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Around the Black Sea Tour
If anything, MotoDiscovery is a trend setter, not a follower. And if you have not already figured it out, we have a tendency to seek out destinations overlooked by others. Our love affair with Turkey has seeded a number of exceptional touring experiences and the Around the Black Sea Tour is one of them.
24 days (23 nights) 3,100 miles
Start and end in Istanbul, Turkey
|Rider on BMW F650GS||13,560 USD (double occupancy)|
|Rider on BMW F800GS||14,280 USD (double occupancy)|
|Rider on BMW R1200GS||14,490 USD (double occupancy)|
|$2,400.00 USD single occupancy supplement|
|$800.00 USD per person deposit|This tour qualifies for Touratech Rewards!
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Jun 3, 2013 - Jun 26, 2013Ride Conditions
This tour is intended to be purely on paved surfaces and can easily be piloted by any experienced motorcycle touring enthusiast on any style and design of motorcycle including side cars and trikes.
We'll start this journey on the European side of the Bosporus in the enchanting city of Istanbul. Turkey has become our new love and we believe you will share in our fascination of this vibrant ancient city once known as Constantinople.
As one of the newer members of the European Union, crossing into Bulgaria will likely be one of the most event-free border entries of the tour. Riding along the coast, it will soon become apparent how ancient this body of water is as well as the life that it has supported through the millennia. Evidence of Greek, Roman, Ottoman and other civilizations dot the countryside and shores.
Romania, another fresh EU member, will offer cultural and riding pleasures, exploring the heavily-forested Carpathian Mountains, viewing castles and fortresses and witnessing the rural life of its warm and enchanting people.
Moldova is a small country. Caught in the middle of invasions and passed around among the conquerors for centuries, it has finally settled into independence. Evidence of Soviet-era bland architecture and memorials to their icons, mix with ornate and classic architecture from a more colorful pre-Lenin period. Wines from the region are legendary.
The Ukraine, especially the Crimean Peninsula, has long been a playground for Russian aristocrats and enjoys layers of fascinating history and cultural diversity. Eighty different ethnic groups are represented in this region of the Black Sea. With Mediterranean-style climate, cities such as Odessa, Yalta and Sevastopol are holiday destinations that will be fascinating and fun stays during this MotoDiscovery event.
Russia. One can anticipate encountering die-hard Soviet era bureaucracy on entering this part of the world. It is ingrained. But border crossings aren't new to the MotoDiscovery team and we will be pulling out all the tricks and with a ton of smiles to get the job done! Not all is officialdom. This portion of the Black Sea adventure promises some fascinating insight into the lifestyle of a former Cold War adversary. From seaside resorts to beautiful churches, theaters, wineries and fields of tea, Russia will be a highlight of this event.
Political squabbling has resulted in closed borders between Georgia and Russia, so an overnight ferry will be employed to transport riders and motorcycles to the city of Trabzon in Turkey; from there you enter and savor your time in Georgia. Georgia is a place of mythical legends, the birthplace of Stalin, and is part of an ancient trade route between Greece and India. A four-hundred year annexation by Arabs until the year 1121 adds another layer of ethnicity to the region.
Returning to Turkey, the Black Sea is known for the curious and in some respects humorous Laz ethnic group. This region was also almost entirely inhabited by Greeks until the mid 1920's, during which time an "exchange" occurred that uprooted those of Greek heritage in Turkey to return to the homeland of their forefathers, and Turks residing in Greece to resettle in Turkey. Count these events to make for great story telling and historical insight into this ancient part of the world.Route Map
Day 1: Arrive Istanbul, Turkey
Day 2: Istanbul
Day 3: Nessebar, Bulgaria
Day 4: Constanta, Romania
Day 5: Moeciu de Sus
Day 6: Chisinau, Moldova
Day 7: Chisnau
Day 8: Odessa, Ukraine
Day 9: Odessa
Day 10: Sevastapol
Day 11: Yalta
Day 12: Kerch
Day 13: Anapa, Russia
Day 14: Sochi
Day 15: Sochi/Ferry
Day 16: Batumi, Georgia
Day 17: Tblisi
Day 18: Bakuriankars, Turkey
Day 19: Kars
Day 20: Trabzon
Day 21: Amasya
Day 22: Beypazari
Day 23: Istanbul, Turkey
Day 24: Fly out
- 23 nights accommodations (double occupancy)
- breakfasts and dinners on travel days
- on arrival Istanbul, greet and hotel transfer
- BMW G650GS (twin cylinder) rental for Rider
- required carnet de passage for international motorcycle travel
- most border crossing fees
- assistance in obtaining necessary entry documents, visas, etc.
- numerous guided tours, transfers and entrances to points of interest
- ferry fees
- pre-tour information booklet
- multilingual riding staff
- staff assistant in support/luggage vehicle
- map package
- MotoDiscovery apparel item
3,100 miles total