Black Sea Coastline
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The black Sea Coastline in Turkey is hemmed by towering evergreen mountainsides which fall abruptly into a sea as blue as the Mediterranean, and warmer still at 20 – 26 °C. The coastlines sandy banks shimmer in the sunlight in shades of grey to sugar brown as the waves play on the shore. The climate here is perfect for those seeking a summer holiday without sweltering in an unbearable heat wave. It is seldom that temperatures to rise above 30 °C.

The bustling metropolis, Istanbul, is the start and end point on this fascinating journey per E-bike and hotel which will take you, among other destinations, to the UNESCO World Heritage Mountain village, Safranbolu – world famous for its timber-framed buildings. A stroll through the lively streets and caravanserai are bound to leave great memories. Further cultural highlights on this tour include the historical towns of Amasra, Sinop and Kastamonu.

  • Safranbolu
  • Amasra
  • Bay of Gideros
   Dates Adult(PP)
From 24 June 2017 to 2 July 2017
based on 2 passengers in a twin/double
£1090.00
From 8 July 2017 to 16 July 2017
based on 2 passengers in a twin/double
£1090.00
From 22 July 2017 to 30 July 2017
based on 2 passengers in a twin/double
£1090.00
From 5 August 2017 to 13 August 2017
based on 2 passengers in a twin/double
£1090.00

Itinerary Changes:

For organisational purposes we retain the right to make changes to the tour itinerary.

Requirements (Level 2)

The e-bike stages on this tour require a normal level of fitness. The tours reach altitudes of 200 – 400 meters. The daily stages of approx. 30-70km take place in hilly and mountainous regions and are guided without time pressure. Steep and long ascends are included in the tour. Most roads are asphalt and in relatively good condition, with minimal traffic. A transport shuttle is at your disposal on all bike stages. Helmets are mandatory on all cycle tours. Please bring your own well fitted helmet with you. Rental helmets are available but must be reserved prior to arrival.

Catering:

The half board consists of breakfast and dinner each day. It starts with the evening meal on the day of arrival and ends with breakfast on the day of departure.

Participants:

Minimum: 4
Maximum: 12

Accommodation:

All hotels where you are accommodated on your individual bike tour along the Turkish Black Sea Coastline has been chosen carefully. They are very good Boutique hotels signed through well-kept establishments, has friendly, helpful staff and a distinguished cuisine.

If - in rare cases - it should not be possible to book a room in one of our carefully chosen hotels, Radurlaub Zeitreisen will take care to find a well fitting substitute hotel for you.

Night 1 - Istanbul | Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel
Night 2 - Safranbolu | Imren Lokum Konak Hotel
Night 3 - Amasra | Northdoor Hotel Amasra
Night 4 - Cide | Cide Konuk Evi Hotel
Night 5 - Abana | Tatilya Resort Hotel
Night 6 - Ayancik | Yavuzlar otel
Night 7 - Sinop | Hotel 117
Night 8 - Kastamonu | Kursunluhan

Luggage service & emergency service:

While you are cycling the transport of your luggage from hotel to hotel is cared for by our reliable, friendly luggage service. In case of punctures or accidents our special emergency service is always at your disposal.

Additional supplements:

Single room surcharge: £300.00 (booking requested)
Rental E-Bike: £160.00
Bicycle insurance against theft and damage of the rental e-bike: £20.00 (not insured: grossly negligent damage)
Additional accommodation in Istanbul (prices on request)

What's included

  • 8 overnight stays in quality boutique hotels in a double room
  • 9-day hotel and bike tour in the company of a tour guide and transport vehicle
  • Accompanying transport vehicle on all cycle tours
  • Bottled drinking water during the entire tour
  • Domestic flight Kastamonu - Istanbul
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Guided cycle tours as described in itinerary
  • Half Board
  • Overview-maps for the daily cycle tours

What's not included

  • Beverages in the hotels
  • Credit card payment fee: 2 % of total amount
  • Journey to Istanbul
  • Meals and beverages during the tour
  • Tips for driver and tour guides
  • Transfer/Taxi from airport to hotel in Istanbul

Day 1: Arrival at Istanbul

Individual arrival in Istanbul. The Turkish metropolis on the banks of the Bosporus has a colourful 2,600 year history leaving much to be discovered on your arrival, such as the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the old Sultans palace Topkapi Saray and of course the Grand Bassar. You will meet your accompanying travellers in the hotel, situated in the UNSECO protected suburb of Sultanahmet not far from the Hagia Sophia.

Day 2: Istanbul - Safranbolu (Cycling tour approx. 19 - 38 mi./30 - 60 km)

Early in the morning you leave Istanbul with your transfer shuttle that takes you to Alapli (approx. 3,5 hrs). On the way to Safranbolu you are able to partake on an e-bike tour through the forests between Alapli and Devrek. From here transfer shuttle to Safranbolu (1,5 hrs). The city has been under UNESCO protection since 1994. Safranbolu is home to more than 1,000 historical timber-framed buildings including a museum, mosques, graves, wells, Turkish baths, caravanserais and hundreds of homes. There is plenty of time to take a look at the town – overnight stay in Safranbolu.

Day 3: Safranbolu - Amasra (Cycling tour approx. 19 - 38 mi./30 - 60 km)

Today’s e-bike tour snakes its way through the forests of the Karabük province before entering the fertile lands on the outskirts of the Black Sea shoreline. The city of Amasra spreads itself from the peninsula to the nearby lying “Big Island” connected by an ancient stone bridge constructed in the 9th century. Recognisable ruins of the Byzantine citadel and the mighty city wall can still be seen on the peninsula. The night is spent in Amasra.

Day 4: Amasra - Giderosbucht - Cide (Cycling tour approx. 19 - 25 mi./30 - 40 km)

The day starts with an e-bike tour from Amasra to the famous Bay of Gideros, well known for its earlier pirate and smuggler occupation, today a protected archaeological site. The bay is mentioned as early as the 8th century B.C. referred to by Homer as Cytorus Bay. Linger next to the brilliant blue water before continuing for 12 km on your e-bike to the nearby city of Cide. The night is spent in Cide.

Day 5: Cide - Abana (Cycling tour approx. 19 - 44 mi./30 - 70 km)

Today’s tour takes you along the spectacularly steep coastline to Doganyurt. This is the hilliest region along the Black Sea coastline and boasts some of the most inspiring landscapes of the region. After a swim stop in Ilyasbey you continue by bike to the seaside town of Abana; home to a beautiful sandy beach. The night is spent in Abana.

Day 6: Abana - Ayancik (Cycling tour approx. 19 - 38 mi./30 - 60 km)

In the early afternoon you take an e-bike tour along the coastline to a pick nick spot located above an idyllic bay. Castle ruins add to the setting as you enjoy your open air midday meal. Reenergized you continue by bicycle to the popular swimmers paradise of Ayancik. If you prefer to put your legs up, you can enjoy the journey in the comfort of the shuttle bus. The night is spent in Ayancik.

Day 7: Ayancik - Sinop (Cycling tour approx. 19 - 38 mi./30 - 60 km)

Today you take your last tour along the shores of the Black Sea. After approx. 35 km you arrive at a picture perfect beach ideal for swimming and a lunch break. Thereafter you have the possibility to continue to Sinop by bike or to cover the miles in the shuttle bus. For many centuries Sinop played a substantial role as a centre of culture and trade on the shores of the Black Sea. The city, preserved in all its splendour, was founded as a trade colony for the city Milet. The night is spent in Sinop.

Day 8: Sinop - Kastamonu (Cycling tour approx. 18 - 25 mi./30 - 40 km)

A short transfer delivers you outside the city gates of Sinop. From here you ascend into the hills to Boyabat where a well preserved castle rests on the cliff top. Your journey into the mountains continues by bus to Kastamonu, named after the fortress of Kastra Komnenon. This dealt as the residence of the ruling aristocratic family in the Byzantine Empire in the 12th century. Join us on a guided tour through the town before dinner in a Karavansaray. The night is spent in Kastamonu.

Day 9: Kastamonu - Istanbul

Towards midday you have a domestic flight back to Istanbul. Should you wish to extend your stay in Istanbul then we are more than happy to book your accommodation. If you wish to continue your journey home on the same day, be sure to book a connecting flight which does not depart Istanbul before the early evening.

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Frequently asked questions

1. How fit do I need to be for these holidays?

Our Bikecations are designed to attract people of all ages and levels of fitness. All the holidays can be enjoyed by anyone who is reasonably fit. Some holidays involve greater distances or frequency of cycling and some will cover hillier terrain than others. Our tour gradings and itinerary descriptions should help guide you towards the most suitable holiday options for you. If you are not sure, give us a call.

2. How many miles a day can I expect to cycle?

This depends on the Bikecation you choose. These have been graded so you know what to expect.

For a bikecation leisure cycling holiday a gentle pace is about 7-8 miles per hour, so, if you cycle for four hours, you can expect to cover 25-30 miles comfortably. This leaves plenty of time for sightseeing, picnics, visiting castles or churches, stopping for morning coffee or whatever you want to do. You have all day to get to your next stopover, so you can relax and enjoy the countryside. We can also include rest days when you can enjoy other activities if you require.

For our road cycling and bespoke tours for groups we will advise you what is best for the particular trip you wish to ride on. Usually we try to cover 60-100 miles at an average speed of 13.5 to 14.5 mph but this can be slower or faster depending on the group.

3. What do I wear for leisure cycling ?

It is important to be comfortable when cycling so we suggest wearing thin layers of clothing. Padded cycling shorts, a zipped top, windproof light jacket and trainers are standard fare. Fast drying and hardwearing synthetic fabrics are ideal as a base layer as these allow your skin to breathe and wick the moisture away from your skin to the next layer, avoiding the chill which cotton T-shirts can cause. In mid-summer you may just need shorts and a t-shirt. Safety helmets are strongly recommended on all Bikecation holidays and are a legal requirement in some countries so please bring your own helmet. We will send out a What to wear document to you well in advance of your Bikecation.

4. Are cycling holidays suitable for children?

Cycling can make an ideal family holiday, provided the right distances are chosen for the younger members of the party. We would suggest that you call us to discuss the most suitable tours for your children. In most places we are able to offer children’s bikes and child seats, if you have toddlers or babies.

5. How much luggage can I bring?

Your luggage is transported for you every day so bring what you need to make your holiday relaxing and comfortable. Please try and limit it to one item of luggage per person and that it is clearly labelled. On some tours there is a weight limit per item.

6. What happens to my luggage?

We want you to enjoy your Bikecation to the full so, for your comfort, we arrange the transportation of your luggage from one hotel to the next. The only thing we ask is that you leave your suitcases in reception on setting out each morning, and the hoteliers will ensure that it is waiting for you at your next hotel. We will provide luggage labels for you. All you need carry with you are drinks, a camera, waterproofs and sun cream.

7. Is my money safe if anything happens to Bikecation?

Your money is safe when you book your Bikecation. To protect your payments fully, all monies paid by you to us for your holiday are held in a separate Client’s Trust Account and are not released to Bikecation until your holiday has taken place. This practice fully satisfies the requirements of EC and UK law. Please call us if you would like to discuss this further.

Bikecation is also fully licensed by ATOL ( no. T7462) that is issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). for full details how how your payments are protected, please read our Your Financial Security page.

8. Do I need to bring my own bike? What type of bike should I bring?

We arrange for hire bikes to be provided for your holiday or tour. However, if you would prefer to bring your own bike then by all means bring it with you, but it must be in good working order. We recommend either a hybrid or a mountain bike fitted with road tyres for our leisure cycling holidays.

For our road cycling trips we can advise on what is best for your situation but we regularly transport bikes to the start destination.

If you do bring your own bike, you should insure it separately. Most household insurance policies can be extended to cover your bike whilst on holiday.

9. What happens if I have a problem with the bike or any other problem en route ?

If you are provided with a bike it will be well-maintained and serviced before being rented out so there should be no problems however, there are emergency numbers provided in the Route Notes for more complex problems.
If you have brought your own bike and you are unable to fix it, we will find you a replacement for the rest of your holiday.

Our road cycling trips will also have back up support with a mechanic unless requested otherwise with a possible spare bike for any major problems.

10. What should I do about holiday insurance?

If you choose a holiday abroad, you should have adequate insurance to cover you for medical expenses and for cancellation or curtailment of your holiday. For holidays in the UK we recommend everyone should have holiday travel insurance. Not all insurance policies cover cycling daily so we recommend Campbell Irvine. For full information, please read our ‘Trip Preparation’ page

11. Where will I leave my car for the duration of the leisure cycling holiday?

In most cases you can leave your car for the duration of your holiday in the car park of the hotel used for the first night’s accommodation. Where parking is not available at the first hotel, you will be advised of the alternative arrangements made for you.

12. I’m on my own – Which holidays are best for me ?

Nearly all our holidays are open to single travellers, but our Group guided holidays may be of most interest. Group holidays give you the opportunity to meet others of like mind and to enjoy cycling together. The group ‘vibe’ continues into the evening if you decide to eat together. A guide will help you appreciate the history and culture of the area you’re visiting.

13. What type of accommodation can I expect?

There is a variety of accommodation ranging from Castles and Chateaux to small boutique hotels and good quality B&Bs, thereby offering a range of different priced holidays. If you have any questions regarding which accommodation is used in the trip you are interested in riding please contact the office.

14. What are the routes like?

The descriptions of our Leisure Bikecations indicate the main types of routes we use on each holiday, such as provincial roads, country lanes, dedicated cycle ways, some tracks and Casa Verdes (disused railway tracks). While we try to use quiet routes wherever possible, you should be comfortable riding occasionally in traffic. Traffic volumes can vary even on minor roads, especially in more popular tourist areas; we sometimes have to use short sections of busier roads to cross rivers or connect scenic routes, and traffic will inevitably be heavier in and near towns.

Some routes include occasional sections on unsurfaced tracks, but these don’t require any specific technical riding skills. If you are unsure of your level, or would like to know more about the cycling on specific holidays, then please do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable reservations team.

15. Do I need to bring money for food?

All the holidays include a hearty breakfast each day. Some also include lunch and an evening meal. Where they are not included, you are free to choose where and when to eat. Some hotels will provide you with a packed lunch on request, but most people like the freedom of stopping at the place of their choice to experience the local cuisine. Some routes have been designed to incorporate gastronomic delights and will include an evening meal. Details are given with each individual tour.

16. Is it possible to extend one of the holidays from a few days to a full week?

We have the resources to design a tour to suit your requirements, incorporating rest days if desired, taking in places that are of interest to you. Give us a call and we will try to accommodate your wishes. The only constraint may be the availability of the accommodation.

17. Can you arrange flights for the overseas tours?

Flights are not included in the tour price, however we can book flights for you. Holding an ATOL licence means that if you book a tour and flight together with us you will have the added piece of mind of the financial protection offered by ATOL. If you prefer to book your own, we recommend that you wait until your tour booking is confirmed before you book any flights and booking separately means you will not be covered by ATOL. For full information on our flight services please contact us on email@bikecation.co.uk

18. When are the tours available?

Departure dates are shown for all tours. Please be aware that the holidays are very dependent on the availability of the selected accommodation. These have been chosen carefully, looking for a high standard to ensure you are comfortable at all times. During busy periods this is not always available, so we advise that you should book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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