Pisidia Heritage Trail Tour

BIAA

17 November 2022

Join an exclusive tour marking the 75th anniversary of the BIAA. This 5-day guided hiking tour features the highlights of the Pisidia Heritage Trail, passing through stunning landscapes and off-the-beaten-track archaeological sites including Sia, Melli and Ariassos, as well as the more-visited Termessos and Sagalassos.

9-13 May 2023 | Hiking Tour | Equinox Travel

This tour is ideal for outdoor lovers interested in archaeology, nature and hiking along ancient trails.

A copy of the brand new Pisidia Heritage Trail Guidebook, written by BIAA Assistant Director Dr Işılay Gürsu, is included for all hikers.

Price: £775 (+ £142 single supplement)

Image: Via Sebaste – the ancient road in Döşemeboğazı

Image: Güllük Mountain and Termessos Theatre

Tour Schedule

Tuesday 9 May (Day 1): Arrival / Termessos | Total walk approximately 6 km / 5 hours

Arrive at Antalya airport by 10:00 to meet with your guide. Today’s visit is to the ancient city of Termessos and Gulluk Dag National Park. We will explore the city in detail, including the necropolis and Tomb of Alketas. We will walk through the Northern gate along a beautiful and well-preserved ancient road down through Buk forest to where we will meet our transport. Dinner will be at a famous Turkish BBQ restaurant.  Overnight at KHAN VIB hotel. (L/D)

Wednesday 10 May (Day 2): Sia – Via Sebaste – Antalya | Total walk approximately 17 km / 8 hours.

Today we will walk from Sia to Döşemealtı along an ancient Roman highway named Via Sebaste. This trail was the main route connecting the Pamphylian plain to inner Anatolia. Dinner and overnight at Antalya VIB Hotel. (B/L/D)

Image: 3D reconstruction of the ancient city of Ariassos/ Lithodomos©
Thursday 11 May (Day 3): Ariassos – Sia | Total walk approximately 12 km / 7 hours

Today we will walk a great nomad path from Termessos to Ariassos. We will walk through beautiful ‘Yayla’ – summer meadows frequented by nomads – to Akkoc village, and then along the ancient trail to Ariassos. After visiting Ariassos, we will have a picnic lunch and walk the magnificent trail from Bogazkoy (Panometeicos) to Sia. We will then continue to Ağlasun. Dinner and overnight at Sagalassos Lodge. (B/L/D)

Friday 12 May (Day 4): Sagalassos – Melli – Pednelissos – Koprulu Kanyon | Total walk approximately 13 km / 6 hours

Today we will visit Sagalassos and drive to Melli to walk the trail from Melli to the Aksu River.  We will then visit Pednelissos before driving to Koprulu Kanyon for dinner and overnight. (B/L/D)

Saturday 13 May (Day 5): Selge – Delisarnıç – Çaltepe / Departure | Total walk approximately 12 km / 7 hours

One of the highlights of the trip is the visit to the ancient city of Selge and the walk from Selge to Caltepe passing through Delisarnic Rock Formations. We will follow ancient trails for most of the hike. Finishing the day at 18:00 and then driving to Antalya airport, ETA 20:00. (B/L)

What is included

All hotels and meals are as indicated in the itinerary.
B/L = Breakfast and Lunch L/D = Lunch and Dinner B/L/D= Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Airport transfers and minivan for tours
Specialist professional guide
Entrance fees

* Equinox Travel and guides may make necessary changes and adjustments to the itinerary if needed

What is not included

Airline tickets
Visa to Turkey
Tips to guide and driver

* Contact Equinox travel with additional hotel requests or for assistance with arranging airline tickets
* Tour is subject to minimum numbers

The Pisidia Heritage Trail

The Pisidia Heritage Trail is a 350km archaeology-themed hiking route that connects 12 ancient cities in Southwest Turkey along the magnificent Taurus Mountains.

Find out more and experience the trail from home by purchasing the Pisidia Heritage Trail Guidebook or downloading the App on Google Play or App Store for free.

Image: Selge’s theatre

Connecting three major archaeological sites of Pisidia – Termessos in the west, Sagalassos in the north and Selge in the east – the trail almost forms a triangle on the map. Most of the sites along the trail were surveyed by archaeologists affiliated with the British Institute at Ankara. The trail is designed to attract hikers, nature lovers and adventurers in general, as well as to increase economic benefits for the communities who live by these ruins.