Total tour distance: 275 miles
Daily tour distance: 30 miles
Difficulty: 50 / 100
Highlights include cycling along the exquisite southwestern coast, hiking to ancient ruins, sea kayaking and swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, and sailing on a traditional Turkish gulet. Chuck & Judy Nichols, the owners of Nichols Expeditions, will accompany this tour, so get ready for a great adventure!
Our route is away from the bustle of the cities, and the friendly local people live in a culture of mixed religious backgrounds and traditions. The countryside is filled with forested mountains that lead to the deep blue waters of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. But the real surprise of Turkey is summed up in the saying, “One comes for the history, but stays for the cuisine!”
The cycling is van supported on a superb coastal route we selected especially for its breathtaking vistas and beaches…anyone up for a dip in the sea while lunch is being prepared? Uncrowded roads take us through small towns and near a number of fantastic Greek, Roman, and Lycian ruins. Each evening comfortable lodging and warm Turkish hospitality awaits.
On foot we will have time to hike among the ancient cities and temples and learn about the fascinating history while we photograph the inspirational scenery. From the dazzling boulevard of Ephesus and the amphitheater of Miletos to the seaside ruins of Knidos, this tour will reignite your curiosity in the ancient people who lived here and shaped the past.
Besides swimming, we will spend a morning in sea kayaks observing nature and exploring the ruins of a sunken city that lies below the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. We top off our seaside activities with a night on a traditional wooden Turkish gulet. Great company, scrumptious food and a starlit sky – life is good!