• Duration: Best time 15.03- 15.06/ 15.09-31.10
  • Location: Marmaris; Bozburun Peninsula.
  • Price: € 525,- p.p. based on 2 persons.

Between Marmaris and Datça, flirting with the Greek Island of Symi lies the Bozburun Peninsula; an amazingly untouched place, despite its proximity to tourist hub Marmaris. The peninsula is a sailors’ dream, dotted with picturesque harbors and coves that are only accessible by boat, and a hikers’ paradise with around 150km of marked routes. Nature rules all over this beautiful slice of paradise where one spectacular view is almost instantly followed by the next. During this one week hiking holiday on the Carian trail you will cross the Bozburun Peninsula from Hisarönü to the harbour at Phoinix. From Phoinix harbour a boat will take you back to Söğüt.

Tour highlights
• Pine forests coming down to the sea
• Waterfalls at Turgut
• Olives, herbs , almonds, honey and goats.
• Breathtaking scenery
• Hill top forticifations and hidden ruins.
• Boat trip
• Greek islands of Rhodes and Symi are nearby
• Awesome seafood and meze.

Grade: Moderate.
Stony and rocky underfoot. Take sturdy shoes. Not much climbing involved.
Distances: 9- 16 km per day / Total 74 km
Elevation: 15 – 475 m
Comfort: 00/000
Comfortable small seaside hotels and cabins with private bathroom facilities. Some with swimming pool often family run.

Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Dalaman airport to a seaside hotel at Hisarönü on the northern part of the Peninsula. ( transfer time ca 1,5 hrs/ 115 km)
Overnight: rooms in cabins with private bathroom facilities near the sandy beach (BB)

Day 2: Hisarönü to Turgut.
After a short transfer ( 10 mins) start following the trail along a watercourse, through forest and olive grooves ascending to Kastabos ruins on the Eren dağı mountain ( 842 m) and descending to Orhaniye, spread out round a small bay and Turgut for overnight at bungalows facing a small yacht harbour.
Walk: 11 km/ 4 hrs/ +250/-250 m
Overnight: Turgut, wooden cabins facing a small bay and yacht harbour. (BB)

Day 3: Turgut to Selale to Bayır. Transfer to Selimiye.
Head to Turgut village and past a pyramid shaped tomb in the forest to Selale’s numerous pools.Through lush vegetation and large Cypress trees the climbing route leads to Bayır village. After you drank you tea under the huge plane tree (Short) transfer from Bayır to Selimiye, a coastal village in a picturesque setting.
Walk: 15,5 km/ 5-6 hrs / + 250/- 200 m
Overnight: Selimiye: Family run hotel near beach , lush garden and swimming pool (BB)

Day 4: (Selimiye) Bayır to Selimiye
After a transfer back to Bayir start the walk past remains of old cistern and ruined fortifications , through scrubbed forest and olive trees down to Selimiye, fishing village with market on wednesday to spend the rest of your day.
Walk: 13 km/ 4-5 hrs/ + 200/-240 m
Overnight: Selimiye. Family run hotel near beach, lush garden en swimming pool (BB)

Day 5: Selimiye to Bozburun
From Selimiye take the climbing route again and set off to Bozburun, spread out around the shore, with boats of all shapes and sizes parked and lining the seafront. Bozburun is the largest village on the peninsula and has a small centre with shops, restaurants and harbour. Visit the Roman road in Bozburun in the afternoon or take a boattrip( 3 hrs)
Walk: 9 km/ 3-4 hrs / + 200/- 200 m
Overnight: Bozburun: Comfortable seaside hotel; Family run. (BB)

Day 6: Bozburun to Söğüt.
From Bozburun set off to the shipyard where the traditional wooden GULET boats are built and climb up to the path that follows the coast to Söğüt. This sleepy village with a dramatic mountain backdrop is situated on the westside of Loryma peninsula offering views towards the Greek island of Symi.
On the waterfront are several authentic fish and meze restaurants.
Walk: 12 km/ 3-4 hrs / +200/-200m
Overnight: Söğüt: Boutique styled pension near beach, family run.(BB)

Day 7: (Söğüt) Bahçeli to Phoinix beach. Boattransfer to Söğüt.
After a short transfer to the hamlet of Bahçeli (10 mins) follow the ascending stoney
path toward the coast with fantastic views across to the island of Rhodes. The path
continues above the dramatic coastline before heading inland to the village of Taşlıca with its 42 water well and a nice spot for lunch or teabreak. The route then carries on to the ancient settlement of Phoinix, where the boat is waiting for you to take you back to Söğüt.
Walk: 13 km/ 5-6 hrs/ + 300/-500 m
Overnight: Söğüt: Boutique styled pension near beach; Famliy run(BB)

Day 8 . Onward travel. Transfer to Dalaman airport ( 2,5 hrs)

Included:

7 nights Bed & Breakfast
6 x packed lunches.
Transfers from and to Dalaman airport or Dalyan.
Luggage and all other transfers.
Boattransfer from Phoinix to Söğüt.
Carian trail guide book ( Yunus Ozdemir v.s.) Map.
GPS points or APP available

What else to do.
• Full day or ½ day boattrips in Selimiye, Bozburun or Söğüt for fishing or fun.
• 1,2,3 days or weekly cruises to Symi and other Greek islands
• Book some extra nights in Dalyan at the start or end of your holiday
• Combine with other walks on the Carian trail. We recommend Lake Bafa.          Biking routes available.