Ride along the three seas: the Marmara, Aegean and the Black Sea Coasts. Cross Dardanelles and Bosphorus Straits! Venture up in the sky on a hot air balloon ride to enjoy the endless views of Anatolia.
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This Bulgaria & Turkey Motorcycle Tour takes you riding the motorbike along the three seas: the Marmara, Aegean and the Black Sea Coasts. Cross Dardanelles and Bosphorus Straits! Venture up in the sky on a hot air balloon ride to enjoy the endless views of Anatolia.
In addition you will visit UNESCO World Heritage sites and try the traditional Turkish cuisine. Enjoy this amazing 15-day Motorbike Adventure in Europe and Asia.
This motorcycle tour starts in the capital city of Bulgaria. Sofia is a charming city and surely will impress you.
The ride continues with amazing sites in Turkey. Cross the border at Edirne and ride along Dardanelles Strait on your way to Anzac Cove. This place breads history.
The archaeological sites of Troy and Ephesus are next on your adventure. And they are full of history and legends.
Continue your journey to central Anatolia to reach Cappadocia where you can visit the troglodyte cave-cities or enjoy a hot air balloon ride. Head to the Black Sea Coast offering great motorcycle rides. Arrive in Istanbul, the heart of Turkey.
The motorcycle tour ends in Bulgaria, in the capital city Sofia where you will pack your memories and catch your flight back home.
15 days of history, tradition, breathtaking views and pure fun.
2020 – October 04
2021 – October 03
2022 – October 02
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Bulgaria & Turkey Motorcycle Tour
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|Price**/1 rider*||Price**/1 co-rider*|
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Rider with BMW G 650 GS
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|Rider with BMW R 1200 GS LC|
|Rider with BMW R 1250 GS||€ 6539|
|*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.
Early Booking Special Offer available for bookings made until December 23 – 2020!
Special notes & info
Duration of the tour: 15 days
Riding days: 11 days
Total distance: Approximately 3735 km/ 2320 miles
Skill level: intermediate
Lodging type: good quality Hotels
Rides: on paved roads as well as on small sections of gravel roads
What to bring: Complete motorcycle gear with integral or flip up helmet
Starting point: you will be picked up from Sofia Airport in Bulgaria
We accept MasterCard and Visa on our on-line secure internet payment form, MasterCard, Visa, JCB, Diners Club and American Express via fax and phone.
We also accept payments via PayPal (by credit card, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or PayPal account), by Moneybookers, bank transfer and Western Union.
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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 Australians traveling abroad
According with Australian 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.
- You may be able to get an e-visa if staying for less than 90 days in a 180-day period. Apply through the official e-visa website only. Otherwise, arrange your visa through a Turkish embassy or consulate before you travel.
- 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 Australian 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 Australians visiting Turkey
Overall advice level:
Exercise a high degree of caution
Keep your personal belongings close. Lock hotel and train compartment doors from the inside.
Food and drink spiking is an issue. 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.
Scams are common among restaurants, taxis and carpet traders. Be wary of friendly locals who offer to take you to a bar for food and drinks. Insist taxi drivers use the meter. Be wary of deals where a carpet trader offers to send you goods by post.
Drought conditions in some cities can affect water supply. Running water may not be available in many places, including in hotels and accommodation.
Don’t use or carry illegal drugs. Penalties for drug offences are severe and include long prison sentences
By law, you must always carry photo ID. Keep your passport in a safe place. Carry a photocopy.
It’s illegal to ‘insult’ Turkey, the Turkish flag, the President or government, and the country’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Don’t make insulting comments, including on social media.
Get a receipt and an official certificate if you want to export cultural artifacts or antiquities. Exporting them without a permit is illegal. Other illegal activities include using a metal detector to search for artifacts, and defacing or destroying Turkish currency.
Turkey recognizes dual citizenship, but dual nationals with Turkish citizenship are viewed as Turkish citizens in legal matters. If you’re a male dual national, you may have to do military service. Check with a Turkish embassy or consulate before you travel.
Many parts of Turkey have conservative dress and behavior standards. Dress modestly, particularly at mosques and shrines. Respect religious and social traditions. Avoid public displays of affection.
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.
The Australian Embassy Ankara provides limited consular and passport assistance.
You can get full consular help from the Australian Consulate-General, Istanbul
15 day motorcycle adventure starting on the capital of Bulgaria - the city of Sofia and riding some of the Best roads in Turkey.
Sofia (Bulgaria)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), 413 km – 5.h50minStart 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 – Kilitbahir – Canakkale, 211 km – 3h40minRide 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 (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps). 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, 310 km – 5 hThe 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, 351 km – 6h15minMorning 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.
PamukkaleRest 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 – Egirdir – Kale – Konya, 417 km – 5h44minThe 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, 236 km – 3hContinue 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.
Goreme, CappadociaEnjoy 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, 291 km – 3h34minRide 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, 270 km – 3h35minFrom 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.
Zonguldah – Istanbul, 346 km – 6h33minRide your motorbike on the Black Sea Coast. Leave 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.
Istanbul - Rest DayEnjoy 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 Bosphrus Strait. You can visit Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia Mosque or enjoy a boat ride. Accommodation in Istanbul.
Istanbul - Sofia, 551 km - 7 hrsContinue 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.
SofiaTransfer to the Airport for your flight back home.
14 nights accommodation in very good 3* and 4* Hotels
welcome dinner in Sofia
farewell dinner in Istanbul
Motorcyclist English speaking guide
daily route briefing
by motorbike of your choice, gasoline, third party liability
return airport transfers
English speaking guide riding a motorcycle
support car carrying luggage, mechanical spares, water, etc.
Balloon Ride in Capadochia
Ephesus Archaeological site
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Special notes & info
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
flights, airport taxes
lunches and dinners
photo, video tax and other not mentioned
Adventure Motorcycle Tours – Transylvania Live specializes in motorcycle travel and we are here to offer you a personal, flexible highly efficient service and give you a superb riding experience. Therefore, if you have any other queries or you would like to adapt your package in any way, we will be pleased to offer you any assistance that you may require.
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: 808 101 6781 (UK); 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 Transylvania Live’s Terms and Conditions please visit us on line at: https://www.motorcycle-tours.travel/terms.html.
The client is at all time entitled to cancel the Travel Contract, but must pay Transylvania Live - Expert in Transylvania 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.
Yes, most of our tours operate even if there’s only one person. However, price for Turkey Motorcycle Tour is based on a minimum number of 6 riders.
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.
We do not provide individual tickets for rail, air, boat or ferry, unless these are included in the tour.
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 rates.
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
Yes, depending on the number of your group. Contact us
On-line bookings and payments are processed by Romcard, authorized agent for Mastercard and Visa in Romania and secured by Rapid SSL, the leading secure sockets layer (SSL) Certificate Authority enabling secure e-commerce and communications for Web sites. As a tour operator we are governed by the consumer and financial regulations of Romania and of the European Union. Romania’s legislation compels tour operators to protect tourists in case of insolvency.
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.
If you 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 a Transylvania Live 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 traveller, 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.
If you intend to visit Turkey for business or a vacation from the Australia, you will need to apply for an online visa before traveling. A Turkish eVisa will allow you to enter the country for a maximum stay of 90 days Total, within a window of 180 days beginning from when you apply. For more information for VISA for foreigners please visit: http://www.mfa.gov.tr/visa-information-for-foreigners.en.mfa
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.
If you intend to visit Turkey for business or a vacation from the US, you will need to apply for an online visa before traveling. A Turkish eVisa will allow you to enter the country for a maximum stay of 90 days Total, within a window of 180 days beginning from when you apply. For more information for VISA for foreigners please visit: http://www.mfa.gov.tr/visa-information-for-foreigners.en.mfa
The Turkish Lira is the currency of Turkey.
Leva is the currency in Bulgaria.
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.
ATMs are available in all the cities; near by hotels, our guide will come with good advice and recommendations. You can get local currency from banks and exchange bureaux, known as DOVIZ in Turkish.
MasterCard ATM Locater– Search by address and by airport https://www.mastercard.com/atmlocator/index.jsp atm locator
Visa ATM Locator– Search by airport, city and country https://visa.via.infonow.net/locator/global/jsp/SearchPage.jsp
In Bulgaria and Turkey, the power sockets are of type C and E. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz, AC, usually 2 pronged.
Your need for a power plug adapter depends on the power plugs used in your own country.
The support vehicle will also have power outlets for you to use whilst on the road.
All of Turkey is in one time zone. Turkey is on Eastern European time, 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT/UTC; Coordinated Universal Time), except during spring-to-autumn Daylight Saving Time, when it was 3 hours ahead of GMT.
Check right now what time is in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey: https://time.is/Turkey
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
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.
Yes, for your own safety, and per Bulgaria & Turkey law, both you and your passenger are required to wear a certified helmet at all times when you ride our motorcycle.
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.
2-3 days – EURO 10 /day
4-6 days – EURO 8/ day
7-14 days – EURO 6/day
Over 14 days – EURO 5/day