Lycian Coast
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Easy Moderate Trip code - TLC12

Please note: In 2017, our boat & bike cruise along the Lycian Coast will be exclusively offered as a full charter trip.

Spend a week discovering the Lycian coast from Marmaris to Kalkan with the three-masted motor yacht Bahriyeli.

You will experience unique natural wonders and historical sites as you let yourself be taken back into the distant past. Admire the famous rock graves of Dalyan, which coastal Lycians have carved here into the stone, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Saklikent Canyon. Spend your nights in secluded bays and let yourself be rocked to sleep by the gentle murmur of the waves, or go out and enjoy the pulsating life of the harbour towns full of cafes and bars.

  • The beautiful bays and the area around Dalyan and Kaunos with the impressive Lycian tombs.
  • Visiting the Saklikent Canyon
  • The warm and hospitable welcome
   Dates Adult(PP)
From 22 April 2017 to 4 November 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£TBC

Accommodation:

On the Turkish coast a Bahriyeli is a synonym for greatest possible comfort and best material. These ships are powered by two Volvo Penta engines with 400-500 HP which enables them to maneouvre without difficulties and lie calmly in the water. The decks of the ships are 108 – 121 ft. (33-37) metres long. They are three-masted ships of highest standards. The Bahriyelis A-D have 8-10 spacious and luxurious cabins, furnished with air conditioning and a shower/toilet. The huge sundeck is equipped with comfortable mats for sunbathing or spending the nights outside.

Catering:

The on-board chef is a member of the crew and will prepare breakfast and one warm meal daily. Catering is provided from the dinner on check-in day to the breakfast of checkout day.

Supplements:

Single cabin surcharge: £500 (limited; reservation required)
½ a double cabin can be booked (on request)
Electric bike of the Swiss brand FLYER with Ortlieb pannier: £120 per week if booked in advance or £25 per day if only booked on site (limited, on request)

• Group transfer between Dalaman airport and the boat in Marmaris (only on embarkation and disembarkation days): £20 per person/way if booked until 14 days prior departure; £40 per person/way if booked during the last 13 days prior departure (booking incl. the complete transmission of flight details). According to these conditions group transfers to the airports of Bodrum or Izmir are available at double the price.
Additional nights in Turkey (B&B): prices on request

Reductions:

  • Children up to age 18 receive a 25 % discount on the basic tour price.

Other Notes

  • Please note this tour operates in reverse on alternate dates
  • Children in a good physical condition and of a minimum age of 10 can participate on this trip. Please note that the minimum height for the bikes we provide is 4.6 ft. (1,50 m)
  • The tour is conducted in English and German
  • We reserve the right to make alterations to the itinerary, depending on wind and weather conditions or organizational requirements.

Upgrades:

It is possible to hire a private yacht for your group on the same route. Please call for prices and availability.

What's included

  • 21-speed hybrid bike with an Ortlieb pannier (electric bikes can be rented at extra cost)
  • 6 guided bike-tours as described in itinerary
  • 7 nights Half Board in a double cabin
  • 8-day boat trip on board of the Bahriyeli
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites

What's not included

  • Airport Transfers (see supplements)
  • Bike hire insurance to be paid locally 10 euros (electric 20 euros)
  • Drinks on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
  • Insurance
  • Meals and drinks ashore
  • Tips for crew and tour guides
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Day 1: Arrival Bodrum

Individual arrival by plane to Bodrum airport and transfer to Bodrum (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.

Day 2: Bodrum – Körmen – Knidos

The first sailing trip of our journey brings us from Bodrum to Körmen in the early morning. We go on land with our bikes and our first bike tour leads us along the Datça peninsula. The first ascent takes us to a height of 450m before we make our ascent back down to the sea. On a clear day the view lets us see the Greek islands Nissyros, Tilos and Rhodes. A scenic road us firstly along the coast and later through rural areas, before arriving in Knidos. After visiting the impressive archaeological site, we stay in one of the most picturesque bays of the Turkish coast.

Day 3: Knidos – Serçe Limanı – Çiftlik

Time to relax: the morning of the third day is spent on the boat which takes us to a small bay on the utmost peak of the Bozburun Peninsula. A lonely mountain road takes us to a mountain village located at 300m with a 1.500 year old plane tree and a lively bazar worth a visit. A brief walk around the plane tree should ensure a lucky and long life. After lunch we continue to the bay of Çiftlik with our bikes where there is enough time to refresh ouselves with a long bath in the sea.

Day 4: Çiftlik – Ekincik – Kaunos

During breakfast we cross over to the little harbour of Ekincik, the starting point of today’s bike ride. After crossing the pass with spectacular views we will reach the shore of Lake Köycegiz, where we have the opportunity to take a healing mud bath close to Sultaniye. After another small pass we reach the mouth of the Dalyan River. From here we take a small boat on a 30 minutes’ drive past the impressive Lycian rock-cut tombs overlooking the Dalyan delta, to our boat which lies at anchor before a small rocky island.

Day 5: Kaunos – Dalaman – Sarsala Bay

After breakfast the tour boat brings us close to the ancient city of Kaunos, the first destination of today’s bike tour. Once on the seaside, the harbour now lies high and dry. Only the ruins are silent witnesses of the former wealth of the city. After visiting this site we continue the tour by bike. We cross the fertile Dalaman plains with their cotton fields and orchards, and make a well-deserved break in a tea house in Dalaman. After crossing a small pass, we reach the beautiful bay of Sarsala, where we can see the ship from afar.

Day 6: Sarsala Bay – Gemiler Bay – Fethiye

After breakfast the ship passes plenty of little islands before reaching Gemiler – also known as the island of St. Nicolas, on which a church was built for him in the 5th Century. Back on the mainland our bike ride takes us through a pine forest to the 1922 abandoned Greek city Kayaköy, once home to 6,500 inhabitants .On the way we pass the lagoon of Oludeniz, a famous golden sand beach similare to the “Golden Horn” of Brac in Croatia. After a short transfer to Ovacik, we travel the last kilometers by bike. We can spend the evening with a nice walk through the lively city. The old town surrounds the Eski Cami mosque with its narrow, winding alleys and the typical corner houses.

Day 7: Fethiye – Sakklikent Canyon – Fethiye

A short morning transfer (about 50 min) takes us to the starting point of today’s bike ride to Cavdir. From here we continue by bike to the Saklikent-Canyon where a riverside restaurant invites us to refuel and relax before we explore the Canyon on foot. We continue north to Tlos, once one of the most influential cities of the Lycian kingdom. The fascinating rock tombs and the ancient city ruins create a striking panorama. Views of the Taurus Mountains on one side and the coastline on the other will leave all photographers excitedly fumbling their cameras. After visiting the historic site a transfer shuttle takes you back to the ship in Fethiye (30 min).

Day 8: Departure Fethiye

After breakfast check-out. On request collective transfer to the airport and individual return home or extended stay in Turkey.
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Frequently asked questions

1. How fit do I need to be for these holidays?

Our Bikecations are designed to attract people of all ages and levels of fitness. All the holidays can be enjoyed by anyone who is reasonably fit. Some holidays involve greater distances or frequency of cycling and some will cover hillier terrain than others. Our tour gradings and itinerary descriptions should help guide you towards the most suitable holiday options for you. If you are not sure, give us a call.

2. How many miles a day can I expect to cycle?

This depends on the Bikecation you choose. These have been graded so you know what to expect.

For a bikecation leisure cycling holiday a gentle pace is about 7-8 miles per hour, so, if you cycle for four hours, you can expect to cover 25-30 miles comfortably. This leaves plenty of time for sightseeing, picnics, visiting castles or churches, stopping for morning coffee or whatever you want to do. You have all day to get to your next stopover, so you can relax and enjoy the countryside. We can also include rest days when you can enjoy other activities if you require.

For our road cycling and bespoke tours for groups we will advise you what is best for the particular trip you wish to ride on. Usually we try to cover 60-100 miles at an average speed of 13.5 to 14.5 mph but this can be slower or faster depending on the group.

3. What do I wear for leisure cycling ?

It is important to be comfortable when cycling so we suggest wearing thin layers of clothing. Padded cycling shorts, a zipped top, windproof light jacket and trainers are standard fare. Fast drying and hardwearing synthetic fabrics are ideal as a base layer as these allow your skin to breathe and wick the moisture away from your skin to the next layer, avoiding the chill which cotton T-shirts can cause. In mid-summer you may just need shorts and a t-shirt. Safety helmets are strongly recommended on all Bikecation holidays and are a legal requirement in some countries so please bring your own helmet. We will send out a What to wear document to you well in advance of your Bikecation.

4. Are cycling holidays suitable for children?

Cycling can make an ideal family holiday, provided the right distances are chosen for the younger members of the party. We would suggest that you call us to discuss the most suitable tours for your children. In most places we are able to offer children’s bikes and child seats, if you have toddlers or babies.

5. How much luggage can I bring?

Your luggage is transported for you every day so bring what you need to make your holiday relaxing and comfortable. Please try and limit it to one item of luggage per person and that it is clearly labelled. On some tours there is a weight limit per item.

6. What happens to my luggage?

We want you to enjoy your Bikecation to the full so, for your comfort, we arrange the transportation of your luggage from one hotel to the next. The only thing we ask is that you leave your suitcases in reception on setting out each morning, and the hoteliers will ensure that it is waiting for you at your next hotel. We will provide luggage labels for you. All you need carry with you are drinks, a camera, waterproofs and sun cream.

7. Is my money safe if anything happens to Bikecation?

Your money is safe when you book your Bikecation. To protect your payments fully, all monies paid by you to us for your holiday are held in a separate Client’s Trust Account and are not released to Bikecation until your holiday has taken place. This practice fully satisfies the requirements of EC and UK law. Please call us if you would like to discuss this further.

Bikecation is also fully licensed by ATOL ( no. T7462) that is issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). for full details how how your payments are protected, please read our Your Financial Security page.

8. Do I need to bring my own bike? What type of bike should I bring?

We arrange for hire bikes to be provided for your holiday or tour. However, if you would prefer to bring your own bike then by all means bring it with you, but it must be in good working order. We recommend either a hybrid or a mountain bike fitted with road tyres for our leisure cycling holidays.

For our road cycling trips we can advise on what is best for your situation but we regularly transport bikes to the start destination.

If you do bring your own bike, you should insure it separately. Most household insurance policies can be extended to cover your bike whilst on holiday.

9. What happens if I have a problem with the bike or any other problem en route ?

If you are provided with a bike it will be well-maintained and serviced before being rented out so there should be no problems however, there are emergency numbers provided in the Route Notes for more complex problems.
If you have brought your own bike and you are unable to fix it, we will find you a replacement for the rest of your holiday.

Our road cycling trips will also have back up support with a mechanic unless requested otherwise with a possible spare bike for any major problems.

10. What should I do about holiday insurance?

If you choose a holiday abroad, you should have adequate insurance to cover you for medical expenses and for cancellation or curtailment of your holiday. For holidays in the UK we recommend everyone should have holiday travel insurance. Not all insurance policies cover cycling daily so we recommend Campbell Irvine. For full information, please read our ‘Trip Preparation’ page

11. Where will I leave my car for the duration of the leisure cycling holiday?

In most cases you can leave your car for the duration of your holiday in the car park of the hotel used for the first night’s accommodation. Where parking is not available at the first hotel, you will be advised of the alternative arrangements made for you.

12. I’m on my own – Which holidays are best for me ?

Nearly all our holidays are open to single travellers, but our Group guided holidays may be of most interest. Group holidays give you the opportunity to meet others of like mind and to enjoy cycling together. The group ‘vibe’ continues into the evening if you decide to eat together. A guide will help you appreciate the history and culture of the area you’re visiting.

13. What type of accommodation can I expect?

There is a variety of accommodation ranging from Castles and Chateaux to small boutique hotels and good quality B&Bs, thereby offering a range of different priced holidays. If you have any questions regarding which accommodation is used in the trip you are interested in riding please contact the office.

14. What are the routes like?

The descriptions of our Leisure Bikecations indicate the main types of routes we use on each holiday, such as provincial roads, country lanes, dedicated cycle ways, some tracks and Casa Verdes (disused railway tracks). While we try to use quiet routes wherever possible, you should be comfortable riding occasionally in traffic. Traffic volumes can vary even on minor roads, especially in more popular tourist areas; we sometimes have to use short sections of busier roads to cross rivers or connect scenic routes, and traffic will inevitably be heavier in and near towns.

Some routes include occasional sections on unsurfaced tracks, but these don’t require any specific technical riding skills. If you are unsure of your level, or would like to know more about the cycling on specific holidays, then please do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable reservations team.

15. Do I need to bring money for food?

All the holidays include a hearty breakfast each day. Some also include lunch and an evening meal. Where they are not included, you are free to choose where and when to eat. Some hotels will provide you with a packed lunch on request, but most people like the freedom of stopping at the place of their choice to experience the local cuisine. Some routes have been designed to incorporate gastronomic delights and will include an evening meal. Details are given with each individual tour.

16. Is it possible to extend one of the holidays from a few days to a full week?

We have the resources to design a tour to suit your requirements, incorporating rest days if desired, taking in places that are of interest to you. Give us a call and we will try to accommodate your wishes. The only constraint may be the availability of the accommodation.

17. Can you arrange flights for the overseas tours?

Flights are not included in the tour price, however we can book flights for you. Holding an ATOL licence means that if you book a tour and flight together with us you will have the added piece of mind of the financial protection offered by ATOL. If you prefer to book your own, we recommend that you wait until your tour booking is confirmed before you book any flights and booking separately means you will not be covered by ATOL. For full information on our flight services please contact us on email@bikecation.co.uk

18. When are the tours available?

Departure dates are shown for all tours. Please be aware that the holidays are very dependent on the availability of the selected accommodation. These have been chosen carefully, looking for a high standard to ensure you are comfortable at all times. During busy periods this is not always available, so we advise that you should book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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