The New Carian Trail

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  • Duration: 7 days
  • Price: £520

An exciting new hiking holiday on Turkey’s latest magnificent long distance Carian Trail. Be some of the first hikers to experience this beautiful section of the 800km route.

Stunning views ever day as you walk on ancient caravan roads, shepherds paths and forest trails.


Trip Schedule

Below we have our “The New Carian Trail” walking holiday itinerary. However, if you would like to create a specially tailored trip in Turkey, then contact us today.

Day 1
Arrive Milas

Arrive Milas – Bodrum Airport we pick you up and organise your transfer to Akbuk (White Bay) a beautiful, unspoilt village on the coast you will stay at a Pension near the beach.

Day 2
Walk from Akbuk to Oren

16 kms, allow 7 hours
From the coast through countryside followed by spectacular views and a long descent down to the coastal settlement of Oren. There is a small shop in the village of Alatepe on the route selling cold drinks, ice cream & other refreshments.

Carian Trail Walking Map

Day 3
Walk from Turkevleri to Bozalan

15 kms, allow 6.5 hours
The section between Oren and Turkevleri follows the road and we therefore recommend taking the local dolmus (bus) to skip this section and start your walk from Turkevleri. If starting from Oren then add a further 2.5 hours to the hike. The route begins with a long ascent along mountain ridges with fantastic views across the bay and surrounding countryside before heading through valleys across to Bozalan . There are no refreshment stops enroute and Bozalan itself only has a small teahouse. Transfer to Oren for your accommodation.

Day 4
Transfer to Bozalan

After breakfast transfer to Bozalan hike to Cakilliyali – 16 kms, allow 7 hours
Some valley and forest trail down to coastal path with beautiful, deserted coves. There is a small shop enroute in the village of Gokbel selling refreshments.

Day 5
Walk from Cakilliyali

Walk from Cakilliyali to Yali Ciflik – 21 kms, allow 8.5 hours
A long but very rewarding hiking day with no refreshment stops enroute. Deserted bays and natural pebble beaches, clear turquoise waters with a few small fishing boats. Climbing through olives groves and terraces with fantastic coastal scenery.

Day 6
Walk from Ciflik

Walk from Ciflik to Bodrum 22 kms, allow 8.5 hours
There are shops approximately half way on the route, in the village of Kizilagac. A hike with ancient ruins and domed cisterns, hill and forest paths through the countryside before finally reaching the end of your route in the tourist hotspot of Bodrum. This ancient city previously known as “Halicarnassos” still manages to maintain much traditional character, especially when walking out of high season and less tourists are in town. There is plenty here to explore if you have the time and we are happy to offer advice and make some recommendations.

Day 7
Return Home

Transfer from your accommodation in Bodrum to the airport to return home

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The Carian Trail Trip Details

  •    Description: 5 Hiking days and 6 night’s accommodation (with the option to extend your holiday) Wild and unspoiled coastline with beautiful deserted bays only until recently accessible by boat. Pine Forests and Mountains, ancient monuments and settlements. A wonderful hiking experience with the bonus of traditional Turkish hospitality and tasty, fresh cuisine.
  •    Longest Walking Day: 22 kms / 8.5 hours
  •    Shortest Walking Day: 15 kms / 6.5 hours
  • Walking Difficulty: Moderate to harder difficulty. Parts of the route are remote so it is important to ensure you have adequate supplies of water and food. A mobile phone is important if travelling solo.
  •    Nights: 6
  •    Single Supplement: additional £25 ([convert] £25 [/convert]) per night
  •    Includes: Airport transfers, 6 nights’ accommodation, breakfasts and packed lunches, some dinners (where no other alternatives are available) and transfers on the route where no accommodation is available.
  •    Excludes: Flights to and from Turkey. We are happy to assist with searches on your behalf.
  •    Optional: We have some flexibility to reduce the hiking distances on certain days and also add extra hiking days.
  •    Airport Details: Milas-Bodrum Airport
  •    Accom Type: Traditional “Pensions” on the route. Rooms will have en suite bathrooms
  •    Notes: One and a half hour transfer to the start of the route and 40 minutes return to airport from Bodrum. Keep swimming kit in your day pack ready to take advantage of the empty beaches and crystal clear waters. There is little road access and much of the route is remote and sparsely populated. Make sure you take plenty of fluid for your day walk and a mobile phone in case of emergency is also a good idea. If in doubt, please ask us before you set off. The route is new and though generally well signed, the lack of previous hikers means that you need to keep an eye for markers and rock cairns to help you recognise the route in places. If you do lose the markers retrace your steps to the last marker and search again. We have allowed generous walking times to account for this as well as regular stops for refreshments and taking photographs. It is a good idea to wear gaiters to protect legs from low lying scrub on some sections of the route. There are options most nights to go to small restaurants serving food and alcoholic drinks.