THE ASIAN GATEWAY
The Gateway bisects an entire map of Europe. From west to east this covers it all. Once finished you would have cycled across an entire continent. The longest of the Journeys, this route is a real adventure!
The Gateway is split into 3 legs. You can join on specific legs, or complete the whole route.
Countries: England, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey
Distance: 3860 km / 2400 miles
Duration: Up to 47 days
Cost: From £2600 - Group Discounts Offered
Dates:17th Aug - 03rd Oct 2019
August 2020 exact dates TBC
Leg 1: London to Munich Distance: 1215 km / 755 miles Duration: 16 days
We depart London and head for Dover, making full use of the cycleways when possible. The following day we have a shorter cycle into the fairy-tale medieval town of Bruges, before our final push to Brussels. A great introduction into the Journey can be celebrated with sampling Belgium's world famous beers or eating your body weight in waffles on your well earned rest day.
Passing through Luxembourg we head into the Mosel region of Germany, with a rest day in Heidelberg before continuing onto Bavaria. Regular rest days ensure that balance of having time exploring Europe's finest regions, and getting some much needed miles in your legs. We cycle through three countries, endless famous landmarks and picturesque walled villages, before arriving into Munich for a well earned rest. Each day of the Journey will finish in hotel accommodation, a hot shower and warm bed awaits, ensuring you are fully rested for the next days cycling.
Leg 2: Munich to Dubrovnik Distance: 1300 km / 805 miles Duration: 16 days
We start the leg into Austria stopping at beautiful Salzburg. Onward south we tackle one of the highlights of the Journey, and a big tick on any cyclists bucket list; Großglockner High Alpine Pass. Ascending to 2556m this is an incredibly tough day but one that will live with you forever. Leaving Austria into Slovenia we pass Lake Bled and gently meander into the Slovenian Capital, ready to feast on its multinational infused cuisine.
From central Europe's mountain passes into the Adriatic coastline this leg takes you from one spectacular world to the next. Heading south with the impressive Dinaric Alps on our left, we travel down the infamous turquoise Croatian Dalmatian coast. Crossing over the halfway point of the Journey, and making a huge mark on the European map for distance covered, finishing this leg is incredibly rewarding. Perhaps a rakia to celebrate?
Leg 3: Dubrovnik to Istanbul Distance: 1345 km / 834 miles Duration: 15 days
Moving east through the challenging fjord-like Bay of Kotor and Albanian mountain ranges, we head into the Šar Mountains of Macedonia towards Lake Ohrid. Slowly becoming less congested these winding hilly roads offer continuous picture perfect views that make every climb uphill worthwhile. Leaving our last mountain range of the Journey we drop into Greece, the loss in elevation is welcomed along with the slight increase in temperature.
Catching glimpses of the Aegean Sea as we traverse across Greece we are treated to some beautiful, off the beaten track areas not experienced by most. Eventually cycling up to the Bosporus with the minarets of the iconic Blue Mosque visible on the horizon, Europe behind you and Asia infront, your achievement of cycling across an entire continent is phenomenal.
47 Nights hotel accommodation including the night in London prior to departure for briefing.
47 Breakfasts and 23 Dinners
Support vehicle for luggage transport and mechanical assistance
Daily cycle guide, and physical route maps or GPS points
Mammoth Journeys Cycle top
Recommended kit list
Airport Transfer at the start and end of your Journey (conditions apply)
Bike Transport Return to England
For more detailed information and breakdown of each leg including the route, click on the PDF Document or visit the FAQ page.