Practical Info

We’re here to give you the best Turksih biking experience with the minimum of hassle. Check out the information below about things like travel, visas and transfers.

Getting here:

Unless you are coming from a neighbouring country, the easiest way to get here is by air. Turkish Airlines are the best places to go as they all offer connecting flights to regional airports such as Kayseri (Cappadocia) and Erzurum (Kackar). Our parent company www.middleearthtravel, based in Goreme, Cappadocia, are a fully affiliated Turkish Airlines sales agent and offer highly competitive prices. We can also include flights in your tour package- please email or comment on this page with your request. It’s our job to help you find the flight you need.

Travelling with your bike:

Whether you travel by air, sea or land, travelling with a bike can present challenges but is on the whole straightforward as long as you find out the rules and regulations from your carrier before hand! We have found the best way to fly with a bike is to package it with the minimum of cardboard so only the fragile bits are protected. That way, airport staff cn clearly see it’s a bike, and are more likely to treat it as such. Remember to let down the tyres, remove the pedals and turn the handlebars straight though! Bike boxes and purpose build carrying cases are another option. We can often store these at your arrival point. Note that we will go to all possible lengths to assist you with packing up your bike for the return journey!

Transfers:

We will meet the flights specified by you on the booking form but please let us know if you make any changes. Transfers are included in the price of the tour.

Vehicle Support:

We use high quality modern minibuses to transport passengers and baggage, plus purpose built bike trailers for the bikes. We don’t cut corners on here- on many occasions it is our only link with the outside world so we choose vehicles and drivers very carefully! The best thing about a fully vehicle supported tour is that, road network permitting, you can ride as much or as little as you like!

Visas:

Certain nationalities are required to purchase a Turkish visa on entering the country, others must arrange it before hand. Check out Tom Brosnahan’s Turkey Travel Planner to find out what you need! Note it is your responsibility to obtain the correct visa!

Vaccinations:

No special vaccinations are required but we recommend bikers are up to date or their tetanus boosters.

Insurance:

You are responsible for effecting sufficient personal travel insurance. Details of your travel insurance should be notified to us before departure. You should have protection for the full duration of the tour in respect of at least medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment, with adequate benefits. Clients should ensure that there are no exclusion clauses limiting protection for the type of activities included in their tour. Adventure biking has unavoidable potential dangers and while we do our best to minimise these, you must make sure you’re covered in the event of an emergency.

7 thoughts on “Practical Info

  1. Hello Mountain Biking In Turkey.
    My 16 year old son and myself are interested in you 9 day biking trip in the Kackar Mountains.
    The tour runs from the 14th to the 21 of July 2018 is that correct?
    We may well bring our bikes with us,do you have any idea of cost with Turkish Airways?
    Have you other people already booked on the trip?
    Do you supply a list of equipment and clothing we may need?
    Is 16 years old to young to do this trip(my son is a fit 16 year old)?
    Please tell us anything else we should know about the trip,before we book it up.
    Looking forward to your reply.

    Regards Ken and Tom Samuel…(UK)

    • Hi Ken, Hi Tom! Thanks for your interest. The Kackar Mountains trip is a great adventure into come of Turkey’s most epic mountain landscapes. It’s also wonderful on a cultural level, as you will get to meet locals from various different ethnic groups – colourful and unique.

      The dates you state are the ones we have scheduled (early season there with snow still on the mountains). I will send you an email with some further details!

      Thanks and best wishes,
      Jon

  2. Hi Jon,
    I was wondering about road bike rentals in Turkey for the Aegean Coast Self-guided tour. Do you have some info on that? Also, if we were to box our own bikes up and ship them to Turkey, how would we keep the boxes to ship the bikes back home?
    Thanks, Barbara

    • Hi Barbara, We have a small fleet of good quality road bikes in great condition (all with Shimano Tiagra components). Otherwise, we can offer flat barred MTB / hybrids with road tyres and lockable front suspension. The cost is 150 Euros per bike- which includes shipping to and from start and end points of the tour. If you prefer to bring your own bikes, as long as you don’t have too much luggage we can take them along in our suppot vehicle. If there isn’t space, we can send them on to the tour end point. If you have any more questions please ask! All my best, Jon

  3. Hi there,

    Interested in what the cost would be for the self guided Aegean coast tour? My husband and I are looking at early October for departure dates.

    Many thanks,

    Lindsay

    • Hi Lindsay. The cost for the Aegean Road Biking Self Guided option costs 975 Euro per person based on 2 people sharing. It includes daily vehicle support and all transfers, B&B on 5 nights and half board on 2 nights. It doesn’t include lunches or guiding, but a full self guiding pack is supplied which includes all you need for a successful tour! If you’d like any more info, or to book, please let me know. By the way, we are also running a guided departure for this tour in October if that would be of interest? Best regards, Jon

  4. Hi Trudi. I’ve sent you an email regarding prices on this tour. They’re not listed because they vary depending on group size. Many thanks for your interest!

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