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Turkey Family Bike Tour
Turkey Family Bike Tour

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.

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 <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.


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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Premiere Inns

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.


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.

* Includes a shuttle


2014 Dates & Pricing*

FAMILY TRIPS
  • 6/24-30 Price: $5648 pp dbl. occ., (+ $800 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.


Recommended Kids Ages

Minimum Ages:

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: Please note that a trip may feature an activity with an older age requirement than the minimum age recommendation for the trip. Younger kids are still welcome on the trip and while they will not be able to participate in the activity, the leaders will suggest an alternate activity. For safety reasons, children under 7 may not ride their own bikes and are required to ride on a Piccolo or in a Burley. For certain destinations, children must be 9 or older to ride their own bikes.

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?
Mark Selcon - Regional Manager, Europe