Our latest minidoc explains the stories behind the hiking routes in both Turkey & South Korea and how the Friendship Trail concept was born, with interviews made with the President of Jeju Olle Foundation, Myung Sook Suh from South Korea and the Manager of Culture Routes Society, Hüseyin Eryurt.

Friendship Trails Minidoc

Natalia on Sufi Trail / From İstanbul to Konya
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Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe / Routes4U Program
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Who are we?

Who are we?

ornament1We are a small Turkish not-for-profit society. Our members make and maintain long distance walking, biking and horse-riding routes. The society protects old roads, markets Turkish culture routes and helps villagers along the routes benefit from them.

Committee and Members

ornament1Our committee includes the creators of the finest walking routes in Turkey. Our members include trekking guides, travel agencies, accommodation providers, archaeologists, historians, nature-lovers and people interested in Turkish village culture.

Products and Services

ornament1To help you use our routes, we produce and sell guide-books, maps and iphone apps. We also list all our member agencies tours on the site (see tours) and will advise you about your adventure by mail, by phone or at our drop-in centre in Antalya .

Practical Ways to Help

ornament1The society relies on help from enthusiastic volunteers either with individual projects or in our office. Read more about our how you can help. If you like our work and want to contribute, you can become a member or make a donation.

Upcoming Events

What's new?

“Lycian Way’s first friendship trail was celebrated with a series of activities” The Culture Routes Society organized “Friendship Trails Event” on June 15-16th at Demre with the participation of South Korean group of seven representatives from Jeju Olle Trail including the founder Myung Sook and Jeju Environment Conservation Bureau representatives Kang Myeng-gyun and Lee Kyung-a. Lycian…

Route Bedre (transfer from Eğirdir), Bagören, Barla, Dikmen, Asagi Tirtar, transfer to Yukari Tirtar, Eyüpler, transfer to Yalvaç , transfer to Sücüllü, Yalvaç, bus to Eğirdir, transfer to Akpinar, above Balkiri, Yukarigökdere, hitch to Eğirdir, transfer to Serpil, Sipahiler, transfer to homestay above river gorge towards Adada, Sagrak, near Tota Yaylasi, hitch to Kasimlar, Kesme,…

This Story is by a fellow hiker, Ronald who trekked the Lycian way in September 2017 It was early September in Antalya when I shook the bell on the gate to the courtyard of the Culture Routes Society. Kate poked her head out, and I said I was passing through to hike the Lycian Way…

A few weeks ago an interesting email reached the CRS from Finnish theatre group, Ruska Ensemble. Inspired by the writings of Rumi, a famous actor, Jari Virman (https://www.facebook.com/ruskaensemble/), proposed to make a personal pilgrimage from Istanbul to Konya, following the Evliya Çelebi Way, then turning east to the city of Mevlana.   Jari began his…

Bush Whacking on the Carian Trail By Jennifer Baljko Sweat drips into my eyes. I lay the loppers (my large borrowed pruning scissors) on a rock, and take off my smelly gardening gloves. I twist the bandana off my neck and wipe my dirty brow. I might as well have some water, too, I tell…

  As I huffed and puffed up and up and up during the initial hours of the hike and then crushed my knees under the weight of my ridiculous 22-kilogram backpack on the first big downhill, I realized that my idea was too lofty.   I arrogantly thought I was ready for the Likya Yolu…

This is a unique work camp for nature-lovers and back-packers. The Carian Trail is Turkey’s longest footpath passing through villages, beaches, ruins and rugged coastline around the southwest corner of Turkey. This spring, a group of international volunteers will be cleaning parts of the walking route in Bozburun and Datça Peninsulas and other areas mainly…

TRAVEL DIARY BY BÜLENT DOĞRUYOL: DAY 1: After a quiet night’s sleep followed by a wholesome Turkish breakfast we hopped on the Dolmus and told the driver to drop us off at the start of the Lycian trail. It was early in the morning. Since the skies were overcast (a rarity in late August Fethiye,…