Self-guided hotel and bike tour with a support vehicle following the group during the entire program
8 Days / 7 Nights / 6 Cycling Days
Dalaman International (DLM)
Milas-Bodrum International (BJV)
296 km in total, daily average 49 km and 510 m elevation (Grade 2 Moderate)
453 km in total, daily average 75 km and 875 m elevation (Grade 4 Challenging)
This unique bike tour along the Aegean coastline delves into the rich history of the Carian Civilization, homeland of Herodotus. It discovers the ancient cities of Halicarnassus and Kaunos, the Medieval Bodrum Castle, and Hellenistic rock-cut tombs. Our experience starts from Bodrum, a popular holiday destination for the rich and famous with a stunning blue coastline, high-end hotels, lively night-life, and a wealth of luxurious yachts. Our bike routes leave this hot spot behind and discover the hidden gems of the small towns and villages. The quiet rides follow the water’s edge, weaving in and out of small coves along the crystal blue waters of the Aegean Sea. We journey through the rural areas in the highlands offering perfect vista points overlooking deep canyons and the Gulf of Gokova. The last routes are around the unspoiled beauty of the river delta in Dalyan and Lake Koycegiz. The rides through the citrus and pomegranate orchards take us to the lovely setting of the ancient theater in Kaunos overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. En-route we use the best boutique hotels. Lunches and dinners are served mostly in local restaurants. This incredibly rich program combines the ancient Carian history with natural beauty of the Aegean coastline, the legendary Turkish hospitality with the charming boutique hotels on the beach, and the authentic Mediterranean cuisine with farmer markets.
Day-by-Day Tour Program
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Day 1 Saturday, Welcome to Turkey
Arrive at Dalaman airport and take your private transfer to your hotel by the Dalyan River. Upon your arrival, check-in to the hotel and enjoy your rest before strolling through Dalyan town, which is known for its magnificent rock-cut tombs. Tonight, dinner is on your own in a local restaurant by the river with the night view of the ravishing royal tombs.
Meals: No meals
Destinations: Arrival in Dalaman International (DLM) at any time of the day
Dalyan Resort Hotel or similar
Day 2 Sunday, Ortaca-Dalaman-Gokbel-Dalyan Delta
After breakfast we start cycling directly from the hotel. Our ride traverses the coastal plain of Dalaman through citrus orchards and farmlands. This fast route climbs to Gokbel pass for a stunning view of the delta opening into the Mediterranean Sea with the renowned Iztuzu beach where loggerhead turtles, known as caretta caretta, lay their eggs for hatching. A Mediterranean breeze accompanies us while descending to the delta towards the charming town of Dalyan by the river. Check-in to the hotel and explore the town for lunch and shopping on your own in the afternoon. The royal tombs carved on the sheer cliff along the Dalyan River provide the most rewarding scenery of Dalyan. We’ll meet for a boat tour in the delta and visit the ancient city of Kaunos in the late afternoon. Explore the ancient ruins with the theater overlooking the lake, the lush green of the river delta, and finally the deep blue of Mediterranean. Depending on the season, an evening dive in the Mediterranean Sea and dinner by the river is the grand finale of the day.
Destinations: Dalaman Plain, Gokbel, Dalyan Delta, and Dalyan town
Short Route: 48.3 km Elevation: +294 m / -294 m, (Grade 2 Moderate)
Long Route: 88 km Elevation: +639 m / -639 m, (Grade 4 Challenging)
Dalyan Resort Hotel or similar
Day 3 Monday, Kaunos – Dalyan - Akyaka
After breakfast by the river, ride through the town and take the ferry to cross over the river. Pedal the last route through fruit orchards along the emerald colored Lake Koycegiz. The lush green plain with its evergreen pine forest around the lake is the constant tableau of an unspoiled nature for the entire ride. After a refreshment break in a tea house in the town of Koycegiz we’ll leave the shores of the lake and take a gradual climb to the natural springs where we enjoy our lunch on the shaded platforms over the cold streams. We’ll complete the full circle around the lake by descending after lunch and pedaling towards Dalyan in the afternoon. We will take a transfer (50 min) to Akyaka after our ride today. After check-in to our new hotel free afternoon for a swim from the deck of our hotel and a siesta by the sea. We’ll drive to Akyaka for a walk along the waterfront and river in the afternoon. Enjoy your seafood dinner by the river on your own and return to our hotel.
Destinations: Full circle around Lake Koycegiz and Dalyan town
Short Route: 40 km Elevation: +489 m / -527 m, (Grade 3 Active)
Long Route: 72.5 km Elevation: +760 m / -760 m, (Grade 4 Challenging)
Iskelem Hotel or similar
Day 4 Tuesday, Akyaka–Ula-Karabogurtlen–Akyaka
A 25-minute transfer takes us to the highlands over the Gulf of Gokova after breakfast. Feel the elevation difference along the route with the minimal traffic among the small towns. Cycle into the rural areas through citrus orchards of the small farming communities. Our first stop is in sleepy Ula town which offers us a genuine experience of a Turkish rural lifestyle with its local economy away from crowds of tourists. We’ll descend with the twisting road down to sea level in Karabogurtlen while saluting the shepherds grazing their goats and sheep along the way. The royal tombs carved into the rock cliffs from 4th century BC are the surprises of Akyaka at the end of the ride. Then enjoy our lunch break in a local tavern in Akyaka. If you want to extend your ride the roller coaster route towards Akbuk and back to the hotel is the perfect choice along the Aegean Sea. We still have time for an afternoon swim before dinner on the deck over the sea in the tranquility of the Aegean sunset.
Destinations: Kuyucak, Ula, Karabogurtlen, Gokova, Akyaka
Short Route: 58 km Elevation: +420 m / -1280 m, (Grade 3 Active)
Long Route: 100 km Elevation: +1073 m / -1928 m, (Grade 4 Challenging)
Iskelem Hotel or similar
Day 5 Wednesday, Akyaka – Oren
After your breakfast by the sea, we check-out of our hotel and visit the farmers’ market with fresh fruits, vegetables, and other local products. Our bike adventure starts from the hotel. We’ll pedal along the water’s edge, weaving in and out of small coves along the crystal blue waters of the Aegean Sea at the first part of our ride. After a warmup ride, climb to the charming villages of Kultak and Alatepe surrounded by steep cliffs and pine forests. Stop in a local tea house to taste the fresh bread and local delicacies prepared by the villagers. From there we’ll descend to Oren which is the least visited coastal town by tourists and serves mainly Turkish travelers. Choose one of the recommended fish restaurants and enjoy dinner on your own with the sunset over the Aegean Sea.
Destinations: Akyaka, Akbük, Kultak, Alatepe and Oren
Short Route: 41 km Elevation: +445 m / -880 m, (Grade 2 Moderate)
Long Route: 50 km Elevation: +883 m / -906 m, (Grade 3 Active)
Club Pomalin Boutique Hotel or similar
Day 6 Thursday, Oren – Yaliciftlik
After a leisurely breakfast we will start cycling along the coastal road with its constant view over the Aegean Sea. After a refreshment break by the sea in Cokertme, climb to the charming villages of Gokbel and Mazi with a visit to the village mosque. Descend towards Pinarbelen along the northern hills of the Gulf of Keramos-Gokova with a gentle breeze towards east. Cycle further to Etrim village and visit one of the village houses to learn about their globally known traditional hand-woven Milas carpets while having a freshly prepared lunch of local delicacies. Continue cycling to Yaliciftlik after our lunch. Take pleasure in a well-deserved siesta or your book on the beach followed by a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear water. Enjoy your dinner at one of the fish restaurants and return to hotel.
Destinations: Oren, Cokertme, Gokbel, Mazi
Short Route: 56 km Elevation: +513 m / -996 m, (Grade 2 Moderate)
Long Route 68.5 km Elevation: +983m / -996 m, (Grade 4 Challenging)
Ipek Garden Residence or similar
Day 7 Friday, East of Bodrum Peninsula
Start the day with your Mediterranean breakfast. After getting fitted to your bike, the ride will take us to the villages of Yali, Camlik and Kizilagac with several climbs through forested roads. The first climb reaches the highest point with a fantastic view of the topography over the villages we have been riding through. Stop by Camlik Village for snacks and refreshments with home-made lemonade and fruit sherbets prepared by villagers. After the refresments cycle further to Kizilagac village and enjoy the descend of 15 km to the hotel at sea level. After lunch and a refreshing swim enjoy your well-deserved rest by the pool. We’ll visit Bodrum Castle built by the Knights of St. John and the Underwater Archeological Museum in the afternoon. Enjoy your free time in Bodrum’s downtown and dinner in a local restaurant. Return to the hotel in the late evening after dinner.
Destinations: Yali, Camlik, Etrim, Yali, Bodrum sightseeing in the afternoon
Short Route: 43 km Elevation: +650 m / -650 m, (Grade 2 Moderate)
Long Route: 73.5 km Elevation: +910 m / -910 m, (Grade 4 Challenging)
Ipek Garden Residence or similar
Day 8 Saturday, Good-bye
After last breakfast (depending on the flight time) transfer to the airport (45min) and say goodbye to our guides. Fly back from the Milas-Bodrum airport and see you next time!
Payment and Cancellation
€200 down payment upon reservation
31 days prior to the tour departure; full payment,
Cancellation within 40 to 31 days prior to the tour departure; down payment,
Cancellation within 30 to 21 days prior to the tour departure; 50% of tour cost,
Cancellation within 20 to 11 days prior to the tour departure; 75% of tour cost,
Cancellation within 10 to 0 days prior to the tour departure; 100% of tour cost will be charged as the cancellation fee.