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8 Days | Discover a place of fairy-tale landscapes, incredible history and tantalizing cuisines.

5 out of 5 based on 21 reviews submitted.
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From otherworldly landscapes to glistening seaside towns and a healthy mix of architectural jewels and fascinating cultural sites – this is the best of Turkey. This 8-day Premium journey has been carefully crafted to show you the best spots in the most efficient timeframe; with fewer travel days so you’ve got more time to explore the places you visit. Begin the adventure in the great city of Istanbul, before making your way to Kusadasi and finally finishing in Cappadocia. You’ll marvel at the world-famous mosques in Istanbul, walk in the footsteps of ancient rulers in archaeological sites like Pergamon and Ephesus and see (almost) every inch of Cappadocia, from subterranean cities to incredible cave hotels.

Trip overview

Map of Premium Turkey including Turkey
Start
Istanbul, Turkey
Finish
Cappadocia, Turkey
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Turkey
Physical rating
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Style
Premium
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ERPI
This trip generates 57 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Cruise the Bosphorus Strait, which separates Europe and Asia, on a private yacht and marvel at the Istanbul skyline and incredible artisan palaces, mansions and historic monuments at shore.
  • Walk in the footsteps of ancient emperors and explore extraordinary archaeological sites of Pergamon and Ephesus.
  • Discover the flavours of Turkey, tuck into a traditional home-cooked meal in Cappadocia and get tips from an expert chef during a cooking class in Kusadasi.
  • Experience an exclusive carpet weaving demonstration at a social enterprise that’s keeping tradition alive and providing employment for local women.
  • From subterranean cities to whimsical fairy chimneys and incredible cave accommodation, this trip features some of the best experiences in Cappadocia.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, CYDD (Çağdaş Yaşamı Destekleme Derneği). Donations help them provide scholarships and educational programs for economically disadvantaged youth in Turkey.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Itinerary

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Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Boat, Plane

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (5 nights), Feature Stay (2 nights)

Premium Inclusions
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support
Activities
  • Istanbul - Welcome Dinner
  • Istanbul - Welcome Meeting
  • Istanbul - Blue Mosque Visit
  • Istanbul - Orientation Walk
  • Istanbul - Private Bosphorus Cruise
  • Pergamon - Ancient City Visit & Cable Car
  • Ephesus - Archaeological site visit
  • Kusadasi - Sultanköy Carpet Demonstration & Picnic Lunch
  • Kusadasi - Cooking Class
  • Izmir - Flight to Kayseri
  • Cappadocia - Home-cooked lunch
  • Cappadocia - Goreme Open Air Museum
  • Cappadocia - Panoramic Sights Tour
  • Cappadocia - Kaymakli Underground City
  • Cappadocia - Farewell Dinner
  • Cappadocia - Pottery demonstration
  • Cappadocia - Red Valley Hike
Add on activities
  • Istanbul - Hagia Sophia - EUR25
  • Istanbul - Topkapi Palace Combined Ticket (Topkapi Palace + Hagia Irene + Harem) - TRY1500
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis and Travertines National Park - EUR30
  • Cappadocia - Hot Air Balloon Regular Flight - EUR260
  • Cappadocia - Hot Air Balloon Deluxe Flight - EUR330

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Important notes

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room?on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip?and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.?
3. This trip includes domestic flights. The luggage allowance is 15kg for check in luggage and 8kg for carry on. You can store excess luggage at the start point hotel.
 

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 21 reviews submitted.
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Christopher · Traveled June 2024
This trip was a quick introduction to Turkey and hit many of the highlights of the country in a very short time. Istanbul is an amazing city, far more cosmopolitan than I ever imagined and not to be missed.
Review submitted 13 Jun 2024

Tracey · Traveled June 2024
Highly recommend. The itinerary had everything you would want for a short trip to Turkey. Can, our leader, was brilliant. Highly knowledgeable.
Review submitted 13 Jun 2024

Teri · Traveled May 2024
This was our 2nd Intrepid tour. We highly recommend them. Each guide has taken great care of us and their knowledge and love for their country shines through. Our drivers were fantastic as well. Those steep and windy roads a challenge. We really enjoyed each Intrepid tour!
Review submitted 15 May 2024

Michelle · Traveled April 2024
Wonderful trip with a great guide and a great group of people. We got to see all the highlights of Turkey. All of the finer details and logistics were handled seamlessly by our guide Furman and he was very knowledgeable of the local sites and cultures. Also had so much incredible Turkish food! Highly recommend this trip!
Review submitted 28 Apr 2024

Shalini · Traveled April 2024
This is was a wonderful, comprehensive trip to Turkey. Would I have loved additional days to see more? Absolutely! But if you’re short on time, this is the way to do it. Our tour guide, Furkhan took us to all the must see sights and even suggested others that we decided to add on, which were so worth it. We got an opportunity to truly immerse ourselves in Turkish history and culture. We got to experience home cooked meals, learn about carpet weaving and pottery making. We saw multiple ancient sites and got a full run down of Turkey’s fascinating history. The hotels and transportation were great! Note, there will be quite a bit of time traveling place to place since not all the sites are central, but trust me, it’s worth the time to see what you can. Those that are flexible, like a bit of everything outside of just visiting the sites, will truly enjoy this trip.
Review submitted 02 May 2024
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