Behold the treasures of Turkey on this all-encompassing Turkish tour.

Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
625kg pp per trip


  • Discover hidden gems on a walking tour of Istanbul
  • Contrast beauty and the horror at Gallipoli
  • Cruise the azure waters surrounding charming Ayvalik
  • Wander the impressive ruins of Ephesus near Selcuk
  • Understand the centuries of attraction to the cascading travertines of Pamukkale
  • Marvel at the rock-hewn churches of Goreme’s Open-Air Museum
  • See giant stone heads litter the summit of Mt Nemrut
  • Enjoy a homestay with a welcoming local family
  • Step back in time at Sanliurfa’s ancient bazaar


Travel to Istanbul and discover a magical city of minarets, mosques and markets that will inspire and delight. Get to know Sultanahmet or bargain with cheeky vendors in the Grand Bazaar. Be dazzled by the exquisite architecture of the Blue Mosque, sniff out the spice markets or grab a strong Turkish coffee and watch the world go by.
Reflect on a tragic moment in history amid the moving memorials and windswept scenery along this peninsula. Experience how the stunning natural beauty of Gallipoli makes it hard to believe that one of the most devastating and fiercely fought battles of WWI was fought here.
Take an optional trip to Troy where a little imagination can make the history of the ruins come to life. Later, in Ayvalik, relax on an Aegean cruise across the azure waters.
See how Ephesus, once the heart of the great Eastern Roman Empire, still retains some of its past glory. Then, maybe delve deeper into the area’s fascinating history at the Ephesus Museum or visit the Basilica of St John in Selcuk.
Admire the pools at Pamukkale, which have been famed for their medicinal qualities since Roman times. Enjoy a warming dip at Hierapolis and, during winter, stop by Aphrodisias, a city dedicated to the Greek goddess of love and beauty.
Discover a bewitching mix of history, charm and modern sophistication in Antalya. Visit the ruined city of Termessos, one of the best preserved archaeological sites in the region. During free time, wander through Kaleici to see relics of Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, and Ottoman occupation, visit ancient Hadrian's Gate and Hıdırlık Tower, or be lured by the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean.
Make tracks to Goreme and get ready to be wowed. Spend time at the Open-Air Museum, seeing incredible rock-hewn churches with brightly coloured frescoes. Enjoy an orientation walk around the city and witness traditional local life unfold among the sites. Whether wandering through the enigmatic ‘fairy chimneys’ or exploring its underground cities, Goreme is sure to mesmerise.
One of the more fascinating mountain summits in the world, Mt Nemrut is littered with majestic statues that represent gods long since forgotten. Reputedly created to guard the mausoleum of Antiochus, many of the statues’ heads have fallen off and tumbled, creating an almost macabre arena of stone beheadings. Hopefully arrive in time to see the setting sun illuminate this startling scene.
Travel by ferry across Ataturk Dam and journey to a village near Hilvan for a homestay. Experience the life of a local in this traditional area, sharing a home-cooked feast with the family and sleeping on soft Urfa mattress beds, typical of the region.
A Muslim pilgrimage site due to biblical Abraham reportedly being born here, Sanliurfa is an ancient city steeped in history that shows itself in every stone. Look out for a white carp in the sacred Fish Pool, enjoy views of the city from the Throne of Nimrod Fortress and be entranced by the incredible Kazzaz Bazaar, operating since 1562.
Looking out over the Mesopotamian plains onto northern Syria, Mardin is an intriguing city that is home to the Saffron Monastery, one of the world’s oldest monasteries.
Return to Istanbul, a city with one foot in the East and the other in the West. Be overwhelmed by its history, vibrancy and beauty on a walking tour before celebrating this Turkey Discovery tour over a dinner of delectable local cuisine.
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18 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Bus, Dolmus, Ferry, Gulet, Plane, Private minibus, Van
Homestay (1 night), Hotel (11 nights), Pension (6 nights)
Included activities
  • Boat trip
  • Dinner at homestay in Haci Yusuf
  • Goreme - Carpet shop visit & demonstration
  • Goreme - Home-cooked dinner
  • Goreme - Valley walk
  • Guided Tour of Gallipoli Peninsula
  • Istanbul - Leader-led walking tour
  • Mardin Orientation walk
  • Meal with local Family
  • Mt Nemrut
  • Orientation walk Antalya
  • Orientation walk Goreme
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis & Travertines National Park
  • Sanli Urfa Orientation walk
  • Selcuk - Ephesus Archaeological site
  • Termessos
  • Underground City


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