Turkey

Turkey

At a glance

Straddling Asia and Europe, Turkey is a fascinating and welcoming blend of East and West. Istanbul melds ancient history and culture with modern amenities and attractions. Many go to Turkey to see the ancient ruins —testaments to Turkey's diverse and storied history, as well as its influence from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.

Religious iconography and art are plentiful in the country’s many stunning mosques, synagogues, and churches. Turkish architecture sets an exotic eastern tone with its many domes and vibrant mosaics, and the country’s markets are full of colorful treasures.

This vibrant country is magical, enticing to travellers seeking awe and wonder. Turkey's substantial coastlines along the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Black Seas give its beaches a Riviera-like ambiance. The crystal blue waters of Turkish beaches are reminiscent of neighboring Greece, but the port towns and seaside villages have a distinctly Turkish appeal.

Why cyclists love it

  • A chance to cycle the crossroads where East meets West
  • A deep and unique history, with remote ruins of ancient civilizations
  • Diverse landscapes: inland deltas, rivers, pine forests and coastal roads with beautiful vistas of the sparkling sea
  • Historic villages and modern cities
  • Perfect destination for bike and boat tours, where visitors can explore deserted bays and remote beaches

Turkey stories

On our blog: 

  • Client Feedback: Turkey’s Lycian Coast (Bike and Boat)
    I wanted you know these thoughts about the Turkish Lycian Coast (Bike and Boat) while they’re still fresh... Our seven nights on the boat were superb…The staff and guides were extremely attentive, professional, and polite to us. It was a beautiful, comfortable ship. The food was served promptly and professionally and was delicious! 

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Tour spotlight

The Lycian Coast by Bike and Boat
Turkey’s Lycian coast is the perfect place to experience cycling and sailing while on holiday. The natural beauty here is astounding, as is the culture and history. Come see the ancient towns of Kaunos, the Carian Tombs, and the Greek ‘ghost town’ of Kayakoy. On this tour, you’ll stay aboard a Turkish gület, a motor sailer, on which you will be pampered by a hospitable and warm-hearted crew. There are some evident inclines, but the challenge is exciting and makes coming home to a life on the water even more fulfilling!
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Fast facts

Language: Turkish
Currency: Turkish lira
Population: 67,803,927
Size: 302,535 square miles (783,562 square kilometers) - Slightly larger than Texas
Border countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbijan, Iran, Iraq, and Syria
National tourist office: www.goturkey.com

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