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I did a two days guided single Track MTB riding with Middle Earth travel. They provided really good mountain bikes and very nice guides that knew the area very well. Thanks to well organised tour and the local knowledge of the guides I spent two...More
We did a 10 day self-guided walk along the Lycian Way and a 2 day guided walk in Cappadocia with Middle Earth in May. Both were truly wonderful experiences that were enhanced by the excellent service provided by Middle Earth. The Seven Capes section of...More
We had the most spectacular trip on the Lycian Way. 10 of us from Jordan organised a group trip to hike around 100km on the Lycian Way. Everything was perfectly organised, the guide, Koray, was amazing as well, the guesthouses, the food, and everything in...More
I want to give a big thank you to the owner Atil for assisting my friends and I for a booking to the hot air ballon. Atil was referred by a friend to assist our booking. This company focuses mainly on hiking and trekking but...More
My family had a great time exploring the Lycian Way thanks to Middle Earth Travel. There were 9 of us in the group and they took care of every detail. We gave them an outline of what we wanted to see and they created a...More
I had an amazing ride in Cappadocia with my guide and bike from Middle Earth Travel. I did the extreme loop, was tough (but that is exactly what I wanted) over 5 hours, incredible trails, my guide Hami was superb, the most unique and amazing...More
We booked the seven day self-guided Seven Capes, Western Lycian Way through Middle Earth. We were very pleased with the service. They answered all questions by email promptly. The airport pickup and transfers all went perfectly. Route notes were good (I also downloaded a GPS...More
I had a private guided hike along the Lycian way- the so called 7 capes hike over 2N/3D. From my first contact, with the well developed itinerary by MiddleEarth travel company, I was sure that these guys are thorough professionals. On ground, this was certainly...More
I travelled solo with Middle Earth Travel on their St Paul Trail 8 day self-guided hiking holiday. I thoroughly enjoyed it! The walking was fantastic, with constantly changing scenery, views and a string of archaeological sites. It was a solitary experience - I didn't see...More
right from 1st e-mail inquiry to Deniz at Middle Earth Travel... we were hooked! A trip to Turkey , including a 7 day trek was in the works. We were dropped off at the trail head, map, and daily travel guide in hand, backpack and...More
One of the best things we did in Turkey, seeing the unique landscape from another perspective and on two wheels was way better than on foot or by bus!! The MTB tours run by this company can be tailored to anyone's bike riding experience and...More
My wife and I were referred to Middle Earth by our Green Tour guide. Found the office without difficulty and with no expectations and signed up for a one day "easy" bike tour the following day. Met our chirpy young guide Emrullah at 9:30am and...More
Another traveler referred us to Middle Earth for custom tours--best experience in Turkey! We showed up as the office opened and they filled our next two and a half days with just what we had wanted. Hiking, underground cities, historic sites and the local experience....More
We used the company to organize a 10 day holiday including 5 days of mountain biking in Cappadocia and 5 days hiking on the Lycian way. We opted for the self-guided option in both cases. We had a wonderful time and we highly recommend using...More
Hami is an exceptional guide. His positive attitude, strong biking skills and extensive historical knowledge made him a great match for us. My wife and I were able to escape from the crowds of Goreme to the quite valleys and seldom visited cave churches for...More
Great trip on the Aegean coast, amazing landscape. I started close to Bodrum and finished in Dalyan. The hotels and pensions were from simple up to very nice and always at very beautiful places. Sinan, the guide, always chose gorgeous places for the breaks during...More
Jon, I want to thank you for an excellent experience. The trip was very well arranged. The directions were accurate, each route was very scenic and appropriately challenging, the hotels were nice and Mustafa was wonderful. Would be happy to recommend this to my friends
Regards, Satish Goel (Aegean Road Biking, May 2019)
– Hami was the star of the tour, and rates 10/10. He has the perfect personality for guiding: relaxed fun informative helpful supportive, an exceptionally talented rider with easy knowledge about all the places and sights and culture. It will be a very sad day if he has to leave tourism due to the low tourist interest in Turkey at the moment. We are already talking about coming back to Turkey in a year or 2 for a road trip along the Agean, but would need to book Hami again for this !!!
– Technicality of riding trails rates 8/10 as the trails were often above our capability levels, even though we have been mountain biking for nearly 20 years and are regarded as pretty good riders here in Cape Town. This may be because we don’t have slick rock or very sandy riding here, and ride mainly groomed trails – our trails are often steep and technical with drop offs and bermed corners– but we are used to riding trails prepared and groomed for mountain biking. We found the Turkey trails very wild, overgrown with thorns and brambles, unprepared and generally quite scary. So lots of walking and pushing and stop/starts instead of the long flowing single track sections we are used to.
– Sightseeing and culture rates 10/10. We all loved the fairy chimneys, churches, monasteries, castles etc that Hami took us to, especially as he avoided the touristy spots, and we had most sites just to ourselves. Was wonderful and Hami had the perfect mix of history and fun.
– Accommodation and food rates 10/10. We all loved the Sognali “chic” hotel accommodation the most, but all the other places were super too. All different, and Hami was great at recommending the local food dishes, and Mustapha helped with explaining how to cook them
So all in all a great success. But we would have to be careful about recommending this particular trip to our friends, as their riding levels are lower than ours. Maybe time to design a mountain biking trip with easier trails – I liked the Cross country World Cup route (???) through the fairy chimneys into Goreme the best (we did this one twice). That sort of trail suits beginners, intermediates and advanced riders alike, as all can cope, with speed depending on individual levels. More cross country trails, and less hectic free-riding.
Hope the tourism picks up Jon, as this was a fantastic trip
Regards, Penny (Cappadocia Singletrack, September 2017)
Dear Spiceroads, Cappadocia is one of the most amazing places on the planet. The scenery on this bike tour is beautiful. We had a great tour guide – very knowledgeable and took us to places we would have never been able to see on our own. This tour is not to be missed! Cheers, Jonathan Perfect (Cappadocia Adventure Biking, May 2016)
Hi Hami, Thanks so much for taking us out on Saturday. We had an amazing time despite our lack of skill and long sleeves. Truly awesome! Hope you have a great week tour and are able to catch up on some rest in between. Your advice on walking pigeon valley and love valley yesterday was equally fab. Thanks again, Charlotte 🙂 (Jungle to Moon and Back Daily Singletrack Tour, April 2016)
Dear Jon, Your guide, Hami, was excellent. He was knowledgeable with history and trails, safe, fun, and flexible with our route. I will write a review on trip advisor. This site is extremely important for travelers. Sorry about low tourism. Americans are afraid of bombings now. Cappadocia is not a place that will be targeted, but people have other choices, so it is a concern. The airfare to Istanbul is $500usd lower than any other destination in Europe, but still people are super cautious. Thanks again, Rebecca and Randy Kleis (Cappadocia, April 2016)
Hi Jon, We are waiting at the airport to depart and I just wanted to thank you for the most fantastic cycling holiday that we have had: the locations; the routes; the places to stay and the superb support of our guide, Sinan. Nothing was too much and throughout he was informative and supportive. I would highly recommend him for always “going the extra mile” and enabling us to experience the “real” Turkey. He made us feel confident about tackling some of the steep climbs, “the daddies” and was always there to encourage and guide. Many thanks to you too for always answering my questions.
Jay Trivedy (Aegean Road Supported Self-Guided, October 2015)
Hi Jon, This email written on the plane won’t send until we’re in the UK, but I wanted to say thank you for your careful route planning for our cycle tour. The route was ideal given the constraints of our available time: two moderate days to start, a big stretch before our rest day, excellent location for the rest day (Kekik is an outstanding hotel and the Bosburun peninsula simply too inviting, Christine took me on a 46km 900m ride!), and a pleasant last day (despite having to contend with the metropolis of Marmaris). Over the next couple of days I’ll try to capture a few points of feedback on gear etc, but wanted to convey our thanks for excellent route planning and accommodation.We hosed down the bikes to remove the grime of 300km and three days of epic thunderstorms and any salt from the sea air. Removed Christine saddle, left water bottles and all the repair gear (unused) in bag locked to the bikes in Joya’s garden utility room.
Best regards, George & Christine (Aegean Road Biking Self-Supported, Sept 2015)
Hi Jon. Sinan (our driver) was there at the airport with a big smile and a sign with my name on it. Thus began a wonderful, magical trip. The biking was challenging at times with high temps and hills, but we truly loved it. And we have to owe it to Sinan and his kindness and helpfulness. We left today feeling like we were saying goodbye to family. We will encourage our friends to take this trip. It was amazing! Warm regards, Carolyn (Aegean Luxury Self-Guided July 2015)
Kind regards, Hans Jakob Sommerauer (Cappadocia Adventure MTB Self-Guided, May 2015)
Dear Jon! I am just back in the house I and feel kind of obligied to again thank you for the mind blowing, terrific trip (now and then also horrifieing) you have scouted, organized and performed. From my point of view it was as close to perfection you can come, if the challenge is to bring true experience and adventure into a structure of packaged (still small scaled) tourism. So true love mate and I hope we can help to contribute to build up this branch of going in to the Middle earths single track country. Most certinately we all will do de best we can to make it happen. Respect and love, Nick (Pathfinder MTB Agency, Sweeden, May 2015)
“AMAZING bike tour!!!”- 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 June 2015 NEW
Wonderful bike single track experience among the surrealistic beauties of the cappadocian landscapes. Jon was a great guide with extensive knowledge of all the trails making the riding a real charm. Besides biking, the restaurants and hotels were all carefully chosen for quality which added a gastronomic feature to the tour! It was also suitable for all levels. Lisa M (Trip Advisor)- Visited May 2015
“MTB guided tour of Cappadocia ”- 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 June 2015 NEW
An Unbelievable, amazing, unforgettable, fantastic experience.. It’s hard to offer up enough superlatives that describe the mountain biking experience provided by middle earth and my guide Hami. Caters for all levels of rider.
Scottydowhat (Trip Advisor) – Visited May 2015
“Outstanding, reliable and friendly service” – 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 28 May 2015 NEW On May 2015 I went mountain biking in the Göreme area and hired a bike from Middle Earth. The bike was a top-spec Trek in superb condition, obviously well maintained despite the area’s rough riding conditions. The staff at Middle Earth were knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile by providing tips and advice. One evening we got late to the shop just when they were closing and still they offered us tea and washed the bikes with big smiles. They are great guys who clearly love outdoors. The mountain biking guide Hussein was very good. We bumped into him while he was leading groups and he was doing a great job keeping everybody safe and having fun. I certainly recommend this company for your adventures in the Cappadocia area whatever they are.
Raphael D (Trip Advisor) – Visited May 2015
“Self guided MTB Tour Kappadokia “Jungle to the moon and back” – 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 23 May 2015 We booked this tour from Switzerland. The whole trip was superbly organised, we were picked up on time and received brand new rental bikes in top condition. The GPS Track was sent to us by email in advance and made navigation in the stunning Turkish landscape very easy. All along the tour we found food stalls / restaurants for all the bikers needs (Highlight freshly squeezed orange juice at several locations). Lovely rural landscapes were compiled with perfect single trails through unreal moon landscapes. Over all very good value for money, motivated team with great support. Keep up the good work!
Hans S (Trip Advisor) – Visited May 2015
Sinan, We just wanted to thank you again for a memorable and wonderful week with you on the bikes. We have been fortunate to do some bike trips with our students over the years in Vietnam and Cambodia and were a bit unsure what to expect when we were simply customers rather than organizers – and we could not have been more pleased. Your gentle touch, your personal warmth, your ability to keep the group together (literally and mentally), your even temper and love of the outdoors and of people and of biking made the trip all we could have hoped for – and more. Your friendship is one we will always value and we hope that some day you will come to our side and we can get out on bikes with you in Vermont, USA. 🙂 Thank you for all your kindness. You are so good at what you do and we feel like we have a new and close friend in Turkey.
With deep gratitude, appreciation and friendship, Ben & Sarah, April 2015
Jon Bawn and his team at Middle Earth in Goreme, have managed to organise the most unique, epic Turkish Adventure on mtb’s through the untouched landscape of Cappadocia. This dry and rocky, yet mystical and mesmerising place, is paradise for any mountainbiker and became our playground for 6 days. Our group consisted of a very interesting mix: two Kiwi’s, an Australian, a Philippine, an American, a South African and a Korean, of which three were doctors (very handy on Mtb trip). During this mtb-tour we became an unbreakable team and this Cappadocian adventure led us to form close friendships and life long bonds. For 7 nights we slept in very authentic and traditional Turkish cave rooms at hotels and inns. Every morning we had healthy, hearty, Turkish breakfasts to get us going.
At lunch after 3 or 4 hard hours on the bike, we had a Turkish feast awaiting us at the most interesting, traditional Turkish restaurants. After a long, hard day on the bike the group was always famished and taken to more unique, Turkish restaurants, every meal more delicious, decadent and mouth watering than the one before. After 6 days on the bike, our group agreed that we could not have asked for a more experienced yet patient mtb coach. Not only did our fitness on the bikes improve, but also our technical abilities and confidence. Mtb in the Cappadocia is extreme, beautiful and adrenalin pumping. We would often watch Jon flying over the most advanced, technical single tracks with such ease and grace, yet guiding us patiently and teaching us techniques over and over again, always encouraging and motivating us. Magical balloon rides, historical cave church visits, experiencing and visiting a real turkish Hamam also formed part of our trip and all contributed to indelible memories. Cheers to an unforgettable, unique Turkish Mountain Bike adventure!
Louise Nesser, Cappadocia Singletrack Group Tour, September 2014
Gooday Jon, Chris and l, Wade and Char remember our great Capadoccia cycling week 18 months ago. We have since cycled the Camino De Santiago in Spain and done some sea-kayaking in Croatia. However the cycle trip in Turkey that you arranged for us remains as the holiday we recommend most to our friends. Hope things are well with you. Regards Peter
Dear All, I’ve cycled at least 2 dozen countries in North and South America, Asia, Europe and Africa on road bikes and can honestly say that the Cappadocia mountain biking trip ranks as the most unique two wheeled adventure I’ve experienced. My 25 year old son said it was the best cycling trip he’d experienced. Jon’s guided tour is absolutely the best way to explore such a diverse series of landscapes unreachable to the average hiker or tourist. Great accommodation, magnificent food, tremendous guide support and excellent bikes all contributed to an amazing experience.
Yours, Tom Trottier (Cappadocia and Aegean August 2014)
Hami, Thank you again for your help renting bicycles the other day, and especially for your recommendations of where to ride. We rode everything you told us about and loved it! The trail going down from Sunset Point was so, so fun!!
Best, Erica Krimmel (December 2014)
Jon was a fantastic guide with very good local knowledge… He gave excellent advice and encouragement. Also very good at adapting to weather conditions and to the group, always up for exploring things along the way. Spectacular scenery with lots of interesting things to explore! Food provided during the tour: Loved the picnics! Accommodation: Good mix with each place different but very special. Best trip I have ever done, spectacular scenery, fun biking, excellent guide and lots of things to see along the way.
Linda Hoff, Cappadocia Adventure Biking, October 2014
Dear All, This was an excellent route for our group with moderate mountain bike skills. Each day brought new and unexpected treasures and as the route unfolded it could not be more enjoyable to discover ever more beautiful scenery and places of cultural interest. The riding also became more challenging as the days progressed and as we became fitter we were able to tackle more uphills with confidence. On the first day we continued along the Ihlara Valley from Belisirma rather then take the 15km road section and we agreed with our guide, Jon, that although this involved some climbing and carrying bikes across rocky sections, this was an improvement to the route and preferable to riding the road section.
On the last day, one of our party was ill and this enabled us to tackle more single tracks around Goreme as an alternative to the planned route and this was probably the most enjoyable day of the tour as our skills had improved to enable us to tackle these excellent single tracks with confidence. A degree of flexibility at the guide’s discretion was definitely an advantage given that we were staying 2 nights in Goreme. Jon was really good and because he could speak Turkish this enabled him to interact with local people. We even stopped to have tea with some elderly men in Baskoy and could talk with them with Jon acting as interpreter. He passed on many of his mountain biking skills as we were a small relatively inexperienced group of 3 and this enabled us to tackle single track sections with more confidence. I cannot rate Jon highly enough. Our luggage was moved on seemlessly although due to the nature of the terrain we did not see our driver except when we moved from Gaziemit to Soganli. Three excellent picnic lunches, home cooking at Soganli and the lunch at the House of Memories at Uchisar were particular highlights, but overall excellent. Every night brought new surprises and loved staying in cave hotels. It is hard to improve on this excellent mountain bike adventure. A bit of flexibility on route changes where practical is good according to the group’s wishes. Loved the scenery. There was always something new round every corner and discovering the cave dwellings and churches was a particular highlight.
Andrew Malins, Cappadocia Adventure Biking, October 2014
Hi Jon, I just wanted to say thank you for the great trip you organised for us. In addition to your excellent planning / information / admin, etc, Huseyin was a wonderful guide. We hadn’t really understood that he’d be with us helping the whole way, which was great. Nothing was too much trouble for him; he was good company; and patiently tried to answer all our questions about Turkey. We couldn’t fault him in any way.
Thanks again. Fiona Talcot- Aegean Luxury Self-Guided Tour, October 2014
Jon Bawn and his team at Middle Earth in Goreme, have managed to organize the most unique, epic Turkish adventure on mtb’s through the untouched landscape of Cappadocia. This dry and rocky, yet mystical and mesmerizing place, is paradise for any mountain biker and became our playground for 6 days. Our group consisted of a very interesting mix: two Kiwi’s, an Australian, a Philippine, an American, a South African and a Korean, of which three were doctors (very handy on a Mtb trip). During this tour we became an unbreakable team and this Cappadocian adventure led us to form close friendships and life long bonds. For 7 nights we slept in authentic and traditional Turkish cave rooms at hotels and inns. Every morning we had a healthy, hearty Turkish breakfast spread to get us going.
At lunch, after 3 or 4 hard hours on the bike, we had a Turkish feast awaiting us at the most interesting and authentic Turkish restaurants. After a long, hard day on the bike the group were usually ravenous and taken to another unique Turkish restaurant, every meal more delicious, decadent and mouthwatering than the previous one. Our group agreed that we could not have asked for a more experienced yet patient mtb coach to guide us over the six days. Not only did our fitness on the bikes improve, but also our technical abilities and confidence. Even though Jon could effortlessly fly over the most advanced technical single tracks, he guided us patiently, improving our techniques, always encouraging and motivating us. A magical balloon ride, historical cave church visits, wine tasting at a local winery and experiences we will never forget!
Louise Neser, Cappadocia Singletrack group tour, September 2014
Dear All, The tour through the Kackar Mountains is an exceptional experience. It provides a good blend of fantastic scenery, cultural interest and a real insight to how the local people manage to retain their traditions and way of life. To get the most from this trip you need a reasonable level of fitness in order to be able to enjoy and not just endure the tougher bits. The people that you meet along the way are incredibly open and friendly, and the food is always fresh and tasty even in the most basic pensions. The back-up and support from Jon (tour leader) is spot-on – he will tune the itinerary to the group’s capabilities, and is always on-hand to deal with any technical issues with the bikes. If you’re looking for something a little different from the normal bike tour experience, then I thoroughly recommend this tour.
Regards Nigel Fielden, Kackar Mountains MTB September 2014. Ps – Really enjoyed the Lycian Way trek also, and thanks to the Middle-Earth team – the organisation , logistics , accommodation etc were faultless.
Hi… We would like to endorse everything Nigel has said about the Kackar Mountains trip.It was challenging, but a wonderful experience. We had a great guide. Thank you Jon for arranging my birthday celebration! We had an impressive driver in Ismail and the other members of the trip were great company. Thanks to all of you for making our trip so enjoyable.
Keith and Pat Green, Kackar Mountains MTB September 2014.
Hello… I would like to thank Middle Earth, and Huseyin and Jon in particular, for one of the most memorable and enjoyable cycle rides of our life. We were able to explore remote, wild and lovely parts of the Aegean coast that we would never have guessed existed, as well as meet charming and hospitable people along the way. The vistas that unfolded – whether along the beach or way up in the mountains – are beyond description …they took my breath away on several occasions. Cycling through this countryside not only allowed time for full appreciation of the views, but also – a chance to smell! Wild oregano and sage by the roadside, ripening figs on the trees, hay…. Our B&B accommodations were all clean and comfortable, and afforded beautiful views and swift access to local heritage sites.
The meals were traditional and unerringly delicious. Each place we stayed at offered its own culinary treat. Huseyin held it all together with quiet efficiency – materializing magically at the base of steep hills to offer us a vehicle “transfer”, explaining the route to us and devising a few memorable events along the way…such as a BBQ on beach and a roadside picnic at the waterfall . He also took us to a couple of refreshingly cool rural cafes along the country roads…terraces where wisteria and grape vines tangle between fruit trees to form shaded refuges from midday sun. We thoroughly enjoyed his company and his stories of his family life in Antalya and adventures as a bike tour guide. Our hired bikes were perfect for the job – front suspension and the broader tyres helped on the rougher roads, and upright handlebars allowed us to enjoy the views as we cycled. I’d definitely recommend a mountain bike in preference to a racer for this sort of trip! The daily routes were challenging but not too daunting – especially with the option of “transfer” when things got too hot or too vertical! Jon, thanks for your patient responses to my 2000 email questions, and for generating the modified GPS map for our requirements (we did the tour in reverse, from Dalyan to Izmir). Huseyin, thanks for being the wonderful person that you are. We miss you. We highly recommend this tour and hope that we will be able to return and cycle Middle Earth’s Capadoccia tour at a future date.
Kim Chilton- Aegean Road Bike Self-Guided Tour, May 2014
Hi Jon. We are enjoying Istanbul but not as much as Cappadocia – not eaten as well as we did with you and we are now outraged at prices in comparison! Re the tyre etc you can keep them as a souvenir of your week with the Dawsons! Thank you again for a marvellous week – it was perfect in every way – we really enjoyed being with you and Denise – hope it wasn’t too much of a pain following us around. I’ve already been looking at your Aegean trip so make sure that you don’t go off to live in Germany or sail around the world before next year. Thanks again – hope the weather improved for your next group. Cressida Dawson- Cappadocia Road Biking (self-guided) May 2014
Hello Jon, We are home now for almost a week, my ribs still hurt a bit and therefore remind me of Cappadocia a lot! I just wanted to say thanks one more time, you really helped us a lot in having a great time in Turkey, not only because of guiding us and showing us the landscape and the best trails, but also in helping us out when we had some problems, e.g. with my back wheel or after my fall in getting to the hospital. We were absolutely content with the way you guided and treated us. I will definitely recommend you and your company! Have a good time, hope to see you again, and in case you will be coming to Germany and want to go biking – we live in the south, very close to the biggest forrest area in Europe – just drop me a line!
Bye and thanks from Uwe and Ulrike!
I know it’s been a while since hiring bikes through you guys on our holiday, but I just wanted to thank you all for your help leading up to and including the day. I have just left you guys a review on trip advisor, I hope this is of benefit to you all. It was a real shame I couldn’t join a guided ride, but thanks to Atil and Hami I managed to navigate my way around a few good sections solo, and then had a “gentler”, pleasant ride out with my wife. But the highlight really was joining Hami for a training ride at the end of the day. In just an hour and a half we rode some awesome sections of singletrack that I’d never have found on my own. Hami pushed hard and has got some really good and developing skills and fitness…..I’m a reasonably experienced xc/trail rider and he matched me overall; we both pushed each other hard on our strongest skills. He clearly knows the area well and is a funny and likeable guy…..wish I’d booked him out for the whole day, he’d have been a superb guide.Thanks Hami, and all- RobHi Jon, The ride yesterday was fantastic! We really enjoyed exploring and spent the whole day on the trails in the valleys and on the ridges. Really great riding! Obviously, the scenery is pretty spectacular as well. Many thanks to you and your staff for getting things arranged for us and pointing us in the right direction. We’ll definitely give you guys a ring next time we’re exploring in the region. Many thanks and best regards, Katie (March 2014)
Hi Jon, The Cappadocian road trip was the perfect introduction to what this stunning country offers cycle-tourists: quiet, smooth roads with friendly & courteous drivers, antiquities seemingly scattered randomly across the landscape, the blend of old & new Turkey juxtaposed in every village. And, of course, beginning that journey into discovering which would become our favourite Turkish dishes… The accommodations were always a delight and made our arrivals just as much looked forward to as the road ahead each morning. Celebrating my birthday in Goreme with some of the sweetest singletrack I’ve ever ridden will be one I’ll never forget – and, as a kiwi, I’ve ridden some singletrack. Part of me wants to promote it – part of me wants it to be one of the best-kept secrets which it still (nearly) is. For Deborah & myself, the Turkish Lakes tour was equally unforgettable but for entirely different reasons: the remoteness of the trails, the grandeur of the mountains, the ever-changing terrain & scenery and the overall authenticity of the experience. The only downside was that we’re now struggling to know where we can cycle tour next that will provide us with anything comparable. Being a guide, having to accommodate so many different personalities, skill & fitness levels and holiday agendas, is a challenging role and the fact we travelled together for 18(?) days is testament to the skills you brought to the job. We left Turkey with a much greater appreciation of (some) of the people, their history & culture, food and wildly-varying lifestyles through your natural love of the country. And your invaluable translation skills (even when you were tired!) transformed many otherwise transient encounters into memorable moments of sharing. Hami & Sina more than complemented you. We felt a warmth & friendship from them both that was genuine and, we hope, reciprocated. Best wishes to you & Hami @ ME and to Sina, wherever he now is! Guy, Deborah & Zara Dear Jon, I have long intended writing to you to say what a wonderful time we had on our cycling holiday in Turkey last summer. However, once you get back home, every day life takes over and there are other priorities – but receiving your email today, reminded me of the fun we had. It was hot, but the scenery and the excellent beaches made it all worth while. We went at our own pace, but our support driver was outstanding and sympathetic and his company really added to the holiday. Although there were obvious language difficulties, he understood us well and our need for constant supplies of cold water and a ride in the support van when the going got tough. We have been on many cycling holidays, but Peter and I believe that this was one of the most memorable – it was our first visit to Turkey and we hope to return on our bikes! Hope that all is well with you.
Best wishes, Ros Kamaryc (Aegean Road Biking Self Guided)
Dear Jon, I just wanted to thank you for an amazing experience in Turkey. Everything was perfect…the bike routes, food, accommodations. You do understand service and hospitality as we wanted for nothing. Istanbul was nice but my favorite part of the trip was by far the biking portion. Hope we were not too “high maintenance” for you! Let’s stay in touch and maybe a future trip is in the cards. Cheers, Allyson Hello Jon and Sina, We want to thank you so much for making our trip to Cappadocia and the Aegean such a wonderful experience. The cycling was fantastic, scenery gorgeous, and the food and lodging above and beyond what we expected. You both have excellent guide skills and we felt very comfortable traveling and cycling under your leadership. We especially liked all the tea breaks in the villages, mingling with the locals. Many thanks also to Mustafa, our very competent driver. We had a great trip, thanks very much. Susan and Glenn
Jon- Biking in Turkey was one of the most amazing trip I have had. Hard work beautiful places amazing guide like Jon who knows and enjoy his job. I will love to go for another adventure next year! Picture at Ephesus. Zainab Shamma
Jon & Sina – Thanks for a fantastic week mounting biking in Cappadocia – it was without a doubt the highlight of my trip to Turkey! Super fun trails & spectacular scenery; excellent management of logistics & guiding; fantastic food & accommodations; and a great group of fellow cyclists. To top it off, our bikes worked flawlessly and were well-suited to the terrain. I’d highly recommend you guys (and have already) to others looking for a fun, adventurous experience in a beautiful part of the world. Let us know if either of you get to California – we’d love to share some awesome Sierra rides with you!
Janet (October, 2013 Cappadocia Singletrack Tour)
Dear Jon, We had a great time on our Cappadocia Self Guided tour! Here’s some feedback: * Hotels- how was the service, style, cleanliness, breakfast etc? Most of the hotels were very comfortable. The service and the breakfast at all hotels was disproportional good in comparison to some of the hotels (ex: Emek Pension was more of a 2 star yet their service and food was closer to a 4 star). All hotels were clean and different in style which made the experience much nicer. * Route- how was the riding experience for you? Routes were harder than expected. It was nice to get a very good workout and challenge. I think that the route from Guzelyurt to Soganli was the most difficult yet it had the most beautiful views. * Self guided notes- how did you get on with the notes, maps, GPS etc? Even with the maps and notes, we made a few wrong turns. I really think that a GPS is required for most of the routes that we did.
We rode with 2 guys from Belgium for 2 days who had a GPS and it made navigation much easier. * Transfers- did everything go according to plan and how were your drivers? Mustafa is the best. He’s a kind, funny and very nice person. We had good conversation even if his English is limited. I got to learn a few Turk words. I even added him to my Facebook! I hope you guys keep him as your driver because he made the experience much more enjoyable. * Bike hire- quality and set-up of bikes and value for money? The bikes were good. We had a small issue with Katie’s bike with respect to the gears but everything went well. The disc brakes are required for such routes. Mustafa even washed our bikes on one evening before loading them into the van. Thanks again for everything. We really enjoyed our experience. This trip was the best of my life so far. Turkey was nothing like I had imagined. Everything was better.
Cheers, David and Katie (August 2013)
Jon, I have just recently returned from my travels for the year. I wanted to touch base with you to tell you how much I enjoyed the trip with you and the other people in our Cappadocia Singletrack group. I know my skills were not what I would have liked but I so enjoyed every minute of it….all of it….the people, where we went to eat, the places we stayed and the scenery in the area is just magnificent. And of course, the challenges of riding all the different terrain….and how strong I became walking my bike uphill!!!!! I am still so proud I completed that first day of the trip. Thank you very much for allowing me to join you and making it all work. I wish you the very best in whatever your next adventures are. By any chance do you have Susie’s email? If you ever come this way, I hope you connect me. Thank you again, Arlene Gerety Hi Jon, We just wanted to send an email to thank you very much for the self guided cycling tour which you arranged for us earlier this month. We had an absolutely amazing time, the organisation was faultless, and the route – going through some incredible backcountry and unspoilt villages – left us feeling like we had been on a real adventure, but with the comfort of support if needed. We both felt that the accommodation was a great mix, really well chosen and very friendly. We’ve attached some photos which represent our experience very well. Feel free to use them on any promotions if you want. Thanks again for a great week – we will not hesitate to recommend your company to family and friends. Yours, Ed and Jackie
Hi Jon… We loved the tour – thanks so much for organising. It was definitely a highlight of our Turkey Time. The scenery was stunning, it was great to get off the tourist trail and see some really local village life. Such a nice discovery which I wasn’t really expecting. Loved Bafa and the market on the first day. The accommodation and food was great – we especially loved staying with Bulent and Misket at Semiliye at kekik – the dogs and the walk in the afternoon post the rain was gorgeous – and could be a regular inclusion – time permitting? Akbuk –also – what a gorgeous spot – such a shame re the rain – but we enjoyed the day, the lunch, waterfall and walk with Bulent as I mentioned. I think keeping us off the busy roads/highways – as you did was great and providing transfers over those sections definitely the way to go. Thanks for the lend of the GPS – it came in really handy in the end – I would include it for future tours. All the best, Allison
Hi everyone.. Allison and i (Clem) have just come home from turkey. what a great place to go we were their for 4 weeks we spent 5 days with middle earth doing a self guide tour with a driver jon taking our gear from a to b . what was a big high light of our trip the people you meet jon the tour guide come driver. the great people that own and run the hotels. the food the small towns and vilages.we found the turkey people very friendly. the bike were in great shape. just take your own water bottles. to refill. thanks jon for a great part of our time away. would do this tour again in a heart beat miss turkey already!
Clem Fries, Melbourne Australia
Hi Jon, As a “challenging touring holiday” this tour will appeal to those who want something different from a “Majorca road bike experience” The more ‘adventuresome’ will actually find the Aegean trip very appealing. Its one of our best holiday EVER. Give my regards to Husseyin when you next see him. We are trying to sort out a 2 week cycle in South Africa for our 30th Wedding Anniversary for this year. Presently therefore waiting to see if the tours get more booked up. Maybe the following year we will come and do Capadocia?? Yours, Roger Leary February 2013
Dear All, Just back from the Aegean Coast Road Biking Tour and what a fantastic time we had. Challenging at times (!) but all the climbs were so well worth all the spectacular views and wonderful scenery. The routes were well thought out – far away from the ‘madding crowds’- with plenty of time to admire the landscape, swim and eat the wonderful picnics lovingly prepared by the amazing Huseysin! The hotels were all different in true Turkish style with very welcoming hosts and delicious local food. There were a few added bonuses for us too: spontaneous invitation to a Turkish Wedding, semi-tame wild boar on the beach, tortoises in the road and a perfectly positioned armchair at the top of a mountain. The lengths ‘Biking in Turkey’ go to to make your holiday memorable!!!!!!! Such a great way to see Turkey! Thank you Jon and Huseyin for a truly amazing trip.
Miss you all! Marina Leary (October 2012) Dear Jon and Atil The bike ride, in many ways was a highlight and we appreciated the carefully planned itinerary and some of the most spectacular sights we saw in Turkey… Some stretches of riding that were the most beautiful riding we have done.
Thanks, Jean Kayser and Sean Cooley