Depart on an adventure through the magical landscapes of Turkey
Experience the stunning sights and tantalising tastes of Turkey on this two-week adventure that takes in all the highlights and then some. Become acquainted with illustrious Istanbul, behold landscapes like no other around Cappadocia, and sail the all-too-pretty islands off Kekova. Marvel at the ancient ruins of Ephesus, settle in for a spectacular soaking in Pamukkale’s thermal hot springs, and reflect on the tragedies and gallantries that took place along Gallipoli’s windswept peninsula. Brimming with history, bustling with progress and bursting with flavour, Turkey intrigues and delights at every turn of this perfectly paced small group adventure.
Feast your eyes on Turkey's most spectacular and surreal sights, from the 'Cotton Castle' of Pamukkale to the psychedelic rockscapes of Cappadocia
Enjoy a local lunch while sailing the Kekova islands. Spot underwater cities from above, then spend the afternoon snorkelling
Your exploration of Derinkuyu is a walking tour with a twist. This astounding ancient city extends some 60 metres underground
Forget about Greece or Italy – bliss out on the beaches of Fethiye. Here are some of the bluest waters you will find
Pay your respects to the fallen at Gallipoli, a moving and educational experience regardless of your age or background
This trip covers a lot in two weeks, so there are some long travel days (especially Day 6 and Day 13). All travel is in comfortable air-conditioned private and public buses; stops are frequent and the scenery is superb. We believe this is the best way to really see a country like Turkey and experience the diverse landscapes.
Much of the travel is on public buses, which not only minimises the carbon footprint, but also provides opportunities to interact with the locals. You will be pleasantly surprised that most Turkish buses have Wi-Fi and serve coffee and cake!
You will need sturdy walking shoes, a hat, some sunscreen and a day pack to explore some of the historical sites. All site tours are guided but you can wander at your own pace if your prefer.
Anzac Cove can get quite cool in the months of April and October. Bring a wind-proof jacket if you can.
The weather can be warmer in July and August, but this is the best time to enjoy the clear waters of the Mediterranean, and our activities will be timed to miss the heat of the day.
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An airport arrival transfer is included from Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking. If arriving in to Sabiha Gocken Airport, an arrival transfer is available at additional cost.
An optional single supplement is available on this trip. Please refer to your booking agent for further information. Please note: single supplement rooms are smaller than double or twin rooms.
Following recent safety incidents we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Turkey before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page - www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts
Our Turkey Encompassed trips score an average of 4.9 out of 5 based on 39 reviews in the last year.
I can't say enough about traveling in Turkey with Intrepid. The people are friendly, the itinerary was wonderful, and the food is to die for. Everything was organized and it was so easy to enjoy my vacation. When planning holidays, my first instinct is to check to see what Intrepid has to offer.
Review submitted 09 Jun 2017
To travel 2,600 km over 13 days means doing an average of 200 km per day -- so bus trips typically require 3 to 5 hours. Nevertheless, there was still time each day to get in walks around the cities, visit sites, and experience the wealth of the culture & history of Turkey. There is no other way to pack in the opportunities to see so much of Turkey, so come prepared to occupy your time while on those daily bus trips.
Review submitted 09 Jun 2017