Cappadocia Discoverer 10days

Cappadocia Discoverer 10days

Tour start/end in Gocek

 

Often described as the eighth wonder of the world Cappadocia is home to one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. Hundreds of Thousands of years ago geologic events formed the astonishing face of the land that draws visitors from all over the world. The formation of the ‘fairy chimneys’ attracted ancient civilisations to carve houses, dove cotes and churches within the rock, decorating them with frescos, inscriptions and symbolic art. Today the region of Cappadocia is recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site. The route to and from Cappadocia is both varied and interesting, taking in a mixture of fabulous archaeological sites, coastal towns, beautiful mountain and coastal roads.

 

Tour Highlights:

Stunning fairy chimney landscape of Cappadocia

Staying in cave hotel

Hot-air balloon ride (Option at additional cost)

Derinkuyu underground city

Remote canyon of Ihlara

Stunning twisties of Turquoise Coast

Ancient coastal port of Olympos

Optional Turkish Bath

 

others dates:

26th Jun to 5th Jul 2012

20th Sep to 29th Sep 2012

INFO:

This tour is mainly on traffic free, paved B roads, with occasional short distances on main A roads. We sometimes ride on minor roads through villages and dirt surfaces that can occasionally contain some cobbles and loose gravel. In Cappadocia itself there is the chance to do some off-roading but it is optional. Distances on 4 of the days are quite long with up to 7/8 hours of actual riding.

 

THE RIDE

 

Week one

The start of the tour sees us riding east to visit the ancient city of Patara, birthplace of St. Nicholas (Santa Claus). We then travel along the stunning Turquoise twisty Mediterranean coastal route to the yachting port of Ka?. After overnighting, we continue up the coast and then head inland via Nev?ehir to the fairytale landscape of Cappadocia. Days 4-6 are based in a beautiful cave hotel and give us ample time to explore this vast region, with rides to the fairy chimneys at Pa?aba?; the underground city of Derinküyü - which was home to 5000 dwellers, and the ancient city of Güzelyürt. For walkers and nature lovers there is the chance to ride to the beautiful remote canyon of the Ihlara valley and hike for miles. Riders also have the chance to take a magnificent hot air balloon ride over the region and for a different perspective, there is the opportunity to do some challenging off-roading amongst the troglodyte chimneys.

 

Week two

We depart for Konya, the historic cultural centre of Anatolia, famous for the whirling dervishes with a chance to visit the famous Mevlana museum. Heading south, overnighting in the ancient walled city of Antalya, we visit a typical Turkish mehane (music restaurant). There is a chance to shop before departing for the beautiful beach and ancient coastal port of Mount Olympos. Here there is an optional day ride or a day off on the beach with the chance to visit the ancient port and climb to see the eternal burning flames of the Chimera. Heading west the final leg sees us ride the beautiful coastal route with a chance to swim in the clearest Turquoise waters of the Mediterranean and then up into the mountains before reaching our home destination of Göcek.

 

WHATS INCLUDED

Airport transfers from Dalaman Intl.

Rental of late model fully equipped BMW motorcycle

Panniers and top case

Fuel

Meals as per itinerary

Accomodation in 3 - 4 star hotels

Bi-lingual motorcycle guide

Motorcycle insurance (damage excess applies)

Office support for travel, connections, luggage etc

 

WHATS NOT INCLUDED

Flights and airport taxes

Entrance to historical sites

Alternative activities eg.boat trips

Personal travel insurance

 

ACCOMMODATION

10 nights 3 to 4 star hotels & 1 bonus night

INCLUDED MEALS

11 Breakfasts

3 Lunches

4 Dinners

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

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 tranfers 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 our Book Here page on our website for insurance options.

 

Upgrade to BMW F 800 GS: € 350

Upgrade to BMW R 1200 GS: € 450

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