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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights boat
Meals
  • 2 Dinners
  • 5 Lunches
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$2890USD

 
 

Overview

Trip Code: LCC

Trip highlights


  • Be immersed in the local culture, history and unspoilt beauty of the Lycian coast
  • Cycle to Kayaköy and explore the ruins of this uninhabited city
  • Discover Sakklikent Canyon and its enormity
  • Soaking up the hospitality on board the comfortable sailing boat

There are few coastlines which offer the appealing combination of sublime landscapes, rich cultural history and legacies from ancient civilisations found on Turkey's Lycian Coast. We spend a week discovering the coastline and backcountry between Bodrum and Fethiye with our three-masted motor yacht. Our charming and stylish vessel is built to the highest of standards. Accompanied by our guide you will discover the unique natural wonders and historical cities which grace the area. Admire the famous tombs of Dalyan, which were cut into the cliffs between 4 and 2 BC by the Lycian coastal inhabitants, and the spectacular Saklikent Canyon. Spend your evenings relaxing on board in the deserted bays or make the most of the nightlife in the port cities and their many cafes and bars.

Trip Grading

moderate to challenging

More info about grading system

Traveller Rating

 

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Individual arrival to Bodrum (county, the port is at Yali çiftlik) . Check-in is from 2:00pm. A group transfer can be arranged from Dalaman airport or Bodrum airport (must be pre-booked and is an additional cost). This evening we will have our first dinner together as a group.

Meals:  D

In the early morning, we sail / cruise from Bodrum to Körmen. Once we arrive, our cycle tour begins!. This scenic route takes along the Datça peninsula. The first ascent takes us to a height of 450m before we head back down to the sea. On a clear day it is possible to see the Greek islands Nisyros, Tilos and Rhodes. We pedal first along the coast and then through more rural areas, before taking reaching Knidos. After visiting the impressive archaeological site, we stay in one of the most picturesque bays on the Turkish coast.

Meals:  B,L

In the morning we have plenty of time to relax on our way to a small bay at the peak of the Bozburun Peninsula. A secluded mountain road takes us to a mountain village located at 300m above sea level, home to a 1,500-year-old plane tree and a lively bazar that is well worth a visit. A short walk around the plane tree is said to ensure a long and lucky life. After lunch we continue to the bay of Çiftlik by bike where there is enough time to enjoy a refreshing swim in the sea.

Meals:  B,L

During breakfast we cross over to the little harbour of Ekincik, the starting point of today’s bike ride. After crossing the pass with its spectacular views, we reach the shore of Lake Köycegiz, where we have the opportunity to enjoy a healing mud bath close to Sultaniye. After cycling through another small pass, we reach the mouth of the Dalyan River. From here we hop on a small boat for a 30 minute cruise past the impressive Lycian rock-cut tombs overlooking the Dalyan delta to our boat which waits on anchor near a small rocky island.

Meals:  B,L

After breakfast the boat brings us close to the ancient city of Kaunos, the first destination of today’s bike tour. Once directly on the seaside and an important port town, the harbour now lies 8km from the coast. Only the ruins are silent witnesses of the former wealth of the city. After visiting the site, we continue by bike across the fertile Dalaman plains with their cotton fields and orchards and take a well-deserved break in a tea house in Dalaman. After crossing a small pass, we reach the beautiful bay of Sarsala, where we can already spot our boat from afar.

Meals:  B,L

After breakfast the boat sails past numerous small islands before reaching Gemiler. Also known as the island of St. Nicolas, a church was built here for the saint in the 5th century. Back on the mainland our bike ride takes us through a pine forest to the 1922 abandoned Greek city of Kayaköy, once home to 6,500 people. From here we continue our bike ride to Fethiye where we have the chance to extend our tour by a few kilometres: a small peninsula nearby tempts with its quiet bays and beautiful beaches, perfect for a picturesque swim stop. In the evening we can spend the time exploring the city of Fethiye with its local bazar. The old town, marked by the Eski Cami Mosque is also worth a visit, with its narrow, winding alleyways and the typical corner houses.

Meals:  B,L

A bus transfers (60 min) takes us to Cavdir, the starting point of today’s cycling tour. From here we bike to the Saklikent Canyon, where we can enjoy lunch on the riverbank. In Turkish “Saklikent” means “Hidden City”. The canyon is spectacular and can easily be explored on foot. Afterwards we continue our cycling tour to Kadiköy. From here a short transfer takes us to the ancient town of Tlos which was once one of the largest towns in Lycia. After our visit a transfer takes us to Göcek.

Meals:  B,D

After breakfast on board, the trip concludes around 9am with individual departure. On request join a group transfer to the airport at Dalaman or Bodrum.

Meals:  B

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Make your own way to Göcek and the boat, approx. one hour from Dalaman airport. Check-in onboard starts at 2pm. Take the afternoon to stroll through the lively harbour town. This evening we will have our first dinner together as a group. We can assist with an arrival transfer from Dalaman or Bodrum airport, please ask for our rates.

Meals:  D

A bus transfers (60 min) takes us to Cavdir, the starting point of today’s cycling tour. From here we bike to the Saklikent Canyon, where we can enjoy lunch on the riverbank. In Turkish “Saklikent” means “Hidden City”. The canyon is spectacular and can easily be explored on foot. Afterwards we continue cycling to Kadiköy. From here, a short transfer takes us to the ancient town of Tlos which was once one of the largest towns in Lycia. After visiting the historic site the shuttle bus takes us to Gemiler Bay, where we board the boat off the coast of Gemiler Island – also known as St. Nikolaus Island due to the church constructed here in his name in the 5th Centuary.

Meals:  B,L

In the morning we cycle through a pine forest to the 1922 abandoned Greek city of Kayaköy, once home to 6,500 people. From here we continue our ride to Fethiye where we have the chance to extend our tour by a few kilometres: a small peninsula nearby tempts with its quiet bays and beautiful beaches, perfect for a picturesque swim stop. Alternatively we can spend the time exploring the city of Fethiye with its local bazar. The old town, marked by the Eski Cami Mosque is also worth a visit, with its narrow, winding alleyways and the typical corner houses. Back on board, the boat takes us to Sarsala Bay where we spend a peaceful night on anchor.

Meals:  B,D

After breakfast we cross the fertile Dalaman plains with its cotton fields and orchards before taking a well-deserved break in a tea house in Dalaman. We then cycle on through a small pass to the estuarial area of the Dalyan delta, where we have lunch in a charming restaurant. From here it’s only a few more kilometres to Dalyan. A small boat takes us passed the impressive rock-cut tombs and the Dalyan delta to our ship, which waits on anchor near a small rocky island.

Meals:  B,L

After breakfast the boat brings us close to the ancient city of Kaunos, the first destination of today’s bike tour. Once directly on the seaside and an important port town, the harbour now lies 8km from the coast. Only the ruins are silent witnesses of the former wealth of the city. After visiting the site, we continue on by bike to the shores of Lake Köycegiz, where we have the opportunity to enjoy a healing mud bath close to Sultaniye. After crossing another small pass with fantastic views we reach the tiny fishermen’s village of Ekincik, where we board the boat and spend the night in the bay of Ciftlik.

Meals:  B,L

A secluded mountain road takes us to a mountain village located at 300m above sea level, home to a 1,500-year-old plane tree and a lively bazar that is well worth a visit. A short walk around the plane tree is said to ensure a long and lucky life. After lunch we continue to a small bay at the peak of the Bozburun Peninsula. From there we cross over to Datca, the capital of the peninsula of the same name. The evening can be spent wandering through the lively harbour town.

Meals:  B,L

Today’s bike tour leads us along the Datça peninsula. The first ascent takes us to a height of 450m before we head back down to the sea. On a clear day it is possible to see the Greek islands Nissyros, Tilos and Rhodes. A scenic road leads first along the coast and then through more rural areas, before taking us to Knidos. After visiting the impressive archaeological site, we stay in one of the most picturesque bays on the Turkish coast.

Meals:  B,L

In the morning we cross over from Knidos to Bodrum / Yali çiftlik. Check-out after breakfast. On request a group transfer to the airport is available (extra cost applies).

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches or dinners* (does not include drinks) - meals are provided on a half board basis meaning that breakfast and either lunch or dinner is provided each day. Usually dinner is provided and lunch is free for you to sample a restaurant along the cycle route. The cook on board is a member of the crew and prepares the meals.
  • 7 nights accommodation in a twin cabin with private bathroom on a premium category gulet. Supplement applies for single cabin, or above deck cabin on select departures. If you are travelling by yourself you will be matched with another passenger. The spacious cabins are configured with a double bed or two lower beds.
  • Bottled water on board and for all activities ashore
  • Bed linen and cabin towels
  • Information pack including overview maps per cabin
  • 21 speed hybrid bike rental with pannier (electric bike available on request - supplement applies). The guides will carry bike locks for the group when cycling, or individual locks can be provided on request if you decide to bike alone (limited supply).
  • Experienced crew including English speaking cycle guide
  • Entrance to museums and archaeological sites (group visits only)

  • Travel to and from Bodrum/Yali çiftlik or Göcek
  • Meals not listed as included, drinks
  • Helmets - mandatory on all bike tours, you are encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet. A limited number of rental helmets are available on board (reservation essential), however we cannot guarantee their suitability.
  • Optional Bicycle insurance - payable in cash locally. EUR10 per person for hybrid bike, EUR20 per person for electric bike. Please note that normal travel insurance often does not cover loss or damage to rental bikes. If you do not take out bike insurance you will need to pay for the cost of the bike or repair of damages.
  • Travel insurance - mandatory *cruise cover may be required - check with your insurer
  • Tips for guide and crew
  • Return group transfers from the airport in Dalaman or Bodrum to the boat on arrival and departure days - reservation on request for an additional cost, ask our office for details
  • Our Turkish boat does not offer a Wifi connection. If you need to connect during the tour we recommend taking your portable electronic device to a cafe or bar in the harbour as free wifi is available almost everywhere on purchase of something to eat or drink.
  • Entrance fees not listed as included
  • Items of a personal nature including beach towel for use ashore

Cabins


Bike information


Grading

moderate to challenging  

The trip requires an excellent level of fitness from participants, acquired from steady cycling. The day tours range between 27 to 49km/17 to 30mi, taking you through hilly and mountainous terrain. Participants will also have to master extended climbs, during which you may need to push the bike. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned bike tour. We will traverse mostly asphalted roads, which are rarely travelled outside of the holiday seasons. The cyclists on regular bicycles determine the pace. We ask guests who have reserved an e-bike to be mindful of this and to acknowledge that the regular cyclists need time to rest and take longer to climb the hills. *For safety reasons, cycle helmets must be worn while cycling - this is a condition of the tour.


Departure dates


Notes

IT1
Trip begins in Bodrum
IT2
Trip begins in Göcek - refer to itinerary 2 in trip notes.
Note:
On this trip, the cyclists on regular bicycles determine the pace. We ask guests who have reserved an e-bike to be mindful of this and to acknowledge that the regular cyclists need time to rest and take longer to climb the hills.

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Priceper person from

$2890USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$190
  • Single Cabin SupplementUSD$980
*Prices listed are per person

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