Cycling along the Lycian coast you can discover the genuine Turkish hospitality on land and aboard a comfortable wooden Turkish gület.
The picturesque Lycian coast in Turkey is known for a lovely climate and enables you to experience an active cycling & sailing holiday. This area of great natural beauty also contains a lot of cultural highlights like the Lycian tombs near Dalyan.
During this holiday organised by a Dutch tour operator wou’ll stay aboard a luxurious Turkish gület, a dazzling motor sailer, and will be pampered by a warm-hearted crew.
Each day two enthousiastic cycle tour leaders will guide you across the peaceful inland with intimate villages and lots of fruit plantations. You are riding a mountainbike, as not all roads are properly paved and sometimes you have to do a bit of climbing. All mapped out routes can be done easily by persons having an average physical condition. After the cycling trip it’s a great feeling to come home at the ship.
Before the skipper raises the anchor and leaves for the next pretty bay, of course you will first take a cooling dip into the azur coloured water!
During this cycling & sailing holiday you get aquainted with the renowned Turkish hospitality. You may also try some tasteful regional dishes and even take a traditional mud bath!
Arriving at Dalaman airport you will be welcomed. A transfer takes you to the port town of Fethiye where you embark on a luxury gület. In the evening you’ll experience the athmosphere in this Turkish town.
Sunday: cycling ± 20 km
The first stretch of your cycling holiday leaves from Fethiye and leads around the nearby peninsula. Along the route you will have excellent views over a number of small bays and the azure coloured sea. You paddle on quiet metalled roads and from time to time you have to do a bit of climbing. Don’t forget to bring your swim suit, because we will encounter some beautiful beaches!
Back aboard the ship raises the anchor and sets off for a small bay just outside Fethiye, where a nice lunch is being served. Afterwards the ship sails in appr. 2 hours to the bay of Gemiler where the night will be spent. However, first there’s time enough for an excursion. The ship dinghy may bring you to the beautiful St Nicolas island where you can make a short walk (not included).
Monday: cycling ± 20 km
Early in the morning, just after breakfast, the skipper brings both guests and bikes with the dinghy to the beach. From here you start cycling over quiet metalled roads to the Greek ‘ghost town’ of Kayaköy. A steady climb first brings you at a height of 150 meters. You cycle across the table in the direction of Kayaköy. On the way you pass a number of Lycian graves dating from more than 3000 years ago. The town of Kayaköy has already been uninhabited since the twenties of the last century. This site is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. (A visit to this ghost town is not included)
After the visit it is Turkish tea time! In a classic ‘Cay Bahce’ the locals gather to chat a bit or play a game. When your thirst is quenched you decline along crooked roads to the scenic bay of Gemiler, where the ship is anchored. You enjoy a nice lunch aboard and then the ship sets sail again for the bay of Agi Limani where the night is spend.
Tuesday: cycling ± 40 km
After breakfast you’ll sail to the bay of Sarigerme and will be taken on land by the dinghy. You cycle over level roads in the direction of the lively town of Dalaman. The scenery becomes a bit more hilly and you’ll reach the village of Sarsala Köyu for a coffee or tea break. After passing a nice lake and doing some climbs to a height of a 150 meters you can already see today’s destination: the bay of Sarsala. You descent carefully on unpaved roads. After a tasty lunch there’s plenty of time for some swimming or snorkeling before the ship sets sea for the overnight stay in the bay of Batik Hamam. In the evening it is fun to make make a stroll to an excavation site in the surroundings. Here once stood a bathhouse in which Cleopatra took her daily bath of ass’s milk!
Wednesday: day’s rest
After breakfast you make a sailing trip to the lively town of Göcek. The boulevard is packed with sidewalk café’s, at the quai you may admire the luxurious yachts of the rich. A transfer (40 min.) by minivan takes you to the small town of Dalyan. Here you embark a tiny taxi boat which will stay with you for the rest of the day. Straight across the reed delta you sail to the lovely Iztuzu beach. This is the place where the protected Caretta caretta sea turtles lay their eggs at night. After a tasteful lunch aboard you go visiting the mud- and sulpher baths at the borders of Lake Köycegiz. When you’re lucky you’ll see some turtles swimming! In the late afternoon you return by mini van to the ‘mother ship’ which lies afloat in the harbour of Göcek.
Thursday: cycling ± 30 km
A short stretch of sailing (appr. 45 minutes) ends at the bay of Günlüklü. Here you start cycling over narrow unmetaled tracks across a woody area in the direction of Boncuk bay. Halfway we take a break to drink coffee at the beach. You cycle across a region with lots of orange, mandarin and pomegranate orchards to reach the beach again. A short steep climb takes us to a height of 75 meters. You descent to the next bay, named Kucuk Boncuklu, where you can take a refreshing dive in the sea. This bay is also the place where you’ll stay overnight.
Friday: cycling ± 45 km
Right after breakfast the ship takes you to Fethiye for your last cycle trip which will show you some fascinating sceneries.Via a former mining track you enter deeper into fascinating and diverse nature areas. After a couple of small climbs you descent to Yaniklar. In a typical Turkish ambiance you are going to enjoy a very special lunch consisting of a variety of products from the garden of Mr. Yalçin and his family! Don’t forget to visit his tiny private museum!
The final kilometers of your cycling holiday lead to the ship in Fetiye’s harbour where the last night is spend.
After breakfast you check out and say goodbye to the crew and your tour leader. At the end of the morning transfer back to the airport at Dalaman.
Itinerary and accommodation are subject to change.