Incl: 6 nights breakfast and dinner.
1 night bed and breakfast.
6 x packed lunch
St Paul’s trail guide book, maps, footnotes. GPS coordinates of the trail.
An I-phone app is available. ( € 10)
Excl: transfer from Eğirdir to Antalya airport or Antalya.
Private transfer to Antalya + € 150
There is a public bus service from Eğirdir to Antalya. Price p.p. ca € 10
There is a public bus service from Eğirdir to Konya or Cappadocia.
• Spectacular views over huge Köprülü canyon
• Ever changing scenery
• Ancient Selge, Adada and Asar tepe
• Natural rock formations at Deliksarnıç
• Local Yörük sheperds in their summer camps on the shoulder of the mountains
• Lake Eğirdir fringed by spectacular peaks of the Taurus mountains range to nearly 3000 metres.
Grade: 000/0000 moderate /hard
Distances: 14-20 km per day/ Total 100 km’s
Elevation: 150- 1800 m.
Small pensions, wooden bungalows,home pension with shared bathroom facilities, family run, Turkish home cooking.
Day1: You will be met at Antalya airport and transferred to the pension in Karabük near the Köprülü river ( 84 km/ 2 hrs)
Overnight: pension with comfortable rooms in wooden bungalows near the river. (BB)
Day2: (Karabük) Walk Selge to Karabük
After a transfer ( 30 mins), explore the ruins of Selge (the theatre is especially well-preserved), and walk to the edge of the canyon, through rock formations similar to Cappadocia. Take the steep walk down the canyon side and continue to the Roman bridge at the end of the canyon. Walk from the Roman bridge to your pension alongside the river.
Walk: 15,5 km/ 5-6 Hrs/ + 100/- 900 m
Overnight : Pension with comfortable rooms in wooden bungalows near the river (HB & PL)
Day3: (Karabük) Walk Selge to Çaltepe
After you are dropped at the parking in Selge a cross country trek on a mixture of footpaths , dirt roads and old Roman road, often in beautiful mature forest follows. This walk is the hardest but also the most beautiful. The roman road leads you to the village of Deliksarnıç ( meaning well- in– a hole) Here holes between the rock formations have been waterproofed to make almost bottomless wells. Then follow an old paved route , the Sarp yolu to Çaltepe village and pension.
Walk: 19 km/ 5-6 hrs/ + 300/ – 820
Shorter walk, – 6 km is possible. Extra transfer.
Overnight: Pension in Çaltepe, overlooking the river.Comfortable rooms with ensuite bathrooms and lovely home cooked food.( HB & PL)
Day 4: Walk- Değirmenözü to Çaltepe.
Following a transfer to Değirmenözü, the route takes you across the river and then along the bank of the Köprülü river partly over old walled terraces, partly over limestone hills and slopes to the farming village of Çaltepe village and the pension.
Walk: 18 km/ 6,5- 7,5 hrs/ + 250 m/ – 290 m
Overnight: Pension in Çaltepe (HB & PL)
Day 5: ( Çaltepe) Walk Değirmenözü to Kesme
You are transferred to Değirmenözü where you start following the route to a hill top over the canyon , then down to Cukurca village, with lovely stone houses. After lunch by a spring continue across a tiny gorge past Asartepe, a hill with Roman ruins and climb the Roman road /staircase to Kesme, a large farming village, where you will stay for the night.
Walk: 17 km/ 7-8 hrs/ + 1960 m/ -410 m
Possible to shorten the walk and avoid the steep climb from Çukurca to Kesme.( 11,5 km/ 5-6 hrs)
Overnight: Home pension in Kesme (HB & PL)
Rooms on one floor, kitchen and shared bathroom facilities.Only Turkish spoken, non alcoholic beverage.
Day6: Walk Kesme to Kasımlar
From the village house follow the route on asphalt road, then cross fields to join tractor roads. Then an old road along rock formations towards the rim of the canyon and tiny settlements; a beautiful route with sheltered valleys between eroded rocks and spectacular views over to the pale massif of Sarp dağı mountain.
Walk: 14,5 km/ 6-7 hrs/+ 670 m/-640 m
Overnight: Pension with private bathroom facilities(HB& PL) Only Turkish spoken.
Day 7: Transfer Kasımlar via Adada to Sipahilar. Walk Sipahiler toSerpil ( Eğirdir)
After breakfast your pension holder drives you to Adada for a quick look at the Roman ruins and Sipahiler ,where your last walk starts. The route runs over a ridge to a yalak, a plain with herds of goats and sheep and ends in Serpil where you are collected and transferred to Eğirdir on the lake.
Walk: 15 km/ 5 uur/ + 335 m/ – 630 m
Overnight: Pension in Eğirdir on the lake (HB)
Day 8. Onward travel.
What else to do
• Extra night in Antalya and add a visit to the Roman ruins of Perge, on your transfer to Karabük
• Extra night in Karabük for white water rafting on the river Köprülü Çay ( 12 km)
• Extra nights in Eğirdir for more walking , cycling, a visit to Çandır canyon or Zindan cave.
• Extra night in Antalya and add a visit to Sagalassos ruins, on return from Eğirdir to Antalya
• Combine this program with Lycian way or Cappadocia walks.