Sink your teeth into a Turkish adventure from Istanbul to Ephesus, Antalya and Cappadocia
Historically rich with its medieval Ottoman period and chronicle of Gallipoli, and fashionably chic with the cosmopolitan buzz of Istanbul and celebrity getaway of Antalya, Turkey is an unmissable country that overflows with character. It is 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 turquoise waters. Travel from Istanbul through the very best of Turkey - Gallipoli, Fethiye, Pamukkale, Antalya, Cappadocia and Mount Nemrut - and discover the people, history, cuisine and landscapes that make this destination such a treasure.
Explore the continent-straddling metropolis of Istanbul, and step back in time to when it was Constantinople with the backstreets of the Grand Bazaar, the majestic Blue Mosque, and in the taste of real Turkish Delight.
Reflect on battles fought and lives lost with a moving visit to the Gallipoli Peninsula, a serene stretch of coastline where it's now hard to picture the horrors of war.
Hike into the Valley of Love in Cappadocia and be wowed by the fantastical natural sculptures of spires, domes, and pinnacles.
Be lured by the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean and laze the days away in Antalya.
Meet eyes with the ruins of the colossal stone heads that sit atop Mount Nemrut.
This trip includes a night in a homestay with a local family – a great way to enjoy genuine Turkish hospitality. Be prepared to share some space with your fellow travellers, with women and men sleeping in separate rooms.
The weather can be hot in July and August, but this is also the best time to enjoy the clear water of the Mediterranean – don’t forget your swim gear.
This trip gives you lots of control over your travels, with some included site visits and lots of choices for your free time. If you want expert local advice and like to get off the beaten track, then this trip is for you.
This trip is part of our Basix range: local experiences, local guide, local transport and clean comfortable hotels, all with minimum impact and maximum sustainability – the responsible way to travel.
You’ll need your walking shoes, a hat, some sunscreen, and a daypack to explore the historical sites. All site tours are guided, but you can wander at your own pace if you prefer.
The included Southern Coast Cruising overnight excursion is on board a traditional boat called a 'gulet'. Sleeping arrangements will be multi-share: the group will sleep on the deck of the gulet where you can stargaze and fall asleep to the sounds of the gently lapping Mediterranean. All bedding is provided. The gulet has shared bathroom facilities. You'll perfect the beach-style hairdo, as there is limited fresh water for rinsing off salt water.
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1. A single supplement is available on this trip. On the following nights the Single Supplement is not available:
Day 8 Overnight Boat (1 night)
Day 15 Homestay (1 night)
2. On Day 17 there is an included internal flight from Adiyaman to Istanbul. The maximum check-in baggage allowance is 15kgs per person plus hand luggage.
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 Turkey Explored trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews in the last year.
Travelling with Intrepid was a dream come true! They really live up to their philosophy of taking you through the country on the unbeaten track. Their tour guides are incredible, really allowing you to explore the country with great knowledge and a real understanding of local life.
Review submitted 29 May 2017
Great trip, wonderful country. A surprise is just around the corner. The whole of Turkey 15 day museum pass (185 T lira) for this trip saved us at least £30 each. Could be more if you did every museum opportunity. It saved time at the sites not queuing for tickets. Buy when you get to Ephesus so can use it on last day back in Istanbul. Time in Istanbul once orientated worked well for us.
Review submitted 14 May 2017