Explore Turkey’s Mediterranean delights on an active tour

Experience Turkey from a different perspective. Abandon well-worn routes to forge a path through unexplored terrain, deep into the historical heart of Turkey. Travel from the minarets of Istanbul city, visiting Turkey’s holiest sites, cycling breathtaking Mediterranean coastlines, hiking the Lycian Way and kayaking over sunken cities. Take up the challenge and be amazed by all that this active travel adventure has to offer.

Start
Istanbul, Turkey
Finish
Antalya, Turkey
Countries
Turkey
Themes
Cycling, Explorer, Walking & Trekking
Code
ERXT
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
231kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Get lost in the maze of Istanbul's bustling backstreets
  • Pay respects to the Anzacs at Gallipoli
  • Hike along the ancient Lycian Way
  • Cycle through lush Mediterranean scenery around Kas
  • Kayak over a sunken city
  • Marvel at Pamukkale's chalky travertines
  • Visit Ephesus’s Roman ruins
  • Travel to Turkey's ancient thermal springs

Itinerary

Discover hidden charms on a walk through Istanbul’s bustling backstreets and watch a sunset over the impressive Sultanahmet skyline. If arriving early, be sure to get lost in the Grand Bazaar, visit the Bosphorus, or take a ferry cruise. Alternatively, venture to Taksim Square to mingle with locals.
Travel past fields of sunflowers and take in breathtaking views of the Sea of Marmara en route to the Gallipoli Peninsula.
Hike around the Anzac cemetries todayand reflect on a tragic moment in history.
Step back in time on a visit to the historic Roman ruins of Ephesus. Then, stretch the legs on a walk back to the town of Selcuk. On arrival, be sure to indulge in an invigorating scrub at the local hamam – it’s just the tonic for tired muscles.
Perhaps visit the fascinating Ephesus Museum before driving to Dalyan. Enjoy free time to relax in this cute town.
Later, enjoy a stroll along Fethiye’s harbour watching the traditional gulets bob on the water or grab a cheesy pide and head to the market.
Hike the ancient trails of the Lycian Way through olive groves and carob gardens, and past incredible relics of ancient civilisations. Visit remote villages and take in stunning vistas of the Mediterranean.
Trek along mountain tracks and arrive in Turkey’s chilled out Kabak. Exchange hiking boots for paddles on a kayaking adventure over a sunken Byzantine city. Swap to bikes for a cycle through the Kas countryside and ride past rustic villages with top-notch views of the Turquoise Coast. When the sun sets, head to the local market to purchase a handcrafted souvenir or two.
Take to the water as we head down to the coast of Ucagiz. Explore a sunken city and the many islands and coves
Today we journey 4hours by public bus to the jewel in the Turkish Mediterranean – Antalya.
There are no included activites today you can depart at anytime
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Inclusions

Meals
9 breakfasts, 3 lunches
Transport
Bus, Dolmus
Accommodation
Guesthouse (2 nights), Hotel (7 nights), Pension (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Lycian Way Hike
  • Selcuk - Ephesus Archaeological site

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Important notes

1. This trip starts on Day 1 in Istanbul at 1pm.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip. Please see trip notes for details.

Trip notes

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