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Our Turkey Tour is an exciting Multi-sport Adventure in Turkey. The tour highlights include cycling along the exquisite southwestern coast, hiking to ancient ruins, sea kayaking and swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, and sailing on a traditional Turkish gulet. You will be introduce you to the beauty and history of this vibrant, exotic destination. The Turkish countryside is filled with forested mountains that lead to the deep blue waters of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. Friendly local people, wonderful food, comfortable lodgings and sailing aboard a Turkish gulet will leave you with memories for a lifetime,So get ready for a great adventure!
2016 Price: $3400 US/pp (double occupancy)
Call for 2017 Price
Single Supplement: $400 US
International flights, bike rentals (Hybrid Mountain Bike Rental: $150 US, Electric Bike Rental: $300 US, or you can choose to bring your own bike), beverages, gratuities for local guides.
“The trip of a lifetime! Well organized, excellent guides, wonderful cycling, amazing history, friendly locals and great food. We would highly recommend it.”
~ Sue & Dave S.
“Your expeditions are a marvelous combination of exercise, tourism, culture, and, most of all, friendship. Experiencing the Turkish people and countryside left me with a new perspective. Thanks to you and your Turkish support for making this trip possible. Thanks to the cycling cohort for fun, inspiration, and entertainment. ”
~ Paul, California
“Our trip will standout as the most memorable not only for the exceptional group of people on the ride but, also, for the incredible warmth and friendliness offered by the people of Turkey in every community we visited. I have not hesitated to recommend a visit to Turkey to everyone who has asked about our trip. I wish to reiterate how grateful I am to you for recommending this trip to me as it will provide a lifetime of smiles and joyous memories.”
~ Joe, New Jersey
This tour is designed for fit riders of varying levels. Daily riding distances will average between 30 – 65 km through hilly terrain. A support vehicle will accompany the tour for rider assistance.
In Turkey, the continents of Europe and Asia are separated by only a narrow waterway making this region the “Land in the Middle.” Here, thousands of years of history merge with the 21st century making Turkey a vibrant, exotic land. Our route is away from the bustle of the cities, and the friendly local people live in a culture of mixed religious backgrounds and traditions. The countryside is filled with forested mountains that lead to the deep blue waters of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. But the real surprise of Turkey is summed up in the saying,
“One comes for the history, but stays for the cuisine!”
The cycling is van supported on a superb coastal route we selected especially for its breathtaking vistas and beaches…anyone up for a dip in the sea while lunch is being prepared? Uncrowded roads take us through small towns and near a number of fantastic Greek, Roman, and Lycian ruins. Each evening comfortable lodging and warm Turkish hospitality awaits.
On foot we will have time to hike among the ancient cities and temples and learn about the fascinating history while we photograph the inspirational scenery. From the dazzling boulevard of Ephesus and the amphitheater of Miletos to the seaside ruins of Knidos, this tour will reignite your curiosity in the ancient people who lived here and shaped the past.
Besides swimming, we will spend a morning in sea kayaks observing nature and exploring the ruins of a sunken city that lies below the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. We top off our seaside activities with a night on a traditional wooden Turkish gulet. Great company, scrumptious food and a starlit sky – life is good! We invite you to join us on this fantastic Multi-Sport Tour in Turkey. Riding, sea kayaking, swimming and hiking – this is an Adventure Vacation you will remember for a lifetime!
* All meals and lodging are included on the tour beginning with Dinner Day 1 through Breakfast Day 13. Our guests on prior tours found Selcuk to be the perfect small town to arrive the day before the tour begins to get over jet lag, and get acquainted with the Turkish culture. We can assist with hotel reservations and we will arrange transfers from the Izmir airport to Selcuk.
Early afternoon bike fitting and tour orientation followed by a tour of the incomparable city of Ephesus, an incredibly well preserved center of the Ionian culture. Among its archaeological triumphs are the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the grand Library of Celsius and an impressive ancient theater. (The day’s schedule will be finalized in a Pre-Tour Letter.) Hotel in Selcuk.
We transfer to Priene to begin our first ride, an easy pedal to the ruins of Milletos, known for its extraordinary Roman Theater. We end at a comfortable lodging near Lake Bafa, a splendid paradise with over 225 species of birds. RIDE: Priene to Lake Bafa, 42-65 km. Hotel in Kapikiri.
We will ride through small villages and forested back roads to the sea. Here we find one of the Aegean’s most picturesque yacht harbors where we’ll board our comfortable traditional wooden Turkish gulet. Time for swimming, relaxing and enjoying the gorgeous coastline, 35 km. Sleep on gulet.
Relax and sleep in! Today is a rest day and we travel aboard the gulet to Akyakka. En route we will stop to swim and enjoy the Mediterranean in style. We say goodbye to our gulet crew later in the afternoon and spend the night in a lovely hotel overlooking the sea. When we arrive in Akyakka, there is a lovely ride you can enjoy along the coast. Hotel in Akyakka.
We begin cycling a quiet route through a few small villages that lead toward the enchanting tree lined western shore of a beautiful lake. Lunch is on the lake shore at Sultaniye, a mud bath spa that has been used since Ottoman times. This is a must…really! Afterward we continue to the charming town of Dalyan where you can enjoy a wonderful dinner in sight of ancient Lycian rock tombs carved in the cliff face. RIDE: Dogusbelen to Dalyan, 33 km. Hotel in Dalyan.
Today’s ride passes along a beautiful wetland area and then winds through small villages on quiet roads lined with fields, orchards and rock tombs. We spend the night in Gocek, a picturesque bayside town below Mount Mendos. RIDE: Dalyan to Gocek, 54 km. Hotel in Gocek.
Morning transfer to Xanthos, one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Turkey. This UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the Bronze Age and was the capital of the fiercely independent Lycian people. We ride a spectacular “postcard perfect” route along the sea with pristine beaches and crystal clear water. Our destination is Kas, a charming seaside town situated on the site of the ancient city of Antiphellos. RIDE: Xanthos to Kas, 46 km. Hotel in Kas.
We have a layover day in Kas – a favorite town along our route. You can choose to take a short bike ride out to the peninsula to see some ruins, go scuba diving or paragliding or just enjoy roaming the streets of this lovely town. Swimming and kicking back at the beach is always an option for the day.
This morning’s ride is a challenging but doable climb from Kas to the turnoff that leads to the tranquil seaside hamlet of Kekova. Or, there will also be a van transfer that leaves a bit later for the top of the climb to begin a rolling back road ride to lunch in Kekova. The afternoon will be for exploring Kekova Bay by sea kayaking or on foot as determined by the weather. Sea kayaks are the perfect way to see the hidden coves and fantastic sunken ruins in the bay. No kayaking experience is necessary. RIDE: Kas to Kekova, 34 km. Hotel in Kekova.
If the seas were rough the previous day, we will paddle in the morning (weather permitting) and cycle in the afternoon. This riding stage takes us to Demre, the hometown of St. Nicholas; yes, there really was a Santa Claus! In real life he was the charitable Bishop of ancient Myra. The ride continues to Finike along one of the most beautiful coastlines in Turkey. RIDE: Kekova to Finike, 52 km. Hotel in Finike.
Our final ride is the perfect ending to a great tour. We finish in the peaceful little haven of Cirali near the ruins of the ancient Lycian city, Olympos. Here we find a pristine beach, a pine forest full of marble temples and the mysterious Chimera, a natural eternal flame located on a mountainside near town. We will have our farewell dinner this evening. RIDE: Finike to Cirali, 47 km. Hotel in Cirali.
Morning at leisure to walk to Olympos. Afternoon transfer to the airport in Antalya for the flight to Istanbul. We arrive around 6 pm. Hotel in Istanbul.
Tour ends after breakfast. If time permits, we strongly recommend spending at least a couple of days in Istanbul. We will be happy to assist you with additional hotel reservations and you will be able to make day tour reservations at the hotel in Istanbul.
You can expect a spirited mix of singles and couples in their 20′s to 80′s from all corners of the US and a few international locations as well. Many have accompanied us on numerous tours in the past. Most folks are recreational riders and all seem to share the common bond of an active lifestyle, an appreciation for the outdoors and a love for fun. We will gladly supply references and the make-up of any trip that you are interested in joining.
Yes! You bring the people and we will take care of all the details! This tour can be chartered as either a Guided Tour or Self Guided Tour. Call us for details and availability, 800-648-8488.
Turkish cuisine is exceptional! You will be staying in hotels and inns that serve great food, and there is enough variety at each meal to please everyone. Vegetarian and other dietary restrictions can usually be accommodated with advanced notice. All meals are included from dinner Day 1 to breakfast Day 13.
Weather can be changeable, so be prepared for riding in both sun and showers. Daytime temperatures are 60º to 85º F. and nights are 50º to 70º F. We recommend SPF 30 sunscreen and lip screen, and if you are really sun sensitive, we suggest light colored sun-blocking clothing. In case of rain, please make sure you have a good quality rain jacket with hood and rain pants.
Our Turkish staff includes a bilingual guide / driver for our support vehicle. The owners, Chuck and Judy Nichols, accompany most trips and supply a fun style that brings folks together like a group of friends having a great time on an unforgettable vacation.
We rent good quality mountain bikes with road bike tires and a water bottle cage. The bikes come with flat pedals. If you ride clipless pedals, bring your own. If you want toe clips and straps, please bring your own pedals with the toe clips and straps. If you are attached to your own saddle, you should consider bringing it without the seatpost. NOTE: You will need to provide your own water bottle and helmet.
Whether you shoot a digital or film camera, bring more media storage cards or film than you think you need! A portable hard drive may be the answer for digital storage. Other useful items are plenty of extra batteries, lens cleaner, lens tissue, lens brush, a mini tabletop tripod and a clean toothbrush to remove grit from your camera.
You do not need to be able to speak Turkish, but it can be lots of fun, and our Turkish guide can always help you with the finer points of the language. A small dictionary and some creative sign language are helpful, and many people at airports and hotels speak English.
The currency of Turkey is the new Turkish Lira. You will need money for beverages, shopping, snacks, and tips for the Turkish staff. We suggest exchanging a minimum of $250US (more if you like to shop).
We suggest $120US per guest to cover our local guides and various service people at the lodges during the tour.
US CASH: bring only NEW bills with NO tears. You can exchange money at the airport and in major towns. CREDIT CARDS: bring 2 or more Visa or Master Cards in case you have trouble with one. There are ATMs in most of the towns on the tour. To use your Credit Card to get Euros at an ATM, each Credit Card will need a PIN#. Be sure to activate the PIN# and check that it works BEFORE you begin your travels. We also suggest contacting your credit card company prior to your trip to inform them of the countries where you will be traveling and the dates. We do not recommend bringing Travelers Checks because some places do not accept them, exchange rates vary widely and they require a bank to exchange them.
U.S. citizens must have a current Passport to enter Italy. Make sure your PASSPORT DOES NOT EXPIRE WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF THE COMPLETION OF YOUR TOUR. These requirements do vary from country to country, but just to be safe, we recommend going by the 6 month standard, because it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry when it comes to international travel!
Make copies of your passport! We recommend making 2 photocopies of your passport’s photo page and any other valuable documents you might carry with you on the tour. Travel with one copy stored separately from your passport. Leave the other copy at home with a relative or friend (ideally the same person you gave as your emergency contact). In the event that any of your documents are lost or stolen, this will greatly assist the process of replacement.
U.S. citizens must have a Tourist Visa to enter Turkey. You will need to do this online in advance of your tour. It takes about 10 minutes to go through the process and you are able to print your VISA at the time that you apply. You will need to have your Passport details. Here is a good website to apply for your permit: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/apply/
THIS TOUR BEGINS IN IZMIR AND ENDS IN ISTANBUL. Flights from US cities can be booked on Lufthansa Airlines (a partner of the Star Alliance) directly into Izmir and out of Istanbul. Roundtrip Air from most cities in the US is about $1,000.
Nichols Expeditions is not responsible for any costs you may incur due to delays with transportation (airline or other), weather, road conditions, government intervention, sickness or other contingencies we are unable to control. For international flights, arrive at least 2-3 hours prior to departure (check with your air carrier for their requirements) and allow ample time between connecting flights. If you miss your flight and you need a special shuttle to meet up with the group, you will be responsible for the cost.
To protect yourself against life’s uncertainties, we highly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy!
Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a contiguous transcontinental parliamentary republic, with its smaller part in Southeastern Europe and its larger part in Western Asia (i.e. the Balkans and Anatolia, respectively). Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Bulgaria to the northwest; Greece to the west; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, Iran and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the southeast. The Mediterranean Sea is to the south; the Aegean Sea to the west; and the Black Sea to the north. The Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles (which together form the Turkish Straits) demarcate the boundary between Thrace and Anatolia; they also separate Europe and Asia. Turkey's location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia makes it a country of significant geostrategic importance. ~ Wikipedia