10-19 November 2024
Paid in instalments
The Difference You'll Make
Behind many fallen or injured veteran, there’s a family. Legacy is there to serve those families who have given so much, promising personal and long-lasting support.
On this breathtaking six-day hike you will climb dramatic hills to villages perched on the cliff tops and gaze down at vibrant waters of the Mediterranean Sea. You will venture through forest and across sandy coves, all with a backdrop of mountains nestled inland.
Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks and Romans as you discover the treasures left by civilisations who passed before. From the Tomb of Amyntas carved into limestone cliffs and the remains of Kayakoy (Levissi) all but destroyed by earthquakes, to UNESCO-listed former capital city of Xanthos and crumbling sea walls of Roman port Aperlai.
Best of all, your dedication on the ancient Lycian Way will help Legacy to care for the brave partners and children of veterans who made sacrifices for our country.
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Day 1, Sunday 10th November 2024 Arrive Istanbul
Day 1, Sunday 10th November 2024
Merhaba! Welcome to Turkey! Upon arrival in Istanbul, you will make your own way to the hotel. If you arrive in Istanbul early today, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Why not go for a stroll and enjoy some traditional Turkish coffee or tea? You might want to visit some of Istanbul’s most iconic sights, such as the Hagia Sophia Mosque, Topkapi Palace or Grand Bazaar. Your trip will officially kick off with a welcome meeting this evening where you’ll meet your tour leader and fellow travellers in the hotel lobby before being briefed on the adventures that lie ahead. You will then enjoy a welcome dinner together
Day 2, Monday 11th November 2024 Gallipoli - Remembrance Day
Day 2, Monday 11th November 2024
Gallipoli - Remembrance Day
Today is Remembrance Day. Your breakfast box will be delivered to your room, as we will depart early for an unforgettable Gallipoli pilgrimage. The journey from Istanbul to Eceabat will be approximately 6 hours, and we expect to reach this special region at midday. On this Guided Gallipoli tour, you will visit the battlefields, explore historical sites and memorials, and reflect on the sacrifices made by soldiers. The journey provides a profound opportunity for reflection and remembrance, fostering a deep connection to the ANZAC spirit and the shared history between Australia, New Zealand, and Turkey. One of the most significant sites visited during the pilgrimage is the Anzac Cove itself, where the landing took place. We will also explore other locations like Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, and the Nek, which were key battlefields during the campaign. These sites often evoke a sense of somberness and reflection as visitors witness the rugged landscape that witnessed intense fighting and loss of life. Ariburnu & Beach Cemetery overlook the Aegean Sea, and you can walk through the cemetery and observe the headstones, which bear the names, ranks, and regiments of the fallen soldiers. The cemetery’s serene and picturesque coastal location adds to the atmosphere of solemnity and reverence. We will then take the ferry across to Canakkale, where we’ll be spending the night.
Transfer Time: 6 hours
Day 3, Tuesday 12th November 2024 Gallipoli - Istanbul - Antalya
Day 3, Tuesday 12th November 2024
Gallipoli - Istanbul - Antalya
After breakfast, we head back to Istanbul for our afternoon flight to Antalya. This beautiful, ancient city is perched atop cliffs that rise dramatically from the sea below. Enjoy a free evening to explore the sights before retiring for the night. Our trekking adventure begins tomorrow!
Transfer Time: 7 hours
Day 4, Wednesday 13th November 2024 Alacasu to Phaselis
Day 4, Wednesday 13th November 2024
Alacasu to Phaselis
You’ll wake with excitement as we have our first hike of the trip planned for today. In the morning, we’ll make our way to the starting point of our first hike – Alacasu. A nice and easy introduction to the terrain, today’s hike will take just one to two hours, and will finish in Phaselis. These are beautiful, well-preserved ruins where you’ll be able to wander through the ancient, crumbling street, theatre, and baths each protected by the shade of surrounding leafy pine trees. In the afternoon, we’ll take another stroll around famous rocky mountainside above Cirali village – Yanartaş. You’ll have a chance to explore the place of eternal flames dancing on the side of the Fire Mountain. These flames were used in ancient times by sailors to navigate their way round the coast of Lycia, and even before that time, athletes used to light their torches with what was believed to be a sacred flame and run down to Olympos city. After today’s walks, you’ll have some time to relax and get ready for tomorrow’s adventures.
Trekking time: 3.5-4 hours
Transfer time: 1.5 hours
Day 5: Marrakech
Day 5, Thursday 14th November 2024
Fuel up on breakfast today and then lace up your walking shoes in preparation for your hike through Olympos and the surrounds. With plenty to see and explore along the way, today’s trek will be broken up into sections. The first section of the trail will lead you directly from your guesthouse to Camburnu. You’ll walk by a medieval tower and rock-climbing route before reaching an intriguing cave that descends into the sea below. From here, we’ll walk back to reach a lovely beach, break for lunch and, if the weather permits, take a refreshing dip in the lapping water. After some time to relax and soak up the scenery, you’ll embark on the next section of your trek to Olympos. This place will take your breath away – an ancient city, built presumably in the 4th century BC; once ruled by leaders of the past it’s now only ruled by the wild trees and greenery that surround it. From here, you’ll hike to Maden Bay and Cirali beach to complete your walk for the day before heading back to your accommodation to relax, unwind and stretch your muscles.
Trekking time: 5.5 hours
Transfer time: 30 minutes
Day 6, Friday 15th November 2024 Adrasan
Day 6, Friday 15th November 2024
After a hearty breakfast this morning, you’ll embark on the longest trekking day of our Lycian adventure. We’ll walk from Olympos to Adrasan – one of the most scenic trails of the Lycian Way. You can expect to cross through the Musa (Olympos) Mountain and wind through the lush greenery and pine trees, perhaps with glimpses of the turquoise beaches below. After combating steep hills (both up and down) along the path, you’ll be rewarded with magical vistas and a delightful stop for a picnic lunch (at your own expense) along the way. You’ll finish today’s big trek in the seaside oasis of Adrasan. Now, it’s time to put your feet up and breath in the sweet ocean air – you deserve it!
Trekking time: 7 hours
Transfer time: 30 mins
Day 7, Saturday 16th November 2024 Simena
Day 7, Saturday 16th November 2024
Wake up for a relaxed day of recovery today – after yesterday’s epic trek, it’s time to take things back a notch. After a leisurely breakfast to begin the day, we’ll take a short drive to the starting point of a relaxed hike to the close by Gelidonya Lighthouse. Standing proudly above the Mediterranean Sea, the lighthouse was built in 1934. With captivating sights that extend across the sea below and islands dotted in the distance, you’ll have some time to rest and fill your camera roll before we take the same path back to our vehicle. This afternoon is for cultural experiences – we’ll visit the ancient city of Myra, the Museum of Lycian Civilizations and the ancient city of Simena. Plus, your local leader will take you to a special spot to tuck into lunch (at your own expense) at a famously tasty seafood restaurant in Finike – enjoy!
Trekking time: 2 hours
Transfer time: 3 hours
Day 8, Sunday 17th November 2024 Simena
Day 8, Sunday 17th November 2024
Today is another fun day filled with the same sense of adventure and excitement you’ve now surely come to expect on this trip. We’ll start off with a walk to Aperlai Ancient City. Formerly, Aperlai was significant trading city – now there is little that remains to this once thriving seaside acropolis. You’ll marvel at the crumbling city walls, stone gate that still stands proudly today and the remains of two Roman baths amongst the ruins. After some time here, we’ll retire to lunch at a local restaurant and take the opportunity to snap some photos for the memory bank. After lunch, we will trace our way back to Simena for afternoon of shopping, or relaxing at the sea side (or both!).
Trekking time: 4 hours
Day 9, Monday 18th November 2024 Kabak
Day 9, Monday 18th November 2024
After breakfast today, we’ll hit the trails for the final full day of our trekking adventure through Turkey. We’ll begin with a walk to Delikkemer – a magnificent early Roman aqueduct. Then, you’ll enjoy lunch at the local village of Sidyma before exploring Sidyma Ancient City which lies on the southern slope of Mount Cragus. In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy a leisurely downhill walk, watching as the sun sets over the Mediterranean Sea and finishing your final walk of the trip at a beautiful turquoise beach, aglow under the sunset skies. Tuck into dinner with your newfound travel buddies and group leader this evening and toast to all that you’ve seen and all that you’ve achieved in the last week.
Trekking time: 3.5 hours
Transfer time: 2 hours
Meals: B D
Day 10, Tuesday 19th November 2024 Fethiye - Tour concludes
Day 10, Tuesday 19th November 2024
Fethiye - Tour concludes
After one final breakfast together, we’ll depart for Fethiye this morning. You can expect a scenic drive with plenty of stops along the way to soak in the last few moments of our trip and briefly explore places like Kayakoy and Oludeniz. Our Lycian trekking adventure comes to an end on arrival in Fethiye in the early afternoon today. You can be dropped to the airport or the city centre. If you are flying out on this day, please make sure your flight departure is after 4pm.
Includes: Transfers as per itinerary • Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses • Meals as per itinerary • Water on trekking days • English-speaking guide • Entrance fees as per itinerary • Internal flight Istanbul to Antalya • Gallipoli guided tour
Doesn’t include: International Flights • Airport Transfers • Travel insurance (compulsory) • Visas • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages • Personal expenses • Tips and gratuities
Why you'll love this adventure
- Explore the coastal beauty of Turkey’s Lycian Way
- Trek dramatic Mediterranean hills and sandy coves
- Discover treasures left by the ancient Greeks and Romans who came before
- Raise vital funds for Legacy and make friends with like-minded people
Frequently asked questions
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About the adventure
How challenging is this adventure?
This adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. This trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. This is a hiking trip with daily hikes of up to 20 kilometres/8 hours per day on rocky ground and steep terrain.
Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?
Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.
Who will I be travelling with?
Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime. The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.
What is the general age range of participants?
The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–80+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.
Fitness and training
How do I train for this adventure?
We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge. It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.
What is the accommodation like?
You will be hosted in a combination of Turkish hotels and guesthouses in most destinations. These locally-owned hotels are chosen for their location, character, cleanliness and comfort. We will also stay in a traditional Turkish village guesthouse for a unique insight into local life.
Will I be sharing accommodation?
Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin share. When in twin share, you will be paired with a teammate(s) of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes days in the guesthouse where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability.
I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?
If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and where possible, we will pair you together.
What to expect
I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?
Of course, we will do our best to arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please note in the rural parts of this itinerary, there may be limited choices for those with dietary requirements.
Will I have mobile phone reception?
If you have worldwide coverage, you can bring your own mobile phone and use it to make domestic or international calls. Please check with your mobile service provider prior to departure regarding international roaming and associated costs. Alternatively, you may wish to purchase a local SIM card. Please ensure your phone is unlocked prior to departure. Mobile phone reception will be limited during the trek, but generally fine in the cities. There will be free Wi-Fi available at the hotels.
Will I have access to electricity?
Yes, you will have access to electricity and the ability to recharge items daily.
What do I need to pack?
You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider. You need to bring your main piece of luggage as well as a small to medium daypack for hiking walks (20-25 litres). Your main luggage/bag will be transferred for you to the next destination while you are hiking. You will need to pack good walking shoes, a hat, some sunscreen, and a daypack. We strongly recommend bringing a pair of walking poles. Please note, these cannot be obtained locally.
What happens if there is a medical emergency?
Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.
How do I fundraise?
Never fundraised before? Not sure where to start? No worries, we don’t expect you to do it alone. You will have regular support from the Inspired Adventures fundraising team, who will help you make a fundraising plan to meet your target. Alongside personalised coaching, we will also send you lots of ideas and resources on how to fundraise. From online fundraising to trivia nights, to bake sales and out-of-the-box ideas, we have years and years of tried and tested tips to make your fundraising a success.
What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising target?
It’s normal to worry you won’t meet your fundraising target, but we know you can do it. In fact, with the support of Inspired Adventures, almost everyone goes on to raise far more than they imagined.
By registering for the adventure, you agree to raise the minimum fundraising amount specified. Like you, we are looking to make a significant impact for our charity partners, so the goal is for each person to have met their fundraising target before departure. If you fail to raise the minimum fundraising target by this time, we will review the situation on a case-by-case basis.
I’m travelling with a friend, can we fundraise together?
Absolutely! Fundraising with a friend is a great idea. Just remember the fundraising target is per person, so you will each need to meet the minimum fundraising goal to participate. We know you can do it.
Will the funds raised go directly to Shake it up?
Yes, all of your fundraising will go directly to Shake it up. Only the travel costs are payable to Inspired.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
The funds raised for Shake it up are tax-deductible (conditions apply).
Payments, cancellations and refunds
What’s included in the travel cost?
Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details.
- Generally, the travel cost includes:
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Meals as per itinerary
- Activities as per itinerary
What’s not included in the travel cost?
Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details.
Generally, the travel cost does not include:
- Airport transfers
- Travel insurance (compulsory)
- Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
- Personal expenses
- Tips and gratuities
Is the travel cost guaranteed?
We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size, currency fluctuations or factors out of our control.
How much spending money do I need?
The official currency of Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TRY). Most goods and services can be paid for using the local currency. The EUR is also acceptable as is the USD. For the supply of everyday services like meals and general shopping we recommend the local currency. We recommend about $20-30 AUD a day for meals not included. A combination of cash and credit cards is also recommended.
Is it customary to tip?
It is customary to tip in Turkey, while not compulsory, if you’re happy with the service provided by waiters, drivers and other service workers, leaving a small tip is a good way to show your appreciation. Rounding up the bill and leaving spare change at restaurants and cafes is appropriate, for nicer restaurants we recommend between 5-10% of the bill. For local guides, we recommend $5-7 AUD per day as standard. Your Team Leader and guide will give you advice on customary tipping amounts and coordinate a tipping kitty to assist you and the team with the process.
Travel insurance and visas
Do I need to have insurance?
Travel insurance is compulsory for international adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.
Do I need a visa to travel to Turkey?
Most nationalities require a visa to enter Turkey. Visas must be obtained through the e-Visa system. For the most up to date information, please view the Smarttraveller page here - https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/europe/turkiye
Is it safe to travel to Turkey?
While in Turkey, we advise that you remain aware of your surroundings at all times. Never leave your belongings unattended, always keep an eye or a firm grip on cameras and shoulder bags, and avoid travelling alone, especially at night. Caution should be adopted in larger cities. When staying in hotels, secure all valuables and documents in a safe. A neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, flight tickets, cash and other valuable items is strongly recommended. Leave your jewellery at home. These are the same safety precautions we recommend when travelling to any destination.
What weather can I expect?
Turkey is a large country split into seven regions. As a rule of thumb the Marmara, Aegean and Mediterranean coasts have typical Mediterranean climates with hot summers and mild, wet winters. In the east it is more mountainous with warm summers and very cold, snowy winters. Central Turkey (Cappadocia), has low rainfall, very dry, hot summers and very cold winters. Istanbul and coastal areas can experience very high humidity. We will endeavor to hike early in the mornings and through shaded areas to minimise the suns effect. Generally speaking it is about 15-20 degrees in November which is ideal for trekking. It will be warmer during the days and colder at nights. We will supply you with a comprehensive packing list to prepare you for all eventualities.
Can I drink the water in Turkey?
Generally speaking, it’s probably best to drink filtered or bottled water when travelling in Turkey. Many hotels and lodges provide safe drinking water, while bottled water is another alternative. Water consumption should be about two litres a day. Rehydration salts, motion sickness tablets, and diarrhoea blockers are available from many pharmacies.
Are credit cards widely accepted in Turkey?
Major credit cards are accepted by most large shops, hotels and restaurants, although smaller vendors and market stalls often only accept cash.
Do I require any vaccinations to travel to Turkey?
Approximately two months prior to departure, you should consult your GP for up-to-date medical travel and vaccination information.
The most common vaccinations for Turkey include:
- Hepatitis A
All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.
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