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      EUR €1,185
      GBP £995
      NZD $1,915
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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 Best of Turkey.

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Trip Validity

  • 2015-01-01 - 2015-12-31

Uncover Turkish mysteries from iconic Istanbul to ancient Ephesus

Explore the mysterious land of the Ottomans Intrepid-style. Marvel at Mehmet Aga's masterpiece, the Blue Mosque, and bargain for trinkets in Istanbul's massive Grand Bazaar. Try delicious Turkish snacks, be mesmerised by the Whirling Dervishes and discover the underwater treasures of the Mediterranean on a relaxing boat cruise. From the laneways of ancient Ephesus to the bizarre landscapes of Cappadocia - take the plunge and discover a unique travel adventure waiting for you in Turkey.

  • Admire the travertine pools of Pamukkale
  • Discover lesser known sights on an Istanbul city walking tour
  • Enjoy a home-cooked meal with a Cappadocian family
  • Explore the ruins of Ephesus
  • Soak away worries in the Hierapolis hot springs
  • Taste traditional Turkish fruit wines
  • Travel across the Turkish plains to the Anatolian Steppe
  • Trek along part of the Lycian Way

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Finish:

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Guesthouse (2 nts), Hotel (11 nts), Overnight boat (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    Bus, Dolmus, Ferry, Gulet, Private Bus, Taxi
  • Included activities:

    Bursa - Dervish Lodge, Goreme - Home-cooked dinner, Goreme - Valley walk, Kayakoy - Ghost Village, Kayakoy - Lycian Hike, Pamukkale - Hierapolis & Travertines National Park, Selcuk - Ephesus Archaeological site, Selcuk - Gozleme making demonstration and lunch, Selcuk - Sirince visit & fruit wine tasting

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    289kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    A single supplement is available on this trip. This itinerary operates on a seasonal Itinerary. See Trips notes for further information.

  • Total price from

    USD $1,700
    CAD $1,755
    AUD $1,720
    EUR €1,185
    GBP £995
    NZD $1,915
    ZAR R17,215
    CHF FR1,430
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  • Per day from:

    USD $113
    CAD $117
    AUD $114
    EUR €79
    GBP £66
    NZD $127
    ZAR R1,147
    CHF FR95
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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 Bursa

Once the capital of the Ottoman State, Bursa has a rich architectural heritage. It's also famous for being the home of the Iskander (doner) kebab.

Days 4-5 Selcuk

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.

Days 7-8 Kayakoy

Once a small Greek town, Kayakoy is now virtually a ghost town and maintained as a museum with fascinating ruins, especially of the two churches.

Days 9-10 Kas / Turquoise coast overnight boat cruise

Sunken cities, Mediterranean beaches, a whitewashed Old Town, spectacular cuisine and a relaxed atmosphere are all found in delightful Kas.

Day 11 Konya

Home to the mesmerising Whirling Dervish sect of Islam, Konya has strong theological roots, remarkable architecture, a historical market district and excellent museums.

Days 12-13 Goreme

Sculptured by millenniums of erosion and centuries of human craftsmanship, Goreme is a truly magical place with fairy chimneys, rock-hewn churches and underground cities.

Day 14 Ankara

Travel from Goreme to Ankara by public bus ( 4.5 hrs 300km ). Stop in Ankara on the way to Istanbul for the night. Spend time exploring Ankara's many historic sites in this modern city Ankara Turkey's capital and second largest city with loads to offer travelers if you are prepared to explore. Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations with artifacts that date back to the Paleolithic era or Ankara Castle where you can view panoramic views of Ankara. While your here why not check out the restaurant and bar scene around Kavakhdere or sidewalk cafes and market stalls in Kizilay.

Day 15 Istanbul

The wonderful city of Istanbul has an incredibly rich history, amazing array of architectural styles, a delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, fascinating culture and oodles of style. We will be arriving back into Istanbul's Esenler Otogari Bus Station early in the morning. As there can be traffic delays we recommend that international flights shouldn't be booked prior to 1:00pm.
    • 15
    • ERSI
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $1,700
      CAD $1,755
      AUD $1,720
      EUR €1,185
      GBP £995
      NZD $1,915
      ZAR R17,215
      CHF FR1,430
      *
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