Turkey Explored Overview

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

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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Turkey Explored.

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Trip Validity

  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

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 ancient 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.

** Please note this trip is operating on alternate itinerary. Please see Important Notes for more details **

  • 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 and stay overnight in a cave hotel
  • 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:

    16 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Hotel (13 nts), Pension (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Bus, Dolmus, Gulet, Plane, Private Bus
  • Included activities:

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

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    577kg 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.

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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

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.

Day 4 Canakkale - Ayvalik

With a picturesque harbour facing the Aegean Sea, relaxed waterside cafes, hills of olive groves and nearby idyllic islands, Ayvalik exudes Turkish charm.

Day 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.

Days 8-9 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.

Day 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 11-14 Cappadocia

Cappadocia has one of the most astonishing landscapes above ground, and has a wealth of underground cities, caves houses and cultural roots stemming back to the Bronze Age.

Days 15-16 Kahta - Urfa

Steeped in history and famous for its unique cuisine, Sanliurfa is a magical city that blends ancient traditions with modern-day life.

Days 17-18 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.
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