Thessaloniki to Istanbul Cycle Picture 1
Thessaloniki to Istanbul Cycle Picture 1

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Best Time of Year: March - October

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Dist:  460 mi

Min age:  18

Duration:  8

Thessaloniki to Istanbul Cycle

Bike Adventure

Join us on a truly epic cycling adventure through this mysterious and relatively unexplored cycling territory as we permeate further Eastwards through Europe with our friends from Yes to Life on the next stage of our epic Bike East Challenge.
Riding through three more exciting countries on this stage from Thessaloniki on the Aegean Sea to Istanbul at the frontier between Europe and Asia, from one great city of the Mediterranean to another we weave a path through the ancient lands of Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey steeped in history and legends. At the end of the ride. Some of the team will have completed an epic Odyssey all the way from London to Istanbul.


The ride will take in firstly the Aegean Coast of greece, before we take an unexpected turn inland once again to allow us a sneeky view of Bulgaria. Crossing a recently opened border crossing used by few, we shall enter Bulgaria by the back door, and enjoy an exploration of some of the country's quieter corners. Finally we shall make our crossing into Turkey, and will be witness to an amazing transition in culture between Eastern Europe and the middle east.

 


Itinerary

Friday, 5th October 2012 Fly to Thessaloniki Pre event night in Thessaloniki Day 1 - Saturday, 6th October Thessaloniki, Greece Asprovalta, Greece Distance - 58 miles (approx) Day2 - Sunday, 7th October Asprovalta, Greece Xanthi, Greece Distance - 89 miles Day 3 - Monday, 8th October Xanthi, Greece Kardazli, Bulgaria Distance - 80 miles Day 4 - Tuesday, 9th October Kardazli, Bulgaria Edirne, Turkey Distance - 85 miles Day 5 - Wednesday, 10th October Edirne, Turkey Corlu, Turkey Distance - 80 miles Day 6 - Thursday, 11th October Corlu, Turkey Istanbul, Turkey Distance - 72 miles Friday, 12th October Return flight to London Please Note - distances are approximate

 

Route Map


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Accommodation

This is a ride in the true meaning of adventure and accommodation will be a mixture of simple hotels & B&B's throughout the event (including buffet breakfasts). The standard of accommodation will fluctuate throughout the trip - but is designed to be functional - and to enable us to get a good night's sleep - and continue with the challenge. You will be sharing in twins or triples. If you require a single room then please request this at time of booking (a small supplement will be payable). Upgrades may be available for an extra charge if required. This trip includes one night in Thessaloniki prior to the ride, and the night at the end of the ride in Istanbul.

 

What is a Level 3.5 Cycling Challenge Like?

These challenge rides are either longer, with more ascent, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 10 hours cycling. In the case of a multi day ride, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be a keen cyclist for these events, and to enjoy training, and to ride regularly. If the ride is outside the EU, it is likely to be easier in terms of the physical riding, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to more basic living conditions (in the case of Asia / Africa especially)

 

How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.5 ‘Bike Ride’?

You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing long rides in the countryside - 6 hours + . You should be doing regular exercise - with some serious cycle training. Your typical comfortable cycling speed will be at least 22-24 km/hr, and you should be able to cycle at high speed for up to 1 hour or 25 km. You may also be concentrating on other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (ie sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - however cycling is the best preparation (obviously!)

 

Medical Issues

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.

It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.

 

Visas / Redtape

You should hold a valid passport for this event - Please check your passport validity! If you are unsure if your passport is valid to travel through the countries stated in this challenge please contact the Home Office for advice.

 

Included In Trip

Collection from Thessaloniki Airport, 7 nights accommodation (B&B), cycling leader/mechanic, first aider, team tools and spares, support vehicle & driver. The trip will also include the production of a DVD of the trip which will be available to participants for a nominal production and postage fee of £5. One transfer vehicle for the airport will be included. Please ask Adventure Café before booking flights.

 

Excluded From Trip

Lunches and Dinners… International Flights Spare Parts used.

 

Equipment Required

Bike Items
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike (with puncture resistant tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
2 X Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf, Inner Tubes*, Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Day Bag for support vehicle, Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Bike Lights (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Saddle Bag (recommended - can be used to carry asterisk* items)
Puncture Repair Kit*, Spare parts for your bike (specialist parts and spokes), Pump (suitable for your valve type)

Helmet (compulsory)
Personal Medikit  Suncream, Plasters, Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant

Washkit

Warm Clothing Medium Weight Softshell, Long sleeve Jersey / insulating layer Lightweight Gloves.

Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts, Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (wicking type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes suitable), Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
Casual Evening Wear

Waterproof Clothing
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in

Other
Travel Documents, EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) Credit Cards, Cash, Local Currency, Mobile Phone, Sunglasses
Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
Travel insurance (not included), Passport

Important
Make sure you do not ‘over pack’ - bring only what is essential for the trip 
A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure

 

Safety Information

By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as first aid kits, and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions. On any cycling itinerary you should take great care on the road - cycling single file wherever possible, avoiding the use of earphones, and wearing a helmet at all times whilst riding.

 

Weather

We hope to experience some pleasant Mediterranean warm weather - although, as ever, be prepared for all kinds! Typical weather stats for Thessaloniki / Istanbul in September/October suggest average daily maxima of between 22 and 25 degrees.

 

Notes on Cycling Events

This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss!

 

Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event


Guide price

£659

Difficulty
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This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information


 

Event Location


Thessaloniki to Istanbul Cycle Picture 2
Thessaloniki to Istanbul Cycle Picture 2

Thessaloniki to Istanbul Cycle Picture 3
Thessaloniki to Istanbul Cycle Picture 3