Cycling the Silk Route: Part 9 of our 9-Part YouTube Series
Last Friday in our monthly newsletter we announced the release of the ninth and final video in our series Cycling the Silk Route – a 9-part YouTube series. Next month in our newsletter we will release the Cycling the Silk Route full tour video.
Part 9: Kars to Istanbul
The ninth episode covers the Hills of Anatolia section of the Silk Route which takes the riders across the Anatolian plateau to the Bosphorus in Istanbul. Eastern Anatolia is the crossroads of the Armenian, Kurdish, Caucasian, Russian, and Turkish cultures. There, nature and civilizations have shifted through time, with palaces, castles, mosques, and churches dotting the rugged countryside. From the historical city of Kars the cyclists will follow a set of quiet roads along a deep valley in the Kackar Mountains to one of the most relaxed towns on the route, Yusefelli, then onwards to the ancient city of Amasya. Set on a secluded section of the Yesilirmak River, Amasya boasts stunning Ottoman period houses, and grandiose Pontic era tombs carved into Mountain walls. The last week will be spent cycling along secondary roads in rural Turkey and across the undulating Anatolian plateau, stopping in beautiful Sanfranbolu for a rest day, before arriving in historic Istanbul.