Lonely Kayakoy: A Ghostly Museum-Village
- Guided village tour: Explore cobblestone streets in this eerily empty town, with free time to wander and imagine past life in its stone houses and tangled gardens.
- Katapongagia Church and Taxiarkis Church: These churches' ornate interior decorations are the best preserved of the many chapels that dot the town.
- Scenic Fethiye region: Enjoy a cool, comfortable motorcoach journey through a bucolic landscape of vineyards and pine forests on your way to Kayakoy village.
About This Fethiye Tour
You're in Turkey, yet you're visiting an old Greek town. That's unusual. But even stranger, its streets are quiet and its stone buildings abandoned. Let us explain.
Until 1923, Kayakoy was a Greek town known as Levissi with 3,000 buildings, schools, churches, and monasteries. At the end of the Greco-Turkish War (1919-22), the League of Nations supervised a population exchange of Greek and Turkish people with the goal of creating ethnically homogenous nation states. Greek Muslims were to move to Turkey, and Ottoman Christians were to relocate to Greece.
But that didn't work out so well for Kayakoy. First, there were many more Christians than Muslims, so some Turkish towns, like this one, weren't occupied. Also, the Muslims who were encouraged to move there didn't take to the rocky terrain and preferred to settle where land was more arable. Years of neglect, followed by a 1957 earthquake, further discouraged anyone looking at real estate in Kayakoy.
But interest perked up in the 1980s. With tourism growing, developers hatched plans to turn Kayakoy into a holiday village. At that point, the Ministry of Culture stepped in to preserve it as a museum-village, and so the haunting and timeless town endures – for now. And while much has changed, there's still a glimpse of Greece. On a clear day you can see all the way to the island of Rhodes.
This story isn't over yet
In 2014, the Turkish government announced plans to rent the intriguing ghost village of Kayakoy in return for its restoration. Those who champion the plan support the development of a hotel and tourist facilities that would fill about a third of the existing town. Opponents, who are petitioning to stop development, say it will ruin the town's authenticity and importance as a cultural landmark. Stay tuned.
Meeting point at the Port of Fethiye, Hotel, or the Dalyan International Airport and look for our tour representative with the displayed logo sign. Be sure to indicate the name of your hotel at check-out so we know where to meet you.
Please dress conservatively.
Due to the nature of this tour, it is not recommend for travelers using walkers or wheelchairs. Travelers must be able to walk approximately 2 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, inclines and 100+ steps.
Cultural, Scenic, Walking Tour
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
This tour is not recommended to travelers with walking difficulties or who cannot manage steps.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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