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Duration
9 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 8 nights hotel
Meals
  • 8 Breakfasts

Price

$1390USD

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Overview

Trip Code: LFC

Trip highlights


  • Immersing yourself in the local culture, history and natural beauty of the Lycian coast
  • Discovering ancient ruins, stunning coastlines and charming fishing villages
  • Enjoying rest days in Kas and Adrasan to relax at the beach and absorb the local atmosphere

Turkey's Lycian coast and the charming town of Fethiye are explored on this cycle journey stretching from Fethiye with its lively harbour and mountainous backdrop to Adrasan with its sandy beach. As you cycle, you can appreciate the legacies of the Lycians who 2000 years ago settled between Fethiye and Antalya. Time out in the coastal towns of Kas and Andrasan to relax at the beach and absorb this unique pocket of the coast ensures a perfect balance between activity, sightseeing and resting.

Trip Grading

moderate to challenging

More info about grading system

Make your own way to Fethiye and your hotel. Arrival transfers are available from Dalaman airport (supplement applies - please ask for our rates). Fethiye is an ancient city with a modern harbour and marina. To the south of the city you'll find the the Tomb of Amyntas, built in 350 BC by the Lycians in the mountainside. Let us know if you plan to arrive early in the afternoon and we can arrange the bike delivery on Day 1, otherwise they will be available on the morning of day 2.

Meals:  Nil

On your ride today you explore the cosy harbour town of Fethiye. A visit to the old Paspartur with its great diversity of shops is highly recommended. Another option is a bike ride from the promenade in Fethiye to the lush, green valley nearby, which will lead you to a typical Turkish lunch place. Overnight in Fethiye. Elevation: 275m/902ft or 100m/328ft

Meals:  B

After breakfast you will be transferred (25km) to the village of Zorlar, from where you cycle along the foothills of the Akdaglar Mountains through a wide valley to the Bay of Patara. Cycling through a rural landscape on narrow country roads you will reach the gorge of Saklikent, approximately halfway along. This impressive gorge is approximately 300m deep and is a great place for lunch. Maybe try a Turkish gozleme (a Turkish pancake is filled with cheese, vegetables, potato or honey). After lunch, the route continues alongside the Esen Cay River and to the archaeological site of Xanthos. From there it is a short distance to the old village of Patara. Patara is known not only for its archaeological sites but also for the longest, sandy beach in Turkey and the amazing dune landscape behind it. The sting today is in the last 100m of the route - a short but very steep climb to hotel. Overnight in Patara. Elevation: 400m/1312ft

Meals:  B

Today’s route is short and will give you plenty of time to view the ancient Lycian city of Patara, once the capital of the Lycian federation, before setting out. The distance from the hotel to this ancient site is only 1.5 km however you could easily think you had stepped back in time. The cycle route takes you almost entirely via a coastal road to the fishing village of Kas. The only obstacle on today’s ride is a steep climb of around 4km with an elevation gain of 250m. At the top of the climb you will reach the village of Eski Kalkan which is a great location for lunch. For the last 25km of the day you will ride along the coast taking in beautiful views. There are various short climbs but nothing too onerous. Pass the alluring sandy beach of Kaputas, perhaps take a refreshing dip in the turquoise sea. Continue to the fishing village of Kas for your overnight stay. Elevation: 500m/1640ft

Meals:  B

The fishing village of Kas is an authentic harbour town with many quaint shops, restaurants, bars and terraces. The village lies on a slope, with narrow winding streets and old houses with stylish wooden balconies giving it a special atmosphere. Kas is built against a mountain ridge and has around 4500 inhabitants. 3000 years ago the Lycians called the village Antiphellos or Phellos. Until 1923 the population was mainly Greek and this is apparent in the style of the many old houses and the white plastered mosque, a former Greek church. In Kas you will find a large number of cafes and restaurants, it is also a true paradise for divers. In addition it offers archaeological highlights such as an amphitheater from the Hellenistic era and Lycian tombs from the fourth century BC. Overnight in Kas. Optional short bike ride around the Cukurbag peninsula (12km)

Meals:  B

After breakfast take a short transfer to a height of 500 metres, from where you will cycle through a beautiful valley studded with agricultural villages. Here, time has literally stood still. Sheep herds, farming villages and stunning landscapes form the backdrop. From Demre, the route continues along the archaeological sights of the ancient city of Myra. Myra is also the place where the “real” St Nicholas was buried. The last part of the route follows a rugged coastline to Finike, known for its fruit cultivation. Overnight in Finike. Elevation: 600m/1968ft

Meals:  B

The first 25km today are completely flat and lead past vast greenhouses growing tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and eggplant. The second part of the ride is on narrow asphalted coastal roads with a climb of 7km after the 30km point. The top of the climb is around 380m. After your descent take time for lunch in the village of Çavusköy, perhaps trying a delicious Turkish Dönner. After lunch the path is almost flat to the bay of Adrasan. The bay is characterised by a beautiful sandy beach - perfect for a refreshing dip in the turquoise sea! Overnight in Adrasan. Elevation: 500m/1640ft

Meals:  B

A day at leisure to to relax on the beach or take a gentle walk along the bay. You could also end your cycling holiday with a boat cruise. Overnight in Adrasan.

Meals:  B

After breakfast your trip arrangements end. A transfer is available to Antalya airport (supplement applies).

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 8 breakfasts
  • 8 nights in mostly 2-3 star hotels on a twin share basis
  • 24 speed bike rental, helmet and pannier (electric bike and GPS device available on request - supplement applies)
  • Route description, maps and GPS tracks
  • Luggage transfers
  • Emergency hotline - English speaking local contact

  • Travel to Fethiye and from Adrassan
  • All lunches, dinners and drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Guide - this is a self guided trip
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • GPS rental device - available on request (charges apply)
  • Airport transfers on day 1 and day 9 are available on request, please ask for our rates

Bike information


Grading

moderate to challenging  

The trip requires a good level of fitness from participants, acquired from steady cycling. The day tours range between 24 to 66km/15 to 41mi, taking you through hilly and mountainous terrain. Participants will also have to master extended climbs, during which you may need to push the bike. We will traverse mostly asphalted roads, which are rarely travelled outside of the holiday seasons. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be worn whilst cycling.


Departure dates

Daily from 1 Apr to 31 Oct

Notes

H
High Season
DN1
high season is from 15 Jun to 31 Aug - supplement applies

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Total Priceper person from

$1390USD

Options & Supplements*
  • GPS device rentalUSD$80
  • single supplementUSD$200
  • single traveller surchargeUSD$350
*Prices listed are per person

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