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Activities

  • Small Adult Group
  • Food

    • All hotels are included on a bed and breakfast basis with 5 lunches and 4 dinners also provided. Lunches can be taken in local restaurants, known as lokantas, or organised as a picnic or in a village house. Evening meals are usually taken in lokantas in each town or village or the hotel. Lokantas are widespread throughout Turkey, and the variety, price range and choice is usually quite extensive, but obviously less so in some of the smaller towns and villages. Vegetarians are well catered for.

    Activities

    • Accom: hotel/lodge
    • Adult group
    • Culture & Discovery
    • Cycling
    • Cycling: road
    • Price reductions
    • Guided Group
  • 1

    Start Fethiye.

    Fethiye is an attractive coastal city known for its beautiful bay and as the site of the ancient city of Telmessos, one of the most important cities of Lycia.

  • 2

    Transfer to Tuzla Beli; ride to Kirazli Yayli, Cameli and Golhisar Lake; transfer to Acipayam.

    From Fethiye we transfer by vehicle to Tuzla Beli. The start of the ride is largely downhill until we reach Kirazli Yayli, a farming area. Our morning ride is approx. 21 km, and we take lunch at the trout farm at Cameli where we will see our meal in its natural environment. After lunch we cycle mostly uphill and flat roads to Golhisar Lake, before out transfer to Acipayam.

  • 3

    Transfer to Salda Lake, cycle to Cardak and visit the Caravansaray; transfer to Pamukkale.

    Transfer to the shores of Salda Lake from where we cycle to caravanserai in Cardak, passing the dam and Kurag�l Lake. We then have the opportunity to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, Pamukkale - 'Cotton Castle'. People have flocked here to bathe in the hot springs for centuries and benefit from their healing properties. The ancient Greek city of Hieropolis was built here for this purpose and today visitors can bathe in pools that still contain Greek and Roman architectural remains. An impressive natural phenomenon, the white outcrop of travertine stands 160m high, with water cascading down the natural terraces of carbonate minerals.

  • 4

    Transfer to Bozdag Village, ride downhill to Golcuk Lake and continue to Selcuk.

    Transfer by vehicle to Bozdag village. This is our longest transfer, and takes approximately 3.5 hours. From here we take a climb of approx. 5 km from where it's downhill to Golcuk Lake (alt. 1050m) for a lunch of Turkish grilled meatballs. After lunch we carry on downhill all the way to Tire to meet our transfer to Selcuk.

  • 5

    Morning visit Ephesus (entry optional); transfer to Soke, ride to Lake Bafa.

    In the morning there is a visit to the famous site of Ephesus (entrance payable locally) - at its zenith in the 2nd Century, it had a population of 300,000 and was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. Her temple was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world until an arsonist destroyed it. Unfortunately, excavations at the temple have been prevented by the high local water table. The New Testament gives a stirring account of St. Paul's attempt to preach Christianity in the theatre here, which seats around 24,000 people and is situated at the head of a main street of Ephesus, known as the 'Arcadian'. This 550m long and 11m wide street of marble was built in about 400 BC, in honour of Emperor Arcadius, with a colonnade of shops on either side. We then have a short vehicle transfer to Soke where we start our day's ride. The undulating journey to Lake Bafa is on a generally good asphalt road. There are some uphill stretches which do not exceed 5km.

  • 6

    Cycle from Ula to Koycegiz Lake and Sultaniye; boat transfer to Dalyan.

    We begin with a transfer (2hrs) to Ula, from where we ride to Koyegiz Lake, the route being mixed up and down hill through shaded pine forests, including our biggest climb of 7km, and lunch in a village house. We finish at Sultaniye and may have time for swimming in the Lake, before boarding the boat with our bikes and heading down the Dalyan River to the town of Dalyan. A final ride takes us the last short distance to our hotel.

  • 7

    Free day for beach, shopping, swimming and relaxation.

    Dalyan is perhaps best known for its archaeological remains, such as the ancient city of Kaunos and for Iztuzu Beach, an area protected at certain times of year as it is a breeding ground for giant loggerhead turtles. Today is free for time on the beach, a Turkish bath, taking a boat ride or just relaxing by the pool.

  • 8

    End Dalyan.

    Transfer to Dalaman, fly to London.

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