CLASSICAL TURKEY W/ 6 DAYS MOUNTAIN BIKI

DAY 1 : Arrive at Istanbul. Welcome cocktail and information meeting. Dinner, and overnight in Istanbul.

 




DAY 2 : We start our first morning in Istanbul strolling to the great square which was once the Byzantine Hippodrome. Now it is a great parklike area surrounded by the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Underground Cistern, commonly called the Basilica Cistern. After lunch at a local restaurant, retracing our steps we walk to the Topkapi Palace, more than a palace, it is an assemblage of museums, containing the collections amassed by the Sultans over almost five centuries. After Topkapi Palace, we finish the day with Grand Bazaar visit. Dinner, and overnight in Istanbul.
 



DAY 3 : We first walk to the Rustem Pasha Mosque, then we visit the Dolmabahce Palace; overlooking the Bosphorus, it is definitely incomparable with 14 tons of pure gold used for its interior decoration, its priceless paintings, furniture, a rich collection of Bohemian crystal in addition to its famous Harem section. We get on board right after the Dolmabahce Palace, and take the leisurely Bosphorus Cruise from Eminonu, to the still unspoiled village of Sariyer. As we disembark at Eminonu, we can walk to the Spice Market, where Geneose and Venetian goods were sold at a time when there was no Suez Canal, and all the spices from the East were also brought here after being loaded on vessels in Egypt. Transfer to airport and take the evening flight to Cappadocia. Dinner, and overnight in Urgup.
 



DAY 4 : Off time in the morning after breakfast to prepare the bikes and a short meeting about the program. Today we ride to Ortahisar via Uzengi Stream. After a short village tour and having lunch, we ride back to Urgup via vineyards and on arrival to Urgup; we bike to Urgup fortress to have the panoramic view of the town.
Total distance: 25 km. (20 km. off road)
Dinner and overnight in Urgup.

 



DAY 5 : Today, we ride towards the most popular sites of Cappadocia. We first ride through Pancarlik to Ortahisar and then to the famous Goreme Open Air Museum, to visit its rock-cut churches. Riding through Rose Valley leads us to Cavusin. After riding through the streets of Cavusin we cycle to Pasabag and then Zelve. After having lunch in Zelve, we visit its open air museum and head on to Devrent Valley and then Urgup.
Total distance: 40 km. (30 km. off road)
Dinner, and overnight in Urgup.

 



DAY 6 : We cycle through Damsa stream to Sarihan Caravanserai and then through Red River to Avanos. After a lunch break in Avanos we head Cavusin and then Love Valley. After biking up the pleasant hill from Love Valley to Uchisar, we ride back to Urgup.
Total distance: 60 km. (40 km. off road)
Dinner and overnight in Urgup.

 



DAY 7 : After the breakfast, we cycle to Ortahisar village first and then Mazikoy. We have picnic (lunch boxes) at Mazikoy. We bike through the potato fields until Devretbasi village and then through a very nice valley to Baskoy. Finally we reach Soganli, which is one of the earliest settlements of Cappadocia. From here, we are transferred back to Urgup.
Total distance: 55 km. (40 km. off road)
Dinner and overnight in Urgup.

 



DAY 8 : After breakfast, we are transferred to Soganli, from where we start riding to Derinkuyu via Orhanli village. After visiting the underground city of Derinkuyu and having lunch at a local restaurant, we keep cycling to Komurcu village via Kiledere and Yazihoyuk villages. Today's ride finishes in Komurcu, where we rendezvous with our vehicle, and transfer to Guzelyurt.
Total distance: 60 km. (50 km. off road)
Dinner and overnight in Guzelyurt.

 



DAY 9 : We cycle to Selime via Alanyurt. Selime is the village where we go in to Ihlara canyon. We cycle to Belisirma (a smart village in the middle of the valley) and have lunch there. After lunch we hike or bike in the second part of the canyon up to Ihlara village. For those who want to walk, we can take their bikes on the supporting vehicle. After Ihlara we have a 35 km ride to Ulukisla. This ride is going over Kucuk Hasan Mountain from a passage. We do a long uphill ride about 20-22 km and then a serious downhill. The beginning of the uphill is soft but when we get close to the mountain it is more challenging. We are picked up at the end of the ride and transferred to Guzelyurt.
Total distance: 60 km. (50 km. off road)
Dinner and overnight in Guzelyurt.

 



DAY 10 : We drive to Antalya in the morning via Konya. Visit to the Mevlana Museum, formerly the place where the mystic philosophy of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi was taught. Then we have lunch and head on to Antalya. Dinner, and overnight in Antalya.
 



DAY 11 : Full day sightseeing at Perge, one of the most impressive sites of Pamphylia and Aspendos, the world's best preserved ancient theatre. After lunch at a local restaurant near the Aspendos theatre, we drive to Side, and end our visits for the day. Dinner, and overnight in Antalya.
 



DAY 12 : After visiting Antalya Archaeology Museum in the morning, we keep driving to Pamukkale, with a visit to Thermessos en route. We stop for lunch at a local restaurant. After arriving at Pamukkale, we spent the rest of the day at leisure, walking on the calcareous terraces of Pamukkale. Dinner, and overnight in Pamukkale.
 



Day 13 : We start the day visiting Hierapolis, only a stone's throw away from our hotel. After we enjoy ourselves walking on the calcareous terraces of Pamukkale, we start for Kusadasi, giving an en route visit to Aphrodisias, where there was a fertility cult dedicated to Aphrodite. After a well-earned lunch, we drive to Kusadasi, and check-in to our hotel, and have time in the late afternoon hours to see the sun set over the Kusadasi Bay. Dinner, and overnight in Kusadasi.
 



Day 14 : Today we first drive to the Virgin Mary's House; after that we visit Ephesus which was founded in the eleventh century BC by the Ionians. Strolling through the streets of Ephesus, we will witness the perfection of the Graeco-Roman Art. Later in the afternoon we will visit St John's Basilica, believed to be the tomb of the Apostle John, Christ's beloved disciple. From the basilica, we will be able to look down on the remains of the temple of Artemis. We end the day with our visit to the Isa Bey Mosque, then we head on to Kusadasi for rest. Dinner, and overnight in Kusadasi.
 



DAY 15 : Transfer to Izmir Airport for a flight to Istanbul that gives connection to your international flight.

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