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SAILING AND MOUNTAIN BIKING ON A BLUE CRUISE GULLET TOUR

SAILING AND MOUNTAIN BIKING ON A BLUE CRUISE GULLET TOUR

Sailing on a traditional wooden boat “gullet” around the breathtaking turquoise coast is a great way to explore the Mediterranean Turkey. We spend a good half of each day biking along the scenic coastal tracks from one point to another and that we enjoy a well earned break back onboard afterwards. This is a unique activity holiday!

Fly to Dalaman.

Our tour will start at Dalaman airport. We will take a transfer to Ekincik village where we embark on our gullet.

Overnight onboard gullet

Cycle from Ekincik to Caunos

We will come ashore this morning to cycle onto the interesting Greco-roman site Caunos. Upon reaching the settlement we will take a guided walk around the ruins. A short ride after sightseeing will take us to our small traditional river boat where we will park our bikes onboard and enjoy a trip across the Dalyan delta. We will stop at the Turtle beach for a swimming opportunity. Afterwards we we will return to our main boat.

Overnight onboard gullet

Morning sail to Sarsala, Afternoon Cycle from Sarsala Cove to Gocek.

 A scenic sail from Ekincik will deliver our boat to the waters of the breathtaking Gocek bay area. We will drop the anchor opposite the cove of Sarsala where our afternoon biking session begins. The route is angulated yet it offers some fantastic views over the Mediterranean Turkey. At the end, we will reach Gocek town where our boat will pick us up at the harbor after a drink and some time spent in town. Then we will shortly navigate the ship for a convenient location at the water to spend the night over.

Overnight onboard gullet

Katranci Bay to Fethiye via Green Valley

This morning we have a short way to go before we leave our boat at the Bay of Katranci. We cycle through the forest and sometimes on abandoned tracks. The lunch spot is upon the green river where we can paddle to cool our tired feet. After the siesta we will continue mostly downhill to get back to Fethiye. We will board our gullet at the Fethiye Harbor.

Overnight onboard gullet

Fethiye to Gemiler Bay via Kayakoy Gost Town

We will come ashore again at Fethiye harbour to start biking onto Kayakoy ghost town. It has a poignant history where the local greek and Turkish populations had to swap locations secondary to the mutual population exchange agreement between Greece and Turkey. We will take a walk around the once-glorious-village. After sampling local dishes at a family run eatery we will continue biking along the track to reach Gemiler Beach.

Gemiler Island is a biblical place with the fame of Saint Nicholas who might have preached there as a Christian father. We will have an option to walk atop the island during the sunset for amazing views.

 Overnight onboard gullet

Boncuklu Bay – Mendoz – Bozyer – Boncuklu Bay

Today is the most vigorous day of our itinerary. Following a short morning sail, our captain will deliver us and our bikes ashore at Boncuklu Bay. Going mostly uphill, we will reach our main track that spans across the skirts of Mount Mendoz. The route overlooks the farmlands of the Fethiye Bay. Eventually, we will have descended to Bozyer village and that we will continue along the never-ending green houses.

Overnight onboard gullet

Relaxing Day around Fethiye Bay

We have a rest day dedicated to swimming and relaxation. In the afternoon, we will return to the port of Fethiye.

Overnight onboard gullet

Tour ends

We will call it a trip and transfer to Dalaman airport.

PS: This tour can be  further be extended to visit the medieval Midyat famous for its masonry civil architecture and still working Syriac Orthodox monastery of Saint Gabriel as well as Harran, home of the biblical beehive like adobe houses.

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