Turkey is a land of ancient history, olive groves, seaside vistas, and, of course, food! Backroads invites you to explore this beautiful land at the crossroads of East and West by your own power and at your own pace. Travel Turkey by bike!
Begin your journey in the countryside outside of Bodrum where you will pedal along, enjoying the Turkish sites and peoples, ending your day with a dip in the Aegean Sea if you desire and then a plateful of traditional Turkish cuisine to fuel you for the next day.
On days 2 and 3, you’ll venture back in time to the ruins of Knidos, part of ancient Greece. Pedal up a climb and enjoy spectacular views of the mountain and the sea. In the evening, we’re welcomed like a family at a restaurant overlooking the harbor where the fishermen gather below for cards and to drink tea.
Next we head to several small villages, where you can watch locals as they hone ancient crafts like silk weaving, carpet making and boat building.
Finally, we conclude our adventure tour of Turkey with a three-day sail on the Mediterranean aboard traditional wooden gulets with plenty of opportunities for water fun, like swimming and snorkeling. Feel free to head onshore to explore the on looking hills by foot or bike. We’ll happen upon a Roman theater and the remains of Lycian and Carian tombs. Then enjoy the spectacular Cleopatra’s Bay where you can see the partially submerged ruins of an ancient Greek monastery in the beautiful crystal-clear water.
Our accommodations on this Turkey biking trip are second to none and include a sophisticated contemporary hotel, a 19th century home converted into a hotel complete with Turkish bath, and finally the chance to sleep under the stars in the wooden gulets which anchor in secluded coves at night and offer private rooms and regional cuisine.
Here’s what one of our travelers had to say about Biking Turkey: “It’s going to be tough to raise the bar any higher than this trip! Was it the country, the itinerary, the most outstanding of any leaders we have ever experienced, the really fun and compatible group — or maybe it was the raki One unforgettable journey.”