Meet the guide
Before heading to my first motorcycle trip on this historic route, I walked it through three stages and really fell in love with the beauty of the Mediterranean, and also discovered the rich historical heritage of this region, which became a stronghold of several ancient civilizations. Here, every stone is imbued with the great events of the past, and the energy of ancient cities is simply impossible to convey in words!
Along the Mediterranean coast of ancient Lycia from Geikbairi to Fethiye, descending into emerald coves surrounded by orange groves of valleys and climbing up the rocky mountain paths in the clouds, we'll race with a breeze on dirtbikes about 1000 km along Roman roads through the ancient civilization's cities filled with historical remains.
On the way, we'll visit a lot of places where myths of antiquity occurred, several national parks and one of the best places in the world for paragliding. The hospitality of small resort villages of the Turkish Riviera awaits us, as well as deserted beaches and unsurpassed local cuisine. Let's ride, explore, and discover with #motopilgrims adventours!
Starts and ends in Antalya, Turkey
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Mileage: 1000+ kilometres / 620+ miles
Terrain: mix of asphalt and off-road
Rental bike: Honda CRF 250 L
Historical sights:read more
an ancient Greek and a Roman city set up by the Rhodians in 700 BC
a picturesque village near Mount Chimera, the forge of the god of fire Hephaestus
the city of the Lycian League, where the Olympics originated
the lighthouse on Cape Gelidonya, the most dangerous place for seafarers of Antalya Gulf
honouring the bishop of Myra and the man popularly known as Santa Claus
The theatre of Myra
with the rock-cut tombs of the ancient Lycian necropolis
the birthplace of St. Nicholas, founded by Patarus, a son of Apollo
the largest city in Lycia, where the Trojan War heroes came from, and in honour of which was named the immortal speaking horse of Achilles
a beach resort on the Turquoise Coast at the conjunction point of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas
a yacht harbour located on the site of the ancient city of /Telmessos, the ruins of which can be seen the Hellenistic theatre and Lycian rock tomb 4th century BC
English / French / Ukrainian / Russian speaking guide
A motorcycle maintenance, minor repairs on the road
Rental of an enduro motorcycle / a helmet / a luggage bag, refueling
Life and health travel insurance, sport category
Entrance fees according to the moto tour program
Accommodation: hotels and guesthouses based on two sharing a room with breakfast
Half-hour+ paragliding with a certified instructor
Full SPA package in Sefa Hamam, 650 years old
Additionally, you must consider:
- An international driver's licence category 'A'
- One-way low-cost flight to Antalya / Turkey ($50-80)
- A motorcycle damage deposit of $700
- Additional meals during the day ($8-10 / one meal)
Arriving and gathering together in Antalya, the largest resort and port city, founded in 159 BC by order of the king of Pergamon Attal II. In 133. It was conquered by the Romans becoming the winter residence of the emperor Hadrian, in whose honor the Adrian Gate was built, the hallmark of the modern city.
The hotel is located not far from the historic downtown. A convenient train runs directly from the airport (a contactless payment by credit card right on the turnstile much cheaper than buying a ticket in the ticket machine), you need to get off at Ismet Pasha station within ten minutes walking distance from the hotel. We get to know each other, relax before the upcoming trip, walking through the historical city center, parks and beaches. Free time to collect thoughts and tune in to the adventure.
during the day
getting together, acquaintance; free time to collect thoughts and tune in on adventures
fresh bed and hot shower
supermarkets and cafes
city parks and beaches, the historic downtown
In the morning, the rental location is our meeting point where our serviced and prepared for the ride motorcycles will be waiting for us. Here we’ll get the motorcycle docs, helmet and pack belongings. We start towards adventures at noon!
During this day, mainly asphalt than off-road awaits us in order to get used to the motorcycle. The first-day endpoint is located in the resort village of Cirali on the territory of the Beydaglar National Park, whose beach from Black Cape to Moses Mountain is the breeding zone of Caretta turtles.
On the way, we are going to visit the ancient city of Phaselis surrounded by three harbours with sandy and pebble beaches. The city layout is well-preserved - a central street, a square, an aqueduct, and an amphitheatre among the lush pine and cedar trees of the natural park.
In case we have enough time, then we may also visit the Goynuk Canyon in the Taurus Mountains with a depth of 350 meters and a length of about 14 km, that stunning one's imagination with amazing forms of rocks of a turbulent mountain river.
Last but one we are going to have a rest and spend the night in a cosy guest house on the first sea line of a gorgeous 4-kilometre beach within walking distance of Chimera, the only mountain in the world on the slope of which for several thousand years natural gas has been burning all year round. It contains an admixture of substance that self-ignites on the air. It was here according to the legend the forge of the god of fire and the protector of blacksmith Hephaestus was located. Finally, as soon as it gets dark, we’ll carry out a walk there.
Paperwork, getting a motorcycle, a helmet and packing the trunk
Leaving the city!
Walking or water tour of the Goynuk canyon
Check in at Cirali, evening meal
Walking tour on Mount Chimera
bed and shower
mini-market and the most fragrant oranges
Having tasted a classic Turkish breakfast, we ride through the mountains by dirt roads to the destroyed by pirates and earthquakes ancient Olympos, the city of the Lycian League where the Olympic Games were originated. The first mentions fall in the third century BC.
From there we climb 900+ meters to the good point of view at the top of Cape Helidonius, one of the most dangerous places for the navigators of the Antalya Bay which has turned it into a ship graveyard. One of the last found boats sank there at the end of the Bronze Age in the 13th century BC.
Riding down on dizzying serpentines with a loose surface, through the village of Karaoz, we visit the lighthouse at a height of 270 meters.
Then, having a snack in the Pirate Bay, we exercise enduro skills on mountain roads and descend to the peanut pines of the Mavikent Nature Park, from where we race along the coast to Teke peninsula and Finike city founded at 5th century BC, it was the main commercial port of the Lykia capital Limira, which is still famous for the most fragrant oranges. Here we rest and gain strength the next day.
Dirt mountain road to Olympos
Photo session on top of the cape
Cape Helidonia Lighthouse
Having snack in Pirate Bay
15.00 - 17.00
Enduro on the way to Finike
Check in to hotel, have dinner, rest
fresh bed and shower
mini-markets and the most fragrant oranges
From the Orange Capital of Turkey, we start across the mountains to Demre, choosing a situational path depending on the presence of snow on the northern sides of the central Taurus mountains. The nature of these places pleases the eye with magnificent landscapes of white-stone slopes and dense majestic forests. Here you can see wild boars, foxes and birds of prey in nature.
In modern Demre on the territory of the Myra ancient city, we explore the amphitheater with the tombs of the ancient Lycian necropolis carved into the surrounding rocks. Also, optional and with the time reserve, we can visit the Church of St. Nicholas named after the Bishop of Myra who became the prototype of modern Santa Claus.
Having a lunch we continue to ride the mountain roads up to the fishing villages of Uchagiz and Kaleky, in the past - the ancient Teimuss and Simena, a solid part of which is now half sunken and retained even the remains of amphoras underwater. The inhabited part of the peninsula is crowned with a hill with a Genoese fortress, inside of which there is the smallest Roman theatre in Lycia, just for 100 people. Here we stay until the next day walking through the sights of all three harbours, which gave the name to the village of Uchagiz (literally translates “three mouths”).
Go deep into the mountains of the central Taurus
The Myra amphitheater and St. Nicholas Church in Demre
Ride to the fishing villages of Uchagiz and Kaleкoy
Check in guest house
Genoese fortress and the flooded Simena
bed and shower
Genoese fortress and the flooded Simena
A rich program to be. We hit the road to the city of Kas, formerly Antiphellos, the Lycian port first mentioned by the Greeks in the 4th century BC. Entering the city, before us the panorama of the city opens with an overview of the Greek island of Kastellorizo on which the easternmost airport of Greece is located. Having ridden around the peninsula, that begins with a fully restored ancient Greek amphitheatre, we rush on.
Up the slopes, ridges and ravines of the mountains located along the coastline, we ride to most popular among modern youth in the Turkish Riviera place that is famous not only for the 3.5 km long beach but also for the numerous remains of the ancient city of Patara founded by the son of Apollo, that was the main seaport of the Lycian Union.
The most ancient human activity traces (remnants of ceramics) discovered in Acropolis are dated back to the 7th century BC. On the way from the Arc de Triomphe not far from the central street colonnade, a fully restored amphitheatre-museum is located. Supposedly, it was built in the Hellenistic period.
But this is not the last historical place today, next one is the ruins of Xanthos, the largest city of Lycia founded at the beginning of the 1st millennium BC. This is exactly the city where the Heroes of the Trojan War came from and after which the immortal speaking horse of Achilles was named. On the territory of the excavation, the largest monument of Lycian literature was found - the Lycian-Milian stele Xanthus Bilingual Obelisk dating back to 380 BC.
And we are going to finish the day in the resort village of Oludeniz (literally “Dead Sea” thanks to its calm, even during storms, waters of the Blue Lagoon national reserve). It is the place wherefrom the slope of the Babadag range highest mountain next morning everyone will be able to enjoy the magnificent scenery from a bird's eye view.
Go to Kas
Sightseeing moto-ride around the Kas city
A famous beach and the ancient city of Patara
Xantos sightseeing tour
Arrival in Oludeniz, accommodation
bed and shower
Oludeniz is considered one of the best places in the world for paragliding due to unique panoramic views and stable weather conditions. The height of the main “low start” is 1672 m, and of the "top start" at the peak of the mountain is 1980 m. The unique topology of the place allows you to reach the bay at an altitude of 1–1.5 km. The cost of a half-hour flight is about $100, included touring price.
Being popular among tourists from Germany, England, and Ireland, Oludeniz also offers many opportunities for diving due to its crystal clear waters and rich underwater caves and fauna.
After paragliding, we set off for Fethiye, from where the Turquoise Coast originates and along the way we pass the starting point of the official hiking trail "the Lycian way".
At this place in ancient times, there was the Greek city of Telmessos, the centre of the prophecies devoted to Apollo, but the earthquakes of 1857 and 1957 destroyed almost all the ancient structures. Only the remains of the ancient Roman theatre, the Medieval Knight’s Castle of the 15th century, and traditional Lycian tombs on the slope of the adjacent mountain remained. There are great views from the top of the peninsula, isolating the large modern harbour and marina from the Aegean Sea. Also in the Fethiye city, there is a museum rich in artefacts clearly demonstrating the chain of civilizations that inhabited the region since the ancient Lycians. Here the historic part of our trip ends, apart from one pleasant water-related and healthful activity upon our return to Antalya.
Breakfast, set off for paragliding
10.00 - 14.00
14.00 - 17.00
Enduro-ride to the starting point of the Lycian way, riding around the Fethiye peninsula
Check in to a hotel
bed and shower
supermarkets, currency exchange
In the morning we go back on the highway that crosses the mainland. It is necessary to dress warmly, as the path will lie through the mountain plateau, we have to race as fast as possible so that we feel comfortable.
The final goal is to arrive as early to Antalya as possible to hand over motorcycles, check in to the hotel and to have a full package of SPA procedures in Sefa Hamam (the original name is “Makbul Aa Turkish Bath”) - a Turkish bath with a history of more than 650 years.
It was restored in 1450 and mentioned in the "City Archive of the Ottoman Empire", all the time to this day is used for its intended purpose.
The rest of the day we share our impressions and enjoy the hospitality of this beautiful Mediterranean resort.
The way back to Antalya across the mainland
Drop motorbikes and check-in at the hotel
SPA procedures in Sefa Hamam
fresh bed and hot shower
all resort city amenities
city parks and beach
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