Turkey Explored Itinerary

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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Days 1-2 Istanbul

Be prepared to lose yourself in the multitude of art galleries, sprawling bazaars and chic cafes in the style capital of Turkey. Explore the Old Town and take in the towering Ottoman mosque and grandeur of Byzantine churches. Bargain for dried fruits, nuts and oils at the aromatic Spice Bazaar or relax with a steam, sauna and massage at a traditional Turkish hamam. There’s plenty of time to relax, explore and decipher the difference between a doner, a kebab and a borek.
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Day 3 Gallipoli

Better understand the brave comradeship shown by both the Allies and Central Powers during one of the bloodiest battles of World War I. Pay respects to all the soldiers who fought at Gallipoli, visiting the monuments and cemeteries dotted around the Gallipoli coastline.
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Day 4 Canakkale - Ayvalik

Wine. Dine. Relax. That is the name of the Ayvalik game. History buffs can head to Troy and explore some ancient ruins; otherwise, stay put and watch the sun sink behind the Aegean Sea from the beach.
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Day 5 Selçuk

Wander around the crumbling ruins of Ephesus, an impressive Greco-Roman temple. Check out the towering library of Celsus, which, in its heyday, stored thousands of ancient scrolls, as well as being the tomb for Celsus himself.
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Day 6 Pamukkale

Back in Roman days, the hot springs at Pamukkale drew an impressive crowd of ancient celebrities and royals. The therapeutic qualities of this ancient day spa still remain, so have a soak in the calcium rich pools and absorb the remedial benefits.
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Day 7 Fethiye

Head by bus to the blissful sapphire lagoon at Oludeniz. Pack sunnies, sunscreen and swimmers, and spend the day discovering all new shades of blue while taking a dip in this little slice of paradise. Stay overnight in the quaint town of Fethiye and treat yourself to some delicious homemade Turkish lemonade.
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Days 8-9 Southern coast cruising

Set sail at sunrise and swim, dive and snorkel around the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean. Venture to uninhabited Kekova Island and walk up to Simena Castle for a spectacular panoramic view of islands dotted throughout the turquoise water. Laze on the deck of the boat, explore the ocean further or just relax and breathe in the cool sea air.

Day 10 Antalya

Often described as the Turkish Riviera, Antalya is a historical goldmine. Amble along the cobblestone paths of the Old Quarter to see mosques, churches and Roman temples. Continue to the ruins of a historic Lycian landmark, hidden within a rugged mountainous terrain. Try Antalya’s signature dish, Piyaz - a zesty bean, vegetable and egg salad.
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Days 11-14 Cappadocia

Caves transform into castles as powerful desert winds create a natural wonder that needs to be seen to be believed. There is a long and noble history to uncover in Cappadocia. And one of the best ways to take it all in is from above in a hot air balloon. Choose to swoop over ‘fairy chimneys’ and spot tiny cave homes from the sky, then get a closer look on bike or foot. Be dwarfed by the enormous natural pillars and rock formations, then stay overnight with a local family in a quaint rock home. Cappadocia has a rich cultural history, so stroll the streets, watch a traditional Whirling Dervish performance or try the regional delight, testi kebap – a kebab where its meat, vegetables and spices are cooked in a clay pot and served with bread.
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Days 15-16 Kahta - Urfa

Drive across the dramatic Taurus Mountains and peek into the lives of rural local villages. Stop for a fresh meal that incorporates organic local produce and distinctive flavours. At Mt Nemrut National Park, see the metre-tall heads of a once hilltop tomb. Then journey to the birthplace of prophet Abraham, explore the traditional bazaar and listen to regional songs from Ottoman times.
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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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