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.
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 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 <i>gulets,</i> 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.
- 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)|
|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|
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*
- 6/24-30 Price: $5548 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Recommended Kids Ages
- Recommended minimum age for the trip: 9 years
- Minimum age restriction to ride own bike: 9 years
- No Burleys or Piccolos available on this trip
General Info on Minimum Ages:We strongly encourage families to join our Family Trips, designed with kid- and adult-friendly features. Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 1 year for all Inn trips and 2 years for all Camping trips. Other than that, we do not restrict trips to a minimum age except in the rare case of a hotel age restriction. We do, however, recommend minimum ages based on the following criteria:
- 12+ amount of cultural appreciation, difficulty of activities, routes
- 9+ difficulty of activities/activity age restrictions, routes
- 6+ several longer dinners; routes are difficult for pulling a Burley and therefore not appropriate for younger children; difficulty of activities/activity age restrictions
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.
Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.
Guest Trip Reviews
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?- Regional Manager, Europe