Turkey - Kurdistan

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14 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
820 Km
avg 82 Km
Guided

Join our adventure through East Turkey and discover the region's mystical charm!

This redspokes tour takes us to cycling destinations in Eastern Turkey (Kurdistan), continuing our quest along the road less travelled. Just a short time ago such a journey would not have been possible due to heavy militarisation of the area and border tensions. With the more open atmosphere and fewer restrictions on visitors you will still find yourself away from mainstream tourism and more likely to encounter local communities and holidaying Turkish and Iranian families than Western visitors. Combining cultures and traditions that span the ages, the stark beauty of harsh mountain and desert landscapes contrasts with wide expanses of greenery in a journey rich with diversity.

Our cycling adventure incorporates landmark sites such as the great Mosque of Diyarbakir and Hasankeyf a ruined medieval city that is soon to be submerged under water. We visit traditional bazaars, ancient walled cities, and enjoy thrilling cycling through areas of outstanding natural beauty.

The remote South East of Turkey is characterised by contrasts: soaring peaks, deep valleys, vast green fields and dry desert. The predominantly Kurdish population gives the region a different feel to the rest of the country. Lake Van, a vast inland sea ringed by snow-capped peaks is one of the highlights of the area. The Armenians who once lived around the lake coined a phrase "Van in this life, paradise in the next". The area now known as Kurdistan is rich with ancient history dating back to biblical times and variously peopled by Assyrians, Hurrians, Kimmerians, Medes, Hittes, Persians and Armenians over time.


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Tour Location

Country:
Turkey
From:
Diyarbakir
To:
Van

Tour Information

Guiding:
Guided
Duration:
14 Days
Level:
Mod/Advanced
More Options:
Go custom or private
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
GBP 1295

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
820 Km
Riding Days:
10

Additional Information

Accommodation:

Double Occupancy / Twin Share

Single Supplement: From £275

Inclusions

Back-up vehicle
All accommodation will be in hotels or guest houses
Most meals along with snacks and mineral water during cycling days
All transportation and local guides

Exclusions

International flights
Travel insurance (mandatory)
Visa £15
Optional sights
Tipping

Options

Bike Hire: £184

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