Day 1: Transfer Izmir Airport – Sirince
Sirince is a beautiful and very old fashioned wine producing village where you will stay in beautifully restored Greek “Konak” houses. From the airport, an easy drive of around 40 minutes brings us into a picturesque landscape where steep hillsides are home to traditional olive groves. In the formerly Greek village of Sirince we have time to relax and enjoy a stroll through the historic, cobbled streets. There are interesting local boutiques to browse through, followed leisurely by a fine dinner at the Arsipel Restaurant- the perfect beginning to an incredible week of Aegean culinary experiences with the extra bonus of live music every weekend. Your room is the best available- authentic and somewhat rustic but with an unmatched classical grandeur and perfect romantic air.
Overnight Kirkinca Houses Boutique Hotel, Sirince
Day 2: Sirince – Ephesus – Pamucak – Kusadasi (lunch) –Short transfer to Camlik
Total 32km / 250m Climbing / 600m Descent
This is a relatively easy first day, with plenty of time for sightseeing at Ephesus and relaxing in the hotel gardens at the end of the ride. From Sirince we follow a new road through vineyards, rolling hillsides and forested countryside, enjoying great views over Selcuk and Pamucak Beach beyond. A fantastic down hill brings us easily into Selcuk town, and after stopping to admire the Roman aqueduct and charming central square we head on to the wonderful ruins at Ephesus- perhaps Turkey’s number one must see historic site. You might choose to spend anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours exploring the site. Continuing towards the coast on a tree-lined cycle path, we soon arrive at Pamucak beach, where there are nice places for a morning break, or lunch. You can swim here too- the water is lovely! Continuing towards Kusadasi on the seaside backroad we escape the traffic, and arrive in this popular, fashionable resort town easily and safely. After enjoying the town’s boutiques, cafes and upmarket marina, we transfer you onwards to Camlik, where you will stay in a luxury winery, with great food in a perfect Mediterranean garden setting.
Overnight Yedbilgeler Hotel, Camlik
Day 3: Camlik – Kirazli – Guzelcamli (lunch) – National Park – Guzelcamli Transfer to Bodrum / Bogazici
Total 47km / 530m climb / 700m descent
Today our route takes us on through fruit orchards and vineyards as it winds up and over rolling hills to Kirazli, and out into open garrigue on a panoramic country road to arrive at the small village of Yaylakoy. From here, after a brief downhill section on a bigger road we drop down to the coast via Sogucak village and enjoy a wonderful traffic free cycle lane right on the sea front. From Guzelcamli, we enter the Dilek Peninsula National Park and ride to the very end of the peninsula road (Karasu Beach). Here there is time to relax on the beach, swim or take a walk up a fantastic canyon path. From there, we drive for 2 hours to an area nearby to Bodrum. There are views of the inland salt-flats lagoon of Tuzla that are often home to flamingoes. Tonight we stay in a fantastic true boutique hotel right on the edge of this lagoon with wonderful views and a waterside restaurant. The perfect taste of luxury.
Overnight Yalicapkini Boutique Hotel, Bogazici
Day 4: Transfer – Mumcular – Yenikoy – Mazi – Cokertme (Restaurant lunch at 26km) – Turkevleri – Oren
Total 45km / 800m climb / 900m descent
After a short (20 minute) transfer, we begin riding in the sleepy small town of Mumcular, soon climbing steadily up onto an area of wild, open countryside. Descending through picturesque villages where beekeeping, small scale gardening and simple, pastoral existence are still the staples of daily life, we eventually arrive at the coast on a deserted asphalt road that runs right along the sea front. We enjoy lunch at Cokertme, a truly little known paradise cove often shared by only the occasional yacht. After lunch, our ride takes us right along the seaside, passing through contrasting vistas on our way to Oren. The hotel here isn’t one of the best on the tour, but it is the best in this entire area! We do use the best suite rooms here, and the splendid waterside location makes up for the 3* facilities.
Overnight Club Pomalin Boutique Hotel, Oren
Day 5: Transfer to Alatepe – Alatepe – Akbuk (lunch) – Akyaka
Total 40km / 600m climb / 950m descent
We begin with a short (20 minute) transfer inland up a densely wooded valley where there are impressive ruins of a Roman aqueduct to be seen. Beginning the ride in an elevated position at Alatepe village, the panoramas are breathtaking and a predominantly downhill course makes for extremely pleasant road cycling. Eventually we arrive again at the coast, high above Akbuk- a protected area with little development and a gorgeous shingle beach. The jetty makes a perfect diving board and you can enjoy a swim break before lunch at the Altas Pension- again, famous for daily catches of local seafood. From Akbuk we follow an easy going and incredibly beautiful single track coast road that may perhaps be the best cycling road in Turkey! With no traffic out of season, and a new road surface, this relatively flat 25km stretch to Akyaka is absolute paradise, in the shade of mature pines with fleeting glimpses down to the azure waters below. Our hotel is one of the region’s best, the perfect place to unwind in truly refined luxury.
Overnight Elif Hanim Butik Hotel, Akyaka
Day 6: Transfer to Yesilbelde – Yesilbelde – Turgut – Selimiye
Total 46km / 350m climb / 650m descent
After another short morning transfer (30 minutes), we leave our driver at the top of the hill on the road to Yesilbelde, bypassing the town of Marmaris and enjoying awesome views over the bays, peninsulas and islands below. We rejoin the main road briefly, before turning onto the wonderful Bozburun Peninsula at Hisaronu. Here, the coast road is unforgettably picturesque, meandering it’s way between little visited bays and paradise villages along the peninsula, often right on the waterside! Turgut village is a particular highlight, nestling in blissfuly seclusion just 1km or so inland. The whole landscape in this area is absolutely stunning, and our course around the peninsula is surely one of the trip highlights. Our hotel is very special- authentic Aegean experience, right on the waterside… The big draw here is the hotel restaurant- one of the best in the whole region!
Overnight Sardunya Boutique Hotel, Selimiye
Day 7: Transfer – Bozburun – Sogutkoy – Bayirkoy (Restaurant lunch) – Icmeler – Marmaris National Park
Total 28km / 200m climb / 650m descent
Today we explore the undeveloped and wild Bozburun Peninsula. This is a shorter day, and a well earned rest after some challenging rides. Unless you are feeling fit and strong, you can enjoy the first section of our tour by car! Passing by Bozburun village, we head into the mountainous hinterland, climbing into the hills via Sogutkoy to Bayirkoy- a wonderfully picturesque place set in lush, green hills. After enjoying a restaurant lunch here and sampling the many varieties of honey that the region is famous for, we continue on one final climb that brings us out high above the coast once more and begin riding through the open pine forest. This section of the trip feels quite wild and isolated, and the beach resort of Icmeler will be a strange sight below! We continue onwards to the town of Marmaris, riding on the seaside promenade right onto the marina. From here, a delightful last section brings us to the Marmaris National Park, where we stay at one of the best boutique hotels in the region.
Overnight Joya del Mar Hotel, Marmaris
Day 8: Transfer – Koycegiz – Kaunos – Dalyan
Total 42km / 570m climb / 570m descent
From Marmaris, we start with a 40 minute transfer to the lakeside town of Koycegiz and embark on a fantastic tour around Koycegiz Lake with it’s incredible hot springs and mud baths- perfect for relaxing road weary muscles! We ride through Sultaniye and Candir before stopping to explore the ancient city and admire the massive Lycian rock tombs at Kaunos. We finally arrive at the river side and take a taxi boat across the water to arrive in Dalyan. Our base for the next days overlooks the clear blue waters of the Dalyan River, where you can often see fresh water turtles, amongst a host of wildlife that visits this natural haven. It’s a paradise place and our hotel is in the very best position- an extensive layout with several gorgeous pools, bars, choice of restaurants, sauna and hamam complex, but it doesn’t feel big and impersonal.
Overnight Dalyan Resort and Spa Hotel, Dalyan
Day 9: Dalyan – Iztuzu – Dalyan
Total 26km / 500m climb / 500m descent
Iztuzu is one of Turkey’s most important and environmentally protected beaches, and its 7km sandy strip is a crucial sea turtle nesting ground. This easy last day’s ride gives you time to explore not just the beach itself, but the incredible scenery that surrounds it. If you prefer, however, we will organise a river taxi to take you down through the delta to the beach. It’s also possible to take the river boat one way, walk the 6km length of the beach, and cycle home from the road at the far end (your driver will wait there with your bikes). In the afternoon you can choose to explore the village, do a little shopping or simply relax and rest your weary muscles.
Overnight Dalyan Resort and Spa Hotel, Dalyan
Day 10: Transfer to Dalaman Airport
Our last day together- time to pack up bikes and enjoy a lazy breakfast on the riverside. We transfer to Dalaman Airport for connecting flights. On request it’s also possible to drive you back to Bodrum or Izmir Airports too (supplement payable).
Tour ends here.