CARIAN WAY


TOUR OVERVIEW

Carian Way is a new born long distance trekking route of Turkey.It is a 820 km long trail follows southwest coastline,inland villages and traces of Carian civilization.The trail has been way marked with GR (Grande Randonnee) in red and white following forest tracks,mule paths and ancient roman roads.It's spectacular shore line,mountain routes through the rural life and ancient cities en route make Carian trail one of the most populer trekking destinations of Turkey.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Carian Way-Enjoy spectacular walks,explore ancient civilization of Caria

Dalyan-Cruise through the reeds where 'African Queen' was filmed

Datça-Stroll around the charming streets old fishing town

Knidos-Discover prosperous ancient Greek city

Beaches-Admire isolated turquoise coast,cool off in azure waters

ITINERARY

DAY 1 Arrival in Dalaman Airport.Transfer to hotel.(30mins)

You meet our tour guide and driver at Dalaman airpot.Transfer to Dalyan. Dalyan is a popular town among Turkish and foreign visitors.It is situated on the east banks of the river which stretches between Köyceğiz Lake and Iztuzu lagoon.Depending on arrival time we have an optional orientation tour of Dalyan.Overnight stay in Dalyan

DAY 2 Cruise to Iztuzu (turtle)beach,walk from Caunos to Ekincik (5 hrs)

Today we board our riverboat and cruise to turtle beach through the reeds where famous movie 'African Queen' was filmed. It is 7 km long sandy beach which is one of the main nesting spots of Caretta Caretta loggerhead sea turtles.Then we cruise to Caunos.It was a significant trade city exporting timber,salt,fruits and olive oil until it's harbour was silted up.It also suffered from malaria during Roman period which caused a big decrease of the city population.Theatre,temple and forum are the notable remains of the city.We start to walk from Çandır village near Caunos.The route lead us through pine forest to bay of Ekincik.You have a chance to swim at Ekincik bay before we drive to hotel in Kumlubuk.Overnight stay at Kumlubuk near Turunc.

DAY 3 Walk from Amos to Kayalıözü (6 hrs)

We have a short transfer to the ruins of Amos near the small resort of Turunç.We walk along the beach of Kumlubük then ascend to hill top.We enjoy tremendous view of Çiftlik bay from top.We visit an early Byzantine church ruins en route before we dip down into the valley.We finish at the village of Kayalıözü.Transfer to Selimiye.Stay in Selimiye.

DAY 4 Walk Bahçeli to Bozburun via Taşlıca village (7hrs)

Today we drive to village of Bahçeli.The route ascends gradually with fantastic view of Rhodes ısland.The path continues above the dramatic coastline to inland village of Taşlıca.We then descend to Bozburun bay with a glimpse of isles of Eagean.We finish at the bay of Bozburun.At the end of the walk we can stroll around charming fishing hamlet.Drive to Selimiye.Stay in Selimiye.

DAY 5 Walk Bayır to Turgut via Hydas (5hrs)

We have a short drive to village of Bayır.It is an authentic village surrounded by massive plane trees.We have a tea break at village square.The path follows a forest road to mountain pass then it descends along the stream.We have a picnic lunch near waterfall.We continue our walk through the ancient city of Hydas.It's one of the virgin sites of Caria.It is located on the ridge overlooking fertile lands and Selimiye bay.Surrounding walls,tower and unique pyramidal tomb are notable ruins of the city. We then dip down to Turgut.Transfer to Selimiye.

DAY 6 Walk from Kızlan to Karaköy (5 hrs)

In the morning we drive to Kızlan.The route ascends over Datça peninsula with a breathtaking view of turquoise coastline.It undulates towards shepherd cottages and descends to the beach at Karaköy.We have a swim break to relieve the tiredness of the walk then stroll around the charming old fishing town of Datça.Stay in Datça.

DAY 7 Walk from Bükceğiz to Knidos (6 hrs)

We have a short drive to Bükceğiz.Trail starts from the picturesque cove of Bükceğiz and climbs along the coast on a mule path.It continues diagonally over the valleys towards the defensive walls of Knidos.Then it descends to the ancient harbour.Our walk continues to the western tip of the peninsula called Dereboynu where Aegean meets Mediterranean.We meet our bus and drive to Datça.Stay in Datça.

DAY 8 Transfer to Dalaman Airport (2.5 hrs)

We drive to Dalaman airport.

TRIP INFORMATION

Difficulty Level

Challenging.

Fitness-Good level of fitness is required.

Length-5-7 hours day walks,Max. altitude is 900 meters(2950 feet).

Terrain-Mountain paths and dirt roads

Equipment

Trekking boots,30-40 liters rucksack,sun cream,sunhat,raingear,walking sticks are recommended.

Lunch

Picnic lunch to be prepared and shared before the walk.

Includes

All meals,all transfers,air conditioned bus,English speaker licensed tour guide,passenger insurance,enterance fees at the sites written in the itinerary.

Excludes

Drinks,gratitudes for tour staff,personal expenses.

Tour staff

Tour guide and driver.

Season

Four seasons.Best in May and October.

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