Ancient Road to Adada on Pilgrimage

nymphaeum of Sagalassos

Mt Sivri View of Egirdir Lake

Remains at Sagalassos

Hiking through the Volcanic Oaks

Kesme Village Hike

St Paul Train Holy Pilgrimage Camino

Kasimlar Trek Church

Kesme Rocks Walking

Trek the Volcanic Oak Forest in Turkey

Delisarnic Village on the St Paul Camino

Rock formation near Selge

Volcanic Oak Forest on the route

Rock Formation on the camino

Kasimlar Bridge Trek start

Mt sivri with ruins of Prostana city

Akpinar Village from St Paul Camino

Self Guided Trekking Highlights of the St Paul Trail

In 46 A.D. Paul of Tarsus embarked on his first missionary journey, walking with Barnabus and John Mark, they travelled from Antioch Ad Orontes ( modern Antakya in Turkey) to Perge by sea and then into the highlands of the Taurus Mountains; their target being Antioch in Pisidia (modern Yalvaç), an important Roman Settlement he visited twice on the journey. 

 

His sermons received great interest and Paul became the most prolific of the writers of the New Testament, with 13 of the 27 books attributed to him.

 

The St Paul Trail was inaugurated in 2004 by Kate Clow, the trail follows in footsteps of the apostle, and is way-marked to Grand Randonee standards.

 

Our route takes in some of the finest landscapes of the region, allowing you to enjoy a wide variety of flora as well as fascinating archaeology.

 

Our tour also visits some of the finest archaeological sites in the area including Sagalassos, Antioch in Pisidia (optional), Adada, Selge and Aspendos. You will have the chance to enjoy, in a most unobtrusive way, the gentle hospitality and cuisine of the local people.

You will be provided with detailed graphical tour notes and GPS files for the route and transfers. We will transfer your bags between the hotels so you just walk with day-pack.

Our accommodations vary from boutique hotels to simple village pensions, all with en suite facilities.

 

Our staff are available 24 hours to help you along the Camino of Turkey!

  • Day 1. Arrive Antalya.  Transfer to Aglasun.

    You will be met at Antalya airport or bus station by your private driver and taken directly away from the city into the Taurus mountains.  The journey to Aglasun, the modern name of Sagalassos, is a scenic 90-minute drive.  You arrive at the Sagalassos Spa Hotel where you can enjoy the facilities and unwind after your journey.

    Dinner is not included this evening to allow for late arrivals, however the hotel has a comfortable restaurant and bar.

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  • Day 2. Visit Sagalassos and Egirdir.Trek to Mt. Sivri

    After a healthy Turkish breakfast, your driver will come and take you up the twisty road to the gate of Sagalassos.  You will have an hour and a half to wander this compact but magnificent, site following our notes.

    You will then be driven to the town of Egirdir where you can drop your bags at the lakeside guest house.  You have time to wander the town, have lunch and visit the 13th C entury Seljuk period Madrasa and Mosque.  After lunch, we will take you up to the village of Akpinar, from where you will walk to the summit of Sivri Dag ( Mt. Pointy) for an unequalled view of the town and lake.  The remains of the minor site of Prostanna are passed on the way.  Return to Akpinar for a transfer back to Egiridir for the evening.

    Overnight in Lale or Charly's Pansiyon BB.

    Dinner is available in the hotel or you can wander to the many fish restaurants on the Green Island.  

    Trekking

    1,5 + 7,5km

    Ascent

    Driving

    Included food

    100 + 500m

    60+15+15 mins

    Breakfast

    Hotel Grade

    Standard

  • Day 3. Trek from Balkiri Meadow to Kasnak Forest.

    After a leisurely breakfast on the lake view terrace, we drive to the village of Balkiri and then up to the meadows above.  You walk beneath the bare shoulders of Mt Davraz, through verdant pine forests and grazing pasture on footpaths and forest 

    roads.

    An abrupt turn takes you into the Kasnak forest,  this unique mixed forest of pine, beech juniper, maple and the locally endemic  volcanic oak. 

    From here we transfer you back to Egiridir,  you may fancy a trip to the traditional Turkish Bath, before a lakeside dinner.

    Note: It is possible to extend your stay in Egirdir to visit Yalvac and Psidian Antioch.

    Trekking

    12,50km

    Ascent

    Driving

    Included food

    700m

    25+45 mins

    Breakfast

    Hotel Grade

    Standard

  • Day 4. Hike to Adada, Yenikoy and Tota Meadow.

    A highlight of the St Paul Trail, for many, is the walk up the ancient stone-paved road to the ruins of Adada. The trail passes ruined temples and an ancient theatre before climbing to the wide highland pastures of Tota, roamed by feral horses. From the village of Yenikoy you leave all traces of civilization behind as you take to the pass above through dense forest, descending down to another lonely meadow where our driver will meet you at the spring. The short, scenic drive to Kasimlar village offers fine views of Mount Dedegol. You will spend the next 2 nights with a local family in their simple guest house, renowned for excellent home cooking.

    Trekking

    13,60km

    Ascent

    Driving

    Included food

    700m

    25+45 mins

    Breakfast +Dinner

    Hotel Grade

    Simple

  • Day 5. Short hike - Tota Forest back to Kasimlar.

    A very short drive takes you to the start of the walk, which rises through pine forest passing remote homesteads, eventually arriving at mysterious ruins. The name of this community is as yet unknown but there are remains of a church and a bath-house which suggest it was a significant settlement on a trade route.  Continuing along a ridge with views of deep canyons on one side and the massif of Mt Dedegol on the other you descend through fields and pastures back to the accommodation in Kasimlar in time for lunch.  You have a free afternoon for exploring the village, washing some socks, writing your memoirs or a well-deserved snooze!  

    Trekking

    7,20km

    Ascent

    Driving

    Included food

    250m

    10 mins

    Breakfast+Picnic+Dinner

    Hotel Grade

    Simple

  • Day 6. Kasimlar to Kesme Hike. Transfer to Caltepe.

    A short drive to the bridge and then the climbing begins.  With improving views at every step, you arrive at the pass, a gateway to a totally different landscape.  You leave the limestone and arrive in eerily eroded conglomerate rock, worn into strange valleys and chasms.  You pass another ancient settlement and descend to the red fields and grey stacks as if out of a Salvador Dali composition.  Passing through areas where the roses are grown for the famous 'Attar of Roses' perfume, you arrive at the picture-postcard town of Kesme, in time for a cup of Chai before your transfer to Caltepe village.  Overnight in Erdinc Pansiyon, in a splendid location with excellent home cooking.

    Trekking

    11,50km

    Ascent

    Driving

    Included food

    750m

    5 + 50 mins

    Breakfast+Picnic+Dinner

    Hotel Grade

    Standard

  • Day 7. Kestanelik to Selge Hike. Transfer to Canyon.

    A brief drive past the entrance to Koprulu Canyon takes you up to the fantasy landscape of Kestanelik village, with houses perched on rocks among chestnut trees.  Follow the St Paul Trail into the unique and convoluted valleys, including some ancient paved road where the apostle may have walked.  The trail passes through the village of Delisarnic, meaning 'Crazy Cistern', this village has some excellent examples of cisterns made by walling off one end of a rock-formation and rendering the inside to make freshwater depots.

    A climb brings you through more strange landscapes to the start of the ancient Selge road, arriving at the magnificent theatre.  You will have time to explore the theatre and stadium before a drive down through the cypress forests to the Roman bridge at Koprulu Canyon.  Overnight in Riverside  Eco Family Park hotel.

    Trekking

    9km

    Ascent

    Driving

    Included food

    500m

    15 + 25 mins

    Breakfast+Picnic

    Hotel Grade

    Comfortable

  • Day 8. Transfer to Antalya. Optional Aspendos visit.

    After a morning spent enjoying a riverside breakfast we will take you to Antalya at a suitable time to meet your flight or bus. Before that you may wish to wander up to the ancient bridges and gorge, or trying out the world-famous white-water rafting (arrange with the hotel). We can also arrange, en route to Antalya, a passing visit to Aspendos with its magnificently preserved theatre. 

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  • Prices and Booking.

    1 Person in single room 780€

    2 Persons sharing twin room 475€ per person

    2 Persons in 2 single rooms 580€ per person

    3 Persons,1 twin + 1 single room 435€ per person

    4 Persons 2 twin rooms 320€ per person

    Extra day in Egirdir hotel + trip to Pisidian Antioch. 135€ ( price for transport and 1 extra night in hotel for 1 room)

    To make a booking we request a 10% deposit with the final payment due 2 weeks before travel.

    Any changes to your programme due to corona restrictions can be made free of charge.

    In the event of cancellation due to statutory measures the deposit can be used on an alternate date or trip and the balance would be refundable.

    Please get into contact by email to info@ambertravel.com

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