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 Erdem Mansion, Sirince
Day 2: Sirince – Ephesus – Pamucak – Kusadasi (lunch) –Transfer to Camlik
Total 30km / 300m Climbing / 850m 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 Doganbey
Total 55km / 750m climb / 900m 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 transfer you up and over the peninsula to a wonderful old village of stone houses, Eski Doganbey, where you will stay in a restored Ottoman mansion. Evening meal will be a barbeque feast on the patio terrace amid perfect seclusion (no tourists here!)
Overnight Eski Doganbey Houses, Doganbey
Day 4: Transfer to Gullubahce turn off – Gullubahce – Karina – Transfer to Bogazici (Miletos)
Total 30km / 200m climb / 240m descent
This is an easy ride, designed to be completed in a morning, leaving the afternoon free for a leisurely sightseeing tour. After breakfast, we drive for 30 minutes up over the Dilek peninsula and past the busy town of Soke to our starting point on the edge of the Buyuk Menderes river delta. This hugely expansive flat lands area makes for some wonderful road cycling, and a great chance to relax. At the end of a beautiful singletrack road that runs right on the seaside, Karina is one of the unknown gems of this tour, and those who wish can swim in the clear water of the bay. We enjoy a lunch here, before loading the bikes onto the support car and heading (via the wonderful old village of Doganbey) to Miletos- an impressive Carian city dating from the 4th century BC. Moving on, we drive around the shore of Lake Bafa, stopping to admire and photograph the awesome mountain panorama behind. Passing the town of Milas, the views of the inland salt-flats lagoon of Tuzla (often home to flamingoes) hints at the beauty still to come. 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 5: Bogazici – Mumcular (lunch) – Yenikoy – Mazi – Cokertme
Total 44km / 750m climb / 750m descent
Beginning from the hotel, we cross the lagoon causeway and turn onto a larger but beautifully smooth road (which has a good shoulder for safe cycling). The morning’s spin is fast and easy, heading towards Bodrum and then turning off into rolling, pastoral hills and Mediterannean garrigue. We eat lunch in the authentic and lively small town of Mumcular and then climb 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. Our final destination is Cokertme, a truly little known paradise cove often shared by only the occasional yacht. Here you will stay right on the beach front in a clean, functional, authentic boutique, where Aegean simplicity, hospitality and the sheer beauty of your terrace outlook make this a night to remember. You will also enjoy some of the freshest and tastiest seafood ever in the next door Kaptan Restaurant.
Overnight White Houses Marina Pension, Cokertme
Day 6: Transfer to Alatepe – Alatepe – Akbuk (lunch) – Akyaka
Total 40km / 600m climb / 950m descent
We begin with a short (20 minute) transfer along the coat, past Oren and inland to 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 Kerme Ottoman Butik Hotel, Akyaka
Day 7: Transfer to Yesilbelde – Yesilbelde – Turgut – Selimiye
Total 50km / 600m climb / 700m descent
After another short morning transfer (15 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- with views to die for and some the best food in Turkey. Ran by lovely people who put their heart and soul into their homely yet super luxurious boutique hotel, this is one of our favourite luxury places in all of Turkey and the home produced food is superb. Dinner at hotel.
Overnight Kekik Butik Otel, Selimiye
Day 8: Rest day in Selimiye
Today you can relax and unwind in the wonderful hospitality of Kekik Butik Otel. There are options for activities such as hikes on the hilltop footpaths, a visit to Turgut’s waterfall, exploring Selimiye village of even getting involved and learning some delicious Turkish culinary skills from Mrs Misket. Alternatively, you might prefer to take it easy, get into a good book beside the gorgeous infinity pool, and just kick back, taking in the stunning panoramic views. Whatever you decide, your driver will be on hand to make it happen, plus, of course, there are extra cycling options available too!
Overnight Kekik Butik Otel, Selimiye
Day 9: Selimiye – Bozburun – Bayir – Marmaris
Total 60km / 1050m climb / 1220m descent
Today we explore the undeveloped and quintessentially Aegean Bozburun Peninsula. This is a shorter day, distance wise, but its mountainous route is challenging- though the views and traffic free roads more than make up for it! From Selimiye we pass Bozburun village and have the chance to view the construction of the world’s largest wooden hulled yacht (140m in length!). Then we head into the mountainous hinterland, climbing into the hills via Sogutkoy to Bayirkoy- a wonderfully picturesque place set in lush, green hills where we eat a picnic lunch beneath a plane tree that truly is 1880 years old! 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. The ride is a mixture of awesome coast roads and steep mountain lanes and the beach resort of Icmeler will be a strange sight below. We finish our ride along Marmaris’ seaside cycle way (no cars) and follow the seaside all the way through the town to the Marmaris National Park entrance and delightful shady road that leads around to the Nimara Island. Again, your hotel is a luxury beach side boutique, and you will really enjoy time here, with great food and live music 3 times a week.
Overnight Joya Del Mar Boutique Hotel, Marmaris National Park
Day 10: Transfer to Koycegiz – 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- besides the clear green river and just on the edge of the village centre, easily accessible along the waterside “lovers’ walk” footpath. The BC Spa lives up to it’s name as a luxury hotel. It’s an extensive layout with several gorgeous pools, bars, choice of restaurants, sauna and hamam complex, but it doesn’t feel big and impersonal. You will stay in a riverside suite, the best room available to round off what we truly believe is one of the best cycling holidays the world has to offer! Evening meal will be at one of Dalyan’s most prestigious restaurants.
Overnight BC Spa Luxury Hotel, Dalyan
Day 11: Dalyan – Iztuzu – Dalyan
Total 26km / 150m climb / 150m 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. The last night’s meal is a no expense spared culinary delight at one of Dalyan’s best fish and mezze restaurants- you will go home with many great memories of the food on this trip- for sure! Dinner at Saki Restaurant, Dalyan.
Overnight BC Spa Luxury Hotel, Dalyan
Day 12: 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. The end of a truly memorable cycling holiday of a lifetime!
Tour ends here.