What is it?
Raise money for those in need while reliving the rise of the Ottoman Empire as you cycle through Turkey, a country rich in history and spanning two continents - eastern Europe and western Asia. Witness spectacular monuments and cities in which many historical events have transpired.
From nomads to sultans, from tents to cities, embark on a journey through the past that will change your life, as well as the lives of refugees.
It is a moderate to high intensity bike challenge for cycle enthusiasts.
Upon arrival at Istanbul, set off for a 4-5 hour drive to Eskisehir on the Asian side of the country, and enjoy spectacular countryside views. Check- in and have some free time.
The land of Midas
After breakfast, begin a 4-hour trek on a route through old villages and Phrygian sites Yazilikaya, also known as Midas City.
The First Ghazi
Morning visit to Syed Gazi Complex where the tomb of Syed Battal Gazi is located. After that we’ll pick up our bikes and cycle the 43km back to Eskisehir.
Settle down at Sogut
Morning visit to Old Eskisehir District, Odunpazari and then a 50km bike journey to Sogut. Time for you to discover the first settlement of the Ottoman Empire.
Sogut to Osmaneli
From Sogut, start biking towards Osmaneli, with a pit-stop at Vezirhan for lunch. Drive to Nicea, and overnight.
Explore the Byzantine City
Start biking around Nicea, one of the important cities of Ottoman between 14th and 17th centuries. Drive to Bursa, and overnight.
Discover Bursa, the First Capital. Home of the Eskinder Kebab
Discover the city of Bursa with visits to Great Mosque, Korza Han - Bursa Silk Market and more. Then visit Cumalikizik where the architectural structures of the early Ottoman period are still protected and intact. Drive to Istanbul, and overnight.
Home Sweet Home
Free time after breakfast until departure.
*This itinerary is to be used as a guide. The order and sequence of events and visits may change.
Every day, the world sees a rise in the number of refugees who are forced to flee their home countries due to fear of persecution for multiple reasons. These displaced people are in desperate need of humanitarian aid. As they settle in neighbouring countries, they are struggling to survive without food, clean water, shelter or medicine.
Through this challenge, you will be contributing to our Syrian Refugees. We will be distributing aid such as food aid sets, milk for children, hygiene kits, shelters, water supply, and daily bread from Care Bakeries.
Providing aid to the refugees such as:
Food aid sets, milk for children, hygiene kits, shelters, water supply, daily bread from