Best of Turkey Itinerary

Be immersed in the allure of Turkey on this unique adventure. Tour from Istanbul to Ephesus, Pamukkale to the coast, and Cappadocia to the Anatolian Steppe.

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      USD $1,745
      CAD $1,780
      AUD $1,850
      EUR €1,250
      GBP £1,105
      NZD $2,195
      ZAR R16,935
      CHF FR1,540
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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 Best of Turkey.
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Days 1-2 Istanbul

Kickstart the adventure by checking out some lesser-known sights of Istanbul city on an orientation walk. In free time, why not drop by the famed Topkapi Palace, the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts or head underground to see the eerie Basilica Cistern.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 3 Bursa

Depart Istanbul and travel to Bursa. Relax in a traditional Turkish bath, stop by a local teahouse, nosh on a hearty iskender - the local style of kebab - or explore the bazaar in this former capital of the Ottoman Empire. In the evening, visit a Dervish lodge and be treated to a mesmerising sema performance.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 4-5 Selcuk

Allow history to come alive while strolling through ancient Ephesus, the former capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. Learn how to make delicious gozleme and taste aromatic fruit wine in Sirince. In free time, perhaps take a walk through the Ephesus Museum to uncover myths of the Roman Empire or take a look inside the Basilica of St John.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Day 6 Pamukkale

See the fascinating, chalky terraces of Pamukkale and take the opportunity to bathe in the healing thermal waters of the nearby hot springs. While here, maybe delve further into local history with a vist to the Hierapolis Museum.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 7-8 Kayakoy

Discover ghost houses or play backgammon and sip tea with the locals in Kayakoy. Set out on a half-day trek along the rugged coastline of the Lycian Way, and cool off with a dip in the beautiful Oludeniz lagoon.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 9-10 Kas / Turquoise coast overnight boat cruise

Travel to Kas and cast away on a cruise along Turkey's Mediterranean coastline, which boasts shimmering crystal waters, an ancient sunken city and mysterious Lycian tombs. Drift off to sleep under a blanket of stars. Back on dry land, spend time appreciating the distinctively Mediterranean feel of Kas.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight boat - 1

Day 11 Konya

Move away from the coastline and travel to the plains of the Anatolian Steppe. Stop to take a walk through a unique Cappadocian valley. Then, arrive in Konya, a city intimately connected with the Whirling Dervish sect of Islam and boasting a large student population. Learn more about the Dervishes on an optional visit to Mevlana Museum or get lost amid the commotion of the local bazaar.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 12-14 Goreme

Be astounded by the quirky rock formations of Cappadocia, which jut from the ground like mushroom-shaped fairy houses. Why not take in this surreal landscape from a unique vantage point - floating over the region in a hot air balloon - or head below into one of Goreme’s underground cities. Afterwards, be treated to warm Turkish hospitality while breaking bread with a local family in their home.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight bus - 1

Day 15 Istanbul

Travel overnight back to Istanbul where the call to prayer echoes over the cobbled streets. Perhaps visit a traditional hamam, be wowed by the intricate detail of the Blue Mosque or take a boat cruise on the mighty Bosphorus.