• – 4th-20th September 2024
  • – Register by 06 June 2024
  • – Minimum sponsorship: R40,000
  • – Türkiye (Turkey)
  • – Difficulty: High
  • – Region: International
  • – Event: Cycle
  • – Registration: R21,000

Cycle through Türkiye (Turkey) and learn all about the Ottoman Empire!

This unique, one-of-a-kind challenge not only pushes you to the limits physically as you cycle through Türkiye (Turkey) but also allows you to learn and experience Ottoman history. You will have the chance to immerse yourself in this rich history by visiting key historical sites while accompanied by an experienced guide.

Take on this challenge of a lifetime while raising funds for one of our life-saving projects around the world.

To sign up, contact Zaheer Rajah

Email: [email protected]

Itinerary (subject to change)

  • Day 1 - Arrival

    • Arrive in Istanbul
    • Drive to Eskişehir
    • Hotel check-in and free time

  • Day 2 - Yazilikaya Village

    • Breakfast at hotel
    • Trekking in Yazilikaya Village (4 hours)
    • Explore old villages and Phrygian sites
    • Lunch at a local restaurant
    • Dinner at hotel

  • Day 3 - Cycle to Eskişehir

    • Breakfast at hotel
    • Transfer to Syed Gazi Complex
    • Visit the mosque and tomb of Syed Battal Gazi
    • Pick up bikes and cycle 43km back to Eskişehir
    • Overnight in Eskişehir

  • Day 4 - Cycle to Sogut

    • Morning visit to Old Eskişehir District, Odunpazari
    • Cycle to Sogut (50km)
    • Lunch at a local restaurant
    • Visit Ertugrul Gazi Tomb & Fountains, Ertugrul Gazi Museum, Hamidiye Idadisi & Hamidiye Mosque & Medrese
    • Overnight in Sogut

  • Day 5 - Cycle to Osmaneli

    • Breakfast at hotel
    • Cycle to Osmaneli through Vezirhan
    • Lunch at 17th-century Caravansaray in Vezirhan
    • Free time and tour of old streets in Osmaneli
    • Drive to Nicea
    • Overnight in Nicea

  • Day 6 - Cycle Nicea

    • Breakfast at hotel
    • Cycle around Nicea
    • Visit Hagia Sophia Mosque, Nilufer Hatun Imaret, Green Mosque and historic tile workshops’ archaeological site
    • Free time to enjoy Nicea Lake
    • Drive to Bursa
    • Overnight in Bursa

  • Day 7 - Explore Bursa

    • Breakfast at hotel
    • Explore Bursa – Great Mosque, Koza Han, Green Mosque & Green Tomb
    • Visit Cumalikizik
    • Drive to Istanbul
    • Overnight in Istanbul

  • Day 8 - Explore Istanbul

    • Explore Istanbul – Topkapi Palace, Haghia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque & Grand Bazar
    • Lunch at a local restaurant
    • Overnight in Istanbul

  • Day 9 - Farewell & Departure

    • Breakfast at hotel
    • Free time until departure
    • Transfer to the airport for flight home

What does the registration fee include?

  • Included

    • Airport transfers
    • Internal travel
    • Accommodation
    • Meals
    • Cycle and cycling equipment
    • Support vehicle
    • Entrance fees to historical sites
    • Experienced tour guide

  • Excluded

    • Flights
    • Travel Insurance
    • Spending money
    • Tips
    • Additional meals

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Fundraising Ideas

Bake Sale: A true classic. How about adding a theme to your fundraiser depending on the cause you’re raising for? E.g. a blue theme if you’re fundraising to provide clean water. Or you could really go for it, sell other homemade delights alongside your delicious baked goods like milkshakes, smoothies or classic desserts (trifle, cake & custard etc.).

Car Wash: Probably the most fun thing you could do, and all you need is water, a bucket, a sponge and some car shampoo. You could do this at your school or workplace, or you could even ask a local business to let you use their grounds/car park. Try make it more interesting by doing it in fancy dress and get your family and friends in on all the fun!

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