Marmara and Aegean Costs 10 Days


Arrival at Istanbul airport. Coach transfer to the town Tekirdag and start with our bike along the Marmara Sea shore. Arrival at Murefte and transfer to hotel and overnight 


The day begins with bike fitting, but soon we will be on the road cycling around the Penunsula.During World war 1 the Dardanells defences proved their worth as stop the norrow hilly Penunsula MUSTAFA KEMAL ATATURK and his troops fought off a far superior, but badly comended force of anzak and British troops. The battle grounds and war graves are not part of a natyonal park, and any tour of this area is a mooving experiance. In the afternoon we catch the ferry to Canakkale for our overnight stop at hotel. 


It was at Canakkale that leander swam what was then called the Hellespont to hys loves Hero, too Lord Bryon dublicated the romentic feat. We continue on south road for 12km to Guzelyali, and then offroad onto troy (now called Truva ). Evocative of the epic struggle highlighted in the iliad, Troy was believed to be only a work of Homer's imagination until nine levels of civilization were unearthed in the 1870's.The second from bottom layer, where a great deal of treasure was found, is believed to be Homer's Troy. We continue to Geyikli and onto our hotel at Kestanbol. 

Day 04 : KESTANBOL-ASSOS 63 km

Today we head for Assos, now called Behramkale. Perched on the hill top is the Tmeple of Athena which looks across to water Lesbos in Greece. Assos was considered on of the most beautifull cities of it's time attracting even Aristotle. We overnight at the hotel 

Day 05 : ASSOS-AYVALIK 60 km

Today we cycle along the dazzling Aegean coast - the sea on one side and pine forest on the other. We pass sheltered coves and rocky bays lapped by crystal waters. We will climb up to the Ida Mountain- visit Zeys Altar and nice old greek village. Continue to Ayvalik by coach and overnight in Ayvalik. 


Today our ultimate destination is doganbey south of Izmir. We start with cycling from Ayvalik-Cunda island onto Kozak. From there we take a rest from cycling and continue by coach to Pergamon where we stop visit the site. Once considered to be one of the most cultured cities in the world, Pergamon is the one of the most impressive classical sites in Turkey. Of particular interest is the Library which once held 200.000 books, competing with that in Alexandria. It is said that Mark Antony creamed the best of the collection and gave it to Cleopatra. Overnight. 

Day 07 : PERGAMON-BURSA 55 km

We will drive 250 km by coach and arrival at Bursa city and climbing up to Olimpos mountain(2500 m). Overnight in Bursa city an we will visit the sights of Ottoman Empire capitol, Ulu mosque and silk bazaar 


Morning transfer to Mudanya town and start with our bike, cycle along the Iznik lake and we will visit St. Sophia church where the concul met for bible.Overnight at hotel near the lake. 


Transfer to Yalova and we will take the ferry to Istanbul. 


We may have an excursion of the old city. Including Topkapi Palace-Ottoman Sultans's residence, St.Sophia Church, Sultan Ahmet Mosque and Hippodromme. Overnight. 

Day 11 : Departure for home



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