Turkey Backroads

5 Days | Picturesque villages, local delicacies and an Istanbul crash-course

4.7 out of 5 based on 12 reviews submitted.
CHF  495
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Set out on a five-day trip through Turkey, packed full of ancient monuments and local moments. Wander through Turkey's capital of Ankara, learn about the country's deep history, explore the Mausoleum of Atatürk and then roam around the picturesque streets of Eskişehir, enjoying a gondola ride on the Porsuk river. Stroll the lively streets of Istanbul with your local leader and let them show you where to get the best islak burger in town. This trip is designed so that even if you’re short on time, you can explore the backroads of Turkey and uncover all the good stuff.

Trip overview

Map of Turkey Backroads including Turkey
Goreme, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Physical rating
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
This trip generates 28.77 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.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Discover UNESCO world heritage site - Hattusas Ancient Site - known for its well-preserved temples and royal residences.
  • Explore Turkey's capital of Ankara during a guided orientation walk that will lead you to the Mausoleum of Atatürk, founder, and first president of the Turkish Republic.
  • You'll dig into local Turkish delicacies like the famous wet burgers, enjoy a local lunch at a traditional Aspava and get your taste buds tingling with a borek tasting.
  • Be mesmerised by the picturesque streets of Eskişehir and enjoy a gondola ride on the city's Porsuk river.
  • Wander the continent-straddling metropolis of Istanbul, strutting your stuff with the locals on a popular street, sipping rich coffee and discovering the secret corners of the city.
  • 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?
  • This trip is made for travellers who value their independence but also want the benefit of a local leader and a group of like-minded travellers. The itinerary has a mix of included activities and free time when your leader will offer suggestions. Please budget spending money for optional activities you want to partake in.
  • Don’t let the heat keep you from exploring the world! Summer temperatures can be very high in July and August, though the east will be cooler than the city.
  • As this trip departs Cappadocia early on Day 1, we highly recommend staying a few extra days before your tour to enjoy all this great destination has to offer. 


Map of Turkey Backroads including Turkey



4 breakfasts, 2 lunches


Private Bus, Train, Tram, Funicular


Hotel (4 nights)

  • Bogazkale - Hattusha UNESCO Archaeological Site
  • Ankara - Orientation Walk
  • Ankara - Mausoleum of Ataturk
  • Eskisehir - Gondola Ride
  • Eskisehir - Odunpazarı Village Visit
  • Istanbul - Taksim District Orientation Walk
Add on activities
  • Ankara - Independence War Museum - TRY125
  • Istanbul - Topkapi Palace and Hagia Irine (Excluding Harem) - TRY750
  • Istanbul - Hagia Sophia - Free

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip (subject to availability). Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. This trip commences in Goreme in Cappadocia and finishes in Istanbul. Overnight buses are readily available for booking from Istanbul to Cappadocia and the region is serviced by two airports, Kayseri and Nevsehir. Additional accommodation is available for pre-booking with your booking agent.
3. Please refer to the joining instructions in this essential trip information document for the exact meeting place to join this trip. If you would like to be picked up at an alternative location in Goreme, please advise your booking agent 15 days prior to departure.
4 Turkey is a world of endless possibilities – that’s why our trips are designed so they fit together. This means that while you might just be starting your trip, some of your new travel mates may have been travelling together for a week or more on a previous adventure. They will definitely have some great tips for you.
5. 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 - http://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts

Essential Trip Information

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4.7 out of 5 based on 12 reviews submitted.
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Liv · Traveled August 2023
10/10 the trip is great and so much fun, have already recommended it to my friends and family.
Review submitted 13 Aug 2023

Aashna · Traveled July 2023
False advertisement and inaccurate itinerary details so be cautious when you book intrepid. I expected better
Review submitted 07 Jul 2023

Frances · Traveled June 2023
I had a fabulous time on this tour .. So many different places to see and learn about .. it was just fabulous ! Turkey has so much to offer with incredible History !. Ziver out tour guide was Amazing 🤩 Highly recommended
Review submitted 14 Jun 2023

Rachel · Traveled April 2023
Ozgur was a total delight - he was flexible and incorporated everyone's interests, but his own selections of food and sights was exceptional. He could also answer any question, including pop cultural references...it was like traveling with my own friend from Turkiye.
Review submitted 07 Jun 2023

Alicia · Traveled April 2023
Despite the change in Itinerary, I had a truly incredible experience. Özzie was so so knowledgeable and I learnt so much from him. He has so much enthusiasm and he really made the tour for me. The cities we went to were truly non-touristic and I loved them.
Review submitted 10 May 2023
Turkey Backroads
CHF  495