Day 1: Arrive Izmir Airport and transfer to Selcuk / Sirince
Sirince is a beautiful and very old fashioned wine producing village where you will stay in beautifully restored Greek “Konak” houses. We have time to relax here, enjoy a nice dinner, unpack and build up our bikes and then have a pre-tour briefing. Dinner with fresh and tasty local specialities at the Arsipel Restaurant is a perfect start to the tour.
Overnight Kirkinca Houses Boutique Hotel, Sirince
Day 2: Sirince – Ephesus – Pamucak – Kusadasi (lunch) – Camlik
Total 50km / 800m Climbing / 800m 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 begin a long, but rewarding climb inland on a quiet and panoramic single track road. We arrive at Camlik, and stay in a luxury winery, with great food in a perfect Mediterranean garden setting.
Overnight Yedbilgeler Hotel, Camlik
Day 3: Camlik – Kirazli – Guzelcamli (Restaurant lunch) – Dilek National Park – Transfer to Lake Bafa
Total 45km / 550m climb / 850m descent
Again, the ride might be short in distance, but there is so much to do, and such beautiful swimming opportunities, it’s worth taking things slowly… The route begins downhill alongside fruit orchards and vineyards back to Kirazli. We continue, climbing on a very quiet and 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 9 we enjoy a nice lunch in one of the seaside restaurants here).
After lunch, 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 1.5 hours to arrive at the unbelievable granite boulders of Bafa National Park, finishing up amongst a landscape littered with the 4th century BC ruins of ancient Herakleia. We have time for a hiking tour in the evening! Our base in Kapikiri is a rustic but charming boutique pension, with unforgettable views and a sunset over the water. Overnight Selenes Pension, Bafa / Kapikiri
Day 4: Kapikiri – Bafa – Selime – Latmos Mountains (Picnic lunch) – Milas
Total 61km / 900m climb / 1240m descent
Today we go inland, through mountains and hills strewn with massive granite boulders. After meandering round the lake for 8km we descend on the main road to Selimiye before starting our big climb into the Latmos (Besparmak) mountains. Note- this is a big climb and an uplift is suggested- our driver will be waiting for us in Kandak village at the bottom of the climb to Kayabuku. From there we ride the remaining uphill section and continue through pristine mountain scenery amongst a landscape of huge granite boulders, mature pine trees and small villages where time really has stood still. There are no shops, restaurants or hotels here… We eat a picnic lunch outside a local tearoom in Goldere village and continue up the day’s second big climb to the hilltop village of Narhisar, from where the views are breathtaking!
We continue to Ikiztas on a hard packed gravel surface. This rough section is fine even for road bikes with 23mm tyres as long as you take it easy! There are a couple of short sections where we may need to walk, but the landscapes, views and wonderful tastes of local mountain life here more than compensate! We carry on eastwards until a massive 10km downhill off the mountains, past Comakdag to the youthful student town of Milas. We transfer onwards 30 minutes, to where 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 5: Transfer to Mumcular – Yukari Mazikoy – Cokertme – Turkevleri – Oren (Restaurant lunch) – Alatepe – Akbuk
Total 70km / 1000m climb / 1300m descent
Today we begin with a 20 minute drive to our start point at the top of a big hill above Mumcular, deep in the Bodrum rural hinterland. We ride through rolling, pastoral hills and Mediterranean garrigue to arrive at the coast on a deserted asphalt road that runs right along the sea front. Our route takes us through a gorgeous landscape, past little known rural villages and picturesque seaside coves only frequented by the occasional yacht. We continue east, on small roads through mountainous scenery, enjoying a morning break at the beautiful cove of Cokertme before continuing to Oren, where we enjoy a restaurant lunch in the shade of palm trees along a pristine beach. Here you will enjoy wonderful food typical of the Aegean region- fresh salads, mezze and sea food.
From Oren we head inland to a densely wooded valley where there are impressive ruins of a Roman aqueduct to be seen. From our elevated position at Alatepe village, the panoramas are breathtaking and eventually we arrive again at the coast, high above Akbuk. Akbuk is a protected area and the only development here is a couple of camping and caravanning parks, a small pension (where we stay) and one or two small markets that supply a handful of yachts with essential supplies. The shingle beach is clean, and the jetty makes a perfect diving board into the sea for a post ride cool down! A fantastic place to finish a great day’s ride- and one that for the moment you will have largely to yourself- especially out of season. Dinner in Altas Restaurant (famous for locally caught fresh fish and calamari).
Overnight Altas Pansiyon, Akbuk
Day 6: Akbuk – Gokova – Akcapinar (Restaurant lunch) – Transfer – Yesilbelde – Hisaronu – Selimiye
Total: 75km / 800m climb / 750m descent
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 Gokova is absolute paradise! In the shade of mature pines with fleeting glimpses down to the azure waters below, it’s a miracle that these places can be so close to Marmaris and yet so blissfully unspoiled. We reach the Mugla – Marmaris road at Akcapinar village and after enjoying a wonderful lunch in a speciality Black Sea restaurant take a short transfer.
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 pass Yesilbelde and 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! Our hotel is right beside the water, in a totally idyllic location- you can swim in the crysal clear water and relax at the beachside…
Overnight Sardunya Hotel, Selimiye
Day 7: Selimiye – Bozburun – Sogutkoy – Bayirkoy (Restaurant lunch) – Icmeler – Marmaris – Transfer to Dalyan
Total 52km / 1030m climb / 1200m 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, which is lovely in off season but rather overrun in the summer! From Marmaris, we have a 45 minute transfer to Dalyan- a wonderful riverside location that will be our base for the remaining days of the tour.
Overnight Dalyan Pansion, Dalyan.
Day 8: Dalyan – Koycegiz – Sultaniye – Candir – Kaunos – Dalyan
Total 60km / 600m climb / 600m descent
We start with an easy ride along backroads to the lakeside town of Koycegiz where we can enjoy a nice lunch on the lakeside. We then embark on a fantastic tour around Koycegiz Lake. 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 once again in Dalyan. The last night’s meal will be one of the best- you will go home with many great memories of the food on this trip- for sure!
Overnight Dalyan Pansion, Dalyan.
Day 9: Transfers and Travel
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.
Tour ends here.
Optional Day 10: Circuit of Dalyan / Sarigerme and Iztuzu Beach
Dalyan – Yesilyurt – Sarigerme (lunch) – Iztuzu beach – Dalyan
Total 68km / 400m climb / 400m descent
This circular ride from Dalyan takes in the contrasting, beautiful beach areas of Sarigerme and Iztuzu, with a challenging and rewarding climb over the forested hills that separate them. The contrast between the touristic beach of Sarigerme and the wild, proptected nature of Iztuzu is stunning. From Iztuzu, it is also possible to leave the bikes, walk along the 8km long beach and from the other end, take a river taxi back to Dalyan. A really nice ride, with plenty of time for relaxing on the beach and swimming in the sea!
Overnight Dalyan Pansion, Dalyan.