An unspoiled hinterland, where the word ‘stress’ still needs to be invented, offers orchards, authentic villages with age-old mosques and the famous royal tombs, carved in the rocks
Departures: May: 5, 12, 19, 26 – June: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – July: 7, 14, 21, 28 – August: 4, 11, 18, 25 – September: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, October: 6
The unspoiled hinterland of the small towns of Fethiye and Dalyan forms the setting for this unique Cycling & Hotel Tour at the picturesque Lycian Coast in Turkey. During this week you will find your way using a GPS device.
After arrival in your hotel in Fethiye you are going to discover the nearby peninsula by bike. Another itinerary takes you across a green valley, where you may taste fresh garden products in a typical Turkish restaurant. In this rural area the word ‘stress’ still needs to be invented!
After 4 nights in the hotel in Fethiye a transfer takes you to your second accommodation in Dalyan, a holiday complex consisting of 12 apartments at the waterfront! Dalyan is situated between the Mediterrenean Sea and Lake Koyegiz. You will cycle along numerous orchards, authentic villages with age-old mosques and the famous royal tombs of the Lycian monarchs, carved in the rocks.
Most routes lead along narrow metalled roads. Some short stretches are unpaved and from time to time you need to do a little climbing.
A good idea for an alternative daytrip is the 12 island boat tour: enjoy some snorkeling or laze the day away on deck!
Transfer from Dalaman airport to your hotel in Fethiye. Here your MTB will be handed to you and you will receive instructions about the GPS device. The bicycle routes will be loaded on the GPS device.
Sunday: Cycling tour ± 37 km, Farmers Route
Setting off from your hotel you cycle along quiet country roads across the hinterland of Fethiye. In the afternoon some climbing needs to be done, you continue your tour along an irrigation canal enjoying some spectacular views . A small road following a fast-flowing stream brings you back at the boulevard of Fethiye.
Monday: Cycling tour ± 45 km, Canals and Green Valley Route
Just outside the town of Fethiye is a region where an ingenious irrigation system ensures the farmers a rich harvest. The roads are practically level
here. The second part of today’s itinerary leads you across the green valley. On the way you cross the fast-flowing streams by narrow bridges
After appr. 30 km it’s time to take a tasteful lunch in the authentic restaurant of the family Yalçin. This is highly recommended, all delicious garden products served are home-grown! Don’t forget to visit the tiny museum!
You pass several farmers villages to reach the beach at Calis again. From there it’s not far to your hotel.
Tuesday: Cycling tour ± 35 km, Scenic Route
Today you will have the choice to do either a severe cycling trip or to take a day’s rest. The cycling route takes you from Fethiye up north. First you cross an agricultural region, but soon an old path brings you further and further into the uninhabited world. Here you’ll find the rough nature with fresh streams and imposing rock formations. Occasionally you have to do some climbing, but of course it’s no shame to dismount your bike from time to time!
The tour ends at the beach where you may take a lunch in one of the many restaurants.
If you prefer to take it slowly today, maybe the 12 island boat trip is something for you (incl. extended lunch). During the day the ship anchors in a small bay to give you the oppurtunity to do some swimming or snorkling.
In your hotel you will find information about the other possibilities f.i. visiting some interesting excavations in the neighbourhood.
Wednesday: Cycling Route ± 20 km Peninsula, and transfer to Dalyan.
Pass the shipyard of Fethiye you first cycle around the peninsula. On the route you will have some lovely views over pretty bays and the azur coloured water. This coastal route goes up and down, so you can expect some steep climbs!
In the afternoon you and your bike will be transferred to the second accommodation in Dalyan. Here you stay in a cosy holiday complex consisting of 12 apartments at the waterfront!
Thursday: Cycling route ± 45 km, round trip Dalyan
Today at the program is an inviting cycle ride which is almost completely level. In short, a lovely day to get acquinted with the hinterland of Dalyan.
In the old village of Eskikoy time seems to stand still. In the teahouse old men play a game of backgammon, the word ‘stress’ doesn’t exist here!
In springtime the sweet scent of fruit blossoms comes from all directions!
Friday: Cycling route ± 40 km, Orchard Route
Today’s route, leaving from Dalyan, knows one firm obstacle, a steep 3 km. long climb in the last stretch of the route. The itinerary leads along orchards and greenhouses. Every village has it’s mosque, situated prominent in the centre. Further on you will come to the famous tombs of the Lycian monarchs, carved in the rocks. Right after the steep climb you descend to reach the enchanting Lake Koyegiz. Moments later you arrive again in Dalyan, so why not take a refreshing plonge in the river?
Check out and transfer to Dalyan airport.