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.
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.
AccommodationsWe sail aboard traditional Turkish gulets for three nights. Keep in mind that amenities are minimal 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 feast 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 silk weaving and carpet making 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 <i>gulets</i>, 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.
- 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
The Marmara Bodrum (1 night): The Hideaway Report calls it a "sophisticated contemporary hotel commanding a spectacular vantage point high above Bodrum." (pool, spa, tennis)
Mehmet Ali Aga Mansion (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 (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.
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.
Routes For All Abilities
|Daily Route Options|
|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|
|Cooking class (1 hour)|
|Knidos ruins walk (0.6 miles)|
|Kaunos ruins walk (1.5 hours)|
|Cruising on the Mediterranean|
|Cruising on the Mediterranean (3 hours)|
|7||Conclusion of the trip|
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
2014 Dates & Pricing*
- 5/17-23 Price: $5548 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/6-12 Price: $5448 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/30-9/5 Price: $5248 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/10-16 Price: $5548 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/19-25 Price: $4998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/28-10/4 Price: $4998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/7-13 Price: $5348 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
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
- 8 - 9 guests $6,198 pp dbl. occ.
- 10 - 11 guests $5,598 pp dbl. occ.
- 12 or more guests $4,998 pp dbl. occ.
For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
Guest Trip Reviews
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! .- 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.- 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.- Chicago, IL
We had a phenomenal trip! Biking and boating through the countryside and coast of Turkey was just a spectacular way to experience the country's beauty and richness...the people were so warm, the leaders were terrific and the food to die for!- New York, NY
One of our best Backroads trip ever! A great combination of biking, walking a cultural activities. You are to be congratulated on the route selections and stops.- Doylestown, PA
The guides were absolutely SUPERB. The unanticipated 100 degree weather made extra biking a bit hard, but Backroads came through, as always, in a superb fashion. Great trip, with great memories, and great expectations for our next Backroads experience!- Berkeley, CA