13-21 October

Turkey: The Lycian Way

  • 9 days | 2100 km
  • €2,200 (hired motorcycle)
  • €1,200 (own motorcycle)
  • mixed terrain
The Lycian Way is one of the most renowned hiking trails in the world which combines natural beauty with numerous traces of ancient civilizations. Enjoy the Lycian Way from the saddle of an adventure bike, venture into the mountains to discover the ancient city of Sagalassos, dive into the deepest crater lake in Turkey and soak in the thermal springs of Pamukkale.

Our tour begins in Istanbul — the only city in the world spread over two continents, Europe and Asia. Once we break out from the city bustle onto the vast flats of Anatolia, we head for the Lake District — an area with dozens of shallow tectonic lakes with fresh and salty water. You will see the magnificent Lake Eğirdir, the fourth-largest in Turkey, and Lake Salda, affectionally known as the 'Saldives' for its white shores and blue water. Our next stop is Sagalassos, the ancient city high up in the mountains which has a large number of a well-preserved archaeological remains.

In the second part of our tour we are going to ride the Mediterranean coast and navigate the legendary Lycian Way. This historic trail spans 500 km along the coast across mountains and hills. We will keep as closely as possible to the Lycian Way riding dirt roads and trails to let you unravel the divine beauty of the land with its historic sites, lagoons with deep blue water and spectacular sunsets.

On the way back to Istanbul we will stop for the night at Pamukkale and enjoy its world-famous thermal springs. The road back will also take us to the glass-floored terrace of the monumental Ulubey Canyon and around the 2,500 m Mount Uludag also called Small Olympus.
Itinerary

İstanbul - Sakarya - Sariyar Dam - Eğirdir Lake - Sagalassos - Antalya - Lycian Way - Karaöz-Cape - Finike - Ölüdeniz - Salda Lake - Pamukkale - Ulubey Canyon - İnegöl - Osmangazi Bridge - İstanbul

Included in the price
  • Motorcycle hire and coverage
  • 3* hotel accommodation (double/twin rooms) and campings
  • All breakfasts
  • Experienced English-speaking tour leader
  • Technical support
  • Excursions along the route
  • Transfers
Not included and paid individually
  • Return flight to İstanbul
  • Fuel
  • Medical insurance
  • Lunches and dinners
Tour details
Overview
Our tour starts and finishes in Istanbul. Once we collect our leased bikes, we head off on an adventure to last 7 riding days. Upon returning to Istanbul we will have an evening to enjoy the city before going home on the following day.

Tour type: Adventure
Surface: asphalt and dirt roads. All the unpaved sections are suitable for heavy dual sport motorcycles. However, you should have appropriate riding experience.
Motorcycles: two options are possible:
  • hired BMW F800GS (or same class). All the bikes have insurance coverage (the motorcycles are hired with basic coverage which requires a pre-authorised deposit on your credit card) and are equipped with side and top cases. In this case the tour price is €2,200. You can upgrade your hired bike for an extra charge.
  • your own adventure motorcycles (600cc and larger) with proper preparation. Hard cases / soft luggage racks, crash bars / engine protectors, and tyres suitable for road and off-road are a must. In this case the tour price is €1,200.
Co-rider: not allowed.

Tour Difficulty
Expect to ride 250-450 km a day. The top speed is 120-130 km/h on motorways and 90-100 km/h on paved local roads. Once we go off-road, we will hardly go faster than 60 km/h.

Required Documents
You must have a valid biometric passport and a Category A driving license. You must also have medical insurance to cover COVID-19. Please make sure that your insurance policy contains specific provisions for motorcycle travel.

Number of Participants
Up to 8.

Accommodation
3* hotels (double/twin rooms) and campings. Single rooms may be available for an extra charge.

Boarding
The tour price includes all breakfasts. Lunches and dinners are paid individually. Make sure to bring a two-day supply of dehydrated meals for a comfortable stay at the campsites.

Transfers
The price includes all the transfers to İstanbul airport and back as well as taxis or rented vehicles which will take you on the excursions.

Fuel Price
€1,4 as at May 2022.

Local Currency
Turkish Lira. €1 = 17 TRY.

Riding Gear
Every rider must be equipped with a properly-sized helmet, jacket, gloves, boots, and rain suit. A complete list of the essentials will be provided towards the tour dates.

Since the tour includes nights at campsites, be prepared to carry the appropriate equipment (a tent, a sleeping bag, a sleeping mat, camping dinnerware and dehydrated meals).

Technical support
The tour leader will carry all the tools and consumables for the technical maintenance and field repair of the hired motorcycles. Major repairs and evacuation are covered by the insurance policy.

Excursions and Entertainment
Lake Eğirdir
A beautiful lake in the Anatolian Lake District at the altitude of 917 m above sea level. The fourth-largest (482 km2) lake in Turkey.

Sagalassos
An archaeological site with a monumental city centre which has been exposed since 1990. Thanks to its remote location the city is very well-preserved and has two working fountains built by the Romans in I-II AD.

The Lycian Way
A 550 km long hiking trail that spans across mountains which line up the Mediterranean coast. The way follows the ancient trading routes and the roads built during the Lycian, Hellenistic and Roman periods.

Myra
The ancient capital of the Roman province of Lycia which fell into decay in VII AD. Today you can still see the ruins of buildings, an amphitheatre, and tombs carved in solid rock. Myra is one of our stops on the Lycian Way.

Lake Salda
A crater lake among the deepest in Turkey (about 200 m). Famous for its crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches.

Pamukkale
The famous geothermal springs and travertines of Pamukkale are located near the ruins of the antique city of Hierapolis built in II BC. The ruins include bathhouses, swimming pools, temples and other buildings.

Ulubey Canyon
The canyon in western Turkey that reaches 500 m in its widest part. For those who are not faint of heart there is a glass terrace overhanging a 76 m deep chasm.

Mount Uludag
The highest point (2,543 m) of the western part of Anatolia, the peninsula also called Asia Minor. In the Middle Ages, it was known as a place of solitude for Orthodox Byzantine monks.
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