Turkey Motorcycle Tours
Turkey is a cradle of cultures and civilizations connecting Europe andAsia and capital of many civilizations and cultures combined. A very mountainous country is encircled by seas on three sides, Aegean, Black and Mediterranean Sea and also contains theSea of Marmara. We'll be riding its southern shore all the way toIstanbul. A magnificently unique city with its historical peninsula constitutes a mosaic of beautiful mosques, important historic buildings and museums. 'The City ofThe World's Desire' illuminated by the setting sun that raises silhouettes of the mosques above the peninsula, simply deserves its reputation of a magical city.
Roads and Riding
The sea coast of Marmarais quite diverse with some great scenery. The roads are generally in very good shape curving high above the beautiful coastline, low in traffic on the hilly countryside. InIstanbulgets quite crowded, with massive traffic jams. Do not hesitate to horn as much as possible, just like the locals do ;)
Climate and Environment, When To Go
Turkeyhas no general overall climate as it is drastically different depending on where you are and what time of the year it is. We ride along the south MarmaraSeacoast, with hybrid Mediterranean climate and a humid continental climate in the interior. Summers are warm to hot, humid and moderately dry, with sea temperature between 20° and 24°C. June is a perfect time for riding along the scenic seashore, with light breeze following you on the way.
Sights, People, Food and Drink
Riding through the rich agricultural areas sunbathing in the fields of sunny sunflowers, coastal roads leads all the way to Istanbul. Embracing Asia on one hand and Europein the other, this city has been capital to many civilizations from past to present. The Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia are among the most impressive buildings in the city. With its dense population and unique cultural identity, Istanbul is a place where you can find all sorts of colorful characters. People are sociable, nice and hospitable, but above all very proud- their honor is something they would never compromise. Just like the population, Turkish cuisine is a fusion of Asian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines. In the local taverns (meyhane) they will serve a few hot and cold meze and some fresh fish. Turkish coffee, tea served in clear tulip-shaped glasses and raki, traditional alcoholic drink, are indispensable around here.
Facts for the Traveler
|Land area:||738,562 sq km|
|National currency:||Turkish lira|
|Religion:||99% Muslim, 1 % other|
|Time zone:||Eastern European Time (GMT+2)|
|International dialing number:||Country code: 90, international access code: 00|
|Visa:||Tourists from most countries (EU, USA, etc) do not need visa. A valid passport is required only.|
|Electric Plug Details:||standard european|