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Treasures of Turkey Motorbike Tour

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21 DAYS

Turkey is a country with a tumultuous history, a history that has left an indelible mark on an amazing landscape, prefect for an amazing motorbike adventure tour!

This motorbike tour takes in the very best of Western and Eastern Anatolia. Journey with Compass Expeditions as we discover an amazingly diverse landscape of fairytale castles in Cappadocia, towering mountains that plummet into the sea on the Mediterranean coast to the barren mountains and verdant valleys of Anatolia. Discover ancient sites and incredible antiquities such as those of the ancient library of Celsus at Ephesus and the ancient Lycian Tombs around Myra. Time is spent visiting the moving sites at Gallipoli as we ride some of the very best biking roads in Turkey. Join Compass Expeditions on this all encompassing motorcycle tour of Turkey.

Note: Access to the memorial service on the day of the 25th is restricted by the veterans association to those who successfully win tickets in the Australian ballot. We will however be visiting the memorial site at an alternate time.

 

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Grade 2 Bike Tour

This tour is mainly on traffic free paved B roads that are generally in good condition; however, occasionally we ride on minor roads through villages and dirt surfaces that can occasionally contain some potholes and loose gravel. There are some tracks that take us to some historic places but they are optional and very manageable for most riders. Distances on 4 of the days are quite long with up to 7/8 hours of actual riding

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Distance: approx 6,000 km / 3,750 mi

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BMW F 650 at Goreme

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Enjoying the view over Turkey

Group shot at Goreme

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 Riding past a minaret, Turkey

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The ancient ruins of Ephuses, Turkey

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Riding Goreme

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DATES & PRICES

2015 Dates: 23rd Apr to 13th May 2015 Tour CODE: TT/230415
       
Bike Options Prices Availability
Rider (Bring your own bike) EUR € 7,490.00 AVAILABLE
Rider (BMW F 700 GS) EUR € 9,490.00 AVAILABLE
Rider (BMW F800 GS) EUR € 10,010.00 AVAILABLE
Rider (BMW R 1200 GS) EUR € 10,250.00 AVAILABLE
Co-rider EUR € 3,490.00 AVAILABLE

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • 3000 year-old rock Tombs of Kaunos
  • Ancient city of Ephesus (one the 7 great wonders of the ancient world)
  • Former Greek coastal island of Cunda
  • Cannakale and the Anzac memorial
  • Wonderful mountain twisties of Anatolia
  • Authentic typical Turkish music restaurant
  • Fairytale landscape of Cappadocia and optional balloon ride
  • Cave hotels
  • Riding the vast Anatolian plains
  • The ancient port of Olympos
  • Riding the twisties of the stunning Turquoise coast

 

TOUR INFORMATION

Tour start: Istanbul, Turkey
Tour end: Istanbul, Turkey
Accommodation: 21 nights & 1 bonus night in 3 – 4 star hotels
Single Supplement: Zero
Ride Days: 17

THE RIDE

Week one

The tour starts with a welcome dinner in ancient Istanbul, collecting the bikes the next day and riding south west towards the historical town of Bursa where we can enjoy a spa hotel and traditional Turkish bath. The next day we ride west to the coast at Çanakkale where we board the ferry and ride to the Anzac war memorial park, often a very poignant and moving visit for many Australian’s who remember those who fought in the infamous first world-war battle. After Gallipoli we head south, taking in the best roads and fish cuisine of the Aegean coast and arrive in Sirince to explore Ephesus – the second largest city in the Roman empire. From here we head along the Aegean coast with a wonderful days riding visiting the 3000 year-old rock tombs and turtle breeding grounds of Dalyan stopping overnight in the wonderful yachting town of Gocek, known as the St.Tropez of Turkey!

Week two

Heading east along the turquoise Mediterranean coast we arrive in the old fishing port of Kas dining on fresh fish in the town square. Riding north we head into central Anatolia and the famous travertine’s and natural thermal waters of the Pamukkale. Continuing north we head towards Salihli, riding some of the very best mountain roads in Turkey eventually returning to Istanbul the next day. After a rest day in Istanbul, the second half of the tour heads east to the Black sea region and the Ottoman town of Safranbolu, now a Unesco world heritage site. The next day we head south into central Anatolia we reach the incredible lunar landscape  region of Cappadocia. Here we spend two days exploring the region with it’s cave dwellings, underground cities and the chance to take a balloon ride in what is known as one of the top three places in the world to Balloon.

Week Three

Heading to Konya we visit the Mevlana museum, home to the whirling dervishes before arriving in the beautiful old port -town of Kaleici in Antalya. After a rest/sight-seeing day we head northward again to the ancient city of Sagalassos before luxuriating in a spa hotel. Finally, with an overnight stop in Bursa, we return to Istanbul via the ferryboat for a final farewell dinner. The tour takes in some of the best and most famous sites of Turkey, with something different to see every day. Everywhere we travel on this route we enjoy the fine cuisine and wonderful hospitality that is the trademark of Turkey.

WHATS INCLUDED

  • Airport Transfers
  • Rental of fully equipped BMW motorcycle
  • Fuel
  • Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
  • Breakfast’s everyday
  • Lunches and dinners as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Accommodation, single occupancy in high class 3 – 4 star hotels
  • 1 bonus night accommodation
  • Services of ride leader and support vehicle driver
  • Bil- lingual guide
  • Pre-departure material and route maps
  • Access to satellite phone, pay per minute
  • Compass Expeditions dress shirt
  • Motorcycle insurance (damage excess applies)

WHATS NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Visas (if required)
  • Entrance to historical sites
  • Alternative activities eg. boat trips
  • Personal items
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities

ACCOMMODATION

  • 21 nights in 3-4 star hotels  & 1 bonus night
  • Single supplement: Zero

INCLUDED MEALS

On every day of the tour we include breakfast. On mentioned ride days we provide lunch. We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants we have used many times before.

Breakfasts: 21 / Lunches: 6 / Dinners: 6

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Please note that you will need to be in Istanbul one day prior to start of tour (accommodation included).  (Airport transfers included)

It is a requirement that all clients have appropriate insurance for this type of expedition. Compass Expeditions has negotiated a 10% discount with various insurance providers, see Travel Insurance for details.

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Understanding The Tour Grade System

This ride grade system is a guide only and it should not be assumed that if a grade 4 ride, for example, is booked and a rider has had limited experience on dirt that it will be beyond them.

Likewise it should not be assumed that if a grade one ride is booked a rider is assured that no dirt will be ever encountered, governments love road works.



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