Turkey Bike Challenge
Immerse yourself in this historic and beautiful bike tour of the Ottoman Empire, one of the most robust and long-lasting dynasties in history.
This challenge takes you on an 8 day journey across Turkey visiting some of the most magnificent mosques in the world and learning about the rich Islamic history.
Do not be fooled though as this is not a light site-seeing bike tour.
You will be biking 40-50 km a day with some days being mostly uphill terrain.
It is definitely a challenge, but one of the most rewarding and memorable trips you will ever be a part of!
- Islamic Relief will pay for: In-country transfers, tour guide from Andalucian Routes, bike rental, all accommodations, all meals, transport/support vehicles, entrance fees for all excursions
- Not Included: flights, additional drinks and refreshments, costs incurred for any extended stay
- Date: September 13th – 21st 2018
- Registration: Covered by Islamic Relief
- Fundraising Target: $3,000
- Deadline for Registration: August 1st 2018
- Note: Only 6 spots are available and places are available on a first-come-first-serve basis If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
Day 1 – Arrive in Istanbul
5 hour drive to transfer to Eskasehir. Overnight in Eskasehir.
Day 2 – Trekking day in Eskasehir
5-6 hours trek.
Day 3 – Transfer to Syed Gazi
Visit Karacasehir – Outside visit as it is closed for visiters, Karacahisar Mosque (khutbah by Dursun Fakih to Osman Bey as a leader of Ottomans)Kursunlu Mosque .Then retrieve bikes and cycke 43km to get back to Eskasehir. Overnight in Eskasehir. Cycling on this day will include a steady incline to 290m.
Day 4 – Eskasehir to Sogut
THIS IS A TOUGH CYCLING DAY. We will be cycling 50km but it is very difficult as inclines are steep and regular, with a 450m incline. Visit Ertugrul Gazi Tomb, Ertugrul Gazi Fountains, Ertugrul Gazi Museum, Hamidiye Idadisi (Military School) & Hamidiye Mosque & Medrese Overnight in Sogut.
Day 5 – Sogut to Osmaneli
Cycling 50km on a steep, mostly downhill terrain. You will need to be careful and experienced with downhill terrain as this can be dangerous. Overnight in Osmaneli.
Day 6 – Osmaneli to Nicea
Cycling 32km on a steep steady incline to a height of 320m followed by a lot of downhill into Nicea. Visit Smaller Hagia Sophia Mosque, Nilufer Hatun Imaret (Museum), Green Mosque, City Walls & 4 Main Gates, Senatus Palace on the Shore of Nicea Lake, Old Tile Workshops (Archeological site), and Ottoman Mosques and Hamams. Overnight in Nicea.
Day 7 – Transfer to Istanbul
Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 8 – Full day of visits in Istanbul
Visits include: Blue Mosque & Islamic Art Museum, Hippodrome and monuments, Hagia Sophia Museum, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace (Holy Relics), Eyub el Ensari Mosque & Tomb, Arab Mosque &, Underground Mosque, Spice Market. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 9 – Transfers to the airport.
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