Admiring the view off the Lykian Coast, Turkey. Photo by Tobias Lohmann
A tea break in Dalaman! Photo by Tobias Lohmann

Narrow staircase in the Old Town of Marmaris, Turkey. Photo via Flickr:David Spender

Lycian Coast

Turkey Bike + Barge Tours

Cycling the Southern Coast of Turkey between Bodrum to Fethiye

Spend a week discovering the Southern Coast of Turkey between Bodrum and Fethiye by bike and on a luxurious Turkish gullet (ship). This charming and stylish floating accommodation is built to the highest of standards. You will get to know the Turkish coast and back-country between Marmaris and Fethiye with the aid of a trekking or mountain bike. The tour guide will point out the unique natural wonders and historical cities which grace the area, allowing you to be transported back in time.

Admire the famous rock graves of Dalyan which coastal Lycians have carved into the stone, or let yourself be mesmerized by the breathtaking Sakklikent Canyon. Spend your evenings in the deserted bays and let yourself be rocked to sleep by the ocean or make the most of the pulsating night life in the port cities and their many cafes and bars.

Be sure to check out our full list of bike and boat tours in Turkey.

Skill Level

This is a moderate to difficult bike and boat tour. It is recommended you be in good physical shape ideally acquired by daily or frequent biking. Daily distances range anywhere from 19 to 26 miles (30 to 42 km) and take you through partly hilly or mountainous terrain. There will also be extended climbs. Most routes are paved and take place on lightly trafficked roads as much as possible. You can choose to spend a whole or half-day on board the boat whenever you want.

Where You’ll Stay

On the Comfort Plus class ship, the Halis Temel

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for six nights on board
  • 7 x half board
  • 6 guided bike tours as described in itinerary
  • Bed linen and towels
  • 21-speed hybrid bicycle with pannier
  • Entrances to museums and archeological sites
  • English speaking tour guide

What’s Not Included

  • Beverages on board (tally sheet)
  • Gratuities for crew and tour guide (optional)
  • Transfer to and from airport
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Bicycle protection
  • Helmet
  • Trip insurance
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length8 days
From1190 Rates
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Tour Dates

Bodrum to Fethiye: October 8, and October 22, 2016

Fethiye to Bodrum: October 1, October 15, and October 29, 2016

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Lycian Coast Map

Day 1: Arrival in Bodrum
Day 2: Bodrum – Körmen – Knidos, 26 mi. (42 km), 970 m/3,182 ft of elevation
Day 3: Knidos –  Serçe Limanı – Çiftlik, 22 mi. (36 km) 1,000 m/3280 ft of elevation
Day 4: Çiftlik – Ekincik  – Kaunos, 19 mi. (30 km) 800 m/2,624 ft of elevation
Day 5: Kaunos – Dalaman – Sarsala Bay, 26 mi. (42 km) 500 m/1,640 ft of elevation
Day 6: Sarsala bay – Gemiler Bay – Fethiye, 21 mi. (33 km) 650 m/2,132 ft of elevation
Day 7: Fethiye – Sakklikent Canyon – Fethiye, 22 mi. (35 km) 700 m/2,296 ft m of elevation
Day 8: Fethiye (Disembarkation)

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in 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 you'll meet your fellow passengers.

Day 2: Bodrum – Körmen – Knidos, 26 mi. (42 km), 970 m/3,182 ft of elevation
The first sailing trip of your journey brings you from Bodrum to Körmen in the early morning. Once on land, the first bike tour leads along the Datça peninsula. The first ascent takes you to a height of 450 m before we making your way back down to the sea. On a clear day, the view lets you 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, stay in one of the most picturesque bays of the Turkish coast. 

Day 3: Knidos –  Serçe Limanı – Çiftlik, 22 mi. (36 km) 1,000 m/3280 ft of elevation
The morning of the third day is spent on the boat which takes you to a small bay on the utmost peak of the Bozburun Peninsula. A lonely mountain road leads to a mountain village located at 300 m with a 1,500 year old plane tree and a lively bazar worth a visit. It is said that a brief walk around the plane tree will ensure a lucky and long life. After lunch, continue by bicycle to the bay of Çiftlik where there is enough time to refresh with a long and relaxing swim in the sea.

Day 4: Çiftlik – Ekincik  – Kaunos, 19 mi. (30 km) 800 m/2,624 ft of elevation
During breakfast, cross over to the little harbor of Ekincik, the starting point of today’s bike ride. After crossing the pass with spectacular views you reach the shore of Lake Köycegiz, where you have the opportunity to take a healing mud bath close to Sultaniye. After another small pass, reach the mouth of the Dalyan River. From here, take a small boat past the impressive Lycian rock-cut tombs overlooking the Dalyan delta, to the ship which lies at anchor before a small rocky island.  

Day 5: Kaunos – Dalaman – Sarsala Bay, 26 mi. (42 km) 500 m/1,640 ft of elevation
After breakfast, the boat sails to the ancient city of Kaunos, the first destination of today’s bike tour. Once on the seaside, the harbor now lies high and dry. Only the ruins are silent witnesses of the former wealth of the city. After visiting this site, continue the tour by bike. Cross the fertile Dalaman plains with their cotton fields and orchards, and take a well-deserved break in a tea house in Dalaman. After crossing a small pass, you reach the beautiful bay of Sarsala, where you can see the ship from afar.

Day 6: Sarsala bay – Gemiler Bay – Fethiye, 21 mi. (33 km) 650 m/2,132 ft of elevation
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 your bike ride takes us through a pine forest to the 1922 abandoned Greek city Kayaköy, once home to 6,500 inhabitants .On the way, pass the lagoon of Oludeniz, a famous golden sand beach that is similar to the “Golden Horn” of Brac in Croatia. After a short transfer to Ovacik, travel the last kilometers by bike. The evening can be spent walking 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, 22 mi. (35 km) 700 m/2,296 ft m of elevation
A short morning transfer (about 50 min) takes you to the starting point of today’s bike ride to Cavdir. From here, continue by bike to the Saklikent-Canyon where a riverside restaurant invites us to refuel and relax before exploring the Canyon on foot. 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 provide stunning photo opportunities. After visiting the historic site, a transfer shuttle takes you back to the ship in Fethiye (30 min). 

Day 8: Fethiye (Disembarkation)
Check out after breakfast. On request, a collective transfer to the airport is possible. 

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Lycian Coast Boats + Barges

Halis Temel Photo

Halis Temel Turkey Comfort Plus Class Boat The Halis Temel is newer, comfort plus motor yacht. Guests on board can enjoy a large saloon, which consists of both restaurant and lounge areas. The saloon has been built in such a way that the cook can be seen as he prepares the delicious dishes that you'll enjoy each day! In addition, the Halis Temel has plenty of space for relaxation on the main deck and upper deck with cozy seating and reclining furniture available. The upper deck is partly shaded and equipped with a jacuzzi.

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