Turkey: Biketour near Antalya

Price: 300 $
Duration: 10 days
Next: 28/12/2016


Turkey: Biketour near Antalya

Overview

The picturesque south coast of Turkey attracts cyclists with its mild climate, good roads, incredible scenery and lots of interesting places to see on the way.

Eight-day cycling trip in Turkey will please you with good paved roads and mountain tracks, stunning slopes and exhausting ascents, though sometimes you do not ride a bike, but it rides you.The reward for these efforts is incredible views of the Mediterranean Sea, the ruins of the once powerful Lycian cities, ancient amphitheater and tombs of ancient Greece and Rome, which are more than three thousand years old, deep canyons, rivers with clear water and authentic Turkish villages, where they still, as in the old days, marinate olives and prepare goat cheese. During the cycling trip in Turkey you get a chance to see a real, colorful, non-postcard country, the spirit of which you will never experience in hotels and at tourist markets.In mountain villages people are really interested in your origin and sincerely wish you to have a safe trip. You will see exactly that side of Turkey, filled with the fragrance of olive groves and salty sea, the silence of ancient cities and identity of small towns where east and west meet in one culture at the same territory.

During the tour we spend nights in tents. Every night our club van arrives with camping equipment. A group cycles only with a small backpack with necessary things.

Price includes:

  • guide service
  • using common camp gear (tents, camp tools, kitchen equipment, first aid kit)
  • meals during the campaign (hot breakfast and dinner, lunch as a snack (meals in a café is self-maintained)
  • overnight stays in a tent during the tour
  • internal moving during the tour by minibus
  • insurance
Additional charged:

  • plane tickets
  • rental of sleeping bag and mat, backpack
  • rafting on Köprülü – 20 euro (ordered in advance)
  • meals in cities (restaurants, shops)
  • entrance fees to museums, canyons and other chargeable areas
  • bike rental – 50-60 euro
Day 0
Meeting a group in Antalya.
Going by minibus to Serik, where we have an overnight stay.
Day 1. Start of the tour, visiting the ancient city of Aspendos
In the morning we get ready for the trip, i.e. adjust bikes, select things needed for a day (documents, raincoat, water, etc.) and leave the rest in a van, which brings the things to the place of overnight stay.
Roads then are less loaded with cars and convenient for cycling. At the beginning of the route we pass the city of Aspendos, founded in ancient times.The main attraction of Aspendos is a magnificent amphitheater, built in the second century BC. It is considered to be one of the most ancient theaters and can accommodate over 15 thousand of people. By the way, it is perfectly preserved theater which works even now. The entrance fee to the amphitheater is about 20 lire. In Aspendos those having a sweet tooth can taste local sweets – tulumba.
Then we see the remains of ancient aqueducts that once watered the fields. Movement continues up along Koprulu River, slowly gaining the altitude. By the way, in March oranges ripen in that area, so you can simply pluck them off the trees. Then we stop for the night in tents on the lawn.
Day 2. Ascent along Koprulu river (rafting on request)
We continue the ascent along Koprulu River, and get into the country of rafting camps. The river is rough enough and very interesting for rafting. You can stop and have a day of rafting, informing us in advance to take the equipment.
Beyond the village Beshkonak we pass beautiful ancient bridge, which is more than two thousand years old and still is driven by the cars.The area is very picturesque with beautiful canyon, clean springs, rough waterfalls and fragrant pine forests around. Overnight stay is either in a tent or in a small hotel nearby.
Day 3. Visiting the ancient city of Selge, starting off-road route
That day we will see the ruins of the ancient city of Selge at the altitude of 1250 m above sea level. You can either cycle or go by bus up the mountain. Now, once great city has only a small settlement and the ruins of past power. The most interesting monuments are the amphitheater for 10 thousand of people, the ruins of small stadium and the ruins of the temple of Zeus.
After viewing the impressive amphitheater we finally leave the paved road and begin the off-road part of the route. It goes through dark forest and fire earth road to a small village Yeshylvadi. This is technically the most difficult part of the route: the road is covered with stones; somewhere you need to carry your bike, somewhere to push it up. At the end of the day we go down to the village and spend the night in the tents.
In Selge we leave touristic Turkey behind and open real, unknown to foreigners, authentic Turkey with small villages, quite poor huts, people engaged in farming or growing goats and feeding them on alpine pine. These people are difficult to communicate with, because usually all of them speak only Turkish, but their hospitality and positive attitude to travelers is extremely pleasant.
Day 4. Descent towards Antalya
Today’s route starts with a small rise and then there is a very long descent towards the fantastic Antalya. Excellent asphalt road loops down between the mountains in the dense forest. You can admire the incredible views of the surrounding peaks. From the altitude areas we gradually get into the town of plantations and greenhouses. During the day we descend more than 1,000 meters. In the evening we put up the tents to have a rest. There we are in the area with a lot of villages and transport so,next day we go by the van to another area (Fethiye, Saklikent) to continue our journey to unknown places of Antalya.
Day 5. Transportation along the coast (Antalya tour on request)
Moving to the village Ugurlu, not far from Fethiye (about 4 hours). Before that, if you wish, we can have an excursion in Antalya, see the old markets, cycle through the parks and swim in the Mediterranean.
We spend the night at the huge grotto, which is the entrance to the cave with warm air. The cave is open, so you can go into for a few hundred meters as there are thermal baths.
Day 6. Visiting Lycian city Tlos and canyon Saklikent
Today we will visit the ancient city of Tlos and Saklikent Canyon. The ancient Lycian city of Tlos was built in the XIX century BC, and was one of the six largest cities in Lycian Union. Tlos is famous for its Acropolis, a fortress and rock tombs. The city is located on the mountain, so, it is an opportunity to have an active cycling. Then we ride past small villages and olive groves to other popular tourist destinations – Saklikent Canyon. This is a very picturesque gorge, with high cliffs around and a cool river at the bottom of the canyon. The length of the canyon is only 18 km, but we can see its first and most developed part, with bridges for pedestrians and numerous cafes with the stoves.
Day 7. Transportation along the sea coast, walking towards the natural lights of the mountain Yanatras
We move from the tourist zone to the area of olive groves. You can pick olives from trees there. At first they can be a bit bitter because they need to be pickled for 10 days. Shortly afterward the way goes to the sea where we start a waterfront trip. We pass picturesque bays with clear turquoise water and rocky bottom. If the weather is appropriate you should definitely have a swim. On the beaches and in the sea you can see giant sea turtles which swim to these beaches to lay their eggs in the sand, that is why the area is a natural reserve.We spend the following night at an extremely picturesque beach Cirali where you can enjoy the natural lights of the mountain Yanatras that have been burning from the rocks for ages.It will be interesting to fry bread and sausages just on the underground fire.
Day 8. Excursion to the ancient city of Olympos and canyon Goynuk
In the morning we go to view the ruins of the ancient city of Olympos. Now, once the powerful Lycian city is only majestic ruins, remnants of the Genoese fortress and walls, ancient theater and sarcophagi, remains of the temple, wineries and so on. Then we go along the main road to the city of Kemer (steep uphill).That is the end of the active part of the tour.
In the afternoon one must see canyon Goynuk, a very picturesque gorge, which is 14 km long and 6 m wide, height of the walls is about 350 m.The walk is fairly difficult: the road is often blocked with large boulders that need to overcome as a part of the way goes through shallow water, so it is necessary to take non-slip shoes that dry quickly.
In the evening we prepare bikes for transportation and stay for the last night in tents.
Day 9. Finish of the tour.
Returning home from Antalya Airport

The approximate temperature in Turkey during a cycling trip can range from +5 to +25°C. This means mornings and evenings are cool and require wearing warm clothes while day can be hot. You should also be prepared for rainy weather and cycling in the rain.

During the trip a van comes to the place of overnight stay with all the camping equipment, so the majority of things is in a van, we move with the things needed for one day and with food for lunch.

Equipment for cycling trip can be divided into:

For cycling trip one should have the following clothes:

  1. cycling shorts
  2. thin synthetic pants (such as thermal underwear or pants for running)
  3. waterproof pants (for cycling in the rain)
  4. a shirt (optimally – a cycling T-shirt or other synthetic shirt, you can take two or three to change)
  5. a thin sweater (a long sleeved T-shirt)
  6. a windbreaker
  7. a raincoat
  8. a bandana or a buff
  9. a sun cap
  10. gloves (with fingers)
  11. sneakers or light boots
  12. rain leggings (recommended)
  13. for the camp: a thick sweater (any warm sweater, needed in the camp at night), warm pants, clothes for the night
  14. clothing for swimming, spare underwear and socks
  15. sandals or sneakers

Personal gear:

  1. a sleeping bag and a matRental
  2. a backpack (20-40 liters – for cycling)
  3. utensils for eating (a plate, a spoon, a cup)
  4. toiletries (a toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, a towel, etc.)
  5. sunscreen, lip-balm
  6. sunglasses
  7. a bottle or a flask for water (1-1.5 liters)
  8. a torch
  9. personal documents
  10. a camera, MP-3 player (optional)
  11. general backpack or bag to store things in a van

Bike gear:

  1. a bicycle
  2. a helmet
  3. fenders (recommended)
  4. a back light
  5. a spare bike tube
  6. the adhesive patch kit (optional)
  7. a set of hex keys (optional)
  8. specific keys for your bike (preferable if any of the nuts or bolts are not usual)
  9. V- breaks – you should definitely have spare brake pads (1 set)
  10. a rag to wipe the bike
  11. a bike lock (optional)

Total bicycle repair kit includes:

  1. a set of hex keys
  2. keys to stretch spokes
  3. a chain tool
  4. chain oil (ordinary)
  5. a spanner 15 (for pedals)
  6. pliers
  7. an adhesive patch kit for tubes
  8. a spare bike tube (1 for a group)
  9. a spare bearing (diameter 26 inches, 1 for a group)



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