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Turkey Bike Tour

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  • Experience the crossroads of East and West
  • Rides through pine-dappled hills, olive groves, craggy outcrops, sunny beaches and friendly villages
  • The ancient ruins of Knidos and Kaunos 
  • Break bread with a Turkish family at their traditional home
  • Sail the Mediterranean in traditional wooden gulets, dropping anchor to swim, snorkel and slumber

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A Cultural Odyssey Along the Mediterranean Coast

We've all said it. "I need a vacation after my vacation." Great getaways do more than just remove you from the day-to-day, they recharge and rejuvenate you. That's our adventure in Turkey. Spend days exploring the warm, friendly Turkish coastline, and split your nights between spectacular hotels, like Mehmet Ali Aga Mansion, and a Turkish gulet, serenely floating on the Mediterranean. Pedal past pine forests and olive groves, then pass evenings stargazing and enjoying small plates of almonds, honey and fresh cheeses. It's a vacation on your vacation. You've earned it.

Straight Talk We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

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We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations

We sail aboard traditional Turkish gulets for three nights. Keep in mind that amenities are few and space for luggage is extremely limited. If you must bring more than one medium-sized bag, please bring two small bags (rather than one single large bag), so that you can leave one in the onboard storage room during the three days we spend on the gulets.

Day 1 Pine-dappled hills, olive and almond groves, lively seaside resorts and friendly villages Greetings of merhaba! (hello!) fill the air as you pedal the countryside outside Bodrum  Splash in the Aegean Sea, then relax over a spread of Turkish specialties.

Days 2-3 The ruins of Knidos, once a jewel of Greek civilization Ferry across the Aegean to the Datça Peninsula, traced by small coves and bays  Magnificent views of mountain and sea are your reward for today's climb  Cool off with a swim in the Mediterranean We're welcomed like family at a restaurant overlooking the harbor, where fishermen gather to play cards and drink tea.

Day 4 Experience the crossroads of East and West  In Turgutköy village, learn the intricacies of carpet weaving  Get your sea legs as we cruise to secluded Ekincik Bay for our first evening under the stars.

Days 5-7 Sail the Mediterranean for three days in traditional wooden gulets, dropping anchor to swim, snorkel and slumber Remote coves provide shelter for water activities, and coastal hills invite exploration on foot and by bike Investigate the well-preserved Roman theater and remains of Lycian and Carian tombs in Kaunos Plunge into stunning Cleopatra's Bay, where partially submerged ruins of an ancient Greek monastery are visible in the crystal-clear water  A nomadic family shares an insider's view of life in Turkey's remote high valleys.

Premiere Inns

The Marmara Bodrum
The Marmara Bodrum

Bodrum (1 night) The Hideaway Report calls it a "sophisticated contemporary hotel commanding a spectacular vantage point high above Bodrum." A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa, tennis) 

Mehmet Ali Aga Mansion
Mehmet Ali Aga Mansion

Datça (2 nights) This 19th-century country home has been restored and converted into a beautiful hotel with a Turkish bath and atmospheric gardens. (pool)

Turkish Yachts

Mediterranean Coast (3 nights) Traditional double-masted wooden gulets, featuring private rooms and fresh regional cuisine prepared by the crew, carry us along the coast by day and into peaceful coves by night.

Guest Reviews About This Trip

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. Thanks! .
Bette Levine - Denver, CO
This was a spectacular trip and exceeded all of my expectations. It was the perfect mix of kick-ass biking (the hills were just as tough as the trip itinerary promised,) good food, and relaxation along the Aegean & Mediterranean Seas. The opportunity at the end of each day, and the last few days on the goulets really set the tone for relaxation in the beautiful countryside. It gave the group time to spend together reliving the experiences of the day and sharing the experience.
Jane Weeks - Providence, RI
This was one of the best trips I have been on and we have travelled with a number of different companies. The sum of this trip is absolutely a 10. We enjoyed everything about it -- Turkey is really astonishing. I did not have any expectation really but I arrived home raving about the country, the people, the food, everything. Our trip leaders were a wealth of information and they were both very upbeat, if not exuberant, about every place and everything we did. I felt like a sponge just soaking up new information and meeting new people - it was fantastic! The leaders were exceptional and made everything seem easy. Being in Turkey was an incredible experience for me.
Ann Kowalsky - Chicago, IL

Trip Dates & Prices

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2014 CLASSIC DATES
August 2014
September 2014
October 2014
2015 CLASSIC DATES
May 2015
September 2015
October 2015

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This Trip Is Rated Level 2-4

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 13* 1300 21 1900
2 15 1200 32 1600
3 16* 1800 25* 2600 45 5400
Turkish Cooking Class (1 Hour)
4 25* 1300 40* 1900
Cruising on the Mediterranean
5 15* 1200 20 2100
Kaunos Ruins Walk (1.5 Hours)
Cruising on the Mediterranean
6 Cleopatra`s Bay Hike (3 Miles, 700` Elevation Gain)
Optional Afternoon Activities on Göcek Bay
Cruising on the Mediterranean
7 Conclusion of the Trip
 
note:

To make for the most comfortable ride to this particular trip, we've outfitted our titanium road bike with slightly wider tires.

* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2014

8 - 9 guests from $6,198 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $5,598 pp dbl. occ.

2015

8 - 9 guests from $5,798 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $5,298 pp dbl. occ.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Turkey tour experts. See our award-winning Europe At Large biking tours, Europe At Large walking and hiking tours and Europe At Large multisport tours.

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Bodrum, Turkey/Dalaman, Turkey

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All meals included except 1 lunch

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