Venture on a fabulous motorcycle tour in Turkey and Bulgaria. Eastern Europe and Asia in an unforgettable motorbike experience along 3 seas, 2 straits and the vast, beautiful Anatolia. Underground cities and hot air balloon rides on a fantastic adventure.
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Venture on a fabulous adventure with Motorcycle Tour Turkey & Bulgaria. Start your journey in Eastern Europe in the capital city of Bulgaria – city of Sofia. Travel to Turkey and dare to cross the Dardanelle’s Strait to Asia. Continue your adventure riding under the blue sky and along azure seas, visit underground cities and embark on a fabulous hot air balloon ride.
Turkey will surprize with its beautiful country side, going from traditional to modern. The imperial city of Istanbul will surely impress. Cross Bosphorus Strait and walk the busy streets. In the evening a Bosphorus Dinner cruise will reveal Istanbul by night – magical.
- Motorbike Rides along Aegean Sea, Back Sea & Marmara Sea
- Cross Bosphorus & Dardanelles Straits
- ANZAC Cove – the main base for the Australian and NZ troops during the Gallipoli campaign.
- Archaeological site of Troy – UNESCO World Heritage.
- Ancient City of Ephesus – remains of the famous Temple of Artemis, one of the “Seven Wonders of the World”
- Cappadocia – exceptional natural wonders, fairy chimneys and a unique cultural heritage
Day 1, Sofia (Bulgaria)
Welcome to Bulgaria. You will be collected from Sofia Airport and transferred to your hotel in the capital city.
Day 2, Sofia (BG) – Sipoceane – Pazardjik – Edirne (TR)
Ride to Edirne. Spend the night in Edirne and enjoy strolling the streets of this beautiful city.
Day 3, Edirne (TR) – Gallipoli – Anzac Cove – Canakkale
Visit Anzac Cove – a small cove on the Gallipoli peninsula, the site of World War I landing of the ANZACs. Cross Dardanele Strait, separating Asian Turkey from European Turkey. Spend the night in Canakkale.
Day 4, Chanakale – Troy – Foca – Izmir
The wooden horse used in the movie Troy is on display in Canakkale. Visit the real archaeological site of Troy – UNESCO World Heritage. Continue your journey to western Anatolia. Accommodation in Izmir.
Day 5, Izmir – Selcuk (Ephesus) – Pamukkale
Ride to the Ancient City of Ephesus. Remains of the famous Temple of Artemis, one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” attracts visitors all over the World. Evening in Pamukkale.
Day 6, Pamukkale
Rest day in beautiful Pamukkale. Enjoy spending time in the thermal water, natural swimming pools or visit the Archaeological site of Hierapolis.
Day 7, Pamukale – Burdur – Isparta – Kale – Konya
The ride to Konya will reveal the beautiful vistas of Burdur and Egirdir Lakes. The city of Konya is the city of the famous. Whirling Dervishes. Accommodation in Konya.
Day 8, Konya – Goreme, Cappadocia
Ride to central Anatolia to reach Cappadocia – a region characterized by fairy chimneys and a unique historical and cultural heritage. Accommodation in Goreme.
Day 9, Goreme, Cappadocia
Enjoy a rest day in Cappadocia. Seeing the region from above during a hot air balloon ride will surely impress you. Spend the night in Goreme.
Day 10, Goreme – Ankara
Ride to Ankara, Turkey’s second largest city after Istanbul. Ankara became the new Turkish capital upon the establishment of the Republic on 1923. Accommodation in Ankara.
Day 11, Ankara – Zonguldak
From the Central Anatolia to the Black Sea.
Day 12, Zonguldak – Istanbul
Ride your motorbike on the Black Sea Coast. You will leave Asia behind as you cross Bosphorus Strait and reach the imperial city of Istanbul.
Day 13, Istanbul – Rest Day
Enjoy a rest day in one of the greatest cities in the World – Istanbul. You can visit Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia Mosque or enjoy a boat ride. Accommodation in Istanbul.
Day 14, Istanbul – Sofia
Continue your journey back to Bulgaria and its capital city – Sofia. Accommodation in Sofia.
Day 15, Sofia
Transfer to the Airport for your flight back home.
The itinerary is complemented with excellent accommodation because the region offers charming hotels and cozy country inns.
This is an overview of the tour.
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Guaranteed Departure Dates:
- 2021 – October 03
- 2022 – October 02
available on different dates for private groups
Prices for this
Bulgaria & Turkey Motorcycle Tour
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*Price is based on two people sharing a double room. The price is based on 6 riders traveling together. Should the number of riders change, price will alter.
Special offer available for bookings made until April 15 – 2021!
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Special notes and Info
Motorcycle Tour Turkey & Bulgaria
- Duration of the tour: 15 days
- Riding days: 13 days
- Total distance: Approximately 3160 km/ 1963miles
- Skill level: intermediate
- Lodging type: good quality Hotels
- Rides: on paved roads as well as on sections of gravel roads
- What to bring: Complete motorcycle gear with integral or flip up helmet
- Starting point: Sofia – capital city of Bulgaria
Where you’ll stay in this motorcycle tour
click here to see the selection of hotels we use during our motorcycle tours. The accommodation is chosen either for its convenient location in the center of the city or in nature with amazing views.
Advice for Americans traveling abroad
According with U.S. government the following advice are to be followed:
Before you go
- Confirm your passport is valid for 6 months from when you think your trip will end. Don’t get stranded.
- Get comprehensive travel insurance to cover you and your gear. Get insurance that’s right for you and covers your activities in the places you’ll go. Remember, regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel.
- Consider your physical and mental health. Get advice from your doctor if you’re unsure.
- See your doctor or travel clinic 8 weeks before you go for a basic health check
- Check if your medication is legal and available in the places you’re going. Take enough of your prescribed medicines to last the whole trip. Carry copies of your prescription and a letter from your doctor.
- Tell your bank you’re travelling and check if your cards will work. Have several payment options.
- If you’ll drive overseas check out the local traffic laws and practices. You’re likely to need an International Driving Permit (IDP) as well as your US driver’s license.
- Share your itinerary with friends or family members. Give them copies of your passport
Holidays don’t always go as planned. If you’re going overseas, travel insurance is as important as a passport. Without it, you or your family could suffer financially if things go wrong. No matter who you are, where you’re going and what you’re doing, get insurance.
Travel insurance is especially important if you need medical assistance. Healthcare overseas can be very expensive. Most countries won’t give you free care, or subsidies the cost of your care. You, or your insurer, must usually pay full price.
Travel Advice for Americans visiting Romania
Keep your personal belongings close. Lock hotel and train compartment doors from the inside.
Drink spiking is an issue, especially in Bucharest’s Old Town. Don’t accept food, drinks, gum or cigarettes from people you’ve just met.
Dating and marriage scams occur.
Only use ATM’s in banks, shops and shopping centers, especially at night. Always keep your credit card in sight. Be wary of people you’ve met online.
Penalties for drug offences are severe. They can include jail sentences of up to 20 years.
By law, you must always carry photo ID. Keep your passport in a safe place. Carry a photocopy.
It’s illegal to take photos of airports, military sites or other secure locations.
It’s illegal to engage in sex work or have sexual relations with a person under 18.
Same-sex relationships are legal in Romania, but not widely accepted.
You can get full consular help from the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest.
Please see your detailed itinerary below:
Welcome to Bulgaria, the country where people shake their heads to mean yes and nod for no. You will be collected from Sofia Airport and transferred to your hotel in the capital city. Accommodation and briefing.
Sofia (BG) – Sipoceane – Pazardjik – Edirne (TR), about 413 km – 5h50min
Start your motorbike adventure by riding to Edirne. Founded by the roman Emperor Hadrian, the place used to be called Adrianople back in the days. Spend the night in Edirne and enjoy strolling the streets of this beautiful city.
Edirne (TR) – Gallipoli – Anzac Cove –Canakkale, about 211 km – 3h40min
Ride along Dardanele Strait, separating Asian Turkey from European Turkey. Your next destination is Anzac Cove - a small cove on the Gallipoli peninsula, the site of World War I landing of the ANZACs The beach became the main base for the Australian and NZ troops during the Gallipoli campaign. Cross Dardanele by ferry and spend the night in Canakkale.
Chanakale – Troy – Foca – Izmir, about 310 km – 5 hrs
The wooden horse used in the movie Troy is on display in Canakkale, but we are off to visit the real archaeological site of Troy – UNESCO World Heritage. Troy, with its 4,000 years of history, is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Continue your journey to western Anatolia. Spend the night close to Aegean Sea in the city of Izmir.
Izmir – Selcuk (Ephesus) - Pamukkale, about 351 km – 6h15min
Morning ride to the Ancient City of Ephesus. Great monuments of the Roman Imperial period including the Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre can be found here. Remains of the famous Temple of Artemis, one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” attracts visitors all over the World. Evening in Pamukkale.
Rest day in beautiful Pamukkale. Enjoy spending time in the thermal water, natural swimming pools or visit the Archaeological site of Hierapolis, either way relaxation is guaranteed. Accommodation in Pamukkale.
Pamukale – Burdur – Isparta – Kale – Konya, about 417 km – 5h44min
The ride to Konya will reveal the beautiful vistas of Burdur and Egirdir Lakes. The city of Konya is the city of the famous. Whirling Dervishes, love and tolerance. Accommodation in Konya.
Konya – Goreme, Cappadocia, about 236 km – 3hrs
Continue your journey to central Anatolia to reach Cappadocia - a region with exceptional natural wonders, characterized by fairy chimneys and a unique historical and cultural heritage. Accommodation in Goreme
Enjoy a rest day in Cappadocia. Seeing the region from above during a hot Air Baloon Ride will surely impress you. If you fear the heights, you can go underground - visit the troglodyte cave-cities. There are 36 underground cities in Cappadocia and the widest one is Kaymakli underground city. Spend the night in Goreme.
Goreme - Ankara, about 291 km – 3h30min
Ride to Ankara, Turkey's second largest city after Istanbul. Ankara became the new Turkish capital upon the establishment of the Republic on 1923. Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in Ankara, is visited by large crowds every year during national holidays. Accommodation in Ankara.
Ankara – Zonguldak, about 270 km – 3h35min
From the Central Anatolia to the Black Sea. Today we ride to Zonguldak, a city famous for mines and mysterious caves. Gökgöl Cave is fifth biggest cave in the country. The fossils found in this cave prove a history of 300 million years. Accommodation in Zonguldak.
Zonguldak – Istanbul, about 346 km - 6h30min
Ride your motorbike on the Black Sea Coast. You will leave Asia behind as you cross Bosphorus Strait and reach the imperial city of Istanbul. You are on Europe Land again. Accommodation in Istanbul.
Rest Day Enjoy a rest day in one of the greatest cities in the World - Istanbul. Istanbul is a fascinating city built on two continents and divided by Bosphorus Strait. You can visit Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia Mosque or enjoy a boat ride. Accommodation in Istanbul.
Istanbul - Sofia 550 km - 6hrs
Continue your journey back to Bulgaria and its capital city – Sofia. Situated at the center of the Balkan Peninsula, the city lies at the foot of Vitosha Mountain. Accommodation in Sofia.
Transfer to the Airport for your flight back home.
Accommodation: 14 nights accommodation in very good 3* and 4* Hotels Meals: 14 breakfasts welcome dinner in Sofia farewell dinner in Istanbul Motorcyclist English speaking guide general map daily route briefing Transportation: by motorbike of your choice, gasoline, third party liability return airport transfers road taxes ferry tickets bridge taxes English speaking guide riding a motorcycle support car carrying luggage, mechanical spares, water, etc. Tourist attractions: Balloon Ride in Cappadocia, Ephesus Archaeological site
most meals flights, airport taxes beverages alcoholic drinks Visa’s lunches and dinners individual activities photo, video tax and other not mentioned OPTIONAL: Additional insurance coverage available on request at an extra cost.
Reservations are required. We recommend booking early as tours are often sold out well in advance. You can make a reservations on-line. In case of making reservations by phone please call toll-free: 866 376 6183 (US). You can also make reservations by fax - download and complete the booking form and send it by fax to: 0040-364-405641 or by e-mail!
We require an advance deposit in the amount of Euro 145/person. When you make the reservation online you will be required to pay the deposit. You will receive an automatic response with your Holiday Booking Reference. Once the advance deposit is registered with our accounts we proceed with the reservation for the requested services and issue the Confirmation Letter + Paid Invoice (once the amount is registered with our accounts).
The final payment is due 60 days prior departure. (After the final payment is made we will issue Travel Voucher). Should the booking be made within 60 days prior to tour departure, entire tour cost is requested at the time of booking. To read Adventure Motorcycle Tours - Transylvania Live’s Terms and Conditions please visit us on line at: https://motorcycle-tours-europe.us/terms-conditions/
The client is at all time entitled to cancel the Travel Contract, but must pay Adventure Motorcycle Tours a cancellation charge as stipulated below: 89 days or more prior to departure 90 EURO per person / per tour cancellation fee; 88–61 days, loss of deposit. 60–31 days will be subject to 50% of tour price; 30 days or less will be subject to 100% of tour price.
Our tours include the services of English-speaking guides. German, French, Hungarian and Hebrew-speaking guide are also available, on request.
We can design an itinerary at a time that suits you, to your own comfort levels and within your own budget. Please send your request by e-mail or by fax.
For Turkey Motorcycle Tour a minimum of 3 participants is required.
The tour has audience targets motorcycle riders interested in riding the best motorcycle roads in the area visited. Group size can be between 4-14 people. Adventure Motorcycle Tours - Transylvania Live is member of the responsible travel network and we are committed to operating a travel policy that is supportive of local economies, cultures and the environment. We operate our tours with small groups in order to minimize the negative impact on the environment and allow our guests to interact more easily with the locals, facilitate the communication with the guide. The average age of group is, most of the time, between 35-60.
Ferry ticket across Dardanelle's Strait is included.
We only accept VISA and MASTERCARD. Please select only these two types of credit cards for the online payment.
If you pay on-line using our secure internet booking form your credit card can hold any type of currency, the amount of money to be taken will be exchanged in EURO by your bank, at their rate. We accept RON and EURO for offline credit card payment and wire transfer.
Yes, we do offer discounts provided they travel as a group; Contact us
Local Costs in a 3* restaurant: Soft Drink: $1.3; Beer: $1.7; Bottle of Wine: $8.7 - $18, 3 course dinner: $13.28 - $18.11. In shops these products can be 50% cheaper.
Our prices include the online secure payment commissions. However depending on your bank some commissions may occur for international money transfer. Please check with your bank!
In case we’ll have a full house situation at one of the hotels, an accommodation of an equal classification or better will be booked for you. In case of closed roads due to bad weather, working situations or dangerous weather conditions the itinerary could suffer changes.
Please follow our recommendation on How to arrive (heading found for any of our holidays at the Special notes and info section at the end of the tour page). Our guide will expect you with an Adventure Motorcycle Tours sign. In the unfortunate case of a flight being lost or delayed and prevent you in this way from getting to your meting point in good time, please call 0040 726 253 356.
Our tour fares are based on two in one hotel room. For occupancy by one person, the "single supplement" cost specified in each itinerary will be required.
If you travel alone you have to book the tour with a single supplement; if you wish to book a double room which you want to share with another traveler, we’ll do our best to make all arrangements, but in case this is not possible, you’ll have to pay the single supplement; however it is our strongest recommendation to book the tour with a single supplement when travelling alone.
Yes, also gluten-free, vegan. When you make the reservation of your tour please do not forget to fill in this information at Dietary Restrictions section.
Bulgaria tourist visa is not required for citizens of U.S. for a stay up to 90 days. Bulgaria is a member of the European Union so it shares the same legal legislation. Turkey requires a VISA for U.S. citizens. Obtaining the VISA is an easy, low cost process: https://e-visas.org/apply-turkey/visa-info1/faqs You will need a passport while in Bulgaria & Turkey. Your passport should be valid for at least six months after you have finished your trip.
All countries have their own visa requirements, which may change at short notice. However, please check with your local embassy or consulate for the very latest information for your nationality. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have all necessary visas for your travels. Try to obtain your visas before departing from your home country as it’s much easier than abroad.
Local currency: Bulgaria - Bulgarian Leva (BGN) Turkey - Turkish Lira (TRY) Important note: While cards provide a very good overall way of carrying your spending money, DO NOT totally rely on them, as there will be times when a computer is down, the machine has run out of money or some other problem means cash is not available! It is therefore advisable to always have some cash on-hand for emergencies.
ATMs are available in all the cities; near by hotels, our guide will come with good advice and recommendations. MasterCard ATM Locater– Search by address and by airport https://www.mastercard.us/en-us/consumers/get-support/find-nearest-atm.html Visa ATM Locator– Search by airport, city and country https://www.visa.com/atmlocator/#(page:home)
In Bulgaria & Turkey electric power in use is of 220 voltages, AC, usually 2 pronged.
Autumn is a very good season to travel to Turkey, if you are looking to experience discovering historical sites in depth, mild and comfortable temperatures Autumn season in Turkey (September, October, November) is second best with mostly mild weather, but the days are shorter, and rain may begin again in October. October: Antalya (20 °C), Izmir (18 °C), Istanbul (16 °C), Ankara (13 °C), Trabzon (15 °C), Erzurum (6 °C), Diyarbakir (17 °C) Bulgaria can have temperatures as high as 19°C in Autumn. You should bring some warmer clothes for the evenings though as things cool down to 12ºC at night.
Bulgarian time is EET (Eastern European Time), two hours ahead of GMT. Sofia, Bulgaria is seven hours ahead of Washington, DC - USA. Turkey is EET (Eastern European Time) - GMT+3 all year round
2 x trousers/long skirts such as Colombia or Kathmandu 1 x shorts 1 x set of bathers 5 x t-shirts 1 x thermal set 1 x polar fleece/jumper/windcheater 5 x socks and underwear 1 good broad rimmed hat 1 x set of thongs/sandals/flip flops 1 x light walking boots complete motorcycle gear rain gear
Yes, every motorcycle has a safety and mechanical inspection prior to every rental. We have trained technicians on premises. All motorcycles are maintained to manufacturers' specifications and our technicians are very well acquainted with all rented bikes. Your safety is our #1 priority.
You must have a valid motorcycle license to rent a motorcycle from Adventure Motorcycle Tours - Transylvania Live. The license from your country is sufficient - you don't have to get an international drivers license.
All models have power outlets built into the fairing that allow you to plug in your Global Positioning Unit.
Certain vehicles provide for lockable storage.
Yes, Adventure Motorcycle Tours – Transylvania Live location offers safe and secure storage of your excess luggage and personal items during your tour.
Adventure Motorcycle Tours - Transylvania Live can provide you with a side-car motorcycle on request. Please contact us for more details.
Adventure Motorcycle Tours – Transylvania Live has a good selection of helmets, gloves or rain suites for rent. Please note that the rental of these accessories depends upon availability. However we suggest you bring your own for fitment and comfort. Prices: 2-3 days – EURO 10 /day 4-6 days – EURO 8/ day 7-14 days – EURO 6/day Over 14 days – EURO 5/day
Yes, for your own safety, and per Romanian law, both you and your passenger are required to wear a certified helmet at all times when you ride our motorcycle.