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Turkey Family Bike Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • 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

Great family adventures. A time to recharge, rejuvenate and reconnect. Our biking vacation in Turkey is the perfect getaway for you and your brood to do all those things and more. 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 marveling at the constellations, munching on small plates of almonds, honey and fresh cheeses and just shooting the breeze. It's a family memory just waiting to be made.


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

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.

Accommodations

We 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 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 get to know your fellow travelers during a feast of Turkish specialties.

Days 2-3 The ruins of Knidos, once a jewel of Greek civilization  Ferry across the Aegean, then spin along the beautiful coast and mountainous spine of the rugged Datça Peninsula A delicious lunch of grilled fish awaits your two-wheeled arrival in Datça  You and your gang are welcomed like family at a restaurant overlooking the marina.

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

Days 5-7 Ship ahoy! Sail the Mediterranean for three days in traditional wooden gulets, dropping anchor to swim, snorkel and snooze Remote coves provide shelter for fun-filled water activities, and coastal hills invite exploration on foot and by bike  Check out the well-preserved Roman theater and remains of Lycian and Carian tombs in Kaunos How's your swan dive? Plunge into 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  Kayak to fresh water Lake Köyceğiz for the perfect place for lunch on the shore Beneath towering cliffs, paddle through reed beds to thermal mud baths thought to have healing properties.

Guests Reviews About This Trip

We're pretty sure this will be a vacation your family will rave about long after you all return home! By day you'll pedal through rugged pine-dotted countryside, investigate the remains of long-disappeared civilizations, barter with shopkeepers in the local bazaars and swim in secluded bays. And at night you'll indulge in unforgettable feasts before being lulled to sleep by sultry Mediterranean breezes. What could be better?
Mark Selcon - Regional Manager, Europe

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." (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.

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)

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

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.

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
Cooking class (1 hour)
4 25 1300 40 1900
5 Cruising on the Mediterranean
Kayaking on Lake Koycegiz
6 Cleopatra's Bay Hike (3.1 Miles, 700' elevation gain)
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.

On this Family Trip, our routes follow rolling terrain. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities and mileage is kept moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.

* Includes a shuttle

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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7 days, 6 nights
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Bodrum, Turkey/Dalaman, Turkey

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2014 Family Dates
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All meals included except 1 lunch

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