Kaş to Antalya, Nature Embracing History

7 nights/8 days of Cultural Expedition from Kaş to Antalya

Turkey is an open air museum of untouched ancient cities and sites. There are around 70 ancient sites around the Lycia region in the south west Turkey offering us a mythical experience, enjoying the history, culture and nature of the region. Our tour leaders will share with you their vast knowledge about the archaeology, history, culture and geography of the region.

Homer mentioned the Lycians’ passion for freedom. The cities founded by these brave people formed first federal state system in the history.  We will explore some of the biggest settlements of the region, including Xanthos and Letoon of the World Culture Heritage list of UNESCO, while enjoying the beautiful nature of the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean.

Day 1
Antalya and Kaş. Arrival to Antalya Int. Airport. Transfer to the hotel in Kaş. Overnight in Kaş.

Day 2
Breakfast at the hotel. We will visit two gorgeous ancient sites which are in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list, Xanthos, most developed city of Lycia and Letoon, the cult center of Lycia. After these ancient cities we will go to the ancient city of Patara, the biggest port and commercial city of the Lycian League. Before our visit to the ancient city we will have lunch at a restaurant near Patara. Our next stop is the Patara beach by the ancient city, famous as the birth-giving place for the “carreta carreta” turtles. In the late afternoon, we will come back to Kaş and have dinner in Kaş. Overnight in Kaş.

Day 3
Breakfast at the hotel. We will visit Kekova, the sunken city and less known but a magnificent ancient site that used to be a pirate port, Aperlai. To explore these sites we will take a full day boat trip, so there will be numerous occasions to swim. Lunch will be taken during the boat trip. When we get off the boat in the afternoon, we will make a short visit to another interesting ancient settlement, Simena. Dinner will be at a fish restaurant in Kaş. We will be leaving Kaş next morning. Overnight in Kaş.

Day 4
Breakfast at the hotel. We will drive to Demre to visit the ancient city of Myra and the Church of St. Nicholas, known as the “Wonder maker”, who had been the bishop of Myra. We will have lunch at a local restaurant near Demre. After lunch we will head to the Taurus Mountains and to the ancient city of Arycanda. On our way back to Kaş we will a have swimming break at the Kaputaş beach.  We will drive back to Kaş for dinner and to spend the night.

Day 5
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from our hotel in Kaş. We’ll be visiting the ancient ruins and the beautiful beaches of Olympos and Phaselis. Lunch at a local restaurant during the tour. In the early afternoon we will take a cable car to the summit of Tahtalı Mountain and enjoy the splendid views of the Lycian coast. Afterwards we will head to Antalya for dinner and spend the night.

Day 6
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we will drive north east to the ancient city of Termessos that lies within the Güllük Dağı National Park. We will return to our hotel around noon and relax for the rest of the day*. Dinner at an authentic restaurant in Antalya and overnight in Antalya                                          

Day 7
Breakfast at the hotel. We will drive east to visit to magnificent Pamphylian ancient cities Side, Aspendos and Perge. Side is famous for the magnificent Apollo temple. Aspendos has the best preserved Roman Theatre in the world. Perge was the metropolis of the Pamphylian Region and the splendor of the city is still visible to naked eye. In the early afternoon we’ll come back to our hotel and enjoy the beach**. Dinner and overnight in Antalya

Day 8
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Antalya Int. Airport.

*You may join the optional half-day Antalya City Tour
**You may join the optional 2 hour Antalya Museum Tour

Please contact us if you are interested to learn more about this tour or if you would like us to organise a tailor made tour for your group.