Everyone to meet up down stairs in the Backpackers between 10am and 11am depending on individual group requests. This tour has been developed by the team at Bodrum Backpackers to provide our guests with a truly memorable experience, following the Bodrum section of the Carian Trail. This ancient trail is a combination of old shepherd’s grazing paths, goat trails, trading caravan routes and forest tracks winding through the hillsides of the exquisite Aegean Coast. We take off on a nice flat ride to get warmed up along Bodrum Marina, where you get to see how the other half live on their wide variety of mega yachts from all over the world. Towards the end of the marina we turn right into the old cobbled back streets of Bodrum centre with its white sugar cubed houses and their lush mandarin grove gardens.
We gently wind our way up through the back streets until we get to our first stop, the amphitheatre. The amphitheatre has witnessed the great past of Bodrum, previously known as Halicarnassus. Nestled into the hillside above Bodrum, this amphitheatre has a capacity of 13.000. Built during the Carian reign during the Hellenistic age (330 - 30 BC) and after its excavation in 1973, the amphitheatre became an open air museum. After leaving the amphitheatre and first briefly coasting downhill we turn left and begin our climb into the hillside surrounding Bodrum, with its many exposed rock tombs. Now we are off road and you will be nicely warmed up for the most demanding section of the day’s tour. Anyone of average fitness will be able to make the assent, apart from one section of about 150 meters where some of you may have to get off and push the bike.
Now to our next historic stop Pedasa, a Lelegian city which has lasted till now in an average state of preservation. Considering as written by Herodotus, that it was only the people of Pedasa, from Caria who showed any resistance to the Persian invasion and this being only one of three such invasions in 546BC the site has weathered the storm quite well. It is midday now and we stop for lunch in the shade of the vast pine forests covering this area. The more adventurous of you may want to explore the many dirt tracks winding through the forests, while other may choose to relax and take in the views of every angle of Bodrum peninsular.
When leaving Pedasa the ride is virtually all downhill to our next stop, the remains of Myndos Gate which have now been restored. This is the gate way in what were originally 7km-long walls which Alexander the Great laid siege to in 334 BC. Built by King Mausolus in the 4th century BC are also the remains of a moat in which many of Alexander the Great's soldiers drowned.
After this we are on the home stretch and on our way to our final stop, The Mausoleum which was approximately 45 m in height, built between 353 and 350 BC with its four sides adorned with sculptural reliefs, each created by 4 Greek sculptors. The structure of the mausoleum was so impressive that Antipater of Sidon recognised it as one of his Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was destroyed by successive earthquakes from the 12th to the 15th century. Now we head back to the Backpackers where you can grab a beer in the terrace bar or jump in the sea to cool off.