He will guide the following tours:
Laodiceia Tour: This easy-medium hike takes you to Laodiceia, a hidden former Lycian-Roman settlement in a remote region on Mount Olympos. A romantic shepherds’ path leads along the slope of Mount Olympos to the ruins with little altitude difference. The path winds its way through patches of Turkish pine (Pinus brutia) and ancient agricultural terraces, which are covered mainly with styrax shrub (Styrax officinalis), turpentine tree (Pistacia terebinthus) and Kermes oaks (Quercus coccifera). In spring you can see a large variety of flowers with Branched Asphodel (Asphodel ramosus), Mediterranean Spurge (Euphorbia characias) and Anatolian orchid (Orchis anatolica) among the most common ones. Along the way you have wonderful views to the coast and the sea. Laodiceia itself is located in a spectacular position above a ledge at about 900 m above sea level. In the ruins you can search for the agora (meeting place), ancient archways and cisterns. For more pictures please look here)
Walking time 3 hours, ca.250m ascent. Suited for children 5 years and older.
The tour lasts 3½ hours, spending about 45 minutes in the cave. Suited for children 5 years and older. All visitors should wear trekking sandals or trainers for the hike, as some sections of the cave require very easy climbing.
Mount Olympos Tour: Mount Olympus (Turkish: Tahtalı) dominates with its vertical limestone walls the image of the coastline between Kemer and Cıralı. Despite its very alpine appearance its technical not difficult to hike the mountain. A nice path winds it way up from Beycik village through dense stands of Cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani) to a sattle where we have a break and enjoy the packed lunches. Leaving the forest, we ascend through an alpine landscape (2½ hours) to the peak (2.365m). During the tour we can enjoy fantastic views to the sea and the surrounding mountains. No sure footedness and freedom of vertigo is required but certainly good fitness to cope with 1400 altimeter difference.
On the steep rock faces of the mountains, the magnificent Bezoar goats are still found. A special feature of the Bezoar goat is the long scimitar-shaped horns of the males with a sharp inside edge.
Instead of walking down all the way, we take the comfortable cable car and glide effortlessly back into the valley.
Gear: Hiking boots are best suited, but you can also do the tour with trainers. Day pack, water bottle, rain jacket. Do not forget warm clothing on cold days! Hiking poles can be rented free of charge. 5-6 hours walking time
The Turkish cuisine is also known as the French cuisine of the Orient because it is rich diversity. Cooking style from former nomadic Turkic people have mixed with cooking traditions of India, Persia and Arabia, as well as traditions from the Caucasus and the Mediterranean. Participants will cook together a menu from appetizers (meze), soup, a variety of main dishes and a dessert.
At the beginning Sibel will give a brief introduction to the Turkish cuisine with focus on spices and the various seasonal vegetables. Togehter simple, tasty appetizers, for example, from sesame- paste and yogurt and light vegetable dishes are prepared, which participants can easily realize back at home.
Duration: 3 hours