We’ve all said it. “I need a vacation after my vacation.” Great getaways do more than just remove you from the day-to-day, they recharge and rejuvenate you. That’s our adventure in Turkey. Spend days exploring the warm, friendly Turkish coastline, and split your nights between spectacular hotels, like Mehmet Ali Aga Mansion, and a Turkish gulet, serenely floating on the Mediterranean. Pedal past pine forests and olive groves, then pass evenings stargazing and enjoying small plates of almonds, honey and fresh cheeses. It’s a vacation on your vacation.
DAY 1 Pine-dappled hills, olive and almond groves, lively seaside resorts and friendly villages Greetings of merhaba! (hello!) fill the air as you pedal the countryside outside Bodrum Splash in the Aegean Sea, then relax over a spread of Turkish specialties.
DAYS 2-3 The ruins of Knidos, once a jewel of Greek civilization Ferry across the Aegean to the Datça Peninsula, traced by small coves and bays Magnificent views of mountain and sea are the background for today’s climb Cool off with a swim in the Mediterranean We’re welcomed like family at a restaurant overlooking the harbor, where fishermen gather to play cards and drink tea.
DAY 4 Experience the crossroads of East and West In Turgutköy village, learn the intricacies of carpet weaving Get your sea legs as we cruise to secluded Ekincik Bay for our first evening under the stars.
DAYS 5-7 Sail the Mediterranean for three days in traditional wooden gulets, dropping anchor to swim, snorkel and slumber Remote coves provide shelter for water activities, and coastal hills invite exploration on foot and by bike Investigate the well-preserved Roman theater and remains of Lycian and Carian tombs in Kaunos Plunge into stunning Cleopatra’s Bay, where partially submerged ruins of an ancient Greek monastery are visible in the crystal-clear water A nomadic family shares an insider’s view of life in Turkey’s remote high valleysLESS