Istanbul to Kayseri (2 weeks)

Istanbul to Kayseri (2 weeks)

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This will be the fifth trip leg of a four month overland journey called “Vikings in Asia” which will go between Norway and Khazakstan. For more information about vehicles used, whats included, who this trip is for etc check out the website: www.vikingsinasia.com

Road tripping is the best, as it allows for flexibility whenever we want. That also makes it harder to have a set itinerary, but here is the plan for the second trip leg.

  

13.July: Istanbul

Let us know what time you will arrive so that we can pick you up at the airport. We will stay in the the beautiful city of Istanbul and explore town on our own and together.

Accommodation: We will find a AirBnb, hostel or campsite to stay at for cheap. Hostels are 9€ upwards.

14.July: Istanbul

Let us know what time you will arrive so that we can pick you up at the airport. We will stay in the the beautiful city of Istanbul and explore town on our own and together.

Accommodation: We will find a AirBnb, hostel or campsite to stay at for cheap. Hostels are 9€ upwards.

15.July: Istanbul- Iznik (140km/1,5hrs)

We will drive to Iznik which is an old Ottoman town famous for its production of times. All of the tiles used in Sultanahmet and other famous Ottoman landmarks were made in this beautiful city.

Accommodation: We will find a place to wildcamp near Lake Iznik (near Nicaea)

16.July: Iznik- Bilecik (60km/1hr)

We will drive to Bilecik, the spiritual birthplace of the Ottoman empire with the tomb of Seyh Edebali which is perched on a picturesque valley next to his mosque. We will also have the possibility to visit Söğüt, the birthplace of the Ottoman empire and resting place of Ertugrul gazi whom was the father of the first Ottoman sultan. 

17.July: Bilecik- Yazili (120km/1,5hrs)

We will drive to and stop in the picturesque city Eskişehir before continuing to Midas's Throne in Tazili. 

Accommodation: We will most likely bushcamp near Midas Monument

18.July: Yazili- Isparta (460km/ 6hrs)

We will drive south and have a stop at the Ayazini cave Church before continuing to Isparta where we can stop for a meal and go shopping.

Accommodation: We will most likely camp by a lake next to Isparta called Lake Burdur

19.July: Isparta- Antalya (130km/2hrs)

Today we will head to the coast to the famous resort town called Antalya. 

Accommodation: We will find a AirBnB, Hotel, Hostel or campsite. Should not be expensive.

20.July: Antalya

We will relax at the beach and explore Antalya town.

Accommodation: We will stay at an AirBnB, Hotel, Hostel or campsite. Should not be expensive.

21.July: Antalya- Side (80km/1hr)

We will relax at the beach and explore Side town.

Accommodation: We will camp at Pension Istanbul for less than 5€/night

22.July: Side- Alanya (70km/1hr)

We will take our time in the morning to explore Side town before driving to Kizilot where we can have a lunch and do some kitty shopping before continuing to Alanya, another famous Turkish beach town.

Accommodation: We will stay at an AirBnB, Hotel, Hostel or campsite. Should not be expensive. 

23.July: Alanya- Tekmen

We will relax at the beach and explore Antalya town in the morning before driving off east. On the way we will stop at the ruins of Antiochia ad Cragum where we can wild camp for a night or continue along the coast. Some of the beaches here are beautiful but have a lot of trash, so maybe we will do a cleanup and then camp on the beach afterwards.

Accommodation: We will most likely be camping on a beach, all by ourselves.

24.July: Tekmen- Gilindire/Bogsak

We will continue driving along the coast of Turkey, stopping to make lunch at the beach and having a dip in the heat. On the way we will also stop at the Gilindire Caves before continuing to find a bush camp near the Bogsak Lagoon.

Accommodation: We will most likely be camping on a beach

25.July: Gilindire/Bogsak- Mersin

We will drive to the city of Mersin where we will stay one night.

Accommodation: We will most likely be camping on a beach

26.July Mersin- Goreme

We will drive to Goreme, stopping at the Kaymakli underground city on the way and also the Tuz Gulu pink salt lake.

Accommodation: There will be lots of places to camp around Goreme, with superb views of the balloons launching in the morning.

27.July Goreme

We will stay in Goreme. Opt to go for a balloon ride and explore this beautiful landscape.

Accommodation: There will be lots of places to camp around Goreme, with superb views of the balloons launching in the morning.

28.July Goreme- Kayseri

We will drive to Kayseri, our final stop on the fifth ViA leg. 

Accommodation: We will stay at an AirBnB, Hotel, Hostel or campsite. Should not be expensive.  

29.July: Kayseri

As always we have added a couple of extra buffer days at the end of our itinerary in case we had found some sweet spots along the way where we decided to stay longer than planned. 

Accommodation: We will stay at an AirBnB, Hotel, Hostel or campsite. Should not be expensive.  

30.July: Kayseri

Today you can either explore town, relax at a hammam or come on a day trip.

Accommodation: We will stay at an AirBnB, Hotel, Hostel or campsite. Should not be expensive.  

31.July: Kayseri

Today is the final day of the fifth leg of Vikings in Asia. If you let us know your flight details we can drive you to the airport.

Accommodation: We will stay at an AirBnB, Hotel, Hostel or campsite. Should not be expensive.