Turkish Delight

Off-road mountain biking in Cappadocia





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Holiday Overview


  • Cycle the excellent singletrack of the Ihlara Canyon
  • Explore the underground city of Derinkuyu
  • Bike to the colourful traditional market at Urgup
  • Experience the weird and wonderful landscapes around Goreme

Our mountain biking holiday to Turkey is full of eastern promise. The central Turkish region of Cappadocia is one of the world's most outlandish and historic destinations, with an extraordinary lunar landscape of amazing rock formations, it's also a great place to enjoy mountain biking. Making the most of the cycling conditions here in Turkey it's noticable they are at times similar to those found in Moab. As a result we have put together a unique and exhilarating cycling experience that most levels of mountain bike rider can enjoy. Our bike journey begins and ends in the wonderfully authentic village of Urgup and takes us on a jaw-dropping biking adventure as we cycle through a vast kingdom of towering fairy-tale chimneys, yawning sandstone valleys and rock-hewn dwellings. Each day we cycle to different parts of the Cappodocia region, staying in comfortable family run hotels and enjoying the local cuisine. Amongst the must-see sights are cycling to the underground city of Derinkuyu, Orchisar Rock Village,biking the beautiful Ihlara Valley and a cycling visit to the carved frescoes of Goreme. This is a biking paradise, good for relative beginners and a chilled out holiday destination for the more experienced bike rider.

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Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Is this holiday for you?

SEMI-SLICK ADVENTURE. Mountain bike the best trails of the central Turkey in the region of Cappadocia. This area provides a unique and exhilarating bike experience. Each day we bike through different parts of the region, staying in comfortable family run hotels. The majority of the biking is on rough cart tracks and paths, punctuated with short sections of quiet country roads. Good quality, Semi-Slick tyres will handle these conditions well. Thanks to our vehicle support, this route will suit the occasional biker with a reasonable level of fitness. For more experienced riders there are options to extend each day and to include singletrack sections, such as the traverse of the Ihlara Canyon, and some challenging climbs. The support vehicle is almost always available on this relaxed mountain bike holiday.  BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE LOCALLY. 

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Urgup. Transfers from Kayseri and Nevsehir Airports are provided.
  • Ride the Uzenghi Valley to Ortahisar Castle. Traditional village tour and downhill return to Urgup.
  • Leaving Urgup, cycle the ‘Love Valley’ to the troglodyte town of Uchisar in the heart of Cappadocia.
  • Cycle south to the rock spires and caves of the Sognali Region. Transfer back Uchisar.
  • Transfer to Sognali and ride to Derinkuyu for subterranean city exploration. Drive onto Guzelyurt.
  • Today there is the option of independent exploration of Guzeyurt by bike or on foot.
  • A day of exciting paths and trails through Ihlara Canyon and across Mt Kucuk Hasan. Return to Urgup.
  • Day ride to the historical site of Goreme and through the Red Valley to conclude this Turkish Delight!
  • Departure day. Transfers to Kayseri and Nevsehir Airports are provided.
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Urgup. Transfers from Kayseri and Nevsehir Airports are provided.

    Meet at group hotel in Urgup. Transfers from Kayseri (and Nevsehir) airports to the group hotel are provided for all flights. The local guide or a representative of our agent will meet you in the arrivals hall at the airport. KE Land Only services begin with the evening meal.

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  • Ride the Uzenghi Valley to Ortahisar Castle. Traditional village tour and downhill return to Urgup.

    After breakfast at our hotel, we will have a quick briefing about the forthcoming trip and then assemble our bikes. Mid morning, we will set off, firstly on tarmac and then on a good dirt track. This first stage of our exploration takes us out to the valley of the Uzengi River and the village of Ortahisar. It takes about an hour to reach this charming settlement, with its picturesque castle and surrounding vineyards. Our local guide will make arrangements for our lunch in a restaurant, while we visit the castle. Ortahisar is a typical farming village, where harvested citrus fruits are still stored in caves in the surrounding cliffs. After lunch, there is a good downhill ride, with some sand traps. After a total of around 20 kilometres biking, most of this off road, we arrive back at the hotel in Urgup. This afternoon’s ride will act as a good warm-up for the following days and will give everyone a feel for the terrain and topography through which we will be riding. In the evening, we will take dinner at a local restaurant, before spending our second night in Urgup.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 400m

    • Distance 20km

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    • Descent 400m

    • Time 2 - 3 hrs cycling

  • Leaving Urgup, cycle the ‘Love Valley’ to the troglodyte town of Uchisar in the heart of Cappadocia.

    Today, we leave Urgup for a full day of biking. Riding alongside the Damsa, a tributary of the Red River, we reach Sarihan. Here, we can see a traditional caravanserai, which was built to house and protect traders travelling overland between Central Asia and Europe. We take lunch at our next stop, Avanos, which has been a centre for terracotta pottery since 3000 BC. We can visit one of the potteries, which is situated in a cave and have a go – it’s not as easy as it looks. Leaving Avanos, we head out to Cavusin, the site of the oldest Christian building in Cappadocia. We will continue our ride through 'Love Valley,' which is so-called because of its distinctly phallic rock towers. Our overnight stop is in a hotel in the troglodyte (cave-dweller’s) town of Uchisar, situated in the heart of Cappadocia.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 650m

    • Distance 30km

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    • Descent 400m

    • Time 2 - 3 hrs cycling

  • Cycle south to the rock spires and caves of the Sognali Region. Transfer back Uchisar.

    After breakfast, we head southwards to Soganli, an area famed for its Open Air Museum and wild, natural setting. En route, we pass through numerous villages and see a variety of caves and rock spires. The day starts out on tarmac and then tracks between fields, with a couple of short descents and ascents. We gain a ridge, which affords some varied, but not difficult riding conditions, before descending to follow field tracks to Kavak Village, where we have a tea stop. A good place to watch life go by. Beyond the village, the terrain feels more remote and barren. Again, this is a nice change and we enjoy a gradual descent to lunch in a local café, with a Wild West atmosphere. After lunch, we drop into a gorge and follow this on rough tracks for 8-10km/5-6 miles. The table-top mountains we can see ahead of us during late afternoon indicate that Soganli is just a manageable distance away. We then transfer back to our accommodation in Uchisar.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 700m

    • Distance 45km

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    • Descent 700m

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs cycling

  • Transfer to Sognali and ride to Derinkuyu for subterranean city exploration. Drive onto Guzelyurt.

    We begin the day with a transfer back to Soganli. From here, the start of our ride involves a short, but tough climb out of the gorge on a sandy road. Then, it is a long level ride across the plains and through the fields to the village of Orhanli. In contrast to other villages we’ve passed so far, Orhanli is altogether more primitive and gives an insight into the harsh life of the inhabitants of the high Anatolian Plateau. Leaving Orhanli, we continue westward to reach Derinkuyu in the early afternoon. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will visit the famous underground city and then have an afternoon’s ride to the base of Gollu Dag, a 2143 metre high volcano that is one of the biggest peaks in the area. This ride will take us to Komurcu Village via several other settlements, including Kiledere and Yazihoyuk. Komurcu is a pleasant, small village on the slopes of Gollu Dag. For those who still have energy to spare, there is the option to ascend Gollu Dag and to see ancient Hittite ruins. We then transfer to Guzelyurt, where we stay in a characterful hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 700m

    • Distance 60km

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    • Descent 700m

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs cycling

  • Today there is the option of independent exploration of Guzeyurt by bike or on foot.

    Today, we have the chance to take it easy in Guzelyurt. If you fancy a day off the bikes, you can do that – take a stroll through the lively streets of the town and see its homes built into man-made caves. Or, take a hike into the Monastery Valley and visit the cave churches. You could even go fishing at a nearby lake or just relax at the hotel with a book. The guide will take those who wish on a 10 kilometre ride around town, on quiet roads and dirt tracks. He will also be happy to give advice to anyone fancying a longer ride. We spend a second night in Guzelyurt.

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  • A day of exciting paths and trails through Ihlara Canyon and across Mt Kucuk Hasan. Return to Urgup.

    In the morning, we ride via Alanyurt to Selime, where we begin our descent to the Ihlara Canyon. Locally known as the 'Valley of the Sky', the canyon is home to several beautifully decorated, rock-cut churches, some of them occupying the most unlikely crevices. It is also home to the most technical mountain biking of the trip. There is some great riding, but also plenty of carrying bikes up and down narrow paths shrouded in thorny vegetation. We’ll lunch at Belisirma and then after 14 kilometres of this action, or an easier optional hike, we reach Ihlara Village, where we leave the canyon. From here, we will make a crossing of the Kucuk Hasan Mountain, on a good, wide dirt road, which will take us through Kitreli to Ulukisla. The gradient of the climb to the high point of this ride starts out easily, but steepens towards the top. A superb downhill ride then takes us to Ulukisla on the other side of the mountain, where we are picked up for the drive to our hotel in Urgup. After checking in at the group hotel, there may be time for us to go to the Turkish Baths or Hammam. Later, we head out into town to a local restaurant for our evening meal.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1500m

    • Distance 65km

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    • Descent 1500m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs cycling

  • Day ride to the historical site of Goreme and through the Red Valley to conclude this Turkish Delight!

    Our last full day of riding involves a circuit through some of the most important sights in Cappadocia, around Goreme. Goreme is a large, verdant, natural amphitheatre surrounded by steep cliffs. There is an excellent descent into the valley, on steep trails between the rock pillars – quite remarkable. Here, amongst the cliff walls can be found numerous caves, once one of the most important early Christian monastic settlements. The Goreme open-air museum is worth a visit. We continue our ride on tarmac and dirt roads, through spectacular natural and man-made rock architecture, to Zelve. We also enjoy a 4-kilometre singletrack ride through the Red Valley, which is one of the highlights of the trip. We end with a visit to the market in Urgup, which is one of the best you will ever see, with fantastically colourful produce stalls.

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    • Ascent 600m

    • Distance 30km

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    • Descent 600m

    • Time 2 - 3 hrs cycling

  • Departure day. Transfers to Kayseri and Nevsehir Airports are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Transfers to Kayseri (and Nevsehir) airports are provided for all flights. Should you wish to extend your time in Turkey please talk to one of our adventure travel consultants.

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Holiday Information

  • A professional English-speaking local mountain biking guide
  • Kayseri Airport transfers as described
  • Support vehicle(s) and driver(s) and any land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • All meals

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas (if required)
  • Tips for drivers and other local staff
  • Departure taxes (if applicable)
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc Bike Carriage on the flights - please check with your carrier for charges

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

Clients arriving at Kayseri Airport on day 1 and departing on the last day if the trip (on any flight) will be met by the trip leader or a representative of our local agent, who will assist with the transfer from the airport to the group hotel.

Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights. Contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

During this trip the group will spend 8 nights in comfortable family run hotels. All accommodation is allocated on a twin-sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same gender. Depending on availability it may be possible to book a single room for the hotel nights. Please contact our office for a quote.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All meals are included in the cost of the trip. Turkish food is amongst the finest in the world and we will have many opportunities to sample fresh local produce, as well as enjoying traditional Turkish mezzes. Breakfasts in hotels will usually consist of fresh baked bread, butter, jam and/or honey, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, yogurt, preserved meat, fruit juice, eggs, and tea or coffee. This is most often set out as a buffet. Lunches will usually be taken in a local cafe. Main courses range from simple grilled meats to elaborately baked fish and meat casseroles and there are also plenty of delicious vegetarian options. Those with a sweet tooth must try the famous Turkish baklava, which is layered filo pastry, stuffed with almond paste or pistachios steeped in syrup.

All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8.

Approximately £150 to £200 (or the equivalent in euros or dollars) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including your bar bills and tips for the support crew. If you intend to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly. Turkey’s unit of currency is Turkish Lira. By far the easiest way to obtain your travel cash is from ATM’s using a credit or debit card. ATM’s are available only in the larger towns we visit e.g. Urgup. Credit cards can be used to purchase goods and services in some shops, hotels and restaurants in Turkey.

The trip will be led by an experienced local English speaking Mountain Bike guide with support vehicle(s) and driver(s).

Tips do not form part of the wages of local staff but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. We recommend that tips to your local guide and driver are given at the end of the trip by the group as a whole. The actual amount of the tip is up to you but again this is best decided by the group as a whole and as a rough guide, a contribution from each group member of around £10 – 15 (in local currency equivalent) should provide a suitable pool for tips.

Taking a bike on an aircraft is usually straightforward. Different airlines have differing policies with regard to baggage allowances and transporting bikes. We strongly advise that you check the current policy of your chosen airline for carrying bikes and their baggage allowances before purchasing your air ticket. The baggage section on your chosen airline’s website will usually contain this information. We suggest that you are aware of the weight and dimensions of your intended check-in baggage in advance of your arrival at the airport as airlines may charge for both excess and oversize baggage, or refuse to carry oversized baggage. If you are using a domestic flight to connect with your International flight then it is likely that a different baggage policy will exist for the domestic and international flight sections. Again you should check the baggage policy with your chosen domestic airline prior to booking your domestic flight tickets. Any additional charges incurred for transporting your bike on any of the flights required for this adventure (international, domestic and internal flights within the trip itinerary - if applicable) are the responsibility of each individual client.

We recommend SEMI-SLICK tyres for this trip. Your bike must be at least a mid level Mountain Bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper or Trek 6500. Please call us if you are unsure about the suitability of your current bike. Front suspension is essential and comes as standard on the vast majority of modern mountain bikes. Many of the roads and tracks we follow are only suitable for four-wheel drive vehicles, and in many places not even these. We cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring that your bike is in perfect working condition before you start this trip. You are depending on your bike to transport you throughout your holiday, across demanding terrain. It is VITAL to ensure it is THOROUGHLY SERVICED to guarantee it is in good mechanical order before departure. If you are not mechanically minded, get your local bicycle dealer to service it for you. For home mechanics, points to note particularly are:

a) Check rims and if they are worn, cracked or dented replace with a new rim or wheel to avoid wheel failure. It is especially important to check that the rims on rim-braked bikes are not worn concave by the brake blocks - replace them if they are.

b) Check wheels are true and spoke tension is tight.

c) Check ALL bearings and quick release skewers, adjust / grease bearings as required.

d) Check and, if required, replace brake and gear cables.

e) Check brake discs, brake pads, calliper mounts and cables / hydraulic lines - replace if necessary.

f) Check, lube / threadlock (as required) and tighten all bolts to specified torque settings (esp. suspension pivots, bottom brackets, disc rotor bolts & disk mount bolts).

g) Check chain, cassette and chain rings for wear - replace as necessary.

h) Make sure you have the right tyres, inner tubes and BIKE SPECIFIC SPARES for your bike.

Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs to your bike e.g. fixing a puncture and changing an inner tube. Naturally, our bike guides will always be happy to assist with any repairs. However, due to the often-remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and the inconvenience of waiting for assistance.

Travelling with a bike is usually as straightforward as travelling with any other type of baggage -providing you have packed it adequately. We have many years experience of travelling with our bikes, and nowadays we think that the best way to travel and fly with a bike is to partially dismantle it and put it into a purpose made soft bike bag. Although more expensive than a cardboard bike box, they are smaller in size to transport and are considerably easier to handle. To pack your bike you simply remove both wheels and pedals and prepare it for travel as follows. Obviously, extra care when packing your bike can minimise the chances of accidental damage occurring in transit. Ask your local bike store for plastic wheel hub protectors (which will prevent damage to your bike bag) and plastic fork and frame spacers, insert the spacers into the dropouts, tape them in place and then put extra padding over this area. Use pipe insulation lagging (from your local DIY store) to cover frame tubes, forks and seat post. If required, remove your bars from the stem and attach them carefully to your frame/forks using plastic ties or pvc tape -ensure that your Ergo/Sti levers are well padded to minimise the chance of damage. You may also wish to remove your rear gear mech, pad it with foam and tape it to the chainstay out of harms way. Finally, you should partly deflate your tyres, but leave some air in them to help absorb any impact on the wheels. Don’t forget to pack wheel skewers, pedals and any bolts you have removed, these are the items that tend to get left behind. Finally, find an old cardboard bike box and cut out panels to fit inside your soft bike bag for extra protection. Don’t forget to bring sufficient packing materials to pack your bike on the way home.

PLEASE DO NOT USE a purpose-made rigid bike box -these are heavy (which can put you over your baggage allowance) and are also too bulky to be easily stored or transported on the group’s support vehicle.

Throughout this trip we have the back up of one or more support vehicles. Each morning (when moving to new accommodation) our main baggage will be loaded onto the support vehicle which will follow the group on the day's ride. The local biking leader and the support vehicle driver will watch over the group and will carry mobile phones, allowing you to contact them in the case of a breakdown or other incident. The support vehicle will pick up any group members who wish to take a break from cycling at any time.

One option is that you take your own bike on the holiday. It is the bike you know best and will provide you with the best riding experience. However, our local agent in Turkey has 2 different bikes for hire in a range of sizes. The first are Salcano (NG 020 Sram) bikes which have 26 inch wheels, front suspension and disc brakes. The second are Trek (X Caliber 9) bikes which have 29 inch wheels, front suspension and disc brakes. Each of these bikes works well for this trip. They have front suspension and disc brakes and are perfect for this trip. Bikes can be reserved (subject to availability) at a cost of US$150 for the Salcano and US$200 for the Trek. This fee is paid locally and does not include loss of the bikes or damage to them beyond fair wear and tear. You may be required to pay a security deposit or provide your credit card details when you pick up your hire bike. If you want to hire a bike, please contact the KE office with the type of bike and the frame size you require. We will reserve one on your behalf. We must stress that your hire contract will be with the local hire company and that KE cannot be held responsible for any issues arising from bike hire. The bikes are provided with flat pedals and with helmets (although you may prefer to take your own helmet). If you usually ride with clip-in 'spd' pedals, you should take your own pedals and shoes. You might also choose to take your saddle, which will go a long way towards making the hire bike feel like your own bike.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

A passport with a minimum of 2 months remaining validity from the date of entry is required (at least 6 months remaining validity is recommended). Visas are required by US, Canadian, UK and most European passport holders (but not by nationals of France, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Finland or Sweden).

All visitors to Turkey are required to purchase their entry visa via the Turkish Government website www.evisa.gov.tr prior to travel. You will need an email address and a printer connected to your computer in order to do this. After you have submitted your application you will be sent a verification email. Once you receive the “e-mail address verification message”, you will need to click the “approve” button and then proceed with the payment within 24 hours otherwise your application will time out and you will need to make a new application. Currently, the cost of the e-visa is 20 US Dollars. Payment can only be made with Visa or Mastercard (debit or credit cards). Once payment has been made you will receive a further email with a link to download the e-visa. Please print out and keep your e-Visa with you while entering and exiting Turkey.

Visas are valid for 180 days from the date of application for a stay of up to 90 days.

Note for Clients on Mount Ararat ONLY, we also require that you send us the following information by e-mail or by post at least 4 weeks prior to departure:

Your place of birth

Your Father’s full name

Your Mother’s full name

Please note that Mount Ararat permits will not be issued without these details.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.

Passport validity

You should ensure your passport satisfies the following criteria:

Valid for a minimum of six months from the date of entry into Turkey

Valid for at least three months from the date you leave Turkey

Valid for at least 60 days beyond the expiry date of your visa, e-visa or residence permit (visas and e-visas are often issued with 6 months validity so your passport may need to have eight months validity at the time your visa is issued).

The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for generally warm to hot days with cooler evenings. Good padded cycling shorts are essential.

Your bike must be at least a mid level Mountain Bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper or Trek 6500. Front suspension is essential. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.



  • stiff-soled cycling shoes or SPD’s


  • Base-layer - short sleeve cycling top (x 2)
  • Mid-layer- long sleeved cycling top (x 1)
  • Outer layer - lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Fleece jacket or jumper.


  • Regular biking gloves


  • Padded cycling shorts (x 2)
  • Cycling tights or tracksters


  • Eyewear - Biking glasses
  • Cycling helmet - mandatory

Daypack and contents

  • Cycling daypack (e.g. Camelbak) of at least 15 litres total capacity is recommended
  • Water bladder - min. 2 litres
  • Lightweight waterproof top
  • Multi-tool
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Inner tube
  • Pump
  • Camera
  • Sun cream
  • Small roll of gaffer tape
  • Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

Trek Bag Contents

  • Travel and apres biking clothes
  • Training/Leisure shoes for apres biking
  • Wash bag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial hand wash
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Swimwear
  • Chamois cream e.g. Assos/Ozone


Please note: If you are hiring a bike, you do not need to bring any spares – but you should still take a pump, a puncture repair kit and a couple of standard mountain bike inner tubes with Presta valves. Take either 26x2 or 29x2 tubes depending on the model of bike you have hired.

  • If you are taking your own bike, you should bring the following with you as a minimum. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally the bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.

Tyres – for this trip you will need 1.9 to 2.2 inch cross-country tyres suitable for mostly dry conditions.

  • Small pocket Pump
  • Plastic tyre levers
  • Small tube of grease
  • 4 x inner tubes
  • Liquid chain lube (bottle not aerosol)
  • Chain link extractor (if not on multi-tool)
  • 2 spare front and rear spokes
  • Spoke key
  • Multi-tool with Allen keys
  • 2x puncture repair kits
  • Spares specific to your bike **
  • 1 rear brake cable
  • 1 rear gear cable
  • Spare set of brake blocks / disc pads (front & back)

KE tools and spares

  • On all of our trips we carry a toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. As bikes become increasingly part specific it is impossible to carry a comprehensive range of spares compatible with all makes and models of bike. ** Please ensure you bring any bike-specific spares which might be needed - such as disc brake bleed kits (and appropriate fluid), shock pumps etc).


Energy Gels/Sports Drinks/Power Bars

  • We do provide ample supplies of water, snacks and lunches but if you like a particular energy gel, sports drink or power bar we suggest you bring a selection of your preferred choice along.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:


The better conditioned you are the more you will enjoy your trip. We suggest that you adopt a sensible weekly exercise regime and fit in a number of long cycle rides in hilly country to ensure you are physically capable of taking part in this trip - this will also provide you with an opportunity to make sure all your riding kit is tried and tested before you travel. Cycling is obviously the best activity to prepare for this trip, however, running, squash and swimming are also good for developing aerobic fitness and stamina.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

Daytime temperatures are likely to vary between 20 and 30 degrees centigrade at the times of year we operate this trip. During the hottest periods, we have the flexibility to make early starts to take advantage of the relatively cool mornings. The weather should generally be excellent, with clear skies and little rain. Since we are generally above 1000 metres elevation, the evenings can be quite cool, with temperatures dropping to 15 or even 10 degrees centigrade. In October, the temperatures will be cooler than those indicated above.

The national language of Turkey is Turkish. Few locals will speak English outside of the main tourist areas that we visit, however very few tourists make the effort to learn a little of the local languages. So it really impresses the locals to hear a few phrases in their own language and is a great way of enhancing your cultural experiences along the way. Don’t be discouraged by laughter, this is genuinely a sign of their appreciation; it is all part of the fun to try out your vocabulary. We recommend you take a pocket phrase book such as the Lonely Planet or Berlitz and learn some basics.

Lonely Planet Guide to Turkey. The Rough Guide to Turkey. Turkish Odyssey - A Traveller’s Guide to Turkey and Turkish Culture. Serif Yenin. Landscapes in Panoramic Turkey - from Istanbul to Ararat. Gerold Yong.

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