This trip combines cycling with yachting along the Turkish coast, where the Mediterranean is never far. Outstanding monuments from the Ottoman Empire, delicious cuisine and friendly locals eager to welcome visitors ensure rewarding travel. Highlights include the resort town of Bodrum, the archaelogical site of Dalyan where cliffside tombs stand testament to a time forgotten, the exotic and charming towns of Kalkan and Kas, and the Ottoman city of Antalya, where we treat you to an ancient hammam and the luxuries of the Hotel Alp Pasa.

Only Great Explorations:

  • Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences.
  • Each of our trips in Turkey has a local guide and support vehicle driver.- traveling with us every day, they add immensely to the experience.
  • A ride you will never forget: Kalkan to Kas on our coastal route with lunch on arrival at the sublime Doy Doy restaurant.
  • Our private yacht, with captain and crew and a chance to sail.
  • Order off the menu at restaurants you won’t find in guidebooks, such as Kokadon, in Bodrum.
  • Distinctive, charming hotels too small for larger groups.
  • We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises.

In Turkey we offer extensions to both Istanbul and Cappadocia. Although the Istanbul extension would normally be done before your trip and the Cappadocia afterwards, you can do them before or after. See prices and inclusions below.

Location

Bodrum

Bodrum, Muğla Province, Turkey

Day 1+2

Hisoronu Bay

Hisarönü, Ölüdeniz Belediyesi/Fethiye/Muğla Province, Turkey

Day 3

Daylan

Dalyan, Muğla Province, Turkey

Day 4+5

Blue Cruise

Göcek, Göcek Köyü/Akhisar/Manisa, Turkey

Day 6

Kas

Kaş/Antalya, Turkey

Day 7

Olympos

Olympos Teleferik, Kemer/Antalya, Turkey

Day 8+9

Antalya

Antalya, Turkey

Day 10

Extension Istanbul

542 Footscray Rd, West Melbourne VIC 3003, Australia

Extension Cappadocia

Cappadocia, Göreme Belediyesi/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
10 nights lodging
All meals, except 2 lunches and 1 dinner
Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
Detailed map and route instructions
All baggage transportation
All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2019

April 11-21 thu
May 9-19 thu
September 17-27 tues

2020

April 9-19
May 7-17
September 15-25

Custom trips available and can start any date. Call or email for details.

TRIP SIZE

8-16 participants

TOTAL DAYS

11 days/ 10nights

ARRIVE / DEPART

Bodrum/Antalya

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate/intermediate
20-40+ miles daily
Van supported

TERRAIN

Cycling routes will have options between 20-40+ miles daily; roads are paved with elevation changes moderate and some steeper hills. Van shuttles are available at anytime! Please refer to Ride Info tab below.

COST

Land Cost (current year):
US $3350
Includes all meals except 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Single Supplement:
US $840- this is for the hotel rooms and ensures single travelers will have private rooms. On the 3 nights on the cruise, single travelers may be required to share 2 bed cabins with other single travelers of the same sex

Bike Rental:
US $220  Please note: Our bicycle fleet for this trip are Cannondale hybrids which are suitable for the roads in Turkey. Bikes come with flat pedals, handlebar bag and map cover.

Extension-Istanbul (optional):
US $395 – 2D/2N
Single supplement US $195

US $545 – 3D/3N
Single supplement US $275

Extension-Cappadocia (optional):
US $395 – 2D/2N
Single supplement US $195

US $545 – 3D/3N
Single supplement US $275

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@great-explorations.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247

Getting there :

Bodrum: Our trip begins in the coastal resort town of Bodrum; your hotel is included on arrival day and most people will arrive late afternoon from Istanbul.


1

Day 1+2

Bodrum

We’ll meet for dinner at 7:00 and prepare you for the trip. The next day options include cycling along the coast or a leisurely sail exploring the islands off-shore on a tradtional Turkish gullet. Our hotel here is located in the center, near to the historic port, markets and cafes.
Distance D2: 54 km, elevation gain 250m or 57 km, gain 370m.*

2

Day 3

Hisoronu Bay 

We’ll ferry across the Aegean Sea, then cycle the Datca Peninsula where the climbs are compensated by shaded pine forests and dramatic coastal vistas. Our ride concludes with a long descent to Hisaronu Bay where we’ll overnight at an exclusive hotel with private beach and tranquil setting.
Distance: 49 km, elevation gain 337 m or 59 km, gain 600 m.*

3

Day 4+5

Daylan 

There will be an option for an early morning ride to Turgut to visit a carpet co-operative, or you can relax on the private beach at our hotel, play tennis or kayak out into Gokova Bay. Just before lunch, we will shuttle north of Marmaris to begin our ride along a quiet road with little traffic, we pass traditional Turkish villages on our way to Caunos and its Lycian tombs. We spend 2 nights in Daylan at an impressive hotel with pool & hammam. On our second day here, we’ll cycle to Iztuzu Beach, where the famed loggerhead sea-turtles are found, and visit the ancient city of Caunos with tombs and theatre to explore.
Distance D4: 30 km, elevation gain 225m or 47 km, gain 490m.*
Distance D5: 13 km, elevation gain 200 m, optional 6 km walk.*

4

Day 6

Blue Cruise

Ride to the chic harbor of Gocek for lunch before boarding yachts to begin our blue voyage. We will cruise to Saint Nicholas Island, and overnight in a quiet cove with dinner under the stars.
Distance: 50 km, elevation gain 500 m.*

5

Day 7

Kas

We sail along the coast, passing Patara Beach (recently voted the world’s most beautiful beach) and the charming sea-side port town of Kalkan full of artisan shops and cafes where we’ll have lunch at a favorite restaurant overlooking the port. Those who wish to cycle can continue from here along a scenic stretch of coastline road to Kas; for those that prefer to cruise by yacht, you have that option.
Distance: 28 km, elevation gain 250 m.*

6

Day 8+9

Olympos 

Cruise to Kekova Island visiting a sunken Lycian city enroute to Simena, where we’ll hike up to the castle above the village overnighting in a bay off of Ucagiz. Next day, we’ll cruise to Kale allowing cyclists to ride a dramatic stretch of road from Andriake to Finike visiting the infamous Church of St.Nicolas (where the legend began) and ruins at nearby Myra. In the late afternoon, we continue to Olympos and its incomparable beach. Explore impressive ruins and hike up to Chimaera to see the eternal flames (where the Olympic flame comes from).
Distance D8: 2 km, elevation gain 50m.*
Distance D9: 30 km, elevation gain 50 m.*

7

Day 10

Antalya

After a relaxing morning at Olympos beach, we’ll transfer to Antalya to explore this thriving port city with beautiful harbour and ancient town where there is lots to see and do. We’ll stay in the old town above the port at Hotel Alp Passa, formerly an Ottoman Palace, now a posh hotel. We’ll celebrate our final night with dinner at our exquisite hotel with memories of turquoise waters and eternal sun.

8

Day 11

Transfer at your leisure to airport or see extensions below.

*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.

Please note, because of ferry schedules, we sometimes vary the above itinerary slighty, spending one night in Bodrum and a night at Golden Key Hotel, Hisoronu Bay instead of two nights in Bodrum.

9

Extension Istanbul

Extension Istanbul

(recommended on arrival, before the tour):

Guided visits to the most impressive sites, including Aya Sofia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, and more. You’ll stay at a 3-star hotel in Sultanamet literally steps away from the important sites (pictured left).

10

Extension Cappadocia

Extension Cappadocia

(recommended after the regular tour):

Fly to Cappadocia and transfer to hotel to relax with vistas over Goreme. Next day, a full day tour with local guide will include a morning hike in the Rose or Pigeon Valley; visits to Monks Valley (Pasabag); Avanos, with its 4000 year old art of kickwheel pottery; a vist to the underground city of Kaymakli.

Su Hotel, Bodrum

This European-style boutique hotel is close to the center of town, with an artfully designed pool, charming restaurant and lounge bar. The Su Hotel showcases local crafts, art and antiques and its courtyard is rich with Mediterranean fig trees, oranges, cacti and pomegranates. Many of the comfortably rooms have balconies overlooking the courtyard and pool.


Golden Key Resort, Hisaronu

Directly on Gokova Bay, this charming hotel boasts a private beach, swimming pool, gardens and large, comfortable rooms. We'll enjoy dinner at the hotel's renowned restaurant.


Alla Turca, Daylan

This hotel has two large swimming pools, comfortable rooms and traditional decor. The dining room serves excellent cuisine and the setting, with tables poolside and views of the tombs at Caunos is hard to beat.


Blue Cruise

Each night we’ll stay on board our comfortable yacht in an idyllic setting. The yacht we typically use is 23 m in length with 6 double cabins, each with private facilities; with a crew of 3 and a maximum of 12 guests you will be well looked after.


Canada Hotel, Olympos

This family owned and managed hotel is located a 7 minute stroll away from Olympos Beach. There is a swimming pool and in the gardens comfortable hammocks to enjoy a good book. Carrie is from Canada and together with her Turkish husband Saban provide a warm welcome.


Hotel Alp Pasa, Antalya

The Hotel Alp Pasa enjoys a convenient location in the historical center of Antalya. Fully renovated in 2004, this posh Ottoman Palace boasts a courtyard with swimming pool and enclosed gardens, Turkish bath, and fine dining room.
The enchanting, historical boutique hotel provides warmly decorated and luxuriously furnished rooms.



			

Trip Reviews

September 10, 2007

“… great food, amazing history and beautiful coastal scenery with the boat portion of the trip being a nice compliment to the biking.”

October 12, 2007

“Turkey is fascinating from its geographic, ethnic, religious and historical points of view. The season and climate is ideal for the October trip. It certainly exceeded my expectations…”

September 28, 2010

“We loved the combination of riding, sight seeing and rich artistic culture of Turkey.”

April 23, 2014

This was definitely more then a vacation, it was a great adventure. Every day brought new sights,experiences and an appreciation for the country of Turkey.

October 23, 2014

Turkey is a fascinating country and very beautiful. Fields of pomegranate, rugged mountains, tropical beaches, and tours of historic ruins were just some of the highlights. If you like variety, riding hills, and swimming in warm water, this is the trip for you.

May 14, 2015

Our first trip to this area of the world. We loved it right away and our appreciation grew as the trip unfolded.

September 23, 2015

We loved turkey more than we expected. we loved: the people, the history, the food, the weather, the beach and ocean

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