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.
After a 4-year hiatus we started running trips in Turkey again in 2019. Some of the road surfaces (on Bodrum loop ride in particular) are chipseal (asphalt and aggregate combined). We spend two nights in Bodrum and if you prefer not to do the ride on Day 2, we can offer a day sail on a traditional gullet and time to visit the underwater museum and other sites in Bodrum. FYI, both Conde Naste and Bloomberg named Bodrum one of the best places to travel in 2019. Business Insider wrote: “Forget Bali and Mykonos: An ancient port city in Turkey is the under-the-radar luxury hotspot to visit in 2019.” We stay at a charming hotel in the center, the Su Hotel. Draped in bougainvillea and with a delightful pool, excellent restaurant and friendly staff. We stay in a variety of hotels on this trip, and we hope you’ll find each authentic, comfortable and memorable.
“The trip was great. Turkey is a beautiful country with friendly people. The itinerary was varied and interesting. Our guides were attentive and upbeat and the camaraderie with fellow travelers terrific.”
“Turkey was amazing and the biking stunning. We were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and lodging. We enjoyed the trip immensely and made great friendships. Highly recommend the trip.”
“Enjoyed the County and our guide. The last 3 days of cycling were the most enjoyable. Guide’s knowledge and passion for Turkey’s history and culture was so wonderful. We enjoyed all the side trips and learning more about Turkey. The second half our the trip was more of what I expected, cycling along the waters edge. The roads were also easier to bike on. Ride options were good. There was a variety of hotels we stayed in, some better than others but the overall they were fine. Most of the meals we had at restaurants were good, our guide did a great job of recommending where to eat and what to order.”
“We loved Turkey more than we expected. We loved: the people, the history, the food, the weather, the beach and ocean.”
“Our first trip to this area of the world. We loved it right away and our appreciation grew as the trip unfolded.”
“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.”
“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.”
“We loved the combination of riding, sight seeing and rich artistic culture of Turkey.”
“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…”
“Great food, amazing history and beautiful coastal scenery with the boat portion of the trip being a nice compliment to the biking.”
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