From the Aegean to the Central Plains, you'll be agreeing that this region is anything but plain.
Discover Turkey in all its ancient glory during this eight-day journey beginning in Istanbul. Travel to the Aegean resort town of Kusadasi before exploring the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, then hop over to northern Cyprus where time stands still. Tread the paths of history, soak up some incredible landscapes and immerse yourself in this cultural melting pot.
Spend eight days ticking off the highlights of Turkey before taking a short flight to Northern Cyprus to enjoy the rustic charm of this idyllic island paradise
Enjoy a free day on the Aegean in the resort town of Kusadasi. You can check out Pamukkale's thermal pools, take a traditional boat trip along the coast or sit on the beach with a cool drink in hand.
Taste local fruit wines in one of the best-preserved Greek Ottoman villages in the country. It's picture perfect.
Get up close and personal with the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia on a valley walk that'll have you exploring rock-cut dwellings in Love Valley or the rose-coloured hues of Red Valley.
Discover the back streets and vibrant local markets of Istanbul, where East meets West.
Fall asleep on the Aegean Coast and wake up in Central Anatolia on the Mavi Konya, an overnight train from Izmir to Konya.
Visit fairytale-like St Hilarion Castle, famously rumoured to be used by Walt Disney as inspiration for the castle in Snow White and Seven Dwarfs.
Discover Europe's last divided capital, known as Lefkosia to the Turkish and Nicosia to the Cypriot communities, it is full of surprises with an eclectic mix of cultures and architecture.
Stay in a traditional Cypriot village where residents have been working together to preserve local culture and heritage. Join your village hosts for some traditional bread and cheese making
We recommend packing light, as you’ll need to carry your own luggage on and off transport and to and from hotels.
The weather can be hot in Turkey and even hotter in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, it is a dry heat and not uncomfortable however please check the weather for your desired travel dates and be prepared for the temperatures
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 is a classic Intrepid Original Tour, featuring the highlights of Turkey and the Republic of Northern Cyprus 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 seat belts. Some journeys can be long in order to maximise the areas visited, 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!
This trip crosses from Northern Cyprus into Cyprus. Walking the imaginary green line between to the two republics and crossing over for a quick cup of coffee is actually a highlight for many visitors. However, it's important you read the visa information carefully before booking this trip.
Welcome Meeting starts at 1pm on Day 1
A single supplement is available on this trip.
This is a combination tour and the composition of your group and your group Leader will change
This trip will have an unaccompanied flight from Istanbul to Ercan Airport in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
This trip has two internal flight with a checked luggage restriction of 15kg, you can store excess luggage in the starting point hotel for your return to Istanbul.
Please note that there will be a luggage limit of 23kg checked luggage and 8kg hand luggage on included flight to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on this trip.
This trip will finish in Famagusta TRNC. Please check the visa information before booking flights. You may want to consider entering and exiting from the same airport.
TURKEY: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