11 days/10 nights


September 29-Oct 9 2009


Activity Level:
Moderate
20-40+ miles daily
van supported

Terrain:
Cycling routes will have options between 30-60 miles daily; roads are paved with elevation changes moderate. Suitable for energetic novice (with shuttles)& intermediate+ cyclists.


Land Cost (current year):
US $3470
Includes all meals

Single Supplement:
US $420

Extension-Istanbul (optional):
US $ 395

Extension-Cappadocia (optional):
US $ 395

  • services of one or more experienced guides and support vehicle
  • 10 nights lodging (7 nights hotels, 3 nights on board yacht)
  • Bike Rental
  • all breakfasts, all lunches, and all dinners
  • entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
  • detailed map and route instructions
  • all baggage transportation
  • all transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)
  • all tips in hotels, restaurants etc. (excludes discretionary tips for guides)
  • please note that the blue voyage (yacht charter) itinerary is subject to weather conditions and may be modified at the discretion of the captain. On trips with 8 or less participants, we may join a charter with a similar itinerary where there are other folks aboard.
The Istanbul extension includes:
  • Airport transfer to hotel
  • 2 nights lodging with breakfast
  • Great Explorations Guide to Istanbul with historical information, restaurant recommendations etc.
  • licensed Istanbul guide for 1 day
The Cappadocia extension includes:
  • Airport transfer to hotel
  • 2 nights lodging with breakfast daily
  • Great Explorations Guide to Cappadocia with historical information, restaurant recommendations etc.
  • Walking guide for Ushigar walk

Turkey's most important international airport is Istanbul's Ataturk airport but Bodrum also has an international airport. In high season, Turkish Airlines flies daily from New York (JFK) to Istanbul (dep 1800 arr next day at 1025) and from Chicago to Istanbul three times per week (Wed, Fri, Sun dep 1700 arr next day at 1145). Delta flies from New York to Istanbul but via Frankfurt. European airlines fly one-stop services to/from many North American cities to Istanbul; of these Lufthansa covers the most cities and has the best connections. If you are looking into consolidator flights (discounted tickets), you may want to try Ticket Planet (www.ticketplanet.com) for specials. If you are flying from Canada, you'll have to connect through either the USA or through Europe. If traveling through Europe, the UK is recommended with British Airways and Turkish Airlines having frequent scheduled flights.

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Turkey

This trip combines cycling with yachting along the Turkish coast, where the Mediterranean is never far. Outstanding monuments from the Ottoman Empire, delicious cuisine and friendly locals eager to welcome visitors ensure rewarding travel. Highlights include the resort town of Bodrum, the archaelogical site of Dalyan where cliffside tombs stand testament to a time forgotten, the exotic and charming towns of Kalkan and Kas, and the Ottoman city of Antalya, where we treat you to an ancient hammam and the luxuries of the Hotel Alp Pasa.

  • Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences.
  • A ride you will never forget: Kalkan to Kas on our coastal route with lunch on arrival at the sublime Doy Doy restaurant.
  • Our private yacht, with captain and crew and a chance to sail.
  • Order off the menu at restaurants you won't find in guidebooks.
  • Distinctive, charming hotels too small for larger groups.
  • We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises.

In Turkey we offer extensions to both Istanbul and Cappadocia. Although the Istanbul extension would normally be done before your trip and the Cappadocia afterwards, you can do them before or after. See prices and inclusions below.






   

Su Hotel, Bodrum

This European-style boutique hotel is close to the center of town, with an artfully designed pool, charming restaurant and lounge bar. The Su Hotel showcases local crafts, art and antiques and its courtyard is rich with Mediterranean fig trees, oranges, cacti and pomegranates. Many of the comfortably rooms have balconies overlooking the courtyard and pool.

Pupa Yacht Hotel, Marmaris  

This boutique hotel, frequented by yacht sailors, is located on a quiet cove and surrounded by palm and eucalyptus trees, just far enough away from the bustle of Marmaris. Each room has a wide balcony with lovely sea view. The restaurant serves delicious Turkish fare and the cook is famous in the Marmaris area. Relax on the private beach and enjoy the wonderful blue waters in the bay.  

Aydos Club, Daylan

Located on the river, this modern hotel complex has a large swimming pool with swim-up bar, mature gardens, comfortable rooms and traditional decor. Enjoy the lovely views from your private balcony and relax in the rustic Turkish-inspired décor. Sample traditional Turkish fare at the restaurant and experience a true Turkish coffee at the outdoor bar.

Blue Cruise

Each night we’ll stay on board our comfortable yacht in an idyllic setting and enjoy the stunning Turkish coastline and beaches from a different persepective.

Hotel Odile, Olympos

This hotel has extensive gardens with pines, palms, oleander and a variety of flowers. Though just steps away from Olympos Beach Odie also offers a nice swimming pool in the centre of the garden. Rooms are bright and modern and each boast a private terrace for your enjoyment.

Hotel Alp Pasa, Antalya

The Hotel Alp Pasa enjoys a convenient location in the historical center of Antalya. Fully renovated in 2004, this posh Ottoman Palace boasts a courtyard with swimming pool and enclosed gardens, Turkish bath, and fine dining room.  The enchanting, historical boutique hotel provides warmly decorated and luxuriously furnished rooms that offer balconies with a view over the garden, pool or city.

   

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