This tour is on paved roads throughout. Any unpaved surfaces will be optional excursions. This is a superb romantic event for couples and intensely flavored with biblical history and ancient archeology. Turkey, contrary to commonly held perception, is very safe and a favorite MotoDiscovery destination for over a decade.
Few destinations in the MotoDiscovery lineup resonate with so much romance, culture, history, fun riding and exotica. From the moment you arrive in the magical old city of Istanbul, guarding the entrance to the Bosphorus that flows to the Black Sea where Europe meets Asia, you know you are someplace special.
This tour will begin with a ride to the World War I battlefield of Gallipoli, so much a part of New Zealand and Australia (ANZAC) military history. Crossing the Dardanelles we go way back with a visit to the site of Troy and then to the jaw dropping city of Ephesus near the Aegean Sea that dates back to over 500 years BC and prominent in the teachings of the bible. Bodrum is a lively town on the sea with an impressive 15th-century crusaders castle with electric nightlife. Continuing to ride along the Aegean coast the route moves inland to Konya, most noted for the monument and tomb of the great Sufi spiritual leader Rumi. Konya is a pilgrimage site for those who follow the peaceful philosophy of this Persian poet, mystic, and theologian from the 13th century.
A highlight of this journey is a two-night stay in Cappadocia, the arid sprawl of soft volcanic stone pinnacles with carved habitats, including your hotel. You will want to take advantage of a breathtaking hot air balloon ride here as well as dig deep into the history of the region, especially the underground city of Derinkuyu that could inhabit as many as 25,000 people. The story of these subterranean dwellings is as fascinating as the construction itself.
From Cappadocia, a short domestic flight back to Istanbul brings a close to the tour with a final night in this magical city. If time permits we do recommend extending your stay additional nights to experience this incredible city. MotoDiscovery can easily facilitate this providing a menu of activities and pursuits and arranging services at your request.
The journey ends back in Istanbul for a final night but we know this will not be your last ride in Turkey. Our passion for this land is contagious and friends of MotoDiscovery return year after year. We offer a number of exciting adventures in and out of Istanbul but the Turkey Fantasy Tour is a perfect introduction.