West Aegean Explorer Road Cycling Tour

  • Hotel-to-hotel cycling on quiet roads- luggage transported
  • Relaxed cycling, sightseeing and swimming with optional extra activities
  • Wonderful, stone built, boutique garden hotels in splendid seaside locations
  • Enjoy exquisite coastal scenery, blue flag beaches and a perfect climate
  • Discover blissful isolation in luxury of the Karaburun Peninsulas best hotels.
  • Browse the enchanting bazaars and boutiques in Alacati's old streets
  • Learn about traditional felt making crafts in the formerly Greek village of Sirince
  • Savour delicious cuisine and explore the "Aegean kitchen" at fine restaurants
  • A visit to Ephesus- perhaps Turkey’s most captivating, impressive ancient city

This fully supported cycling holiday explores lesser-known parts of the beautiful Turkish Aegean coastline by a network of easy to navigate country lanes and scenic coast roads. It’s the perfect mix of relaxing, family-friendly cycle touring with the option to enjoy plenty of sights along the way. Alternatively, just take it easy, swim and enjoy the scenery. You will stay in family-run boutique hotels throughout, carefully chosen for their personal approach and dedication to quality. This tour is relatively easy going with no big hills and an average daily distance of just 40km, using less travelled roads that link olive groves with meandering, relatively flat seaside areas and exquisite coastal peninsulas.

This tour is suitable for cyclists and families of all abilities, and doesn't need any special equipment or preparation. 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! Shorter or longer tours are also available, and you can personalise your tour, adding 'rest days' or extra time in the most beautiful places…

Full-Itinerary

Day 1: Transfers and travel. Arrive Izmir Airport / Izmir City Centre. Transfer to Kirazli Bakhos Guesthous (75km / 1hr) Set amongst tranquil gardens, Bakhos Guesthouse is an oasis of calm, and a perfect place to unwind after your flight. Catered to the highest standards, it's a family run boutique hotel that offers an outstanding quality throughout, charming décor and a wonderful pool. Overnight Bakkhos Guesthouse, Kirazli

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Day 2: Bakhos Guesthouse – Yayla – Sogucak – Guzelcamli – Dilek Peninsula National Park (43km / 700m climb / 800m descent) Your first day takes you on a mountain road through beautiful Mediterranean scrubland, 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 you drop down to the coast via Sogucak village and enjoy a wonderful traffic-free cycle lane- right on the sea front! You ride right along the beach on a traffic free cycle lane, arriving at Guzelcamli marina. Your finishing point is undoubtedly one of the trip’s highlights: the Dilek Peninsula National Park. This heavily protected area is an important haven for wildlife and an area of over 27,000 acres of pristine forest. Just prior to entering the park you can swim in the cool, clear waters of the Cave of Zeus before continuing down an idyllic single-track road beneath the shade of mature pines. There are wonderful beaches here, lapped by crystal clear waters amidst a natural paradise. Your driver will be waiting at the end of the road from 4pm, ready to take you on to your next destination: Sirince. This wonderful hill top village is an oasis of calm, where you will stay in a beautifully restored Ottoman mansion house hotel. Transfer to Sirince (65km / 1hr) Overnight Sirince Kirkinca Houses Hotel

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Day 3: Sirince – Selcuk – Ephesus – Pamucak Beach – Gumuldur (52km / 525m climb / 775m descent) Today your route begins on a wonderful panoramic mountain road that passes through a gorgeous Mediterranean landscape of olive groves and fruit gardens. You soon and effortlessly arrive in Selcuk, and have time to explore the market, cafes, and see the Roman aqueduct in the town square. From here it's only 2km to Ephesus- unarguably one of Turkey’s must see historic sites that will captivate children and adults alike. You will probably want to spend 1 or 2 hours exploring here (official guides are available) before continuing to the coast and easily reaching Pamucak beach. The ride continues on a coast road, often right on the seaside, meandering through countryside and offering delightful coastal panoramas. Without too much exertion you arrive in Gumuldur, and stay at Alptekin Boutique Hotel- a luxury modern hotel with swimming pool, superior service, and excellent food options. Overnight Alptekin Hotel, Gumuldur 

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Day 4: Gumuldur – Doganbey – Sigacik (38km / 240m climb / 240m descent) Soon after leaving Gumuldur, your route takes you back to the beach side and onto a paved cycle way that links charming family orientated beach cafes, shops and low rise villas. This part of the coast is popular with local families, and the 6km ride along the beach in summer is a window on traditional holiday life here. Never far from the coast, sometimes with fleeting glimpses of the atoll-esque Kanli Island, you arrive at Sigacik- a modern yacht harbour beside an exquisite Ottoman castle and Ionian city walls. Inside the you'll find street stalls selling a huge variety of local produce and souvenirs, plus the nearby ruins of Teos and Akkum beach provide further cause to extend your stay here. This charming little town is becoming one of the region's favourite escapes but for now it's still relatively uncrowded even in summer. It also has some great lunching options! Your hotel is a charming local style boutique, where family hospitality, great food, and wonderful service make relaxing here easy! Overnight Beyaz Ev Hotel, Sigacik

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Day 5 : Transfer to Gulbahce – Balikliova – Mordogan – Kaynarpinar Harbour (40km / 400m climb / 400m descent) You begin today with a scenic drive north up the Karaburun Peninsula to Gulbahce (30km / 30 mins). Out of season, this whole area is almost deserted, and even in the height of summer is in no way crowded. Offering near traffic free road cycling, never far from some of the most wonderful and largely undeveloped sections of Turkey’s Aegean or Mediterranean costs, the next 3 days are an unforgettable experience indeed! Starting out in the pretty village of Gulbahce, the old peninsula road becomes even emptier as it meanders towards Balikliova, through a landscape of open, rocky heathland, and rich mature forest, all met by cool, azure waters. You overnight in a wonderful seaside location in a lovely boutique hotel with fine ecologial credentials, excellent food and a wonderful beach side setting. Overnight Arya Hotel, Karaburun 

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Day 6: Easy Day. Karaburun Arya Hotel – Kuyucak Beach – Yeni Liman – Lipsos Hotel (10km / 230m climb / 270m descent) Today’s ride takes you via another wonderful Blue Flag beaches up to the head of the peninsula, where the remote and charming Lipsos Hotel sits. As the short distance suggests, it's an easier "rest day", but there are so many glorious places to explore and wonderful beaches on which to relax that we're sure you'll be glad to have some 'down' time! On arriving at the Lipsos Hotel, an expansive pebble beach stretches as far as the eye can see, right up to the tip of the peninsula, backed only by natural shrubs and flowering plants. This is truly the end of the road, and an evening spent on the terrace here is sure to be one of the trip's outstanding memories, watching small fishing boats come in across the bay whilst enjoying some of the countries finest seafood. A very special place indeed. Overnight Lipsos Hotel, Karaburun 

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Day 7: Transfer – Kucukbahce / Balikliova Crossroads –  Kucukbahce – Cesme – Alacati (32km / 350m climb / 465m descent) After breakfast your driver will drive you from the Lipsos Hotel to a start point approximately 50km south on the west side of the Karaburun Peninsula. This journey is spectacular in itself, winding it's way through barren, rocky hills with wonderful views of the ocean below and old, stone villages that cling to the mountainsides. You'll certainly be glad of some vehicle assistance here- it's pretty steep! However, this ride can be extended to include some of these hillier sections if you prefer! Your ride is a relaxing but in no way unsatisfying coastal tour that eventually reaches the classy seaside resort of Cesme at Engelli Beach. There are plenty of good lunch options along the way. Cesme is a vibrant but unspoiled resort, with classy restaurants, boutique hotels and a fine choice of restaurants. You continue onward a short distance to the unique, finely preserved historical village of Alacati, and can have time in the evening to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the cobbled streets there. You stay in a fine boutique hotel with gorgeous pool and beautiful gardens. What a way to end the tour! Overnight Alaris Boutique Hotel, Alacati

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Day 8: Depending on your flight time you can have time to explore Alacati before we drive you back to Izmir Airport for your connecting flights.  Return transfer to Izmir Airport (85km / 1.5hrs). Your tour ends here.

Accommodation: You stay in welcoming, high-class boutique hotels:

Kirazli: Bakkhos Guesthouse This is a wonderful farmhouse garden boutique hotel, hidden behind green hills and surrounded by nature on all sides. In the spring the abundance of wild flowers is spectacular and in the autumn the richness and play of colours is magnificent. This, combined with a personal, friendly approach and some of the best home cooking in the area makes it one of our favourite hotels.

Sirince: Kirkinca Houses: You will stay in a wonderful, fully restored Greek mansion house, set in tranquil surrounds with an award winning breakfast service featuring the finest local ingredients.

Gumuldur: Alptekin Boutique Hotel An excellent, top class, modern Turkish boutique hotel, with private swimming pool, fantastic service, and a breakfast to be proud of. Not far from lovely beaches, too.

Sigacik: Beyaz Ev Hotel:  Enjoy a slower pace of life at this seaside local style boutique hotel, where you can enjoy wonderful classical Aegean food dishes in the shady gardens.

Karaburun: Arya Hotel  Beautiful small ecological hotel right on the seaside. Light and airy with unsurpassable sea views, the hotel makes a great beachside retreat- perfect for snorkelling or just taking in the tranquil, maritime environment.

Karaburun: Lipsos Hotel Shunning the much overused "boutique" name tag in favour of "small hotel", Ata's Place (Lipsos) is a truly wonderful beachside residence that captured our hearts when we first discovered it. A chance to get away from it all, in the most pristine of peninsula settings, this character hotel is laid back but has a kitchen that rivals the countries finest eateries in terms of quality of ingredients and fresh, local flavours.

Alacati: Alaris Boutique Hotel: This small hotel with a personal service is a great place to relax on your first night. The Breakfast is famous- individually made and with a great variety. The house itself is decorated in a way you immediately feel at home and homely gardens with pool are just perfect.

TOUR DETAILS:

This tour was previously known as "Aegean Luxury Self-Guided Road Biking". New for 2016 we have added guided and fully supported self-guided options that let you choose a tour format that suits you best. 

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 150 Euros per person for 3 to 5 Pax groups
Smaller groups and bespoke guided tours POA.

 
2: Supported Self-Guided.
Price: 1350 Euros
Includes 7 evening meals at top quality restaurants and English speaking professional guide / fixer / driver, at your disposal 24/7.
Price based on 2 people sharing a room.
 
3: Self-Guided.
Price: 1050 Euros
Bed and Breakfast only.
Price based on 2 people sharing a room.
 
Price includes:
7 nights superior boutique hotel accommodation. Transfers from Izmir 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.

2016 Dates: 

April 2 – 9
May 1 – 8
October 2 – 9 

Self-guided tours are available year round but best in April – May and September – October

Tour Length:
8 days / 7 nights
Extra days available on request.

Start / finish point:
Izmir / Dalaman

Grade:
1-2: Some minor rolling hills but suitable for most cyclists and children. Can be made more challenging by shortening transfer sections. 

Features:
6 days multi-centre road bike touring. 

Equipment advice:
Any bike in working condition is fine for this tour. 

PRACTICAL MATTERS:

The Aegean coast is substantially less developed than the Mediterranean and 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. This tour stays mostly nearby the coast, and follows a route without too many hills. The However, please be aware that many of the places along the route are popular with Turkish holiday makers so roads can come a little busy during peak season of July and August. 

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. Please also be aware that in the off season (October to April), this region is somewhat deserted, and whilst that makes the cycling even more pleasant it can mean that restaurants may be closed, and some places may feel a little deserted.

Fly to Izmir, either direct or taking advantage of a stopover in Istanbul for 2-4 days either on the outward or return leg.

Click here to view the full itinerary on our sister site www.bikinginturkey.com

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.

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