15 hours
Duration
Yes
Accesibility
All Ages
Age
Yes
Special Diets
May – Oct
Dates
Taurus Mountains - The Lisinia Project - Burdur and Salda Lakes

Reflections of Taurus

Allow us to take you on our Ultimate Adventure through the Reflections of Taurus – journey through the stunning Taurus mountains, onto the Lisinia Project – a unique wildlife conservation centre and organic medicinal research facility – immerse yourself in the decadence of nearby magnificent lavender, rose and sage fields – responsible for 90% of the worlds supply of the essences of each product, culminating in a fabulous sunset at the breathtaking Salda Lake.

Twice a month we will begin our trip by collecting you from your accommodation in our minibus at 8.30am. Enjoy a simple but delicious picnic breakfast on board as we travel towards our first destination. The journey to reach here lasts approximately 3 hours so we will ensure to have plenty of comfort breaks along the way, as well as frequent stops at places of particular beauty for photograph opportunities. As we travel we will show you the seemingly endless wonders of the Taurus Mountains – so stunning you will be unable to tear your eyes away from what you see before you. Words cannot do justice to the view you will experience.

Our first stop at approximately midday will be at the famous Muhtarın Yeri Restaurant. As we begin to approach our destination the unbelievable views of Burdur Lake will being to appear in front of you. The restaurant is situated directly opposite the lake so once we arrive, stretch your legs and walk around the beautiful grounds with the views surrounding you before sitting down for a sumptuous feast. This venue is renowned for it’s speciality meat dishes – lamb, beef, chicken are all cooked in a top secret way resulting in a taste sensation you will never experience anywhere else. Accompanied by homemade soups, a range of mezzes and breads, delicious deserts and a complimentary alcoholic or non alcoholic drink, this will be the first of many experiences you have today that you will never forget. (Vegetarian options are also available)

After an hour or so here we will reboard the bus and make a short fifteen minute journey along the lake road allowing you a closer look at this wonderful scenery, after which we will be proud to introduce you to The Lisinia Project. The Lisinia Project is the life’s work of veterinarian Öztürk Sarıca. Here sick and wounded wildlife are treated and whenever possible returned back to the wild. Currently being cared for are wolves, eagles, jackals, hawks, storks, wild boars and many more. Sample the home brewed organic lavender tea or water as you are educated in the history behind the project and the way it runs, as well as learning about the pure, organic products that are made from the vast lavender, rose and sage fields nestled in the grounds near to the wildlife rehabilitation centre. The essences extracted from the flowers that grow in these fields are used in 90% of the worlds organically scented lavender and rose products. It is a truly humbling and awe inspiring atmosphere and one which we know you will adore. There is no entrance fee and the project does not accept donations from anybody. It is self-supporting by selling its pure, natural products to visitors; the area in which they make the products from the raw materials will be fully operational when we visit so you will have the opportunity to observe the process and even participate.  The project has also invested significant time and energy into research behind the causes of cancer and truly believe that educating people on the importance of living an organic lifestyle can be of benefit – something which you can also learn about thanks to their investigation pods.

TIP: If you fancy getting a real inside look at this trip, have a read of my blog ‘What I Saw In My Reflection’

Close by to the Lisinia Project are several small traditional villages which you will have the opportunity to visit should you so wish.

At around 5pm we will make our way to the nearby lavender fields. Spread before you as far as the eye can see and beyond will be 400 hectares of lavender – the biggest site in the world. The planting of the bushes has been done so that everything is perfectly symmetrical and if you look closely you will see that they are grown in a pattern of five inter-connecting straight lines whichever way you view them – almost like a magic eye puzzle. This is a fantastic opportunity for photography so please remember to bring your camera. These lavender fields are solely responsible for the re-generation of Burdur Lake, which you will learn about during your time here.

Once we have finished at Lisinia we will begin our journey to the picture perfect Salda Lake. You can read more detail about this supernatural environment here. You will now have the opportunity to swim in the turquoise waters, relax on the unique sands of the beach and bask in the glow of the late evening sunshine. From the nearby pide house there will be a wide range of delicious foods served on a continual basis which you can help yourself to as much and as often as you wish. This eatery is famous for its clay tray meatballs and fish as well as it’s homecooked pide – make sure you try something of everything! As the sun goes down behind the mountains, we will be at the perfect spot to revel in the beauty of the world’s most spectacular sunsets Take in the beauty of your surroundings with your complimentary beverage before we slowly begin to reboard our mini bus to start our return journey to Dalyan.

Departure time will of course be seasonal dependent on sunset, resulting in an arrival time in Dalyan between 11pm and midnight.

* %50 discount for children under the age of 12

** Children under 4 years old go FREE

Things To Know

AVAILABILITYThursday and Monday dependent on month
TOUR PRICE£55 pp
TOUR MAX18 people
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONYour Hotel / Villa
DEPARTURE TIMEPlease be ready by 8AM for a prompt departure at 8:30 AM.
RETURN TIMEApproximately 23.00PM – 00.00AM dependent on time of sunset
WHAT TO BRING
Camera,
Hat,
Suitable Shoes or Sandals,
Sunscreen lotion,
Swimwear (Optional)
Towels (Optional)
Binoculars  (Optional)
INCLUDED
Professional Guide
Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner
Pancakes, Fresh Fruits & Soft Drinks at Lisinia Project
Pide and snacks at Salda Lake
Complimentary alcoholic or non alcoholic drink at lunch and sunset
Transportation in mini-coach
NOT INCLUDEDExtra beverages purchased throughout the trip
Any products purchased at Lisinia
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