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Taurus Trail

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

7 days 6 nights

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Maximum Seats

10

When hiking in the mountains of Antalya, one sees the beautiful landscape of steep ridges with cedar forests and wild vegetation. This experience can bring unexpected encounters with wild species or inhabitants of these endless mountains and plateaus: the nomads and shepherds. Striking views from the peaks of Akdağ, the “White Mountain”, hiking in the lonely mountain paths, endless grasslands are among the highlights of this experience. The difficulty level of the trails are from moderate to medium.

  • The journey starts at a boutique hotel in Antalya's Old Town

  • Visiting a Cedar forest under protection

  • Elmalı – forgotten jewel in the mountains

  • Encounters with shepherds and nomads

  • Hiking between the Mediterranean Sea and the Taurus Mountains

  • Fire of Chimera: Eternal flame of Olympus

Tour Program

Day 1

Arrival to the hotel in Antalya

Once the capital of Pamphilia, Antalya is nowadays the holiday paradise of Turkey. Each member of the tour arrives individually to our hotel in Old Town. In the evening, you will meet our tour guide at the hotel and while drinking a çay (turkish tea), you will hear a short introduction about the tour.

Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2

From the coast up to the Highlands

After the breakfast we will have approximately 2,5 hours drive to Elmalı. After some sightseeing we will have our lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, the first walk from Elmalı to Kışla village will take place. The path runs parallel to the old Roman road. At the end of the trail the only wine factory in southern Turkey will be visited and the hikers will have the chance for wine tasting as Elmalı is famous for its highland grapes. Then we will drive back to Elmalı. The dinner will be served in a local restaurant close to our guesthouse.

Walking time: 2.5 hours

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Activity Level: Easy

Day 03

Meeting with the Nomads of the Taurus

Today's journey will take us to Gömbe. From that point onwards the most beautiful highland of the Taurus, namely Subaşı, will be visited. During our bus trip we will be seeing spectacular views of the Elmalı valley and the lake in the distance. Then our hike will start on a high grassland, next to a marsh. The wind from Akdağ Mountain (White Mountain, 2,015 m) can blow vigorously even during the summer. Lunch will be served with the nomads and shepherds where you will taste home made "ayran", cheese and pita bread. Then, the return trip back over Gömbe to Elmalı will start. The dinner will be served at the restaurant close to our guesthouse.

Walking time: 4 hours

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Activity Level: Easy

Day 04

Thousand year old Cedar Forest

The short drive after breakfast brings the group close to the Kızlarsivrisi (Maidens’ Summit), which is the highest mountain in southern Turkey with a height of 3,086 m. Today’s highlight is certainly this cedar forest, because you will walk through the largest cedar forest in the world, which is under special protection. This area of 2,800 hectares can be visited only with special permission. The hikers will get to see thousand year old cedar trees in the forest. Afterwards, following a drive to a small village you will be served lunch by a local family. The host is in fact the only organic farmer in the area. His wife only cooks with fresh vegetables harvested from their own farm. After lunch, the grave of the famous Islamic holy person Abdal Musa will be visited in the village of Tekke. This village is the one of the most famous centers of Islamic heterodoxy. It will be a pleasure to chat with the villagers in the local tea house. Afterwards we will drive to Adrasan, where we will spend the next three nights. Dinner will be served in our hotel.

Walking time: 4 hours

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Activity Level: Easy

Day 05

From Adrasan to Olympus

This is a challanging but very impressive day and the hike is entirely different than the previous ones. Through orange and pomegranate trees, we will be entering in to the wilderness of “Musa Dağı” (Mount Musa). On our way we will see a shepherd's hut located in between the rising labyrinth of shady pine forests and sandstone gorges. We will do a break on the "Yayla", a high-altitude plateau (700 m) which is a paradise for orchid lovers in the spring. We will have lunch in the shadow of Mount Olympus. After an extended rest, the steep and rocky descent to Olympos will begin. Later on, we will see the pirate fortress high above the bay, and Çıralı beach and will complete the hiking. The bus will be waiting for us for the hotel.

Walking time: 6-7 hours

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Activity Level: Easy

Day 06

Chimera - the eternal flame

Today our first stop will be the Çıralı beach. While climbing up to the hill you will be remembering the famous legend of Bellerophon, as you will be seeing soon the eternal flames of Chimera. Nowadays it is known that the fire has been here for thousands of years. After these impressions we will move to Ulupınar ("the Great Spring") where delicious trout will be served as our farewell lunch.

Walking time: 4-5 hours

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Activity Level: Easy

Day 07

Departure

We will have a slightly later breakfast compared to the previous days and have some free time. We expect to leave the hotel around noon. Some of you may get off from the bus at Antalya city center. The bus will continue to the airport for those who want.

Included Meals: Breakfast

6 overnight accommodation on bed and breakfast basis in small hotels and family hostels
6 lunches
Private van with A/C for all transfers (luggage transfer during the hikes)
Entrance fees as per the program
English speaking professional hiking guide

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April – May / September – October are the ideal seasons.
320 Euros for 10 paying guests.

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