Turkey: Walking and Cruising the Carian Trail

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7 nights
Event Category:
Walking Holiday
Group size:
Minimum 6 Maximum 12
Holiday Dates
16 - 23 May 2022, Mon - Mon
Marmaris, Turkey
Walk Grade
Low Moderate
Deposit Required
£300 deposit within 7 days of booking. Balance 12 weeks in advance.

Join us for a week of walking, cruising and relaxation on our exclusive chartered gulet. Throughout our stay, we have sole use of a traditional Turkish gulet as we cruise along the coast of this most beautiful area. With its numerous unspoilt bays and secluded coves, approaching by boat is by far the easiest and most dramatic way to explore this incredible coastline. The sea is a deep turqouise blue and the walking is on little used paths exploring the lesser known routes of the Reşadiye peninsula. We will discover ancient ruins; traditional villages and the most amazing coastal views.

On board we will be looked after by Anne who will be guiding our walks as well as looking after us on the boat. In charge of the boat will be Captain Adil and his crew including a chef who will prepare the most wonderful Turkish fare for the group.

The itinerary includes walking on 4 or 5 days and a rest day when we can explore the port of Marmaris at leisure. On  most days, there will be time to swim directly off the boat or from the shore.

PLEASE NOTE: If you would like to combine this holiday to make  a 2 week gulet cruise then this can be easily arranged by Anne at Meridian Travels. Helen at Wild Rambling is running a different itinerary from 9 – 16 May and the two trips can be combined. There is a £50 dicount if you book both trips.

Itinerary (subject to change)*

Day 1: Arrive in Marmaris. Dinner onboard with opportunity to go to a Turkish Bath.

Day 2 Our morning starts with a wonderful and varied walk to the village of Candir (3.5-4 hours) before boarding a river boat to see the ruins at Kaunos, bathe in the hot thermal baths and visit the protected Iztuzu beach, nesting ground of the Carretta Carretta Turtle, .

Day 3 Small fishing boats are often unloading their catch as we disembark at Girme. Our centuries old trail meanders through gardens of ruined cottages before climbing up the terraced hillside with magnificent views of Bozburun and Selimiye. (3 – 4 hours)

Day 4 Swim in the incredibly turquoise waters of Dirsekbuku before we hike out of the bay, along a drover’s trail often meeting wild horses on the path. (2-3 hours)

Day 5 Take a short hike to Loryma, now known as the land of the ‘broken castle’ Bozukkale. Our hike takes usover the hills to Serce with views of Rhodes and Kos.  (3 hours).

Day 6 A day of cruising today as we head towards Marmaris bay, plenty of opportunity for swimming.

Day 7 Our last hike of the week to visit Nimara Cave inhabited 20000 BC, before heading into Marmaris port during the afternoon.

Day 8 Say your goodbyes to the crew and your new friends in Marmaris.

*The itinerary is subject to change at short notice – this is a rare occurence but adverse weather conditions can leave us with no choice.

This holiday is operated by Meridian Travels. Your booking will be made directly with them. You will be asked to check the terms and conditions for this trip before placing your booking. EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT: £50 off if you pay your deposit by 31 December 2021


Twin Shared Ensuite Cabin (sharing with another woman in the group) £1150 Single Occupancy Ensuite Cabin £1325 Included in Price: Full board accommodation on exclusive charter gulet (excluding 1 lunch on free day) Transfer from / to Dalaman airport meeting certain flights Transport to walks as required Not Included: Flight to Dalaman Insurance Personal expenses eg drinks, souvenirs, etc Tips for crew and local guide
We have chartered the traditional Turkish gulet East Meeets West for our trip. There are 8 ensuite cabins and plenty of deck area to relax in the sun or shade. https://www.meridiantravels.com/fleet-details/?boat_id=13
Anne Bektas has lived and worked in Turkey for over 15 years. She designed the Turkish Walking and Gulet cruises discovering new tracks between coves and has now guided them too many times to mention. She runs Meridian Travels with her husband, Adil, who captains the boat.
low moderate grade The walks are up to 7 miles with some shorter half day walks included. The tracks are mainly goat tracks and can be rough and stony underfoot. There are some short steeper sections which will be taken at a leisurely pace.
The nearest airport is Dalaman. Certain flights will be met by a private transfer to Marmaris. If you choose a different flight arrival time we can organise a shuttle transfer. for you (approx £16). Flight details will be confirmed nearer the time once schedules have been released. Please do not book flights until the holiday has been confirmed by Meridian Travels.


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