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.
Be mesmerised by the hypnotic rituals of the devout Whirling Dervishes in their home of Konya
Explore thousands of years of history hidden within the remarkable ruins of Ephesus, and taste Turkey in the local produce of the mountain village of Şirince
Paddle through the magical healing hot springs at Pamukkale and uncover the streets of Hierapolis that Cleopatra once walked
Discover the atmospheric remains of a Ghost Village and trek along the ancient trail of the Lycian Way to a lagoon of unforgettable turquoise
Set sail on the Mediterranean – explore sunken cities and hike to a knight’s castle
Walk into valleys honeycombed with caves churches, underground cities, prehistoric rock formations and fairy chimneys in Cappadocia
We recommend packing light, as you’ll need to carry your own luggage on and off transport and to and from hotels.
You’ll need your walking shoes, a hat, some sunscreen, and a daypack to explore some of historical sites. All site tours are guided, but you can wander at your own pace if you prefer.
This trip includes a memorable night on a boat cruising the southern coast. Cabins and bathroom facilities are shared and not air-conditioned. Most travellers prefer to grab the mattress, blankets and pillows and sleep on the deck under a bed of Mediterranean stars.
This is a classic Intrepid Original Tour, featuring the highlights of Turkey along with off the beaten track local experiences. Accommodation is comfortable and locally owned, supporting local economy.
This trip uses a combination of public and private transport, and all vehicles are modern and have air-conditioning and most are fitted with seatbelts. Some journeys can be long in order to maximise the areas visitied, but this gives you a chance to interact with the local community and see more of the country. You'll also be pleasantly surprised to find most Turkish buses have Wi-Fi and serve coffee and cake!
During the cooler months in Turkey of March, April, October and November we don't spend a night on the boat and instead stay in a local guest house for two nights in Kas.
During the months of May, June and September our normal itinerary will run with one night on the boat and one night in a local guesthouse in Kas.
During the months of July and August we spend two nights on the boat, and don't spend a night in the guest house.
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Welcome Meeting starts at 1pm on Day 1
A single supplement is available on this trip. On the following nights the Single Supplement is not available:
Days 8-9 Overnight boat (Day90 seasonal)
On the final day, this trip finishes at the Ataturk Airport between 1pm - 4pm. Transport facilities are available at the Airport including Metro, Local Bus and Taxi to take you anywhere in the greater Istanbul
This itinerary operates on a seasonal Itinerary. See Trips notes for further information.
If you are travelling on the below departures, you will be staying 2 nights on the overnight boat in Kas:
3 July 2017
7 August 2017
21 August 2017
Following recent safety incidents we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Turkey before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page - www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts
Our Best of Turkey trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 12 reviews in the last year.
I would have to say that the best part of this trip was definately our tour leader Iskender Us. He made sure every step of the way that our needs were catered for and even forethought needs before we got there. He was quite knowledgeable all the areas that we visited and even opened my eyes to my own country - as I was born there. You could tell that Iskender was well loved by all locals at every town that we went too. Through this the locals got to love us and include us as well! Would definately recommend this trip along with our tour leader ISKENDER US to see Turkey and everything that it has to offer. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE - Turkey and all the preparations that Intrepid did to make our trip the most enjoyable of a lifetime. Thank you Tulin
Review submitted 19 Jul 2017
The best of Turkey was just amazing from day 1 in Istanbul to the last 3 days in Cappadocia. The balloon ride will be probably one of the best things you will ever do! Pumakale & Esephus were spectacular, especially if you are into the History of past civilizations..Staying on the boat in KOKOVA was like living in a dream. There were some long bus rides; however you get to see so many spectacular sights & the quick flight back to Istanbul takes away a lot of the grind. Our tour leader Iskender was a true champion .. the best trip ever .. thank you so much ..Intrepid. "TURKEY .. JUST DO IT"
Review submitted 17 Jul 2017