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  • 8

    Agean Coast & Lakes Ride

    Overall a great trip with some lovely scenery combined with the visit to the amazing ancient site at Ephasus.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The trip to Ephesus and the last day cycling through lovely lake & forest scenery finishing with a boat trip to our hotel.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    This was my 7th cycle trip and 8th trip in total with Exodus so I have met many Exodus guides over the years. Of all my trips I would say the guide on this trip was good but not exceptional compared to others. He could have made more of an effort during some of the transfers to tell us more about Turkey in terms of general interesting information, and the sites we visited. However I would praise him for his thorough description of the cycling terrain at each stage during the day. He also dealt very well with the two people who had accidents in this trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The cycling on this trip was very enjoyable with lovely scenery. So if you enjoy this combined with visiting ancient sites you will enjoy this.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The weather was perfect the first week in October. However it was cool on a couple of mornings when cycling from a high point. So don't forget an outer windbreak to take off the chill. It soon warms up as you go down hill !

  • 10

    AEGEAN COAST AND LAKES RIDE

    This was an enjoyable holiday with more lakes than coast, great guides and lovely weather. August is almost too hot to cycle in, especially along tarmac roads. I loved the final day through pine forests, but honestly, this trip was beyond my fitness levels: I trained for London to Brighton all year, and continued with an hour three times a week. You really need to be a cyclist (or young!) to get the most out of this trip, cycling wise! Nobody made me feel bad about using the van everyday though, and the group were fun. Lovely scenery too.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I enjoyed cycling through rural Turkey, seeing the wide vareity of crops: drinking freshly squeezed orange juice was delightful. All the people we met were friendly, especailly at the many cafes and tea houses that we stopped at.  I liked the fresh fruits available at markets and a chance to buy local honey, assisted by Hattie, our enthusiastic guide. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hattie was energetic, organised, encouraging and helped the group gel. She made an effort to learn our names early on, and was always willing to help translate to ensure we experienced an authentic Turkey.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Train more and take at least two pairs of padded shorts. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was my first Exodus trip and I would definitely consider another adventure with them. 

  • 10

    AEGEAN COAST AND LAKES RIDE

    A top holiday, with a balance of the big sights and sublime little stuff.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Rural riding, people in villages and history everywhere we looked.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hati did everything she could to make the trip work for us, she certainly went the extra mile helping people meet their needs and wishes. So helpful with language gaps to overcome.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take the trip out of summer, unless the format is changed so that riding starts very early in the day and resting goes on in the hottest part- as is conventional in hot countries.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Consider bringing your own ride, as the gears on the rental bikes do get a bit of punishment going on and off the trailer. They are useable, but may not offer all gear choices all the time despite attention from the tour team.   Our bus driver was very good at dealing safely with very sketchy local driving. Additionally, it was helpful to cycle directly in front of the bus in locations where the locals tend to overtake cyclists fast and close. 

  • 10

    AEGEAN COAST AND LAKES RIDE

    brilliant trip saw the real turkey,,good crowd of cyclist,well organised trip

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    going down 10km hill, cycling around lakes  

    What did you think of your group leader?

    looked ater us really well,good laugh,nothing was too much troble

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    just do it,make sure you train a bit before tripwish I had done it years

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    wish I had done it years ago

  • 8

    AEGEAN COAST AND LAKES RIDE

    An enjoyable, fast paced holiday with amazing scenery, friendly people and with a sense of being valued by all that we came into contact with.  Good food, and nice places.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The basic hotel stop, where we had a fantastic lake view from the terrace. The site had been occupied for over 8000 years and there really were so many differnet remains- we didn't have time to see them. A fantastic downill which lasted about 40 minutes and had the most amazing views coming to a stop outside a beautiful village mosque.. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader, Ali was good. he cares about his travellers and is always willing to help and try his best to sort out any issues.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The cycling is in the middle range of the Exodus description- there are some intense uphills which can be difficult in the heat- and some great downhills too. You nned to have a reasonable standard of fitness and be used to cycling on a mixture of terrains.   Some of the so called Standard hotels are a bit ropey and one did not have hot water or bedsheets, though looked fantastic- so maybe cotton sleeping bag liner might be an idea? This was only one hotel though. In fact the basic hotel was one of the best in that it was by a lake, beautiful views, good food and really quiet. If you're a townie who gets irriatated by noise such as cockrels or people in the night then you might want a set of ear plugs- not a problem for me, but this is a lot of countryside and it is surprisingly noisy at night in the country. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There is a lot of cycling in a short time period and sometimes it felt as if there was not enough time to enjoy the holiday. We wish we had taken another week and done some other things after this as it really did go fast. Often you are on the road or out all day until about 6pm so there isn't much time for exploring outside of the tour. The food was very good in all places. You might want to stock up on nibbles as you don't get as many nuts or fruits on stops as we have with other cycling tours with Exodus. The bikes are a bit ropey, but do the job.

  • 10

    AEGEAN COAST AND LAKES RIDE

    There is nothing quite like getting away from it all, out into the countryside on two wheels  away from city traffic, the wind  gently blowing (although a little too much one day 3!!) and the sun shining down on you. The scenery was beautiful and the locals were friendly.   Brilliant, well organised trip, my second with exodus and I would absolutely recommend it.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I can’t really decide, there were many ups and downs (the hills that is, not the trip )   I am an accountant and a middle distance runner, therefore by definition NOT A RISK TAKER, but given a few days to get used to the bike,-- coming down those hills was exhilarating.   I travelled solo but felt so welcomed into the group, meeting people from different cultures and with different life experiences made the trip extra fun, & as a group we all got on very well. I don’t think I spent a moment alone. – Thanks team.   There was a chilled out atmosphere and no one felt under any pressure to cycle faster I was struck by the friendliness of the local people & the fact that we could just rock up at a cafe anywhere and take out our own picnic. The mud bath did not look endearing, however it was fun- Do give it a go and then jump into the sea afterwards!   Highlights most definitely included going to a local wedding and taking a night boat trip around Dalyan.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hatice was excellent, always in control and looking after our best interests. Answering all our  questions and going out of her way to ensure we all had the best holiday possible. As for Yasar, her trusty sidekick, you made the cycling look a breeze, you entertained us throughout & how you persuaded me to go in that mudbath i’ll never know J.     I’m sorry I booked so last minute which meant you both had to share the one remaining seat in the bus!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I could have benefited from cycling up a hill or two before going! Cycling on the flat is not the same I would recommend taking padded shorts and or padded seat – I’d take my own pedals next time, if you’re used to cleats you’ll miss them!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Ephesus is well worth a visit, but it’s no Pompei.

  • 8

    AEGEAN COAST AND LAKES RIDE

    It was a very nice trip, good group, enthusiastic leaders, nice views, diverse landscapes. Excellent food! Enjoyable not too stressful riding.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved to bike through the little villages, where everybody was waving to us..once we were driving across agricultural fields between two little villages. A Turkish man was working there with his tractor, and he suddenly jumped down from it, with a lovely honey sweet melon, and started to slice it and offer it to us...that was my most memorable and delicious energy booster:)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The were cool. Helpful, energetic, funny guys... They were always paying attention to us. On the first day at the first climbing challenge they understood the limits of the group, and the coming days they organised the trip in a way, that was fitting our fitness. When the trip was too challenging they rather offered the mini bus,but if someone really wanted to ride it was possible for them. They always explained in details the itinerary of the route, in many details such us how big the hills were, how many km we did flat, when do we stop etc etc...that give me a lot of confidence for the ridings, andI knew how to use my energy.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring your pedals and shoes if you want, I liked it to have it on my bike. Baggy shorts are not necessarily needed.I was wearing tight padded shorts all the time and it was no problem, I was also wearing sleeveless top, and didn't get a sunburn. We didn't need energy bars, because meals were really good and enough quantity and we always stopped at tea houses where you could have a good sugary tea, or the leaders were giving out some chocolate or biscuits, or the locals were offering some fruits, or you could take a piece of fruit from the trees around you.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This trip was really good, I thought there would be time and opportunity for swimming in the lakes...but this was not the focus of the trip. We swam on the last day only after the mud bath, or you could sometimes swim in the pools in some of our hotels.

  • 10

    AEGEAN COAST AND LAKES RIDE

    This was a brilliant holiday worth twice the price we paid. The weather,food,scenery,support and company were first class. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The scenery in the mountains and the verdant nature of the countryside. The world heritage sites at Pamukkale and Euphesus were remarkable and just when we thought the trip couldn't be improved we had the optional mud bath after the last day of cycling and the trip downriver to Dalyan, on the boat, to our final hotel. Magic.            

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Maho Arican was an authoritative,experienced,good humoured leader with great personal charm. He was sensitive to the needs of a mixed ability group and clearly safety conscious in his daily briefings and advice. Maho was well supported by his cycling partner and by the bus driver.  

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I had reservations about the potential effects of the heat in mid August but the cycling was surprisingly comfortable. The dry heat, allied to lots of chances to cool off at mountain springs etc, was fine. I have light, sensitive skin but Factor 50 sun cream avoided any sunburn. One of our group resorted to the support vehicle a couple of times but re-appeared quite happy to re-join the group later on on the route. There were a few "gradual climbs" and one needs to be reasonably "cycling fit" to gain the maximum enjoyment from the trip. The bikes provided were fine. Not as good as my Trek mountain bike at home but perfectly adequate for the terrain, which was mainly tarmac or light gravel tracks. If I was to do this trip again I would take my own pedals, with their clips, to stop my feet slipping occasionally - but a small point in the overall scheme of things.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Take it easy on the climbs - it's a holiday! There was always a chance for a breather when one thought it was getting tough and be prepared for some exhilarating downhills. You have to explore Pamukkale and Euphesus. Both were fabulous and despite reading about them beforehand they both still had an element of surprise. Do take advantage of the optional mudbath at the end of cycling on the penultimate day. Hugely enjoyable. We also, as a group, had a Turkish Bath on our final "free day"-  arranged by our group leader, Maho. It was great fun and one of the trip's highlights. The "final surprise", arranged by Maho, was also magical and I won't spoil it by revealing what it was. Hopefully you will find it just as wonderful as our group did.     

  • 8

    AEGEAN COAST AND LAKES RIDE

    From a cycling and a  scenery point of view this was a very enjoyable trip but it would have been nice to have learned more about the country - e.g.-more time at Fethiye instead of Dalyan, a little more time at Ephesus.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The scenery was impressive,the climbs challenging and the steep downhill zig-zags exhilirating but for me it was our interaction with the people in the rural areas and villages, particularly the welcoming,curious and genuinely interested children that provided the most inspirational and memorable moments of the trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader undoubtedly was a strong and competent cyclist who carried out most leadership functions effectively but I felt that during the bus transfers he could have given the group more information about the country being traversed. He also had a tendency to ignore questions which perhaps were taxing his patience but were important to the questioner e.g.-How much further to go ? The assistant leader was a likeable happy-go lucky young man and the driver was a very safe, efficient driver and a generally helpful sort of guy.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Learn a few words of Turkish. The adults in the more rural areas will appreciate it and the the children will really be impressed !

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    More of a query really.  Could the trip be undertaken in reverse ? - starting in Dalyan and finishing with the free day in Fethiye which, to me, seemed to be a more interesting and less commercialised sort of place  ?  

  • 8

    AEGEAN COAST AND LAKES RIDE

    This was my first trip to Turkey and I know I want to return.  The countryside was so beautiful and unspoilt, the food was perfect for me and  I found the people charming.  There were eleven of us on the trip, and although our physical prowess varied and some of us struggled a bit with the heat combined with some hill climbs, I never felt a failure for deciding to take advantage of the support van on a couple occasionsJ   

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were several inspirational moments. I especially enjoyed the time spent in a little place which I think was called Kuanos. While there we sailed to a remote island with Ali and a local boat man, and stayed in quaint chalet type accommodation. The atmosphere ceated by that village was very special.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ali was an excellent leader who managed the motley crew so well.  The fact that he was extremely handsome yet still modest was an added bonus!!  In fact we were very well taken care of by all three lads - Ali. Yashid and Cammy whose camaraderie and sense of fun was infectious. Our safety was obviously high priority but this never upset the balance of enjoyment.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would say that the trip was more challenging than I had expected but that was OK.  Also I wish I had taken note of where we spent each night as the itinery was adapted in some places.  Our time at Pamukkale was limited so it might have been useful to have the guide leaflets in advance. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would say that my 10 companions were also pretty great:-)  All in all it was a fantastic week.

  • 8

    AEGEAN COAST AND LAKES RIDE

    What a fantastic holiday. Turkey is amazing- the people, scenery, accommodation and food.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    My son had been to Pamukkale and I had always wanted to see it. It was really special and Ephesus too.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ali was an excellent leader. He could explain things clearly and kept an eye on us all so we all felt secure, but he also had a good sense of humour so we had fun as well as good safe cycling.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Check temperatures/dates as it was rather hot for me early September. However we were always supplied with water on the rides.  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I wish I had tried Exodus cycle trips sooner. At 72 I don't think I will manage to fit in all the trips I'd like to do.

  • 8

    AEGEAN COAST AND LAKES RIDE

    A fabulous opportunity to see the 'real' Turkey away from the busy tourist areas. Amazing cycling but very, very hilly. Not for inexperienced cyclists as this trip is quite challenging and I would not recommend going during August unless you cope well with the heat!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The personal achievement when I made it up to the top of a hill and adrenaline rush cycling downhill for 7km.  Also, visiting Ephesus which was incredible. I felt like I had been transported back 2000 years!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was friendly and knowledgeable and was easy to get along with. He made sensible decisions eg visiting Pammukkale and Ephesus later in the day when it was less crowded and cooler.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I found energy bars/powdered drinks useful. Be prepared for long hill climbs and quite a bit of time spent on the bus tranferring to the start/hotel at the end.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    AEGEAN COAST AND LAKES RIDE

    A well organised trip using lots of local knowledge not readily available to the independent traveller

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The mountain rides

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Helpful and knowledgable guy

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't be put off by the reference to challenging climbs,the view from the top is well worth it

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    AEGEAN COAST AND LAKES RIDE

    Overall a very enjoyable holiday with some good rides and spectacular scenary, particularly  Lake Bafa and group of nice people who all got on well. But the route could be improved so that less time is spent on busy roads - we probably spent in the region of 30-40% of our time on what were really quite large, busy, fast roads (though the third day's cycling was cancelled due to fog of all things so I can't comment on that).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Lake Bafa. The sunset was spectacular, the scenary beautiful. I would also say coming down a 10% incline on a dual carriageway overtaking cement mixers and lorries at 30mph+ on the Saturday morning inspired a certain amount of adrenalin and fear. On the other hand the descent on the second day was wonderful - quiet roads, sweeping bends, spectacular views. Ephesus was also good value - it was worth paying the money for the guide, as he was really knowledgable and made the place come alive. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Semih is a very nice, personable bloke and I think could potentially be a good tour leader. He was anxious to please and was always on hand to help if needed. He and his team did a great job of finding a really nice restaurant to go to when the cycling got fogged off on day 3. However, I felt he could perhaps benefit from some training in what is expected of a tour leader, eg a more detailed briefing on where we were going in the morning / the previous evening, some indication of how long the route was going to be and generally being a bit more proactive at sharing information rather than waiting for us to ask questions. I also perceived a bit of a langauge barrier (though his English is infintiely better than my Turkish!). I think Semih may also have benefited knowing the route a bit better (or at least having a decent map - Google maps seemed to offer more detail than the one he had!). I understand that revisions to the route to avoid using the big D400 dual carriageway so much are being considered (we must have done at least 30km on it on the last day - not much fun). I couldn't encourage that more.  Finally, I think  more care could have been taken to ensure those who tended to cycle towards the back of the group got sufficient food and support, particularly on the first day.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    By the end of the week the group was of the settled view than this was at least on the tough end of "moderate", particularly the climb on the first day (contrary to what the trip notes might say, it was far from flat or mostly downhill). Be prepared to do some cycling on fairly busy, albeit wide, roads and to cycle for fairly long periods without stopping too much. Bring your own energy bars etc as although energy was available there could have been more of it. I really enjoyed the trip and would recommend it to anyone who has a bit of road cycling experience / confidence and doesn't mind a bit of traffic. That said, there were parts of the ride which were just wonderful, quiet undulating roads - eg day 2 was great as involved cycling by a lake for about 15km, climbing a hill and then coming off it in to wide open plain with great views and at considerable speed - although the downhill on the morning of the fifth day was, as I mentioned above, pretty scary because there was just nowhere to stop and some nasty blind corners, so the only option was to just keep going down the hill. Not for the faint-hearted. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I, like others in the group were puzzled by the route selection. For example, why stop with something 3-4km to go on roads where the only other traffic appear to be donkey and carts by Lake Bafa when we had been cycling down an (albeit very scenic) stretch of dual carriageway most of the afternoon? Ditto on Day 5. If the aim is to limit length to c60km a day, why not start a bit later on the busy road so as to have the enjoyment and sense of acheivement of actually cycling to the destination? I got the impression that there was a safety concern re the narrowness of some of the roads; but when the only oncoming traffic is a donkey cart and the odd car or tractor, it's really not as dangerous as being overtaken by enormous trucks on a multilane highway with a gravelly hard shoulder and there are plenty of English country lanes which are narrower but fine to cycle down. All the hotels (bar maybe the second one, which was not geared at foreign tourists and garishly decorated but the food was excellent) were good, particularly the last one in Dalyan (though I'm not a massive fan of Dalyan itself - very touristy). I'm giving it 4 stars as I had a great time both cycling (most of the time) and in the evenings though that might be a little generious as the routes on Day 4 and 5 need serious revisions, and more warning needed to be given of the climb on day 1.  I was very grateful to Yasser for his mechanical skills and Mustafa for his driving - they made a great team and it was fun hanging out with them and Semih in the evenings.   

  • 10

    AEGEAN COAST AND LAKES RIDE

    Wonderful, friendly people. First trip to Turkey and was presently surprised.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Arriving at Lake Bafa, wonderful accommodation in a village overlooking the lake. In the evening after dinner the guides took us to a Turkish wedding where taking the lead from the guides we did Turkish dancing, even had the bride and groom joining us.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent guide as was the driver and other guide. Integrated well within the group, even understanding our sense of humour and joining in with our jokes, became much more than just a guide.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just go with the flow, relax, enjoy yourselves and take the advice of the guides.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Trip notes were not entirely accurate. On the first day after lunch was supposed to be a flat ride. Turned out it was up a mountain. It was horrendous, most of the group had to walk up most of the way. After this though it was much nicer, mostly flat or downhill. Trip notes also mentioned visits to Pamukkale and Ephesus but we arrived so late in the day that we couldn't get the full benefit of a visit because it was so close to closing time. The rides were not town to town but in the morning we would drive in the minibus to a point, unload the bikes, cycle to a point, load the bikes on the wagon and drive to our overnight stop so I feel that the rides were slightly too long, we could quite easily have stopped short and had more time to relax, explore towns or villages or visit sites at the end of the day.

  • 6

    AEGEAN COAST AND LAKES RIDE

    Overall I enjoyed the trip.  I thought the cycling at times was tougher than the B rating suggested: you should be fit for this trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing Ephesus at dusk after a long day cycling and travelling by bus.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was friendly and we all bonded.  My reservation would be his standard of English which I don't consider good. It prevented a closer relationship between him and the group and led to occasional misunderstandings.  For example he seemed to pronounce village and bridge the same; important if that was the next meeting point.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be fit, be prepared for a couple of 5-7k uphills, the one on the first cycling day is particularly challenging.  Only one person - me!!! - did this without either stopping or walking.  The scenery is breathtaking at times with the mountains and lakes.  The last, free, day at Dalyan was relaxing and there is an excellent beach a river boat ride away fron the hotel. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    My advice to Exodus would be to quality assure this holiday again.  As above I think the standard of English of the guide could and should have been a bit higher.  I would have rated some of the hotels as basic rather than standard.  In particualr the one near Ephesus, though central, was of poor quality.  My room had wires exposed in the wall sockets, not reassuring.  Perversely the one hotel rated as basic was really rather good in a pretty, albeit islolated, position close to a lake. Another reservation is that there were several cycling sections on busy main roads.  Indeed for one short section we cycled on the hard shoulder of a motorway!

  • 8

    AEGEAN COAST AND LAKES RIDE

    Great holiday and last day at Dalyan beach was good optional end to holiday.  Cycling sometimes challenging but most enjoyable, especially the downhills.  Turkish food really good and tasty.  All the Turkish people we met were friendly and courteous.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We really enjoyed Ephesus, but the overly long transfer times curtailed our time spent there which was a pity.  Having never been to Turkey, this holiday enabled us to get a better understanding of the geography and its people, which we felt was very important.  Exploring the rural countryside, rather than the beaches, we thought gave us an insight into the 'real' Turkey, albeit on a very small scale, but that is what one would expect within one week!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader and his two assistants were very helpful and friendly.  However, it would have been better if the leader's English was better, as often instructions were sometimes lost or misunderstood in translation.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We thought the transfer times did not correspond with the trip notes.  Some were far too long, and curtailed the time we could spend visiting two of the most interesting locations - Ephesus and the salt spas.

  • 8

    Agean Coast & Lakes Ride

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 4

    AEGEAN COAST AND LAKES RIDE

    Exodus let themselves down with this trip - it has the potential to be great, but my particular trip was a disappointment.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Lovely scenery, great food, hotels mostly very nice.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Guide / leader seemed inexperienced, and didn't provide any of the background information I would normally expect from an Exodus leader. Didn't help the group to gel.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Trip notes did not match the itinerary we actually followed, being seriously adrift on length and type of cycling, and length of transfers on the bus. Trip graded as 'Moderate', but more demanding than that implies. Hired bikes were not maintained to satisfactory standard. Some of the cycling stages involved main roads, dual carriageways, heavy lorries and traffic - route could have been much better organised, with better route planning and timing, so as not to cycle through heat of the day. Also, half the group (and guides) went down with food poisoning - most unfortunate, but unknown cause.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    AEGEAN COAST & LAKES RIDE CYCLING HOLIDAY

    Great team, Tuna the guide was very well informed on sites, history and current affairs as well as biking.  The routes were sometimes quite demanding in the heat.  I loved it and was pleased how I managed to stay in the saddle with the younger riders, but some suffered a bit.  the team were not familiar  with some of the route which was new, so there was some uncertainty at times on distances and stage lengths.  The camping night was primitive and we were not really prepared for the lack of running water and food nearbye.  [we had to drive to a village for dinner] It was though a stunning semi wilderness area and that largely compensated. Most of the route was brilliant, beautiful or rugged countryside and we really felt we were getting away and seeing the real turkey.  The overnight in the family home in mountain village was tremendous, I loved every minute.  the Turkish people were charming and hospitable.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Downhill into Tire after a climb of 1100m which could have featured on the Tour de France.  the downhill was fun fun fun all the way with spectacular views. Dinner in Dalyan by the river with view of tombs - incredibly romantic, rates against many best world sites.  The unspoilt coast and beach at Dalyan is a marvel and must be preserved at all costs. White water rafting was sublime - the best ever.  could not fault it, superb guide and ecstatic river I played some celtic music on the mouth organ to local residents and group and got a great reception.  Irish jigs can sound a bit Turkish??

    What did you think of your group leader?

    a great guy, super conversationalist and so proud of his country.  we learnt a lot from him about every aspect of Turkey and we have been reading more since.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    do this trip, but make sure you are moderately fit to get the best out of it

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    great value holiday

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