Discover one of Turkey`s beautiful coastal regions by mountain bike. This is a ideal way to get a true feel for the nature, character and beauty of this special region and its people. Take a boat ride in Kekova Bay, visit Roman, Ottoman and Lycian ruins, relax by your hotel pool in the evenings or go for a dip in the sea. Experience the friendly welcome of the Lycian people and experience their delicious local cuisine as well as standard Turkish delicacies. Brand new bikes, experienced guides, full back-up vehicle support included as standard.
- Experience the stunning countryside of Lycia
- Take a boat trip in Kekova Bay
- Visit ancient Lycian, Roman and Ottoman settlements
- Optional scuba diving, hiking, river trekking, canyoning and paragliding
- Meet the friendly locals
- The delicious food.
Day 1: Flight from Istanbul to Antalya or Dalaman airport. You will be met at Antalya Airport or Dalaman Airport and transferred to a hotel in downtown Kas. Tour briefing and welcome party. Welcome dinner at a local kebab house. Overnight in Kas. Meal plan: D.
Day 2: After breakfast at 09:30, transfer to Sarilar Village – Antalya Road junction (30 minutes) by a minibus. Route safety briefing and equipment adjustments. Only one hour and thirty minutes of cycling with a few short stops. Today is a warm-up day for the participants to get used to the climate and environment, and customizing the equipment (bikes; breaks, gear, etc.). The guide(s) can evaluate the technical and/or physical levels and profiles of the bikers. This helps to ensure safety and comfort for the other days.
The route goes through number of Turkoman villages in a limestone terrain and through a bush and woods corridor. We also visit the remains of ancient Lycian settlement named “Korba”. Stop for lunch before returning to hotel in Kas in the mid afternooon. Rest of the day free to explore or relax by the pool/on the beach. Cycling distance: 23 km. Difficulty rating: 1 (Easy). Meal plan: B, L.
Day 3: After breakfast at 09:00, transfer to Sutlegen Village (1.5 hr.) by a minibus. Route and Safety Briefing and Equipment Adjustments. Kibris Valley Route starts at Sutlegen Village with a 2-kilometer climb 1100-1400 m and follows Kibris Canyon route through very special cedar forest, pine and oak woods and bush vegetation, experiencing a marvellous panorama and numerous small villages allowing an insight into how locals live. After the initial climb, the road becomes flatter and then the last leg of the ride is more downhill. Lunch and return to hotel in Kas by vehicle for mid to late afternoon. Rest of the day free. Cycling distance: 50 km. Difficulty rating: 3 (Moderate). Meal plan: B, L.
Day 4: After driving up to Belenli Village-Antalya Road junction (ancient Lycian Isinda settlement) start riding downwards. The road takes you through the village centre before a steep uphill road to Kiran Dag (Mountain) junction. The terrain consists of Mediterranean bush and wood vegetation. Along the route you see small Lycian settlements, vineyards, olive groves, greenhouses and ruins. From Kekova cycle downhill to Kilincli Village.
We stop for fruits, biscuits, crackers, juice and other food and drinks. The final leg brings us to Kekova seashore, an ecologically and archaeologically protected zone. After lunch take a boat trip in Kekova Bay and go swimming and snorkeling and visiting ancient Lycian and Roman and Ottoman settlements. Return to the lodge in Kekova Sound. Cycling distance: 40 km. Difficulty rating: 3 (Moderate). Meal plan: B, L.
Day 5: After breakfast we set off, riding through many villages. Sura Necropolis ruins will be your first long stop before starting the descent to Demre town (aka Myra). This route will allow you to visit the historical St. Nicholas Church and some ancient Lycian and Roman Myra ruins. After that you may push the route optionally (when commonly decided by the whole group) for another 23 kilometers through Myra River Valley (only in the season, if daytime allows). The day ends at your hotel in Kas. Cycling distance: 50 km. Difficulty rating: 3 (Moderate). Meal plan: B, L.
Day 6: Free day. No scheduled activities but the following activities can be arranged (for an additional charge): Scuba Diving, Coasteering, Hiking, River Trekking, Canyoning, Paragliding, Gorge Hiking, Jeep Safari, Boat Trip. Alternatively just relax! Meal plan: B.
Day 7: An amazing day’s riding through forests, villages and open countryside and on a variety of tracks showcasing some of the best valley views. We drive in the van up a mountain road to Gursu village (1200 m) in the Susuz Mountains – home to some of Central Lycia’s most stunning rock formations and a cedar forest. After 20 km downhill ride, last part follows a creek bed dirt road.
With all the same fun, thrill and adventure as the free ride trails, these are more cross-country oriented and with the pedaling element you get that extra bit of work out and satisfaction. We finish the trip at a creek pond, a perfect spot for a refreshing dip after a long ride. There are may stops on the route with plenty of snacks. Lunch is at a farmyard village restaurant. After lunch, we drive back to hotel in Kas. Rest of the day free. Farewell dinner. Cycling distance: 45 km. Difficulty rating: 3 (Moderate). Meal plan: B, L, D.
Day 8: After breakfast transfer to Dalaman Airport or Antalya Airport for flight to Istanbul. Breakfast service is subject to the departure times. Available at 07:30-09:30. For very early transfers, a sandwich and juice pack will be supplied. Meal plan: B.
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