We spend a week discovering the Lycian coast from Marmaris to Fethiye with the three-masted motor yacht Bahriyeli. Our charming and stylish accommodation is built to the highest of standards. We get to know the Turkish coast and back-country with the aid of a bike.
Our tour guide points out the unique natural wonders and historical cities which grace the area, allowing us to be transported back in time. Admire the famous rock cut tombs of Dalyan, which were carved into stone between 4 and 2 B.C. by the Lycian coastal inhabitants, or let yourself be mesmerised by the breathtaking Saklikent Canyon.
Spend your evenings in the deserted bays and let yourself be rocked to sleep by the ocean or make the most of the pulsating night life in the port cities and their many cafes and bars.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Individual arrival by plane to Dalaman or Bodrum airport and transfer to Marmaris (approx. 45 min.). Check-in on board starts at 2 pm. Take the afternoon to stroll through the lively and oriental old town or the famous bazar and the impressive fortress. The journey begins with dinner, where everybody gets together.
Ship ahoy! A two-hour cruise brings us to a picturesque swimming bay. From here we cycle over a 850 ft./ 250 m high pass before we reach the plain of Dalaman. Today’s destination is Sarsala, a quiet bay, where we stay overnight.
After breakfast we cross to Gemiler Bay, passing many small islands on the way. We cycle through a pine forest until we reach the since 1922 uninhabited Greek city of Kayaköy, which was once home to some 6.500 inhabitants. Afterwards our bike tour leads us to the lagoon of Ölüdeniz – a gem you should not miss – comparable with the Golden Horn on Brač Island (Croatia). Join your tour guide on an appealing but challenging ride back to your ship or get picked up by a bus that is taking you to the boat waiting in the lively town of Fethiye.
A bus transfers (60 min) takes us to Cavdir, the starting point of today’s cycling tour. From here we bike to the Saklikent Canyon, where we can enjoy lunch at the river bank. In Turkish “Saklikent” means “Hidden City”. The canyon is spectacular and can be easily explored on foot. Afterwards we continue our cycling to the ancient town of Tlos which has been one of the largest towns in Lycia. After an inspiring visit a transfer takes us to Fethiye. Back at the harbour the Bahriyeli brings us to Göcek, where we spend the nigh
From Göcek – due to its important Marina one of the most significant places of tourism along the Turkish south coast – we bike over a 1,150 ft./350 m high pass, enjoying panoramic views. Afterwards we cross a pine forest before we cycle along a quiet minor road down to the Dalaman plain, through fertile fields and lush vegetation to Dalyan. From here a small boat takes us down the river – passing the impressive Lycian rock cut tombs of Dalyan – to the Bahriyeli, where we stay overnight.
In the morning once more a small boat picks us up and takes us to the ancient city Kaunos which is certainly worth a visit. In former times situated next to the sea it’s silt up nowadays. Only some ruins recall wealthy times. After a brief visit we continue cycling along the Köycegiz lake until we reach the thermal baths that invite us to a healing bath. After a 1,150 ft/350 m climb we arrive at the little village of Ekincik, where we spend the night.
After a two-hour crossing we arrive at the Bozborun Peninsula. On our last bike ride we take a lonely mountain road in order to get to a cute mountain village with its 1500 year old trees. After a spectacular descent down to Icmeler‘s coastal road our cycling tour finally leads us to Marmaris, where the boat already awaits us with a delicious dinner. The last evening aboard takes place traditionally and includes the communal dinner and a last get-together in a cosy atmosphere with crew and tour guides.
After breakfast check-out. On request collective transfer to the airport and individual return home or extended stay in Turkey.
A good level of fitness is required for this tour as the daily routes of 35 to 50 km cover some hilly and mountainous terrain. You can expect some short but steep ascents where you may walk if you wish. Most roads are asphalted and there are no time constraints on your days cycling. You may also rest for half a day or longer aboard ship at any time.
We organise fee-based collective transfer between the airports of Bodrum or Dalaman and the boat in Marmaris (only on embarkation and disembarkation days):
Private transfers on different dates or on other routes are possible: Prices on request.
2018 Departure Dates: April 28 May 5, 12, 19, 26 Sept. 29 Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
|Price per person, double occ.||CAD||$1995|
|Singles on request||$800|
|Single share cabins may be available at no extra surcharge|
|Option e-bike rental||$160|
This tour includes:
Helmets are mandatory and will be available to rent for free aboard ship, however we recommend you bring your own.
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
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Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment