Marmara and Aegean Costs 10 Days
Day 01 : ISTANBUL-TEKIRDAG-GALIPOLI 45 km
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
Day 02 : GALIPOLI-CANAKKALE 76 km
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
Day 03 : CANAKKALE-KESTANBOL 81 km
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.
Day 06 : AYVALIK-PERGAMON 60 km
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
Day 08 : BURSA-MUDANYA-IZNIK 70 km
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.
Day 09 : IZNIK-ISTANBUL
Transfer to Yalova and we will take the ferry
Day 10 : 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.
Day 11 : Departure for home
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