Turkey, the battleground of many empires. In 1071, the Turks, the Crusaders and the Mongols all wanted to lay claim of it. And within this turbulent scene, emerges a hero, Ertuğrul Gazi, who was simply searching for a land for he and his 400 tent Kayi tribe to call home.

Ertuğrul, made the sun his flag, and the sky his tent when he faced off against his many foes; the Knights Templar, the fierce Mongols, and even Turcoman chieftains. But armed with an immense sense of justice, a steely fortitude, an unshakeable conviction of faith - he and his Alps successfully gave the Kayi tribe a new homeland in Sogut, Turkey.

In doing so, he lay the foundations of an empire that would transform the world. His son, Osman Gazi, would go on to establish the Ottoman Empire. An empire that ruled over three continents for six centuries. 

Join us on this epic cycling and trekking adventure across Turkey, as we follow in the footsteps of Ertuğrul. This is perfect for those of you wanting to combine doing a challenge for a great cause, with an experience that is rooted in Islamic history.

Cycling approximately 30 miles a day for 4 days and trekking 6 hours on one day - we will be able to provide clean safe drinking water to entire communities.

Sign up to this once in a lifetime opportunity to discover the significance of, and explore key Islamic heritage sites as you journey through the land, charting the rise of the Ottoman Empire. 

We will be visiting landmarks such as: 

  • The iconic Hagia Sofia
  • The Mosque of the Sahaba - Eyub El Ensari (RA) 
  • Karacashir - the first castle to be conquered under Ertugrul's command
  • The resting place of Ertugrul Gazi
  • Senatus Palace on the shores of Lake Nicea
  • Topkapi Palace

From visits to museums, to trips to an old tile workshop, a wander through the silk and spice markets, to unwinding in Ottoman hammams - there is something to pique the interest of everyone. 

A draft itinerary can be found here.

Please note - this is a difficult graded challenge, as we will be cycling across a mountainous region in Turkey. By signing up, you are agreeing to train for this challenge. 

Whilst this is a challenge, it is not a race – so you will be able to enjoy the breathtaking sights, sounds and smells whilst you cycle; stopping to admire the views and capture lots of stunning photographs for your memories…and of course, soak up the sun! 

Included: In-country transport, English speaking tour guide, bike hire, hotels, meals, support vehicles and entrance fees for all excursions - (flights not included).

Date: 13th - 21st September 2018

Registration: £550 (book your own flights)

Minimum Fundraising Target: £2,500

Deadline for Registration: 9th June 2018


Flight information: 

Your flight needs to arrive at Ataturk Airport by 12pm to make the airport transfer. 
Your flight needs to depart after 6pm to make the airport transfer. 

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Islamic Relief UK

Islamic Relief is an international relief and development charity that aims to alleviate the suffering of the worlds poorest people.

As well as responding to disasters and emergencies, Islamic Relief promotes sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities - regardless of race, religion or gender.

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