Aegean Coast Road Bike Touring

  • The Bozburun peninsula with it's beautiful coves and fishing villages.
  • Discovering little known beaches on the Dilek Peninsula
  • Dalyan's protected turtle beach and unique fresh water lagoon.
  • Lake Bafa National Park and it's unique rock formations
  • Getting away from it all in the remote hilly wilderness of the Latmus Mountains
  • Exploring the ancient city of Ephesus
  • A week of perfect cycle touring amongst blissful Mediterranean scenery!
  • Choose from guided or self-guided options to suit you best.

This 9-day self-guided or guided cycling tour takes to a network of less-travelled roads that link mountainous olive groves with paradise beaches and rugged coastal peninsulas. It is a chance to experience the true beauty and character of Turkey’s less-developed seaside areas, far away from the hustle bustle of modern life. The tour follows a relatively hilly pathway through a patchwork of sights, sounds and tastes, and enjoy a relaxing yet challenging tour in a setting of natural wonder. We use small, boutique hotels in wonderful locations, and eat delicious food in authentic restaurants. Much more than a cycling holiday, this is a true experience of Aegean life and you will go home healthy and happy. 

The guided tours and many of the supported self-guided programmes are led by a local professional cycling guide with excellent English and an encyclopedic knowledge of the area. Not only will you learn a great deal and enjoy his warm, calm and well humoured company, but he will ensure that dining experiences are perfectly tailored to your tastes and you will relish the fresh, healthy food that (when done properly) makes the Aegean kitchen so special. Food is definitely a highlight of this tour!

Self guided options tours let you explore Turkey by bike at your own speed, leaving plenty of time for sightseeing, time on the beach, or lazy mornings by the hotel pool… A full route map, tour itinerary and GPS files will be supplied, so navigation is easy too!

For those who prefer shorter distances we have designed an Easy Version.

Full-Itinerary

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 at the Arsipel Restaurant will be a perfect beginning to an incredible week of Aegean culinary experiences… Overnight Kirkinca Houses Boutique Hotel, Sirince (L,D)

Day 2: Sirince – Ephesus – Camlik – Kirazli (Restaurant lunch) – Guzelcamli – Dilek National Park Total 68km / 550m climb / 850m descent Aegean Rd Itinerary Collage Day 2This is a relatively easy first day, with plenty of time for sightseeing at Ephesus and relaxing on the beach 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. After stopping to admire the Roman aqueduct in the town, we head on to the wonderful ruins at Ephesus- perhaps Turkey’s number one must see historic site. From there, we ride onwards to Camlik, and stop to drink Turkish tea in an authentic tea shop. Our route takes us on through fruit orchards and vineyards as it winds up and over rolling hills to Kirazli, where we eat a wonderful lunch of traditional food in one of the garden restaurants there.

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. From Guzelcamli, we enter the Dilek Peninsula National Park and ride to the very end of the peninsula road (Karasu Beach). Herethere is time to relax on the beach, swim or take a walk up a fantastic canyon path. Depending on time and energy you can choose to ride or take the support vehicle 12km back along the road to our delightful hotel in Guzelcamli. Set in lush gardens with a beautiful swimming pool the Panion Park Residence is a true paradise hideaway. Dinner in hotel. Overnight Panion Park Residences, Guzelcamli (B,L,D)

Day 3: Transfer – Gullubahce – Karina – Miletos – Akkoy (Restaurant lunch) – Bafa – Kapikiri Total 96km / 480 Climbing / 480m Decent Aegean Rd Itinerary Collage Day 2.5 This is a longer ride, but the well surfaced roads, flat terrain and prevailing tail wind help to propel us along. 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 we reach the morning tea break stop without too much difficulty. 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 backtrack a little, and then head across the delta itself. We eat lunch in the traditional, authentic village of Akkoy, a world away from nearby touristic Didyma, and have the chance to stop and visit the extensive Carian ancient city at Miletos on the way.

After lunch, we leave the delta and circle around the stunningly beautiful Lake Bafa, enjoying panoramic views over to the Latmos Mountains that rise up steeply above the far shore. Turning off the main road, the last 10km of the ride is pure magic, following a single track lane first through rustic villages and later the unbelievable granite boulders of Bafa National Park, finishing up amongst a landscape littered with the 4th century BC ruins of ancient Heraklion. Our base in Kapikiri is a rustic but charming boutique pension, with unforgettable views and a sunset over the water. Dinner in hotel. Overnight Selenes Pension, Bafa / Kapikiri (B,L,D)

Day 4: Kapikiri – Bafa – Selime – Latmos Mountains (Picnic lunch) – Milas  Total 61km / 900m climb / 1240m descent Aegean Rd Itinerary Collage Day 3N

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 stay in a high quality, business class hotel on the town’s edge and have the option to enjoy a Turkish bath (hamam) in the evening. Dinner in hotel. Overnight Milas Han Hotel, Milas (B,L,D)

Day 5: Transfer – Mumcular – Yukari Mazikoy – Cokertme – Turkevleri – Oren (Restaurant lunch) – Alatepe – Akbuk Total 75km / 1280m climb / 1340m descent Aegean Rd Itinerary Collage Day 3

After an optional early morning walking tour of the lakeside ruins, we drive 70km / 1 hour to a start point to the village of Mumcular. Today we ride through rolling, pastoral hills and Mediterannean 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 ocean 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 (B,L,D)

Day 6: Akbuk – Gokova – Akcapinar (Restaurant lunch) – Transfer – Yesilbelde – Hisaronu – Selimiye Total: 75km / 800m climb / 750m descent Aegean Rd Itinerary Collage Day 4 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 very special- 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 Boutique Otel, Selimiye. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Selimiye – Bozburun – Sogutkoy – Bayirkoy (Restaurant lunch) – Icmeler – Marmaris – Transfer Total 52km / 1030m climb / 1200m descent Aegean Rd Itinerary Collage Day 6Today 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 overun 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 3 days of the tour. Dinner in hotel. Overnight Dalyan Pansion, Dalyan. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Transfer – Koycegiz – Sultaniye – Candir Kaunos – Dalyan Total 41km / 575m climb / 595 descent Aegean Rd Itinerary Collage Day 7 Our final day of road biking proper takes it a little easier- which we must do in order to appreciate the incredible diversity, uniqueness and picturesque splendour of Dalyan. 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 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. 

In the afternoon there is time to unwind and make the most of the natural paradise. We offer the option of a trip to Iztuzu beach- either by bike (12km each way) or by river boat. Iztuzu is one of Turkey’s most important and environmentally protected beaches, and its 7km sandy strip is a crucial sea turtle nesting ground. 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 culnirary 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 Dalyan Pansion, Dalyan. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Transfers and Travel Our last day together- time to pack up bikes and enjoy a lazy breakfast on riverside. We transfer to Dalaman Airport for connecting flights. Tour ends here. (B)

Included (as per tour package): B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D-Dinner


 

Tour Details:

Price (per person):

There are 3 options available:

1: Guided
Price 1050 Euros. 
Including all meals and snacks.
Minimum Group size: 3
Maximum Group size: 10
Surcharge of 100 Euros per person for 3 to 5 Pax groups
Smaller groups and bespoke guided tours POA.
 
2: Supported Self-Guided.
Price: 1350 Euros.
Includes 8 evening meals at top quality restaurants and English speaking professional guide / fixer / driver, at your disposal 24/7.
Price based on 2 people travelling.
 
3: Self-Guided.
Price: 950 Euros
Bed and Breakfast only.
Price based on 2 people travelling.
 
Price includes:
8 nights boutique hotel accommodation. Transfers from Izmir and to Dalaman airports. Full use of support vehicle.

Price does not include:
Flights. Alcoholic and soft drinks available at camps or Restaurants, drinks and extras at optional cafe stops and entrance fees to historical sites and museums. Tips for guides and driver.

Options: 
Single Supplement: 220 Euro.
Bike rental: 150 Euro.
Garmin Edge 800 GPS: 50 Euros
Pannier rack: 20 Euros
Women’s saddle: 10 Euro.
SPD pedals: 10 Euros.

2017 Dates: 
April 1 – 8
October 21 – 28

Self-guided tours are available year round but best in spring and autumn

Tour Length:
9 days / 8 nights

Start / finish point:
Izmir / Dalaman

Grade:
3-4: Some hilly sections but nearby car support makes the suitable for most riders.

Features:
7 days multi centre road bike touring. Some sections with poor quality tarmac. Very little traffic. Easy version available. Our personal favourite road biking tour!

Equipment advice:
A road or lightweight touring bike plus proper cycling clothing, shoes and pedals is recommended for this tour although many people prefer a flat handlebar MTB / hybrid.      

Practical Matters:

The Aegean coast is substantially less developed than the Mediterranean and is perhaps the best place to take a road biking holiday in Turkey. The absence of a major coastal highway, combined with a maritime geography of wooded peninsulas, inlets and islands and a blissful climate makes this a perfectly idyllic and intriguing area. Average daily distance is 80km but the route is quite hilly in places and this can represent a good challenge for any cyclist.

The weather is generally fine, beaches are superb, roads are good, and the quality of restaurants and accommodation excellent. The tour is possible at any time of the year but best between April and June and September and November to avoid the summer heat.

Fly into Izmir and back from Dalaman- international airports where a host of affordable flight options are available. Many people enjoy a stopover in Istanbul for 2-4 days either on the outward or return leg. It's also possible to return to Izmir at the end of the tour or transfer from Dalaman at the beginning- we can arrange an extra one-way transfer.

Tour-Options

Tour Options: New for 2016 we have improved and extended the route and added options that let you choose the tour format that suits you best. Choose from:

1: Guided Group Departures By riding with one of our professional guides you will not only learn so much about the places you ride through, but enjoy the company and companionship that social cycling provides. These tours run on fixed dates throughout the year and are open to single riders willing to share a twin room with no single supplement. All guides speak English fluently and have extensive cycling experience in the region. These tours include all meals at excellent and well-chosen restaurants. The group size is between 3 and 10. There is a surcharge of 150 Euros per person for 3 to 5 Pax groups. Smaller groups and bespoke guided tours are available on request.

2: Fully Supported Self-Guided This new option puts one of our professional biking guides in the driving seat of your support vehicle. It’s the best way to enjoy the support and assistance that a fully guided tour provides but gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace and make your own choices. Not only will your baggage be transported from hotel to hotel but you will enjoy full technical support and route assistance at every stage- just like having a driver and a guide in one. This option includes evening meals but lunches are extra. Please ask for prices for groups larger than 2 Pax as the quoted rate is based on 2 people sharing a support car and driver / guide and larger parties will always cost less. Dates tailored to your preference and departures are available throughout the year.

3: Self-Guided For those who prefer the freedom and value that self-guided tours offer, this is the best option. Your baggage will be transported from hotel to hotel, and you will still have a support car and driver following you (out of sight) along the route. But with this option your driver may not speak much English, and certainly won’t have the skills or knowledge of an expert guide. These tours are bed and breakfast only, leaving you free to make your own meal arrangements. We can add a half board supplement if you prefer, and all hotels are able to produce excellent meals. Please ask for prices larger than 2 Pax as the quoted rate is based on 2 people sharing a support car and driver.Dates tailored to your preference and departures are available throughout the year.