Biking in Turkey on the Sufi Trail
The Sufi Trail is suitable for bikes. Bikepackers can cycle with mountain bikes on the hiking Trail or with trekking and city bikes on the asphalt roads. We have put a lot of effort into creating a low traffic route with historical sites and natural scenery.
The Sufi bike Trail divers in some sections from the Sufi Hiking Trail.
The distance is approximately 800 km and for an average cyclist, it will take two weeks to complete the Sufi Bike Trail from Istanbul to Konya. In most city’s there are bike repair shops a list will be available soon. Bikepackers with their tent can always ask the Muhtar (village head) for permission to place their tent in little villages. The cities in Turkey aren’t particularly orientated on camping sites.
For accommodation, we have a complete list ready for members. You can join the Sufi Trail with the Sufi Trail starters pack in our webshop. Sufi Trail members are eligible for individual WhatsApp support.
Experiences on the Sufi Bike Trail
Already one group of Slovenian bikers cycled from Konya towards Istanbul. They used the services of Cem Balsun Founder of Istanbul on bike and Tour Guide who speaks: English, Italian and Spanish. We are in the early days of planning our first Istanbul Konya and Konya back to Istanbul tour on bike.
The future of the Sufi Bike Trail
In 2019 we welcome people who like to cycle with us with their own bikes or if needed we can provide information on good cycling tracks away from the busy roads.
The hiking Trail is always close to the cycling route and we will develop the trail as such that sand and dirt roads will be good enough for trekking bikes.
We hope to meet you on our next adventure on a bike! The Sufi Trail bike dates for 2019 are:
We gather in Yalova 8th of June @11:00 o’clock. If you come from Istanbul you can take the IDO-ferryboat. If you don’t have your own bike we can make arrangements with “Istanbul on Bike” to rent a bike for your bike week. The Sufi bike tour is at your own costs; the only support we ask is that you buy the Sufi Trail guidebook (Turkish or English). The program is divided into bike rides of 35 to 75 km per day.
Like to join? Just let us know via the Facebook event or come to Yalova IDO ferry port on the 8th of June.
Program: Kilometers are subject to change.
8 June Yalova IDO – Kurtköy 25 km
9 June Kurtköy – Orhangazi 25 km
10 June Orhangazi – Iznik 65 km
11 June İznik – Osmaneli 35 km
12 June Osmaneli – Bilecik 35 km
13 June Bilecik – Sogut 30 km
14 June Söğüt – Eskişehir 75 km
15 June Eskişehir city tour and finish.
In case you want to travel yourself contact Sufi Trail expert partner Istanbul on Bike:
SUFI TRAIL 14 NIGHTS SELF GUIDED BIKE TOUR ISTANBUL-KONYA
Whatsapp & mobile:
Iris Bezuijen: +31 6 440 447 90