A motorcycle vacation in Turkey promises an exhilarating experience filled with breathtaking landscapes, vibrant cultures, and a rich tapestry of history. From ancient ruins to bustling bazaars, Turkey offers a captivating blend of East and West, providing motorcycle enthusiasts with a remarkable journey through time. In this comprehensive 3500-word review, we will traverse the diverse regions of Turkey, uncovering the must-see landmarks and enchanting destinations along the way.
Istanbul: Where East Meets West
Our journey commences in Istanbul, the vibrant metropolis straddling Europe and Asia. Ride across the iconic Bosporus Bridge, connecting the continents, and explore the historic district of Sultanahmet. Witness the grandeur of the Hagia Sophia, a marvel of Byzantine architecture, and the Blue Mosque, with its exquisite tilework. Wander through the bustling Grand Bazaar, immersing yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this ancient marketplace. Don’t miss the Topkapi Palace, where Ottoman sultans once resided, and take a leisurely cruise along the Bosporus to admire the city’s skyline.
Diamond Pruva Hotel Sultan Ahmet
Newly built and opened its door to guests in 2017, AJWA Sultanahmet – a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts is situated in famous Sultanahmet area, 10-minute walk from the Blue Mosque. This hotel is decorated in Ottoman-style and traditional accents. Featuring rooms with hand made carpets and Ottoman-style sofas, this hotel comes with a spa centre and an indoor pool. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Guests can admire selective pieces of art made by famous Azerbaijani artists such as Sattar Bahlulzade, Mahmud Mahmudzade, İslam İsrafilzade, Jamila Hashimova, Salam Salamzade, Mikayil Abdullayev, Nadir Akhundov and Maral Rahmanzade. Rauf Tuncer’s paintings representing the old days of Istanbul are also featured in Amber meeting room. All rooms offer an Loewe Ultra HD TV, electronic curtains, air conditioning and under floor heating system. For indulgence, rooms feature handmade Tabriz-style silk carpets and M Line Slow Motion beds. You will also find hairdryer, tea and coffee setup in the room. Private bathroom features hand-painted tiles and Dornbracht vitrified items.
Cappadocia: A Fairy Tale Landscape
Leaving the city behind, we venture to the surreal region of Cappadocia. Ride through the unique lunar-like landscapes, punctuated by towering rock formations known as “fairy chimneys.” Explore the ancient cave dwellings and rock-cut churches of Goreme Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Witness the awe-inspiring sunrise as hot air balloons drift across the horizon, creating a truly magical experience. For an unforgettable view, ride to Uchisar Castle, a natural fortress offering panoramic vistas of the entire region.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Kayseri
Offering an indoor pool and a spa and wellness centre, Radisson Blu Hotel, Kayseri is located in Kayseri. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and a minibar. Featuring a bath or shower, private bathroom. You can enjoy mountain view and city view from the room. Extras include satellite channels. At Radisson Blu Hotel, Kayseri you will find a restaurant and a fitness centre. The property offers free parking.
Ephesus: Ancient Roman Splendor
Continuing our journey, we head to Ephesus, an archaeological gem on the Aegean coast. Explore the well-preserved ruins of this ancient Roman city, including the Library of Celsus, the Great Theatre, and the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the past as you wander through the marble streets and marvel at the intricate mosaics. Nearby, visit the House of the Virgin Mary, a pilgrimage site believed to be the final resting place of the Virgin Mary.
Cella Hotel & SPA Ephesus
Located in Selcuk, Cella Hotel & SPA Ephesus features an outdoor pool, spa&wellness facilities, Turkish bath and a sauna. Remarkable historic attractions such as Ephesus ruins and Seven Sleepers are within 3 km distance of the property. With its replica statues and antic features, Cella Hotel & SPA Ephesus offers its guests a small tour of Ephesus. With an individual decor, each air-conditioned room at Cella Hotel & SPA Ephesus is fitted with a flat-screen satellite TV, telephone and a minibar. There is also a sitting area. Including a hairdryer and free toiletries, private bathrooms are equipped with a shower.
Pamukkale: The Cotton Castle
Venturing further south, we arrive at Pamukkale, a unique natural wonder renowned for its dazzling white terraces. These terraces are formed by mineral-rich thermal waters cascading down the hillside, creating an otherworldly landscape. Take a break from riding and soak in the thermal pools, believed to have healing properties. Visit the ancient city of Hierapolis, adjacent to Pamukkale, and explore its well-preserved ruins, including the magnificent theater and the Necropolis.
Pam Thermal Hotel Clinic & Spa
Surrounded by pine forests and green gardens, this thermal hotel is situated on a hillside. The hotel feature a spa centre, outdoor pool, which is heated in winter, and thermal spring travertines with healing red water.
The air-conditioned rooms of Pam Thermal Hotel are furnished in style with modern furniture. They all feature a balcony with forest, garden or pool views. Spa baths with thermal water are also offered in each room.
Antalya: Turquoise Coast Delights
Continuing along the stunning Turquoise Coast, we reach Antalya, a coastal paradise. Ride along the scenic coastal roads, offering breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea. Explore the historic old town, Kaleici, with its narrow cobblestone streets and well-preserved Ottoman-era houses. Visit the Antalya Museum to discover ancient artifacts from the region’s rich history. Don’t miss a boat trip to the Duden Waterfalls, where cascading waters plunge into the sea, creating a mesmerizing spectacle.
Laren Sea Side Hotel Spa
Set in Antalya, Laren Sea Side Hotel Spa offers beachfront accommodation 10 km from Hadrian’s Gate and offers various facilities, such as a shared lounge, a terrace and a bar. Among the facilities at this property are room service and a 24-hour front desk, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property has a year-round outdoor pool, fitness centre, sauna and garden. All guest rooms come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a minibar, a kettle, a shower, free toiletries and a desk.