Delight at Turkey’s sweet spot of unusual delights.

Take a short and sweet trip full of Turkish delights, hitting the country’s most renowned region –Cappadocia – on this five-day natural adventure. Discover the weird and wonderful world of fairy chimneys, rock formations and otherworldly surroundings of Cappadocia’s sprawling valleys, go deep underground to explore the hidden cities of Derinkuyu and Kaymakli and bask in local hospitality and authentic food for a true taste of the place. It’s not Turkey unless you’ve tried and tested their kebab, and you’ll have a handful of days to do so much more than that. You might call Cappadocia quirky, but we call it Turkey.

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In 2020, this trip will stay in the village of Ortahisar in a cave house-style pension. All accommodation will be multi-share, and a single supplement is available.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Antalya, Turkey
Finish
Istanbul, Turkey
Destination
Turkey
Style
Basix
Theme
18 to 29s
Code
ERYC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18, Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

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Why you'll love this trip

  • The weird and wonderful world of Cappadocia might be the most unusual place in Turkey. Learn all about its fairy chimneys and sprawling rock formations from your expert local leaders.

  • Cappadocia’s wonder is beautiful at all angles, but none more so than from on top. Consider the chance for a sunrise hot air-balloon ride, giving you the ultimate view of this awesome landscape.

  • Exploring the underground cities of Derinkuyu and Kaymakli is mind-blowing – head four levels underground and discover where thousands of people used to live.

  • Get a dose of good old-fashioned Turkish hospitality, staying with a local family in a traditional guesthouse in Ortahisar and watching the sun set over the valley.

  • The thriving metropolis of Istanbul is where East literally meets West. With the option to extend your stay here, you’ve got the power to continue your Turkish escapade right away!

Is this trip right for you?

  • Lots of time allocated for optional activities means freedom and flexibility, but it does require a level of independence. Only are few meals are included, so mostly you'll find your own (with plenty of suggestions from your leader of course) – a great way to mingle with locals and discover unexpected delights! There's plenty of free time on this trip, which means you're able to take advantage of many optional activities; however, you will need some extra cash to do so.

  • Unlike most other Intrepid trips, this trip starts early on the morning, instead of in the afternoon. Consider arriving a few days earlier to make the most of your time in Antalya. If you wish to spend more time in Antalya, we'll be happy to book additional accommodation (subject to availability).

  • Some of the sites visited involve walking on rocky and/or steep hillsides. Please ensure you bring sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothes. To make the most of the trip, it's best if you have at least a moderate level of fitness.

  • It can get quite cool in these destinations, particularly from October to April, so don't forget to pack some extra layers.

  • There are a couple of long bus rides. The good news is, public buses in Turkey are pretty cool and comfortable.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Oct 2018 to 31 Dec 2019.
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Ready? Let’s adventure – your trip starts bright and early in Antalya at 8 am. Meet your group leader and the rest of your group, then head to the bus station and travel to Goreme in Cappadocia by local bus (approximately 9.5 hours). Once arrived, take a leader-led orientation walk to get your bearings and maybe visit the Ortahisar Castle in the afternoon. Tonight you’ll stay at local host Nazim's house in Ortahisar who has an amazing spot with views over a secluded valley. Your family hosts will treat you to some true Turkish hospitality with home-cooked food – Cappadocia style.
Accommodation
  • Guest house (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Goreme - Dinner at Cappadoccian Family House
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
Please see the ‘Joining Point’ instructions in the Essential Trip Information for where to meet today. If you wish to arrive a day or two early, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).

Please note that accommodation in Cappadocia is on a multi-share basis of the same gender.
Weird rock formations, fairy chimneys and underground cities – Cappadocia is pretty wacky. This morning you have the option of taking an early hot air balloon ride over the landscapes at sunrise. Those who choose to opt in for this optional extra will have a seriously excellent time, getting high above the changing colours below as the sun rises. Later in the morning, head underground and explore some of the 36 underground cities in Cappadocia. These rabbit-warren metropolises were carved into the earth thousands of years ago. Discover the highlights of the region this afternoon, checking out Pigeon Valley and Deverent Valley – your group leader will know all the best places to stop. Later this afternoon, grab some wine and some local cheese and find a perfect vantage point to enjoy the sunset. Afterwards, you might like to check out the nightlife in Goreme, or for something more mystical, hit up a traditional sema performance of whirling dervishes.
Accommodation
  • Guest house (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Goreme - Derinkuyu Underground City tour
Optional Activities
  • Goreme - Whirling Dervishes - Sema Performance - EUR25
  • Goreme - Hot Air Balloon, Cappadocia Regular Flight - EUR195
  • Goreme - Hot Air Balloon, Cappadocia Deluxe Flight - EUR250
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s hot-air balloon activity can only be booked locally. Please speak to your trip leader in Antalya to organise this if it interests you.
Put your boots on and hike the hills and mountains to Goreme. One arrived in Goreme, spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing and deciding what to do. You might like to pull up a bean bag at ‘Fat Boys’ or, if you’re muscles are causing you grief, why not try a local hammam for a traditional Turkish spa treatment. Tonight is also yours to choose your own adventure, so get some of your travel crew together and head out for some dinner.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Goreme -Hamam Turkish Bath - EUR25
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Spend the day exploring the Cappadocia area some more. If you like, you can stop by the Goreme Open Air Museum – a medieval wonderland of old rock-cut churches and frescoes. For a very different taste of the diverse landscape around here, you could check out Avanos, or hire a bike and ride through the valleys out to Cavusin. Soganli Valley is another popular spot – it’s a bit of a drive but a great place for some local lunch and churches also with awesome frescoes. Keep in mind that tonight you’ll board an overnight bus bound for Istanbul (approximately 10–12 hours).
Accommodation
  • Overnight bus (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Optional activities listed are entry fees only and exclude any transport costs. Your group leader may suggest a group tour of the region complete with guiding and entry fees. Alternatively, there are local dolmus (minibuses) available to local attractions or join in tours you can book onto including ‘red tour’ and ‘green tour’, which take different routes around town.
Arrive into Istanbul this morning, where you’ll say goodbye to your group leader and travel pals at a centrally located hostel. With no activities planned for today, you are free to leave at any time. That doesn’t mean your Turkish adventure has to come to an end! If you would like to spend more time checking out all Istanbul has to offer, including the Blue Mosque, the huge Grand Bazaar and the flowing Bosphorus, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
Included Activities
  • Cappadocia - Kaymakli Underground City
  • Goreme - Derinkuyu Underground City
Optional Activities
  • Bosphorus Boat Cruise (Public Boat) - TRY25
  • Cappadocia - Goreme - Open Air Museum - TRY45
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Your trip will finish at a centrally located accommodation this morning. Your group leader will be able to help you with your onward travel; however, if you wish to book an onward flight connection from Istanbul today, it is advised to book a flight after 1 pm to allow for any bus delays and travel to the airport. For more information, see the ‘Finishing Point’ instructions in the Essential Trip Information.

Meals

3 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Public bus, Private vehicle, Overnight bus

Accommodation

Budget hotel (1 nights), Pension (2 nights), Overnight bus (1 night)

Included activities

  • Goreme - Dinner at Cappadoccian Family House
  • Goreme - Derinkuyu Underground City tour
  • Cappadocia - Kaymakli Underground City
  • Goreme - Derinkuyu Underground City

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
An optional single supplement is available on this trip. Please refer to your booking agent for further information.
Please note: On the following nights the Single Supplement is not available:
- Day 4: Overnight Bus

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

Essential trip information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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