahayit. Your walk up in the mountains will take you to the Neotitic rock paintings and the Yediler Monastery. Return to your pension in Lake Bafa for the night.

Day 4 - Ikizce Islands, 6 km

Today enjoy a very scenic and easy half day walk to the Ikizce Islands via Kiliselik. This area is also wonderful for bird watching. You’ll sail back by boat and have an afternoon transfer to Fethiye. Lodging in Fethiye.

Day 5 - 8

Fethiye is the starting point of the Lycian Way, a footpath through the rugged mountains of the Tekke Peninsula to Antalya. We have chosen the best portions of this hike for the following days with distances between 8 – 15 km/day. Daily, your guide will go over the route with you and you will be able to use the support vehicle to assist if you would like a shorter distance for the day (on applicable routes only). Overnight accommodations will be in the following locations: Faralya, Kabak, Kas and Ucagiz.

Day 9

A relaxing day onboard a traditional Turkish gulet boat to discover the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, the sunken city of Kekova, the ancient site of Simena and historic castles nearby. The tour will start right from Ucagiz and end at Demre. After the gullet trip, you’ll be transferred to the peaceful little haven of Cirali near the ruins of the ancient Lycian city, Olympos. Here we find a pristine beach and a pine forest full of marble temples. You can take an early evening walk to visit the mysterious Chimera, a natural eternal flame located on a mountainside near town. Lodging in Cirali.

Day 10

Take a morning walk along the coast to visit the Olympos ancient site. Transfer from Cirali to Antalya airport for your flight to Istanbul and Cappadocia. Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Cappadocia.

Day 11

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up for a day hike in this spectacular area. You will be picked up at the hotel in the evening for dinner and a performance of the Whirling Dervishes. Hotel in Cappadocia.

Day 12

After breakfast, transfer to the airport near Cappadocia for a mid day flight to Istanbul. Taxi on you own to your hotel in Istanbul. Please note: hotel in Istanbul is not included.

Who comes on a Nichols Expeditions tour?

You can expect a spirited mix of singles and couples in their 20′s to 80′s from all corners of the US and a few international locations as well. Many have accompanied us on numerous tours in the past. Most folks are recreational riders and all seem to share the common bond of an active lifestyle, an appreciation for the outdoors and a love for fun. We will gladly supply references and the make-up of any trip that you are interested in joining.

Can I charter this tour?

Yes! You bring the people and we will take care of all the details! This tour can be chartered as either a Guided Tour or Self Guided Tour. Call us for details and availability, 800-648-8488.

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The Food

Turkish cuisine is exceptional! You will be staying in hotels and inns that serve great food, and there is enough variety at each meal to please everyone. Vegetarian and other dietary restrictions can usually be accommodated with advanced notice. All meals are included from dinner Day 1 to breakfast Day 13.

Weather

Weather can be changeable, so be prepared for riding in both sun and showers. Daytime temperatures are 60º to 85º F. and nights are 50º to 70º F. We recommend SPF 30 sunscreen and lip screen, and if you are really sun sensitive, we suggest light colored sun-blocking clothing. In case of rain, please make sure you have a good quality rain jacket with hood and rain pants.

The Guides

Our Turkish staff includes a bilingual guide / driver for our support vehicle.

Camera Gear

Whether you shoot a digital or film camera, bring more media storage cards or film than you think you need! A portable hard drive may be the answer for digital storage. Other useful items are plenty of extra batteries, lens cleaner, lens tissue, lens brush, a mini tabletop tripod and a clean toothbrush to remove grit from your camera.

Language

You do not need to be able to speak Turkish to get by on this trip. Our Turkish guide will be with you to help. A small dictionary and some creative sign language are helpful, and many people at airports and hotels speak English.

Money

The currency of Turkey is the new Turkish Lira. You will need money for beverages, shopping, snacks, and tips for the Turkish staff. We suggest exchanging a minimum of $250US (more if you like to shop).

Tipping

We suggest $120US per guest to cover our local guides and various service people at the lodges during the tour.

Cash & Credit Cards

US CASH: bring only NEW bills with NO tears. You can exchange money at the airport and in major towns. CREDIT CARDS: bring 2 or more Visa or Master Cards in case you have trouble with one. There are ATMs in most of the towns on the tour. To use your Credit Card to get Euros at an ATM, each Credit Card will need a PIN#. Be sure to activate the PIN# and check that it works BEFORE you begin your travels. We also suggest contacting your credit card company prior to your trip to inform them of the countries where you will be traveling and the dates. We do not recommend bringing Travelers Checks because some places do not accept them, exchange rates vary widely and they require a bank to exchange them.

Passport

U.S. citizens must have a current Passport to enter Turkey. Make sure your PASSPORT DOES NOT EXPIRE WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF THE COMPLETION OF YOUR TOUR. These requirements do vary from country to country, but just to be safe, we recommend going by the 6 month standard, because it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry when it comes to international travel!

Make copies of your passport! We recommend making 2 photocopies of your passport’s photo page and any other valuable documents you might carry with you on the tour. Travel with one copy stored separately from your passport. Leave the other copy at home with a relative or friend (ideally the same person you gave as your emergency contact). In the event that any of your documents are lost or stolen, this will greatly assist the process of replacement.

Visas

U.S. citizens must have a Tourist Visa to enter Turkey. You will need to do this online in advance of your tour. It takes about 10 minutes to go through the process and you are able to print your VISA at the time that you apply. You will need to have your Passport details. Here is a good website to apply for your permit: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/apply/

Travel Information

THIS TOUR BEGINS IN IZMIR AND ENDS IN ISTANBUL. Flights from US cities can be booked on Lufthansa Airlines (a partner of the Star Alliance) directly into Izmir and out of Istanbul. Roundtrip Air from most cities in the US is about $1,000.

Travel Delays

Nichols Expeditions is not responsible for any costs you may incur due to delays with transportation (airline or other), weather, road conditions, government intervention, sickness or other contingencies we are unable to control. For international flights, arrive at least 2-3 hours prior to departure (check with your air carrier for their requirements) and allow ample time between connecting flights. If you miss your flight and you need a special shuttle to meet up with the group, you will be responsible for the cost.

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself against life’s uncertainties, we highly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy!

Learn more about the Travel Insurance.

About Turkey

Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a contiguous transcontinental parliamentary republic, with its smaller part in Southeastern Europe and its larger part in Western Asia (i.e. the Balkans and Anatolia, respectively). Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Bulgaria to the northwest; Greece to the west; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, Iran and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the southeast. The Mediterranean Sea is to the south; the Aegean Sea to the west; and the Black Sea to the north. The Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles (which together form the Turkish Straits) demarcate the boundary between Thrace and Anatolia; they also separate Europe and Asia. Turkey's location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia makes it a country of significant geostrategic importance. ~ Wikipedia

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