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Western Turkey Classic

The ancient ruins of Ephuses, Turkey


Turkey: A ride into the historical storybook lands of Western Turkey.

Ride with Compass Expeditions as we visit 3000 year old antiquities and ride the magnificent Western Mediterranean along the stunning Turquoise Coast. This tour is designed to show you some of the best of Turkish history and archaeology along with some of the most magnificent coastal and mountain riding.

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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.

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Distance: approx 1,300 km / 1,875 mi

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BMW R 1200 GS

Hot air balloon over Goreme

Riding Turkey


Riding Turkey

Riding Turkey

BMW of the foreshore, Turkey

Local goat farmer

Stunning Turkey sunset

BMW R 1200 motorbike beachside in Turkey

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2013 Dates: 0st Mon to 0th Mon 2013 Tour CODE: OO/000013
Bike Options Camping Package Hotel Package Availability
Bring your own bike AU $0 AU $0 AVAILABLE
Suzuki DR 650 AU $0 AU $0 0 BIKES
BMW Sertao 650 AU $0 AU $0 0 BIKES
BMW F 650 GS Twin AU $0 AU $0 0 BIKES
BMW F 800 GS AU $0 AU $0 0 BIKES
BMW R 1200 GS AU $0 AU $0 0 BIKES
Co-rider AU $0 AU $0 4 PLACES


  • 3000 year-old rock Tombs of Kaunos
  • Ancient city of Ephesus (one the 7 great wonders of the ancient world)
  • Beautiful mountain twisties of Anatolia
  • Ancient coastal city of Olympos
  • Stunning coastal route and southern turquoise coast



Tour start: Göcek
Tour end: Göcek
Accommodation: 10 nights & 1 bonus night
Single Supplement: Zero
Ride Days:1 0


Week one

After leaving our home port of Göcek we visit the 3000 year-old ancient rock tombs of Kaunos and the turtle-breeding grounds of Dalyan. From here, we ride one of the best routes in Turkey – the stunning, twisty, Mediterranean coastal mountain route to the port of Old Datça. After an overnight stop in the quaint village, we head north, taking in the splendid views of Bafa lake to our night-stop in the former Greek mountain village of Şirince. There is a ‘must see’ visit to the ancient city of Ephesus – the second largest city of the Roman Empire and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Leaving along the Aegean coast we will arrive for the night at the chique old town of Alacatı. On this tour we will ride some of the best routes in Turkey, some not even on maps, with mile after mile of twisties and mountain roads, traffic free, with stunning scenery and enjoy some of the very best food Turkey has to offer, and there is an opportunity for a traditional Turkish bath and massage to ease away any aches and pains.

Week two

We head south-east for the limestone lunar landscape of Pammukkale, with an optional day-off or a ride to the ancient ruined city of Aphrodisias. Heading for the coast we reach the 2nd Century ancient port of Olympos, with a night-time visit to the eternal flames burning out of the rocks at Chimera. Here you can relax on the beautiful unspoilt beac before departing the next day for the beautiful sunken city of Simena and an overnight in the sea-port of Kaş. Heading home, we ride the beautiful turquoise coastal route west; with the chance to swim in the clearest Mediterranean water. The final day guides us along the coast before we head inland through the mountains for our return back to our base in Göcek.


  • Airport Transfers from Dalaman Intl
  • Rental of late model fully equipped BMW motorcycle
  • Panniers and Top Case
  • Fuel
  • Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
  • Breakfast’s everyday
  • Lunches and dinners as per tour option
  • Quality accommodation in 3 to 4 star hotels
  • 1 bonus night accommodation
  • Services of ride leader and support vehicle driver
  • Bi-lingual guide
  • Motorcycle insurance (damage excess applies)
  • Pre-departure material and route maps
  • Access to satellite phone, pay per minute
  • Compass Expeditions dress shirt


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


  • All inclusive package: 10 nights in 3-4 star hotels and resorts & 1 bonus night
  • A flexible attitude is needed, as services in these extremely remote regions of Australia may be not what you are accustomed to.
  • Single supplement: Zero


On every day of the tour we include breakfast. On mentioned ride days we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen. We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants we have used many times before.

Breakfasts: 11 / Lunches: 3 / Dinners: 4


  • Please note that you will need to be in Göcek one day prior to start of tour (accommodation included). Please be aware that Göcek is a 20 minute drive from Dalaman International Airport (Airport transfers included)
  • All international flights stop over in Istanbul, Dalaman International is a one hour flight from Istanbul 

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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