This holiday is misdescribed by Exodus. It starts in the south of Turkey well away from the coast and the first three days are a real fitness and technical challenge that are not appropriate for beginners like me. I was fit enough for the climbs but lacked skills for the decents. On the first day you do a 7k hill climb. If you have not been used to hill cycling then this will be hard work.
This is not the biggest issue. on your third day of cycling you will be doing a descent that is off-road and over rocks and at times inches of gravel. If you have not handled this terrain before you will find this terrifying as you will be out of control most of the time. I was. None of us came off but I do not kow how I did not.
There is always the option of climbing on the support bus which was always there to support those that could not carry on (usually due to heat reactions rather than anything worse)
Also you will be asked to stay in a home where it is perfectly acceptable for the man of the house to suddenly start playing with power tools at 10.30pm when a quarter of the group have gone to bed and the children remain up until midnight so you get a 'village experience'. Their food and service was great but they clearly saw us as a burden to be endured.
If you are a veggie expect to be treated like crud at the next hotel. You will be taken out for a meal which is pretty cheap with plenty of bread and dips but when it came to serving us they gave us some peppers in brine/oil with 7 chips arranged in a star ship pattern. Hopefully you will not impersonate my Joan Collins moment when I realised I was being charged the same as those offered real food.
Kas is great. it is a beautiful hotel and the cycle rides are exciting but within a moderate skill ability. Just remember the roads are used by others. I watched our experienced cyclists go around a lorry without plummeting to their deaths so pulled over so it could pass. If you were not going as fast as they were but without their skills it would have been an issue.
This is a challenging holiday that is great for the off-road enthusiast and the person who seriously wants to step up. It is not a moderate cycling holiday where you get to enjoy views most of the time unless your idea of a view is 5 days out of 8 is admiring the poly tunnels in the valleys you are cycling past.
It does not matter. You will be more focussed on what is happening 5 metres ahead of you and if you like adrenaline without the holiday being just challenging this is the one for you.
Adem, the guy who helped out, led us on certain days and fixed my bike repeatedly was amazing. I would suggest you rent rather than rely on an airline not to break your beloved bike on transit and if you have some experience off-road you will love this holiday.
You won't spend much time on the panaramas(s) until the final day as until then they are pretty crud and (b) you spend most of the time checking the next corner and looking five meters ahead of you so you stay alive.
I'll never do a holiday like this again but I will be boring my friends how I did for years. It was not that hardcore but a step outside my comfort zone I am glad I made.