Lycian Coast Cycle & Boat

tours / Cycling

Lycian Coast Cycle & Boat information and booking

from
$2020
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Group size
    14-18
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 7 nights double cabin
Equipment Required
Bike helmet, wet weather gear, sunscreen, jogging shoes and sun hat. (A detailed packing list is included in the pre departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • Be immersed in the local culture, history and unspoilt beauty of the Lycian coast
  • Cycle to Kayaköy and explore the ruins of this uninhabited city
  • Sakklikent Canyon and its enormity
  • Soaking up the hospitality onboard the comfortable sailing boat

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

There are few coastlines which offer the appealing combination of sublime landscapes, rich cultural history and legacies from ancient civilisations found on Turkey's Lycian Coast. We spend a week discovering the coastline and backcountry from Marmaris to Kalkan with the three-masted motor yacht Bahriyeli. Our charming and stylish vessel is built to the highest of standards. Accompanied by our guide you will discover the unique natural wonders and historical cities which grace the area. Admire the famous tombs of Dalyan, which were cut into the cliffs between 4 and 2 BC by the Lycian coastal inhabitants, and the spectacular Sakklikent Canyon. Spend your evenings relaxing on board in the deserted bays or make the most of the nightlife in the port cities and their many cafes and bars.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches or dinners* (does not include drinks) - meals are provided on a half board basis meaning that breakfast and either lunch or dinner is provided each day. usually dinner is provided and lunch is free for you to sample a restaurant along the cycle route. the cook on board is a member of the crew and prepares the meals.
  • 7 nights accommodation in the spacious double cabins with private shower/bathroom
  • Bed linen and towels
  • 21 speed trekking bike rental with pannier
  • Experienced crew including english speaking cycle guide
  • Entrances to museums and archaeological sites (group visits only)
  • Overview maps for daily cycle tours
  • Support vehicle on cycle tours

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Izmir, Bodrum or Dalaman airport, transfer to Marmaris and board boat
Individual journey into Izmir, Bodrum or Dalaman airport and transfer to Marmaris. Check-in from 2pm. After dinner enjoy an evening stroll through the city's labyrinth of winding streets.
Day 2 Cycle along the Bozburun Peninsula and cruise to the small village of Ekincik (55km)
Our first bike tour begins after breakfast and takes us first along a coastal stretch and then along a mountain road to a 300m high village on the Bozburun Peninsula, which is one of the most authentic and pristine regions of the Turkish Mediterranean coast. Later we cross to the small port of Ekincik village, where we spend the night.
Day 3 Cycle to Dalyan, see the Lycian tombs and the ancient city of Kaunos (32km)
Today, we cycle across a 350m high pass to Lake Köycegiz, where we can enjoy a therapeutic bath in the hot springs. We then continue by bike as far as Dalyan, where an excursion boat is waiting to take us past the impressive Lycian rock tombs of Dalyan to the ancient city of Kaunos. The impressive ruins of Kaunos are well worth a visit before the boat takes us back to the ship, which is anchored in front of a rock formation and where a delicious dinner is waiting for us.
Day 4 Cycle to the quiet bay of Sarsala (44km)
In the morning, a small boat takes us and our bikes to Dalyan, the starting point of today’s bike trip, riding along quiet roads through lush vegetation. In Dalaman, we stop for a typical Turkish tea break. We then continue on through the fertile and partially wooded Dalaman Plain as far as the quiet bay of Sarsala, where we spend the night.
Day 5 Cycle to Gocek and cruise to Gemiler (34km)
Starting from Sarsala, we cycle once more across the Dalaman Plain and later via a pass road to Göcek, which, on account of its important marina, is one of the most important locations for tourism on the Turkish south coast. In the afternoon, passing many small islands, the ship brings us to Gemiler, which is also known as the island of St. Nicholas, to whom an Early Christian church was dedicated in the 5th century. In the evening, you have the chance to explore the extensive Byzantine ruins.
Day 6 Cycle to the abandoned Greek town of Kayakoy, and on to Fethiye (30km)
From Gemiler, we cycle through pinewoods to the uninhabited Greek city of Kayaköy which was once home to approx. 6500 inhabitants and has been deserted since 1922. On foot we discover the ruins of Kayaköy and then continue on to Fethiye, where we have enough time in the evening to go on an enjoyable walk through this lively town. Of particular interest is the old centre around the Eski Cami mosque, the narrow, winding stepped streets and the typical corner houses as well as the Lycian rock tombs, especially the magnificent temple grave of Amyntas, located above the town.
Day 7 Cycle from Kemer to Kalkan via Sakklikent Canyon (54km)
A pleasant transfer ride takes us from Fetiye to Kemer, the starting point of today’s bike tour. This is a truly impressive place, because the Taurus Mountains, up to 3000m high, almost reach the shore here. We cycle from there to the Saklikent Canyon, where we have lunch right by the river. Saklikent means “Hidden City” in Turkish. The spectacular gorge can easily be explored on foot. We continue southward as far as Kalkan, where we end our journey through Lycia.
Day 8 Trip concludes in Kalkan
After breakfast on board, trip concludes with individual departure.