Mountain bike tours in Turkey 9 Days

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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 : DALYAN - 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.Our overnight destination is Ayvalık.

Today our ultimate destination is doganbey south of Izmir. We start with cycling from Ayvalık-Cunda ısland
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. We continue by coach trough Izmir.Turkey's 3rd largest city, and the birth pleace of Homer, to Doganbey. We overnight at hotel.

Back on twoo wheels again for our last day's cycling, and we set off early for our final destination. Ephesus was the capital of the Roman Empire in asia and is one of the world's best preserved sites. The firt excavations were undertaken in 1896 by an Austrian archeologist, and have since conttinued virtualy uninterrupted. Ephesus had an important christian congregation and legendhas it that the virgin Mary came here with st.Poul at the end of her life. From here we will make the short journey to Selcuk, a small town dominated by a Byzantie fortres, once the largest temples in asia minor. It olso has an intresting museum with objects recovered from Ephesus including a life sized figure of Artemis. We will stay here for our last nights.

Day 08 : SELCUK
A free to relax in Selcuk. Alternatively take an optional visit to Selcuk museum, St. John's cathedral, the virgin Mary's house, and the beach resort of Kusadasi. In the evening we celebrate our achievement with a gala dinner and Turkish folklore evening.

Dap 09 : SELCUK
Transfer to Izmir airport for our return flight.










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