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Cycle Anatolia

Activities: Cycling, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Photography, Culture, History, Swimming

Cycle Anatolia

Cycle through the civilizations that flourished Anatolia's history and its landscape since the prehistoric times through Greek to Roman Empires and to the Ottoman Empire.

Experience Istanbul - dynamic melting pot of tradition and modernality, wealth and poverty, chaos and peace, west and east. It is the city that has the tradition of seducing foreigners with its chaotic and enigmatic charm.

Slide on the curvy Anatolian roads through a unique landscape, sink into the peacefulness of a volcanic valley to inhale the spirit of the Nomads from a seashell shaped Cappadocia.

Ride over the Tourus Mountains and reach to the breathtaking scenery of the 'turquoise coast' of Lycia. Discover the sweetest Medditeranean town Kas, socialize with the locals, who are renowned for their hospitality and friendliness.

Indulge youself with the miracles of olive oil and the Medditeranean cuisine. Open your senses at the first metropolitan city in the Asia Minor, Ephesus and listen Saints and Godesses whispering ancient stories into your ears. Breathe the air of  courage where Trojan and ANZAC wars took place. Ride your bike through the channel of history, tradition, mythology, and unique nation.

Program

(B)reakfat / (L)unch / (D)inner

Day 1: Arrive to Istanbul and transfer to Hotel. Overnight in hotel

Day 2: The marvels of Istanbul. Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Local shops selling spices, fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs.

Bosphorous Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residents and luxurious apartments.

Rumeli Fortress, historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protects Bosphorous. A unique example of military architecture. Overnight in hotel

Day 3: Explore Hagia Sophia - one of the architectural wonders of the world built with marbles brought from all around the world, a true whitness of Istanbul for the last 1,600 years, standing through two empires, and two religions.  After Blue and Suleymaniye Mosques - best examples of Islamic arts, visit Topkapi Palace - home of Ottoman Sultan's, and world’s biggest covered bazaar Grand Bazaar. Mystical Underground cistern will also be visited. Overnight in hotel

Day 4: After getting over the flight lets get started. After breakfast we will take a domestic flight to Kayseri (1-hour flight). Transfer to hotel in Urgup – homeland of fairy chimneys and is also a significant wine producing area. Discovery of the village on foot. Gourmet dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in hotel

Day 5: In the morning we ride through the magically surreal landscapes of fairy chimneys, rock-hewn churches, and the troglodyte villages that are quintessential to Cappadocia. There will be a dramatic fortress at Uchisar, and a complete underground monastery at Goreme along our ride. Visiting the caves are decorated with religious frescoes in the Greek Orthodox style, which are considered as a complete record of Christian art since its beginning. We continue our journey by visiting Avanos, famous for the earthenware pottery that is still made using techniques dating back to days of the Hittites. Ride 43km/27 miles. Overnight in hotel

Day 6: The name of the game is Cappadocia to Ihlara Valley. Today we head south to Derinkuyu, a true ancient underground city and a fine example of the rock-hewn architecture, carved as a defense against the numerous armies that often passed back and forth through the ages. From Derinkuyu, the ride is amazingly flat, crossing vast wheat field plains with the mountains of Hasan Dag and Erciyes surrounding us.

We then cycle to the wonderful scenic Ihlara canyon, famous for its cave churches and the picturesque red stone gorge. Ride approx 90km/60 miles. Overnight in lodge

Day 7: Ihlara to Beysehir. En route to our start point today we have an optional visit to Caravanserai of Sultanhan - one of the best preserved with ornate decoration, Turkish Baths and a mosque. Situated about 30km/18 miles apart (a day traveling time) Caravanserais acted as resting places for travelers on the many old trading routes that cross Turkey and the Middle East. We keep on riding along gently rolling hills through pine forests, all the while rewarding us with magnificent views of Dedegol Mountain.

Enjoy a fresh trout dinner by the Beysehir Lake, the largest freshwater lake with one of a kind natural essence. Ride approx 90km/60 miles. Overnight in lodge

Day 8: Game is still on Beysehir to Side. A short transfer takes us high into the famous Taurus Mountains that stretch all the way to the 'turquoise coast'. We start from an attitude of 1,825m / 6,000 feet and from here its mainly downhill to sea level and the town of Side, which is founded in 600BC by Aelian Greeks, was made rich by its infamous slave market. Ride approx 88km/55 miles. Overnight in hotel

Day 9: Still in the game! Now it is from Side to Antalya. We start with a visit to Aspendos, one of which the best preserved theaters of the Asia Minor. Every summer it is still used to hold concerts and events. After the break in Aspendos, we move onto Koprulu National Park and ride to Zeytintas cave.  Fresh Mediterranean aroma is in the air while we continue on through the park passing a Roman bridge and finish the day at Serik, where we transfer to Antalya. Tonight enjoy the dinner in the harbor of the Old Town. Ride approx 50km/30 miles. Overnight in hotel

Day 10: Time to calm down…just from Antalya to Kas. A short transfer takes us up to the mountains shooting an overlook to Antalya and Mediterranean. The scenery is getting more and more exquisite as we cycle down through the Bey Mountains range passing through Altinyaka, where we stop for lunch.
From here it's downhill all the way to Kumluca where there will be an option of cycling along the coast to all the way to Finike. Transfer to Kas-1.5 hrs. Ride approx 40km/25 miles. Overnight in hotel

Day 11: Nothing feels better than a deserved free day in Kas. The day is free for relaxing and exploring Kas, which is one of the loveliest medditerranean towns. There are so many opportunities… Walk, dicover the streets, dive in one of the top rated Mediterranean spots, sea kayak or sail over the ruins of sunken Lycian city of Kekova. Overnight in hotel

Day 12: Kas to Dalyan. Leaving Kas we follow the windy coastal road. There is a chance for a swim stop at Kaputas Beach, where you can scan every tone of blue. Then it's up and down the hills as the route undulates through small villages before reaching the Saklikent Gorge - one of the most stunning natural phenomena in the Taurus Mountains.

Local restaurants lining on the banks of the creek provide great spot to relax and explore more of the national nature. We will transfer to our base for the night - Dalyan. Time allowing we can go on an optional sunset boat trip through the reed beds to Isuzu beach. Ride approx 60km/37 miles. Overnight in hotel 

Day 13: Dalyan to Bergama. Today we have a break from cycling, but have a lot of ground to cover so we make an early start towards the Aegean coast towards Selcuk. Lets visit the Roman city of Ephesus, is known as the earliest metropolis in Asia Minor goes back to 2nd century AD with its population of 300,000. Dedicated to the goddess Artemis (Diana) the temple of Artemis was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, until an arsonist destroyed it. After a late lunch in Selcuk we drive to Bergama. Overnight in hotel

Day 14: Bergama to Assos. An Early morning visit to the acropolis and the temple of Athena situated above the town is followed by a ride along a quiet back road down to the coastal plains through forests of pistachio trees and olive groves. With views as far as the Greek island of Lesbos we cycle until the road merges with the main coast road and we then transfer to the village of Assos/Behramkale on the coast of Aegean Sea-1.5 hours. Ride approx 60km/37 miles. Overnight in hotel

Day 15: Assos to Canakkale. Today's ride is along the quiet coastal road passing through appealing old villages constructed with the local stone to Alexandria Troas (named in honor of Alexander the Great). After exploring the site we will be transferred to Canakkale stopping en route to see the legendary site of ancient Troy. The city dates from at least 4000BC. Excavations revealed nine major levels of occupation, the sixth of which is recognized in Homer's Iliad. Although there is little to see at the site itself the romance of the place makes it a worthwhile to visit. Ride approx 65km/40 miles. Overnight in hotel

Day 16: Canakkale to Istanbul. A twenty-minute ferry ride across the Dardanelles to Europe will take us to the Gallipoli Peninsula, famous for the ANZAC landings, 1915. Much of the area is a national park dedicated to the countless, who fell in the campaign. We spend the morning cycling around the peninsula visiting some of the memorials set admit pine woods behind the landing beaches. After a picnic lunch at Helles Memorial, we transfer Istanbul driving through the rolling hills of the northern Marmara coastline Ride approx 30km/20 miles. Overnight in hotel

Day 17: Transfer to the airport

Pricing

Participants Tour Pricing
Per person 1800 EURO

Pricing Includes Pricing NOT Includes
  1. Transportation during the trip
  2. Airport transfers
  3. Bottled spring water
  4. Accommodations
  5. Domestic airfares as stated in the itinerary
  6. National park, camping and permit fees
  7. Turkish and English speaking guides
  8. Meals during the trip
  1. International airfares
  2. Foreign airport taxes
  3. Single accommodation is optional
  4. Private airport transfers
  5. Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  6. Visas ($20)
  7. Travel Insurance
  8. Vaccinations

Destinations

Istanbul - Kayseri - Cappadocia - Antalya - Izmir - Canakkale - Istanbul

Difficulty Level

IV: 6+ hours of activity daily, on varied terrains or at altitudes of 1,800m to 3,600m (6,000’-12, 000’), trekking 12km to 20km (8 to 12 miles), cycling 50km+ (30+ miles), paddling 10km-25km (6 to 15 miles). Familiarity with basic skills is recommended.

Number of Participants

Minimum : 6
Maximum : 15