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Lycian way

Tour Highlights

  • Experience some of the clearest waters in the Mediterranean off Turkey's stunning Turquoise Coast

  • Swim alongside the famous Lycian Way walking path which stretches 509 kilometres from Fethiye to Antalya

  • Discover the the historic city of Aperlai, including fascinating ruins located both above and below the water

  • Explore caves, tunnels, arches and bays as we complete a range of beautiful coastal swims and challenging crossings

  • Relax and soak in the world-renowned Turkish hospitality in the lovely seaside village of Kaş

Discover the spectacular landscapes and remarkable history of the Lycian Way on this unforgettable swimming holiday along Turkey’s southern coastline. The aptly-named Turquoise Coast is home to some of the clearest waters in the Mediterranean and is the perfect location for a swimming adventure which includes both coastal swims and crossings.

Based in the small coastal village of Kas, we spend the week exploring countless caves, tunnels, arches and bays as we swim amongst the area’s isolated beaches, scattered archipelagos and historical sites which exist just metres below the water’s surface.

Our main boat for the week is a traditional Turkish gulet, which is an ideal way to experience this part of the world as we navigate between our remote swim locations. The gulet is also a wonderful place to enjoy the fresh traditional Turkish lunches which are served up on board between your swims, and there is plenty of room to stretch out and relax while you are out of the water.

Who is this trip for?

This trip is designed for swimmers who enjoy both crossings and coastal swims, including exploring sea caves, tunnels and arches. Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average daily swim distance of around 6 km (split over a minimum of two swims) prior to the start of the trip.

What's included?

  • Fully guided swimming holiday in Turkey
  • Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
  • Technique coaching and video analysis
  • Six nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • All lunches

What's not included?

  • Travel to and from the start of the tour
  • Evening meals


Daily Itineraries

Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during the course of your trip. However, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilot will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.

Day 1

After meeting in the reception area of the hotel, we’ll enjoy welcome drink and safety briefing while discussing our plans for the week ahead.

Day 2

First thing this morning we meet up for a short acclimatisation swim just a short walk from the hotel. After heading back to the hotel for breakfast, we make our way out to Kaş Peninsula for our first coastal swim of the trip. Following lunch and some time to relax on board the the gulet, we get you back into the water in order to film your stroke, both above and below the water, which we will play back and analyse for you on Day 3. After the filming session, we’ll set off on another enchanting coastal swim, which finishes at the tranquil Dolphin Beach.

Day 3

This morning is spent island-hopping within the Canyon archipelago of seven islands, situated midway between Greece and Turkey. We retreat to Limanağzi Bay to moor our gulet for lunch above a Sunken C-47 Dakota aeroplane. After lunch, we’ll complete another stunning coastal swim, which ends at a cool water cave close to Big Pebble Beach. Keep an eye out for ancient Lycian tombs embedded into the cliff face. Once we arrive back at Linda Hotel, we will review the video footage from Day 2 and provide stroke analysis and technique coaching for all guests.

Day 4

This morning we travel to the coastal village of Üçağız, home to the ruins of ancient Theimussa and just a short crossing from the sunken city of Dochiste on the island of Kekova. The swimming here is superb, as we make away between numerous charming bays. We continue our swim along Aperlai Bay towards Aperlai. Once we arrive in the bay which sits beneath the ancient city of Aperlai, you have the opportunity to complete a short but rocky walk uphill to explore the city’s ruins. After lunch on board the boat, there’s time for a leisurely swim over the ruins which have been deposited on the sea bed by numerous earthquakes before heading back to Kaş.

Day 5

We make our way to Bayrak Adasi, just outside the Greek waters off the island of Meis, before beginning our crossing back to the Turkish mainland in one of the more challenging and rewarding swims of the week. After completing the crossing, it’s time for a snack and lunch aboard the gulet. Following lunch, there is another opportunity for your guides to provide a further optional stroke analysis and technique session. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to enjoy, whether that involves exploring the village of Kaş or simply relaxing at the hotel’s beach area. For guests who are looking for other activities to take part in, a traditional Turkish bath or breathtaking paragliding session are both fantastic ways to spend your afternoon.

Day 6

This morning, we continue our swims along the Lycian Way from beneath the dramatic cliffs of Uluburun. After a hearty lunch on board the gulet, we complete the day by swimming along the coastline within Deregemlik Bay. The remote nature of today’s locations make for some truly memorable swimming experiences.

Day 7

We hold an early morning swim before breakfast. It’s a last chance to check with your guides on any swim technique issues before the tour ends.

Trip Schedule

Start Point: Linda Hotel, Kaş, www.kaslindahotel.com

Start Time: 19:00 on Day 1

Finish Point: Linda Hotel, Kaş

Finish Time: 11:00 on Day 7

Trip Information

Equipment Checklist

In addition to your daily non-swimming clothes, we also recommend that you bring the following items:

Item Item
Swimming Costume (x2) Towel
Swimming Googles* (x2) Sweater / Fleece
Sunhat and Sunglasses Waterproof Jacket
Waterproof Sun Cream Walking Shoes / Sandals
Small Daypack Aqua Shoes / Sandals

*Try to bring one clear lens and one tinted lens for different light conditions.

Please note that SwimTrek will supply swim hats and provide water and electrolyte drinks in shared water bottles on your safety boat. If you prefer to use your own drink bottle, please feel free to bring one along. If you would like to use a wetsuit, rash vest or fins during your swims, please ensure that you bring these with you.

Swimming Distances

Swim Distances
Kaş Peninsula 2km
Kaş Peninsula - Dolphin Beach 3km
Canyon Archipelago swim 3km
Limanağzi Peninsula 2km
Üçagiz - Aperlai Bay 3km
Aperlai Bay - Aperlai 3km
Bayrak Adasi- Turkey Crossing 5km
Uluburun - Deregemlik Bay 3km
Deregemlik Bay 3km

Swimming Conditions

Swimming in the sea is a fantastic experience. However, you should be aware that certain marine life such as sea lice, jellyfish, sea urchins and coral could be present during the swims. In all cases we will work on reducing your contact with these creatures, but if you suffer from anaphylaxis, please consult the office prior to booking.

Walking Distances

Most walks to and from our swims take place on recognised paths and tracks, however there may be cases where we walk along trails or other unsealed surfaces and care should be taken in these areas.

There is also an opportunity to walk a short (approximately 200 metre) section of the famous Lycian Way. This walk takes place on a rocky, uphill track which lead to the ancient city of Aperlai. Sturdy walking shoes or sandals are recommended for this walk.

Temperatures

Month Water Temperature* Air Temperature*
August 27-30°C / 81-85°F 30-37°C / 86-99°F
September 25-29°C / 78-83°F 26-34°C / 79-93°F
October 21-27°C / 73-78°F 20-33°C / 68-91°F

*Please note that these temperatures are indicative and should be used as a guide only.

Weather Caveat

For safety reasons, we rely on decent weather conditions when carrying out our swims. As a consequence, open water swimming holidays require a certain degree of on-trip flexibility which can result in changes to the planned itinerary. These changes often add a touch of uniqueness to your trip and will be communicated to you by your SwimTrek guides as quickly as possible.

Group Size and Boat Support

This trip has a maximum group size of 16. The group will be split into a maximum of three groups, based on speed, with each group being accompanied by their own safety vessel/escort. 

Boat support on this trip includes one main boat and two inflatable boats to be piloted by your SwimTrek guides and a local boat pilot. Please note that this boat support is subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed.

Getting There - General Information

The easiest way to get to Kaş is to fly into Dalaman and take the shared transfer to Linda Hotel in Kaş. It is also possible to fly into Antalya and take a private transfer, however, please be aware that this can take up to one hour longer than the journey from Dalaman to Kaş.

Whichever route you choose to take, we recommend confirming your flights and other travel arrangements as early as possible in order to avoid price rises and availability issues.

Getting There via Dalaman

Flights to Dalaman

To search for available flights into Dalaman International Airport, please visit Skyscanner.

Dalaman Airport to Kas - Transfers

You can easily arrange a private transfer service direct from the airport to your hotel in Kaş, with prices starting from 105TL, depending on the number of passengers and the time of arrival at the airport.

Dalaman Airport to Kas - Shuttle Service

Shuttle Kas provides a shared transfer from Dalaman Airport and Kaş . The cost of the service can range from 60TL - 80TL depending on the time of the year and takes approximately two hours. You can reserve your place for this service via Shuttle Kas.

Dalaman Airport to Kas - Public Bus

Catching a public bus can be a great way of seeing more of the Turkish coast. From the airport, you will need to travel to Fethiye and then change buses to head towards Kaş. Buses from both the airport and Fethiye run frequently throughout the day and tickets cost approximately 40TL one way. The journey takes approximately three hours. For timetable information and tickets, please visit the Havas website.

Getting There via Antalya

Flights to Antalya

To search for available flights into Antalya International Airport, please visit Skyscanner.

Antalya Airport to Kas - Transfers

You can easily arrange a private transfer service direct from the airport to your hotel in Kaş, with prices starting from 105TL, depending on the number of passengers and the time of arrival at the airport.

Practical Information

Accommodation

Accommodation during this trip is in the Linda Hotel in the small coastal village of Kaş. Our accommodation is based on twin-share rooms with en-suite facilities. There are a limited number of single supplement rooms which can be reserved during the booking process, subject to availability.

If you require any additional nights’ accommodation before or after the trip, this can be arranged directly via our partners in Turkey, Wilusa.

Please note that we stay at the Linda Hotel, not the Linda Beach Hotel which is also located in Kas.

Meals

All breakfasts and lunches are included in your trip price, however dinners are at your own expense. This gives you a fantastic opportunity to explore and experience the local cafes and restaurants of your choice over the course of your trip. The average cost of dinner in a local restaurant is approximately 50 Turkish Lira (TL).

Extra Expenses

You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as dinners, drinks, entertainment, souvenirs, etc. The local currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira.

Passports and Visas

Turkey is not part of the European Union. Non-residents of Turkey require a full passport to enter the country, which should be valid for six months beyond the expected length of stay. Citizens of most countries, including all EU member states, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand require a visa to enter Turkey. Most foreign nationals entering Turkey must purchase a visa before entering the country via the Turkish Government E-visa Website. Please note that visa regulations are subject to change and we advise that you check your own visa requirements prior to travel.

From 29 October 2018, self service e-Visa kiosks and Wi-Fi areas where visitors can apply for an e-Visa on arrival will no longer be available in Turkish airports; you must apply for your e-Visa before you travel.

Health Information and Recommended Vaccinations

For comprehensive health information for people travelling to Turkey, including all recommended and required vaccinations, please visit Travel Health Pro. Please note that this information is subject to change and you should re-check this site regularly prior to your trip.

Travel Plugs & Electricity

For a useful source of information on the different electrical outlets, electrical plugs, and electric sockets, please visit World Standards.

  • Beautiful sea temperature, fantastic town to stay in, a great SwimTrek team and a wonderful set of people to share a holiday with...what's not to love!

    Helen L, UK - 2018
  • Every year I come home and say that trip was the best ever. But this year, it really was the best ever. Wonderful, wonderful time.

    Mimi S, US - 2018
  • This was one of the best trips I had in my entire life. The group, challenges, location, guides, boat, food, free time, etc. were excellent.

    Niko P, Germany - 2018
  • Amongst the best weeks of my almost 60 years of life!

    Susanne T, UK - 2018
  • Kaş was a great place for a Swimtrek base -boat, crew and culture were all fantastic!

    Adrianne D, Canada - 2018
  • This holiday exceeded my expectations. I'm already thinking where to book for next year.

    Konrad B, UK - 2018
  • Great swims, beautiful town, stunning boat, lovely company, delicious food and... turtles!

    Sally T, UK-2017
  • Fabulous Food, Quality Boat, Awesome swimming distances, locations & Guides.... Just keep swimming ! The best swimming holiday I've been on

    Kim P, UK-2017
  • As someone relatively new to open water swimming, and a first time Swim Trek traveller, I didn't really know what to expect, but the whole experience was wonderful - life-changing in fact. I was researching my next trip on the 'plane home...

    Rachel H. UK- 2017
  • The Lycian Way is near the top of the pack of my SwimTrek experiences. The swimming, the boat, the food and the town itself make for a wonderful swimming holiday.

    Joseph C. Australia - 2016
  • Fabulous food, quality boat, awesome swimming distances, locations & guides.... Just keep swimming ! The best swimming holiday I've been on.

    Kim P. UK - 2016
  • The Turkish Lycian Way has to be one of the best locations operated by Swim Trek. Great swimming in warm waters backed up by superb lunches on a spacious boat. Kas (hotel location) felt very welcoming and safe.

    David B. UK - 2016