Turkey Explored Overview

Discover the best of Turkey on this exciting journey exploring Istanbul, Gallipoli, Fethiye, Cappadocia and Mt Nemrut.

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      USD $1,970
      CAD $2,035
      AUD $1,995
      EUR €1,370
      GBP £1,155
      NZD $2,220
      ZAR R19,970
      CHF FR1,660
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There is an earlier version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014. View earlier Turkey Explored.

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Trip Validity

  • 2015-01-01 - 2015-12-31

Sink your teeth into a Turkish adventure from Istanbul to Urfa

Historically rich with its medieval Ottoman period and chronicle of Gallipoli, and fashionably chic with the cosmopolitan buzz of Istanbul and the celebrity getaway of Antalya, Turkey is an unmissable country overflowing with character, where Noah’s Ark (allegedly) landed, Santa Claus originated and Hemingway was inspired. It's a place where the yin and yang of old and new complement each other - contemporary galleries stand next to cathedrals, stylish cafes sit alongside bazaars and trendsetting bars float over turquoise waters. Travel from Istanbul through the very best of Turkey - Gallipoli, Fethiye, Pamukkale, Antalya, and Cappadocia - and discover the people, history, cuisine and landscapes that make this destination such a treasure.

  • Explore Istanbul’s buzzing contemporary art scene
  • Better understand the harrowing war zone of Gallipoli
  • Check out Ephesus, one of the greatest Greco-Roman sites in the world
  • Swim in a brilliant blue lagoon at Oludeniz
  • Cruise around turquoise seas and visit Kekova Island
  • Laze in the sun on the pristine white beaches of Antalya
  • Discover the bizarre rock formations of Cappadocia
  • Drive around Mt Nemrut in search of massive stone heads

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Finish:

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    17 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Homestay (1 nt), Hotel (13 nts), Overnight boat (1 nt), Pension (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Gulet, Private Bus
  • Included activities:

    Boat trip to Kekova 1night all inc, Gallipoli Visit, Istanbul - Spice Market, Red Valley Walk in Capadoccia

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    662kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS: Please note that the maximum check-in baggage allowance for our flight from Urfa to Istanbul on Day 17 is 15kgs per person., A single supplement is available on this trip

  • Total price from

    USD $1,970
    CAD $2,035
    AUD $1,995
    EUR €1,370
    GBP £1,155
    NZD $2,220
    ZAR R19,970
    CHF FR1,660
    *
    Price information
  • Per day from:

    USD $109
    CAD $113
    AUD $110
    EUR €76
    GBP £64
    NZD $123
    ZAR R1,109
    CHF FR92
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Days 1-2 Istanbul

Adorned with treasure from all periods of human history, Istanbul is not only one of the world's most fascinating places, it's also one of its most mesmerising.

Day 3 Gallipoli/Eceabat

The Gallipoli Peninsula, a place of devastation and tragedy during World War I, is a place of great beauty and a memorial to all soldiers that fell there.

Days 4-5 Selçuk

Selcuk's claim to fame is its proximity to the amazing ruins of Ephesus, although it has its own charm with its orchards, forests and strong cultural roots.

Day 6 Pamukkale

The arresting cascade of travertines and nearby hot springs have attracted visitors to Pamukkale since ancient times.

Day 7 Fethiye

The beach at Oludeniz is the Turkish Tourist Board's poster child, three kilometres of golden sand abutting the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean. Enjoy the laidback atmosphere of Fethiye and stroll the impressive harbour filled with traditional gulet, fishing boats and cruise boats that day-trip the pretty harbour islands.

Day 8 Southern Coast Cruising

Lying off the coast not far from Kas is the island of Kekova and its fascinating sunken city - an ancient settlement submerged in a few metres of translucent, turquoise water.

Days 9-10 Antalya

With cobblestone streets and beautifully preserved Ottoman-style buildings, Antalya's Old Town lies along Turkey's Mediterranean coast and looks on to picturesque mountains.

Days 11-12 Cappadocia

Be dazzled by the surreal landscape of Goreme, nestled in the heartland of Cappadocia. See churches and dwellings scooped out of soft volcanic rock that stretches upwards in epic columns. Lose track of time at the Goreme Open Air Museum, a monastic complex composed of ancient churches, chapels and rectories. Incredibly, some of these buildings date back to AD900.

Day 13 Nemrut

Stare into the eyes of the colossal stone heads atop Mt Nemrut (also known as Nemrut Dagi) and have the camera ready for some stunning sunset shots. These creations adorn the tomb of King Antiochus, a warlord and king who lived thousands of years ago.

Day 14 Kahta Homestay

Experience local life at a homestay in Kahta. Enjoy a feast prepared by our friendly hosts and learn about the local culture. Tonight, curl up on a traditional Urfa mattress or sleep out under the stars.

Day 15 Urfa

Take a private transfer from Nemrut to Urfa ( approximately 2hrs ) 120km. included: Ataturk Dam, Gobeklitepe, Urfa Balik Pools optional: Bazaar Urfa Legends abound in Urfa, the Prophets' City. Abraham of Bible fame was born in a cave here, and pilgrims flock to Dergah to visit both the cave and the Throne of Nimrod fortress, where Nimrod threw Abraham into the fire. Here you will also find a scared pool filled with well-fed carp. Keep an eye out for a white one, as legend states you will go to heaven if you see it. You might also like to explore the Urfa Museum, or the wondrous medieval bazaar where villagers make their way to daily to sell their local produce. In your free time wander the meandering alleyways to discover some of the fine old Urfa houses. An interesting blend of Turkish, Kurdish and Arabic influences intertwine here to make your visit a magical one.

Day 16 Mardin

Jump on board a local bus out to Mardin. Orientate yourself with a walk around the city before visiting the magnificent Deyrulzafaran Monastery. Located off the beaten track, this historical landmark is a real treasure and well worth exploring. Time permitting, we’ll venture over to Sabanci City Museum afterwards.

Days 17-18 Istanbul

Fly back to Istanbul and catch up on some last minute sightseeing and shopping. Experience the crazy, colourful nightlife on offer, whether it be raging away at a nightclub, celebrity spotting at an upmarket bar or jamming at a live gig. Alternatively, sit down to a long meal of Turkish delicacies and finish with a glass of the potent, anise-flavoured liquor, raki.
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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $1,970
      CAD $2,035
      AUD $1,995
      EUR €1,370
      GBP £1,155
      NZD $2,220
      ZAR R19,970
      CHF FR1,660
      *
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